GM, Audi, Kia, Hyundai, Tesla, Saab, Aston Martin.
Chevrolet Sonic EV gets closer: GM global product chief Mark Reuss confirmed an all-electric model to complement the Volt and Spark EV when talking to investors. Company insiders later told Automotive News that it is the Sonic that is chosen for electrification and set to be introduced by 2017 with a range of 200 miles to compete with the Nissan Leaf and the Tesla Model S.
Hybrid Audi R8? Car magazine spoke to Audi’s head of development, Ulrich Hackenberg, who announced that the Audi R8 might be offered not only as a fully electric model, the R8 e-tron with 400 kilometres range, but also as a plug-in hybrid. The latter is indirectly shown already in the Lamborghini Asterion as both use the same platform.
Kia and Hyundai are hedging similar plans as the two Korean carmakers plan to join the plug-in hybrid trend. For Kia it will be the K5 aka Optima which is said to be ready within the next year, while Hyundai is set to offer its Sonata with a pluggable technology already by early 2015.
Will the Tesla Model X be shown in January at the Detroit Motor Show? At least that is the news, which analysts from Goldman Sachs brought home from their recent visits to Tesla’s factory at Fremont. A production prototype might show up rather sooner than later.
New deadline for Saab: Yesterday, a Swedish court allowed Chinese Saab-owner NEVS to take more time for the restructuring of the staggering carmaker. NEVS has until November 29th to develop a plan for the future of Saab and to find investors ready to believe in it.
The new head of Aston Martin, Andy Palmer, has begun gathering his men behind him as ex-colleague Simon Sproule is to become the British brand’s chief marketing officer. The two have been working together at Nissan before Sproule took his role at Tesla this April.
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