Toyota, China, Audi, Renault, BMW, Volvo.
Toyota FCV ready to go? According to Nikkei Asia, Toyota will begin offering its first hydrogen vehicle in December. The company had planned on launching it this fiscal year that runs until March, but is ready to kick off production now. Toyota hopes to produce 700 Mirais a year, with sales in Europe and the U.S. set to start next summer.
Punitive push: China says it will force carmakers to meet 2015 fuel consumption requirements. Failing to comply with the limit of 6.9 litres per 100 km would result in public naming as well as a ban to expand production. Most manufacturers will be able to meet next year’s targets. However, the limit might drop to 5 litres by 2020.
Audi SUVs: The upcoming Q7 will be available as a plug-in hybrid variant shortly after its launch early 2015, says Audi CEO Rupert Stadler. He does not expect hybrid sales to exceed the 10% by much for the first generation though. A Q8 coupe will follow in 2017 and even a Q9 is in the cards.
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Zoe battery for sale? It looks as though Renault might soon allow Zoe buyers to purchase the battery as well. So far only Norwegian Zoe drivers had this “privilege,” but members of the British Speak EV forum say they got very positive signals from the French manufacturer.
speakev.com via transportevolved.com
Popular super hybrid: In the UK, people eager to get their hands on a BMW i8 have to prepare for a one year wait. The German carmaker has delivered all 200 hybrid sports cars allocated to the Isles, while another 400 have already been ordered.
Volvo XC90 is a job motor: Volvo says it will reintroduce a third shift at its Torslanda facility in Sweden and employ 1,300 more workers. The nightshift had been abolished during the financial crisis of 2008, but the XC90 and Volvo’s target to produce 800,000 cars by 2020, are asking for more flexibility.