Toyota, Tesla, Lexus, Volvo, Ford, BMW.
Toyota EV for China? According to a Chinese news portal, Toyota is planning to introduce a new brand as part of its joint venture with the Guangzhou Automobile Group. “Lingzhi” will offer affordable electric vehicles especially to the younger generation. If those will be purely electric remains to be seen.
European Tesla facility grows: The Californian carmaker wants to add an additional 49,000 square meter hall to its assembly plant in Tilburg, Netherlands, essentially tripling the plant’s size. The new space will open its doors in April of next year.
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Lexus NX 300h gets price tag for the US: The front wheel version starts at 40,645 dollars, while the all-wheel drive model will go for 42,235 dollars. All prices include shipping. The NX could be seen as a good alternative to Lexus’ RX 450h, which starts at 48,545 USD.
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Volvo stretches out: A longer version of the Volvo S60 shown at the Auto China will become available as plug-in hybrid on the Chinese market in mid-2015. The four-cylinder and electric motor have a combined output of 305 hp, while the S60 is said to have an all-electric range of up to 80 kilometres.
Ford cuts prices: The manufacturer has once again reduced the sales price of its Focus Electric. After slashing the cost of the 2014 model by about 6,000 dollars, the 2015 version is to be another 6,000 dollars cheaper. The upcoming model will therefore start at around 29,995 USD.
BMW i8 reviewed: This look at the Bavarian supercar could also be described as an ode, as the author admires the car’s “interesting silhouette” and sporty design. It comes to no surprise that once he slid into the front seat and took it for a spin, he declared himself a true lover of the i8.