Hyundai hybrids revealed: At the NAIAS, the Koreans presented the new Sonata Hybrid as well as the PHEV version. The latter has a said electric range of 22 miles due to its larger battery pack (9.8 kWh). The 2016 Sonata Hybrid is set to go to market this summer with the plug-in to follow in fall.
Audi R8 e-tron debut in March: Audi’s head of technology, Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, said the R8 and its all-electric version will be presented at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The R8 e-tron serves foremost as a “technology presenter” for different drive technologies like a plug-in hybrid, Hackenberg added.
Q7 world premiere: The new Audi SUV debuted in Detroit and will also be offered as a plug-in hybrid as expected. The Q7 e-Tron Quattro combines a 258-hp diesel engine with a 94-kW electric motor. Almost 35 miles of electric range is Audi’s promise for the PHEV to be launched “shortly after” the gas Q7.
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Seoul to clear the air: As the South Korean capital suffers from fine dust pollution, the Ministry of Environment was asked to tighten regulations. Seoul considers to introduce so-called Clean Zones in the city centre where only electric and hybrid cars would be allowed to enter. Additionally, the municipal government is looking to collaborate with other local governments to jointly invest in electric cars.
New Infiniti concept: Nissan’s luxurious subsidy showcases the Q60 Concept at the NAIAS which might become a production coupé in 2016. A hybrid version is likely but has not yet been confirmed.
Bentley SUV baptised: The first SUV of the British brand will be called Bentayga when it hits the market in 2016. A plug-in hybrid is expected a year later while the SUV could premier at the 2015 IAA.