New hybrid vans for Japan: Toyota announced an all new version of both its Alphard and Vellfire minivans. The two eight-seaters will also be offered with a hybrid drivetrain, which combines a 2.5 litre engine with 152 hp and two electric motors with 105 kW and 50 kW.
First look at BYD’s upcoming hybrid SUVs: The BYD Yuan will be powered by a 1.3-liter four cylinder, as well as two electric motors. The Song will even be offered as a pure-EV by 2016. The hybrid variant scheduled for 2015 will feature a 1.5-liter turbo four cylinder engine and two electric motors.
e-Quattro in the making: According to the magazine Car, this year’s Audi A4 and 2017 TTQ could be fitted with an AWD e-quattro system. They hybrid drivetrain consists of one combustion engine and two electric motors with a combined output of up to 408 hp in high-performance versions. Moreover, the report mentions that the TTQ could be offered with wireless inductive charging.
Tesla fighter from China: The state-owned Chinese carmaker BAIC wants to introduce an all-electric premium car next year that has a range of up to 400 km to compete with Tesla’s Model S sedan. No further details have been announced yet.
Volt called back: An unknown number of Chevy Volt built between 2011 and 2014 are recalled due to faulty rear liftgate struts. Whether the callback also concerns the Opel Ampera is not known at this time.
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Tesla steps up offer in China: The Californian carmaker plans to introduce its Model S with all-wheel drive in China in the coming months, as well as the new Model X SUV starting early next year. Moreover, Tesla aims to optimise its sales process there.
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