New Kia concept: The Korean carmaker will show an off-road concept at the Chicago Auto Show next week, that bears quite a bit of resemblance with the Soul. According to Kia, the car will be powered by an electric all-wheel drive (e-AWD), a term often used to describe adding an electric motor to the otherwise unpowered axle of an internal-combustion car. So the car will most likely be a hybrid.
greencarreports.com, hybridcars.com, autovolt-magazine.com
Tesla SUV caught on tape: The Tesla Model X was filmed during a test drive, accelerating and braking on the spot. Still sporting a camouflaged exterior, the SUV will become available towards the end of the year. Meanwhile, Tesla announced that it is looking into building a regional centre in San Antonio, Texas, even though it is barred for selling its vehicles there.
youtube.com (test drive) via greencarreports.com, hybridcars.com (regional centre)
New Toyota spotted: The recently introduced Vellfire MPV has been sighted in Japan. The minivan comes with seven or eight seats and will also be available with a four-wheel drive hybrid drivetrain, but will probably only be sold in Japan.
Infiniti Q70 Hybrid priced in the UK: The premium edition starts at 42,500 pounds (64,000 dollars), while the premium tech edition sells for at least 46,600 pounds (70,200 USD). The latter features Infiniti’s Dynamic Safety Shield, which includes intelligent cruise control, lane departure prevention and blind-spot intervention.
Driving the Porsche Cayenne: Sean Carson writes that the 2015 Cayenne S E-Hybrid is “incredibly efficient”, but “just doesn’t feel like a Porsche” – it´s “premium enough to be a Porsche”, but dynamically “feels more like it emanated from the Audi stables as opposed to emerging a Porsche thoroughbred”.
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