Mitsubishi, Ford, Ecuador, Porsche, Bentley, Harley-Davidson, Polaris.
i-MiEV comeback: Mitsubishi confirmed that the 2016 model of its i-MiEV will arrive at U.S. dealerships in March. The only change is an optional navigation package, while everything under the hood stays the same. As does the car’s price tag: The small EV will go for 22,995 dollars before subsidies.
Ford drops prices: The carmaker offers its 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi at considerably lower prices in the U.S., also to make room for the next model. Customers can benefit from an 18 percent price reduction for the Hybrid and 17.7 percent for the Energi. The programs expire March 31st.
Ecuador ready to plug in: The South American country has scrapped import taxes on EVs and announced cooperation agreements with BYD, Nissan-Renault and Kia to begin selling electric cars in Ecuador. The government also plans a local production of EVs in the future and said it will invest some three million dollars in charging infrastructure.
ecuadortimes.net, amerika21.de (in German)
New spy shots: The next-generation Porsche Panamera was caught on camera while being tested in winter conditions. There are also new images of Bentley’s first upcoming SUV, the Bentayga. Both cars will be available as plug-in hybrids.
motorauthority.com (Porsche), carscoops.com (Bentley)
LiveWire Experience Tour extended: Harley-Davidson will sent its first all-electric motorcycle to Asia, Europe and Canada this year to let people there experience it and provide feedback to help with the bike’s further development. After all, the Project LiveWire was designed to see what customers’ expectations for an electric Harley would be.
Polaris buys Hammerhead: With the acquisition of the Shanghai-based manufacturer of petrol powered go-karts, light utility and electric utility vehicles, Polaris hopes to expand both their “international manufacturing footprint and armada of off-road products.”
wallstreet-online.de, marketwatch.com, polaris.com