VW plug-ins for China: The German carmaker introduced the C Coupé GTE concept at the Auto Shanghai. Positioned somewhere between Passat and Phaeton, the plug-in hybrid is set to launch in China in 2016 and couples a 211-hp engine with a 91-kW electric motor. The C Coupé GTE is only the start of an electric offensive as VW announced plans to produce 15 electric and hybrid models in China within the coming four years.
electriccarsreport.com, greencarcongress.com, scmp.com (15 plug-ins plan)
Caddy CT6 update: As promised yesterday, Cadillac issued more information on its CT6 plug-in hybrid in Shanghai. Destined for the Chinese market in 2016, the plug-in hybrid offers a total system power of 340 hp and a 18.4-kWh battery, allowing for an electric range of 60 km.
Daimler SUV concept: Mercedes revealed the concept GLC Coupé at the Shanghai show and says it gives a “foretaste” of future SUVs. The GLC Coupé could make it to market next year and is said to be equipped with the C class’ engine range including the plug-in hybrid from the C 350 e.
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Toyota plugged in China: The Japanese carmaker plans to launch two hybrid models for the Chinese market this year. The Levin Hev will be built together with Toyota’s JV partner Guangzhou Automobile while the Corolla Hybrid will be issued together with FAW.
reuters.com, indianautosblog.com (pictures Corolla Hybrid)
Nissan follows suit as it presents the Murano Hybrid at the Auto Shanghai. The hybrid that combines a 2.5-l engine with a 15-kW electric motor and is set to go on sale in China already this summer.
Stargazing in Shanghai: Check out the latest images from Shanghai of models we already reported. As announced, Audi brought the PHEVs Q7 E-Tron 2.0 TFSI Quattro and A6 L e-tron. More German plug-in goodness comes from BMW with the X5 xDrive40e. Furthermore, the Hyundai Sonata, the strong hybrid Peugeot 308 R as well as Chevy’s new all-electric concept FNR can be found at the show.
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