Volkswagen, Toyota, Lexus, BorgWarner, Volvo, Tesla.
Plug-in Passat to come in autumn: VW officially presented its Passat GTE. Its system has a combined output of 160 kW and one charge allows for 50 kilometres of electric driving. It has four operating modes that range from electric to charging. The PHEV will launch in Europe this autumn and will also arrive in Asia later this year.
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com, autoblog.com
Toyota Mirai goes to California: Starting Monday (July 20th), the Japanese fuel cell model will be available in California. Prices (excluding incentives) start at 57,500 dollars or 499 dollars/month over three years. Hydrogen will be supplied free of charge for three years.
Hybrid Lexus LC confirmed: Lexus will begin serial production of its LF-LC concept in November 2016, Motoring reports, quoting inside sources. The coupe will also be offered as a hybrid called LC 500h. Additionally, Toyota’s subsidiary will present the next-gen LS at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show.
BorgWarner to acquire Remy: The U.S. supplier entered into a definitive agreement to take over Remy for 1.2 billion dollars. BorgWarner intends to strengthen its position in the growing market of electric drive trains, which Remy produces among other components. The deal will be finalised this year.
Volvo buys Polestar: Polestar, a Swedish high performance car company, has been collaborating with Volvo for many years. The carmaker now plans to utilise the former to launch particularly powerful models with a focus on its own twin engine plug-in hybrid technology.
motoringresearch.com, greencarcongress.com, digitaltrends.com
Tesla becomes fashionable: The electric carmaker has hired former Burberry senior vice president Ganesh Srivats to increase Tesla’s high street appeal. Srivats will act as vice president for sales in the U.S. – a newly created role, as sales had so far been a global matter.