BMW, Volkswagen, Suzuki, Formula E, Mitsubishi.
Another plug-in BMW: The German carmaker will introduce the new edition of its X1 in 2016, which is also said to be available with a plug-in hybrid drive. The PHEV variant will be called X1 xDrive30e and couple a 2-litre petrol engine with an electric motor, says AutoExpress.
Touareg Hybrid discontinued: Volkswagen has stopped offering the Touareg hybrid version in Europe and North America. The model was already discontinued in May, VW told Motor Talk. Apparently, barely 0.3 percent of Touaregs sold were hybrids.
autoblog.com, motor-talk.de (in German)
Suzuki follows up on its mild-hybrid concept, first shown as IK-2 in Geneva in March. The serial production version will be presented at the IAA in September as the Baleno. It will also be offered as a mild-hybrid. The European launch is scheduled for 2016.
Former F1 champion joins Formula E: Ex-Formula 1 winner Jacques Villeneuve will compete in the next season of the Formula E. He takes Nick Heidfeld’s seat at Team Venturi; his teammate is Stephane Sarrazin.
Quick drive: Bengt Halvorson takes a fresh look at the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, which has been around for almost four years and has a few competitors by now. Still, it can hold its corner in a “cost-conscious, quirky” sense but is not much more than a small city car, he concludes.