Aston Martin for LeTV: The Chinese internet service plans to build an electric sports car together with Aston Martin. The Brits join BAIC as well as other partners like China Unicom in LeTV’s bid to develop EVs for the Chinese market. First outings are set for early next year (we reported continuously).
BMW hybrids debut in Asia: Both the BMW 330e and the Active Tourer 225xe plug-in hybrids will be shown in Asia for the first time at the Tokyo Motor Show. Both feature hybrid technology taken from the i-series. Turn to the other side of the Pacific, where the X5 xDrive40e PHEV has just started arriving at U.S dealerships. Prices start from 62,100 dollars.
bmwblog.com (Tokyo debuts), insideevs.com (X5)
Subaru hybrid: Fuji’s automotive division will present the hybrid SUV concept Viziv Future in Tokyo later this month. Subaru’s Viziv is believed to preview the next-gen XV Crosstrek. The electric motor drives the rear wheels, while the front is propelled by a turbocharged gasoline engine.
greencarcongress.com, motorauthority.com, worldcarfans.com
VW loyalty bonus: To appease U.S. customers whose loyalty has been shaken by “dieselgate,” VW now offers its very own incentive. Existing VW owners buying a new hybrid or petrol Volkswagen receive a 2,000-dollar rebate. The offer stands until November, 2.
autoweek.com, carsdirect.com, greencarreports.com
Soul expansion: Kia started selling its Soul EV in four more states in the USA. The cubist electric car is now available in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Maryland following its launch in six other states including Georgia, Texas, and Washington earlier this year.
Honda recalls 6,786 Accord hybrids in the States as they might switch to fail-safe EV mode unexpectedly, limiting the speed to 40 mph. The problem is due to a flawed battery cell voltage sensor.