Faraday Future, Hyundai, Toyota, Audi, BMW, Honda.

Faraday an Apple product? It may just be a rumour, but it is definitely not impossible. The new EV start-up Faraday Future just announced that it is investing 1bn dollars in a new EV factory. Where the money comes from and who is actually in charge of the company remains a secret. So could Faraday’s e-car actually be the iCar?
news.com, appleinsider.com, usatoday.com

Sonata Hybrid from China: Hyundai will begin mass producing the LF Sonata Hybrid in its plant in Beijing from January. While the South Korean carmaker already exports its HEVs to China, it is the first time it will build its cars locally, in order to avoid tariffs that make its cars’ prices skyrocket in China.

Prius arrives in the UK: The 2016 model of the Toyota best-seller can now be ordered in the United Kingdom from 23,295 pounds. First deliveries are scheduled for March of next year.
carsuk.net, whatcar.com, autoevolution.com

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Petrol-powered Audi Q7 e-tron? If the demand is there, the Audi Q7 e-tron featuring an electric motor and a petrol instead of a diesel engine, could become available in Europe, German Spiegel Online reports. The petrol-powered variant of the plug-in hybrid had been developed especially for the Asian markets. Whether both versions will be made available in the U.S. remains to be seen.
spiegel.de (in German)

New BMW head in China: From December 1st, Olaf Kastner will replace Karsten Engel as head of the BMW Group’s China sales region. Kastner previously worked as President and CEO of the carmaker’s Chinese joint venture BMW Brilliance Automotive. He will be succeeded by Anton Heiss.
bloomberg.com, bmwgroup.com

Honda takes it slow: The Japanese manufacturer says will to sell only 200 of it Clarity FCV in the first year. Moreover, all units will be compliance cars, reserved for government agencies and corporate fleets. This is also because fuel cell cars in California get more zero emission credits than BEVs with a similar range, because charging takes longer.


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