Infiniti, Audi, Faraday Future, BYD, emission.
Infiniti plugs in: According to an unnamed Nissan insider, Infiniti is working a plug-in hybrid flagship model, which will take on the likes of the Mercedes S500 plug-in hybrid and Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid. The PHEV will most likely be based on the Q80 Inspiration concept, shown in Paris last year.
autonews.com, hybridcars.com, leftlanenews.com
Electric Audi confirmed: According to Auto Express, the German carmaker confirmed the all-electric Audi Q6 e-tron for early 2018 at the Future Performance Days. The final version will look very similar to the SUV concept shown at the IAA in September and have a 310 mile range.
Farady Future update: The money for the mysterious start-up seems to come from the Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting. He is also the founder of LeTV, which has ambitious EV plans of its own. The latter already invested in a driving service and a charging infrastructure start-up.
Under funded? According to Bloomberg, BYD is having trouble selling its shares, as Chinese officials have put the approval on ice. The manufacturer is hoping to raise 15m yuan to increase battery production and to further invest in research and development.
Emission scandals run deep: Following the VW emission scandal, Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) says it tested higher than reported emissions at other manufacturers as well. It has not announced any details and will first approach the carmakers and other governing authorities.
wiwo.de, spiegel.de (in German)
Audi Q7 e-tron reviewed: Australian motoring.com.au and Cars Guide are big fans of the Audi plug-in hybrid. Both point out, that the Q7 diesel-electric drivetrain is “more a thinker, than a servant” and that it will figure out the best mix of electricity and diesel along a route. Just the assumed price tag Down Under could be an issue.