Total electrification: Geely plans to electrify 90 percent of its line-up in the next five years. Two thirds will be hybrids and plug-in hybrids, while the rest of the models will be turned into fully electric vehicles. Geely also intends to make “substantial progress” on fuel cell technology by 2020.
Honda shows FCV and PHEV: On top of celebrating the North American debut of its Clarity Fuel Cell at the LA Auto Show, Honda announced a plug-in hybrid based on the same platform as the latter. It will have an all-electric range of at least 40 miles and will be launched across the U.S. from 2018.
Lincoln updates hybrid: Ford’s subsidiary Lincoln shows a facelifted MKZ at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The on-sale sale for the new model is set for 2016 in the U.S., including a refreshed hybrid version.
Thai Nissan production: The Japanese carmaker produces the X-Trail Hybrid in Thailand, where Nissan plans to sell up to 5,000 units next year. It is the first hybrid produced for Nissan in the SEA state. The local price almost matches the petrol version.
New Chinese EVs spotted: With the Guangzhou Auto Show about start this Friday, first pictures of electric debutantes have emerged. Two electric SUVs, the JAC iEV6S and GAC Trumpchi GS4 EV are joined by the Leahead i1 EV in the premature show off. The Leahead is based on Toyota’s Yaris.
All on carnewschina.com: Leahead, JAC, GAC
Prius review: Sebastian Blanco took the 2016 Toyota Prius trim level Two Eco with its Li-ion battery for a spin and delivers an array of facts. He finds the revamped hybrid classic “honestly more fun than it should be,” considering its increased fuel economy. One must only be wary of cold temperatures.
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