The Ioniq arrives: Hyundai presented its first dedicated hybrid. Its power pack is strictly lithium-ion and the sedan can be operated fully electrically at speeds of up to 120 kph. A plug-in hybrid, as well as an electric version will be presented in Geneva in March. The hybrid Ioniq is now on sale in South Korea and Hyundai aims to sell 30,000 units worldwide this year. By 2017, it expects to push sales to 70,000.
english.yonhapnews.co.kr, insideevs.com, indianautosblog.com, youtube.com
Mercedes confirms Tesla-fighter: Board members Thomas Weber and Ola Kallenius confirmed that a Tesla-fighter is set to arrive by 2018. Weber went even further, saying the industry must “be prepared for more to come later.” We are certainly ready if Daimler is.
Cadillac PHEV built in China: The CT6 PHEV will be produced in China, despite also being destined for the U.S., Cadillac announced. The combustion engine variant will continue to be manufactured domestically. GM expects the market for plug-in vehicles to grow stronger in China rather than in the U.S.
bloomberg.com, chinabusinessnews.com, hybridcars.com
Model X production: If Tesla kept up its production rhythm over the holidays, the first regular Model X should now be rolling off production lines. The EV maker had started with 1,000 units of its Signature series and will now have to work through the backlog of over 22,000 Model X reservations.
Luxury Lexus extended: Toyota’s shiny sister unveiled its latest coupé in Detroit. The LC 500 is based on the LC-LF concept which will reportedly soon be available as a hybrid version called LC 500h.
Infiniti update: The Japanese brand updated both the Q50 and QX60. Rather than giving them a facelift, Infiniti increased motor efficiency. The new Q50 comes with a 360 hp hybrid powertrain and an one-motor, two-clutch control, while the QX60 is now available with a hybrid set-up.
carscoops.com (Q50), carscoops.com (QX60)
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