Every Porsche a hybrid: The German carmaker plans to introduce hybrid version across its full model range, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said. A 911 PHEV will reportedly be first in line and hit the road by 2018; the all-electric Mission E model will launch before the end of the decade.
Audi inspired by Tesla? A Model X was seen on the Autobahn sporting plates from Ingolstadt, Audi’s hometown. As Tesla currently struggles to fulfil U.S. orders, rumour has it that Audi might have secured a Model X early on to take a closer look at the competition for its own electric SUV, due by 2018.
Electric 9-3 not Saab: Swedish Saab AB, owner of the Saab brand, will not allow its name to be used for the EV based on the Saab 9-3, which will be produced by National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS). Therefore, the multitude of EVs recently ordered in China will not bear a sign of its Swedish roots.
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Renault builds in China: Together with JV partner Dongfeng, Renault opened its first facility in China. Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, will see the production of SUVs. By 2017, the electric Fluence will be manufactured in the facility, too, and will thus enter the Chinese market.
Citroën in China: Pre-production for the Citroen C6 has started in China. Dongfeng-PSA will launch the model before the end of the year and also has a hybrid version in the pipelines. The DS9, which is built together with Changan and scheduled to arrive soon after, might be hybridised as well.
Volvo readies V90: The Swede’s latest station wagon will see the light of the day ahead of Geneva, Teknikensvarld learned. The V90’s debut is set for 18th of February in Stockholm. As with most Volvo models nowadays, a hybrid variant of the V90 is a given.
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