Johan van Zyl, Thomas Schmid, Tesla.

Johan-van-Zyl“Europeans are getting used to hybrids now. Our goal is that 50 percent of our sales will be hybrid by 2020 across Europe.”

Says Toyota Europe CEO Johan van Zyl, who also sees the carmaker’s hybrid offering as a “strong brand builder” as well as necessary to fulfil the emission regulations the EU plans to tighten.

Thomas-Schmid“Europe won’t see it before 2019. The main reason is we need different powertrains.”

Hyundai Europe COO Thomas Schmid refers to the new Genesis brand that will start in Europe’s highly competitive premium market later than in the rest of the world. (Partially) electric models are to be expected but the firm sees SUVs as a must, too.

Tesla“We’ve heard from a number of people who would like to buy a Model S, but can more easily afford it only at a lower price point.”

Hence, Tesla now offers a new base version of the Model S (also see news above). At 66,000 dollars, the 60 kWh variant is 4,000 dollars cheaper than the previous entry level EV that features a 70 kWh power pack.


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