“In China we will also sell cars powered by a gasoline engine only. The strategy for Europe and the U.S. is to focus on hybrids and electric models, but ultimately the customers will decide what they really want.”
Senior Vice President of Lynk&Co., Alain Visser, said Berlin was a conscious choice for the launch event of the brand as he sees Germany as one the key markets in the future and wanted to prove Chinese engineering could stand up to German standards.
“Selling a vehicle with the latest and greatest hardware, but an unproven self-driving software package is a risky strategy.”
Barclays analyst Brian Johnson comments on Tesla’s announcement of a supercomputer to steer its Autopilot. It is the latter he is doubtful of.
“We are thinking about it. After the [Volkswagen] emissions scandal, we have to think about it. We are big on hybrid in Japan and the US. We have that technology and we are thinking about it.”
Honda’s chief operating officer Katsushi Inoue muses on an electrified Civic, an exercise his development leader Mitsuru Kariya only recently engaged in as well. Still, Honda considers fuel cells a superior technology in the long run.
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