New i3 by 2017: BMW plans to give its sole electric car a facelift that would include a new front and rear as well as a new battery. This will increase range “substantially” beyond the current 300 km maximum, the German carmaker told Welt. The revamped i3 is set for next year.
reuters.com, welt.de (in German)
20,000 Mission-E? Porsche plans to sell 20,000 units of its electric model annually. Given that only a total of 31,000 Porsche were sold last year, the mission is ambitious. Tesla however produces the Model S at a current rate of 50,000.
Fuel cell Lexus? Toyota’s subsidiary plans a H2 variant of its luxury LS model by 2019, Autocar reports. It borrows fuel cell technology from the Toyota Mirai. Production will remain within the three-digit realm and Lexus targets consumers in urban centres like London, Paris, LA and Tokio.
Luxury Passat: VW released a first sketch of the CC successor Arteon, which is to introduce a new design language. It will debut in Geneva next year and hit the shelves in summer 2017. A PHEV variant is planned but no details are known at this stage.
autocar.co.uk, autonews.com, volkswagen-media-services.com
WM Motor moving ahead: The Chinese start-up WM Motor broke ground for its facility in Wenzhou. With nearly 1bn dollar investment reserved, it aims for 200,000 vehicles a year. The first electric vehicle is planned for 2018 followed by seven more models, one each year until 2025.
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