BMW, Porsche, Lexus, Volkswagen, WM Motor.

BMWi3-Protonic-Blue-300New 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., (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.,,

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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