Opel, Kia, Hyundai, Lexus, Toyota, Buick Regal

opel-ampera-e-elektroauto-blau-300x150Opel to go all-electric by 2030? The German GM branch may go for total electrification, Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann said. It is a decision GM was to make in May but with the possible acquisition of the brand by PSA (we reported yesterday), it s unclear if the EV-only strategy will go forward.

Kia aims for FCV: Hyundai’s sister is to follow the Korean carmaker in its trail to hydrogen. Kia plans to build a dedicated eco model for 2021, said the company’s head of marketing in Europe, Artur Martins. The car will be of larger build and able to host any electric or hybrid system and also fuel cells.

Hyundai blasts the American market open as it prices the Ioniq’s green variant competitively. The hybrid starts from 22,200 dollars, the electric Ioniq from 29,000 – before subsidies. In states that top up the federal incentive of 7,500 dollars, the Ioniq EV will thus cost less than 20,000 bucks.
insideevs.com, electriccarsreport.com

Luxus Lexus in Geneva: Toyota’s posh offspring has hybridised its luxury line LS ahead of Geneva. Details of the LS 500h are scarce but it will likely lend its powertrain from the LC 500h, which couples a 6 cylinder with an electric motor. On-sale of the LS 500h will start before the year’s end.
autocar.co.uk, toyota.com

Toyota recalls all Mirai: A software fault may prompt Toyota’s FCV to lose all propulsion. The issue resulted in a worldwide recall of all 2,800 Mirai vehicles made between November 2014 and December 2016 to repair the defect.
phys.org, autocar.co.uk

The first images and details of the 2018 Buick Regal sedan for the Chinese market have surfaced online. Its debut is set for the Shanghai Auto Show this April but it will hit American shores in the second half of this year, also as a hybrid.



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