Aug 24, 2017 - 07:43 am

Austria, LG, Foxconn, Ariel, VW, Lexus

Clear buy out: Following a similar meeting in Germany, Austria held its very own diesel summit to strike a deal with carmakers over their emission fraud. Politics and the industry agreed that software updates would suffice, despite critics of the (German) plan said such amendments would only result in a cut of about 2-3 percent of emissions. In Austria the pledge comes with the additional promise of incentives paid by carmakers to those willing to buy low emission vehicles, so that buyers of electric cars may get rebates of up to 10,000 euros, all incentives considered.

LG to build in America: The Korean battery maker announced plans for a facility in Michigan and has put away 25m dollars to erect it. Located just at Detroit’s doorstep, the facility shall produce advanced EV components and thus create close to 300 jobs once it opens next year. LG supplies GM with parts for its Chevy Bolt and already upholds an R&D Centre in Troy, Michigan.,

Taiwanese Foxconn is looking to settle in Michigan too, as the supplier of Apple and Tesla seeks to establish its own R&D centre, Nikkei reports. The focus is on electric, autonomous and connected cars but the plans have yet to be confirmed.

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Supercar with turbine REx: British Ariel is working on an electric car with no less than 4 drives that develop 220 kW each. Codenamed P40, the EV has a turbine range extender and is set for production by 2020. Despite the EV being a racer, it got funding from the UK government that expects to see first results at the Cenex Low-Carbon Vehicle show later this month.

Electric VW Coupé? The Scirocco could be reborn electrically and come back as a convertible with two doors. Volkswagen would utilise the MEB platform and Auto Express already delivers a first rendering.

Lexus’ premieres at IAA: Toyota’s premium brand has chosen the IAA for the European debut of both the NX SUV as well as the compact CT. Both models have received a makeover and will also be available as hybrids in line with Lexus policy to offer electrified variants across the board.


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