Mini, Daimler, Mia Electric, Tesla, Volkswagen, Ford.
Plug-In AWD Mini? BMW sources say, that there will be a plug-in hybrid all-wheel drive version of the 2016 Mini Clubman. The drivetrain would combine the rear wheel setup of the i8 with the hybrid engine seen in the Active Tourer hybrid concept back in 2012.
Miniature hybrid by Daimler? According to Bernhard Heil, Daimler’s head of engine development, the manufacturer is thinking about developing a three cylinder hybrid powertrain. It would only be used in vehicles with front-wheel drive, like the A- or B-Class.
caranddriver.com, just-auto.com, hybridcars.com
The end for Mia Electric: The Niort Commercial Court has initiated liquidation procedures for the French EV manufacturer. In February, Mia was placed under judicial reorganisation (we reported) but was unable to raise the necessary funds to stay in business. Since mid-December, no car had rolled off the assembly line there.
lepoint.fr (in French), avem.fr (in French)
Tesla eyes Indian market: The company’s chief financial officer, Deepak Ahuja, sees the country as a huge opportunity, saying Tesla could enter the Indian market as soon as next year. Moreover, he believes that the upcoming Model X in particular could be a huge success there.
VW E-Golf and Golf GTE in Berlin: The car manufacturer is currently presenting the battery electric and hybrid plug-in versions of the famous Golf at its “e-mobilty weeks” in the German capital. Greencarcongress takes a closer look at the two stars of the show, listing technical details such as battery output or regenerative braking settings, as well as availability and pricing.
Driving the Ford 2014 C-Max Hybrid: Jeff Cobb describes it a “solid package, progressively styled, with high utility and quality of build.” He also likes that it can be driven “at a brisk pace.” He does take points off for mpg, saying that it is hard to hit the manufacturer’s fuel economy rating of 43 mpg combined. The C-Max is offered as a hybrid only in the U.S., whereas Europeans can only choose between conventional drivetrain options so far.