China, South Korea, Andy Palmer, Mitsubishi, Infiniti.
China gives EVs a tax break: As previously announced, the Chinese government now stopped levying sales tax on 17 models of so-called new energy vehicles. While Nissan, GM and Daimler joint-ventures are among the beneficiaries, BMW’s and Tesla’s all-electric offerings are exempt from the rebate as they are not made in China.
South Korea uncertain: The government has given in to pressure by the car industry and postpones the implementation of its low carbon vehicle incentive system by five years until 2020. Instead, incentives for electric and hybrid cars will be intensified, a move that will surely please the domestic battery industry.
Palmer leaves Nissan: Renault-Nissan’s top executive Andy Palmer resigns to become CEO of Aston Martin instead. While his move might have to do with money or power only, we cannot help but to hope that maybe he will electrify the British brand just as he did so brilliantly in his former role.
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New Outlander concept: Mitsubishi announced to show its latest study based on the Outlander PHEV at the Paris Motorshow. First pictures released now, show the Outlander PHEV Concept S and give an idea of the new design to come while the drive will remain pretty much unchanged.
Infiniti will also be in Paris and show its updated Q70 Hybrid. According to Nissan’s luxury branch, the new version boasts an improved drive train. In Europe, the Q70 Hybrid will go on sale by the end of this year, whereas it is already available in the States.