Tesla, Volkswagen, BRD Motorcycles, GM, BMW, Cadillac, Denza.
The Tesla “D” will be unveiled on October 9th according to a tweet by Elon Musk. The surprising announcement also teases “something else” to be shown. So far, rumours on the internet range from a new Model S with all-wheel drive or driverless technology to a new SUV below the Model X.
Sporty Volkswagens: On the eve of the Paris Motor Show, Volkswagen unveiled its XL Sport, whose plug-in hybrid drivetrain got replaced by a two-cylinder Ducati engine. Furthermore, the VW Group also shows the plug-in Lamborghini Asterion in Paris, which is to follow the lead of Ferrari, McLaren, and Porsche and their plug-in hybrid supercars.
nytimes.com (XL Sport), hybridcars.com (Asterion)
New electric motorcycles: Californian BRD Motorcycles will present the RedShift MX, an electric motocross bike and the road legal RedShift SM at AIMExpo this month. Both will cost about 15,000 dollars. The start-up just won another 4.5 million dollar investment, increasing its asset to 8.5 millions.
Shhh, a new Volt is coming: Instead of leaking details bit by bit, GM is making its secrecy the news, revealing nothing else than that a new Volt is in the making. The next generation of their plug-in bestseller is set to debut at the Auto Show in Detroit in January.
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Model S sales in China: According to Goldman Sachs analyst Patrick Archambault, Tesla has about 4,000 reservations for its electric luxury sedan from Asia’s largest country. He bases his optimistic guess on industry insiders as well as waiting times for up to six months in China.
Price rise: BMW will raise the price for both the ActiveHybrid 3 and the ActiveHybrid 5 by 250 dollars in the States. Instead of 50,850 dollars, the 3-series will now be listed at 51,100 dollars, the ActiveHybrid 5 at 62,850 dollars.
Caddy ELR reviewed: Chris Paukert’s review is not so much of a test drive but looks at where the ELR actually stands. While the price tag of 75k has been “warding off would-be suitors” for months now, the ELR for Paukert is essentially “a beautiful piece of sculpture that just so happens to move.”
Denza EV exclusive to Shanghai: The Daimler and BYD Joint Venture has launched its electric car in China. Currently, Shanghai is the only city in which the Denza EV is offered but Shenzhen and Beijing will follow later this year.