Tag: Infiniti

Sep 25, 2014 - 08:36 am

Germany, Infiniti, Porsche, BMW, Tesla, Nissan, Saab.

E-mobility bill: Yesterday, the German cabinet backed the draft of the e-mobility bill (“Elektromobilitätsgesetz” or “EmoG”). It will allow municipalities to privilege electric cars, fuel cell vehicles and plug-in hybrids by granting free parking and the right to use bus lanes. Furthermore, EVs will receive their own label. Monetary buying incentives however, are not part of the deal. If the German parliament and the European Commission agree, the EmoG will come into force by February next year.
bloomberg.com, dw.de, bundesregierung.de (in German)

Q80 Inspiration: Infiniti released an appetising teaser image of its Q80 Inspiration concept which will be presented at the Paris Motor Show. The four-door fastback’s lines speak of aerodynamics and the company announced a hybrid version but did not get any more specific.
autoblog.com, design.automotive-business-review.com

Every 10th Panamera is a hybrid: Worldwide 1,500 Porsche Panamera Hybrid have been sold in 2014. Sales of the plug-in Porsche thus account for almost 10% of all Panamera sales (16,000) this year.

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Build your own BMW i8: In the USA, the configurator for the hybrid super sports car has gone live. Consumers can now play about with four trim, colour and wheel options. Start dreaming at a base price of 135,700 dollars.
bmwusa.com (configurator) via autoblog.com

Tesla’s Model S is the strongest competitor of Nissan’s Leaf, at least in Northern Europe. In Norway, the luxury EV sold 3,431 units this year, while the three times cheaper Leaf was bought 3,378 times. Also in the rest of Scandinavia and Germany, sales of these two very different models are close together.

Redundancies at Saab: The Chinese owner NEVS will lay off about 200 employees in Sweden. That is one third of the staff. The production at the plant in Trollhättan came to an halt in May and NEVS was awarded creditor protection in August.
goteborgdaily.se, online.wsj.com

Sep 16, 2014 - 08:39 am

Toyota, Kia, Audi, Movpak, Infiniti.

New hybrid Toyota: The Japanese carmaker will show its concept C-HR at the Paris Motor Show. The crossover might go into serial production already next year, probably under the name of Auris Cross. Toyota confirmed that the C-HR will be available as hybrid version.
autoblog.com, technologicvehicles.com

Competitive Korean: In Europe, Kia’s Soul EV will hit the market at a price of 30,790 euros. This means the electric Korean will be cheaper than the BMW i3 (34,950 euros) and VW’s e-Golf (34,900 euros). In the States, the Soul will be available first in Califonia from 34,500 dollars before rebates, thus taking on the Nissan Leaf as well as the Ford Focus electric directly.
automobilwoche.de (in German), plugincars.com, edmunds.com

Updated Toyota Camry Hybrid: After the petrol version had been shown at the Moscow Motor Show lately, Toyota now revealed the new Camry hybrid, which naturally looks the same except for the badging. However, the facelifted Japanese comes with improved fuel economy.

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Audi’s Q7 plug-in hybrid was spied being tested at German Nürburgring. The second-generation of the SUV might debut at next Geneva Motor Show and feature the same drivetrain as the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid with a total system output of 416 hp.

Portable EV: The ‘Movpak’ is a backpack with an integrated electric skateboard. If tired of carrying your stuff, simply slide out the board and off you go with up to 15 mph. The inventing company is currently looking for funding on Kickstarter and has almost reached half of its pledged goal of a 100,000 dollars.
technologicvehicles.com, kickstarter.com (campaign)

Performance Hybrid: Jeff Cobb of hybridCARS took the Infiniti Q50 Hybrid through detailed testing. Although it has reasonably more power than Toyota’s Camry Hybrid, fuel consumption is basically as low. With its luxury and “handsome looks,” the Q50 is clearly “targeting German competition.”

Sep 12, 2014 - 08:32 am

Venucia, Zero, Linkker Oy, Bugatti, Chevrolet, Infiniti.

Pricing for China-Leaf: Dongfeng Nissan presented the Leaf in its Chinese version under the brand name of Venucia. First called the e30, the electric car now goes under the name Chenfeng but uses the same drive as the Leaf. Starting price (including rebates) is at 267,800 yuan, about 44,000 dollars.

Zero Motorcycles new Managing Director for Europe will be Umberto Uccelli. He brings 20 years of experience in the motorcycle industry with him and has served the likes of MV Augusta, Ducati and BMW. His first international duty will be at the Intermot 2014 trade show in October.

All-Finnish electric bus: Linkker Oy from Finland has announced the start of the production of its new electric bus powered by a drivetrain from Visedo. The aluminium frame of the bus, which is based on the eBus project governed by Technical research Center of Finland (VTT), is said to be 3 tons lighter than in standard buses.


Bugatti Chiron? Car And Driver reports that the successor of Bugatti’s Veyron might be named after the Bugatti race driver. The hybrid Chiron is said to come with 1,500 hp, indeed worthy of racing.

Bye-bye Volt: After three years and 35,000 miles, David Noland said goodbye to his Chevy Volt as he also drives a Tesla. With number of Superchargers increasing and the lease ending, there was simply no more need for the range-extended car. Noland still would recommend the Volt to “virtually everyone who asks.”

Infiniti QX60 hybrid review: Bengt Halvorson took this luxury Nissan for a quick drive and was a bit wary at first on what mpg he would possibly reach. The QX60 hybrid managed to impress him though with 26 mpg but the actual torque felt slightly detached from the gas pedal.


Sep 4, 2014 - 08:54 am

Gigafactory, Foxconn, Mitsubishi, Infiniti, Hummer, Nissan.

Tesla-GigafactoryNevada to get Gigafactory: According to an undisclosed source, Tesla has picked Nevada as location for its 5-billion dollar battery plant. Being just a few hundred miles away from Tesla’s main assembly plant in Californian Fremont, Nevada seems like a reasonable choice even though California has been among the final-five together with Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Nevada is expected to grant Tesla tax incentives worth about 400 million dollars. Nevada Govenor Brian Sandoval is said to officially announce the deal at a press conference Thursday evening local time.
usatoday.com, abcnews.go.com

Foxconn to get real: Hon Hai aka Foxconn recently announced plans to build electric cars that would cost less than 15,000 dollars (we reported). Now the electronics company named Chinese province Shanxi as location for a yet to be erected facility. Foxconn will invest five billion yuan (about 800 million USD) this year and wants to grow the number of employees working in the province to 100,000.

Mitsubishi recall: In Japan, Mitsubishi recalls about 6,000 i-MiEV and Minicab-MiEV due to problems with the break booster. Last year 5,800 i-MiEV were already recalled due to the same issue.
japan.ahk.de (in German), monoist.atmarkit.co.jp (in Japanese)

Hybrid pricing: Infiniti has issued pricing for his 2015 Q70 Hybrid which will start from 55,900 dollars in the States. It sits thus in the middle of the Q70 line’s price range. Also in the middle but in a different class altogether is the hybrid version of the 2015 Toyota Camry which can be bought for 26,790 dollars.
hybridcars.com (Q70), autoblog.com (Camry)

Electric Hummer in the UK: Fully Charged is selling an electric version of the usually petrol-thirsty heavyweight. The electric hummer looks like GM’s original but only runs with a top speed of 35 mph and is a lot smaller. Optional features include dual golf bag holders and side doors.

Klein to replace Palmer: Nissan’s board has approved Philippe Klein as Andy Palmer’s successor as he leaves for Aston Martin (we reported). Klein comes from Renault where he held the position of executive VP. In Japan, Klein will take over product planning as well as the EV and battery division.

Sep 3, 2014 - 08:30 am

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.
reuters.com, tax-news.com

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.
reuters.com, yonhapnews.co.kr

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.
autoblog.com, autocar.co.uk

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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.
autocar.co.uk, electriccarsreport.com

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.

Aug 1, 2014 - 08:29 am

Tesla, Panasonic, Audi, Mercedes, China, Honda, Infiniti.

Tesla and Panasonic announced the details of the Gigafactory deal: Tesla will be responsible for the premises, whereas Panasonic will invest in the equipment required to manufacture battery cells and will occupy one half of the facility to do so. The other half will be used by suppliers to prepare cell production and by Tesla to assemble battery backs. No details have been made public on the sums to be invested.
teslamotors.com, transportevolved.com, green.autoblog.com

Further updates on Tesla were published in the latest letter addressed to Tesla’s shareholders. According to it, Model S production is on track to reach 1,000 cars a month in the fourth quarter and achieve the 35,000 vehicle delivery target set for 2014. In the second quarter, Tesla was able to set a new production record with 8,763 cars, an 16% increase over Q1. In terms of the Gigafactory, ground was broken in Reno, NV, but four other states are also still in the running: Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas. Model X production will commence in Spring 2015.
forbes.com (Reno), greencarreports.com (Q2), files.shareholder.com (Shareholder Letter)

Audi-A3-etron-300Plug-in orders open: In Europe, the Audi A3 E-tron can now be pre-ordered from 37,900 euros (50,740 dollars). By December, it will be available in 410 stores and Audi promised to install at least one charge station at every dealership. For home charging, the carmaker offers an installation service and ‘Audi Energy’.

Ready to order, too, is the Mercedes S500 plug-in, which is set to arrive at European dealerships in September. Pricing starts at 108,944 euros (146,000 dollars) and includes a six-year warranty on all components of the plug-in hybrid drive. The new S500 is Daimler’s third hybrid S-Class after the S400 Hybrid and S300 Bluetec Hybrid, but the first with a plug.
greencarcongress.com, hybridcars.com

China to subsidise EV charging: China announced it would bring down energy prices for charging EVs to the level of heavy industry use and also exempt them from basic fees until 2020. Furthermore, the National Development and Reform Commission urged local governments to facilitate the installation of charging infrastructure.
shanghaidaily.com, chinadaily.com.cn, ecns.cn

Another death of an electric car: Honda has now confirmed that it will kill the Fit EV. The production in the States will stop already this autumn, Edmunds reports with reference to a Honda spokesperson. The hybrid Honda Insight will be ceased by the end of this year (we reported).

Electric Infiniti by 2017? While the company has not set a date for the introduction of its electric Infiniti LE, Automotive News said it learned that the e limousine will be ready by 2017 or latest 2018. It will then feature a next-gen battery with a longer range than the usual 90 miles.
autonews.com, insideevs.com


Jul 3, 2014 - 08:32 am

Infiniti, China, Tesla, BMW, Solaris.

Infiniti-EMERG-EElectric Infiniti: Nissan vice-president Andy Palmer again confirmed that a new line of fully-electric vehicles is being developed, which will make use of the next-gen Nissan Leaf powertrain and can be charged inductively. Palmer also said that the carmaker’s electric supercar concept, the Emerg-E (photo), will most likely see production.
autoexpress.co.uk, transportevolved.com

China awaits i3, where sales of the electric BMW will kick-off in September. Initially, the i3 will be offered at only seven dealerships in the country. While the Bavarian carmaker expects fewer than 1,000 units to be sold there by the end of the year, it also sees China as potentially the biggest EV market by 2019.

Tesla steps up production: The California EV-maker delivered around 7,500 Model S between April and June, while production reached between 8,500 and 9,000 units. That is a 13 to 19% increase compared to the first quarter of 2014. The final numbers will be released in August.
insideevs.com, dailyfinance.com

Blueprints of the future: One BMW designer published his renderings of how he thinks the i-brand will evolve. He sees the BMW i6 hit the road as early as 2022, the self-driving i7 in 2027, the sportscar i2 in 2032 and 2048 will be the year of the modular concept iQ. Just wow!

Urbino ready for the future: At this year’s IAA exhibition for commercial vehicles in September, Solaris will present the next generation of its Urbino city bus. The new Solaris was developed from the start to get both diesel-electric hybrid and full-electric drivetrains.

May 14, 2014 - 08:49 am

Volkswagen, Infiniti, Honda, TDR Bikes, Lexus.

VW commercial vans to be electrified: At the VW shareholder meeting in Hannover, CEO Martin Winterkorn said his corporation will “most probably” electrify its utility vehicles soon. He named the Transporter as well as the new Crafter, which is supposed to start by the end of 2016.
faz.net (in German)

Infiniti update: The first electric Infiniti is now scheduled for 2017 as part of Nissan’s business plan ‘Power 88.’ The Inifiniti will not only be purely electric but is said to be charged inductively too. Originally, the all-electric sedan was scheduled to arrive 2014.

E-Golf for the states: From the fourth quarter of this year, VW will bring its electric Golf to the U.S. It will be the first all electric model from Volkswagen on the continent. In which states it will be launched first and how much it will cost has yet be announced.
just-auto.com, hybridcxars.com

Honda revival: According to the British Auto Express, the Japanese are planning to freshen up their image. The NSX (we reported) and S660 will be joined by a revived roadster, the S2000 by 2017. The roadster will get hybrid technology which is said to come from McLaren.

Bankruptcy: Dutch e-bike manufacturer TDR Bikes is out of business. The company founded by former Rabo Bank team manager Theo de Rooij gave quality issues as well as missing cashflow as reasons. Last year, one of TDR’s main suppliers of electronics declared bankruptcy, too.

Truly sorry: Lexus’ anti-EV affair (we reported) is almost over. After renewed protest, namely by Plug In America, the brand known for its hybrids has now taken the disputable content offline and promised to “alter and adjust” any misleading or incorrect information.
green.autoblog.com, transportevolved.com

Apr 23, 2014 - 08:52 am

Nissan, Lamborghini, Honda, Toyota, Fiat, Peugeot, Infiniti, Lexus.

Leaf to get battery pack options: Nissan CEO Andy Palmer said that two or even three sizes of battery packs might be in the cards for the 2016 or 2017 Leaf models. Apparently, capacities of up to 42 kWh are being discussed internally.
greencarreports.com, transportevolved.com

Lamborghini SUV with hybrid version: Now, also Lamborghini wants to get a share of the SUV segment and plans to introduce an off road vehicle that is based on Volkswagen’s modular platform. Also, a hybrid version is planned.

Honda-ConceptBSporty Honda hybrid: The Japanese unveiled the new ‘Concept B’ in Beijing, without divulging much information. The hatchback is a preview for a hybrid designed for the Chinese market where the production model is set to go on sale by 2016.
indianautosblog.com, autoblog.com

Yaris gets facelift: Toyota released a photo of an updated version of its small car due to hit the stores this summer. The redesigned Yaris will have improved dynamics while the hybrid drivetrain will remain unchanged.

The Fiat 500e will go on sale in Oregon, said Fiat’s U.S. chief Jason Stoicevich in New York. So far, the small but stylish electric car has mainly been sold in California and urban centres. Sales in Oregon are set to start this summer.
wardsauto.com via greencarreports.com

Picture collection: Here are the latest pictures from Beijing and New York portraying the concept Peugeot Exalt, the extended Infiniti Q70, the Lexus NX, the Mercedes Concept Coupé SUV, the new Hyundai Sonata and Toyota Camry as well as the X5 eDrive and the Vision Future Luxury Concept by BMW.

Apr 17, 2014 - 08:14 am

BYD, Volvo, Infiniti, Mahindra, Toyota.

One more from BYD: The Chinese manufacturer will debut the Tang PHEV at its home fair. The Tang features the same 110 kW motor that works inside the Qin. A 205-hp petrol engine completes the hybrid mix. The price of the plug-in SUV is said to convert to 48,000 dollars.

Volvo-S60L-PPHEVVolvo Plug-in hybrid S60: Volvo will show the S60 PPHEV (Petrol Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) concept at the Auto China in Beijing. Like on the V60 PHEV, the electric motor has 50 kW but is coupled with a petrol instead of the diesel engine. The S60L will be produced at the Chengdu plant and is set to launch in China beginning of next year.
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com

Luxurious stretch: China and the U.S. can look forward to an extended version of Infiniti’s Q70 to gain more space in the rear. The updated hybrid limousine is powered by a V6 engine and an e-drive with 50 kW. Its premiere will be at the New York Autoshow.

E-Scooter by Mahindra: The Indian company is set to launch its first ever electric scooter in the U.S. this summer. The GenZe will cost about 3,000 dollars and features a replaceable battery said to last for about 50 miles. The display has a touchscreen that connects to a smartphone via bluetooth.
ecomento.com, indianautosblog.com

A whole new Camry: Its debut is due in New York next week and Toyota has added some 2,000 new parts to its now completely redesigned best-seller. The new Camry is trimmed to deliver a more dynamic performance though the hybrid drive system remains the same.
puregreencars.com, autoblog.com

Feb 18, 2014 - 09:55 am

Audi, BMW, SGL Carbon, Apple, Tesla, Honda, Mahindra, Infiniti.

New Audi A4 is late: Audi seems to have set its priorities right and is postponing the launch of the next A4 by six month until early 2015. According to German newspaper ‘Handelsblatt’, Audi wants to prepare the car for electric and hybrid drivetrain variants first. It seems like Ulrich Hackenberg, new head of development at Audi, is giving the right orders.

BMW-i3BMW to boost carbon production: The carmaker and its partner SGL Carbon said they will double output from 3,000 to 6,000 tons while building a second hall for carbon fibre production at their jointly run facility in Germany. The move comes after growing demand for BMW’s electric i-series and plans to use the material in other vehicles like the new 7 series.
reuters.com, europe.autonews.com

Open to speculation: Andrian Perica, merger and acquisitions chief at Apple, met with Tesla CEO Elon Musk last year, reports the SF Chronicle. While the meeting might have been (re-)fuelling speculations about Apple buying the electric carmaker, no new or feasible facts emerged.
sfgate.com via news.cnet.com

No more Honda hybrids: Due to low demand, the Japanese carmaker will stop offering its Insight and CR-Z hybrids in Europe. Only the Jazz hybrid (also known as Fit) will stay but could be discontinued in 2016.
4wheelsnews.com, motornature.com

Electric cab export: Mahindra will not offer its latest Verito Electric on its domestic market. The company is however looking into exporting it as an electric taxi and is currently researching potential markets.

Infiniti Hybrid tested: Autoweek set out to find out if the new Q50s hybrid is able to compete with its German competitors. Being “Prius quite” and with a “very good” overall quality, Infiniti is on the right track to become a serious competitor to the “established kings of lederhosen”.

Jan 17, 2014 - 09:37 am

BMW, Infiniti, BYD, Tesla, Ford.

Next electric BMW: The German car maker confirmed that they are planning the next model in the electric i-series and it is likely to be the i5. Meanwhile, the ‘Electronaut’ testing programme is about to end and participants will be the first in line to exchange their ActiveE for the i3 Electronaut edition.

No upscale Leaf: The Infiniti LE was supposed to become a luxury version of Nissan’s electric car but has now been “delayed indefinitely,” according to Infiniti President Johan de Nyssche. He denied that the delay has anything to do with the efforts to give the car greater range or the planned wireless charging system.

BYD-QinQin coming to Europe: BYD’s Qin hybrid only recently launched in China and is now set to be offered in Europe by 2015. The PHEV has an all-electric range of 44 miles and a top speed of 115 mph. Moreover, the car can be remotely manoeuvred at very low speed from outside the vehicle. In China, the Qin starts at the equivalent of 32,266 dollars.

Tesla goes Down Under: The Californians are ever further expanding and will launch their Model S in Australia by June this year. First orders have been taken and Tesla plans to develop its familiar network of concept stores across the continent rather than working with traditional dealerships.

Twice as many hybrids: Ford’s top development executive, Raj Nair, announced plans to double the U.S. car maker’s hybrid offerings by 2020. Speaking in Detroit, Nair said the move is driven by the growing demand for green vehicles in China and Europe.
reuters.com, green.autoblog.com

Found on electrive.com
25.09.2014 08:32