Tag: Johan van Zyl

Mar 8, 2017 - 11:36 am

Håkan Samuelsson, Johan van Zyl.

Hakan-Samuelsson“We will introduce our first all-electric car in 2019, and by 2025 I can see us offering a pure electric model in all of our ranges.”

Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson is future-oriented and doubts that diesel will last much longer than 2020, when “twin engine (hybrid) and all electric cars will become more favourable cost-wise.”

Johan-van-Zyl“We are on our way of achieving our target of having 50 percent of our mix in hybrids by 2020.”

Toyota’s European President & CEO Johan van Zyl is another who prepares for a less fossil fuel heavy future. His colleague Didier Leroy, Toyota’s VP, added that the fuel cell car the carmkaer is developing with BMW will be ready in three to five years.

Oct 24, 2016 - 07:57 am

Dieter Zetsche, Henrik Fisker, Johan van Zyl.

Dieter-Zetsche“We have set for ourselves a target five years ago to become the number one car premium manufacturer. That was supposed to be reached in 2020, but it seems that we are awful close already. So we can set a new target to ourselves and that is equally to be the leader in electric premium vehicles as well. This includes not just our current competitors, but new entries as well, including Tesla.”

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche is most satisfied with his firm’s progress and considers electrification the next segment to take a lead in, or where to go head to head with Tesla. It is EV premium he is talking, naturally.

henrik-fisker“I think it’s pretty clear when you look at the market, when you look at the premium market, there’s really only one company that is out there, and it’s Tesla.”

Henrik Fisker is certain who he considers his biggest competitor. However, as Tesla is moving further into autonomy, Fisker does not “believe that it makes any sense for an automaker to develop autonomous driving.”
businessinsider.com via insideevs.com

Johan-van-Zyl“The sharing economy is one of the shining economies. That, in cities, might be the direction. But it’s also a difficult business model to make work, because at the end of the day, whether somebody is sharing or using it, somebody has to pay for it. The asset must be funded. It’s an interesting business model but not an easy one.”

Says Toyota’s European President & CEO Johan van Zyl. He also mused on the electrification of the compact Aygo that Toyota produces together with PSA as EVs could definitely play a part in the urban sharing economy.

Sep 13, 2016 - 08:03 am

Johan van Zyl, Wang Binggang.

Johan-van-Zyl“Currently we are at 31 percent. As more competitors enter with hybrids, that will help to spread the knowledge and understanding of the technology.”
Toyota Europe CEO Johan van Zyl says the competition won’t hinder the carmaker’s goal of hybrids accounting for half of European sales by the end of the decade. And he added that Toyota is still looking to have a hybrid version of every one of its models.

anonym“If you open the window to enjoy the views outside, you have to be prepared for a few flies getting in.”

Wang Binggang, Chairman of China’s New Electric Vehicle Project Consulting Committee, comments on recent allegations of some 25 carmakers cheating in the country’s subsidies programme for electric vehicles (we reported).


Jun 10, 2016 - 08:09 am

Johan van Zyl, Thomas Schmid, Tesla.

Johan-van-Zyl“Europeans are getting used to hybrids now. Our goal is that 50 percent of our sales will be hybrid by 2020 across Europe.”

Says Toyota Europe CEO Johan van Zyl, who also sees the carmaker’s hybrid offering as a “strong brand builder” as well as necessary to fulfil the emission regulations the EU plans to tighten.

Thomas-Schmid“Europe won’t see it before 2019. The main reason is we need different powertrains.”

Hyundai Europe COO Thomas Schmid refers to the new Genesis brand that will start in Europe’s highly competitive premium market later than in the rest of the world. (Partially) electric models are to be expected but the firm sees SUVs as a must, too.

Tesla“We’ve heard from a number of people who would like to buy a Model S, but can more easily afford it only at a lower price point.”

Hence, Tesla now offers a new base version of the Model S (also see news above). At 66,000 dollars, the 60 kWh variant is 4,000 dollars cheaper than the previous entry level EV that features a 70 kWh power pack.

Found on electrive.com
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