FAW-VW make preparations to produce e-tron in China
Starting next year, the Audi e-tron will be produced for the Chinese market by the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture at the Changchun plant. Between 45,000 and 50,000 units per year are planned. Another Audi electric model to be produced in China is the e-tron Sportback.
Audi to release fully-electric compact model
Audi is planning a fully electric compact model based on the A3 format. Like the VW ID the new Audi EV will utilise the MEB platform and you can expect to see a first study “in the coming months”. As is widely known, Audi intends to launch 20 electrified models by 2025.
BMW could force PHEVs to go electric in cities
BMW could force their plug-in hybrids to go fully electric in heavily polluted inner cities, according to development chief Klaus Fröhlich. The GPS could then turn off the combustion engine, providing only clean electric propulsion.
Kia reveals new e-Soul in Los Angeles
Kia has presented the newest generation of the Soul at the LA Auto Show, which will be available in Europe starting in the first half of 2019 exclusively in the BEV version named the e-Soul. Prices and range have not been released yet.
World debut: Audi presents the e-tron GT in LA
“Audi e-tron, the third” sounds a little like grandiose marketing yet is actually quite an avid description for the latest addition to Audi’s range of electric cars, the e-tron GT. The dedicated concept EV debuted in LA and is slated for production in around two years.
Rivian follows through in LA with powerful eSUV
After revealing its electric pickup R1T yesterday, U.S. startup Rivian raises the game with its fully electric SUV R1S, which will be offered as a 5 and 7-seater. Prices start at 72,500 U.S. dollars (before subsidies), and the EV will be available by late 2020.
Toyota presents 2019 Prius featuring new AWD-e
Toyota updated their long-running hybrid and the 2019 Prius range does look fresher but more importantly has a new all-wheel drive. The Japanese carmaker reckons it could prove a bestseller in more adverse climates and the system uses an electric motor to power the rear-wheels independently.
Kia to debut new Soul EV in LA
Kia has confirmed they will present the new Soul EV at the end of the month at the LA Auto Show and has released a teaser image. The new version of the Kia Soul will only be available as a battery electric vehicle in Europe.
Hybrid SUV Lexus RX comes with seven seats
Lexus has revealed a seven-seater version of its RX model at the L.A. Motor Show. The RX 450hL is a large SUV that will be launched in the U.S. also as PHEV model. The latter couples a 3.5 litre engine with two electric motors.