Tesla, Volkswagen, Audi, Hyundai, Segway.
Tesla Q3 earnings report: A total of 11,603 Tesla were delivered in Q3, more than previously expected. Still, compared to the same period last year, losses rose from 75m to 230m dollars, mainly due to the introduction of the Model X and development of the Model X. Shareholders still see the EV pioneer profiting from the VW scandal down the line, and shares continued to rise. Tesla also introduced a CFO: Jason Wheeler, who previously worked for Google.
New allegations against VW: The EPA now accuses the German carmaker to have also manipulated its 3-litre diesel engines. That means some Porsche would have also been equipped with defeat devices to lower emissions during testing, while former Porsche boss Matthias Müller is in now charge of restructuring Volkswagen. VW denies those allegations, but admitted that some 800,000 cars may have reported abnormal CO2-emissions, including petrol-powered ones.
forbes.com, greencarcongress.com, europe.autonews.com (CO2)
Golf with mild hybrid: The next generation VW Golf scheduled for 2016 will feature a 48 volt petrol hybrid system. In terms of pricing, the new Golf will be almost on par with diesel models, a much needed move in the face of the current scandal. The information was gathered by Autocar citing inside sources.
Audi Q7 e-tron pricing: German buyers have to be prepared to pay at least 80,500 euros for the Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro, due to arrive at dealerships in spring 2016. The plug-in hybrid couples a 258-hp diesel engine with a 94-kW electric drive. The 17.3-kWh battery allows for 56 km of electric driving.
Ioniq named Prius-fighter: Hyundai is gearing up to introduce a vehicle to take on the Toyota bestseller. The name “Ioniq” was registered in June and “slipped from of one of our sources familiar with Hyundai’s future product plans,” Auto Guide reports. The dedicated hybrid will be launched by March next year (we reported).
Mini Segway: Segway will offer a new self-balancing model from December in Europe. The Ninebot Mini Pro reaches up to 18 kph and can even drive without a rider – controlled only by a smartphone. It delivers 800 watt, has a range of 33 km, and will sell for 1,400 euros.