Audi, Z5/Supra Hybrid, Nissan, Maserati, Singulato, Tesla.
Audi poaches Volvo exec: Peter Mertens has been appointed to lead technical development at Audi. The carmaker looked outside the VW Group to fill the position, after the two previous technical development chiefs had to step down after the VW emission scandal.
Z5/Supra Hybrid update: The sports car jointly developed by BMW and Toyota will be built by Magna Steyr in Graz and will launch in 2018. And it looks as though the hybrid version might draw on technology from Toyota’s recent TS050 LMP1 Le Mans race car. Meanwhile, Autocar gives a first glimpse of the car’s design.
New Nissan SUV concept: The Japanese unveiled a fuel-cell-powered SUV at the Guangzhou Auto Show. The TeRRA SUV is equipped with three electric motors. While the rear features two in-wheel motors, the front is powered by the same technology as the Nissan Leaf.
E-Maserati confirmed: According to Autocar, Maserati is planning on releasing an electric version of its Alfierie two-seater in 2020. It will hit the road roughly one year after the debut of the petrol-powered version. Moreover, it will most likely be the first model to sit on a new “electrically capable Maserati chassis.”
Singulato in pictures: The subsidiary of Chinese carmaker Zhiche Auto (we reported) has published photos and videos of its upcoming electric crossover. The design is definitely something. Production will be outsourced until 2020, after which Singolato hopes to build 200,000 units per year in its own factory.
Tesla poaches Microsoft designer: Andrew Kim, designer of HoloLens and Xbox One S, now takes the position as lead designer at Tesla. What tasks he will be in charge of exactly has not been made public.
Plug-in-Mini, Porsche, Nissan, Singulato, BAIC, Zero Motorcycles.
Plug-in Countryman debut in LA: The new Mini will premier at next week’s Los Angeles Auto Show. The Mini Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 is the brand’s first plug-in hybrid and comes with a said range of 40 km – max. Press pictures show the little PHEV undisguised and it will hit the market by June 2017.
Another LA premier is due for Porsche’s Panamera, which will be presented with a new long-wheelbase, called the Executive. It is 15cm longer. Both the XL and the standard version are available as plug-in hybrids, while UK market entry is scheduled for April next year. Prices start at 84,838 GBP.
Leaf U.S. pricing: Nissan published the prices for its 2017 Leaf. In the USA, the electric car will cost from 30,680 dollars before EV incentives. The set-up remains the same apart from the 30 kWh battery as standard option (we reported).
Singulato is Zhiche: The Chinese EV firm coming up recently is not entirely new but the English name for Zhiche Auto. With its 600m dollar financing, it may build two concept electric cars. Both designs show wing doors and the logo displays an overlapping S and X – an inspired double meaning surely.
BAIC builds in Malaysia: The Chinese carmaker presented the EV200 made in Malaysia. The EV allegedly sits on the former Smart ForFour’s platform and is built in a joint venture with local Amber Dual. The front-wheel drive is powered by a 30.4 kWh Li-ion battery with the top speed set at 125 kph.
Zero Motorcycles’ new range: The electric motorcycle maker launched its 2017 line-up with a 200 mile range. Prices start at 8,495 dollars but almost double to 15,995 USD. A redesigned Z-Force drive delivers 19 percent higher torque and 11% more power and European dealers take deliveries.