Electric Aston Martin’s don’t get mentioned very much here at Beating Spirit, but that might be about to change as the company has now showcased a fully electric concept of its Rapide S four-door sports saloon.
Volvo has announced that plug-in hybrids will be introduced across its entire range. It will develop an entirely new range of electrified smaller cars and build a fully electric car for sale by 2019.
The Volkswagen Group will recall a total of approximately 8.5 million vehicles in Europe, including 2.4 million vehicles in Germany.
In a further response to the Volkswagen emissions scandal, the newly-formed Volkswagen Brand Board of Management has taken more strategic decisions at a special meeting about the future of its diesel and electric cars.
The new BMW 730d has a combined fuel economy figure of 60.1mpg, equating to 124g/km CO2, and the forthcoming BMW 740e will be capable of 134.5mpg and 49g/km CO2 emissions – as well as having 326hp, 500Nm torque, and a 0-62mph time of 5.6 seconds.
Some good news for diesel cars – a Peugeot 1.6-litre BlueHDi 75 Active 5-door hatchback has taken overall victory in this year’s MPG Marathon, achieving average fuel economy of 104.5mpg in real-world driving conditions over 385 miles.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said that Volkswagen had installed illegal software – a device designed to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) – to cheat emissions tests, allowing its diesel cars to produce up to 40 times more pollution than allowed.
Porsche says that the all-electric, four-door and four-seat Mission E Concept is what the Porsche of tomorrow might look like.
The Nissan Gripz Concept is equipped with an EV technology-based series hybrid system known as ‘Pure Drive e-Power’, which incorporates an efficient petrol engine and the electric motor from the Nissan LEAF.
The all-electric Audi e-tron quattro concept, with a driving range of 310 miles, previews an electric SUV that Audi will launch in 2018.