The Volvo XC40 breaks a lot of new ground for the automaker. It’s Volvo’s first model with inductive charging for mobile phones and the first to offer a car-sharing option for family and friends.
Greenpeace activists boarded a ship arriving in Britain to stop the delivery of more than 1,000 Volkswagen cars from Germany while others sought to immobilize vehicles at a port in anti-diesel protests.
With the XC40, Volvo designer Ian Kettle achieved a rare feat. The new SUV’s look remains true to the original drawing Kettle did four years ago.
Quanergy Systems could be the first initial public offering to emerge from a fleet of autonomous driving technology companies, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
Audi is set to debut its all-new sporty super-hybrid SUV, the SQ8, in January’s North American Auto Show in Detroit, Mich.
To compete directly with the BMW X6 M, the Audi SQ8 may be inspired by the Q8 Sport Concept, which was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show last March. It featured a 3.0-liter V6 engine for 444 horsepower with a 20 kWh electric motor, resulting in 469 horsepower and 516 pounds-feet of torque. Its 0 to 60 mph time is estimated at 4.7 sec, and a top speed is 171 mph.
On the design front, its more aggressive sport-tuned air suspension complements its squatted, hunched back. Other notables include Quattro all-wheel drive, more aggressive bumpers, and carbon ceramic brake discs. Four-wheel steering Virtual Cockpit gauge display will also come standard on all vehicles.
No word on when the production SQ8 will arrive in dealerships. Pricing, although not yet revealed, is expected to fall in the $100,000 range based on its specifications versus direct competitors.
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The United States will present new text proposals and begin to weigh into thornier issues — such as rules of origin — of the North American Free Trade Agreement in the third round of negotiations.
Infiniti is set to debut its first electric model at the North American International Auto Show in January 2018.
Very little details have been revealed so far. According to Autocar, the new concept will be introduced as a new electric-only model on its platform, not one shared by the Nissan Leaf, according to senior VP for global design Alfonso Albaisa. He also alluded to its Prototype 9 electric retro racer concept, which was revealed at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance earlier this year, as being a technology influencer, with parts of the car planned for the new concept without specifying what.
No word was given on whether it will be a sedan, an SUV, or a pure performance car (image is of a previous concept).
Also, Infiniti plans to promote synergy with its parent company, Nissan, leveraging its experience to build and refine its electric drivetrain. According to Infiniti head Roland Krueger, “there are lots of engineering competencies we can tap into and utilize.”
Infiniti’s last attempt at an electric vehicle was the 2012 LE, which was based on the Leaf platform with a 100-mile driving range on a single charge on a 134 horsepower electric motor and a 24 kWh lithium-ion battery. This project was scrapped two times in 2013 and 2015 over doubts regarding its potential to sell and overarching sales goals that took priority.
Source: Autocar UK
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U.S. automakers are facing mounting pressure amid slowing demand in the country, as Asian and European automakers aggressively ramp up vehicle production in North America, including a new investment by Daimler.
Daimler AG is investing an additional $1 billion in its U.S. factory in Vance, Ala., expanding the 20-year-old site to build fully electric utility vehicles under its EQ subbrand along with their battery packs.
The union representing 2,500 striking workers at GM Canada’s CAMI assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ont., says it has invited management to get talks rolling again in hopes of reaching a settlement.