More range, more styling: Toyota punts new Mirai at Tokyo

Early glimpse at 2019 Tokyo Motor Show Driving range extended by up to 30% Latest fuel-cell electric vehicle technology TOKYO, Japan – Toyota says it will take advanced zero-emission fuel-cell electric vehicle technology to a new level when it previews the second-generation Mirai at the 2019 Tokyo auto show. The concept car will provide an early…

Volvo goes live with ‘safest electric car on the road’

MALMO, Sweden – Here it comes! Volvo’s first modern electric car has been announced, the details made available today with images of the chassis of the car as a development of the Volvo XC40 plug-in hybrid. The automaker is also presenting the XC40 as ”the safest electric car on the road” and says it joins…

Electric Maserati: New Italian hub for next-gen models

MODENA, Italy – Maserati, in line with the FCA’s €5-billion investment programme for Italy, has announced a plan to assemble vehicle electrification and autonomous driving technology, including battery vehicles. They will be produced at plants in Modena, Cassino, and Turin and Grugliasco). Every Maserat will be fully assembled in Italy and adopt hybrid and battery…

Subaru and Toyota link for once-in-century deal

TOKYO, Japan – Toyota and Subaru have agreed on a new business and capital alliance to further develop and strengthening their long-term partnership. The partnership, since concluding an agreement on business collaboration in 2005, has included contract production by Subaru of Toyota vehicles and supply by Toyota of vehicles to Subaru. It also involved joint…

Forget Detroit – Maryland builds fastest battery car

ROCKVILLE, Maryland – Genovation Cars has claimed for its 2019 GXE all-electric supercar a speed record faster than the one it previously held. The world record was recorded, witnessed and certified by the International Mile Racing Association (IMRA) with Johnny Bohmer driving during straight-line aerodynamic testing at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. The speed:…

Volvo driving forwards with battery-car crash protection

MALMO, Sweden – The advance of electric cars, Swedish automaker Volvo believes, represents the biggest change in the history of the automobile as – for the first time in more than a century – cars move without a petrol or diesel engine and have a battery under their floor. (That statement, of course, doesn’t acknowledge…

Hyundai electric concept builds on an idea from 1974

SEOUL, South Korea – Hyundai unveiled the 45, a battery-powered electric vehicle concept, at the 2019 Frankfurt auto show to show off a new era of the company’s automotive design focused on electrification, autonomous technology, and intelligent design. The car, Hyundai says, has put a twist on a 45-year-old icon, the Hyundai Pony Coupé Concept, to…

Hyundai sparks entry for Electric Touring Cars at Frankfurt

FRANKFURT, German – Hyundai Motorsport revealed its Veloster N Electric Touring Car racer at the 2019 Frankfurt auto show based on the road-going Veloster N. The car has been designed specifically for the new Electric Touring Car Racing championship which will debut in 2020 and, the automaker says, ”heralds an exciting era for Hyundai Motorsport…

New Mitsubishi ASX out in UK – here’s what you get

LONDON, England – Mitsubishi Motors has enhanced its SUV range with the launch on some markets of an extensively-revised 2020 Mitsubishi ASX with a technical specification in line with the rest of the Mitsubishi Motors SUV range. It will be available with auto transmission and all-wheel drive. Its maker says the 2020 ASX has what…

Jeep Renegade plug-in hybrid set to wow Paris city

PARIS France – The first Jeep plug-in hybrid electric vehicle for the EMEA region will be the star of a Jeep exhibition in the heart of Paris. The Jeep Renegade PHEV will be previewed at the MotorVillage Champs-Elysées until September 25 2019. The all-roader had its premiere at the March 2019 Geneva auto show and…

Peugeot goes high-tech with three-motor AWD SUV

PARIS, France – The success story of the Peugeot 3008 sport ute, the automaker says, with more than 700 000 sold since launch in 2016 has gone into another dimension with a Hybrid 4 model – a unit with more power than any other assembled by the brand. The  Hybrid4, in Europe at least, is…

Hyundai Motorsport set to switch-on electric racing

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Hyundai Motorsport is assembling its first battery-powered racing car designed and built at Hyundai Motorsport’s HQ in Germany. The Corner doesn’t yet have an image but it will come when the cars are unveiled at the 2019 Frankfurt auto show on September 10. The move to electric extends Hyundai Motorsport’s racing…