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Porsche will decide fate of coupe and EV versions of Macan and Cayenne in 2018

Porsche has been making a killing in terms of sales with its two luxury sports utility vehicles, the compact Macan and the midsize Cayenne. While Porsche is known for its high-performance sports cars, its two SUVs have been outselling its other offerings combined. But perhaps time is already ripe for the German sports car maker to offer full-electric and coupe versions of the Macan and Cayenne. Porsche will decide on that matter next year.

In an interview with Automotive News during the recently held 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, Porsche chief executive Oliver Blume made it clear that the company’s first all-electric vehicle – based on the Porsche Mission E Concept sedan unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show – won’t be the company’s last project in electro-mobility. Thus, in line with its plans, the German sports car maker will be announcing its second electro-mobility project in the first half of 2018.

Blume quipped that the company needs to check first whether a Porsche SUV would make sense as its next electro-mobility project. This all-electric SUV could be an EV version of the Porsche Macan, as hinted by executives at the carmaker. The chances that the Macan or the Cayenne SUVs would be the Porsche’s next electro-mobility are high, considering that SUVs are its best-sellers. It would further diversify Porsche’s offerings without having to create a completely different vehicle. With the production version of the Mission E set to arrive in 2019, the EV variant of the Macan or Cayenne is anticipated to come shortly after that.

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BMW names its first fully electric production SUV as the iX3, expect it to arrive in 2019

For the past several years, BMW has been working on electric mobility, or electrifying their current models. This is why the German automaker has trademarked a range of “i” nameplates for their future lineup of electric models. One of the latest models would be the “iX3trademark that suggests that BMW’s best-selling SUV will be the first of many in a long lineup of EVs.

AutoExpress just said that BMW has filed the trademark of the iX3 name earlier this month, and it will be joined by a range of i-badged trademarks that already exist, such as the iX1, the iX9, and everything in between. Without a doubt, the iX3 nameplate will be seen on the back of the BMW’s electric X3. It is currently the only fully electric SUV that the company has confirmed for production by far, and according to the automaker, this model should be out sometime in 2019.

Other models that will join the iX3 would be the upcoming i5, which was first previewed to us by the Vision Dynamics Concept. The German company plans to schedule the production of this model in 2020 to rival Tesla’s Model S, with its 373-mile range. Keeping their hopes up, they expect these two models to make up as much as 25 percent of their overall sales by 2025. In 2017 alone, BMW has plans on selling 100,000 plug-in hybrid cars, alongside an overall cumulative sales figure of around 200,000 vehicles.

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Mercedes-Benz invests $1 billion in their Alabama factory for the EQ SUV

Mercedes-Benz has grand plans for the production of its EQ subbrand, and part of this would be to restructure its 20-year-old factory located in Vance, Alabama. To do this, the automaker will have to invest about $1 billion in the plant, so they could also electrify all models in their lineup by 2022. All in all, they plan to electrify over 50 different models.

Markus Schaefer, member of the divisional board of Mercedes-Benz Cars responsible for production and supply chain, said in relation to the investment that their global network is ready for electric vehicles considering the fact that there are production locations for EVs and batteries in several continents including Asia, Europe, and the United States. He was also glad to say that production of the EQ in the U.S. will be a lot quicker for them, because of the plant modernization in Tuscaloosa.

At last year’s Paris Motor Show, Daimler unveiled an EQ concept SUV, and it was described as a near production model. The EQ sub-brand consists of sedans, crossovers and SUVs.

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Bollinger Motors eyes to create longer four-door version of B1 electric SUT

Remember the Bollinger B1 all-electric sport utility truck (SUT)? This two-door four-seat electric truck just got more convenient with further utility with the addition of two more doors. This is the new four-door version of the new Bollinger B1.

Not a few were left in awe when New York-based Bollinger Motors unveiled the new Bollinger B1, the first all‐electric, on‐and‐off‐road SUT in the world. Regarded as a medium‐duty SUT, the new Bollinger B1 features an all‐electric powertrain, all‐aluminum chassis and convertible cab panels as well as adjustable air‐suspension and distinct unique storage options. With excellent ground clearance (15.5 inches) and massive amount of instantly available torque (640 Nm), the Bollinger B1 is being marketed as the perfect work truck for ranchers and builders. But it has only two doors, which means rear cabin passengers wouldn’t have an easy time getting in or getting out of the Bollinger B1.

This is why – through a sketch image – Bollinger is revealing the plans for a four-door version of the Bollinger B1 electric SUT. However, simply adding two doors won’t do. Bollinger decided to lengthen the B1 SUT. According to Robert Bollinger, designer and chief executive of the company, creating a four-door version of the B1 SUT – which should be as capable on the off-road as the two-door original – would mean stretching the chassis by nine inches.

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This month, a new patent was registered by Nissan Malaysia's patent office under the name "Terra". This patent suggests that a new electric SUV/CUV by the Japanese automaker may be on its way. Just after the company announced the Nissan LEAF, we hear about the Terra, so we are thinking that this might be the five-door hatchback model that the company will be developing next.

This is because back in 2012, Nissan had already presented a concept they called the Terra at the Paris Motor Show. This was a hydrogen fuel cell concept that carried a Nissan LEAF powertrain. Now that there's a patent for it, people are assuming that the Nissan Terra will be an all-electric model, similar to the Nissan LEAF. But it might get a second electric motor on the rear to make it an all-wheel drive setup. The fact that Nissan is sharing development costs between several vehicles is quite smart. That’s what they’re doing for their electric vehicles including the LEAF, the e-NV200, and most likely the Terra EV.

You may be wondering why the patent was registered in Malaysia, instead of a country that's closer to the brand like Japan or the US. This is probably because large companies like Nissan want to avoid making too much noise about their strategies. That’s why they didn’t file the application at a nearer or larger patent office. Too bad Autocar was able to track the registry almost instantly.

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Tesla has been all over the news lately. Earlier, Elon Musk announced that the Tesla Model 3, their first mass market electric vehicle, will be delivered to the first 30 customers on July 28.

But that was not the only report that attracted a lot of attention. A spokesperson from the company had just confirmed that the Tesla Model S and Model X are both getting a series of upgrades. Not many details were provided, but changes will involve both software and hardware modifications, which will likely boost the performance of the new models.

For the entry level 75 variant Tesla Model S, there is a noticeable difference in terms of performance as its 0-60 miles per hour time is cut short by 1.2 seconds - from 5.5 seconds to only 4.3 seconds. As for the 75D trim, it reduced its sprint time from 5.2 seconds to only 4.2 seconds. For the 100D, change is not as prominent with only a 0.1 second difference compared to its predecessor, now performing the 0-60 mph run in just 4.1 seconds.

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Back in 2016, RevoZport for the first time modified the Model S for Hong Kong’s e-Touring Challenge. This was named the RevoZport R- Zentric P90D Model S safety car. The heavily modified Model S would later serve as the safety vehicle for the FIA Formula E Hong Kong ePrix held last October 9 at the Harbourfront in Hong Kong. Certainly, RevoZport was one of the first auto tuners to dress up a Tesla this far.

Now with the new Tesla Model X, the aftermarket tuning company also has some new accessories built for the crossover. The Hong Kong based auto tuner offers the Model X with its new R-Zentric tuning package. The aero kit comes complete with the brand’s signature diffuser, rear spoiler, side sills and front splitter. It also has some enhancements for the front bumper as well as a new set of Klassen ID 22-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels.

Overall, the RevoZport Model X has a sportier character compared with the previously modified Tesla Model X as done by Unplugged Performance and Villner auto tuners.

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Nearly all details have been set with regards to the upcoming market introduction of the new Jaguar I-Pace. Its production version was recently previewed at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. For one, production of the new Jaguar I-Pace has been left in the hands of a contract manufacturer in Austria. However, that does not mean that such a project would only be beneficial to the Austrian labor force. After all, the new Jaguar I-Pace all-electric SUV could still bring a lot of benefits to the workforce in the United Kingdom.

Jaguar Land Rover chief executive Ralf Speth recently revealed that contract manufacturer Magna Steyr is going to build the new Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV in Graz, Austria. This was after Jaguar Land Rover signed Magna Steyr in 2015 to build two of its future models. At the time, the Jaguar Land Rover had yet to disclose which vehicles would be built by Magna, but Speth’s recent words confirmed that the new Jaguar I-Pace would be one of the two vehicles to be built by Magna.

Generally, the name of the game for the Jaguar I-Pace in the UK is local infrastructure. Speth remarked during an industry event that Jaguar Land Rover might assemble some units of the Jaguar I-Pace in the West Midlands. Not only that, Jaguar Land Rover would like to double overall local production from 500,000 to a million cars annually by the end of the decade. However, all of these depend on the willingness of the government to invest in surrounding infrastructure to allow carmakers like Jaguar Land Rover to set up new production sites, especially for electric vehicles. The Financial Times reported that Speth pegged the government investment at around £450 million (about $561.7 million). Jaguar Land Rover assembled around 490,000 vehicles from its production lines in the UK, according to The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

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Barely a week after Jaguar unveiled a production preview of its all-electric performance sports utility vehicle – the new Jaguar I-Pace Concept – at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, further details were revealed.

Jaguar Land Rover chief executive Ralf Speth told Automotive News Europe in an interview that contract manufacturer Magna Steyr will build the new Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV at its production facilities in Graz, Austria. It can be remembered that Jaguar Land Rover, in 2015, entered an agreement to contract Magna Steyr to build two of its future models.

At the time, the British carmaker had yet to reveal which vehicles would be built by Magna. However, it was widely expected that one of these future models would be the fifth-generation Land Rover Discovery and an electric vehicle. Speth’s words confirmed that the new Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV would be one of the two vehicles to be built by Magna, but did not confirm the identity of the second model.

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Just recently, the German government announced that it will offer sales subsidies for electric vehicles with prices less than €60,000. It is part of the government’s €1.2 billion electric car purchase incentive scheme which we believe aims to encourage automakers to create more environment friendly vehicular alternatives.

Mercedes-Benz seems to have accepted the challenge and is in the works of creating their first line of electric vehicles. According to Thomas Weber, Mercedes-Benz outgoing research and development boss, four new electric vehicles will be joining the Mercedes line-up targeted by the end of 2020. It will be composed of two electric saloons and two SUVS. It will be competing with EVs developed by Tesla Motors’ Model S, one of the leading EVs since its production in 2012. It will also be released as a response to Audi’s production version of the e-tron quattro concept set to debut in 2018.

Mercedes will base the saloons on the C- and S-Class while the SUVs will be similar to the GLA and GLC. A modified version of the MFA platform, the same platform used by the B-Class Electric Drive, will be adopted by the GLA-based SUV while the GLC-based SUV and the saloons will have a brand new variant of the Modular Rear Architecture or MRA platform which is made specifically for EV applications. Not much information has been released regarding the saloons but it looks like the SUV’s entry to the automotive world is inevitable as it has been tentatively planned to go into production by 2019. It will make its first appearance in September at the Paris Motor Show.

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Audi officially announced that it will introduce the Q8 flagship SUV in 2019, while an electric-powered sporty SUV in the upper-mid segment will arrive in 2018. Meanwhile, the smaller Audi Q1 will be introduced next year. According to the German manufacturer, the new models are intended to provide a solid foundation for the company’s growth path.

By 2020, Audi plans to expand its lineup to 60 models from 52 as it aims to become the top global premium brand by vehicle sales and overtake BMW. The upcoming Q8 is expected to be based on the Q7 and will offer similar styling to the BMW X6 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe. Moreover, the company is working on its first full-electric SUV, which will be a rival for the Tesla Model X crossover.

This new model is expected to be based on the next-generation Q5 and will offer a range of 500 km (310 miles). The new Audi Q8 flagship SUV will see new rivals by the time it will arrive as Bentley will present the Bentayga later this year, seen as the world’s most luxurious and expensive SUV. Still, Maserati’s Levante and Jaguar’s F-Pace crossover will also steal customers from the German manufacturer.

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Even as Audi is preparing to introduce a full-electric SUV, which boasts a 500 km (310 mile) range that would rival Tesla's Model X crossover, its CEO Rupert Stadler continues to be cautious about EVs. When interviewed by Automotive News Europe last week, Stadler said that customers who want a vehicle with electrification will be choosing plug-in hybrids at least for the next 10 to 15 years.

He explained that plug-in hybrids offer the right balance, with electric power used for city driving and the internal combustion engine used for longer journeys. Plug-in hybrids are equipped with a gasoline or diesel engine as well as an electric motor. Audi’s A3 Sportback e-tron is the first plug-in from the automaker. It started selling last November in Europe.

On electric power, it has a range of 50km. Stadler said that more people will accept the EVs if it gets a longer range and if the fast-charging network is improved. On March 10 at Audi’s annual press conference, r&d chief Ulrich Hackenberg said that the company will present a large premium SUV with a range of over 500km in early 2018.

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Tesla Motors Inc. has stopped output at its Fremont site to pave for a reconfiguration of the production floor with an aim to accelerate assembly of the Model S by 25 percent and to get it ready for building electric crossovers. Vehicle assembly at the site resumes Aug. 4, Tesla spokesman Simon Sproule told Bloomberg in an interview.

He said major upgrades include modifications to the body and general assembly lines, with an overall cost of around $100 million.

Sproule said the upgrade represents the single biggest investment in the site since Tesla commenced operations, adding that the work in progress will enable the carmaker to churn out higher volumes.

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Toyota Motor Corp. is claiming that its RAV4 EV sports utility vehicle could travel farther than its major rivals’ electric models. According to Toyota, its RAV4 EV could travel up to 113 miles or 182 kilometers on a full charge. Bill Fay, group vice president of U.S. Toyota-brand sales, quipped that the RAV4 EV's driving performance, dynamics and cargo capacity are equivalent to or may even surpass the RAV4 V-6.

Fay added that the electric-powered small SUV is the “most practical, versatile and convenient” electric vehicle on the market. RAV4 EV joins an increasing number of electric vehicles that are making waves in the market, including the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt, Honda Fit EV and Ford Focus EV.

 Carmakers are bent on producing these environment-friendly units to meet demand for vehicles that emit little or no pollution as well as to comply with California rules.

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