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Plug-in hybrids will comprise half of Porsche sales by 2025, fast-charging system in the works

There’s no stopping the increasing popularity of electric vehicles across the globe. Nevertheless, a lot of people are still into internal combustion and do not want that to become extinct. However, if Porsche is right, the future of performance could possibly be more silent. Klaus Zellner, Porsche’s President and CEO of North America spoke to Green Car Reports in Los Angeles and he said that hybrid technologies have brought more new buyers to Porsche showrooms more than any other models they have sold.

In the same interview, he said that the automaker expects half of its global sales volume to come from plug-in hybrids by 2025. In fact, this figure seems a lot more than what people might expect. It is also more aggressive than estimates from Porsche’s cousins at Audi, where 25 percent of global sales are expected to be of the hybrid variety for 2025 as well.

But for this to actually happen, Porsche will have to develop and offer more plug-in hybrid models. As of today, it is just the Panamera and the Cayenne that have such technology. In the near future, the Mission E will be part of the lineup, but this will instead rely solely on the electric power to provide its punch. And for other hybrid offerings, Zellner did not further expound on this matter, though he did talk about the other requirement for stronger plug-in hybrid and electric sales, and this is the car’s ability to recharge.

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Europe sales of plug-ins are predicted to surpass full-electric vehicles

As more automakers expand their lineup of plug-in hybrids, it’s likely that sales of plug-ins will soon exceed that of full-electric vehicles in Europe. In 2014, there were more deliveries of the full-electric units than plug-ins. Industry association ACEA said that last year, 58,244 battery-powered vehicles were sold in the EU and EFTA markets, standing for a 73% increase.

Meanwhile, the volume for plug-ins and extended-range vehicles increased by 26% to 39,547 units. The best-selling EV in 2014 in Europe was the Nissan Leaf, with a 38% increase from the year before to 15,134 units, according to a JATO Dynamics report.

The top-selling plug-in hybrid in the region was the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV with a 141% increase in sales to 19,855 units. Norway was the biggest market for EVs last year, with a 130% increase in sales to 18,090. Coming in second is France with a 20% increase to 10,561 units sold.

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Ford outsold Toyota in US plug-in hybrid sales in October 2013

The combined sales of the Ford Fusion Energi and Ford C-MAX Energi in the United States in October 2013 beat the sales of the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid in the period, allowing the US carmaker to take the top spot in plug-in hybrid vehicle sales for the month. The combined October sales of the Fusion Energi and C-MAX Energi reached 2,179, representing around 34 percent of the total plug-in hybrid market.

Sales of the Prius plug-in hybrid were 2,095 in the month. October marks the best month for Ford’s plug-in hybrid sales, breaking the sales record posted in September at 1,508 vehicles.

Ford’s plug-in hybrid vehicles managed to surpass Toyota’s offering just a year after launching the C-MAX Energi and less than a year since rolling out the Fusion Energi. Ford has been seeing its plug-in hybrid sales growing across the US, with California accounting for around 38 percent of the carmaker’s plug-in hybrid vehicle sales.

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US sales of plug-in electric cars dropped heavily in January

U.S. Sales of the plug-in electric cars dropped heavily in January from December. Sales of the Chevrolet Volt, the Toyota Prius Plug-In and Nissan Leaf had all declined. Volt sales decreased by 57% in January (compared to December). On the other hand, Leaf sales fell 56% and Prius Plug-In sales decreased by 36%.

Throughout the industry, U.S. auto sales decreased by 23% from December and it increased by 14.2% compared to last January. Michelle Krebs, an analyst with Edmunds.com, said that the plunge in the sales of plug-in electric cars was significant, even when taking into account that January is typically a slow month for auto sales.

Krebs said that U.S. consumers who prefer an alternative to fully gasoline-powered cars are choosing more affordable standard hybrids instead of plug-in electric cars.

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Earlier this year, Volvo unveiled the V60 Plug-in Hybrid, a production-ready vehicle with CO2 emissions below 50 g/km. Today, the Swedish manufacturer announced that the new Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid will go on sale in 2012. Although, the vehicle will be more expensive than the vehicles fitted with a conventional combustion engine, the fuel costs will cover that difference.

According to Volvo, the V60 Plug-in Hybrid has an electric range of up to 50 kilometres but its total operating range is up to 1200 km.

This means that the car will have a fuel consumption of up to 50 kilometres. Moreover, the V60 Plug-in Hybrid buyers will be able to charge the vehicle via any regular household electricity socket at home or when parked somewhere else. A full recharge will take about five hours if the car is recharged at home.

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Alfa Romeo is signaling with pure clarity its intent to enter the compact utility vehicle segment with a new concept that is currently being displayed at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland. This new concept car – the new Alfa Romeo Tonale – combines practicality, dynamism, style as well as electrification.

The Alfa Romeo Tonale show car essentially marks a new milestone for the brands. It is the brand’s first compact SUV, albeit in concept form. Moreover, the Tonale is Alfa Romeo’s first entry into the world of electric cars, although in plug-in hybrid configuration. For customers, the new Tonale serves as preview for the Italian carmaker’s up and coming CUV.

Alfa Romeo actually announced last year its product road map for the period covering 2018 to 2022. Aside from its current offerings of six models – MiTo, Giulietta, Giulia, Stelvio, 4C Coupe and 4C Spider – the brand is planning to cover 71 percent of the premium market with the new Giulietta MCA, the production version of the Tonale, Giulia MCA (LWB), Stelvio MCA (LWD), GTV and the 8C.

Read the entire article 2019 Geneva: Alfa Romeo Tonale Concept previews new new plug-in hybrid CUV

Plug-in hybrid vehicles are increasingly the mobility of choice for many people. For short drives around the city or urban areas, plug-in hybrid can be switched to all-electric mode for a zero-emission driving experience. However, current plug-in hybrids can only offer up to 50 km (31 miles) of all-electric range.

Mercedes-Benz is hoping to break the status quo by not just surpassing the 50-km barrier, but also offering up to 100 km (62 miles) in pure electric range. Quite a number of plug-in hybrids still offer 30 km of electric range, while there is an increasing number of models that are engineered to reach 50 km.

As divulged by Ola Kallenius, head of Daimler group research and Mercedes-Benz cars development, the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLE PHEV will be the first plug-in hybrid to offer a 100-km range, as per WLTP cycle.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz claims upcoming GLE PHEV will have a 100-km all-electric range

It was just several months ago when European commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska called diesel-powered cars as the technology of the past, even giving a prediction that these vehicles will completely disappear in the near future. While it is still too early to say whether her statement will come a true or not, but carmakers are facing a harsh reality for now – public demand for diesel cars are dropping in a fast pace in Europe.

Public sentiment towards diesel cars in Europe has been dropping for the past years, with more and more consumers in the region looking to purchase cleaner, more environment-friendly vehicles. While Europe has been considered as the largest market for diesel cars since the 1980s, but the hunger for such vehicles has been waning lately. It was really evident from how carmakers across Europe has been shying away from diesel cars and pursuing electrification. Nonetheless, the latest available figures on sales of diesel cars are a better proof.

According to a report by the International Energy Agency (IEA), there is really a huge decline in the demand for diesel cars. Since its statement is backed by numbers, it is really quite hard to deny the fact. As per IEA, diesel cars hold a large chunk of the automotive market in Europe, accounting for 42.5 percent of all sales as of start of 2017. But a year after at the start of 2018, the market share of diesel cars in Europe had shrunk to 36.5 percent. Overall during the period, carmakers manage to just move 3.12 million diesel cars to customers in Europe, for a huge decline of 16 percent, according to IEA.

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Ever since the Jeep Renegade compact sports utility vehicle arrived in 2014, it has been powered by diesel, gasoline or flex (gasoline plus ethanol) engines. But by the start of the decade (2020), the Renegade will also feature a new electrified version, and Fiat Chrysler is already preparing for its production.

In an announcement, FCA basically confirmed the arrival of the all-new Jeep Renegade Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) in 2020. It will be produced at the FCA Melfi Plant in Italy, where the carmaker is also building the conventionally powered Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X models. The Renegade has been built at its vehicle assembly plant in Melfi, Italy as well as in production locations in Brazil and China. It is the first Jeep product to be built exclusively outside of North America.

Pietro Gorlier, Chief Operating Officer for FCA’s EMEA region, noted that more 742,000 Renegades have already been produced so far at the Melfi facility, making the compact SUV and the plant the ideal product and location to launch Jeep’s new PHEV offering.

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When BMW finally commences sales of the heavily anticipated 8-Series Coupe, it will offer the all-new flagship in two powerful engine variants – a petrol-powered biturbo 4.4 liter V8 unit and a diesel-fueled 3.0 liter biturbo inline six mill. Nonetheless, there are customers hoping that new BMW 8 Series would be offered with a V12 engine or a plug-in hybrid drive, but the German premium has no plans for those.

Carsten Groeber, vice-president of product management at BMW Group, was quoted by Australian magazine GoAuto at the 2018 Paris Motor Show as saying that a V12-powered 8 Series won't happen. The BMW 7 Series -- the M760Li xDrive in particular – is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 petrol engine that can provide 601 hp (448 kW) of output and 590 lb.-ft. (800 Nm) of peak torque. This allows the M760Li xDrive to dash from zero to 100km/h in just 3.7 seconds.

Groeber noted that the V8 engine and the in-line six unit already allows for a perfect weight distribution with the new 8 Series. Since the V12 engine is a very heavy mill, it would destroy this weight distribution, particularly making the front too heavy. He remarked that the V8-powered 8 Series is already a proper sportscar.

Read the entire article BMW rules out V12-powered and plug-in hybrid version of new 8 Series

If you’re planning to buy a new Porsche unit powered by a diesel engine, better do it as soon as possible. This is because the German sports car maker has decided it has nothing to do with diesel engines anymore, no thanks to ever decreasing demand for such mills. Yes, Porsche won't be offering diesel-powered vehicles anymore.

Seemingly, gone were the days when diesel engines go toe-to-toe against gasoline mills for supremacy. Now, more and more carmakers are trying to shy away from diesel engines, but not because of gasoline powerplants. In the past few years, there has been a growing trend and increasing demand for electrified and all-electric products. On the other hand, the demand for diesel engines has been dropping.

Porsche’s decision to drop its diesel lineup could be traced back to the so-called Dieselgate scandal. This scandal involved the emissions of diesel engines employed by brands of the Volkswagen Group. This forced the group to re-focus its strategy and plan for a lineup laden with electrified – including all-electric – vehicles. Interestingly, Porsche is part of the VW Group.

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A little less than a year ago, Richard Hammond was able to escape death during a hillclimb event that took place in Hemberg, Switzerlnad. Here, he flipped the Rimac Concept One, and it rolled over several times. Hammond was able to get out of the car before burst into flames, suffering some injuries. Today, the guy is is perfect shape.

It might have been a stressful couple of months for The Hamster and the guys from The Grand Tour. But in contrary, Croatian electric hypercar vehicle, Rimac, was able to sell three cars that exact same day, according to Kreso Coric, their head of sales. He added that it was actually the “best marketing ever”.

Despite saying that, Coric admitted that he was concerned about the aftermath of the horrible crash. He stated that he was scared because the accident was a pretty serious one, and that it could have ended in a different way, and that would affect more people, and their brand.

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Working in the automotive industry can be such a great thing especially if you’re under the right company. We have heard of bonuses that brands like Audi, Daimler, and General Motors give, and they are pretty massive. This time, Porsche is giving away their fare share to their employees after a successful financial year in 2017. The automaker is giving away bonuses to around 23,000 workers.

The Porsche Executive Board and Group works council made an agreement to give a bonus of €8,600 plus the €700 that will be directed to company’s own pension scheme, or to individual ones. Aside from that, after 70 years of being in the industry, with their very first model, the 356 that dates back to 1948, the automaker will give employees an additional €356 to celebrate this model. Similar to last year, the automaker then gave their employees a yearly bonus of €9,111 to celebrate the 911.

To be fair to everyone, the company is not giving the same amount of bonus to every person in the company. The amount each person will be getting is based on their working hours as well as the amount of time they had been working in Porsche.

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At the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Bentley is introducing the very first luxury plug-in hybrid vehicle in the world as packaged within the body of the Bentley Bentayga. Marking the British carmaker’s first step towards electrification, the new Bentley Bentayga Hybrid delivers in terms of performance, comfort, efficiency and luxury.

According to Adrian Hallmark, new Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bentley Motors, the new Bentayga Hybrid marries traditional Bentley values with the latest technologies. It offers the best of both worlds -- effortless performance and emission-free driving – as confined in a luxurious package that is truly a Bentley. Bentley will open the order books for the new Bentayga Hybrid in the second half of 2018. Availability is only in selected markets.

Being a plug-in hybrid, the new Bentley Bentayga Hybrid features a power drive that makes use of a new turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 petrol engine and the highly efficient E Motor (electric motor). The E Motor serves as both electric motor and a generator to optimize the Bentayga Hybrid’s electric-only range.

Read the entire article New Bentley Bentayga Hybrid delivers efficient performance in luxuriously comfortable package

To jump onto the next step of going greener, Porsche announced that they will be getting rid of the last few vehicles that have diesel-fueled engines in their lineup, so that they could focus on electrifying their vehicles. In fact, European countries will no longer offer the Panamera and Macan with the oil burning mills. The first Macan S Diesel and Panamera 4S Diesel initially came out nine years ago.

In an interview between Autocar and Porsche, the automaker cited a cultural shift as the reason for the decision. There was also a regulatory reason behind the choice as there has been a software update that has recently been involved in an “ongoing consultation with the authorities”.

This was decided after the automaker chose not to launch the new version of its Cayenne SUV with a diesel engine. In fact, the Cayenne was actually the very first Porsche to offer diesel power back in 2009.

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2017 was definitely a great year for Porsche as the automaker was able to break their sales record in the United States. Overall, they delivered a total of 55,420 vehicles, which stands for a 2.1 percent increase over the previous year.

Of course, you are probably wondering which model contributed the most to the total. And to answer your question, that would be the Macan. In fact, that nameplate alone sold 21,429 units, which is a huge improvement over 2016, which posted a total of 19,332 units delivered. Next in line is the Cayenne, which had 13,203 deliveries. The third most popular car would be the 911, which sold 6,731 units.

Just like the 911, 6,731 units of the Panamera premium sedan were sold as well. The Cayman and Boxster duo, on the other hand, reported 5,087 units in combined deliveries.

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Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), revealed that in the U.S. market, a total of 3,913 units were sold in December 2017. These are for the model lines that include the 718 Boxster, 911, Cayenne, Cayman, Macan, and Panamera. With this, total U.S. vehicle sales of the Porsche for 2017 are 55,420 units. This is higher by 2.1% when compared to sales in 2016, at 54,280 units.

Meanwhile, sales of the Porsche Approved Certified Pre-Owned vehicles amounted to 2,153 units. This represents an increase of 24.6% compared to sales in December 2016. In terms of total annual sales, the figure stands at 19,104 deliveries, an increase of 12.5%.

For December 2017, the Porsche Macan represented almost 37% of the total sales with 1,444 units sold. This was followed by the Cayenne at 24% with 940 units and at third is the 911 at around 20% for 773 units sold. However, it is worth noting that compared to the previous year, the Cayenne was down around 20% with the 911 experiencing a slight increase at 9%.

Read the entire article 2017 marks Porsche Macan’s best sales yet with 97,000 units sold, beats 911 by huge margin

There had been speculations that the Bentley Bentayga will soon have a hybrid powertrain that will be added to its engine lineup. And recently, the automaker confirmed this matter. So expect to see the SUV with a PHEV variant at the upcoming 2018 Geneva Motor Show in early March this year.

Under the Bentley Bentayga’s hood will be an engine that is similar to that of the Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid. It will be equipped with a 2.9 liter V6 that will be paired to an electric motor so it can produce a total output of about 462 horsepower (345 kilowatts). Expect the Bentayga to have a similar range as the Panamera, capable of reaching 30 miles (48 kilometers) on purely electric energy.

Currently, the Bentley Bentayga offers a 6.0 liter W12 biturbo and a 4.0 liter V8 biturbo diesel, which the new PHEV version will join. This version will go on sale in the second quarter of 2018. We should mention though that the automaker is confident that that it will be the best selling option in the United States market.

Read the entire article Plug-in hybrid version of Bentley Bentayga will debut in Geneva, slated to start selling in 2Q

As the year 2017 comes to an end, the race for luxury sales has also reached a remarkable finish. This has always been a highly contended segment in the United States with each automaker making various daring attempts to elbow each other out. Well, we’re here to report that it seems like Mercedes-Benz will be taking the crown home for the second year in a row.

Last month, Bloomberg reported that Mercedes-Benz has delivered a total number of 302,043 units in 2017. And that number is mostly comprised of their strong sellers including the C-Class, GLC, and the GLE. That’s not all, because the Mercedes-AMG alone was doing so well too. In fact, sales were up by 49.6% in 2017, adding up to a total of 30,116 units. There is also the entry-level 43 lineup that is a lot cheaper than the pure AMG models.

According to reports, Mercedes-Benz has been doing very well with their SUVs. This could be because their offerings have become more practical.

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It has only been a few days since Oliver Schmidt, former Volkswagen executive, was handed a maximum possible sentence by US District Judge Sean Cox. He will have to spend seven years in prison and pay a fine of $400,000. And on December 8, Volkswagen has again been put on the spot. The German automaker urgently had to stop their sales of the T6 Multivan in Germany because it was discovered that the van emits way more nitrogen oxide than what is allowed by local emissions limits.

Der Spiegel magazine said that the findings have already been reported to the KBA, Germany’s motor transport authority. This had been quoted by Automotive News.

What happened is that Volkswagen set the “adjustment factor” too low when they submitted documents to the KBA to have the T6 Multivan’s sales approved, says the German publication. To defend their name, a Volkswagen spokesperson from the commercial vehicle division said that incorrect engine management software is ruled out as a possible reason for these uncertainties.

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