FOLLOW UP: GHOSN PRE-TRAIL HEARING BEGINS
Carlos Ghosn’s pre-trial hearing begins in japan, after which neither side is allowed to bring forward new evidence. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.
FOLLOW UP: ERRATUM
During the Hyundai Kone EV Special Edition, Alan mis-spoke and the engine capacities of the internal combustion Kona models are 1.0 and 1.6 litres, not 1.2 litres as stated.
VW AND SAMSUNG IN BATTERY SUPPLY WRANGLE
VW is re-negotiating its $56 billion battery supply deal with Samsung after the initially-agreed 20 GigaWatt hours agreement was revised to 5 GigaWatt hours. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.
RENAULT - FCA MERGER
Renault and FCA have proposed a “merger-of-equals” that would make them one of the world’s largest vehicle manufacturers. What would this mean for the Renault / Nissan / Mitsubishi Alliance? Who wins and who loses? Stories from Automotive News Europe: FCA promises major gains for Nissan and Mitsubishi, Nissan is the big loser of an FCA / Renault merger and FCA / Renault merger is born of desperation.
This week we bundled a bunch of small stories together.
Skoda has launched a new “iV” electric sub-brand
Vauxhall Corsa shown as EV first (Autocar)
Audi launching a Q5 PHEV (Autocar)
NEW CRAZY-FAST EV CHARGERS
IONITY has opened the first 350kW charging station at Maidstone Services. Great news for iPace, eTrona nd forthcoming Taycan drivers.. To read more click the Autocar article here.
FERRARI TO UNVEIL HYBRID
Ferrari will unveil their first hybrid today. Speculation is rife and rumours conflict, but keep an eye on the internet if you’re curious. To read more click the Autocar article here.
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FORMULA E: BERLIN
This year’s Berlin ePrix was won by Lucas di Grassi from 2nd place on the grid. More news in the e-racing365 Post-Race Notebook.
LIST OF THE WEEK: THE GREATEST CARS EVER WITH POP-UP HEADLIGHTS
Autocar has produced a list of the coolest cars ever to wear pop-up headlamps. The slideshow worked for both of so we don’t really know why Andrew still grumbles. To see the list click here.
LUNCHTIME READ: HOW A COUNTRY PUB BECAME A CAR CULTURE HUB
AND FINALLY: LAST CHANCE TO BUY A MUSCLE CAR
At the end of August the Chevrolet LS motor stops being Euro-compliant, so it’s your last chance to order up a Camaro or Corvette. Story from Motoring Research.
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