(e-)up, up and away for VW EVs
Volkswagen's ambitious plan is to sell 100,000 EVs worldwide this year. “We want to leverage all facets of EV – e-Up, e-Golf and ID 3,” said sales boss Jürgen Stackmann. As a result, he said, VW will avoid the industry fines for failing to meet the stricter emissions regulations due later this year. He said: “We will be compliant. The mission is to go beyond compliancy. We will not pay any fines. ”
Volvo's design realign
The next generation of Volvos will take on a more distinctive design than the new XC40 Recharge as the company moves to a fully electrified line-up, according to the firm’s design chief, Robin Page. “At the moment, the XC40 has to be combustion engined and electric so, like most brands, we’re in a transitional phase,” he said.
Audi Sport won't make an RS1 version of the A1 supermini. Joint managing director Julius Seebach said the five-cylinder engine used in the current entry-level Audi Sport model, the RS3, is “our heritage” and will remain the entry point into the brand, so it won’t develop four-cylinder-powered cars, as would be needed to make an RS1.