GM eyes wireless charging, while Ferrari explores new hybrid technology for future road cars
22 August 2013

BMW’s Group Design department has created a futuristic virtual concept car exclusively for the latest Gran Turismo game. The sports coupé, named BMW Vision Gran Turismo, offers “an impressively creative platform for the innovative presentation of the BMW design vision developed exclusively for the game,” said the company.

GM will offer wireless smartphone technology in its models from 2014. The manufacturer is working with Powermat Technologies – whose products can charge various devices without a plug - and has inked a deal to include the technology on some 2014 cars, starting with the Chevrolet Volt

German car maker Wiesmann has reportedly filed for bankruptcy. The German district court in Munster did not indicate any of the financial details that led to this point. Wiesmann, famed for its retro-futuristic sports cars, has been in business since 1993.

Saab's Trollhättan plant has re-opened its doors. Reports say that the car manufacturer’s owner – National Electric Vehicle Sweden – has plans to resume production later this year with a fresh Saab 9-3 saloon. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine joined by an array of extensive visual modifications is expected.

Skoda's Rapid Spaceback has entered into production. The new car, which receives its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month, will be available early next year. Skoda has expanded facilities at its Mlada Bolesav plant to accommodate the model, which will be produced alongside the current Fabia.

Ferrari is planning to produce further hybrid cars after the launch of LaFerrari. Speaking to Bloomberg news, Ferrari chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo said "I don't believe in the electric cars, but I strongly believe in hybrids." He says he wants to creat different Ferraris for different groups of customers.

Ford will bring over just 25 units of its new Focus Electric to the UK when it goes on sale at the end of the year. Public sales won't be top of the agenda, however, with Ford expecting to sell almost all of the cars to fleet customers. Full pricing information will be revealed at the beginning of next month.

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22 August 2013

I thought they were dead and buried and that NEVS were just using the platform for their electric cars, it will be interesting to see what they do with the 93 seeing as it is so old now.

22 August 2013

owenmahamilton wrote:

I thought they were dead and buried and that NEVS were just using the platform for their electric cars, it will be interesting to see what they do with the 93 seeing as it is so old now.

I hold-out little hope.

 

 

 

I'm a disillusioned former Citroëniste.

22 August 2013

Normally when a manufacturer has gone to the wall, it is very difficult for it to be resurrected without buyers having doubts. Having said that Saab seems to have something about it where second values didn't nosedive dramatically when the company folded and many owenrs have retained their cars, while the 9-3 convertible for example is still sought after.

31 August 2013
Lanehogger wrote:

Normally when a manufacturer has gone to the wall, it is very difficult for it to be resurrected without buyers having doubts. Having said that Saab seems to have something about it where second values didn't nosedive dramatically when the company folded and many owenrs have retained their cars, while the 9-3 convertible for example is still sought after.

personally, I think this is great news. SAAB is one of those manufacturers that needs to survive without being a licensed Chinese bastardisation. I hold out a lot of hope for their reintroduction, but not my breath. In other comments about resales, they seem to holding firm and in some cases not lost anything at all in resale. A colleague with a last shape 9-5 (I want to write new) was offered the same amount as it was valued last year. He's not selling as it will be a lifelong purchase.

22 August 2013

I think maybe its because Saab's were always a little bit quirky, but dependable and solid as a rock..... Maybe its because GM hung them out to dry during their ownership of the company.  I am looking at a 9-3 cabrio myself, cant wait to drive something dependable, bit unique and something that stands out from the crowd.

ajd

22 August 2013

The headline reads: Saab RESTARTS 9-3

The text reads : the plant has re-opened it's doors with production EXPECTED to start later this year.

And as I understand it (I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong), NEVS haven't even come to an agreement with parts suppliers. Not only that aren't NEVS building electic vehicles? So what's this talk of 4-cylinder turbo charged engines? 

Just like under the previous owner, any news relating to Saab seems to produce more questions than answers.

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