+++ Lotus has become the first established high-performance brand to launch an ALL ELECTRIC SPORTS CAR with the Evija hypercar, despite skepticism from rivals that the technology is not good enough to lure traditionalists away from their V8 and V12 supercars. So why is Lotus so confident? The Evija is not just another sports car. It’s a 4-motor, $2 million halo car that will generate almost 2000 hp. But Lotus and its electric battery partner Williams Advanced Engineering are still working with the same lithium-ion technology that its rivals have said is not ready for sports car applications. “Electric power has some advantages for sports cars but also some significant disadvantages”, Aston Martin boss Andy Palmer told in March this year. “The most obvious is when you use the full performance, it drains the battery very rapidly. It’s counter intuitive to make the battery bigger and heavier”. McLaren boss Mike Flewitt said something similar last year. “As it stands at the moment, we don’t think the battery technology will be ready until 2025 to give us what we want in terms of performance”. Bentley has also given the same 2025 date before it says battery technology will deliver the performance and range combination it needs. Famed British F1 and sports car designer Gordon Murray was even more dismissive of the technology. “Just about the most ridiculous thing you could do at present is make an electric supercar”, he told. “With batteries in their current state, you’d end up with something that weighed 2 tons, would go well in a straight line for a while, but wouldn’t corner because of the weight, and wouldn’t have much range”, he said. Lotus says it will prove them wrong. For one thing the weight of the Evija is not 2 tons but a targeted 1.680 kg (or 1.7 tons), which is still heavy by Lotus standards but not by electric-car standards. Partly this is because the Evija has a lightweight carbon-fiber monocoque chassis instead of Lotus’s preferred aluminum, but also because the battery is not that big at 70 kWh. The battery of the Pininfarina Battista, a comparable electric hypercar using technology from Croatia’s Rimac, is 120 kWh. The battery pack fitted behind the Evija’s 2 seats therefore weighs 600 kg. Big but manageable. The range in the Evija is 400 km as measured on the European WLTP cycle, but at full power on the ‘track’ mode the car will drive for just 7 minutes. However, that is enough, Lotus says, for the car to do one full lap of Germany’s Nürburgring Nordschleife track, the challenging 24 kilometre loop that most sports-car makers use to measure up to their competitors. The Evija’s principal platform engineer, Louis Kerr, boasted at the car’s launch on Tuesday that it will be “comfortably quicker” than the current electric car record holder, the Nio EP9 hypercar, which lapped it in 6.46 minutes. Performance was key, Kerr said. “We could have achieved more range but at a loss of performance overall”, he told journalists. “With a battery cell you can have an energy cell, which gives you the range, or a power cell that gives you the performance. There’s a fine balance of the chemistry”. The battery pack supplied by Williams Advanced Engineering for the Evija uses cylindrical cells. Williams also supplies a pack using cylindrical cells to Aston Martin for its first electric car the Rapide-E sedan. That is not a sports car but Palmer made the same claim for the car, that it will do a full lap of the Nurburgring without suffering any power loss. The cells in the Evija are from Samsung (Aston Martin has not disclosed its cell supplier). The range issue Lotus says will be partly solved by allowing incredibly high charging speeds, up to 800 kW when the technology allows. And at the planned track events there is not a dedicated rapid charger, Lotus will bring along its own stand-alone static battery to top up customer cars. The loss of the combustion engine sound-track is one big drawback to traditional sports-car makers, who sell their products as much on the visceral excitement of hearing the howl of the engine as on the overall performance. Lotus says owners can program their own noise for the interior of the car, but it’s clear automakers will need to replace that particular ‘sizzle’ of traditional gasoline cars if electric sports cars are to succeed. Beating them outright on acceleration and lap times could be the best way to do that. +++ 

+++ The ASTON MARTIN DBX is still a few months away from being unveiled, yet new details about it emerge almost on a constant basis. One of them is the rumored Drift Mode, which could be available in the brand’s first-ever high-riding vehicle. The firm’s senior manager of vehicle dynamics, Ian Hartley, said: “It’s not a difficult question really”, Hartley commented. “It’s a never-say-never thing. Who wouldn’t want to see a drift mode? I am all for drift mode”. Going sideways in the luxury 4×4 could thus become possible, which should be a blast thanks to the 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8, which was developed by Mercedes-AMG and is also being used in the Vantage. The lump is expected to pump out 510 hp / 685 Nm and will be coupled to a permanent all-wheel drive system that’s capable of sending more torque to the rear axle, which will make it quite agile around corners, as well as fun to drive. Further down the road, Aston’s SUV is thought to gain other powertrains, including a V12 and possible hybrids that will help it take on more established rivals in the segment, such as the Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus, while the V8 model will go against the likes of the Porsche Cayenne and BMW X5. Production of the DBX, which will be launched before the end of the year, will commence at the St. Athan plant in Wales. +++ 

+++ CADILLAC teased the high-performance versions of the CT4- and CT5-V last month, and they’ll be powered by a couple of familiar engines. The hotter CT5-V will use the same supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that was found in the CTS-V. The engine produced 649 hp and 853 Nm, but it could receive a modest boost for duty in the high-performance CT5. Nothing is official, but he suggested the model could have between 659 hp and 679 hp. That’s less than the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody, but it would make the model more powerful than the BMW M5 Competition and Mercedes-AMG E63 S. The extra power could also enable the car to be faster than its predecessor which could accelerate from 0-60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.7 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 322 km/h. Likewise, the hot CT4-V could be offered with the ATS-V’s twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 that produced 470 hp and 603 Nm. It remains unclear if that engine will also be upgraded, but the powertrain allowed the ATS-V to rocket from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds. The car could also hit a top speed of 304 km/h. While rumors had suggested the high-performance models could be called the Blackwing, they both lack the twin-turbo 4.2-liter Blackwing V8 engine. As a result, they will reportedly eschew that moniker. That sounds pretty logical and it appears both models will be offered with an automatic and manual transmission. +++ 

+++ Jaguar’s former design director Ian CALLUM has announced that he is setting up his own styling and engineering consultancy, called Callum. The Scot, who left the Jaguar role last month after 2 decades at the helm of its design team, is teaming up with senior engineers for the project, which will be based in Warwickshire and release its first project in September. Naturally, Callum himself will act as the firm’s design director. Throughout his career, he has penned a range of award-winning automotive designs, including the Aston Martin Vanquish, Vantage and DB9 and the Jaguar F-Type, XJ and I-Pace. David Fairbairn, the man behind the Jaguar Lightweight E-Type, will also feature in the company’s line-up. Adam Donfrancesco will act as Callum’s engineering director. Over the past 16 years, he’s designed road and race cars for Noble, as well as the Jaguar F-Type GT4 racer, the Aston Martin Vantage GT8, and the Aston Martin Vantage GT12. Callum’s 20,000sq ft facility will design and produce a range of bespoke products, completely in house, across the sectors of design, lifestyle and travel. Callum said: “I wanted to get back to the essence of creativity: the challenge of producing something wonderful and personal. To design the alternative has always been my mantra, but always the beautiful alternative and something to enjoy. In today’s modern world, collaboration is the catalyst for new ideas, and this is our ethos and inspiration, both within our team and as we look to work with partners in the future. My consultancy firm is an exciting new chapter that will focus on ‘Journeys to Destinations’, and all that encompasses”. The company is set to release official details of its first project in the coming weeks. +++ 

+++ CHINA ’s auto pessimism could be over-revved. A grim start to the year saw sales slump by more than 10 % compared with the first half of 2018. Chaos reigned amidst new rules, while Beijing remained reluctant to offer stimulus. But policy pressure is uneven, and the worst could be past.  The latest numbers seem to imply a gloomy summer. Profit warnings from local champion Geely and suppliers like Johnson Electric and Sensiron blame weakness in the world’s largest auto market for their woes. The country is likely to see vehicle sales drop again this year, undershooting earlier expectations for zero growth, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. Policymakers are partly responsible for the pain. Their decision to end tax incentives for low-end cars suppressed sales. Meanwhile, the haphazard application of new emissions standards saw dealers struggling to shift swollen inventory of older models, and a long wait for news on electric-vehicle subsidies has hurt the likes of Nio. To add insult to injury, a generous stimulus plan was leaked and shared widely in April, only to see hopes dashed when a pared-down package was finally published in June. Yet there is a case for cautious optimism. Should regulators merely refrain from further drama, underlying demand could pick up despite the broader economic slowdown and a protracted trade war. The luxury segment, which was sheltered from the demise of tax incentives, has defied the downturn. Higher-end marques Audi and Mercedes-Benz reported record sales in the first quarter, while BMW claimed double-digit growth in China revenue. Electric vehicles are another bright spot. Beijing has devised a credit system, which rewards makers of cleaner cars, and this month introduced even more ambitious sales targets for green autos. Chinese battery giant Contemporary Amperex Technology flagged that net profit had grown as much as 150 % in the first half of the year, more than expected. Local bureaucrats can surprise on the upside, too. They may even help buck up non-green and non-luxury autos: in May, regional authorities eased limits on new licence plates of all marques in the cities of Shenzhen and Guangzhou. Add all these factors up, and the auto market’s doom and gloom can be overstated. +++ 

+++ The South African unit of FORD said it would hire an additional 1,200 staff at one of its local assembly plants (an increase of over 25 %) to add an extra shift and raise production. The additional shift, which will increase production to 720 vehicles per day, is the result of a 3 billion rand ($215 million) investment in South Africa that was announced in 2017, aimed at increasing annual production to 168,000 units. The U.S.-owned company currently employs around 4,300 people in South Africa, at the plant in the Silverton suburb of South Africa’s administrative capital Pretoria, which will add the extra shift, and at another site in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth. “The third shift will allow us to ramp up our production from the current 506 vehicles assembled per day to a peak of 720 units to satisfy the strong demand from customers in South Africa, as well as for our crucial exports to 148 markets around the world”, Ockert Berry, vice president of operations for Ford Middle East and Africa said in a statement. Ford joins a number of other global carmakers in ramping up production on the continent, which promises rapid growth at the same time as trade tensions and upsets like the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union threaten their operations elsewhere. The South African arm of Japanese carmaker Nissan also announced a similarly sized investment earlier this year, increasing production at its local plant by 30,000 units, while BMW production chief Oliver Zipse said earlier this month that it had moved some production from the UK as a result of Brexit, and that British plants no longer built South African components. Around a third of Ford’s local production is sold in South Africa and other sub-Saharan African countries, with the rest exported elsewhere. The additional shift will start in August and will be focused on the New Ranger, Ranger Raptor and Everest models. The locally-built Ranger is ranked as the top-selling pick-up in Europe and leads light commercial vehicle exports. The plant in Port Elizabeth produces 120,000 diesel engines per year for the Silverton plant, as well as 130,000 units per year for export to North America, China and Europe and 280,000 component sets per year. +++ 

+++ HONDA used the Goodwood Festival of Speed to showcase their adorable e hatchback, but the company is working a new BEV architecture that will underpin an assortment of larger electric vehicles. Announced earlier this month, the architecture will be flexible and can accommodate different body styles as well as battery packs. It will also be available with an all-wheel drive system. The flexible nature of the platform promises to lower development costs as multiple vehicles will be based on the same architecture. These models will also share a number of components and this will also help to reduce costs. Honda was tight-lipped on specifics, but the architecture will be launched by 2025 and underpin “everything from crossovers to sedans”. Models based on the platform will come standard with a rear-mounted electric motor and rear-wheel drive. The use of rear-wheel drive is certainly interesting and so is fact that vehicles based on the platform are slated to have a 50:50 weight distribution. The move is reportedly part of Honda’s plan to put an emphasis on sporty driving dynamics. There’s no word on performance specifications, but Honda’s Ayumu Matsuo revealed the architecture will be used on C and D segment vehicles. He also said models based on the platform will have “highly efficient packaging” and a “smooth” driving experience. Besides announcing plans for the BEV platform, Honda revealed its 2-motor hybrid system will eventually be offered on “small-sized vehicles”. Honda will also be “applying our high-voltage system technologies to PHEVs, BEVs and FCVs” and the company said this will improve their performance. While Honda has high hopes for these models, the company acknowledged challenges remain. In particular, the automaker said “required powertrains are different from region to region and are becoming further diversified depending on infrastructure, regulations and customer needs in each region”. That’s a significant problem, but the company intends to offer the “right products, in the right places at the right time”. +++ 

+++ LEXUS has detailed the various projects it is undertaking to advance its future range of vehicles. During an event celebrating its 30th anniversary, Lexus revealed that it is working on its latest autonomous driving system with the intention of rolling it out next year. Lexus’ Level II autonomous driving system will be designed to work “from highway entrance to exit” and likely include an automated lane-change and/or passing feature. The car manufacturer has been extensively testing such systems on roads throughout Japan and is almost ready to make it a feature available to customers. In addition to its announcement regarding autonomy, the automaker revealed that it is also working on advances in vehicle connectivity, where its models will be able to communicate with a centralized data center for real-time traffic information. Lexus also said that moving forward, all of its models will offer some sort of electrified powertrain, meaning either EVs, hybrids, plug-in hybrids, or fuel-cell options and will tailor its powertrain choices to individual markets. The Japanese luxury car manufacturer may not receive the same amount of attention for its driver assistance systems like those from Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz and others, but it does offer radar cruise control and lane-keeping assist functions for many of its models, allowing for worry-free highway driving. However, in the industry’s aggressive push towards autonomy, such systems are now becoming commonplace on even affordable cars, prompting the company to step up its game. +++ 

+++ Sweden is turning its gaze towards Peru and other South American countries for LITHIUM tie-ups amid a global race to lock in supply of the “white gold” metal that is key for the batteries that power electric vehicles. A senior trade official from the Scandinavian nation told that firms in Sweden (which is making a push in such batteries is home to global car brand Volvo) were looking for alliances with regional lithium and copper producers. Governments and automakers around the world, with an eye on huge expected demand for electric cars, are looking to seal tie-ups for the light metal, including in the so-called “lithium triangle” centered on Chile, Bolivia and Argentina. Peru, a major copper producer, is also looking to edge in on the action. Canada’s Plateau Energy Metals last year announced the discovery of 2.5 million tons of high-grade lithium resources in the south of the country, with the potential to be the largest lithium mine in the world. “What you see in Sweden, Germany, in many countries now is how we are going out to obtain the materials and minerals needed for the future of electrification”, Niklas Johansson, State Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Trade told. “This is not only lithium, but also copper, which is very important in Peru”. Johansson added that a major push by China in lithium was putting a spotlight on global supply. The Asian giant is making a major strategic drive to bolster its home-grown electric carmakers and battery manufacturers. “If someone controls a lot, this is not good for lithium prices, it’s not good for the competition and it also becomes a safety issue and a safety supply problem”, he said, adding it was important for countries like Sweden to have a “range of supplies in different parts of the world”. China produces nearly two-thirds of the world’s lithium-ion batteries, and controls the majority of lithium processing facilities globally, according to data from Benchmark Minerals Intelligence, which tracks lithium prices. In the region, China’s Tianqi Lithium Corp has taken a major stake in Chilean miner SQM. Germany has also made a major push with a deal in Bolivia to help exploit the country’s huge largely untapped reserves. Sweden’s home-grown auto industry includes Volvo, now controlled by Chinese auto giant Geely, and truck makers AB Volvo and Scania. Swedish firm Northvolt will start construction in August of a huge lithium-ion battery plant. In copper, also needed for the electric revolution, Peru is the second largest producer in the world. Johansson added Swedish firms were both interested in potential lithium supplies in the region, but also in helping develop the deposits. “There are many companies that are interested in lithium and buying lithium, and there are also other Swedish companies that are suppliers of mines that are very interested in helping to make the mines more sustainable”, he said. +++ 

+++ There have been plenty of times over the past 2 decades when it’s been hard not to feel sorry for LOTUS enthusiasts. Starved of cash, but still a hotbed of engineering talent, the Norfolk firm has struggled on with the same, badly ageing basic models, delivering pure driving thrills. Many of you will remember Lotus’s most recent false dawn: the fabled Paris Motor Show of 2010, when hordes of celebs unveiled 6 future concepts from the company. Not one of them ever made production. This week’s first all-new Lotus for 11 years might not be exactly the sort of model to get hordes of brand purists excited either, for the Evija is not an affordable, Porsche-rivalling roadster but rather a 2.000 hp pure-electric hypercar which costs £250,000 just to reserve. You’ll need £2 million to buy one. And yet there’s one word behind the Evija that makes us optimistic (at last) that it could really mark a new dawn for Lotus: Geely. The Chinese industrial giant has been stretching its global influence extensively over the past few years, and it has a pretty good record of investing in the right areas and delivering a return. Witness, for example, its patient approach to Volvo, where it backed the cash for designs and platform technology; work that is now reaping huge rewards as the Swedish brand delivers record sales. Equally, the new electrified taxis gliding around London (and other major cities) are testament to how Geely can spot engineering synergies and use them to wider benefit. Everything Geely has done so far at Lotus (and in a relatively short space of time) makes sense to us. So while the die-hards may have to wait a little while yet for this classic British brand to really emerge from the doldrums, we feel more hopeful than ever that it is really going to happen. Evija is just a calling card, no more than that. +++ 

+++ MAZDA says it has no intention of producing a hot version of the new 3. At the recent global launch of the new Skyactiv-X engine, global development and product planning boss Hiroyuki Matsumoto was asked about whether a high-performance Mazda3 could be on the cards. “We are capable of creating engine to answer such demands for more power, but at the moment we have no plan to do it”, he answered. While it is not entirely surprising to hear that Mazda doesn’t have any plans to enter the hot hatch race, many executives within the company do want to see such a car become a reality. For example, Mazda3 program manager Kota Beppu was recently quoted as saying he wanted to see a return of the Mazda3 MPS. Additionally, staff from Mazda Australia have reportedly expressed interest in such a vehicle as well. The powers-that-be at Hamamatsu, though, clearly doesn’t think it is necessary to produce a high-performance version to generate interest in the hatchback or the rest of its range. However, we don’t think it would be a bad idea to at least consider taking a leaf out of Hyundai’s book and consider making a Mazda3 for driving enthusiasts. When Hyundai launched the i30 N, it put cars like the VW Golf GTI and Honda Civic Type R on notice while generating a huge amount of interest in the South Korean car manufacturer. A new Mazda3 MPS could do the same. But the company is playing it safe, at least for the moment. +++ 

+++ Renault’s alliance with Japanese partner NISSAN remains the priority for France ahead of any further consolidation such as a merger with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), French finance minister Bruno Le Maire said. “The priority today is to develop an industrial strategy for the Renault-Nissan alliance. After that, we will have to look at how to consolidate this alliance and it is only on this basis that we will be able to explore future developments”. Le Maire denied the French government had caused the collapse of merger negotiations between the Italian and French automobile giants last month. +++ 

+++ A comprehensive investigation has revealed how NORTH KOREA ’s leader Kim Jong-un gets his armored Mercedes-Benzes. In late April, the Associated Press reached out to Daimler regarding the dictator’s various S-Classes after they were spotted at a number of important meetings. The German car manufacturer revealed that it had no idea how Kim Jong-un procured the cars as the sales of luxury goods to North Korea is banned under U.N. sanctions. We now know how the cars got to North Korea. It starts at a port in Rotterdam, Netherlands where a pair of bulletproof Mercedes-Benz armored cars were loaded onto a ship. After 41 days at sea, the cars arrived in China and were then shipped to Japan on a separate ship before once again being moved to another ship and sent to South Korea. At a South Korean port, the ship carrying the cars met up with a Russian ghost ship and were transferred over. This Russian ship turned off its mandatory tracking devices and went missing until it appeared in Vladivostok, Russia. On the same day the cars arrived in Russia, a pair of transport planes were flown out from North Korea to reportedly pick the cars up in Vladivostok. What concerns people most about this revelation is not the fact that North Korea is using a complicated shipping network to import Mercedes-Benzes but that it is likely using similar means to import fuel sources and technologies it needs for its weapons program. +++ 

+++ Anyone who has used a VR headset knows that motion sickness comes with the bundle. Now, combine the VR experience with the backseat of a driving car and you’ve got what PORSCHE calls the potential entertainment system of the future. Contrary to what you may think, the technology “significantly reduces the symptoms of motion sickness”. That’s according to Porsche, anyway, which is behind the joint project signed with Holoride, which will give rear passengers the chance of immersing themselves in the multiple worlds of virtual reality. The headset features sensors and is paired to the car, so that it can adapt to its driving movements in real time. Thus, if it’s being driven around the curve, the space shuttle that the passenger is ‘traveling in’ will change direction. The system can also entertain occupants with videos and can adapt the length of a VR game to the calculated duration of the journey. “A new dimension for in-car entertainment is opened up by Holoride”, said project manager for Smart Mobility at Porsche, Anja Mertens. “The manufacturer-independent approach convinced us from the start and, over the past few weeks, the team has proven what this technology can do. We look forward to taking the next steps together”. The technology is in testing phase, but the startup aims to bring the VR headsets in the backseat of production cars in the next 3 years. Until then, the system can be seen at the Startup Autobahn Expo Day in Stuttgart’s Wagenhallen venue. If you cannot make it to the German city, don’t worry, because Porsche and Holoride will demonstrate the system at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show on September 20. +++ 

+++ RENAULT has formed a joint venture partnership with Jiangling Motors Corporation Group (JMCG) to target the Chinese electric vehicles (EV) market, in a deal which will also see Renault take a 50 % stake in the new venture. Renault said it would increase its share capital by around 1 billion Chinese RMB, or roughly €128.5 million to acquire its 50 % stake in the new venture. “China is a key market for Groupe Renault. This partnership in electric vehicle business with JMCG will support our growth plan in China and our EV capabilities”, said Francois Provost, senior vice president and chairman of the China region for Renault. “As a pioneer and leader in the European EV market for since 10 years, we will capitalize on our experience in EV R&D, production, sales and services”, added Provost. +++ 

+++ 8 former and current TESLA employees said the company’s open-air factory in Fremont, California, provides poor working conditions and caused damage to plastic housings. Workers on the Model 3 assembly line said they were pressured by supervisors to fix plastic parts with electrical tape to patch cracks caused by cold temperatures, and reduce vehicle testing for water leaks to meet production goals. Tesla employees also told they were expected to work through cold temperatures at night, in high heat in the day and in smoky air during wildfires in Northern California last year. A Tesla spokesperson said in an emailed statement that allegations of production shortcuts were “not true”. “This is not a practice that we follow or what we instruct our employees to do”, the spokesperson said. “Dedicated inspection teams track every car throughout every shop in the assembly line and every vehicle is then subjected to an additional quality control process towards the end of line”. The company also said “anecdotes from a few unnamed sources are misleading and do not reflect our manufacturing practices or what it’s like to work at Tesla. We work hard to create a work environment that is as safe, fair and fun as possible”, a statement said. “In fact, we have a large number of employees who request to work there, based on what they hear from colleagues and what they have seen first-hand”. +++ 

+++ TOYOTA has agreed to partner with China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd (CATL) to supply and develop batteries for new energy vehicles. The Japanese automaker said that the firms had also started talks covering a range of areas including new technology development and the reuse and recycling of batteries. “To further promote the widespread use of electrified vehicles, CATL and Toyota agree that a stable supply of batteries is critical and that battery technology must be further developed and advanced”, Toyota said in a statement. Japan’s largest automaker has said it aims to get half of its global sales from electrified vehicles by 2025; 5 years ahead of schedule, and last month flagged it would partner with CATL and BYD; another Chinese firm, for battery procurement. The move illustrates the breakneck growth in the electric vehicle market, which is transforming the auto industry, and is also an acknowledgment by Toyota that it might not be able to meet demand for batteries on its own. Tapping CATL also signals a widening of Toyota’s procurement pool. The Chinese firm already has relationships with other automakers such as Honda and a multi-billion dollar battery-supply deal with Volvo. +++ 

+++ VOLKSWAGEN of America has announced that the Golf Alltrack and Golf SportWagen won’t be produced anymore following their 2019 model year run. Of the pair, the Alltrack will endure until December of this year when production will cease at the Puebla plant in Mexico. The reason for their demise is the fact that SUVs account for 47 % of industry sales and more than 50 % of VW sales in the U.S. And more are coming too, like the Atlas Cross Sport and the ID.Crozz electric SUV. “SUVs have definitely assumed the mantle of family haulers from the station wagons and minivans we remember from our childhoods”, said Scott Keogh, VW of America president and CEO. “But as we look towards the future, both our expanded SUV lineup and the upcoming ID family of electric vehicles will bring the opportunity to combine the style and space people want in a variety of ways. As the ID.Buzz concept demonstrates, the flexibility of our EV platform gives us the ability to revive body styles of the past, so anything is possible”. +++

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