Tuesday, September 1, 2020

KIA will have a new hybrid plug-in, Sorento

 Kia Motors has unveiled the new Sorento as a Plug-in Hybrid, the flagship and globally sold SUV with an ultra-low-carbon powertrain.

The fourth-generation Sorento was constructed on a new platform that not only provides maximum interior space and functionality, but also space for additional components for a plug-in hybrid powertrain. In addition, thanks to the new Sorento Plug-in Hybrid platform, it offers both a spacious luggage compartment and as many as seven seats - similar to the rest of the engines in the Kia flagship SUV range.

The new Sorento Plug-in Hybrid will go on sale in selected markets in Europe in early 2021, with a 7-year warranty or up to 150,000 kilometers as standard.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Is this the end of the line for Toyota Prius?

The pioneer of hybrid cars - Toyota Prius - has lived to see its end. At least on the German market where this model can no longer be ordered. Only the PHEV version remains on offer. 

The end for Prius comes at a time when hybrids have began to sell much better on the German market. In June alone, around 20,000 cars with hybrid technology were sold there, which represents around 9% of the market share (excluding plug-in hybrids). However, the Prius did not take advantage of this hybrid trend.

The main reason for the lack of popularity is Toyota's high internal competition. With the 2019 market launch of the Corolla, the RAV4 and C-HR models, and the hybrid version of the Yaris, each was more popular than the Prius.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Polish e-cars are here, Izera SUV and Izera Hatchback

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Today was a presentation of the prototypes of the Polish electric car.

Two types of body were shown - hatchback and SUV.

President of Electromobility Poland, Piotr Zaremba, said that the project is ready from the business side. Just press the green button and everything will start happening.

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Since it is a new business venture, the Electromobility Poland also announce the brand name, Izera, after Izera Mountains.

Work on the car started in 2016. The car manufacturer was founded on the initiative of the PGE Polish Energy Group, Energa, Enea and Tauron. Each of these entities has a 25% stake in it. Torino Design studio, which previously cooperated with brands such as BMW and Ferrari, is responsible for the visual design. Four energy companies will also be the first users of the car. PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna SA, Energa SA, Enea SA and Tauron Polska Energia SA have already signed a letter of intent with EMP in this matter.

The price of the car was not announced yet but it seems that sice those four companies will buy the initial batch of cars we, the consumers, will not have to pay for testing it, and the price will reflect what the market will demand.

The car will accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in less than eight seconds. Batteries in two capacities are planned to match the offered range (up to 400 km) to customer needs. It will be possible to charge both at home and at fast charging stations.

The production is scheduled for the third quarter on 2023.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Polish e-car is almost here

ELECTROMOBILITY POLAND is giving us teasers at how the Polish electric car will look like. 

Above is one of the design sketches by Torino Design studio. 

The full reveal on July 28th.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Sorento hybrid already in production

Kia began production of the new version of Sorento, hybrid. This is the first electrified power train that makes its debut in the flagship Kia SUV offered worldwide. The fourth generation Sorento is manufactured at the Hwasung plant in Korea.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Nissan Ariya is here

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Nissan unveiled the new Ariya model, a milestone in the implementation of the Nissan NEXT transformation plan. As the first all-electric crossover coupé, Ariya opens a new chapter for the Nissan brand and embodies the company's vision of enriching people's lives.

The all-electric Nissan Ariya, which is the pinnacle of Nissan technology and design, debuted at the virtual event in Yokohama. This model is an important step in the transformation of Nissan, in which the company is to focus again on its key assets, including electrified vehicles and SUVs.

"We created Nissan Ariya as a response to the aspirations and practical needs of today's customers," said Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida. "Combining our strengths in the form of electric vehicles and crossovers, this is a showcase of the new era of Nissan's  design."

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Polish electric car(s) to be revealed soon

In a month from now, on July 28, the Electro Mobility Poland (EMP) will reveal the prototypes of two electric cars - a hatchback and an SUV.