Mercedes-AMG has unveiled the C 63 S E Performance, a 500 kW plug-in hybrid offshoot of the C-Class with know-how from Formula 1, which will be launched as a saloon and estate, but the development of the electric part of the powertrain was clearly focused on boosting performance.
General Motors shut down production at its "Factory Zero" electric car factory in Detroit-Hamtramck for four weeks on Monday to prepare the plant to produce more models, but it also plans to ramp up production capacity.
Tesla plans to halt most production at its Shanghai plant in the first two weeks of July to work on upgrading the site, according to an agency report. In addition, numerous Model Y Performance deliveries from Grünheide have likely been postponed - due to a technical issue.
Following McLaren Racing's recent announcement of its entry into Formula E for the upcoming season, McLaren Racing has now entered into a long-term partnership with Nissan, which will see Nissan supply the e-drives for the entire Gen3 era of Formula E to the British team.
Polestar has publicly unveiled for the first time at the Goodwood Festival of Speed a development prototype of the Polestar 5, which is due to be launched in 2024. In addition, Polestar is now officially giving target performance figures for the four-door electric GT.
The BMW Group has expanded its production capacity in China to 830,000 vehicles per year with the official opening of the BMW Brilliance Automotive plant in Lydia, a district of Shenyang.
Chinese electric car maker Xpeng is suspending its pre-orders for its P5 model that opened in March in European countries Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands until further notice - citing global supply chain issues.
Peugeot has unveiled a new model, the 408. The hatchback sedan with SUV elements will initially be launched in early 2023 with two plug-in hybrid powertrains, among others, with a fully electric version to follow a few months later.
The production version of the ID. Aero, VW's first all-electric sedan, is expected to launch first in China in the second half of 2023. The near-production study will be unveiled next Monday, June 27, with the corresponding production model for the North American and European markets scheduled for 2023.
A price increase planned by Audi for its models on July 11 will also affect eligibility for the environmental bonus, with some variants of the Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron electric models, as well as the plug-in hybrid models, set to fall out of the BAFA subsidy as prices rise.
Hyundai Motor Group and Michelin will work together to develop next-generation tires optimized for future Hyundai Group premium electric vehicles under a new agreement.
Volvo Cars is reorganizing its management team as of June 20, with Björn Annwall (previously chief financial officer) and Javier Varela (previously responsible for research and development, manufacturing, procurement, supply chain and quality) sharing the post of chief operating officer and deputy CEO.
General Motors is currently looking into a return to Europe, according to an agency report, with only electric cars going on sale. The plans are likely very concrete, with specific models already being mentioned, but it remains open as to when a decision will be made.