Opinion: 'Nissan Ambition 2030' Was an Hour of Wishful Thinking
Nissan Motor Co. has confirmed plans to invest 2 trillion yen ($17.65 billion USD) over the next five years to accelerate its electric vehicle development program. Like most major manufacturers, the automaker wants to launch a bevy of electrified products over the next decade and derive a relevant portion of its income from EVs.
As explained by CEO Makoto Uchida on Monday as part of the “Nissan Ambition 2030,” the plan is to launch 23 new vehicles with some amount of electrification while it attempts to implement solid-state batteries into three concept vehicles that supposedly foreshadow future lineups. These include the battery-electric “Surf-Out” lifestyle pickup, “Max-Out” sports convertible, “Chill-Out” regular car, and “Hang-Out” adventure crossover. Though all three appear to be little more than drafts of vehicles Nissan would eventually like to build, boasting technologies that we’re not sure are feasible. For example, the Hang-Out is featured with a polygonal purple awning that oozes impossibly out of the vehicle’s roof. It lacks realism, which ended up being a central theme of the Nissan Ambition 2030 presentation that was broadcast on Monday.
Toyota BZ4X BEV Announced for Japan, Europe Next
While Toyota undoubtedly helped to popularize hybrid vehicles with the Prius, it’s been comparatively hesitant to pull the trigger on all-electric vehicles sold in its name. But things have a habit of changing and the automaker has officially revealed its first production EV.
The bZ4X crossover is Toyota’s first official attempt at a battery-electric production car and seems to check all the necessary boxes without straying too far from the brand’s modus operandi. For example, the 71.4 kWh battery yielding an estimated 285 to 310 miles of range isn’t groundbreaking. But it’s competitive and Toyota says it focused on delivering undertaxed power cells aided by water cooling to help prolong its lifespan.
Officially Official: Land Rover Defender Returning to North America
On Thursday, Jaguar Land Rover announced that an all-new Defender SUV will be sold in the United States and Canada come 2020.
“On behalf of Land Rover and our retailers, we are proud to announce the voices of American and Canadian customers have been heard: the all-new Defender will be for sale here starting in 2020,” said Kim McCullough, Vice President of Marketing at JLR North America. “This announcement is a holiday gift to our Defender fans in North America and a hint of what’s to come in the New Year.”
While giving individuals the opportunity to buy themselves an expensive item with their own money is a pretty shitty gift idea, it’s nice to learn the Defender’s twenty-year hiatus will soon come to an end.
Volkswagen to Announce Whistleblower Amnesty Deadline
Volkswagen will announce Thursday a deadline for whistleblowers to come forward with information related to the ongoing diesel scandal without reprisal.
According to the CBC, German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported Wednesday the automaker is working to gather as much information on the scandal as possible by applying more pressure to employees who may have known anything about what happened regarding the rigging of diesel emissions through software.
Straubel: Tesla Model 3 Hitting Showrooms In Sedan, Crossover Variants
Tesla dropped a bombshell at a conference in Washington Monday, when Chief Technical Officer J.B. Straubel said the Model 3 would be two separate models.
2017 Ford GT Entering 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans
Nearly 50 years ago, Ford threw down against Ferrari at Le Mans, sweeping the podium in so doing. Come 2016, Ford aims to do the same with the 2017 Ford GT.
Lamborghini Officially Enters High-End SUV Game
It’s official: Lamborghini is entering the high-end luxury SUV game with a model set to hit showrooms by 2018.
Takata Expands US Airbag Recall Nationwide, Covering 34M Units
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Tuesday Takata would expand its airbag recall to cover 33.8 million units in the United States.
General Motors Investing $1B Into Warren Tech Center, Adding 2,600 Jobs
General Motors announced Thursday it will invest $1 billion into its Warren Tech Center in Warren, Mich., adding 2,600 jobs through 2018.
Subaru Sees US Production Boost Five Years Early Due To Rising Sales
Fuji Heavy Industries announced it would increase production at its Lafayette, Ind. plant as Subaru hits its North American sales target five years early.
Tesla Unveiling Home, Business Battery Products April 30
Tesla wants more than to be in the garages of its customers as it plans to begin offering batteries for home and business energy-storage applications soon.
Ford To Announce $2.5B Investment In Mexico On 90th Anniversary
This Friday, Ford will announce a $2.5-billion investment plan for two of its factories in Mexico.
GM General Counsel Retiring Early 2015
Come next year, General Motors will have a new general counsel, as Michael Millikin has decided to call it a day.
Sandoval, Musk Announce Tesla Gigafactory To Be Built In Nevada
It’s official: Tesla will build its Gigafactory in Nevada pending legislative approval.
Tesla Gigafactory May Land In Nevada
After months of wondering as to where Tesla’s massive Gigafactory would end up, an answer could come as soon as 4 p.m. Mountain, when Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and the automaker plan to hold a joint press conference in Carson City.