Renault’s Zoe gets range-stretching engine – but what about the Nissan Leaf?


IHS, the company that also owns a private sector military intelligence network that goes by the name of Jane’s, spotted a new engine that improves the range of Renault’s electric Zoe by 20km. Slated to appear in the 2015 model, the new engine is said to be more “compact, lighter and efficient than the present engine which powers the ZOE, thus offering a range increase of 8%.”

Says IHS (and dammit, could Microsoft’s church-going autocorrect PLEASE stop changing “IHS” to “HIS” whenever I type it, please?????): [Continue Reading]

Friday morning car news roundup, December 19, 2014

Today is Friday

  • BRAZIL: Fleet may top 106m vehicles in 20 years – Just-auto: A study by auto industry lobby group Anfavea on the evolution of the Brazilian market for the next 20 years, presented at a recent Harvard Business School (HBS) seminar in São Paulo, attracted considerable interest from companies eyeing the local market.
  • US: Federal-Mogul develops battery shield – Just-auto: Federal-Mogul Powertrain says it has developed a new product, Protexx-Shield 3007, which protects batteries from high engine compartment temperatures that would otherwise shorten battery life.
  • Nissan CEO says suspending some Russia car orders in ‘bloodbath’ for automakers – Reuters:  Japan’s Nissan Motor Co and French partner Renault SA have stopped taking orders for some cars in Russia and could raise prices on others if the ruble’s plunge continues, alliance Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn said on Friday.
  • Porsche 718 ‘baby Boxster’ project cancelled – Autocar: Porsche’s R&D boss Wolfgang Hatz confirms development has stopped of a £35,000 entry-level roadster The Porsche 718 ‘baby Boxster’ project will not happen, according to the firm’s head of research and development Wolfgang Hatz.. . Expected to cost around £35,000 and to be powered by a new family of four-cylinder engines, the baby Boxster has long been tipped as a way to increase Porsche’s sales volumes. The Porsche 718 name was rumoured as an acknowledgement to the firm’s racing history.. .
  • SWEDEN: Volvo to show connected car-cyclist technology at CES – Just-auto: In what the partners say is “a ground-breaking collaboration”, Volvo Cars, protective gravity sports gear manufacturer POC and Ericsson will present an innovative safety technology connecting drivers and cyclists for the first time ever at the International CES in Las Vegas (6-9 January 2015).
  • Video: Porsche Cayenne S Diesel driven – Autocar: Steve Sutcliffe drives the new £61,474, 380bhp Cayenne S Diesel Has Porsche’s performance SUV finally come of age? Steve Sutcliffe asks whether the £61,474, 380bhp Cayenne S Diesel should have rivals like Land Rover worried.Read the full first drive review here.

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Chart of the day: Tesla’s hot air superiority


In the past weeks, Tesla has come under increasing criticism for creating more puff than product. Jalopnik wrote yesterday:

“So where are those battery-swapping stations Tesla promised? Or its big push into the energy storage biz? Didn’t we hear something about the Roadster being upgraded? Are we seeing a pattern here? Cut through the hype and the accolades and the endless profiles couching Elon Musk as Tony Stark, and you’re met with a long string of Tesla over-promising, under-delivering, or delivering late.”

The trouble is, as much as Tesla loves to hype its disrupting of the car business, data to prove the claims are short in coming. Elon Musk himself is famous for withholding data. He would be foolish if he would release data, because numbers would prove that emperor Musk has no clothes. Musk may be naked, but he is no fool. As long as most people think that Tesla reigns supreme in the EV space, why should he contradict them? [Continue Reading]

Thursday morning car news roundup, December 18, 2014

Today is Thursday


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Wednesday morning car news roundup, December 17, 2014


Tesla sales forecast cut by 40% due to low oil prices - Yahoo: GM Sales in Europe Continue Free Fall - Yahoo: BELGIUM: "Loudest shift" as Genk mayor brands Ford exit disaster - Just-auto: Genk is to organise a "loudest shift" for tomorrow (18 … [Continue reading]

EU new car market runs out of steam in November, self-registrations and discounts very high

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The big European turn-around that appeared to finally have collected enough courage in the past two months, already ran out of steam in November. Sales across the EU were up a mere 1.4 percent in November, Europe’s manufacturer association ACEA … [Continue reading]

Monday morning car news roundup, December 15, 2014


JAPAN: Clarion to supply Porsche Panamera with overhead camera - Just-auto: Clarion says it will supply Porsche with an all-surround view overhead camera system for its Panamera four-door sports sedan model range. UK: Jeep gives FCA Europe sales a … [Continue reading]

Swag the dog: The shitstorm that could stop all junkets

Swag? Ask the Urban Dictionary

  Yesterday, Noah Joseph, a writer for Autoblog, went semi-public on Facebook, demanding more gifts from OEMs. “Am I the only one who misses a bit of swag from press events?” Joseph asked the members of an allegedly secret Facebook group … [Continue reading]