XPeng will sell G6 SUV Coupe in Europe shortly

April 05, 2024

Chinese electric car manufacturer Xpeng has announced the launch of its third model in Europe. The coupé-like electric SUV Xpeng G6, which has been available in China since last year, can be ordered in Europe from May and will hit the road in Q3/2024. In China, Xpeng launched the G6 last summer as a competitor […]

Smart ForTwo production ends at Hambach

April 04, 2024

The page is officially turned. After over 25 years, the Hambach, France, plant has churned out its last Smart ForTwo. It’s the end for the small 2.5-m car that was seen as a revolution in urban transport. The Hambach plant, often nicknamed ‘Smartville,’ has produced up to 140,000 cars yearly. However, the plant, which benefited […]

Renault updates Captur, its B-segment SUV

April 04, 2024

Today, Renault presented an update on its popular B-Segment SUV, the Renault Captur. Renault calls the category urban SUVs and points out that this is a market accounting for half of all sales in the B-segment, which itself makes up 30% of the total market. “Captur is the B-segment “voiture à vivre” (car for living). […]

BMW starts building new battery assembly plant in Strasskirchen

April 04, 2024

On Wednesday, BMW Group started the building works for the new battery assembly plant in Straßkirchen, Germany. According to a German media report, the manufacturer submitted an application to the local district office for an early start of construction. It was approved last week. According to the Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR), the first construction machinery has […]

Mercedes’ new gen EV is coming

April 03, 2024

The upcoming entry-level Mercedes-Benz EV was finally caught out in the wild. The electric Mercedes CLA was spotted testing near the Arctic Circle. The new EV is seen as Mercedes-Benz’s answer to the Tesla Model 3 and will be the most affordable EV from Stuttgart. The new CLA is also dubbed the ‘electric hypermiler’ or […]

Tesla starts 2024 with ‘disastrous’ delivery results

April 03, 2024

Tesla’s first quarter 2024 results ended up being a wake-up call. Deliveries have declined for the first time since the pandemic compared to the previous year. A small consolation is that the carmaker has recaptured the crown from China’s rival BYD, which is the world’s largest EV maker. Car deliveries, in particular, were disappointing. Analysts […]

Belux car registrations down 13.5% in March

April 03, 2024

According to the data provided by the federal government service Mobility & Transport and the car manufacturers federation Febiac, 44,751 cars were registered in March 2024, 13.5% less than in the same month last year. Febiac explains this regress by saying that March 2024 counted two working days less than March 2023, but that can’t […]

Is Chinese EV truck builder Windrose Tech coming to Antwerp?

April 02, 2024

Windrose Tech, the Chinese manufacturer of EV trucks, is considering coming to Antwerp to install its European headquarters, an R&D center, and an assembly plant. That’s what founder Han Wen declared in an interview with the French newspaper Le Monde. Windrose’s full electric trucks are supposed to have a range of some 600 km and […]

Nissan and Mitsubishi to jointly work on pickups and hybrids for America

April 02, 2024

Alliance partners Nissan and Mitsubishi have been collaborating since 2016 in their home market of Japan. Still, a plan has been formed to extend this pooling of resources to North America. A Mexico-built 1-ton pickup truck and a plug-in hybrid vehicle for Nissan are first on the agenda to strengthen both brands in the US. […]

Opposing reactions to new permit for Brussels Airport

April 02, 2024

The granting of Brussels Airport Company’s new environmental permit is provoking opposed reactions. According to the citizen forum Burgerforum Luchthavenregio, the Flemish government has let down the residents of the surrounding municipalities around the airport. The Federal Ombudsman also feels that health and pollution have not been sufficiently considered. The Flemish liberal political party Open […]

VW Golf: an icon celebrates its 50th birthday

April 02, 2024

On Friday, March 29th, 1974, the first Golf rolled off the line in Volkswagen’s home plant in Wolfsburg. Fifty years later, golf is still being produced, and over 37 million units have already been made. But the icon is not ready to die yet. Back in 1974, the new Golf was a gamble for Volkswagen. […]

Jan De Nul and Engie launch industrial-scale pilot with flow batteries

April 01, 2024

Civil engineering company Jan De Nul, energy provider Engie, and worldwide expert in technical service Equans have launched a pilot project focusing on using Vanadium Redox Flow batteries on an industrial scale as an alternative to lithium-ion batteries. Belgian Energy Minister Tinne Van der Straeten (Groen), the CEOs of Engie Belgium, Equans Belux, and Jan […]

China files WTO complaint over ‘discriminatory’ US subsidy scheme

April 01, 2024

China has escalated its confrontation with the United States over electric vehicle (EV) subsidies by filing a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO). Beijing deems the practices under the US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) “discriminatory”. It feels targeted in particular and believes they are a form of unfair competition in the changing automotive market. […]

End of line for Renault Zoé

March 29, 2024

After twelve years and over 420,000 units produced, the pioneering Renault Zoé electric subcompact hatchback will end its production run on Friday, March 30th, in the Flins factory. It will be replaced by the new, cheaper, and prettier Renault 5 E-Tech. The Zoé was Renault’s first production electric car. Based on the Clio platform, it […]

Ford partners with Allego for fast-charging points at dealerships

March 29, 2024

Ford has signed an agreement with Dutch charging infrastructure specialist Allego to equip its European dealerships with fast-charging points, providing up to 400 kW of power and offering lower prices for FordPass Charging customers. The rollout of these chargers will begin this year. The way to get customers back into dealerships? Why not offer a […]

Geely showcases its new AI chassis with ‘autonomous’ drifting

March 28, 2024

While many are still skeptical about the plausibility of 100% autonomous vehicles, Geely Auto is showing that its new AI ‘digital’ chassis can not only safely operate on snow and ice without a driver but can also pull off fully autonomous drifting. Geely Auto sits under the larger umbrella of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., […]

BMW 5 Series is World Luxury Car 2024

March 28, 2024

After coming second in the European Car of the Year (COTY) contest, the new BMW 5 Series has been named the World Luxury Car 2024. For the members of the World Car Awards jury, it was the standout new arrival in the field of luxury vehicles that celebrated their debuts in the world’s car markets […]

Volvo has built its last diesel car

March 28, 2024

A Denim Blue XC90 was bestowed with the honor of being Volvo’s last diesel car. After promising to end production of diesel-powered passenger cars back in September 2023 at the NYC Climate Week, the Swedish manufacturer has put its money where its mouth is, ending on a V60 in Ghent and an XC90 in Torslanda. […]

BYD making biggest profit ever further stokes up Chinese price war

March 28, 2024

With the comfortable certainty of 30 billion yuan (€3,83 billion) profit made in 2023, the top Chinese EV maker BYD can afford to fuel further the price war it initiated to prove electric cars can be sold even cheaper than their ICE siblings. Next in a long row, seeing its price lowered by 5%, is […]

Hyundai to invest $50 billion to secure EV future

March 28, 2024

South Korean car manufacturing group Hyundai announced a massive $50 billion (68 trillion won) investment to secure its position as the auto market transitions to EVs. The Korean automaker will hire 80,000 people in Korea to help it become one of the top three EV makers in the world by 2030. Hyundai’s new investment is […]

Russia restarts production Citroën C5 bypassing Stellantis

March 28, 2024

For the first time since the outbreak of the Ukrainian war, a Russian factory has rebooted the manufacture of a Western car model. The automotive plant in Kaluga has officially started churning out Citroën C5 Aircross models for the local market. Citroën-owner Stellantis admits having lost control in the region. The PSMA Rus facility, as […]

Callum Designs launches eVita, a wheelchair-accessible EV

March 27, 2024

UK-based Motability Operations and Callum Designs are ready to launch an electric wheelchair-accessible vehicle concept called eVITA. The companies stress that special solutions are necessary for everyone to go electric. The electric wheelchair-accessible vehicle (eWAV) has a 50 kWh battery pack and two charging ports at the “nearside rear, and a lower front-mounted option for […]

Hyundai’s Genesis shows Neolun and Magma performance concepts

March 27, 2024

Korean premium brand Genesis has revealed the Neolun Concept and GV60 Magma Concept. The first design study is a large luxury SUV with coach doors and a plush interior. What could become the future GV90 aims to rival the Mercedes-Maybach GLS with Royal Blue leather and a concert-hall sound system. The second concept hints at […]

Ford introduces its European Explorer EV at €49k entry price

March 27, 2024

After encountering delays, the Ford Explorer is finally here. Ford celebrates the introduction to the market at the end of the Explorer’s World Tour. The Explorer was driven around the globe over 30,000 km, crossing six continents and 27 countries, with adventurer Lexie Alford at the wheel. The electric Ford Explorer will start at €48,950 […]

Fisker on the brink of insolvency?

March 27, 2024

Fisker’s insolvency is becoming more likely. As California-based electric car manufacturer Fisker announced in a stock exchange listing, talks with a major car manufacturer about an investment have failed. As a precautionary measure, the shares have already been suspended from trading. Just recently, Fisker announced that talks with an unnamed car manufacturer about a strategic […]

Stellantis lets 1,520 people leave voluntarily at Turin Mirafiori plant

March 27, 2024

Italo-Franco-US carmaker Stellantis has agreed with Italian unions that provide for 1,520 voluntary departures in Turin at the historic headquarters of the car brand Fiat. The Turin plant has been running on reduced production volumes for some time. Those departures include 733 administrative and middle managers and 300 in the bodywork department at the Mirafiori […]

Aston Martin attracts Bentley-boss Hallmark as new CEO

March 27, 2024

Aston Martin has appointed the boss of luxury car rival Bentley its next CEO. The British luxury sports car producer stipulates that Adrian Hallmark will replace current CEO Amedeo Felisa by October 1st this year. The new boss joins the London-listed carmaker from high-end luxury rival Bentley Motors, where he has led an improvement in […]

New electric KGM Torres EVX dives under €40K for launch

March 26, 2024

The newly reshaped Korean brand KG Mobility (KGM, in short) has announced the prices of its electric SUV. The Torres EVX will start in Belgium at €43,990. However, with a ‘launch reduction’ of €4,700, it will dive under the €40K threshold, the limit for the €5,000 Flemish EV incentive. All versions of the Torres EVX […]

Germany lays first stone Northvolt Drei EV-battery gigafactory

March 26, 2024

Germany is starting to build the country’s largest battery factory for electric vehicles. The project will cost 4.5 billion euros and is led by Sweden’s Northvolt, one of Europe’s newly started companies specializing in the construction and development of batteries for electric cars. The factory will be built near Heide, a city of more than […]

Nissan’s ‘The Arc’: 30 new models and boosted profit to tackle Chinese

March 26, 2024

Nissan has presented its new business plan, The Arc. The aim is to sell an additional 1 million cars per year by the end of 2026 while boosting the profit margin to 6% to prepare for an accelerated EV transition by 2030. To achieve this, 30 new models will be released globally in the next […]

Electric cruising with Harley’s new LiveWire S2 Mulholland

March 26, 2024

Electric motorcycle maker LiveWire has unveiled its new S2 Mulholland. Like its mother brand, Harley Davidson, the new electric motorcycle is aimed at cruising on long and straight American roads. The new LiveWire S2 Mulholland follows the S2 Del Mar and is built around the same platform. It uses the same 84-hp electric motor and […]

It’s final: Van Hool heads for bankruptcy and quick relaunch

March 26, 2024

On Tuesday morning, 2,400 Van Hool employees wanted to start working again in Koningshooikt (Lier) to keep the Belgian bus builder factory going. Still, management sent them home for the next two weeks, awaiting the bankruptcy verdict. They are left with a resigned mood and uncertainty after hearing on Monday that going belly-up is unavoidable, […]

ABB and MAN demonstrate ‘Megawatt’ charging with new eTruck

March 25, 2024

The new eTruck range from MAN is compatible with the Megawatt Charging System (MCS), making quick charging stops during mandatory breaks much more helpful. To demonstrate this, an eTruck was equipped with a prototype MCS charger from infrastructure expert ABB, which reached a charging speed of 700 kW. ABB and MAN still consider this a […]

Flexis is born: electric vans from Renault and Volvo Trucks

March 25, 2024

The Renault Group and the Volvo Group have finalized their previously announced joint venture, heralding the birth of Flexis. This new brand aims to break a mould in the electric van market by developing and producing models built on an advanced, software-driven 800-volt platform—a first in this segment. Both companies announced their intent to join […]

EV market share stable in EU in February, Belgium +66,9%

March 24, 2024

According to ACEA data, the EU car market surged 10.1% in February 2024 compared to the same month last year, reaching 883,608 units. Among the four major EU markets, France (+13%) and Italy (+12.8%) grew by double-digits, with Spain (+9.9%) and Germany (+5.4%) following. In February, battery-electric cars held a market share of 12% (stable […]

VW ID.Buzz GTX: fastest trip down memory lane

March 22, 2024

Last week, Volkswagen unveiled the GTX members of the ID.3 and ID.7 Tourer and announced the upcoming arrival of a similar version in an ID. Buzz package. Here it is. Pepped with the same vitamin treatment, the iconic Bulli turns into a rocket for delivery couriers or German fathers with daily access to the Autobahn. […]

Top models drive profitability at heavily investing BMW

March 22, 2024

At its annual investor conference, BMW Group revealed a robust financial result for the past year and sketched a positive operational outlook for 2024. This year, the carmaker will spend a peak budget on new energy R&D before its next-generation electric vehicles hit the factory floor. CEO of BMW, Oliver Zipse, looks back at a […]

Isuzu steps ahead of Japanese rivals with D-Max BEV

March 21, 2024

Pickup truck specialist Isuzu has beaten compatriot Toyota to the game of launching its first battery-powered light truck. The D-Max BEV will be unveiled at the Bangkok International Motor Show on March 27th, and the Japanese niche vehicle maker will be piloted into the electric transition. Isuzu Motors, which has built up a solid reputation […]

BMW Vision Neue Klasse X is next all-electric X3

March 21, 2024

BMW will launch an all-new X3 this year, but the car model everybody is focusing on is the Vision Neue Klasse X. This is the north star for the brand’s next-generation battery-powered SUVs, lifting electrification, digitization, and sustainability to a new level. Following a leak earlier this week, BMW has revealed the BMW Vision Neue […]

Peugeot presents new electric 7-seater e-5008

March 21, 2024

French carmaker Peugeot presents the new e-5008. Using the same recipe as its predecessor, this is a more extended version of the e-3008 with seats for up to seven passengers. Based on the same STLA Medium platform, the electric Peugeot offers up to 320 hp and 660 km of range thanks to a large 98 […]

Biden pushes carmakers on lenient path to 50% CO2 reduction

March 21, 2024

President Joe Biden is pushing the American car industry toward reducing CO2 emissions by 50% in 2032 compared to 2026, as first announced last year in April. However, under pressure from carmakers and unions, he has allowed a more ‘lenient’ path to achieving that in the 2027-2030 period, with no longer stringent quotas for the […]

Renault CEO Luca de Meo writes a ‘Letter to Europe’

March 20, 2024

Renault Group CEO (and current ACEA President) Luca de Meo has addressed a ‘Letter to Europe‘ to “all key decision-makers and stakeholders across Europe”. It’s an “Advocacy for a sustainable, inclusive, and competitive automotive industry.” With just a few months to go before the European elections, this twenty-page document calls for European mobilization “to succeed […]

BMW’s ‘New Class’ also built in Regensburg

March 20, 2024

BMW will also produce its ‘Neue Klasse’ (New Class) electric cars at its Regensburg plant. The car manufacturer confirmed this but has not yet provided further details about possible models. As BMW states in a current press release, the initial preparatory work for producing the new platform at the Regensburg plant has already been completed. […]

Mercedes-AMG’s electric future plays on Swedish frozen lake

March 19, 2024

Mercedes-AMG is preparing its first fully electric car, and to illustrate its progress, the company has released some photos of a vehicle prototype on the icy expanses of a Swedish lake. The scene looks playful, but according to the official reading, the prototype of Mercedes-AMG’s battery-powered sports car is undergoing rigorous tests under severe winter […]

Ford working on sub $25,000 electric models to counter China

March 19, 2024

The Holy Grail of the EV market is currently the sub-25,000 dollar or euro model, a goal that every prominent manufacturer envisions. Ford’s CEO Jim Farley has announced that the company is working on a new, low-cost EV platform to bring a sub-$25,000 electric SUV and pickup truck to market, but the question remains: when? […]

Brussels Airport’s impact: 64,000 jobs and €5.4 billion added value

March 19, 2024

Brussels Airport accounts for 5.41 billion in added value and more than 64,000 jobs. According to a study on the economic impact commissioned by Zaventem Airport, the Universities UAntwerpen and UCLouvain presented these results on Monday. Meanwhile, management and unions at Brussels Airlines also reached an agreement on Monday regarding better pay for cabin crew. […]

Renault Trucks delivers strong 2023 electric sales up 153%

March 19, 2024

Renault Trucks closed 2023 with 69,859 trucks delivered, the best result in recent years and an 18% year-on-year growth. The French manufacturer also delivered 1,636 electric trucks, an increase of 153% compared to 2022, giving it a market share of 22.4% in Europe. There are positive figures all around at Renault Trucks, as the 2023 […]

Q6 e-tron unveiled is Porsche Macan EV ‘made by Audi’

March 19, 2024

Audi has taken the wraps from the much-anticipated Q6 e-tron, poised to challenge the best-sellers with the cutting-edge architecture it shares with the Porsche Macan EV. The zero-emission model must mirror the success of its combustion-engined sibling, the globally acclaimed Q5. After a prototype reveal last year, Audi has released the full specs and final […]

BMW’s Vision Neue Klasse X concept leaked

March 18, 2024

In a few days, BMW will show the concept of its first SUV variant of the ‘Neue Klasse’, called Vision Neue Klasse X. Rumors have it that this iX3 successor will be the first car of BMW’s new EV class range to appear on the market by the end of next year, before the sedan […]

Porsche 911 Hybrid: with a little help from Rimac

March 18, 2024

According to Frank Moser, product manager at Porsche for both the 718 and 911 models, the Stuttgart-based sports carmaker will add electrified versions to the 911 when the current generation is facelifted in 2025. This is a pivotal moment, as the most iconic Porsche has stuck to the thrill of true combustion engines so far. […]

Tesla to increase price of Model Y in Europe next month

March 18, 2024

When it rains in the US, it dripfeeds to Europe. The previously announced price hike for the world’s best-selling EV, the Tesla Model Y, reaches the continent’s shore. As of April, the price will rise by around €2,000. Tesla’s pricing increase for the Model Y electric SUV in several European countries was announced via a […]

Dumarey to face MAN in struggle for Van Hool take-over?

March 18, 2024

The clock is ticking for Belgian bus maker Van Hool, which will go bankrupt if no private investor is found before the end of March. Belgian entrepreneur Guido Dumarey confirmed in an interview with Radio 1 that he’s convinced he can ‘rebuild’ Van Hool to a profitable, streamlined production company with 1,800 of the current […]

Nissan and Honda confirm cooperation, including on electric cars

March 18, 2024

Japanese car manufacturers Nissan and Honda have officially confirmed plans for a strategic partnership in electric cars and other areas. The manufacturers’ intention to work together was already leaked last week. Honda announces that both companies have signed a letter of intent “to strengthen environmental and electrification technologies as well as software development.” The competitors […]

Key to VW’s affordable ID.1 is ‘where to build it’

March 15, 2024

At the annual media call 2024, Volkswagen brand CEO Thomas Schäfer unveiled more details on the upcoming €20,000 ID.1. The most affordable EV in the lineup will arrive in 2027. However, the biggest challenge will be deciding on the location of production. All mainstream automakers focus on affordable EVs, which is critical to realizing the […]

Lightning strikes at VW with blistering GTX versions of ID.3 and ID.7

March 14, 2024

Lightning never strikes twice in the same spot, except in Wolfsburg. Simultaneously, Volkswagen has announced sharp and sporty GTX versions of the ID.3, the ID.7 Tourer, and the ID.Buzz. Basically, this is the zero-emission revival of the well-known GTI badge. Volkswagen has yet to release the final specs and data on the ID.buzz, but expectations […]

Nissan and Honda join forces to battle Chinese competition

March 14, 2024

Nissan and Honda are preparing to reduce their production capacities in China significantly. The two  Japanese car manufacturers are finding it difficult to keep up with Chinese competitors in the race for electric cars. A solution could be to join forces and slash EV prices consequently. As Nikkei Asia reported, both manufacturers plan to reduce […]

Among candidate investors ‘lining up’, Dumarey awaits bankruptcy Van Hool

March 14, 2024

According to Flemish Minister-President Jan Jambon and Minister for Work Jo Brouns, several possible candidates are ‘lining up’ and showing interest in investing in a restart of bus manufacturer Van Hool in Koningshooikt (Lier). But that doesn’t mean avoiding bankruptcy, as some – like Belgian entrepreneur Guido Dumarey, a specialist in blowing new life into […]

VW Group to cut costs and launch 30 models in 2024

March 14, 2024

Volkswagen Group is launching a major product push this year to help offset a gloomy economic outlook and growing competition. At the same time, a major efficiency improvement has to cut costs impressively. On Wednesday, finance chief Arno Antlitz presented the automaker’s 2023 results, saying the “general economic situation remains challenging”. VW Group expects a […]

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi brings first EV SU7 to market

March 13, 2024

China’s fifth-largest smartphone maker, Xiaomi, unveiled its first electric car in late December. The company confirms that it will bring its first EV SU7 to market on March 28th, when prices should be known. The Xiaoni SU7 is the brand’s first foray into the automotive industry. It’s a mid-size electric sedan powered by two electric […]

Sixth bike fair Bike Brussels is coming up

March 13, 2024

From Friday 22 to Sunday 24 March, Tour & Taxis will host the sixth edition of the bike fair Bike Brussels. In the event location’s ‘Gare Maritime, ‘ more than 150 exhibitors will guide cycling enthusiasts through the latest innovations in the sector, recent accessories that can come in handy for a trip on two […]