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Monday 19 February 2024

50 thousand public EV charging stations exceeded in Italy in 2023

Record growth in 2023 for Italy's charging infrastructure, doing better than France, Germany and the United Kingdom. As of December the 31st, 2023, there were 50,678 public-use charging stations in Italy (+13,906 compared to 2022), with Lombardy the first region for charging points and Campania the one with the largest increase. Naples has become the city with the most charging points in relation to surface area, ahead of Milan and Rome. Charging points on Italian highways have almost doubled in the past year (from 496 to 932 ...

Monday 19 February 2024

Chinese joint venture Yueda Kia aims for 170,000 exports in 2024

Chinese joint venture Yueda Kia aims to double exports to 170,000 units this year to improve factory utilization. To achieve the goal, Yueda Kia said it will add the EV5 electric crossover and two gasoline models--the K5 sedan and the Sportage crossover--to its export range. The company plans to export vehicles to more than 80 developing countries this year. Yueda Kia, based in the eastern Chinese city of Yancheng, is a partnership between Kia and local business conglomerate Jiangsu Yueda Group. It is Kia's only manufacturing site in ...

Monday 19 February 2024

Extreme E: Rosberg and Acciona teams get first two rounds in Saudi Arabia

Reigning champions Rosberg X Racing team (RXR) and Acciona | The Sainz XE Team are the winners of the first two rounds of Extreme E in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. On Saturday, in the first round of the Desert X Prix, Rosberg X Racing team secured victory after an incredible battle with the Neom McLaren Extreme E Team. In a race marked by numerous lead changes, it was RXR's Johan Kristoffersson and Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky who took the win, defeating the McLaren team's pair of Mattias Ekström and Cristina Guti ...

Monday 19 February 2024

First tests at the Arctic Circle for the A290, Alpine's electric sports car

For more than two years the Alpine A290 has been undergoing a comprehensive development and tuning program. One more step led Alpine's engineering teams to once again travel to Sweden to conclude testing on prototypes of the future A290. It was precisely in tests conducted in extremely cold conditions that the A290 was first presented with Alpine's unprecedented camouflage. All technical areas undergo full-scale testing to make sure the required performance levels are achieved. As on any Alpine, special attention was paid to dynamic performance on the A290 ...

Monday 19 February 2024

Forvia will cut 10,000 jobs in Europe by 2028

Forvia plans to cut up to 10,000 jobs in Europe over the next five years, including at its lighting subsidiary Hella, as part of its new "EU-Forward" project to improve competitiveness and reduce costs. The world's eighth-largest automotive supplier, formed in 2022 from the combination of Faurecia and Hella, said it plans to reduce its European workforce, now of 75,500 people, by 13 percent including through a drastic reduction in hiring. The cost-cutting plan is needed to adapt to a structural decline in light vehicle sales to ...

Monday 19 February 2024

Geely will export Zeekr smart EVs to Mexico

Geely Automobile Holdings, a Hong Kong-listed division of privately owned Chinese automaker Geely Holdings Group, plans to buy Zeekr-branded smart electric vehicles from a subsidiary and sell them in Mexico. Under an agreement signed with Zeekr Group last week, Geely said it will purchase vehicles, parts and accessories worth up to 674.3 million yuan (93.8 million dollars), 1.56 billion yuan and 3.13 billion yuan respectively, from 2024 to 2026, "for sale in Mexico." In late 2023, Zeekr began selling the 001 and X in Western Europe ...

Monday 19 February 2024

GM will target luxury to fight slumping profits in China

General Motors is considering a shift away from mainstream models in China to focus primarily on luxury vehicles as it struggles to recover from years of declining sales and profits in the world's largest car market. GM still sees its own role in China's increasingly competitive market, and CEO Mary Barra said the company must reverse the downward trend in the country. "When you look at the Chinese market, it's very different than it was five years ago. It's a market where we want to play ...

Monday 19 February 2024

Hispano Suiza unveils the first images of its new Carmen Sagrera hypercar

Hispano Suiza has unveiled the first images of its new hypercar. The Carmen Sagrera will be the third model in the company's range of electric hypercars and will be unveiled in mid-2024, on the occasion of the brand's 120th anniversary. The new hypercar will have a rear end dominated by an exposed carbon fiber spoiler. This evolution, the result of the work of the technical team led by CTO Juan Fernández, gives the model an even sportier look, without compromising the elegance and philosophy inherent to the ...

Monday 19 February 2024

In 2025, the farewell of the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio to the U.S. market

The Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio are preparing to bid a final farewell to the United States. The 2024 model year of the Biscione's sporty ICE models will be the last in the U.S. market. This was confirmed by Larry Dominique, head of Alfa Romeo North America in a LinkedIn post. The top manager reiterated that there will also be room for Quadrifoglio variants in the brand's electric future. For the time being, however, there are no firm dates for the battery-powered successors of the two ...

Monday 19 February 2024

Kuniskis: Stellantis will no longer buy "green credits"

Stellantis does not rely on regulatory credits to comply with emissions rules in the United States. That strategy was a "relic" of the Fiat Chrysler era, when the automaker was a regular buyer of credits from Tesla, a deal that proved very profitable for the electric vehicle maker. But things are different under Tavares' leadership "That never allows the automaker to buy a single credit," said Tim Kuniskis, CEO of the Dodge and Ram brands. "It's not even a topic of discussion. We haven't bought credits, we're ...