Volvo to Increase V60 Diesel Plug-in Production … BMW i8 Concept Roadster to LA Auto Show … Nissan Leaf Price Lowered … KleenSpeed Unveils KAR Electric Prototype

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MyPerfectAutomobile reports on Volvo’s unexpected announcement to increase production of its V60 plug-in hybrid diesel automobile. The automaker intends to make 6,000 units per year at its Gothenburg, Sweden facility. The BMW i8 Concept Roadster, along with a host of the company’s other cutting-edge vehicles, will be on display at this year’s LA Auto Show, which opens to the public on Nov.30. Nissan Motor Co. revealed a new, lower pricing structure for its all-electric Leaf automobile. At the same time, the company announced that the car would offer a longer range per charge as well as a functional display that tells drivers how many miles of driving remain. KleenSpeed revealed its new electric prototype vehicle, the KAR, at the San Francisco Auto Show on Nov. 21. The car seats two, is priced just under $10,000, and offers a range of 150 miles. For approximately $175 per month, drivers would be able to lease the battery pack.

BMW i8 Concept Roadster

BMW i8 Concept Roadster

The BMW i8 is headed to the LA Auto Show.

Volvo to Increase V60 Production

Volvo will increase its production target for the V60 diesel plug-in hybrid to nearly 6,000 units per year. The first 1,000 cars were sold before arriving in showrooms. Management decided to meet the public’s demand by upping production numbers, effective January 2013. The next wave of V60 hybrids, like the first, will be manufactured in Volvo’s facilities in Gothenburg, Sweden. At that location, the company also produces its XC90, S80, XC70, V70, and V60. The diesel engine is paired with an electric motor that draws power from an 11.2 kWh battery. The car is able to operate in all-electric mode for approximately 31 miles. For the complete story, see:
BMW i8 Concept Goes to LA Auto Show

The BMW i8 Concept Roadster will be on display at the LA Auto Show, along with some other members of the automaker’s fleet. The i8 Concept Roadster reaches 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds and has a total power output of 354 horsepower. The sports car features lightweight construction consisting primarily of carbon fiber, as well as hybrid technology. Though not an official statistic, most experts think the i8 will achieve 78 mpg. Part of BMW’s LifeDrive design series, the i8 Concept Roadster holds both an electric motor and a combustion engine. For the complete story, see:
Nissan Announces Lower Pricing for Leaf EV

Nissan Motor Co. announced this week that their Leaf electric car would cost less next year. In addition, the EV will feature a new function that informs drivers about the remaining range. Nissan responded to owner surveys, which showed that Leaf drivers wanted to know about remaining mileage, and desired a lower price. Nissan has increased the car’s range to 142 miles from the previous 124 miles. The 18-mile range increase was achieved by making the car lighter and simplifying the battery packs. In Japan, the starting price for the base model went from $37,000 to $31,000. So far, these upgrades and price alterations are confined to the Japanese market. For the complete story, see:
KleenSpeed Unveils KAR EV Prototype

KleenSpeed CEO, Tim Collins, unveiled the company’s newest creation, the KAR electric vehicle, at the San Francisco Auto Show on Nov. 21. Having brought the product to this point, KleenSpeed is open to interested manufacturers who wish to produce the prototype as a passenger car. The two-seat EV has a suggested price tag of $9,995 and a 150-mile range. One way the price is kept low is with a leased battery pack, which by most estimates would cost an owner approximately $175 per month. For the complete story, see:
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