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EV Startup Byton Suspends Operations

Waiting out the coronavirus pandemic

Fuel Cells

New Toyota JV Targets Fuel Cell Trucks in China

Commercial vehicles could be the right application for fledgling technology

Business

VW, Partners to Spend $4.4 Billion in China

Volkswagen AG and its partners plan to invest more than $4.4 billion next year in China, 40% of it on e-mobility programs.

Hybrid

Toyota, BYD to Form EV Venture

Toyota Motor Corp. and BYD Co. are creating a 50:50 joint venture in China that will develop battery-electric vehicle platforms and related technologies.

Sales

VW’s Jetta Brand Off to Strong Start in China

Volkswagen Group’s new Jetta sub-brand in China reportedly beat VW’s first-month sales target by 30%.

Design

New Rolls-Royce Design Chief Quits

Jozef Kaban has left BMW AG’s Rolls-Royce unit six months after being named design chief of the ultra-luxury marque.

Autonomous Vehicles

China’s Baidu Begins Robo-Taxi Tests

Baidu Inc. has begun testing a fleet of robo-taxis with consumers on public streets in Changsha.

Byton SUV Breaks Cover

Future Mobility Corp.’s Byton unit took the wraps off the production version of its first model, the all-electric M-Byte SUV/crossover vehicle, today at the Frankfurt auto show.

Business

Porsche in Talks with CATL on EV Batteries

Volkswagen AG’s Porsche unit has met several times with Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd. about the Chinese company supplying lithium-ion batteries for future electric vehicles.

Hybrid

Report: Audi May Source EV Batteries from BYD

Volkswagen AG’s Audi unit is in “advanced” talks with China's BYD Co. as a battery supplier for Chinese market electric vehicles, sources tell Bloomberg News.

Hybrid

Toyota to Supply Fuel Cell Tech for FAW-Higer Buses in China

Toyota Motor Corp. has agreed to supply fuel cell technology to Chinese carmaker FAW Group and Higer Bus Co.

Autonomous Vehicles

Half of VW's China Sales Will be Electrified by 2035

Half the cars Volkswagen AG sells in China will be electrified by 2035, says CEO Herbert Diess.

Business

VW May Buy Large Stake in Chinese EV Partner

Volkswagen AG is mulling a plan to buy a major stake in Chinese electric-car maker Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group, sources tell Bloomberg News.

Hybrid

Chinese Startup Plans Long-Range EV

Bordrin Motor Corp., a three-year-old Chinese startup company, is developing an all-electric crossover vehicle with a targeted driving range of 550 km (342 miles).

Design

BMW, Rolls-Royce Get New Design Leaders

BMW AG’s Rolls-Royce ultra-luxury brand has appointed Jozef Kaban as design chief, effective today.

VW Debuts First Three China Models Under Jetta Sub-Brand

Volkswagen AG has introduced the first three models it will begin selling in China this year under its new Jetta sub-brand: a sedan and two crossover vehicles.

Connectivity

VW, FAW Form Connectivity JV in China

Volkswagen AG’s namesake brand and Chinese partner FAW Group are forming a joint venture in Chengdu, China, that will focus on connectivity and other digital services for the local market.

Business

SAIC Miffed at VW Comment About JV

SAIC Motor Corp. has taken offense that Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess told reporters that VW might raise its 50% stake in the venture launched by the two carmakers 34 years ago.

Business

VW Readies New Jetta Brand for China

Volkswagen AG says it will launch Jetta, a new entry-level brand in China, in the third quarter of 2019.

Business

Report: VW to Launch Jetta Sub-Brand in China

Volkswagen AG plans to launch a Jetta sub-brand in China later this year, according to the country’s Sina social network.

Fuel Cells

Chinese Startup to Unveil EV, Fuel Cell Models in Geneva

Aiways, a Shangrao City, China-based startup, plans to unveil its U5 SUV/crossover and fuel cell-powered RG Nathalie supercar at the Geneva auto show in March.

Hybrid

Byton EV Startup Hopes to Raise Another $500 Million

China’s Byton Ltd. is preparing a new $500 million fundraising round for its electric car business, sources tell Reuters.

Business

VW, Chinese Partner to Co-Develop EV Platform

Volkswagen AG and its SEAT unit have signed a memorandum of understanding with Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group Corp. (JAC) to develop an electric vehicle platform to carry SEAT-badged EVs in China.

Sales

VW Taps Dahlheim to Head Group Sales

Volkswagen AG has named Christian Dahlheim, currently sales chief for VW Financial Services, to take over as head of VW Group sales.