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    Infiniti, Mercedes-Benz Working On A New Vehicle Architecture

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      Infiniti and Mercedes sitting in a tree, w-o-r-k-i-n-g on a new platform

    Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz are working on a new vehicle architecture that will underpin four new vehicles, including a new crossover. This information comes courtesy of Johan de Nysschen, the head of Infiniti who was speaking to Bloomberg at the Detroit Auto Show. de Nysschen did not talk about whether the new architecture will be front/all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive, and how many of those new vehicles would be Infiniti and/or Mercedes-Benz. de Nysschen did say is that first model with this new architecture will appear in 2017.

    Source: Bloomberg via Automotive News (Subscription Required)

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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    Let the Speculation Begin. :D

    I can see this as a compact luxury class model for the two companies with FWD/AWD options. A competitor for Infiniti to compete against Buick and MB to fight against Cadillac once they have an Encore class version of a CUV.

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    • Kandi, the Chinese auto company will open up the order books August 18th for people to purchase online their EV auto's. The Kandi K27 will be the first auto to go on sale in America with a starting price of $20,490 before the $7,500 federal tax credit.  The K27 will end up costing almost $2,000 less than the current frugal champ the 2021 Chevrolet Spark at $14,790. The biggest question is will people buy a subcompact with only 100 miles of range for a commuter auto? The second auto in the line up is the K23 which will start at $29,999 with 180 miles of range. With the federal tax credit this makes the K23 $751 less than the 2021 Mini Cooper SE which has a 110 mile range or the Nissan Leaf S that starts at $32,525 with a 149 mile range or the Hyundai Ioniq EV with a starting cost of $34,020 and a 170 mile range. Kandi bought in 2018 a Texas based importer company called SC Autosports to handle all North America Distribution. No details have been released yet on how the auto's will be serviced and supported let alone sold state by state other than one can order up an EV starting August 18th on their web site. https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1129057_kandi-electric-car-open-to-us-orders-august-18-with-20-499-starting-price
    • Probably a darned fine little car.  
    • Seems the incompetency of DC leadership is finally being checked. The IG of the EPA is starting an in-depth review of the process that the current administration took to relax emissions and MPG on the auto industry as it would seem it did not pass the required law for transparency as well as due process. As such, the changes at the EPA could all be rolled back to what they were before the changes were signed by Potus decree. https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2020-07/documents/_epaoig_notificationmemo_7-27-20_fuel-efficient.pdf
    • Interesting to see how people seem to think there are no lower priced EVs when there are. The big issue is that most people do not want the base EVs, they want the fully loaded all the bells and whistles and as such, we are not seeing those sell. I agree that as the charging networks expand and prices come down, that we will see more adoption of the lower maintenance longer lasting EVs over the high maintenance ICE auto's. I also agree with you that the whole push for ICE auto's with 3 banger motors is a joke. Turbo all they want, the life of those engines are going to be short.
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