Volkswagen has unveiled a concept electric car at the Paris Auto Show with a production model debuting in 2020 with a range of 249 to 373 miles. It will use a 168 horsepower electric motor and give the “first tangible glimpse of fully automated driving, a mode that will be offered from 2025 onwards.” VW said the “I.D.” will carry a price that is “on a par” with comparable Golf models. VW has a goal of selling a million electric cars a year by 2015.
Also at the Mondial de l’Automobile Paris BMW presented the Concept X2, a “compact concept exuding urban sporting appeal.” Meant to be an alternative to the X1, the two carries design elements that set it apart from other Bimmers. The front-end design of the BMW Concept X2 “fuses dynamic elements with a robust use of forms,” the maker said. There was no mention of powertrains or interior fittings from BMW.
Honda showed off the next generation Civic Type R “in prototype form” that will make its North American debut at the 2016 SEMA show in November. This will be the first Type R to come to these shores. Look for the production model in 2017. The 2017 Civic Type R will be produced exclusively at the Honda of the UK Manufacturing plant in Swindon. Honda released no powertrain specs either.
Mercedes confirmed that it is working with AMG to produce a high performance car. How high performance? Well, it will carry the powertrain of the Mercedes Formula 1 car, or about 1,000 horsepower inside a carbon fiber body, and ready to take on the LaFerrari and the McLaren P1. No indication of when it might appear on the market, at a hypercar price no doubt. For now all we have is the teaser sketch revealed in Paris.
It is the first license restricted to an autonomous vehicle and it goes to former Indy Racing driver Sam Schmidt, according the Detroit News. Schmidt was injured in an accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down. He now will be able to drive on Nevada roads in a specially designed Corvette and control the vehicle using hand motions. Since the accident, the newspaper said, Schmidt has raced a sailboat, run a racing team and headed up a foundation.