Auto News for Jan. 17 – An Electric Ferrari?


 After once indicating that he was not a fan of all-electric cars, the head of Fiat Chrysler told reporters Ferrari will produce, at some point, a high performance electric to compete with Tesla. Sergio Marchionne also said Ferrari will introduce an SUV by late next year or in 2020 and it will be the fastest of its kind on the market.


 The Volkswagen Atlas has been named “Best of 2018” by for its ability to “comfortably haul seven adults and plenty of cargo.” Other winners were:

 Best Pickup Truck of 2018: Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

 Eco-Friendly Car of the Year: Chevrolet Bolt EV 

 Family Car of the Year: Chrysler Pacifica

 Luxury Car of the Year: Audi A4

 Most Fun-to-Drive Car of the Year: Volkswagen Golf GTI

 A new survey of 1,134 drivers finds that nearly half expect to see more fuel efficient vehicles on the road this year, and 41 percent expect “environmentally – friendly vehicles,” such as electrics, to become more mainstream. The biggest trend for the New Year? Thirty-two percent said it will be self-driving vehicles.

 And it doesn’t appear that the SUV/crossover trend is slowing. Nearly 32 percent said an SUV is their vehicle of choice.

 When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, 57 percent said they would clean the interior of their vehicle on a regular basis.

 The poll was a venture of Capital One and the GM BuyPower Card.

 Infiniti expects more than half of its global sales to be comprised of electric vehicles by 2025. Its chief executive officer told the Automotive News World Congress the company will introduce vehicles with electrified powertrains from 2021.

 Volvo has opened what it calls a climate-neutral manufacturing plant in Skovde, Sweden, or one that has switched to renewable heating. All heating supplied to the plant is generated from waste incineration, biomass and recycled bio-fuels. The company said it would continue to work with energy suppliers in all regions to “secure further access to renewable energy.”


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