The impetus behind EPIC is concern the auto industry will lack manufacturing expertise in coming years, either because current workers’ skills will become outdated or the number of new mechanics and engineers will fall short of demand.
It’s anybody’s guess whether Henrik Fisker – acclaimed for his designs of the Aston Martin DB9 and V-8 Vantage, BMW Z8 and his own Fisker Karma hybrid-electric vehicle – will put his new effort into a traditional combustion-based product or again pick up the green baton.
EV dealer Doug Snower, who plans to buy 200 Chinese-made BYD e6 electric vehicles to lease to drivers for ridesharing service Uber, says his business model in part is based on the $4,000-a-vehicle rebates the state no longer offers.
The hardtop “is more than just a Mini with two additional doors,” BMW board member Peter Schwarzenbauer says. “It's a completely new Mini with a longer wheelbase, more space, more luggage volume, more functionality and flexibility and four doors.”
Improvements at the complex, which builds the Damas and Labo mini LCVs, the Chevrolet Spark minicar and electric vehicle, and 0.8L, 1.0L and 1.2L engines and transmissions, include a new body shop with enhanced robotic line technology.
Sergio Rocha asserts he’s been able to break through the perceived walls separating GM Korea management and labor thanks to the kinship he feels with workers on the assembly line, where he started his career as an hourly apprentice at age 14.
The lineup is anchored by the architecture of the new A3 sedan, which will be joined next year by an A3 Cabriolet, A3 TDI clean diesel, high-performance S3 sedan and, in early 2015, the A3 Sportback e-tron gasoline-electric hybrid.
The F-Type Coupe is based on the automaker’s C-X16 concept, introduced at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show. Built on an all-aluminum platform, the model also takes many of its cues from the Jaguar F-Type Convertible.
After garnering abundant media attention in 2008 when Warren Buffett purchased a 10% stake in the company for $230 million, BYD has drawn a steady flow of criticism after repeatedly failing to deliver electric cars to the U.S.
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