Nostrum Motors also is working on a new 100 mpg engine that could be on the road by the end of the decade. The new engine is cooled internally, allowing the radiator to be reduced in size or completely eliminated.
Mercedes will not mention its use of the Tesla powertrain in marketing its new B-Class EV. “We have an ownership stake in Tesla, but the B-Class is still a Mercedes product,” MBUSA President Steve Cannon says.
The brand seeks to raise deliveries in regions it defines as emerging markets to about 15% of its global volume. These regions include Russia, the Middle East, Canada, Mexico and eventually South America, where it sells no vehicles at present.
Executives are eager to learn whether conquest customers renew their leases this year or purchase new vehicles in order to judge whether GM's 4-year effort to improve service and customer retention is a success, Mark Reuss tells WardsAuto.
“We can build the entire vehicle in 20 hours vs. 40 hours for a conventional vehicle,” a BMW executive says. That's from the time the vehicle parts are stamped in the body shop until the completed EV rolls off the assembly line.
Luxury-segment cars typically launch new technologies before the features begin to show up in conventional mass-produced vehicles. So it’s no surprise that the new S-Class is studded with innovations, including 20 active safety features in the S550.
WardsAuto editors are evaluating about 30 vehicles as part of the 2017 Wards 10 Best Interiors competition. Today's gallery focuses on the '17 Maserati Levante, a car-based luxury SUV with a sticker price of $90,000.