By Jim Taylor, MACS ACtion Magazine
Coming but may not arrive: Do you need another high-dollar luxury crossover from which to choose? If so, London-based Eterniti Motors would like you to consider their Hemera which (they say) will debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show. In typical British cottage-industry fashion, the company anticipates building about 100 units per year, with a price somewhere north of $250,000. Right now, however, the vehicle seems to exist only as a sketch on an equally sketchy website.
Coming or going? Aptera, the company proposing to make and market a rather curious looking three-wheeled electric car, recently refunded deposits to its prospective customers. They cited various delays and extended schedules before the vehicles enter production. The company is also looking into relocating its production facilities from California to a new, yet-to-be-chosen location in the center of the country. No production date has yet been announced.
Coming soon: The pluggable Prius. Toyota has announced that the production version of the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. This version of the popular hybrid uses new-tech lithium-ion battery. Press info says the new car has CO2 emissions of just 49 grams per kilometer, and returns fuel economy of 2.2L/100 km or roughly 107 mpg.
Not coming at all, ever: Ferrari president Luca di Montezemelo was recently quoted as saying, “You will never see a Ferrari electric because I don’t believe in electric cars, because I don’t think they represent an important step forward for pollution or CO2 or the environment.” He did admit however that they “are working very, very hard on the hybrid Ferrari, and I hope in a couple of years you can see it.”
Trying not to go: Saab, whose fortunes look bleaker by the day. They ran out of cash in March, leaving many suppliers unpaid. The production lines shut down in June. Management has been scrambling to find investors or arrange loans, but deal after deal has either collapsed or failed to pass scrutiny of the Swedish regulators. Now the company is facing legal proceedings and deadlines to avoid forced bankruptcy as suppliers and creditors demand their money. Sales have suffered as well as customers fear the collapse of the company, and some North American dealers are leaving the brand.
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