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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

2020 Volvo XC40 Recharge

Volvo has chosen a very subtle look for its first EV model. Just like the Hyundai Kona, the main visual difference between the gas and electric model is the lack of a proper grille.
Otherwise, this new "Recharge" version looks the same as the regular XC40.
Just a bit cleaner up front, which is always good.
Same thing inside, where the interior is carried over from the gas models.

Volvo claims a range of "at least 249 Miles" (400km). With 408HP.
That all sounds pretty good. 

The new EV is just the first of many. Since "recharge" will actually be a whole lineup.
Volvo plans to launch a fully electric model every year for the next 5 years. 
Apparently, the "recharge" name will also be used for plug-in versions.
Which means there will be a "Recharge" version of every model they make.

No pricing yet. The regular XC40 starts at around $34 000.
I would imagine the Recharge model to be at least $10 000 more.
That would be in the same range as the BMW i3 in the US.

Monday, December 14, 2015

New SAABs coming ?

 Saab's new Chinese owner, NEVS, has just come up with a plan for the swedish zombie car maker.

First, they still want to keep producing an updated version of the old 9-3. A car that came out about 13 years ago. So good luck with that.

NEVS claims that model will "generate the cash it needs to bring out four more models".
Again, good luck.
They say the design will be updated. What it will need by 2017 will be an all new design.
Not sure what they mean by "updated".

Here are the new guys.

All new designs are based on the Phoenix platform Saab was working on while they went under.
The company also claims that all these new models will be sold in the US.
All of these will be electric only.
Cars sold in Europe and the US will be built in Sweden. While the ones for China will be built locally.
It all sounds good, I must say. And these drawings above look pretty nice. Really.
(Better than what Saab was working on as the "next 9-3")

There was a time, just a few years ago, when people were laughing at the idea of brand new Volvos under Chinese ownership. Look at them now.

So even though sarcasm is very tempting here, I am actually pretty optimistic about this.

A Saab rebirth and re-invention as a modern "all electric" car company.
Why not...

What do you think?