While bullish about the CVT market going forward – he sees at least 20 more years before full electrification adversely impacts JATCO’s main business – the electrification trend will continue, JATCO President and CEO Teruaki Nakatsuka says.
VW will gauge response to the Tarok concept in deciding whether to build a version for the U.S. Brand boss Scott Keogh says he likes the Tarok because the second-row seats fold, along with the rear wall of the cab, to extend storage space in the bed.
The automaker says its goal for the U.S. is to sell 10% of CX-5s with the 2.2L diesel, which would mean about 15,000 units. The engine produces 290 lb.-ft. of torque and is rated at 30 mpg on the highway with AWD.
Despite European Commission rules forbidding member countries to adopt a specific powertrain technology, central and some regional and municipal Spanish governments have made clear their preference for the electric alternative.
As well as offering conventional combustion engines, the GLB also is being developed as a battery-electric model due to join Mercedes-Benz’s new EQ electric-vehicle sub-brand badged as the EQB in 2021.
FCA, whose brand portfolio includes Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep and Maserati, will pay for the right to count Tesla’s electric vehicles as part of its fleet under a so-called “open pool” option permitted by EU emission regulations.