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Audi Challenges Dealers To Step Up To EV Sales Or Risk Taking Losses

by on 31 January 2017 in Audi News Fourtitude News

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Audi says auto dealers need to jump into the electrified vehicle market or risk losing an important profit center. Speaking yesterday at the J.D. Power Automotive Summit, right before the opening of the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in New Orleans, Audi of America President Scott Keogh challenged dealers to make themselves competitive in a […] More…

All Future Bentleys Will Offer Plug-in Hybrid Option

by on 17 January 2017 in Boutique Brands Fourtitude News

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Bentley says plug-in hybrid drivetrains make the most sense for its elite-class customer base – enough to offer them as an option for all its ultra-luxury vehicles. Speaking last week at Automotive News World Congress, held in Detroit in conjunction with the auto show, Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer said that all Bentley models will have […] More…

Automakers Struggling To Find Enough Batteries for Growing EV Demand

by on 13 January 2017 in Fourtitude News Industry News

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Some automakers are facing the dilemma of finding enough lithium-ion batteries for meeting their large-scale electric vehicle production targets. According to a Automotive News, Volkswagen Group is one grappling with the question head-on as it readies for its aggressive target of manufacturing two-to-three million EVs per year by 2025. Several competitor global automakers are facing […] More…

German Lawsuit Hopes to Follow US Lead on VW Class-Action Settlements

by on 4 January 2017 in Audi News Fourtitude News

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Volkswagen may see its recovery costs from the diesel car emissions scandal climb higher from a potential class-action lawsuit filed in Germany. German lawyers for U.S. law firm Hausfeld have filed the suit for one car owner that’s been designed to follow what’s worked in U.S. courtrooms, according to Jan-Eike Andresen of legal-tech website […] More…

Bosch Reportedly Settling its Role in TDI Emissions Scandal for $300 Million

by on 20 December 2016 in Audi News Fourtitude News Industry News

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German auto supplier Robert Bosch GmbH has been silent about its role in Volkswagen diesel emissions cheating, but may be settling a lawsuit for more than $300 million with U.S. owners. The disclosure comes from a reportedly informed confidential source, as the outcome of a 2015 suit by VW owners claiming it helped design VW’s […] More…

Morgan Stanley Predicts Plug-in Cars Could Reach 15 Percent of Global Sales

by on 22 November 2016 in Audi News

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Morgan Stanley significantly raised the bar on its prediction for global plug-in electrified car sales through 2025. The investment banking firm predicts that 10-to-15 percent of global vehicles sales will be made up of PEV sales, including battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. That is three-times the rate Morgan Stanley had previously projected. If […] More…