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Foxconn, Geely team up to build electric, autonomous and shared vehicles for automakers

The electric, autonomous vehicles of the future might be manufactured by Apple’s main supplier Foxconn and Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group. The two companies have agreed to form a joint venture focused on contract manufacturing for automakers, with a specific focus on electrification, connectivity and autonomous driving technology as well as vehicles designed for sharing. Each party will hold an equal 50% stake in new joint venture. The board of directors will consist of five memb...
Tags: Apple, TC, Transportation, China, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Baidu, Young, Foxconn, Geely, SPAC, Liu, Foxconn Technology Group, Information and Communication Technology ICT


REVIEW: The $60,000 Polestar 2 luxury EV solves the worst part about driving a Tesla

2021 Polestar 2. Kristen Lee/Business Insider The Polestar 2 is the first all-electric car from Polestar, a new brand from Volvo and Geely. It competes against the Tesla Model 3, Jaguar I-Pace, and Audi e-Tron. Prices start at $59,900. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The future-is-now characteristics are the same. The same big infotainment screen, the same minimalist interior, the same zip when the right pedal goes down. Take away my sight, and I'd be tempted to guess I...
Tags: Google, Transportation, China, Wikipedia, New York City, Trends, Tesla, New Jersey, Manhattan, Autos, Jaguar, Toyota, Epa, Google Maps, Audi, EVs


China’s search giant Baidu to set up an EV making venture

China’s search giant Baidu is extending its car ambitions from mere software to production. The company said Monday that it will set up a company to produce electric vehicles with the help of Chinese automaker Geely. Baidu, a dominant player in China’s internet search market for the last decade or so, will provide smart driving technologies while Geely, which has an impending merger with Sweden’s Volvo, will be in charge of car design and manufacturing. The move marks the latest company in Ch...
Tags: Auto, TC, Asia, Sweden, China, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Alibaba, Baidu, Volvo, Geely, Didi, SAIC Motor, NIO, BYD


Do Cabin Air Filters Combat COVID-19?

Cabin air filters in your car have been around for awhile, but recently companies promoting their ability to filter out the coronavirus have appeared. Is this even remotely possible? According to the Society of Automotive Engineers, China’s Geely rolled out the Icon SUV in February, claiming its Intelligent Air Purification System (IAPS) was N95 certified, […] The post Do Cabin Air Filters Combat COVID-19? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: China, Global, Autos, Air Purification, Geely, News Blog, IAPs, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Cabin Air Filters, Society of Automotive Engineers China


The Polestar 1 and 2 are Insider's 2020 Cars of the Year

Insider's 2020 Car of the Year award goes to the Polestar 1 and 2. Kristen Lee Unlike previous years, Insider selected two winners for 2020's Car of the Year award. The Polestar 1 and 2 impressed us with their looks and performance. But we especially liked the company's mission and believe that it's making good, electrified products that people will actually want to buy. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. We know, we know. How can you have two Cars of the Year? Easy. I...
Tags: Transportation, US, Trends, Autos, Bmw, Lee, Geely, Matt DeBord, Polestar, DeBord, Car Of The Year, Kristen Lee, Luqiao China, BITranspo, Kristen Lee Matthew DeBord, Car of the Year 2020


The Polestar 1 is a $155,000 head-turner with gold seat belts and a crystal shifter - tour its best features

2020 Polestar 1. Kristen Lee/Business Insider The Polestar 1 is a plug-in hybrid coupe that produces a claimed 619 horsepower. It looks great from the outside, but it also has wonderful details if you look at it up close. Some of its best features include gold brake calipers and a crystal gear selector. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. There's plenty to appreciate on the gorgeous 2020 Polestar 1. Not only is the entire car beautiful, but it also has plenty of eye-catchin...
Tags: Transportation, Trends, Autos, Volvo, Hybrid Cars, Geely, Polestar, Kristen Lee, Polestar 1, BITranspo, BIReviews, Polestar Polestar, 2020 Polestar 1


REVIEW: The $155,000 Polestar 1 is unlike any car on the road - and a collector's item waiting to happen

2020 Polestar 1. Kristen Lee/Business Insider The Polestar 1 is a hybrid coupe from Geely, the Chinese parent company behind Lotus and Volvo. It's a slick-looking thing that returned nearly 60 miles of electric-only driving in our testing. But it's expensive and rare; the starting price is $155,000 and only 1,500 examples will be made. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. It's not often a car will stop pedestrians in their tracks because they have no idea what it is, other t...
Tags: Transportation, Youtube, Trends, Tesla, Porsche, Autos, Toyota, Bmw, Lotus, Audi, Aston Martin, Volvo, Vermont, Hybrid Cars, Don, Mercedes Benz


Volvo CEO Says Governments Should Just Ban Gasoline Powered Cars

Volvo Cars’ chief executive, Håkan Samuelsson, believes a ban on gasoline-driven vehicles would be a more effective way to force groups to go electric than continuing to offer subsidies on battery-powered automobiles. The announcement comes as part of the Financial Times’ “Future of the Car Summit,” where Samuelsson will proclaim the internal combustion engine “a […] The post Volvo CEO Says Governments Should Just Ban Gasoline Powered Cars appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Government, Regulation, Electric Vehicles, Mergers, Autos, EVs, Volvo, Geely, Volvo Cars, Hakan Samuelsson, Samuelsson, News Blog, BEVs, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group


Volvo P1800 Cyan: This Beautiful Restomod is the Real Deal

The Volvo P1800 Cyan is a merger of classic Volvo design and modern racing technology. First seen in 1961 as a 2+2 front-engine, rear-wheel drive GT sports car, the Volvo P1800 is best known as Simon Templar’s (played by Roger Moore) vehicle of choice in the hit TV series The Saint, a show which aired in the United Kingdom on ITV from 1962 to 1969. It so happens Volvo is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the P1800 in 2021, and what better way to commemorate such an event than by reviving th...
Tags: Sweden, Magazine, United Kingdom, Autos, Volvo, Roger Moore, Geely, Momo, Cyan, Car Talk, Hollinger, Simon Templar, Christian Dahl, Alvin Reyes, Lancer GSR, Cyan Racing


REVIEW: The $106,000 Lotus Evora GT peaked in 2009, just like me. That's what makes us great.

2020 Lotus Evora GT. Kristen Lee/Business Insider The Lotus Evora GT is arguably the best driver’s car currently on the market. It’s a 2020 model, yet its hardware and philosophy basically remain unchanged since it came around in 2009. The Evora GT doesn’t have flaws, it has quirks. Quirks such as being loud inside and difficult to get in and out of.  My loaner had a starting MSRP of $96,950, but after special Airforce Blue paint and a fancy sound system, final MSRP came to $105,550. Visit...
Tags: Transportation, Barack Obama, Trends, Porsche, Autos, Toyota, Michelin, Lotus, Audi, Nissan, Sports Cars, Volvo, Elise, Alpine, Geely, Evora


Mobileye signs driver-assistance deal with Geely, one of China’s largest privately-held auto makers

Mobileye’s computer vision technology will be used in a new premium electric vehicle called Zero Concept from Geely Auto Group, one of China’s largest privately-held automobile manufacturers. Mobileye’s owner Intel made the announcement today at the Beijing Auto Show. Zero Concept is produced by Lynk & Co., the brand formed as a joint venture between Geely Auto and Volvo Car Group, and uses Mobileye’s SuperVision driving-assistance system. Intel also announced that Mobileye and Geely Auto hav...
Tags: TC, China, Israel, Tech, General Motors, Intel, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Mobility, EVs, Geely, Mobileye, Geely Auto, Volvo Car Group, Amnon Shashua, Lynk Co


China’s electric carmaker WM Motor pulls in $1.47 billion Series D

Chinese electric vehicle startup WM Motor just pocketed an outsize investment to fuel growth in a competitive landscape increasingly coveted by foreign rival Tesla. The five-year-old company raised 10 billion yuan ($1.47 billion) in a Series D round, it announced on Tuesday, which will pay for research and development, branding, marketing and expansion of sales channel. WM Motor, backed by Baidu and Tencent, is one of the highest funded EV startups in China alongside NIO, Xpeng and Li Auto, a...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Electric Vehicle, Asia, New York, China, Funding, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, Automotive, Shanghai, Tencent, Nvidia, Baidu, Gigafactory, Ev


The Tesla Model 3 might have the new Polestar 2 EV beat on paper, but the Polestar won me over — here's why

Tesla Model 3 versus Polestar 2. Tesla and Kristen Lee/Business Insider I've tested both the Tesla Model 3 and the new Polestar 2. Both are five-seater luxury EVs. They largely drive the same; the big differences are in the packaging and user experiences. Though the Tesla performs better on paper, I liked the Polestar because it has a more usable interior. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. In terms of more compact, luxury EVs with decent range, the Tesla Model 3 and Poles...
Tags: Google, Transportation, US, Trends, Tesla, Autos, Epa, EVs, Volvo, Electric Cars, Comparisons, Tesla Model 3, Ev, Geely, Tesla Model, San Francisco Los Angeles


Polestar is Tesla's newest and fiercest challenger on the luxury EV market — here's how to buy and own one

2021 Polestar 2. Polestar Polestar is a new stand-alone electric car brand from Volvo and Geely.Though the car is marketed as a separate brand, it still relies heavily on Volvo's established dealer network.Polestar cars can be serviced at participating Volvo service centers. Customers can take advantage of a complimentary pickup and drop-off service within a 150-mile radius of a participating dealership.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.As more and more luxury EVs from star...
Tags: Transportation, Florida, US, Trends, Tesla, Austin, Connecticut, Car Buying, Autos, Philadelphia, Seattle, Mercedes, EVs, Bentley, Volvo, Electric Cars


China’s Geely Adjusts End-of-year Outlook

China’s Geely Automobile Holdings reported a first-half net profit drop of 43 percent on Monday, a tumble that forced it to reduce end-of-year targets. As you may have expected, the coronavirus was named as the biggest obstacle it had to overcome, especially in its home country. That left Geely (parent to Volvo, Lotus, Proton, Lynk […] The post China’s Geely Adjusts End-of-year Outlook appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: China, Autos, Auto Sales, Cma, Car Sales, Reports, Bma, Geely, Volvo Cars, Geely Auto, News Blog, Estimates, Lynk & Co, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, Geely Automobile Holdings, CMA platform


Geely Still Reportedly Bent on World Domination

China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group has its fingers in a lot of pies. Having purchased Volvo Cars from Ford a decade ago for $1.8 billion (a fraction of the price the Blue Oval paid), the brand has focused on scooping up troubled brands with global appeal or creating its own. In 2017, Geely purchased majority […] The post Geely Still Reportedly Bent on World Domination appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: China, Ford, Autos, Cma, Bma, Geely, Blue Oval, Volvo Cars, Geely Auto, News Blog, Lynk & Co, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, CMA platform


Report: Polestar to build more Chinese showrooms to compete with Tesla

China is, and has been for a while, the world’s leader in electric vehicle (EV) manufacture and consumption. To better compete in this market, Polestar’s parent company Geely is going to build more showrooms. Presently, Polestar has just one showroom in mainland China, Channel News Asia reports. However, according to sources close to the matter, Geely is planning to build 19 more in hopes it’ll help the company compete with the Chinese made Tesla Model 3. [Read: China’s Xpeng ‘copies’ Tesla’s we...
Tags: Startups, Asia, China, Cars, Tesla, Shift, Geely, Xpeng, China Channel News


Don’t Bet on Seeing Chinese Brands in the U.S. Anytime Soon

Over the past decade, regular reports that Chinese automakers were readying a major push into the North American market became commonplace. We started seeing them move out of trade show basements to take up some of the most desirable real estate on the main floor. While some of the product clearly wasn’t yet up to […] The post Don’t Bet on Seeing Chinese Brands in the U.S. Anytime Soon appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: China, Economy, Industry, Canada, United States, Editorials, Trade, Autos, Automotive Industry, Faraday Future, Trump, Ccp, Don, Geely, PRC, Chery


Polestar to open first US stores in the second half of 2020

Polestar’s first U.S. retail stores will open in Los Angeles, New York City and two locations in San Francisco later this year — the latest milestone for the automaker as it gets closer to bringing its all-electric vehicle to market. Polestar, which is jointly owned by Volvo Car Group and Zhejiang Geely Holding of China, was once a high-performance brand under Volvo Cars. The 2021 Polestar 2 is the first EV to come out of Polestar since it was recast as an electric performance brand in 2017. ...
Tags: Transportation, Florida, Texas, China, Boston, New York City, Cars, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Automotive, United States, Electric Vehicles, Volvo, Denver


Polestar’s first all-electric vehicle will start at $59,900 in the US

Polestar, the electric performance brand spun out of Volvo, said the base price of its first all-electric vehicle will be $59,900 in the United States, lower than originally targeted. The 2021 Polestar 2, an electric performance fastback, is the first EV to come out of a brand that was relaunched three years ago. Polestar, once a high-performance brand under Volvo Cars, was recast as an electric performance brand in 2017. The aim was to produce exciting and fun-to-drive electric vehicles — a ...
Tags: Google, Android, Google Play Store, TC, Europe, New York, California, China, Cars, US, Tech, Tesla, Smartphones, Automotive, United States, Electric Vehicles


Polestar’s Precept Concept: New Details Provided, Questions Left Unanswered

Polestar has released details of its Precept concept, offering a reminder that this will be the vehicle that informs all future models the company produces. Jointly owned by Volvo Cars and Zhejiang Geely Holding, Polestar has morphed from the Swedish manufacturer’s partner in performance engineering into a separate brand specializing in sporting EVs. We’ve seen the Precept […] The post Polestar’s Precept Concept: New Details Provided, Questions Left Unanswered appeared first on The Truth About C...
Tags: Electric Vehicles, Autos, Concept Cars, EVs, Geely, Volvo Cars, News Blog, Automotive Design, Product Planning, Polestar, Concept Vehicles, Precept, Future Designs, Polestar Precept, Volvo Cars and Zhejiang Geely Holding Polestar


Volvo’s Polestar begins production of the all-electric Polestar 2 in China

Polestar has started production of its all-electric Polestar 2 vehicle at a plant in China amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has upended the automotive industry and triggered a wave of factory closures throughout the world. The start of Polestar 2 production is a milestone for Volvo Car Group’s standalone electric performance brand  — and not just because it began in the midst of global upheaval caused by COVID-19, a disease that stems from the coronavirus. It’s also the first all-electric car ...
Tags: Google, Android, Google Play Store, TC, Europe, China, Cars, Los Angeles, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Smartphones, Automotive, Ford, Shanghai, Gm


Almost for Normies: Polestar 2 Enters Production As Other Automakers Go Dark

Now fully an automotive brand, Polestar aims to attract more than just a limited number of hugely wealthy customers. That was Polestar 1. Now it’s time for Polestar 2, a more affordable, four-door electric sedan with sporting prowess and eco-consciousness in spades. How did Polestar pull off the unusual feat of starting production of a […] The post Almost for Normies: Polestar 2 Enters Production As Other Automakers Go Dark appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: China, Production, Autos, Geely, News Blog, Polestar, Polestar 2


Polestar begins production of its new EV despite coronavirus concerns

Given global circumstances right now, it’s not exactly the best time to be launching a new car. However, Volvo subsidiary Polestar isn’t letting the situation get in the way. In an email to customers and followers yesterday Polestar said it’s begun production of its first fully-electric sedan, the Polestar 2. The P2 is being produced at the Geely-owned Zhejiang Luqiao plant in China, Reuters reports. [Read: EVs are better for the environment than cars — even when charged by coal-generated electr...
Tags: Startups, Cars, World, Volvo, Shift, Geely, China Reuters, Polestar, Coronavirus, Zhejiang Luqiao


Polestar Precept Concept Lands, Previews Future Models

While many are still under the impression that Chinese automakers will never manage to wrangle the North American automotive market, Geely’s ownership of Volvo Cars and Polestar has already proven them wrong. The Chinese manufacturer purchased Volvo in 2010, with savory bodywork and sumptuous interiors doing much of the heavy lifting with consumers. Performance-focused Polestar […] The post Polestar Precept Concept Lands, Previews Future Models appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Electric Vehicles, Autos, Concept Cars, EVs, Volvo, Geely, Volvo Cars, News Blog, Automotive Design, Product Planning, Polestar, Concept Vehicles, Precept, Future Designs, Polestar Precept


This Crossover Won’t Save You From Coronavirus

As we told you last week, the rampaging coronavirus outbreak and subsequent restrictions on movement has forced Chinese automakers to use technology in new ways. With sales plunging and millions barred indoors, auto giant Geely turned to online retailing, allowing customers to order and configure cars from home. The automaker even allowed for test drives […] The post This Crossover Won’t Save You From Coronavirus appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: China, Marketing, Autos, Geely, News Blog, Coronavirus, Cabin Filters


Merger in the Works for Volvo, Parent Company?

Volvo Cars, cast off by a struggling Ford and subsequently picked up by an expansionist Geely 10 years ago, might forge closer ties with its Chinese parent. The relationship could become a marriage. On Monday, Geely said the two companies have begun talks on turning the two entities into a combined automaker. In a joint […] The post Merger in the Works for Volvo, Parent Company? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Ford, Autos, Mergers and Acquisitions, Merger, Volvo, Geely, Volvo Cars, News Blog, Volvo Parent Company


Chinese Help for Struggling Aston Martin?

Maybe it won’t be needed, what with a new sport-utility vehicle on the way, but Aston Martin’s deflated stock price and profit dive has the British automaker in search of a financial parachute. By that, we mean investors who can pump a little cash into the company while boosting shareholder confidence. After a disappointing year, […] The post Chinese Help for Struggling Aston Martin? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: China, Finances, Autos, Aston Martin, Investors, Geely, News Blog, High Finance


Report: China’s BAIC Wants to Increase Daimler Stake

A new report indicates that BAIC Motor Corp, Daimler’s primary Chinese joint-venture partner, wants to increase its stake in the company. Currently, BAIC owns 5 percent of the German automaker (purchased in July) with rumors swirling in October that the firm wanted to increase its investment. There were also claims that Geely was attempting to […] The post Report: China’s BAIC Wants to Increase Daimler Stake appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Investments, China, Autos, Automotive Industry, Mercedes-benz, Daimler, Reports, Industry News, Geely, Daimler AG, BAIC, News Blog, BIAC, BAIC Motor Corp Daimler


Volvo and Parent Geely Seek to End Separate Engine Development

Volvo’s relationship with its Chinese parent is about to grow even closer. The Swedish car maker and its parent company, Geely, proposes to put an end to separate engine development, with engineering teams from both companies tasked with building common powerplants for all marques in Geely’s broad orbit. For Volvo, the move to a new […] The post Volvo and Parent Geely Seek to End Separate Engine Development appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Engines, Volvo, Consolidation, Geely, Volvo Cars, News Blog, Product Planning, Engine Development



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