Polestar’s plan to survive and thrive: How an idiosyncratic EV start-up will carve its place in the electric space
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by Toby Hagon
20h ago
Life’s about to get very busy for Sino-Swedish start-up Polestar as competition heats up in the EV market. China is firing up with a barrage of brands set to infiltrate Australia – Leapmotor, Xpeng, Zeekr, Lynk & Co among them – and relative newcomers such as BYD, Chery and GWM are forecasting big sales growth as more EVs head our way. Luxury brands continue to build on their electric ambitions, with BMW, Porsche and Volvo at the forefront. The rules of engagement between mainstream and luxury have been largely cast aside as Tesla and others reshape the market. READ MORE: Battery breakthro ..read more
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Home on the Ranger: Ford paves the way for the arrival of the Ranger PHEV and Puma EV
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by John Mahoney
1d ago
With the countdown to the arrival of both the plug-in Ford Ranger and Puma EV underway Ford Australia is teaming up with Evie Networks to provide a new EV Charging Package. From now on Ford buyers are being invited to splash out on $2580 online or via an authorised Ford EV dealership. For that you get a Teltonika Teltocharge 7.4kW single-phase wallbox, a 5m tethered cable with a Type 2 connector and a smartphone app that monitors and control and enables remote charging. READ MORE: Giddy up! Slow-selling 2025 Ford Mustang Mach-E gets performance boost and longer range in fresh assault on Tesla ..read more
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BYD Shark PHEV ute on track for late 2024 Aussie with price tag to shock Ranger and Hilux
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by Toby Hagon
2d ago
The BYD Shark is odds-on to hit Aussie dealerships late in 2024 and looks set to come with a razor sharp price tag aimed at shaking up the booming ute segment. BYD’s Australian importer EVDirect has also requested engineering upgrades to the dual-cab ute that will use plug-in hybrid drivetrains – and, eventually, a full battery electric system – to take on the established players in a segment that accounts for one in five new vehicle sales locally. Key to the requested changes to the boldly-styled five-seater that was unveiled in Mexico this week are upgrades to the payload and towing capacity ..read more
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2024 BYD Sealion 6: Everything you need to know about BYD’s first plug-in hybrid SUV in Australia
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by Bruce Newton
3d ago
Pricing for the highly-anticipated BYD Sealion 6 plug-in hybrid medium SUV will start at $48,990 plus on-road costs for the entry-level front-wheel drive Dynamic. The flagship Premium all-wheel drive will be priced from $52,990 plus ORCs. The Sealion 6 is the first ICE-powered and CO2-emitting vehicle to be sold by the Chinese brand in Australia and is expected to be its top seller. READ MORE: BYD Shark attack! China’s plug-in hybrid ute set to maul the Ford Ranger and Toyota HiLux – and it’s coming to Australia! READ MORE: What’s in a name? 2024 BYD Seal U rebranded BYD Sealion 6 ahead of Aus ..read more
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2024 Polestar 3 family to grow: More affordable 650km-plus Single Motor model and hi-po ‘Beast’ incoming
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by Toby Hagon
3d ago
The Polestar 3 large luxury electric SUV due to start deliveries to customers in Australia in September will soon be more affordable – and go further on a charge. The Sino-Swedish electric vehicle specialist is also looking at a higher output version that could adopt the BST – or “beast” – branding. It’s all about broadening the appeal of the brand’s flagship model. “Later this year the single motor version of Polestar 3 will become available,” confirmed Brent Ellis, Polestar’s global head of product PR. “It will be rear-wheel drive and all the details about that will be announced a few months ..read more
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BYD Shark attack! China’s plug-in hybrid ute set to maul the Ford Ranger and Toyota HiLux – and it’s coming to Australia!
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by John Mahoney
3d ago
The 2024 BYD Shark has been launched at an event in Mexico City, with full details released on how the Chinese car giant plans to beat the likes of the Ford Ranger, Toyota HiLux and Isuzu D-MAX. The big news is that BYD isn’t bothering with a diesel version, preferring to introduce aa plug-in hybrid powertrains that blend a 1.5-litre turbo four-cylinder engine with an electric motor driving the rear axle. Both are compatible with its Xiaoyun plug-in hybrid system, which packages a 29.5kWh battery and an electric motor that could provide for an all-electric driving range of up to 100km.  ..read more
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Confirmed! China’s Leapmotor to go on-sale in Australia in 2024 with C10 SUV
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by Bruce Newton
4d ago
The Chinese electrified vehicle maker Leapmotor will launch in Australia in late 2024 as part of an international expansion backed by global auto giant Stellantis. Tipped to price at or under stellar local Chinese success story BYD, Leapmotor is expected to launch here with the medium-sized C10 SUV, which will be a rival for the Tesla Model Y on size but not dollars. Beyond that it has a variety of existing models it could add here quickly including the Mini-sized T03 electric car that has already been confirmed for European sale. But it has also promised to launch at least one new model per y ..read more
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What’s in a name? 2024 BYD Seal U rebranded BYD Sealion 6 ahead of Australian debut
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by John Mahoney
4d ago
The 2024 BYD Seal U has been renamed at the very last minute the BYD Sealion 6 ahead of its Australian debut on May 16. Originally, the Seal U was going to be the nameplate here for the plug-in hybrid mid-size SUV rival for the Toyota RAV4 hybrid and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. The local name change has reportedly been made to avoid confusion with the battery electric Seal sedan. READ MORE: 2024 BYD Shark revealed: Plug-in petrol dual-cab wants to decimate diesel READ MORE: Beijing show: Stunning BYD Ocean-M is a rear-drive electric hot hatch based on an all-new platform READ MORE: BYD’s stagge ..read more
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Coming at you! Artificial Intelligence is disrupting electric car design – and Polestar is all-in
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by Toby Hagon
5d ago
EV start-up Polestar is embracing artificial intelligence as it turns to computer design to help shape its future models. The still-fresh Sino-Swedish EV brand nominates design as one of its three pillars – innovation and sustainability being the others – and it’s keen to pull every high-tech lever to bring cars to market sooner and stand out in an increasingly crowded and competitive electric car market. Speaking at the international media launch of the new Polestar 3 and Polestar 4 – large and medium SUVs respectably – Polestar design chief Maximilian Missoni said the company was already usi ..read more
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2025 Kia EV3 sneak peek! BYD Atto 3 and MG ZS EV rival to be unveiled soon
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by John Mahoney
5d ago
Kia has given us our first glimpse of its inbounded 2024 Kia EV3 that will do battle with the BYD Atto 3 and MG ZS at the bottom end of the EV market. Posting a single picture of the Kia EV3’s Signature Star Map front and rear lighting, it looks like little will change externally from the last year’s Kia EV3 concept. That means the production version is likely to keep its striking daytime-running lights, blade-style rear C-pillar and angular front fender. READ MORE: 2025 Kia EV6 overhaul confirmed and previewed: Updated Tesla Model Y fighter will be here later this year READ MORE: Electric Sho ..read more
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