Talk of fuel-cell vehicles have intensified over the last few years, more so now with the arrival of the Toyota Mirai and upcoming Honda Clarity FCV. Like most major automakers, Mercedes-Benz wants a comfortable spot on the hydrogen-powered bandwagon, having recently confirmed plans to release its very own fuel-cell vehicle in 2017.
Called the GLC F-Cell, the model will be based on the GLC SUV, likely meaning it will look less funky than the bizarrely-designed Mirai.
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R&D chief Dr Thomas told at the Detroit Auto Show that it features “the newest fuel cell technology available,” but fell short of providing any spefic details.
The hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain won’t take up as much room as older systems, since most of it will reside in the space usually occupied by the GLC’s gasoline-combustion engine. Weber previously confirmed that the hydrogen tanks will take approximately three minutes to refuel.
The GLC F-Cell won’t be Mercedes-Benz’s first electric car but, with a driving range of between 250 miles (402 km) and 300 miles (483 km), it will be a major improvement over the B-Class Electric Drive and its relatively meager 87-mile range.
Is Jaguar Planning A Crossover Coupe Called ‘C-Pace’?
Jaguar is reportedly working on the J-Pace, a large crossover that will slot above the F-Pace, but could it also be planning on a more coupe-like crossover called the ‘C-Pace’?
The British automaker has with the European Intellectual Property Office, and the fact that it use the ‘Type” suffix for its crossovers and SUVs leads us to believe the prospective model will likely be yet another addition to its growing crossover lineup that includes the E-Pace, F-Pace and electric I-Pace.
As for form, don’t be surprised to see the C-Pace join the ranks of the Mercedes-Benze GLE Coupe, BMW X4 and X6, and other crossover coupes.
The new Jag could also end up being a smaller crossover that sits below the E-Pace — letter C comes before E, after all — however, that seems unlikely considering how diminutive the E-Pace already is. For that to be a reasonable possibility, the E-Pace will have to get bigger.
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Subaru To Increase Sales With New Hybrid, SUV, Self-Driving Tech
Subaru is set to expand and modernize its lineup with a new plug-in hybrid and SUV, as well as self-driving technology, in the hopes of boosting sales.
According to , the Japanese automaker’s new five-year STEP plan, which runs through March 2026, aims to increase its global market share by 18 percent to 1.3 million vehicles by March 2026, with the U.S. playing a big role in that gain, shore up flagging profitability, and invest more in next-generation technologies.
Subaru’s newly-appointed President Tomomi Nakamura said the company will keep small while expanding its competitiveness in the rapidly changing international landscape:
“The automotive industry is now in a tumultuous time. Subaru’s fast growth in recent years has come to highlight our challenges. The question is how we, as a small-scale company, will be able to survive in this big-changing area.”
Subaru hopes that a slew of new products scheduled to arrive in the early 2020s, including a hybrid and a “global strategic SUV”, will help it reach its sales goals.
It also plans to introduce Level 2 autonomous driving technology similar to Nissan’s ProPilot Assist system by 2020 and evolve its Dynamic X Solid design language into a “bolder” expression to further enhance the character of sporty models like the WRX.
Trucks, SUV-Crossovers Now Outsell Cars By 2-to-1 In US
Pickup truck, SUV and crossover sales continue to pull ahead of traditional cars in the US as more buyers make the switch.
The term ‘light truck’ is commonly used as an umbrella term for pickup trucks, SUVs and crossover. According to , trucks reached a 2-to-1 lead over cars in the first five months of 2018.
Powertrain refinements narrowing the fuel-efficiency disparity between typical cars and trucks, as well as relatively stable gasoline prices, have accelerated the shift by reducing the day-to-day costs of driving bigger vehicles.
“With so many consumers taking advatange of low fuel costs to test out larger SUVs and trucks — which benefit from significantly better fuel economy than their predecessors — it will be harder to convince anyone who has made a recent truck or SUV purchase that reverting back to a car would make any sense,” said Ivan Drury, Edmunds senior manager of industry analysis.
Analyst firm LMC Automotive predicts trucks could potentially represent 80 percent of Americans’ new-vehicle purchases by 2025, a likely reality that has spurred the world’s automakers to fill gaps in their SUV/crossover lineup.
In fact, some are in the process of thinning their car lineups.