VinFast cars will hit Vietnam streets next year.
Ex-Porsche and Bugatti engineers sign on; first SUV to pack 940 hp.
VinFast plans to offer five vehicle lines next year, and two of those are based on BMW platforms.
"If you want a brand that's relevant in 2050, you don't start with a drivetrain that's been used since 1890."
The PF0 Concept will boast massive horsepower and a mega price
Better yet, a production version will follow.
The spaceship takes flight
At Geneva, the Hong Kong-based Hybrid Kinetic Group unveiled the Pininfarina-designed HK GT, which is a gullwing door luxury EV on an aluminum chassis. Now, a month later at the Beijing show, two other Pininfarina concepts join the HK GT.
One thing potential customers of Automobili Pininfarina's circa-$2.5-million, 250 mph electric hypercar can be rest assured of: It should look good. "Above all it must be beautiful," Italian design director Luca Borgogno told a small gathering of the world's press at the exclusive launch of the new car brand in Rome, on the eve of the first-ever Formula E race there last week.
Indian automaker Mahindra has announced the launch of Automobili Pininfarina, a new standalone sustainable luxury vehicle brand, with plans for a new electric hypercar in 2020.
The partnership between Italy's Pininfarina design house and Hong Kong-based electric vehicle supplier Hybrid Kinetic Group will bring two new concept vehicles to the Auto China Show in Beijing April 25, including an electric sedan teased in a pair of photos.
Ford has announced that it will co-develop an SUV with Mahindra, the Indian manufacturer of tractors, EVs, and most importantly for this story, trucks. The new SUV will use a Mahindra platform, and it's implied that Ford will do the heavy lifting on the rest of the vehicle. The two companies will also develop an electric vehicle, perhaps with input or branding with Mahindra's Pininfarina subsidiary.
A little while ago we wrote about ItalDesign's Zerouno supercar, which is sold under the company's own brand name. Another design house, Pininfarina, will also become a carmaker brand, as it prepares to launch a hypercar with Mahindra investments backing it up.
The HK GT is an EV with 3 configurable range-extenders, while the H2 is a fuel-cell racer
Pininfarina also designed a sedan for Hybrid Kinetic.
Mahindra is a major tractor manufacturer and has been building EVs for years.
They have the same hybrid powertrain as the H600.
Hybrid Kinetic says its 800-horsepower range-extended hybrid EV will target the Tesla Model S and, apparently, Mercedes-Benz.