The Morning Shift All your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn’t your time more important? Volkswagen’s EV onslaught, Carlos Ghosn messiness, General Motors’ Mexican production and more await you in The Morning Shift for Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. 1st Gear: That’s a Lot of Electric Volkswagens Volkswagen seems like it’s fully committed to unleashing a massive number of electric vehicles. And it should be, considering the Dieselgate mess is still fresh in consumers’ minds. Today, the automaker said that it can build 15 million electric cars with its new MEB platform, according to Reuters. The company is investing over $12.5 billion into electrification and autonomy by 2023. Over $10 billion of that will go towards building a whole new line of electric cars. That MEB platform could supposedly underpin a four-door, four-wheel drive electric Beetle, the rebirth of its Microbus as an electric cargo van or as the I.D. Buzz as part of the new electrified I.D. family. These cars, when they are unveiled, will apparently be priced similarly to VW’s old diesel cars. There’s no point in all these fancy electric cars if nobody can afford them, so hopefully the pricing will be appropriate. Anyway, yesterday’s Morning Shift reported that VW is also cutting costs by some $3.4 billion in anticipation to the shift to electrification. A brand-new platform and 15 million cars is a hefty endeavor! Let’s see if VW can pull it off. 2nd Gear: A Separate Allegation Last month, Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn was… [Read full story]
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