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Back in 2013, Daimler announced plans for building a new facility tasked with the manufacturing of passenger cars for the Brazilian market. It would be located in Iracemapolis, in the state of Sao Paulo.

Three years later the factory was finished and was churning out C-Class and GLA crossovers. Unfortunately, this year’s coronavirus pandemic has forced Daimler to make a tough decision regarding this facility.

The German brand will wind down car production to the point of shutting down the entire factory (annual capacity of 20,000 units), which according to Reuters will cost approximately 370 people their jobs.

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Daimler has acknowledged that the pandemic has caused a drop in demand for premium models in Brazil, which in turn made keeping the factory open an unsustainable task. However, passenger cars aside, Mercedes will continue to do business in Brazil at its Sao Bernardo do Campo plant, which is even undergoing modernization.

This facility builds trucks such as the Accelo, Atego, Atron, Axor and Actros, as well as their engines, axles and transmission. This is also the location of the Technological Development Center, the largest in South America.

Meanwhile, cabins for these trucks are being manufactured at the Juiz de Fora plant, which joined Mercedes-Benz truck production back in 2012. The facility is said to have one of the most modern processes for painting and welding trucks.

This year, pretty much all carmakers have had to temporarily close down production at factories around the world. However, closing down for good is a completely different thing and it just goes to show how devastating the effects of this pandemic can be, both from a healthcare and a financial standpoint.

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隨著Volkswagen陸續針對旗下電動家族推出了ID.3與ID.4後,近日宣布將以ID Vizzion為概念進行第五款電動車的量產計畫,預計將會是一款擁有700公里純電續航的四門房車。

雖然這台以ID Vizzion概念進行量產的車款還未正式命名,但已有不少人以「ID.6」稱呼它,原因不外乎是因為,就當前而言中國是Volkswagen最大的市場,而對於中國人來說「6」有著一種吉利、好運的代表,以ID.6取名的確是一個能討好市場的好方法。

從官方釋出的照片來看,ID.6應該是一台四門房車,車身尺碼方面與大型房車Passat差不多,但在車室設計上則比較貼近豪華轎車Phaeton。

ID.6與其它電動家族的兄弟一樣來自Volkswagen電動汽車專用MEB平台上所生產,預計將搭載單馬達的後輪驅動車型,可實現0-62mph(約0-100km/h) 8.5秒的加速;或是雙馬達的四輪驅動車型,可實現0-62mph(約0-100km/h) 5.6秒的加速。

電池配置方面,與其它ID車型一樣,ID.6可以選擇不同尺寸的電池,最大可搭載84kWh的電池模組,再加上ID.6全新的電池技術有效的提高了鋰電池的效率,並配合流線的空氣動力設計以降低風阻,使ID.6可提供高達700公里的續航里程。

此外,該電池模組可支援最高200kw的充電速度,透過DC直流快充可於10分鐘內增加230公里的續航力。

ID.6將計畫於2023年於德國工廠進行生產,並計畫於同年底於英國市場正式上市,並於2024年與中國合作生產。

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Jaguar Land Rover is aiming to become a fully-electric brand, and on Jaguar’s side of things, their solution for a flagship SUV will be dubbed J-Pace, built around the same architecture as the next-gen XJ.

Production will reportedly kick off at Jaguar’s Castle Bromwich plant, as part of JLR’s £1 billion investment for the development of electric vehicles – the site will eventually churn out all of the British carmaker’s fully electric models.

In order to give the Tesla Model X a run of its money, the J-Pace will have to offer a maximum WLTP range of roughly 300 miles (482 km). It will also come with all-wheel drive (obviously), plus a platform that is said to hold batteries as large as 100 kWh, although smaller options will be available.

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According to AutoExpress, the J-Pace will adopt certain styling elements from the I-Pace, but its profile will resemble that of the F-Pace, meaning it will be more traditional-looking. Meanwhile, defining features will include a closed off grille and sleek LED headlights – typical Jaguar.

While the J-Pace will hold down the fort as Jaguar’s flagship car, the company’s design boss, Julian Thompson, is also interested in smaller vehicles: “I would love to do smaller Jaguars,” he said. “I think reflecting on what’s happening around the world, I would love to do cars which are smaller, more efficient and have all the inherent values of a Jaguar, which are a beautiful thing to look at, with a fantastic interior, and are just great to drive.”

As of right now, the smallest non-sports car Jaguar builds is the E-Pace crossover.

Note: Jaguar C-X17 Concept pictured