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Magna International and LG Electronics have announced a joint venture to make various important components for electric vehicles.

The joint venture is tentatively known as LG Magna e-Powertrain will be formed in July next year and be 51 per cent owned by LG and 49 per cent owned by Magna. This company will produce electric motors, inverters, and on-board chargers, aiming to combine them into a single unit, also known as an e-axle system.

According to the companies, the joint venture will use Magna’s strength in electric powertrain systems and its global supply network with LG’s expertise in component development for electric motors and inverters. Reuters reports that the joint venture will be based in Incheon, South Korea but also employ people in the U.S. and China.

The JV will include more than 1,000 employees located at LG locations in all three countries. All that’s needed to finalize the joint venture is LG shareholder approval.

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“This partnership fully aligns with our strategy of being at the forefront of electrification and supporting automakers with a diverse and world-class portfolio,” Magna president and incoming chief executive Swamy Katagiri said in a statement. “By combining our strengths, we expect to gain investment efficiency and speed to market with synergies to achieve more, all while continuing to capitalize on the acceleration of the electrified powertrain market.”

“Manufacturers need to be disruptive to maintain leadership positions in electrification and, through this deal, LG is entering a new phase in its automotive components business, a growth opportunity with enormous potential,” added president of the LG Electronics Vehicle Component Solutions Company, Dr. Kim Jin-yong. “We believe that the combination of our in-house prowess and the experience and extensive history of Magna will transform the EV powertrain space faster than if we proceed alone.”


為了跟上電動化趨勢,全球各大車廠幾乎都開始著手研發電動車,同時也有許多直接從電動車起家的新創車廠加入競爭行列,如來自美國加州、今年11月才創立的Alpha Motor Corporation,日前便發表了他們的首款電動車「Ace」,並表示透過同一套模組化底盤平台,未來幾個月內還會推出更多的新產品,包括房車與跨界車款。

來自美國加州、今年11月才創立的Alpha Motor Corporation,日前發表了他們的首款電動車「Ace」。(圖片來源:Alpha Motor Corporation)

目前已經開放預訂但未公布價格的Ace,設計靈感來自於1960年代的歐洲小跑車,但不管是流線的拱形車頂、方形頭燈與平面化車頭設計都讓人聯想到過去紅極一時的初代Ford Escort,復古的外型設計配上誇張的寬體輪拱及16~18吋輪圈,讓這款車長不過4,180mm的電動小跑車流露出一股獨特的性能味。

不管是流線的拱形車頂、方形頭燈與平面化車頭設計,Ace都讓人聯想到過去被稱之為「雅士」的初代Ford Escort。(圖片來源:Alpha Motor Corporation)

進入Ace的車內則是可以發現裡頭只有兩張座椅,而且跟Tesla Model 3一樣採用極簡設計,把所有功能與行車資訊全都集中在一塊大型中控螢幕內,再搭配唯一設有實體按鍵與旋鈕的三輻式平把方向盤,車內四周包括車門拉把還特別加入仿舊皮革來呼應復古格調。

Ace的內裝跟Tesla Model 3一樣採用極簡設計,把所有功能與行車資訊全都集中在一塊大型中控螢幕內。(圖片來源:Alpha Motor Corporation)

此外,由於Ace將電池平均鋪設在底盤中央,馬達位於後軸用以驅動後輪,因此車頭及後座加起來仍保有近400公升的置物空間,不過Alpha並沒有詳細說明動力系統與電池容量,僅簡單地表示後驅設定的Ace可於6秒完成0-60mph加速 (約96km/h),最大續航里程將可超過250英里 (約402公里),比同樣走復古路線也是後驅設定的Honda e還要出色,但價錢能不能像一般都會用電動車一樣親民,答案恐怕還有待Alpha揭曉。

Ace將電池平均鋪設在底盤中央,馬達位於後軸用以驅動後輪。(圖片來源:Alpha Motor Corporation)

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隨著現行款日本 HR-V 即將在明年 2 月停售,意謂品牌正在籌備相關大改款上市行程,近來日本 Honda 經銷商分別陸續有傳言指稱,新一代 HR-V 問世時間點就在明年第一季左右,大約落在 3~5 月間。

新一代 HR-V 在外型、內裝、底盤、動力均會有大幅度換新工程。〈此為預想圖。〉

面對強勢的 Corolla Corss 陸續進軍全球市場,加上即將明年登陸日本母國,新一代 HR-V 上市時程迫在眉睫,得趕緊端出大改款大菜,才能先搶佔市場先機。據傳日本多個經銷商,陸續開始有風聲走漏,新一代 HR-V 最快亮相時間點,會在明年春季左右。

處在競爭激烈的跨界休旅戰區,新一代 HR-V 可是有不少亮點,將取自熱賣的新 Fit 身上的 1.5 升新油電引擎,這套 e:HEV 油電系統節能性相當驚人,也正因為如此,為日本新 Fit 繳出不錯的銷售成績單。

新一代 HR-V 技術平台漸漸明朗化,將源自新 Fit 延伸底盤平台,尺碼預估來到 4,450x1,790x1,650mm,比現行款大上一些,加上本田家族一向擅長空間規劃,新一代 HR-V 在空間表現相信會更討喜。

若以日本最快明年推出的時程推測,在台灣國產化方面相信年底前就會有所消息,畢竟現在跨界休旅是一級戰區,加上前有 Toyota Corolla Cross、後有小改款 Nissan Kicks 夾擊,推測國產化新一代 HR-V 不會讓車迷等太久。

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