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The 24 Hours of Le Mans has been pushed back from June 12-13 to August 21-22 in a bid to get spectators into the stands.

Last year’s event was held without spectators but race organizers Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) are trying to avoid a second year in a row without fans. France is currently in the midst of a COVID-19 lockdown and organizers are hopeful that the situation will improve enough by August that crowds will be able to gather at the world’s most famous endurance race.

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“Although it was a tough decision to make, it is the right one,” ACO president Pierre Fillon said in a statement. “Holding the 24 Hours of Le Mans behind closed doors for the second year running would be unthinkable. We are therefore doing all we can to avoid that happening and to give competitors a clear view of the whole season. We are working very hard to put on a safe event, with all the necessary health precautions in place. This year’s race promises to be another thriller as the new Hypercar class makes its debut.”

This year’s event will mark the 89th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans as well as the introduction of the new Hypercar class, which replaces the LMP1. Teams competing in the top-tier class will be Toyota, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus and Alpine. ByKolles Racing is also expected to join the championship at some stage while Peugeot has committed to a 2022 entry and Ferrari will follow in 2023.


Tesla may be courted by a promise from Indian officials to incentivize the manufacture of EVs in the South Asian nation, according to a report from Reuters. Speaking to the news outlet, transport minister Nitin Gadkari says that the Indian government is willing to ensure that production costs are lower than that of China.

The move could be seen as a power-play on India’s part. Delhi has become increasingly concerned by China’s growing influence in the region and indeed the world. Securing the local manufacture of Tesla’s EVs would also help bolster India’s drive to reduce vehicle emissions, decrease imports, and increase export potential.

However, policy surrounding the electrification of cars is practically non-existent compared to that of China. Last year, of the 2.4 million vehicles sold in India, only 5000 were EVs — barely 0.2%. On the other hand, China sold 20 million cars in 2020, with 1.25 million being electric. What’s more, a third of Tesla’s global sales were made in China.

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The Reuters report notes that India lacks clear framework for electric vehicles, which is in stark contrast to China’s policy on electric car development and rapidly widening EV infrastructure. However, with India keen to reduce pollution in major cities, increased production of EV and electrified vehicles are being explored as a solution.

India’s car manufacturers, some of whom continue to sell unsafe vehicles to the Indian public, are calling for the proposed deadline of 2022 for stricter emissions and economy regulations to be extended. The lack of infrastructure surrounding EVs is also a potential turn-off for largescale Tesla manufacture.

However, just weeks ago Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, registered a company in Bangalore. While there’s nothing to suggest that Tesla is looking at a manufacturing plant just yet, Tesla will offer their range of cars soon.

With many major automakers manufacturing in India, including Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW, a factory from Tesla could be seen as a pre-emptive move on Musk’s part. However, with an increasing market share in China, any investment in an Indian plant would likely supplement Chinese manufacture.

海外 Volvo 執行長近來受訪表示,將慢慢縮減旗下房車、旅行車陣容,把目標放在擴充跨界休旅產品上,眾多人猜測,接下來可能有款比 XC40 定位更入門的 XC20 小休旅先問世,滿足更多消費者入主豪華品牌的期望。

XC20 不僅會成為品牌入門小休旅,且因為轉型計畫,加入電動車戰局。〈此為 XC20 預想圖。〉

Volvo 執行長 Håkan Samuelsson 受訪時表示,目前產品線中,包含太多房車和旅行車款,未來將逐一縮減,重心放在市場主流的休旅陣容。根據官方統計資料,品牌有 75% 消費者均是選擇「XC」休旅車系,因此原廠接下來將把資源放在 XC 系列的產品擴充上。

以原廠計畫推測,接下來有款比 XC40 更入門的休旅等著問世,預計稱為 XC20,會成為品牌最入門休旅定位,在價格設定上,也更有競爭力。

XC20 將源自 Geely 的 BMA 模組化平台打造,由於先前品牌未來計畫朝純電領域發展,未來旗下新車可能都不會提供傳統內燃機引擎,XC20 將以純電休旅問世,搶攻豪華入門的電動車市場。

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