Hyundai executive Albert Biermann criticized Germany's luxury brands for packing too many useless tech features into their cars. "In our G90 you will not find any air suspension, or active roll bars, or active whatever. A camera sensing the road, and this stuff. It's stupid," he told Drive.
Patent filings suggest Toyota is preparing to resurrect the Celica nameplate. The Japanese company moved to protect its emblematic moniker late last month. Of course, automakers routinely register names to protect their intellectual property, so the filings don't guarantee we'll see a new Celica soon. http://bit.ly/2xwEwTQ
The Chinese government is considering easing the laws that apply to foreign companies who want to build cars locally. They might soon be allowed to build cars in China without forming a joint-venture with a local automaker if they pledge to build only electric cars. The government hasn't announced the project yet, and Automotive News reports a final decision hasn't been made yet.
Volkswagen has reaffirmed plans to kill the e-Golf at the end of its life cycle. Its spot in the brand's portfolio will be filled by the I.D. hatchback, and the next-generation Golf will only be offered with internal combustion engines. Hybrid options will return, however. http://bit.ly/2xxUltD
Skepticism regarding rumors that the Chrysler 300 would be the next U.S. model to receive FCA's 6.2L supercharged Hellcat V8 turned out to be warranted as company representatives have since denied any plans to bring such a model to market in America, Jalopnik reports. http://bit.ly/2fiib5J