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Porsche has confirmed its al­l­elec­tric Tay­can will be fol­lowed by a bat­tery-pow­ered SUV in 2022. What Porsche doesn’t say is the two will be built on two com­pletely dif­fer­ent BEV plat­forms. The Tay­can rolls on Porsche’s own J1 elec­tric ve­hi­cle ar­chi­tec­ture. The elec­tric SUV will be built on the new VW Group PPE plat­form—an ar­chi­tec­ture specif­i­cally de­signed to un­der­pin fu­ture high-end Audi, Porsche, and Bent­ley elec­tric ve­hi­cles. Three PPE vari­ants are be­ing de­vel­oped, with Audi tak­ing lead en­gi­neer­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for one and Porsche for two. BMW has just un­veiled the sev­enth-gen 3 Se­ries. And that means a new M3 is not far away. Code-named G80, the new M3 will re­tain the twin-turbo straight-six of the cur­rent car, but whis­pers out of Mu­nich sug­gest its out­put has been boosted to al­most 500 hp. As­ton Martin has shown a heav­ily

cam­ou­flaged pro­to­type of its DBX crossover kick­ing up mud on a Welsh rally stage. But As­ton sources in­sist we won’t see the pro­duc­tion ver­sion un­til late 2019. Why the long hello? The London Stock Ex­change might be a good place to look for an an­swer. The DBX pro­to­type's sur­prise ap­pear­ance came barely a month af­ter As­ton Martin's dis­ap­point­ing IPO, which val­ued the com­pany at about $5.6 bil­lion rather than the $6.4 bil­lion in­sid­ers had hoped. The DBX, to be built in a new fac­tory in Wales, is ex­pected to play a key role in more than dou­bling the mar­que’s sales by 2025.

A very pub­lic palace coup? That’s one way to look at the Car­los Ghosn af­fair. At press time, the charis­matic, hard-charg­ing exec was still in cus­tody for al­leged fi­nan­cial im­pro­pri­eties at Nis­san. But Ghosn’s real of­fense may have been his push to trans­form the Re­nault-nis­san al­liance into a full-fledged merger, a move the Nis­san board op­poses. Fi­nan­cially savvy sources won­der how the board could have been un­aware of a dis­crep­ancy be­tween what it paid its chair­man and the salary the com­pany re­ported to the Tokyo Stock Ex­change, a key al­le­ga­tion made against Ghosn.

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