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.