The first electric car from VW is expected to arrive in 2013



Martin Winterkorn, head of Volkswagen has announced at a press conference. The first electric vehicle of the German should be available from 2013. As we previously announced, is one of the vehicles of the "Up! "Which should be chosen for this purpose. Winterkorn is also far into the future, since in 10 years, VW intends to market a large number of fully electric vehicles at affordable prices. That is what the customers according Winterkorn. VW wants to hold 1 to 1.5% of the total production of electric vehicles by 2020. Recall that Volkswagen has signed with BYD, a Chinese manufacturer, a contract to jointly produce hybrid vehicles or electric. Another agreement was signed with Japan's Toshiba for the development of engines for these vehicles

Pop artist Romero Britto Bentley Continental GT pop art



Pop artist Romero Britto has created a uniquely styled Bentley Continental GT for his "Come to my World" exhibition in Berlin.
Designed to put a smile on people's faces, the oddly painted Bentley features a bizarre mix of cartoonish flowers, flying hearts, and yellow stars. These unique designs are further emphasized by the GT's dark blue exterior which boasts white squiggles.
According to Britto, "It (the Bentley Continental GT) is the most beautiful and elegant car in the world. The lines of the new design are perfect to paint as a clean canvas. What a way to start a fascinating and colorful journey."
The one of a kind Bentley can be seen at the Automobil Forum Unter den Linden which runs from July 10 to September 6. When the exhibition is over, Britto's Bentley will be auctioned off to support the Nathalie Todenhöfer Foundation for multiple sclerosis and Best Buddies, a charity for the mentally challenged.

Toyota will launch series production PHEV Prius in 2012



According to Japan's Nikkei news agency, Toyota has decided to start series production of a plug-in version of the Prius hybrid in 2012. At launch, the automaker plans to build about 20,000-30,000 units a year of the plug-in hybrid. The report indicates that the model will be priced comparably to the Mitsubishi i-MiEV at about $48,000. That's a pretty steep price and quite a bit higher than the $40,000 pricetag expected to be applied to the Chevrolet Volt when it arrives late next year, and it also puts the PHEV Prius at about twice the price of a conventional model.
Toyota wants to price its plug-in hybrids at a comparable price to Mitsubishi Motors Corp's (7211.T) all-electric car, which debuts this month to fleet customers in Japan at 4.59 million yen ($47,800) before government subsidies, the Nikkei said, without citing sources.
Toyota's new Prius gasoline-electric hybrid costs less than half that, starting at 2.05 million yen in Japan.
Toyota's plug-ins will be able to run 20-30 km (12.4-18.6 miles) on battery power alone at full charge, the paper said.
Toyota has said the car will be powered by lithium-ion batteries developed and produced by its joint venture with Panasonic Corp (6752.T), Panasonic EV Energy Co.
A Toyota spokesman said the company could not comment on future product plans.
Toyota's plug-in hybrids would fan competition against General Motors Corp's (GMGMQ.PK) much-hyped Chevy Volt plug-in, which can also be charged at home through an electric socket.