Should the Polestar 1 hybrid coupe have a drop-top twin?

Polestar 1

The rear of this rather ambitiously designed Volvo vehicle is shorter than usual with a shorter boot and the rear seats taking a small cut, making them marginally smaller than usual - enhancing the Polestar 1's requirements for its edgy sports auto look. The pure electric coupe hybrid is promising 600 horsepower and class-leading range and efficiency.

Volvo in-house tuner Polestar has been morphed into a standalone brand for high-performance electrified cars and on Tuesday we saw its first model, aptly named the Polestar 1, unveiled to the world in Shanghai.

China has set strict quotas for electric and hybrid vehicles that carmakers need to hit by 2019 and has begun looking at an eventual ban on the production and sale of cars using traditional fuels.

Volvo and parent company Geely intend for Polestar and Volvo to collaborate and develop synergies that will benefit both. More information is expected on the Polestar 1 in the coming months.

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In addition to the hybrid powertrain 1 Polestar is equipped with a new continuously controlled electronic suspension hlins, which allows the driver to change suspension settings for better ride and control depending on road and weather conditions.

Polestar 2 will start production later in 2019 and will be the first battery-electric vehicle (BEV) from the Volvo Car Group. Plans call for construction to be completed by mid-2018, with Polestar 1 production to follow in mid-2019. Tesla sold 75,000 electric cars last year and, with the smaller Model 3 ramping up, is on track to reach 100,000 deliveries this year.

Polestar will also open dedicated spaces, that will give a preview, test drive and demonstrate the Polestar cars.

The firm hasn't revealed specifics about either model, although it said the mid-sized 2 BEV, now in the engineering phase, will "join the competition" around the Tesla Model 3. A single monthly payment will streamline related expenses like insurance and maintenance, and Polestar will offer pick-up/drop-off servicing for when it's time for that oil change or tire rotation. The $756 million dollar investment will bolster the early phases of Polestar's product lineup and industrial footprint.

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