Volkswagen is breaking new ground with a concept for an electric estate car to be shown at the Los Angeles motor show the end of this week.
The ID Space Vizzion is their latest proposal for a new model after a future EV hatchback was unveiled in the autumn.
Jaguar Land Rover’s decision to shut down assembly plants last week to ease any Brexit issues with components and stocks will cost the UK car maker about 12,000 models and it will struggle to make up the loss, reports Automotive News Europe.
The halt also meant JLR engine production was halted at Ford Bridgend Engine Plant which makes V6 and V8 units under contract.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is overhauling its Alfa Romeo brand.
In future Alfa will have four models; the Giulia, the Stelvio, a new compact SUV and a new small SUV but the Giulietta is axed and and a large SUV and two planned new sports cars will not be built.
Germany’s car sales in China are slowing as affluent buyers move to more models made in the country.
At the same time, the car makers want to encourage greater sales in rural areas and small urban developments as the motor industry struggles with a stalled growth.
Hyundai Motor Group is developing the world’s first Road Noise Active Noise Control (RANC) system.
RANC builds on the Group’s current Active Noise Control (ANC) technology, which actively reduces noise by emitting soundwaves inverted to incoming noise and is a software-driven technology that analyses the in-cabin sound to decrease engine and road noise, versus than the passive method of blocking noise through sound insulation.
Research has revealed that 60 weeks is the average amount of time motorists think it takes to become a ‘good driver’ after passing your test.
The research, conducted by Young Driver, the UK’s largest provider of pre-17 driving lessons, found that on average people believe it takes well over a year of experience behind the wheel to become confident with the skills needed.
Volvo is offering British car buyers one year’s free electricity to charge their new plug-in hybrid car, with the launch of its innovative Take Charge campaign.
The offer is automatically available to any customer purchasing a new Volvo plug-in hybrid, from now until 30 June 2020.