The next Vauxhall Astra will include a plug-in hybrid drivetrain and a station wagon version, CEO Michael Lohscheller told Automotive News Europe.
The car will be based on the same Stellantis EMP2 platform as the forthcoming new Peugeot 308 due on sale later this year while the Astra will be introduced early 2022 but its still uncertain if the newcomer will be assembled in Ellesmere Port.
Volkswagen has agreed a new wage deal with 120,000 workers in Germany covering this year and going into 2022.
It will put pressure on other manufacturers such as Ford and Stellantis to strike new pay deals with their employees when talks are held.
Volvo Cars is expanding its collaboration with NVIDIA to use NVIDIA DRIVE Orin system-on-a-chip (SoC) technology to power the autonomous driving computer in next-generation Volvo models.
Volvo Cars aims to be the first car maker with a global footprint to use NVIDIA DRIVE Orin in its next-generation models, based on the forthcoming SPA2 modular vehicle architecture and that will be the next-generation Volvo XC90, to be revealed next year.
More truly driverless taxis have been given the go-ahead to test on Californian roads.
Two cars will be tested by the WeRide group, which is backed by Nissan and it follows similar trials by the company in Guangzhou, China and comes after four other taxi services were given the go-ahead for tests in the US state.
Comparethemarket.com found that car insurance premiums remain broadly flat if a driver goes from zero to three points on their licence, with the average annual premium increasing from £700 to £705.
However, if you jump from three to six points, the average premium shoots up by more than £200 to reach £937 and it gets progressively higher the more points are added to your licence, reaching an average premium of £1,009 for those with 12 points.