Driver appeal for electric vehicles has become as important a reason for switching out of petrol and diesel models as financial and environmental savings, according to new research by Delta Energy and Environment.
Audi has dropped the diesel plug-in hybrid from the updated Q7 line-up, readying a petrol alternative said to be more in tune with global tastes, alongside a range of RDE2- compliant ‘mild hybrid’ versions.
Larger, sportier and with a plug-in hybrid version, the new Kuga feels well placed to continue Ford’s SUV momentum, explains Alex Grant.
Audi’s heavily updated A4 line-up will offer richer connectivity and new ‘mild hybrid’ petrol and diesel engines, the carmaker has confirmed.
Renault’s e-Tech hybrid technology debuts next year in the Clio. Alex Grant looks at how the technology is expected to command a diesel-like share of the market.
Ford recorded a ten-fold year-on-year increase in Mondeo Hybrid registrations during 2018, reaching 10,000 units across Europe, as rising costs and political pressure continued to erode the business case for diesel engines.
Ford’s all-new Kuga SUV will include three ‘electrified’ drivetrains, including a plug-in hybrid with CO2 emissions from 29g/km, alongside petrol and diesel versions.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is developing a suite of services to support its forthcoming plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles, while aiming to offer fleets total cost of ownership parity with petrol or diesel models.
Renault is expecting to gradually phase out diesel engines from the new Clio, predicting demand for its new hybrid system could be as high as diesel was in some European markets.
Nissan is readying a range of ‘electrified’ SUVs, including a standalone battery-electric model, following strong demand for its second-generation Leaf.
Fleets and policymakers can now access at-a-glance information about vehicles’ NOx emissions in urban use, aimed at helping cities with poor air quality to meet legal limits as quickly as possible.
The answer to small families’ mobility woes isn’t always SUV-shaped, explains Alex Grant.
Volvo’s compact executive wagon gives plenty for rivals to worry about, says Alex Grant.
SsangYong’s durable flagship puts the focus on roadgoing luxury, explains Alex Grant.
Part van, part MPV, part SUV, the Rifter is a multi-talented family-hauler, explains Alex Grant.
In a tough sector, the 6 offers something a little different to the norm, says Alex Grant.
There are some notable new diesel options behind Kia’s refreshed best-seller, explains Alex Grant.
The Nexo SUV brings hydrogen fuel cells a step closer to mass market appeal, explains Alex Grant.
MG has previewed an electric version of the ZS SUV in China, with the newcomer set to re-launch the brand in markets across Europe in the first half of 2019.
Mitsubishi has comprehensively upgraded the L200 one-tonne pickup, aimed at improving comfort and durability to cater for both business and private use.
In a growing Skoda line-up, does the familiar Fabia still impress? Alex Grant finds out.
The CLS is cutting-edge design that plays to some traditional brand strengths, says Alex Grant.
Addison Lee Group is aiming to have autonomous vehicles on its London fleet by 2021, following a collaborative agreement with software developer Oxbotica.
LeasePlan UK managing director, Matt Dyer, has taken up a new role leading the leasing company’s operation in the United States, effective from 1 January.
Almost half of carmakers’ model ranges were not WLTP compliant at the start of October, according to Jato Dynamics, reflected by the Europe’s lowest September registrations in almost a decade.
Volvo Cars has invested in charging point company FreeWire Technologies, which has developed a cheaper and less labour-intensive solution for installing rapid chargers for electric vehicles.