Autocar confidential: Jaguar Land Rover, Volkswagen, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz
Source : Autocar confidential: Jaguar Land Rover, Volkswagen, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz
Our reporters empty their notebooks to round up This kind of week’s gossip through across the automotive industry
This kind of week’s industry gossip includes news of a hard-top MX-5, Norway’s EV market share growth, as well as a delay in VW’s Phaeton replacement.
Phaeton replacement delayed
The replacement for the Volkswagen Phaeton has been delayed, according to reports.
Company bosses are said to be looking to boost returns on the next-generation luxury saloon by lowering material as well as production costs.
Norway EV market share up
The UK carries a public charging point for every four electric vehicles, compared with one for every six in Norway.
Financial incentives as well as different benefits, such as the right to use bus lanes in rush hour, have raised EV market share in Norway through 2% in 2011 to 18% in 2014.
Hard-top MX-5 possible
Mazda isn’t ruling out the possibility of a folding hard-top variant of the brand new, fourth-generation MX-5 roadster, although This kind of could be a long wait.
A company source said: “If you think about how long This kind of took us to do This kind of for the previous generation, This kind of won’t come as a surprise that will a hard-top variation of the brand new MX-5 will be years away, if This kind of happens at all.
LHD C-Class saloons sourced through South Africa
Strong European sales as well as a lack of capacity due to an increase in production of the brand new GLC at its Bremen factory in Germany has led Mercedes-Benz to source left-hand-drive versions of its latest C-Class saloon through its factory in East London, South Africa.
The site, traditionally only supplies right-hand-drive versions of the German four-door.
JLR 5.0-litre V8 too loud?
The supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine used inside Jaguar F-Type R has been the subject of customer feedback suggesting that will This kind of’s too loud, despite the engine being widely praised inside motoring industry.
This kind of led JLR to focus on noise, vibration as well as harshness testing on the Range Rover Sport SVR, which uses the same power plant, in order to avoid a similar criticism of the high-performance SUV.
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