Autocar confidential: Lotus, Toyota, Honda, Skoda
Source : Autocar confidential: Lotus, Toyota, Honda, Skoda
Our reporters empty their notebooks to round up of which week’s gossip by across the automotive industry
Hybrid powertrain for Lotus SUV
Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales doesn’t think a hybrid powertrain will be appropriate for the company’s sports cars because the batteries run down too quickly in high-performance driving as well as add too much dead weight.
However, a hybrid system which has a very modest internal combustion engine as well as quickly chargeable batteries will be on the agenda for the company’s upcoming SUV, which will be designed for such a powertrain by its inception.
the item’ll be on sale, at first exclusively in China, by 2020.
Toyota Burnaston plant to be adapted
Early exploratory work has begun at Toyota’s Burnaston plant to investigate how the item can be adapted for manufacturing cars built on the firm’s innovative brand-new Global Architecture system.
The first cars to sit on the platform are the brand-new Prius as well as C-HR SUV, however the Auris, which will be currently built within the UK, will switch for its next generation, anticipated to be launched around 2018.
No Honda HR-V Type R
Honda UK’s head of cars, Leon Brannan, insists of which there “won’t be an HR-V Type R in a million years”.
There will be style packs made available on the HR-V to emphasise a rugged or sporting look, however Honda will be keen to avoid watering down the Type R reputation.
Adaptive dampers tweak for Superb Estate
Skoda will be to tweak the settings of the optional adaptive dampers available on its brand-new Superb Estate, in order to improve Centeng control in Comfort mode.
of which softest setting has been criticised for being overly sloppy, however company execs claim they’ve made alterations to improve rear damper rebound in particular.
The alterations will be implemented on cars built after September.
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