The Skoda Octavia, the brand’s most successful model in the UK and a multi-million seller around the world, celebrates another milestone in 2019 – the 60th anniversary of its introduction. Originally, it was designed to bring affordable and high-quality motoring to the widest possible audience, and Skoda says the design and engineering philosophies behind the Octavia remain the same today
Hyundai Motor UK has announced UK pricing for NEXO, the company’s second generation hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle which is available to order directly from Hyundai Motor UK from today. NEXO has a claimed range of up to 414 miles and it joins Kona Electric and IONIQ Electric as the latest electrified Hyundai model available in the UK and one of the 44 new electrified models that Hyundai Motor Group pledge to launch by 2025
Kia is set to welcome a new arrival to the Ceed model family later this year, the Ceed Crossover. Gregory Guillaume, Vice President of Design for Kia Motors Europe, explains: “There’s another style, another type of vehicle, that we feel very strongly deserves to be a new member of the Ceed family. It will the play the role that’s needed to make the Ceed range stronger and even more exciting, more appealing, to European consumers. The design will be nothing like you’ve seen in the Ceed family so far. This will be the next big surprise from Kia.”
The BMW 3 Series went on on sale from 9 March 2019 with diesel prices starting from £33,610 for the 320d. The 318d, priced at £32,450, joins the range in April. The 3 Series Saloon has been in production for more than 40 years and this is the seventh generation model to go on sale.
Skoda has announced details for the all-new Scala hatchback, which is set to arrive in the UK in the summer. The new Scala introduces what Skoda describes as “a striking evolution of Skoda’s celebrated design language along with a host of all-new infotainment systems and host of engineering and safety innovations”. The Scala is the first Skoda to be based on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB A0 platform.
The Toyota Camry hybrid saloon is set to return to the UK this summer. The new car uses Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform. In anticipation of the Camry’s arrival, Toyota has announced prices and outline equipment specifications for the new line-up. The eighth generation of the world’s best-selling upper medium saloon will be exclusively a hybrid model in the UK.
The Nissan Leaf has become the first electric car in history to surpass 400,000 sales. Nissan says that Leaf owners have driven their cars more than 10 billion kilometres (over six billion miles) in total. The number of Leaf vehicles sold since 2010 is enough to save an estimated 3.8 million barrels of oil a year
Mercedes-Benz Vans is introducing a series of improvements for its contender in the mid-size vans segment. Among the highlights are high-torque four-cylinder diesel engines for the Vito Tourer with passenger car approval. Mercedes says that in comparison to the predecessor, the new OM 654 engine range reduces emissions and consumption values whilst also optimising noise and vibration comfort. The power units, already familiar from the Mercedes-Benz passenger car range, will see their first ever usage in a commercial vehicle at Mercedes-Benz Vans.
The new Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupé is now on sale, with prices starting from £30,550 for the entry-level CLA 180 AMG Line. All models will be initially available with a 7G-DCT seven-speed automatic transmission, with a manual gearbox coming later. The diesel-powered CLA 200 d and CLA 220 d will also be added to the line-up later in the year. The CLA Shooting Brake was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show and will be going on sale in May
Jaguar Land Rover has become the first car maker to submit new cars from its Jaguar and Land Rover ranges for independent on-road emissions testing and rating for inclusion in the AIR Index. A simple A-to-E colour-coded rating shows the difference between clean and dirty vehicles.