Kia Motors Corporation has shared a glimpse of its global electric vehicle (EV) business strategy, revealing an early sketch of several of the brand’s future dedicated Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs). Details of Kia’s future EV product strategy were announced by Kia President and CEO Ho Sung Song during an event at the brand’s Hwasung plant in Korea.
The new fourth-generation Skoda Octavia range is set to expand with the addition of a new, efficient 1.0 e-TEC engine. The new unit, which is equipped with a seven speed DSG gearbox as standard is the brand’s first mHEV or mild hybrid powertrain and is available in two trim variants from £23,005.
Euro NCAP returns with the result of the first car to be rated against its revamped 2020 protocols. Toyota’s latest small family car, the Yaris, chalks up a full five stars. The car was the first to be subjected to an all-new frontal offset test, which replaces the one previously used since the programme started in 1997, and is the first to feature a counter-measure for injuries in far-side impacts.
Vauxhall has confirmed prices for its new all-electric Vivaro-e Life multi-seat passenger car. The Vivaro-e Life is available with up to nine seats and is capable of driving up to 143 miles with zero emissions from a single charge, priced from £34,645 (after Plug-in Van Grant, excluding VAT). Customers can place orders now, with deliveries starting from late October.
Volkswagen has unveiled its new Golf Estate. In Germany pre-sales for the Golf Estate started on 10 September, while further European countries will gradually follow. At the same time, Alltrack models with 4MOTION all-wheel drive were announced.
Nissan has marked the production of the 500,000th Leaf, the world’s first mass-market 100 per cent electric car. The milestone was achieved at Nissan’s plant in Sunderland, England, almost a decade after the model first went on sale. The plant has built more than 175,000 Leaf cars since it began producing the model in 2013.
The Land Rover Defender now has advanced new powertrains, new model specifications and more options. For the 2021 model year a new Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) model – the P400e – combines a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and 105kW electric motor, to deliver 398 bhp, CO2 emissions of just 74g/km and combined economy of 85.3mpg. It will run in all-electric mode with zero tailpipe emissions for up to 27 miles, including off-road where, Land Rover says, the immediate torque from the electric motor makes Defender even more capable.
Skoda has announced UK prices and specifications for the all-new Enyaq iV SUV – the brand’s first series-production vehicle to be based on the Volkswagen Group’s modular electrification toolkit (MEB). The all-electric SUV will be available in the UK with two battery size options, two (rear-wheel drive) and four-wheel drive transmission and various model variants with prices starting from £33,450 (excluding UK Plug-in Car Grant).
The enhanced Volkswagen Arteon has opened for orders in the UK, bringing with it new equipment and options for the fastback, as well as new power trains. Furthermore, a Shooting Brake version joins the range, providing additional practicality.
Dacia has unveiled the all-new Sandero, Sandero Stepway and Logan, third generation models with completely new, reinvented designs. The company says that the three new models offer “increased style, equipment and versatility whilst retaining the fundamentals of simplicity and reliability”.