The Diesel Car time machine warms up once again, this time to whisk us back to August 1995. Time circuits on…
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) hinted that the vehicle registration system would change. Suggestions included using a new suffix every quarter or colour-coded numberplates to show a vehicle’s age. As history shows the old prefix system survived past ’95, with the new ’51’ plate arriving in 2001.
A fully-electric Toyota RAV4 competed in, and won, the first electric car rally. The plug-in Toyota completed a journey of over 300 miles from Gothenburg in Sweden to Oslo in Norway. The rally included 15 off-road stages. Toyota would later build 20 further electric RAV4s for research and development.
A Porsche MPV, based on the Volkswagen was a hot news story in August 1995. The ‘Varrera’ as it was dubbed, was expected to offer bespoke Porsche engines, running gear and interiors. Porsche were rumoured to be considering a six-seater family version, a four-seater and a three-seater with room for bikes and such to be stowed inside the vehicle. It would take the German firm seven years to expand its range, when the Cayenne entered the market as an SUV.