We’re dusting down the Diesel Car time machine to turn back the clock three years to October 2011.
Mazda’s new CX-5 Crossover launches, bringing with it the new Skyactiv-D engine. It would make its debut at the Frankfurt motor show before arriving in Europe, alongside a revised Mazda 3 the following spring. The CX-5 was underpinned by a new lightweight chassis as well as new manual and automatic transmissions.
MINI launched the MINI Soho limited edition. Available as a Cooper D, it was exempt from London Congestion charging with CO2 of just 99g/km. It was also available with exclusive ‘White Silver’ metallic paint. Inside the Soho featured an Anthracite headlining, a 3-Spoke sport leather steering wheel and ‘Piano Black’ interior surfaces. The Cooper D hatch cost £18,045 while the convertible cost £20,135.
Honda took the wraps off of the new CR-V. It made its debut at the Orange County International Auto Show in California. Although revealed as a concept, the Orange County car’s styling closely mirrored that of the production car. The American version of the car would go sale in late 2011, while UK-based production would begin in late 2012.