Bright Spark

What makes a car a classic? That may seem like a strange question to be asking when it comes to alternatively-fuelled vehicles, but it seems to me that many of the early hybrids and electrics are prime candidates for future collectibility ñ and itís not too soon to be thinking about it either.   First, […]

Hybrids squeeze out diesels on next Volvo S60 range

The new Volvo S60 saloon – to be launched later this spring – will be the first Volvo to be produced without a diesel engine, highlighting Volvo Cars’ commitment to a long-term future beyond the traditional combustion engine. All new Volvo models launched from 2019 will be available as either a mild petrol hybrid, plug-in petrol hybrid or battery electric vehicle. This is the most comprehensive electrification strategy in the car industry and Volvo Cars was the first traditional car maker to commit to all-out electrification in July 2017.

Toyota pushes Chinese market electrification at Beijing show

Toyota has advanced its plans to accelerate the development and commercialisation of electrified vehicles with the announcement of a series of new models at the Beijing Motor Show, including a battery electric car based on the C-HR crossover. The new vehicles are destined for the Chinese market and include plug-in hybrid electric versions of the Toyota Corolla and Levin, to go on sale in 2019, and a battery electric C-HR/IZOA, scheduled for 2020. These will be among ten new electrified vehicles Toyota plans to introduce in China by the end of 2020.

High miles for Hybrids?

I wondered if you had any helpful views on hybrids as company cars? Weíve standardised on leasing Passat Estate 2.0 TDIs for a number of years (although Iím cheapskate and have a Skoda Octavia!) and we have one car coming due for replacement quite soon. We were recently asked to explore the hybrid option in […]