Autonomous Mercedes' coming soon
Mercedes-Benz Boss Dieter Zetsche has said his company’s drive to perfect autonomous driving is nearly complete. “There are still some issues when it is dark, wet or icy, but the basic challenge is solved,” he said.
However, he acknowledges that, like everyone else, Mercedes must wait for network infrastructures to be built and legislative frameworks to be changed before the dream of fully autonomous driving can be realised.
Peugeot pick-up inspired by the 301 saloon
It is understood that the new Peugeot pick-up, announced by PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares at the recent unveiling of his latest expansion plans, could be based on the 301 saloon (below) already sold in developing markets.
Peugeot boss Maxime Picat said he wants to build on the success of the 301, which sells around 100,000 units a year in China and developing nations. A 301 pick-up would be a recreation of one of Peugeot’s most successful developing-world models, the 504 pick-up.
Ford’s collaborative efforts for new tech
Ford believes that working with external companies is the fastest way to develop new technology.
The firm, which partnered with GKN Driveline when developing the new Focus RS’s four-wheel drive system, wants to increase the number of collaborations it has in other areas of technology.
BMW denies need for Audi R8 rival
BMW has rejected claims that it needs a mid-engined super-sports car at the top of its range to rival the Audi R8.
“Other companies may need one for strategic reasons, to prove they can make something truly ‘sporty’ – but we don’t,” explained M division CEO Frank van Meel. “Our business is elsewhere.”