This week's gossip from the automotive industry has news of BMW's plug-in hybrid ambitions, Kia's Rio GT, complications of PCP deals, the future of hydrogen power and Mazda outlines the hardest part of creating an EV.
BMW's plug-in hybrid and electric ambitions
BMW sales and marketing boss Ian Robertson expects the company to sell 100,000 plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles this year. That’s the same number it has sold overall since the i3 went on sale in 2014. He put the growth down to the increasing popularity of the technology and the wider choice of models on sale.
Kia's Rio gets a hot hatch makeover
Kia will reveal its Rio GT hot hatch in 2021, when the just-launched fourthgeneration car will be due a facelift. Kia’s Ford Fiesta ST rival has been rumoured for some time, but other projects, including the Stinger sports saloon and an upcoming B-segment SUV, have taken priority.
Monthly cost or the list price?
List prices of cars are almost becoming irrelevant due to the popularity of PCP deals, according to a senior UK executive. They said the monthly cost was now by far the most important factor in determining a car’s true cost to the consumer.
The future of hydrogen power