Our reporters empty their notebooks to round up this week's gossip from across the automotive industry
20 June 2017

This week's gossip from the automotive industry brings news of Mitsubishi's concerns about the new tax system, the reborn Toyota Supra's auto 'box, Dallara's name for its road-going track car, and the risks behind autonomous cars. 

Dallara picks 'Stradale' for its road car

Italian racing car chassis maker Dallara looks poised to name its upcoming high-performance road car the Stradale, a new trademark has suggested. A source told Autocar that the car, which is expected to arrive later this year, will be the most structurally rigid model in production.

Read more: Dallara trademarks Stradale name for KTM X-Bow-rivalling road car

Mitsubishi laments new car tax legislation

Mitsubishi UK boss Lance Bradley believes the UK’s new car tax system, which has raised the tax rate of certain low-emissions vehicles, could discourage consumers from buying less-polluting cars. “We’re talking to the Office for Low Emission Vehicles to try to encourage a better system,” said Bradley.

Read more: Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 2018 review

Toyota Supra's automatic gearbox, electrification

The Toyota Supra will have an automatic gearbox and BMW electronics when it arrives next year, a new sighting of a development car’s interior has shown. The two-seater is expected to make use of the same gearbox and hybrid four-wheel drive set-up as the next BMW Z4.

Read more: New Toyota Supra on course for 2018 launch

Blackberry wades in on autonomous security

The head of a new software security programme from tech company Blackberry believes autonomous cars will need to use a multilayered approach to prevent hackers. Boss John Wall said: “If hackers can access a car through a non-critical ECU, they can tamper with safety-critical areas”.

Read more: Autonomous car cyber security consortium awarded funding

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20 June 2017
Surely you want BMW to do the styling and suspension and Toyota to do the drivetrain and electronics. Reminds of the infamous Nissan/Alfa Romeo partnership in the 80s.

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