This week's snippets of automotive news include news on Khazar, DS designing a kitchen and Mazda on diesel.
Iran and Azerbaijan create Khazar:
A joint venture between Iran and Azerbaijan is aiming to become a major car industry player in the Commonwealth of Independent States. Khazar is a link-up between Iranian firm IKCO and Azerbaijan’s AzEuroCar, and its Dena saloon will be exported to Russia and Ukraine, among other markets. Khazar’s Azerbaijani factory has capacity to produce 10,000 cars annually, with 20% due to be exported.
DS designs a kitchen:
Most of us head down to Wickes or Ikea when we need a new kitchen. But when you’re a three-star Michelin chef in the centre of Paris, you turn elsewhere. To DS, of course.
The design team of the PSA Group’s new premium brand worked with Yannick Alléno and his Ledoyen restaurant to install the new kitchen, which includes rounded corners to the benches to allow the chefs to move around quicker and a clever air extraction system that stops air blowing on the food. But no quilted leather.
Mazda on diesel:
Mazda is feeling the pain of diesel’s demise but is still continuing to invest in its development because it believes the fuel type remains important for CO2 targets. Mazda vice president of communications in Europe Wojciech Halarewicz told Autocar: “From well to wheel, diesel is still the most sustainable option in most cases, so you will see we’ll have a greater mix of powertrains rather than fewer.” Halarewicz also said that “around 40%” of sales for the brand’s larger vehicles are for diesel-powered versions.