This week's snippets of automotive news include proposed changes for BMW's future engine line-up, how Mazda's designs are set to evolve, and Audi's introduction of a hire scheme for the UK.
BMW’s plans for combustion
BMW R&D boss Klaus Fröhlich predicts that 80-85% of the car maker’s line-up in 2030 will still be fitted with internal combustion engines, albeit making use of 48V mild hybrid technology. By 2025, every petrol or diesel from BMW will have a second-generation 48V mild hybrid system that will feature an e-motor in the transmission, offering greater electric assistance and efficiency.
Distinct designs for future Mazdas
Despite the recently revealed Mazda 3 showcasing a new design language for the Japanese maker, forthcoming new models will not adopt a ‘Russian doll’ styling approach, said European design boss Jo Stenuit. He said: “Every car that comes will clearly be a Mazda, but the way we execute the reflection of surfaces will be different in each car.”
Audi launches UK hire scheme
Audi On Demand, the firm’s short-term car-hire service, has officially launched in the UK after a small-scale pilot scheme. Beyond running through dealerships, the service will also become available at premium apartment blocks in future, according to UK boss Andrew Boyle. Eleven models can be hired on a one-to three-day basis from eight locations across England and Scotland.
Porsche considers rally-inspired 911
Porsche could consider building a 911 ‘SUV’, reviving the spirit of the 953 Paris-Dakar Rally car of the 1980s, according to sales boss Detlev von Platen. Speaking to Autocar India at last month’s LA motor show, he said: “Taking the 911 and making an SUV out of it? Taking it higher? That could be a good idea, and of course it won’t be a model range but it will be a limited, very niche product.”