Our reporters empty their notebooks to round up this week's gossip from across the automotive industry
17 July 2018

This week's snippets of automotive news include news on the electric car industry, Prince William’s next car, Peugeot going electric and Volkswagen’s mobility cars. 

Byton CEO’s view on the electric car industry: 

Electric car makers should be all in it together, according to Byton CEO Carsten Breitfeld – who has no plans to follow Tesla’s example with a network of proprietary Supercharger points. “What Tesla did was maybe necessary for them to be first, but this will not be the approach if you want to see proliferation of the electric car,” he said. For infrastructure to grow, the industry “can’t be using proprietary charging. Every EV manufacturer should be able to use them.”

Prince William to go electric:

Could Prince William emulate brother Harry, who left his wedding reception in an electric Jaguar E-Type, and buy a new Audi e-tron? Already a well-known Audi customer, William was spotted checking out the all- new electric SUV, due to be launched this autumn, while competing at a charity event backed by the marque.

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Peugeot SUVs:

Peugeot’s SUV range will not expand beyond the existing 2008, 3008 and 5008 models, according to boss Jean-Philippe Imparato. He said: “I want to be stable and consistent, not producing six more SUVs.”

Volkswagen mobility cars: 

Volkswagen intends to make the American production versions of its ID Buzz and Crozz EVs in the US. “For strong product momentum, they need to be produced in the USA,” said North America boss Hinrich Woebcken. “It’s not possible to come into a high-volume scenario with imported cars. We want to localise electric mobility in the US.” While the firm will offer the Buzz and Crozz worldwide, Woebcken said the models will be ‘Americanised’ for the market.

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17 July 2018

Is it too much to ask that the tax-payer subsidised Royals at least support UK industry? I know the Jaguar I Pace will be built in Austria but at least it is engineered in Britain - unlike any Audi.

17 July 2018

Although maybe he's loaned 'given' the car for free!

Jag need to go for Harry, Jjjjag would prefer his image for marketing purposes

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

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Our Verdict

Seat Ateca

Seat's first attempt at building an SUV is a cracker and knocked the Nissan Qashqai off its perch in the process, so we discover what makes the Ateca our class leader

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Driven this week