DS's justifiable prices
“We are not so far off now,” said DS’s UK boss, Arnaud Leclerc. “It’s a good indicator of the strength of the brand if we can achieve that while developing and maintaining strong residuals.”
Ferrari's new acceleration yardstick
Ferrari now prefers to use 0-124mph as an acceleration yardstick, according to technical boss Michael Leiters, because “the limit is the grip” during a 0-62mph (0-100km/h) run, making it a less meaningful gauge of performance. The new 812 Superfast hits 124mph in 7.9sec.
Mazda's thoughts on diesels
Mazda will continue developing diesels, despite the adverse publicity and fiscal headwinds these engines are facing.
Ichiro Hirose, Mazda’s head of powertrain development, said: “There’s still plenty of room for evolution. It’s our job as engineers to develop something that complies. We’re going to face very strong CO2 targets that are very difficult to achieve without diesels.”
Hirose says Mazda’s existing diesels will receive an effi ciency upgrade later this year.
Kia Stinger gets a price tag
The top-spec 3.3-litre twinturbo V6 will nudge £40k, close to Kia’s current most expensive model, the top-spec Sorento. The 2.0 turbo petrol and 2.2 diesel are likely to be priced around £30k, to ensure they remain affordable. UK supply is expected to be between 2000 to 3000 cars per year.