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

This week’s snippets of automotive news includes hybrid challenges at Ferrari and confidence for diesel at Daimler. Kia also reveals why it's going from strength-to-strength while Dacia denies that it needs a smaller model.

Ferrari's need to accommodate hybrid systems:

Ferrari continually strives to make its cars more compact, according to technical director Michael Leiters, but it is a challenge that isn’t getting any easier. Leiters pointed out the need to accommodate a battery and electric motor into series production hybrid models, the first of which will appear out of Maranello in 2019 or 2020. 

Daimler on diesel:

Daimler won't stop investment in diesel engines because it sold more oilburners last year than ever before. Company boss Dieter Zetsche said that while the share of diesel across the group’s car brands reduced by 2-3%, overall sales were up: “[Diesel] still accounts for about 50% of our sales”. 

Kia's brand image:

Kia boss Michael Cole said the company’s move away from its original status as a budget brand is reflected not just by the fact that the Sportage is its best-selling model, but also that 22% of Picanto city car sales are of the range-topping GT Line model. He added that Kia was working on being seen as “design-driven, innovative and sporty” and that the transformation in the brand’s standing over the past decade was proof of the progress it was making. 

Dacia on smaller cars: 

Despite the large size of the Sandero relative to the Ford Fiesta, Dacia has no plans to produce a smaller model to sit below the £5995 supermini. The brand did consider bringing the Kwid – a small SUV produced for emerging markets – to right-hand-drive countries. UK brand boss Louise O’Sullivan described the Sandero as the right product for Europe. 

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BertoniBertone 20 February 2018

Zetsche versus Asthmatics of the World....

Good to see that Daimler's CEO is putting profit before people's health.  Trump's kinda CEO I suspect ?

manicm 20 February 2018

BertoniBertone wrote:

BertoniBertone wrote:

Good to see that Daimler's CEO is putting profit before people's health.  Trump's kinda CEO I suspect ?

Oh shut up. Modern diesels are not any less 'healthy' than modern petrols. And guess what knobhead, forthcoming petrols will include particulate filters like diesels, further casting doubt on long term longevity and emissions once those filters give up.

Bob Cat Brian 20 February 2018

manicm wrote:

manicm wrote:

BertoniBertone wrote:

Good to see that Daimler's CEO is putting profit before people's health.  Trump's kinda CEO I suspect ?

Oh shut up. Modern diesels are not any less 'healthy' than modern petrols. And guess what knobhead, forthcoming petrols will include particulate filters like diesels, further casting doubt on long term longevity and emissions once those filters give up.

 

There's nothing like unwarranted abuse to undermine someones point of view. Well done.

K_A 20 February 2018

Well done...

Bob Cat Brian wrote:

manicm wrote:

BertoniBertone wrote:

Good to see that Daimler's CEO is putting profit before people's health.  Trump's kinda CEO I suspect ?

Oh shut up. Modern diesels are not any less 'healthy' than modern petrols. And guess what knobhead, forthcoming petrols will include particulate filters like diesels, further casting doubt on long term longevity and emissions once those filters give up.

 

There's nothing like unwarranted abuse to undermine someones point of view. Well done.

You beat me to it. I was thinking that myself. 

The Sandero might be the "right" product for Europe but in reality, I think the Kwid would have been an exceptionally strong seller thanks to its compact, city-car like dimensions, rugged styling, and high ground clearance.