This week’s gossip from the automotive industry has news of a new Fiat ‘Supermini’, upgrades to the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, future Skoda Kodiaq models and the possibility of hybrid models from Seat.
Upgraded Punto in the works
Fiat’s Luca Napolitano says the company is “working day and night" to have a new Punto supermini.
Fiat’s Europe, Middle East and Asia region boss said: “There are six brands in Fiat Chrysler and they are all fighting for investment.”
He was hinting that making the investment case for a new European supermini is very difficult. Although that segment is one of the largest in Europe, Napolitano said the new Volkswagen Golf-sized Tipo range has similar pricing to most current superminis.
Upgraded C-Class in 2019
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class will get an all-new 2.0-litre diesel engine during its mid-life facelift, according to Michael Kelz, chief engineer for the E-Class, GLC and CLS.
It’s due in 2019 and will replace the 2.1-litre unit.
New Skoda Kodiaq options
Skoda's Kodiaq SUV will be offered with a Sportline trim option but no more power, at least initially.
However, insiders say Skoda’s new boss, Bernard Maier, who previously worked at Porsche, has been talking about more powerful models.