How Brexit affected Mazda
The biggest impact of the Brexit vote for Mazda has been the fall in the value of sterling. Mazda Europe boss Jeff Guyton said: “The vote has put all importers under certain pressure.” He added that “time would tell” if the election of Donald Trump as US president would affect Mazda and he hoped to “see a regime that supports free trade and a growing economy” when the dust settles.
Hyundai's electric future
Hyundai has confirmed it will have 14 electric vehicles in production by 2020. Its next EV after the Ioniq will be a compact SUV with a range of more than 200 miles. It’s also planning a new fuel-cell model with a greater range than the existing ix35 FCV.
The future of the Countryman
Don't expect any more Mini SUVs or a coupé version of the Mini Countryman. Boss Peter Schwarzenbauer said Mini does not want to expand its portfolio too far. He believed the Countryman is “the perfect car for the market” in SUV terms.
Kia's thoughts on diesels
Diesel engines will continue to form a key part of Kia’s powertrain strategy, according to the boss of the company’s UK arm, Paul Philpott. However, Kia’s global boss, Thomas Oh, said: “Kia is well prepared for alternatively fuelled vehicles.”
Honda and the SUV
The popularity of SUVs will soon decline, Honda Motor Europe’s sales and marketing boss, Jean-Marc Streng, has predicted. “You [can] call anything an SUV and it sells. Soon the SUV market will be crowded – look what happened to MPVs,” he said.