Our reporters empty their notebooks to round up this week's gossip from across the automotive industry
13 June 2017

This week's gossip from the automotive industry brings news of India's requirement for in-car connectivity, Mazda's thoughts on touchscreens, McLaren and BMW's new engine and the consequences of using out-dated mpg testing, according to VW.

India's requirement for in-car connectivity

Tata Motors CEO Guenter Butschek predicts that India will take the lead for in-car connectivity because its demographic will demand it. Around 65% of Indians are under 35 – significantly higher than in most parts of the developed and developing world – making the nation’s drivers more reliant on new technology than average.

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Mazda's thoughts on touchscreens

Mazda says using a rotary controller to operate infotainment systems is safer than using a touchscreen. It found that drivers who used a rotary controller had a lower error rate and had their eyes off the road for less time than those who used a touchscreen.

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McLaren and BMW's new engine

McLaren and BMW's recent deal to develop a next-generation engine allows McLaren to do R&D at a competitive cost, said boss Mike Flewitt. Due to appear in McLaren models by 2020, the collaboration intends to produce an engine with optimised combustion to give lower emissions and more power.

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The consequences of using out-dated mpg testing, according to VW

VW brand boss Herbert Diess admits the industry left itself open to criticism by persisting with outdated mpg testing, but says both VW and the law-makers had little choice. “Even five years ago, on-road testing was impossible because the equipment was unreliable. Only now is it good enough.”

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13 June 2017
'This week' being from Monday morning to the early hours of Tuesday morning?

13 June 2017
This week so far, obviously if its only Tuesday.

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