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

In this week's round-up of automotive gossip: Volkswagen's planned new engine range, Volvo's scepticism towards indecipherable model line-ups, Dacia's reluctance to pursue the larger SUV market, and Mercedes-Benz boss Dieter Zetsche's enthusiasm for overarching transformation of the automotive landscape. 

Volkswagen will replace all conventionally fuelled units:

The Volkswagen Group will launch an all-new engine range to supplant all of its core units by 2020 – including like-for-like replacements for diesels. Skoda boss Christian Strube said there was a big push to further reduce CO2 emissions. In the meantime, every petrol engine will have a particulate filter fitted even before the next-generation units arrive. 

Mercedes-Benz chairman sees only opportunities for car developers:

Mercedes boss Dieter Zetsche says car companies should only fear the changing industry outlook if they don’t embrace the opportunities it presents. “There are challenges, risks and disruption, but I see opportunity,” he said. “I can offer things that just a couple of years ago could have been seen as science fiction. I view it as a transformational time, not a threatening one.” 

Volvo eyes customer satisfaction with simple line-up:

Keeping Volvo’s range easy to understand is important to UK managing director Jon Wakefield. “I sometimes wonder that others have gone for a niche of this, a version of that,” he said. “For the consumer, that must be quite vexing. We’ve got a really easily understood range of cars now, and that allows us to capture quite a sizeable chunk of the market.” 

Dacia has no plans for larger cars:

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Dacia has no current plans to follow the industry trend towards larger SUVs, according to UK brand boss Louise O’Sullivan. The higher price of large SUVs would not fit within Dacia’s target, said O’Sullivan, and the decline of larger car segments (O’Sullivan used to work at Renault on the Espace) would not provide a significant enough business case for the budget brand.

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Jeremy 20 November 2018


I suspect the Volvo bosses comment about niches was aimed at BMW - things were so simple when they all they made was a 3,5, 6 or 7. Now look at their range!

Dacia are right to not make a large SUV - surely these will become a dying breed with ever tighter CO2 targets?

eseaton 20 November 2018

Jeremy - I couldn't agree

Jeremy - I couldn't agree more.

In chasing everything and everyone, BMW has completely lost focus.

And Dacia go way up in my estimation for saying that.

xxxx 20 November 2018


Vauxhall could certainly learn from Volvo on this front. I've never seen so many variants of individual models.

Another traveller 20 November 2018

Not really

xxxx wrote:

. I've never seen so many variants of individual models.

Vauxhall used to have convertibles and MPVs, and they've canned them all, as well as the Adam and the Viva, not to mention 3-door variants.