This week's gossip from the automotive industry has news of Mercedes's plan for the Smart model line-up, Porsche's former technical boss' thoughts on the 911 GT2 RS, Seat's name for its upcoming seven-seat SUV and Peugeot's order books are growing thanks to the 3008.
Mercedes-Benz wants to expand its Smart model line-up, according to sales and marketing boss Britta Seeger. Rumours abound that its next model will be an SUV, but Seeger said only that she is “keen to grow the product” and future models were “under investigation”.
Former Porsche technical boss and Volkswagen Group engine chief Wolfgang Hatz, who left at the height of the Dieselgate scandal, was a guest at the launch of the Porsche 911 GT2 RS at Goodwood recently. “I’m here to see my baby. I was enjoying working on it before I left,” he said, smiling. Hatz now works for a technical investment fund in San Francisco, is a parttime lecturer at Stanford University and is involved in projects with motorsport’s governing body, the FIA.