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6 June 2017

This week's gossip from the automotive industry has news of the future of internal combustion-engined cars, Peugeot's thoughts on market share, Mitsubishi's doubling sales and Opel's thoughts on the Mokka X vs the Crossland.

The future of internal combustion-engined cars

Rising levels of wealth and the strength of emerging markets mean that as many internal combustion-engined cars are likely to be sold in 2025 as today.

“Companies talk up the fact that 25% of their sales will be of electrified cars by then,” said an industry insider, “but it will be 25% of sales much larger than today’s.”

Read more: Engine downsizing to 'come to an end' says Volkswagen bossEV and combustion-engined car ownership costs to equalise by 2025, says Renault

Peugeot's market share goals

Peugeot boss Jean-Philippe Imparato has been able to improve residual values on his cars because he is under no obligation to hit a target for market share.

Talking about the best-ever residuals of the 3008, he said: “There’s no pressure to get involved in toxic activity like rental or bulk deals. I want to be a high-end generalist car firm. Discounts will kill us.”

Read more: Peugeot 308 gets upgraded engines and extra safety tech for 2017Striking Peugeot Instinct shooting brake concept revealed

Mitsubishi's doubling sales

Mitsubishi UK boss Lance Bradley believes next year’s launch of the Eclipse Cross, a Seat Ateca rival, and Shogun Sport large SUV will almost double UK sales by 2020.

“Mitsubishi sold 26,000 cars in Britain last year, but I expect to reach 50,000,” he said, adding that the firm’s expansion would continue with a smaller electric SUV inspired by the EX Geneva show concept.

Read more: Mitsubishi Shogun Sport to go on sale in UK in JanuaryNew Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SUV revealed

Mokka X or Crossland?

Opel product marketing director Andreas Marx has defended the firm’s decision to sell two similarly sized B-segment SUVs, the Mokka X and Crossland.

“It’s a fast-growing segment, so having two different offerings is an advantage,” he said. “The Crossland is for people who swap drivers from time to time, whereas the Mokka X is more egotistic. The differences are clear.”

Read more: Vauxhall Crossland X 1.6T D 99 Ecotech Blueinjection Elite reviewMainstream family cars must boost appeal to fight premium rivals

Our Verdict

Vauxhall Mokka X

Facelifted Mokka, now called Mokka X, gets a much-improved interior but remains average to drive

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6 June 2017
The new Fiat Argo Autocar, could it find its way to Europe as a replacement for the Punto?

6 June 2017
Lanehogger wrote:

The new Fiat Argo Autocar, could it find its way to Europe as a replacement for the Punto?

Isn't the Argo just a rehashed Tipo/ Egea for the South American market ?

6 June 2017
Lanehogger, I looked up and was surprised that the Punto is still on sale!

Then I looked up the Argo, nice looking little car, like a mini Tipo (which itself looks something like a 308).

It would make sense as part of the Fiat "rational" range, vs the 500/124 in their "emotional" range.

6 June 2017
Andreas, the differences really are not clear.

Myk

6 June 2017
“The Crossland is for people who swap drivers from time to time, whereas the Mokka X is more egotistic. The differences are clear.”. Seriously, what an utter load of cobblers. What is clear is that Vauxhall's marketing director has no clue about the products of his company, which puts him in good company as neither does anyone else.

6 June 2017
What a truly ugly thing is the Shogun...a housebrick has more grace...

6 June 2017
Greenracer wrote:

What a truly ugly thing is the Shogun...a housebrick has more grace...

Yes but (to use marketing hype) 'the rugged New Shogun Sport continues the proud history of previous Sport models' - in other words, the new one's ugly but then they always were ugly... On a separate issue, can someone please explain to me what's sporty about the Shogun 'Sport'?

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