This week's gossip from the automotive industry has news of Renault Sport's interest in electric, Toyota's denial of a Supra teaser, the next-gen Fiat 500's arrival and Skoda's China-only Kodiaq coupé.
Renault Sport considers electric
Renault Sport has been looking at electric sports cars, according to its boss, Patrice Ratti, but it maintains that battery size is the sticking point. “It is not difficult to make an electric sports car,” he said. “The challenge is to do it with the size of the battery of the [electric] Zoe.” He added: “The advantage of an electric motor is a lot of torque in a small package.”
Supra teaser 'a coincidence'
In Autocar magazine earlier this month we brought you a scoop on the new Toyota Supra, and the firm has now dropped its own hint about the sports car’s arrival. A Yaris Hybrid TV advert features a car with the numberplate ‘260 SUP’, alluding to the fast model. A Toyota spokesman said: “It’s a nice idea, but I’m afraid it’s just a coincidence.”