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14 May 2019

Ferrari, Skoda and Toyota lead the snippets from our automotive newsgatherers this week, with electrification being high on the agenda for all involved.

Maranel-ectrification is a stretch

Don’t count on seeing an all-electric Ferrari for a long time yet. Michael Leiters, Ferrari technical chief, said there are two big issues with the tech: sound and weight. “It’s not fitting right now for a Ferrari,” he said. “We’re studying, yes, to learn better but there is no decision yet.” The first Ferrari hybrids will arrive later this year

Three's the magic number

Skoda is content to keep its UK line-up of SUVs to three over the coming years, according to boss Bernhard Maier. Despite some rivals expanding their range further, Maier said: “I think we have everything our competitors do. What are we missing? We don’t always have to bring the same kind of cars. Our line-up is profitable and successful, and customer feedback is that our vehicles are spot on.”

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Toyota and Lexus make a power play 

Toyota and its luxury marque, Lexus, will outline their electrification plans at this year’s Tokyo motor show in October. Until now, the brands’ focus has been on hybrids but announcements are expected at the show about electric cars and plug-in hybrids. The brands’ models, which are built on a new global architecture, can be adapted to different powertrains with relative ease. 

Courting controversy 

The judge responsible for many of the Dieselgate lawsuits at a regional court in Stuttgart, Germany, has been replaced due to suspected bias at the request of Volkswagen. The judge’s wife is the owner of a VW diesel car affected by the emissions scandal and has sued the German car maker in a district court.

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14 May 2019
You couldn't make this stuff up: If you had told me back in the 80's that Volkswagen - a brand that for years had conveyed an image of environmental awareness, reliability and general goodness, would mire itself so completely in a Dieselgate PR disaster, I would have enquired as to what particular type of weed you were smoking.

The whole Dieselgate thing has been done to death and yet, even now, news about Volkswagen asking for a judge to be replaced over possible bias, seems incredible.

All I can say is, good luck to the Volkswagen legal team in finding a German Judge whose immediate family doesn't own at least one of VW's diesel vehicles and hasn't in some way experienced the fallout from Dieselgate ;)

15 May 2019
MarkII wrote:

You couldn't make this stuff up: If you had told me back in the 80's that Volkswagen - a brand that for years had conveyed an image of environmental awareness, reliability and general goodness, would mire itself so completely in a Dieselgate PR disaster, I would have enquired as to what particular type of weed you were smoking. The whole Dieselgate thing has been done to death and yet, even now, news about Volkswagen asking for a judge to be replaced over possible bias, seems incredible. All I can say is, good luck to the Volkswagen legal team in finding a German Judge whose immediate family doesn't own at least one of VW's diesel vehicles and hasn't in some way experienced the fallout from Dieselgate ;)

 

That could be said for the vast majority of families across Europe, judges or not.

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