This week's gossip from the automotive industry brings news of Mitsubishi's thoughts on the UK's new car tax system, Toyota's plans for the new Supra, the Dallara 'Stradale' and Blackberry's approach to autonomy.
Mitsubishi's thoughts on the UK's new car tax system
Mitsubishi UK boss Lance Bradley believes the UK’s new car tax system, which has raised the tax rate of certain low-emissions vehicles, could discourage consumers from buying less-polluting cars. “We’re talking to the Office for Low Emission Vehicles to try to encourage a better system,” said Bradley.
Toyota's plans for the new Supra
The Toyota Supra will have an automatic gearbox and BMW electronics when it arrives next year, a new sighting of a development car’s interior has shown. The two-seater is expected to make use of the same gearbox and hybrid fourwheel drive set-up as the next BMW Z4, with which it is twinned.
The Dallara 'Stradale'...
Italian car racing chassis maker Dallara looks poised to name its upcoming high-performance road car the Stradale, a new trademark has suggested. A source told Autocar that the car, which is expected to arrive later this year, will be the most structurally rigid model in production.
Blackberry's approach to autonomy
The head of a new software security programme from tech company Blackberry believes autonomous cars will need to use a multilayered approach to prevent hackers. Boss John Wall said: “If hackers can access a car through a non-critical ECU, they can tamper with safety-critical areas”.