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18 February 2020

In this week's round-up of automotive gossip, we find out why Skoda may not produce a next-generation Citigo, get the lowdown on Toyota's A- and B-segment spree, hear Volvo's views on diesel and more.

Skoda Citi-no? 

A new generation of the now electric-only Skoda Citigo is still unconfirmed for production, with technical boss Christian Strube saying that although small cars still “made sense”, such a car “must be affordable”. Boss Bernhard Maier told Autocar that government subsidies were needed to keep the cost down, otherwise small cars “will be hardly accessible as a mass product”.

Toyota's super-wee SUV

The chief engineer of the Toyota Yaris, Yasunori Suezawa, is also developing the next-generation Aygo alongside “other A- and B-segment cars” – likely to include a new superminisized SUV. It’s expected all will use versions of the TNGA platform, and could also benefit from sporting GR variants.

Volvo snubs diesels

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Diesel engines are “complicated and expensive” to engineer to meet future emissions regulations, according to Volvo boss Håkan Samuelsson. Volvo will no longer launch diesels in any new models, and Samuelsson believes it is “better to go with hybrids” to make a significant cut in CO2 emissions ahead of increasingly strict legislative targets.

Mercedes foregrounds sustainability 

Mercedes must demonstrate to its customers that it is a sustainable, modern luxury brand if it is to thrive in the future, according to the firm’s chief executive, Ola Källenius. “The concept of building beautiful machines is no longer enough,” he said. “Our cars must be sustainable, not just in terms of emissions on the road, but also in terms of their manufacturing.”

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