More than 140 extra rapid EV charging points will be built in the UK as part of a new £5.8 million investment plan. The scheme, revealed alongside a new Go Ultra Low incentive to encourage motorists into ultra-low carbon vehicles, is backed by Renault, Nissan, BMW, Toyota and Vauxhall.
Bentley will add a diesel engine to its line-up in the future. VW Group boss Martin Winterkorn confirmed the engine won't be a V10, meaning it will be either a V8 or V12. Speaking to Autocar, he said: “Diesel for Bentley is decided. It won’t be a V10. But the V10 is not dead within the VW Group; there will be a successor.”
Volkswagen will offer 350 special-edition models of its Amarok pick-up when it goes on sale in April. The new Amarok Canyon is powered by a 178bhp 2.0-litre BiTDI engine, and comes with new off-road exterior trim as well as satellite-navigation, heated leather seats and 19-inch alloy wheels. The model costs from £28,990.
Toyota has kept its title as the world’s biggest car maker in 2013. The Japanese giant sold a total of 9.98 million units last year. The company wants to see the Toyota, Daihatsu and Hino brands grow sales to 10.32 million units combined this year, a rise of around four per cent.