Top Euro NCAP score for Nissan Qashqai, new engines for Volvo V40, special Range Rover Sport for Geneva debut, Honda Fit production starts in Mexico
Darren Moss
26 February 2014

The new Nissan Qashqai has scored five stars in the Euro NCAP safety tests. The Qashqai scored well for occupant protection during a frontal impact, with testers reporting good driver protection all round and an overall adult safety rating of 88 per cent. 

Toyota's global design chief Tokuo Fukuichi has been appointed president of Lexus and will assume his new duties on 1 April. He will replace Kiyotaka Ise who moves to head up Toyota's R&D operations. 

The Volvo V40 is the latest model to benefit from the Swedish firm’s range of Drive-E powertrains. CO2 emissions can be dropped to as low as 85g/km on some models. Both the 242bhp turbocharged T5 and 187bhp D4 engines are available.

A specially-created ‘widebody’ version of the Range Rover Sport will be shown in Geneva next week. The car, created by Startech, features carbonfibre exterior trim, a lowered ride height and 23-inch alloy wheels. Inside, there’s new Alcantara leather trim alongside extra wood and carbonfibre.

Production of the new Honda Fit is underway at the company’s new factory in Mexico. The factory will have an annual output of 200,000 units when it reaches full capacity later this year. The Fit will go on sale in the UK next year, but badged as usual as the Honda Jazz.

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26 February 2014
Alcantara is a man-made suede-like material composed of 68% polyester and 32% polyurethane. It is not leather.

26 February 2014
The Volvo V40 becomes even more attractive now.

No news about the 8-Speed Automatic for the V40?

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