BMW will build 100 special editions of its flagship X6 SUV. The BMW X6 M Design Edition features a raft of styling tweaks including an M Performance front spoiler, side skirts and rear diffuser, BMW M decals and red-and-black dashboard inserts with an individually-numbered plaque. BMW has confirmed that the model will not be offered in the UK.
The Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid has qualified for the government's £5000 discount for low-emission models. The S E-Hybrid also attracts a 5 per cent company car tax liability and is eligible for 100 per cent of first year capital allowance. It is exempt from road tax, first registration fee and the London Congestion Charge. Porsche claims 91mpg, emissions of 71g/km and an EV range of 22 miles.
A hot Lexus CT F Sport is being seriously considered as Lexus looks to expand sales of its entry-level model. Lexus boss Mark Templin told Autocar: “A lot of people liked the looks and the way it drove so they wanted something faster. So, sure, in the future, I hope we can account for that.” A facelifted version of the standard car was unveiled at the Guangzhou motor show last week.
The first year’s allocation of BMW i8 electric sports cars has sold out, according to BMW’s sales boss. But according to Reuters, Ian Robertson refused to confirm annual production figures. He also revealed the firm had nearly 10,000 orders for the BMW i3.
Honda is phasing out the 2.2-litre diesel variant of the Civic now that the new-generation 1.6-litre i-DTEC oil-burner is on sale. The smaller diesel, designed in Japan and built in Swindon, is the first European powerplant in Honda’s Earth Dream Technologies eco engine programme.