Audi A3 cabriolet to cost from £25,800; Nissan's black cab nears production; De Tomaso rights bought by Italian sports car maker
12 November 2013

The Audi A3 cabriolet is priced between £25,790 and £32,420 and is available to order now. First deliveries are expected in April 2014. Standard kit includes iPod connectivity, DAB and automatic lights and wipers. The suspension settings of Sport and S line models are interchangeable as no-cost options. The engine range includes 1.4 TFSI engines with cylinder-on-demand technology, 1.8 TFSI in two power outputs and a 2.0-litre TDI.

The Nissan NV200 London taxi has begun its final phase of testing in the capital. Sales will begin in the second half of 2014, and an electric version is in development. Nissan says the NV200 has been designed to be “instantly recognisable” as a black cab and will have a new bumper and grille treatment over the standard NV200.

De Montford University is leading a £375,000 project to develop new ways to increase the performance of range extenders. The team will model vehicles’ performance to improve the effectiveness of fuel burn, develop navigation systems to plan recharges into journeys and examine whether it is better to use fuel cells or IC engines to extend range.

The rights to the De Tomaso brand have been bought by Italian marque Automobili Turismo e Sport, according to media reports. ATS, which itself was recently resurrected, is preparing a relaunch for the De Tomaso brand. The report suggests the firm will use its ATS 2500 GT supercar as a basis for a new Pantera.

Our Verdict

Audi A3 Saloon

Audi has aimed to follow on from the success of the A3 hatchback by turning it into Inglostadt's first compact executive saloon

Join the debate


12 November 2013
Weren't they owned by Qvale who were then bought by Rover?

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new Vantage has been developed as a Porsche 911 beater, and our first taste on UK roads suggests it can live up to that bold claim
  • Nissan Leaf Tekna
    The is the new Nissan Leaf
    First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new version of the world's best-selling electric car gains a bigger battery and more power. How does it compare to rivals such as the Volkswagen e-Golf?
  • Range Rover p400e
    First Drive
    20 March 2018
    The original luxury SUV is now available as a plug-in hybrid, promising lower emissions and the capacity for silent electric motoring
  • BMW i3s
    Car review
    20 March 2018
    Revised hatchback sets out its range-extended electric stall in a new, sportier tune
  • BMW X2
    This is the new BMW X2
    First Drive
    20 March 2018
    Doesn’t deliver many typical crossover selling points but looks perky, handles keenly and is well capable of winning over your latent cynic