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.