Mazda has produced a million SkyActiv models, just two years and four months after the firm launched the technology with the Mazda CX-5. Sales of that model, along with the 3 and 6 passed 1,040,000 in March. Mazda plans to introduce a further five SkyActiv models by 2016.
Volvo has developed a lightweight and inflatable rear-facing child seat concept. It can inflate in 40 seconds and weighs 5kg, around half that of conventional seats. Bluetooth connectivity enables it to be inflated remotely. The seat is constructed from fabric originally designed by the military to develop inflatable aeroplanes.
Smart has launched a new edition of its Fortwo city car. The Fortwo Grandstyle Edition features black alloy wheels, LED running lights, Artico upholstery and touchscreen navigation. The new £10,300 model is available with zero per cent finance for £99 a month (71bhp versions) or £109 (84bhp) with a £1499 deposit and a £4490 final payment.