The Volvo V40 R-design and V40 Cross Country are priced from £22,295 and £22,595 respectively. R-design highlights include a new front bumper and rear diffuser, five-spoke 17in alloys, R-embossed upholstery and sports steering wheel and pedals. The Cross Country features auto-folding door mirrors, 16in alloys, automatic wipers, bespoke upholstery, tread plates and silver roof rails. Both models are available in ‘Lux’ trim, full leather upholstery and adaptive xenon headlights. Deliveries begin in January 2013.
Ford has unveiled a prototype carbonfibre bonnet it hopes will help lower fuel consumption. The carbonfibre reinforced plastic is claimed to be 50 per cent lighter than standard items, five times as strong and twice as rigid. Ford plans to continue developing cost-effective means of saving fuel, culminating in reducing the weight of its cars by up to 340kg by the end of the decade.
Honda, along with Toyota, Nissan and Hyundai, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with organisations from Nordic countries, to support the introduction of fuel cell vehicles between 2014 and 2017. The agreement also applies to the development of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure.