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Caterham announces the creation of its new bikes division, while Hyundai reveals its full driver lineup for the 2014 WRC season

According to internet reports, current Ford design boss J Mays is to retire, leaving Moray Callum to be named as the new vice president of design. Mays has worked with Volkswagen and BMW, and moved to Ford in 1997. Moray Callum is the brother of current Jaguar designer Ian Callum, and previously worked at Mazda before moving to Ford in 2006. 

Skoda has revealed pricing for Greenline versions of its new Rapid and Rapid Spaceback models. The standard Rapid will cost from £17,535 and the Rapid Spaceback from £17,195 when they go on sale in January 2014. Each model is powered by a 1.6-litre TDI CR engine with 89bhp.

Caterham has announced the creation of its first motorcycle division - dubbed Caterham Bikes. The new firm has revealed three prototype models in the form of the Brutus 750, the Classic E-Bike and Carbon E-Bike, which will go on sale in 2014. The firm says this is a logical next step after the announcement of its entry into the Moto2 championships last month.

Mazda says that models of its Mazda 6 using the 2.2-litre SkyActiv diesel engine can now achieve 104g/km of CO2. The firm says there's been no loss of performance from the engine, which also has increased economy at 72.4mpg. Mazda says the improvements have been made thanks to modifications in the production process. 

Hyundai has named Thierry Neuville as its lead driver for the 2014 World Rally Championship. Neuville will work with co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul to make Hyundai's return to rallying a success. The team has already been testing its i20 WRC, with the aim being to test the durability of its 1.6-litre engine.


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