Car makers sign up to hydrogen car scheme, Kia reveals new top-spec Picanto and Rio, Jaguar Land Rover builds UK's largest solar roof

Manufacturers, including BMW, Daimler, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota, have signed a new agreement worth £31 million to push forward the development of hydrogen-fuelled cars. The plan, dubbed the HyFive project, will see 110 hydrogen fuel-cell cars take to European cities in the coming months, including 75 units of Hyundai's ix35 Fuel Cell car.

Kia has introduced a new top-end trim level to its Picanto and Rio models. The new ‘4’ trim includes the air-conditioning, alloy wheels and heated front seats of previous ‘3’ models, but also adds an electric sunroof and a UV solar windscreen as well as a heated steering wheel and keyless entry and go.

Jaguar Land Rover has installed the UK’s largest rooftop solar panel array at its new engine factory in Staffordshire. Over 21,000 solar panels, eventually generating more than 30 per cent of the plant's energy, have been put on site as part of the factory's £500 million investment plan.

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4 April 2014
What did they have before, a tiller?

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Kia Picanto

The Kia Picanto is a mature and likeable city car capable of challenging the Volkswagen Up and the rest of the class’s best

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