Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 gets drivetrain management updates, Lamborghini gets to work on controlled-flex carbonfibre and more AWD Jags could be on the horizon
12 September 2012

Peugeot has further reduced the CO2  emissions of its diesel-electric 3008 HYbrid4. The four-wheel drive crossover now emits 91g/km or 99g/km depending on tyre size fitted. The improvement, most noticeable in urban driving, is down to new engine management software which optimises energy recovery and battery monitoring. Peugeot says the version fitted with low rolling resistance tyres has the potential to achieve 80.7mpg.

Lamborghini is working with the University of Washington to develop a way of controlling the flex of carbonfibre, according to R&D chief Maurizio Reggiani. The Formula 1-inspired project could develop body parts that bend at speed to offer extra downforce but return to their original position at lower speeds to reduce drag.

More four-wheel-drive Jaguars could follow the all-paw 3.0-litre petrol XJ and XF that will go on sale in overseas markets later this year. “There’s no physical or mechanical reason why we couldn’t do an all-wheel-drive V8 or diesel,” said Jaguar project engineer Andy Dobson. “If there’s a proven demand, we’re ready to do it.”

Alfa Romeo has announced it is offering a £500 deposit contribution on all new Giulietta models purchased between 12 and 17 September.The offer is an addition to the £1,000 deposit contribution and zero per cent finance offered on Giuliettas registered before 30 September.

General Motors’ president of GM China Operations, Kevin Wale, has announced that he will retire at the end of October. He will be succeeded by Bob Socia, currently vice president of GM’s Global Purchasing and Supply Chain.Wale was chairman of Vauxhall in the UK before becoming president of the GM China Group in 2005.“Kevin has been instrumental in strengthening our foundation in the largest vehicle market in the world,” said Tim Lee, GM’s president of International Operations. “We wish him continued success.”

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12 September 2012

Is there somewhere I can put my name down as an interested party in a four-wheel drive Jaguar XF?!  It'll be at the top of my shopping list in 2-3 years if it's available!

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