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.