•   
  •   

Cars Autocar confidential: Toyota's hybrid heroes, Ford's EV charger investment and more

02:25  25 february  2020
02:25  25 february  2020 Source:   autocar.co.uk

Is time running out for Japan's car industry?

  Is time running out for Japan's car industry? The land of the rising sun once led the car world but looks to have stalled. We ask whether a new dawn await Japan’s car makersThese were comments born of frustration, the words of someone who had been held to task for the ever-decreasing benefits of, as he put it, “squeezing the same lemon for more juice”. Golden years had turned to steady years and now – through the lens of a rapidly changing automotive world – he was sat staring at what he summarised as little more than a trickle of opportunity.

Ford ' s EV charger splurge. Ford of Europe will add 1000 charging stations to its sites in the next three years. The plan was announced as boss Stuart Rowley called on local authorities to Accelerated investment by all the key stakeholders across the UK and Europe is more important than ever.”

Toyota ' s powertrain chief Toshiyuki Mizushima says he is working “all the time” to find ways to keep the firm’ s V8 s in production. Haymarket Media Group, publishers of Autocar takes your privacy seriously. You can unsubscribe at any time using the unsubscribe mechanism on any email you receive from us.

In this week's round-up of automotive gossip, we chat hybrids with Toyota and design favourites with Mercedes, hear about Ford of Europe's EV charging plans and more.

Winners and losers in the 2019 UK car market

  Winners and losers in the 2019 UK car market Our end of year report reveals which car makers did well in the UK – and who could do betterAnother decline is expected in 2020, to 2.2m if the Brexit process goes relatively smoothly. If the chaos and indecision of 2019 gets worse in 2020, then a fall to 2.0m or below is entirely possible. For now, here's the good and bad news of 2019.

Investment needed to lead the charge . The UK needs a gigafactory to make battery packs for electric cars if it is to become a global player in their production Autocar confidential : BMW won't go smaller, Toyota ' s EV flexibility and more . From dependable to disruptive: the reinvention of Volvo.

Car news ›. Confidential ›. This week' s selection of snippets from the automotive sphere brings news of Nissan pressing pause on performance, why Chinese brand Aiways thinks it can succeed in Europe, what plans Daimler has made for autonomy and more .

Toyota's high-flying hybrids

Toyota's long-term hybrid strategy is paying off, as the firm believes it can avoid EU fines by meeting the mandated 95g/km CO2 fleet average from next year without radical change to its business model. European boss Johan van Zyl also claims even stricter 2025 targets will be met, thanks to 40 forthcoming new or updated electrified models; 90% of Toyotas will be hybrid or electric by then.

Mercedes' design favourite

Mercedes design boss Gorden Wagener rates the AMG GT as his favourite design, likening it to the classic Jaguar E-Type. “I can’t pick favourites,” he said, “but if I had to do one last design, it would be a sports car like that. I love the long bonnet and the cockpit that makes you look and feel so good. Those types of projects are very special.”

New Renault Clio hybrid and Captur plug-in hybrid launched

  New Renault Clio hybrid and Captur plug-in hybrid launched Two versions of Renault’s new ‘E-Tech’ electrified powertrains are unveiled at Brussels motor show, and are set to launch later this yearShown to visitors of the Brussels Motor Show, the two new models both feature the same ‘E-Tech’ branding, but have substantially different takes on the electrified powertrain.

Car news ›. Confidential ›. Follow @@ autocar . In this week' s stroll through motoring' s backstage area, we hear how Volkswagen plans to revolutionise online car buying, why Designer Ken Sahara said of the EV : “At first, we tried to make it more futuristic and did several sketches with a shorter front.

Range Rover EV and electric Jaguar XJ delayed by pandemic. Autocar confidential : Honda CR-V faces competition, dying breeds, future of Toyota Avensis and more . Our reporters empty their notebooks to round up this week' s gossip from across the automotive industry.

a car parked on the side of a road © Provided by Autocar

PHEV buyers to profit from Volvo's free electricity scheme

Volvo's scheme to offer a year of free electricity to buyers of its plug-in hybrids could make money for many of them. Volvo will pay cash to buyers for every charge over the first year, calculated on a baseline average for a kWh of electricity in the UK, regardless of where and how the user has charged – even if they’ve done so at work and therefore not had to pay for the charge themselves.

a car parked in a parking lot © Provided by Autocar

Ford's EV charger splurge

Ford of Europe will add 1000 charging stations to its sites in the next three years. The plan was announced as boss Stuart Rowley called on local authorities to support the push for electrification. “Infrastructure is critical to helping consumers have the confidence to go electric,” he said, “but we can’t do it on our own. Accelerated investment by all the key stakeholders across the UK and Europe is more important than ever.”

Peugeot 508 Hybrid 225 GT 2020 review

  Peugeot 508 Hybrid 225 GT 2020 review Plug-in hybrid delivers swish looks, low tax and useful electric range, but rivals are bigger and better to driveIt’s the gearbox that frustrates more when you’re asking for urgency. In relaxed circumstances, it shifts without fuss. But in kickdown, it can hunt around for a gear with all the certainty and precision of a drunk darts player.

This week on Autocar India Quick News, the Toyota Glanza has finally been launched and there' s a twist in the prices. The Ford Ecosport range has been

See more of Kudos Motor Company on Facebook. Autocar confidential : Toyota ' s hybrid heroes , Ford ' s EV charger investment and more | Autocar .

  Autocar confidential: Toyota's hybrid heroes, Ford's EV charger investment and more © Provided by Autocar

READ MORE

New Toyota small SUV gets all-wheel drive and hybrid powertrain

New Toyota Aygo to be designed, developed and built in Europe

Toyota Corolla goes hybrid-only for 2020

Top 10 best hybrid hatchbacks 2020 .
Not quite sold on electric power yet? These hybrids might convince you that going green needn't be a choreThis top ten chart seeks to take in anything and everything you might want to consider under the umbrella term ‘affordable daily-use hybrid hatchback’. There are superminis, regular five-door family cars and fashionable premium crossovers in here, some of which need to be plugged into a wall socked to deliver their best running efficiency – and some of which may notional capital out of not needing to be.

usr: 1
This is interesting!