• Initial prices and specs were announced for Vauxhall’s All-New Corsa-e this week; which is now available to reserve ahead of its official launch at the end of year.

    A £500 deposit will reserve you either an ‘SE Nav’ or ‘Elite Nav’ model, with OTR prices starting from £29,990 (excl. £3,500 government grant). Early customers who are amongst the first to reserve and place an order will also grab themselves a free home charging wallbox for a limited time.

    The SE Nav comes with 16-inch alloy wheels as standard, along with Rear Parking Sensors, Sat Nav and Electronic Climate Control. The Elite Nav then bumps this spec up to 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, a larger touchscreen infotainment system and a Panoramic rear view camera, amongst other upgrades. Both cars use the same electric propulsion system, with 136hp and 260Nm of torque, which gets the Corsa-e from 0-62mph in 8.1 seconds.

    Corsa-e drivers will be able choose from three drive modes: Normal, Eco and Sport. In Normal mode, the 50kWh battery allows a driving range of 205 miles according to WLTP. Sport alters responsiveness and delivers more performance, which result in a loss in driving range of around 10%. Eco mode then adjusts the cars systems and electric drive for maximum energy efficiency and can results in up to a 40% improvement in range over the Sport mode.

    Full specifications and pricing for the rest of the range will be available when the Corsa-e makes its world premier at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

 

  • The FCA and Renault merger negotiations reported last week have come to an end, with FCA now withdrawing their offer.

    The French government, which is a 15% shareholder of Renault’s group, are said to have caused several delays and postponements to negotiations between both companies, which resulted in FCA eventually taking their offer off the table and putting an end to what could have become the third-largest carmaker in the world.

    It is not yet clear whether any further offers will be made or if FCA will now talk to other potential partners instead. In previous months, FCA Group were reported to have been in talks with PSA Group, which includes Citroen, DS, Peugeot and Vauxhall/Opel.



  • A partnership that did go ahead this week was one between Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and BMW. Both companies have announced they will be collaborating on next-generation electric drive systems, with the intention of sharing the sharing research and development costs.

    BMW’s future electric lineup currently consist of the iX3, an all-electric SUV based on the current X3 and the i4, a Tesla Model 3-rivalling electric saloon based on the next-generation 4 Series. Even further down the line, we can then expect a production vehicle based on the autonomous BMW Vision iNEXT concept.

    As for JLR, Land Rover has plug-in hybrids variants of the Discovery Sport and Evoque coming later this year. Jaguar are also set to entirely replace their XJ model with an all-electric luxury saloon, as well introduce as a new SUV to sit alongside the I-Pace.

 

  • Ford has now stopped taking orders of the ’Edge’, with the SUV being pulled entirely from Ford’s UK-Lineup.

    UK sales of the Ford Edge have been on the decline over the past few years and this news comes just after less than six months since the new version of the Edge went on sale. Ford is currently undergoing an organisational restructure, with several thousand job cuts being confirmed worldwide and the company shifting their focus towards an electric future.

    Ford announced a sleuth of new electrified vehicles earlier in the year, including the return of the ‘Puma’, which will now be in the form of a compact SUV. Ford also recently invested $500 million in electric vehicle startup Rivian, with immediate plans of collaborating with the company to build an all-new electric model.

 

  • Mazda’s new Skyactiv-X engine will make its debut in the All-New Mazda3 and will be available in the range from Autumn this year.

    Featuring a unique Spark Plug Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI) technology, the Skyactiv-X engine is the world’s first commercial petrol unit to combine the spark ignition and free-revving performance of a petrol engine with the compression ignition and superior response of a diesel. The 2.0 litre, four-cylinder engine can achieve 52.3mpg and produces CO2 emissions from just 96g/km.

    The All-New Mazda3 Skyactiv-X is also equipped with ‘Mazda M Hybrid’ technology. This is a 24V mild-hybrid system which minimises fuel consumption, increasing fuel economy and lowering emissions by recycling energy recovered during deceleration that powers an electric motor that assists the engine.


  • The Hyundai Kona lineup will soon include a hybrid model. Already available with petrol, diesel and electric powertrains, the new Kona Hybrid is due to go on sale in August.

    Hyundai claim the new hybrid will be capable of 72mpg, with pricing information not yet confirmed.


  • SEAT’s first production all-electric vehicle is the SEAT Mii electric and is set to replace the existing internal combustion Mii, which will cease production next month.

    The SEAT Mii electric has a range of 161.5 miles (WLTP) and pricing is due to be announced in the Autumn, with SEAT describing the car as being affordable, with a low cost of ownership.

    The company will be releasing more EVs and PHEVs in the near future, including the all-electric SEAT el-Born, plug-in hybrid versions of Leon, and high-performance plug-in hybrid versions of CUPRA Formentor and CUPRA Leon.

 

  • BMW’s 8 series now includes the most powerful production M cars, the M8 Competition Coupé and M8 Competition Convertible.

    Both models have 4.4-litre V8 engines with twin turbos and deliver 625hp and 750Nm torque.

    0-62mpg takes 3.2 seconds and both models top speed has been electronically limited to 155mph, which rises to 189mph with the optional M Driver’s package.

    Available to order now with deliveries from October, the new M8 cars start at £123,435.