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October 21, 2020

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3 minuti
renault reinvents the mégane

Renault has revealed the Mégane eVision, a bold electric concept that it claims “reinvents the classical hatchback” and closely previews a production car due on sale in late 2021. Despite taking its name from Renault’s long-running Ford Focus rival, the Mégane eVision is a new design built on the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance’s CMF-EV electric car platform, like the upcoming Nissan Ariya large SUV. Although the Ariya and Mégane eVision appear to share design cues, the latter is based heavily on the recent Renault Morphoz concept. New company boss Luca de Meo said: “The car looks very futuristic but it is 95% what the production car will look like.” Renault has “fully leveraged the potential of a pure-electric platform to reinvent the classical hatchback in an emotional way”, he said. “The Mégane eVision reinvents the Mégane…

1 minuti
an industry hedging its bets

Mazda, like many other car makers, is not committing fully to electric cars. Instead, it is adopting a ‘multi-solution’ powertrain strategy that will allow it to vary its offering according to market demand and needs. The firm’s vehicles are based on a small platform – used for the MX-30 EV, the 3 hatch and the CX-30 SUV – and a large platform that underpins vehicles such as the CX-5 SUV. While the small platform is engineered to house EV powertrains, the large platform can be electrified with hybrid and plug-in hybrid systems. “Customers who drive longer distances won’t buy an EV anyway: they’ll go for a hybrid or plug-in hybrid,” said Mazda’s European R&D boss Joachim Kunz, who added that such vehicles would be key in countries with minimal EV support infrastructure. Mazda…

3 minuti
my week in cars

SUNDAY Does car journalism matter, or is it really a tiny coterie of lucky enthusiasts indulging themselves for the benefit of a slightly larger minority? In bad moments, I sometimes think the latter might be true – but a forward peep today at my activities planned for the next two days (I always leave things late) makes me think we have our uses… Through lockdown, you might recall, car news hardly flowed. Hope you didn’t notice it too much, but filling pages wasn’t always straightforward. The trouble for car makers was that they still had urgent news to spread – via car conferences and launch events – because tough new clean air regs are coming and nearly every company has revised models to sell. So when things opened up, Covid-wise, most of…

9 minuti
bmw m440i

The past seven years have been kind to the BMW 4 Series. Introduced with a good deal of fanfare in 2013, it has now recorded more than 800,000 sales worldwide, with nearly 150,000 of those in the UK, its second-biggest market behind the US. Its success is spread across three models – Coupé, Cabriolet and four-door Gran Coupé – and a range of four- and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, which have given it a broad appeal. But the talk surrounding this new, second-generation 4 Series is not of the task it faces in living up to the sales performance of its predecessor or its new engines, which include the 369bhp 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit of the range-topping M440i xDrive Coupé driven here, but of – yes, what else? – that…

5 minuti
range rover d350 mhev

For a large chunk of the Range Rover’s past half-century of life, fuel consumption and engine efficiency was something you were educated not to worry about. If you can afford that car, sages would say, you can surely afford the petrol. In the very earliest days, 12mpg was almost something to boast about, a measure of the owner’s ability to pay. It’s different nowadays. Creators of large luxury SUVs must deliver efficiency and comparatively low exhaust emissions – and then loudly publicise their achievement – simply to justify the products’ continued existence, and to meet rapidly tightening CO2 fleet standards around the world. Which is why Jaguar Land Rover is taking the trouble to launch mild-hybrid (MHEV in Land Rover language) diesel versions of its flagship SUV only about a year…

2 minuti
ford fiesta 1.0 ecoboost mhev

Ford’s electrification efforts won’t kick into high gear until the Mustang Mach-E arrives next year but, for now, mild-hybrid power continues to bolster the line-up. The Fiesta joins the Puma and Focus with a 48V set-up, using a belt-driven starter motor and small battery charged by regenerative braking to feed in extra torque. The combination makes acceleration that little bit peppier, while minimising turbo lag, letting the stop/start system cut in while coasting below 15mph, and providing modest efficiency gains. Subtle exterior badges aside, there’s little to differentiate the mild hybrid from any other Fiesta. The battery doesn’t affect rear leg room or luggage capacity, and the only clue inside the cabin is a new set of icons on the instrument cluster. They highlight when the motor is recuperating energy under braking,…