Autocar confidential: Mitsubishi e-Evolution concept car, Toyota's fight for V8s & more

Mitsubishi e-Evolution concept car

Mitsubishi e-Evolution concept car

Our reporters empty their notebooks to round up this week’s gossip from across the automotive industry

This week’s snippets of automotive news include the Jaguar I-Pace, Mitsubishi e-Evolution concept car, autonomous driving and Toyota’s V8s. 

Jaguar I-Pace:

It’s of little surprise that Norway has the highest number of pre-orders for the electric Jaguar I-Pace, given its local incentives for electrified cars, which mean that 35% of car sales are now electric or plug-in hybrid. Jaguar Land Rover sales boss Andy Goss said Norwegians “don’t have range anxiety” and the firm has a “healthy four-digit” pre-order book for Norway.

Mitsubishi e-Evolution concept car:

The Mitsubishi e-Evolution concept car will be turned into a fully running prototype to allow Mitsubishi to develop the technology within it for production, according to Mitsuhiko Yamashita, the firm’s executive vice president. The concept is a runner already but will now switch from being a design study to more of an engineering one.

Autonomous driving systems:

Autonomous driving systems could feature different programming for different regions, according to Patrick Lecharpy, Renault’s advanced design boss. He said: “There are different driving styles in every country, so maybe we will need to tune the logic to adapt it for each country.” 

Toyota’s V8s:

Toyota’s powertrain chief Toshiyuki Mizushima says he is working “all the time” to find ways to keep the firm’s V8s in production. “There are many drivers who love the V8, and I am among them,” he said.

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Jaguar I-Pace unveiled 

BMW Z4 review 

Source: Autocar Online

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