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