Autocar confidential: Bullitt Mustang sales, FCA boss on concept cars, Skoda Vision X & more
Byton’s all-electric car is due to go on sale in China late next year
Our reporters empty their notebooks to round up this week’s gossip from across the automotive industry
There’s a year to go before electric car start-up Byton releases its SUV, but CEO Carsten Breitfeld says the industry is already taking his company, and the M-Byte, seriously. “Two years ago, most people would have told you this is crazy. Today, I’m having conversations with Daimler executives; I’m getting more feedback that Byton is seen as a real competitor.”
Sales of the Bullitt Mustang won’t be limited in the UK, although Ford boss Andy Barratt hopes to strike the balance of “selling one less car than there is demand for” in order to preserve interest and develop its status as a collectors’ item. “It’s an emotional vehicle that can change people’s view of who we are as a company,” he said.
Fiat Chrysler Boss Sergio Marchionne has warned car enthusiasts “not to fall in love with everything they see”, cautioning that a lot of the concepts being created as visions of the future may never become reality, especially electrified ones. “There’s so much excitement around electric cars, yet they are still bought by less than 1% of car buyers,” he added.
Skoda’s Vision X production model, which will be revealed in early 2019, will not outsell the brand’s other SUVs despite it launching in the fastest-growing segment in Europe, according to sales boss Alain Favey.
Source: Autocar Online