Friday 9 December 2016

Audi aims for new city car; more self-drives on the way

Published 13/01/2016 | 02:30

Extended range: Nissan Leaf
Extended range: Nissan Leaf

The big names keep making smaller cars. Word now is that Audi will roll out a little city car in three years' time.

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It is part of a plan to target younger buyers.

Reports suggest the compact (under 4 metres) four-seater will have petrol and/or electric versions. And we might see it as early as next year at the Paris Motor Show. Amazing to think of it rivalling the likes of the Fiat 500 and Opel Adam.

It will be based on a modified Volkswagen front-wheel-drive NSF (New Small Family) platform - we know it from the VW Up, Seat Mii and Skoda Citigo.

π Everyone is going autonomous. Latest plans from Renault/Nissan is to have at least 10 'self-drive' vehicles by 2020.

The alliance says the technology will be "installed on mainstream, mass-market cars at affordable prices".

Observers expect the next generation Nissan Leaf (based, it is expected, on the IDS concept, pictured, at the Tokyo Show) to be one of the first of the new wave.

Meanwhile, Mercedes has plans to produce a stable of battery-powered luxury cars. And it could use software updates to extend the hands-free driving range of its new E-Class.

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