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Audi Q7's plug-in to cost from €84,475; Chiron the new Veyron; sportiest XC90 yet

Published 02/12/2015 | 02:30

Audi Q7
Audi Q7

AUDI'S new plug-in hybrid Q7 e-tron effectively goes on sale here from mid-December. The large luxury SUV fuses plug-in hybrid technology with a diesel engine (3-litre V6, 373bhp) and the marque's famous quattro (all-wheel) drive.

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 It will cost from €84,475 on-the-road. That price includes a total of €7,500 in Vehicle Registration Tax rebate and SEAI grant. Audi is claiming an electric driving range of 56km. It is is also saying that overall consumption is as low as 1.7 litres of diesel for every 100km covered. 

Again, it claims, the new plug-in hybrid can cover 1,400km on a tank of fuel and electric charge combined. And emissions are a lowly 46g/km - or €170  a year in road tax. Those figures are extraordinary for such a large vehicle. Audi's first diesel hybrid manages more-than-respectable stats on the driving front too with an 0-100kmh time of six seconds. Just remember, this version is a five-seater, while virtually all others have seven seats (unless you specifically order a 'five').  Standard spec will include 20ins e-tron alloys, virtual cockpit and, of course, a charging cable.

While you can order one in a couple of weeks you won't get it until March. Elsewhere . . . We all knew it was going to be the case but now it is official.  The successor to the Bugatti Veyron is going to be called the Chiron and it will debut at the Geneva Motor Show next March.  In the meantime, more than 100 orders for it have already been placed. The car will be named after legendary racing driver Louis Chiron who drove to victory in nearly every Grand Prix in the 1920s and 1930s. 

Finally, Volvo's sportiest XC90 to date - the R-Design - will cost from €67,950 ex-works and has just gone on sale here.  It gets a spread of visual, dynamic and spec enhancements, including 20ins alloys, leather sports seats and a 12.3ins TFT information display.

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