Weekly News Roundup - 15/03/19
- The new BMW 3 Series went on sale this week, with OTR prices starting from £33,610. Whilst only the 330i and 320d models are available from launch, the 320i, 318d and 330d will make their debuts next month. The plug-in electric hybrid 330e and M Performance M340i xDrive will then go on sale in July 2019, with the next-generation M3 due to be announced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2019.
- Jaguar Land Rover is recalling over 44,000 cars due to emissions problems discovered by the Vehicle Certification Agency. The recall will include the Land Rover Discovery and Discovery Sport; the Range Rover Evoque, Sport and Velar; and the Jaguar E-Pace, F-Pace, F-Type, XE and XF.
JLR said in a statement: "Jaguar Land Rover is conducting a voluntary recall following the identification of CO2 performance variability with certain Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles fitted with 2.0-litre diesel or petrol engines …
… Affected vehicles will be repaired free of charge and every effort will be made to minimise inconvenience to the customer during the short time required for the work to be carried out."
- Tesla has unveiled the Model Y, an all-electric mid-size SUV which will arrive in late 2020.
Prices start at $39,000 for the Standard Range version, with Long Range, Dual-Motor All-Wheel Drive, and Performance variants also available. All models feature a glass panoramic roof and an optional seven-seat layout, with 0-60mph times ranging from 5.9 seconds to 3.5 seconds depending on the variant. The Model Y Standard Battery will have 230 miles of range, while Model Y Long Range will be able to travel up to 300 miles on a single charge.
- SEAT has announced their fastest-ever CUPRA model with the launch of the special edition Leon CUPRA R ST. Only 150 cars will be available in the UK market, with orders opening next month. The 2.0 TSI 300PS will have an on-the-road price of £37,975 and a top speed of 155mph. For an additional £500, customers can upgrade to 370PS with the addition of an ABT tuning pack, reducing the 0-62mph figure from 4.9 seconds to 4.5 seconds.
- Infiniti Motor Company has announced a restructuring plan which involves withdrawing its manufacturing and sales operations from the UK and the rest of Western Europe. The brand will instead be focusing on its largest growth markets, specifically North America and China, where Infiniti plans to electrify its portfolio from 2021 onwards and discontinue all diesel models.
The Infiniti Q30 and QX30 are currently produced at the Nissan Motor Manufacturing factory in Sunderland, which will both now cease production by July this year, putting 250 jobs at risk.