• Prices for the All-New Volkswagen Golf 8 were announced this week.

    ‘Life’ and ‘Style’ are the two trim levels available at first, with the popular ‘R-Line’ joining them at a later date. From launch two petrol and two diesel engines are offered, with the petrol line-up consisting of two 1.5-litre TSI engines with 130 PS and 150 PS, both paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox. Diesel options include 115 PS or 150 PS 2.0-litre units, the former with a 6-speed manual. The more powerful diesel engine benefits from a 7-speed DSG transmission as standard, and is available only in the Style trim.

    Prices start at £23,875 (OTR) for the Golf Life 1.5 TSI 130 PS 6-speed manual and £25,470 (OTR) for the Golf Style 1.5 TSI 130 PS 6-speed manual.

    In addition to the sporty ‘R-line’ trim level, more engine options will arrive over the coming months. These include 1.0-litre three-cylinder TSI petrol engines, as well as eTSI 48V mild-hybrid 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre petrol engines. The TSI engines are fitted exclusively with a 7-speed DSG transmission. Prices for these will be announced nearer the time of launch.

    More VW Golf models, including the Estate, GTE, GTI, GTD and R will follow later in 2020.

 

  • The Government has updated its Road to Zero Strategy, bringing forwards the ban of sales on Petrol and Diesel to 2035, rather than 2040. More significantly, this sales ban will now also include all hybrid cars, including plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs).

    When the Road to Zero plans were first announced in 2018, it was said that ultra-low-emission vehicles emitting less than 75g/km of CO2 would still be allowed. Under these new rules however, the only cars allowed to be sold from new in 15 years’ time will have to be fully Electric or Hydrogen.
  • The EU fleet-wide average emissions target for new cars is currently being phased in ahead of 2021, in which CO2 emissions across a manufacturer’s fleet of new cars must average 95g CO2/km or less. Missing the target will incur a penalty of €95 (£80) per car for each gram per km over the 95g target.

    Whilst it is thought that all of the major carmakers are set to miss the target under the new regime and incur €billions in fines, Volvo’s financial boss, Carla De Geyseleer, has stated they are “not planning to pay any penalties whatsoever” and the firm’s extensive range of plug-in hybrid models has meant they will meet the EU targets by the end of this year.

    With the upcoming launch of the plug-in hybrid variant of the Volvo XC40 under the firm’s new ‘Recharge’ umbrella brand, Volvo will become the first manufacturer to offer a plug-in hybrid variant of every model they sell. Volvo will also be launching one new pure electric car every year for the next five years, starting with the upcoming Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure electric.

 

  • The Mercedes-Benz X-Class is due to end production in May 2020.

    The Nissan Navara-based premium pickup truck has suffered poor sales since launch and Mercedes-Benz has since issued the following statement:

    “As you will already know, we continuously check our product portfolio… With the X-Class launch in 2017, Mercedes-Benz entered into a new segment and presented a mid-size pickup.
    … Now it has been decided that from the end of May 2020, we will no longer produce this relatively young model.”


    Customers can still order the X-Class until production ends in May. The brand will however stop accepting orders for the range-topping X 350d on 11th

 

  • Following the news of the X-Class, Volkswagen has also announced it will cease production of its Amarok pickup truck. The firm says this decision is due to the average emissions limits set for LCV’s by the EU and the V6 Amarok will therefore cease production in Europe in May.

    A second-generation VW Amarok, developed by Ford, is however due in 2022.



  • GMC is officially reviving the Hummer as an all-electric pickup truck and has released a teaser image of the upcoming vehicle.

    The GMC Hummer EV will have up to 1000 hp, 11,500 lb/ft of torque and a 0-60mph time of 3 seconds.

    Rivaling the upcoming Tesla Cybertruck and Rivian R1T, the new Hummer will be revealed in May 2020 and go on sale in 2021.