• The latest addition to SEAT’s performance brand, CUPRA, was revealed this week – the New CUPRA Leon.

    Joining the CUPRA Ateca in the lineup and designed, developed and produced in Barcelona, the new performance-orientated Leon will be available in two body styles – five-door and estate – as well as being offered with a plug-in hybrid powertrain for the very first time.

    The CUPRA Leon eHybrid, uses a 150PS 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine combined with a 115PS electric motor and 13kWh battery pack to produce 245PS of peak power and­ 400Nm of torque. This PHEV model offers an electric-only range of up to 37 miles (WLTP) and keeps CO2 emissions below 50g/km (WLTP).

    The New CUPRA Leon is also available in a selection of turbocharged, direct-injection petrol units. Customers can choose either the 245PS and 370Nm or the 300PS and 400Nm variants, each available in both body styles. The most powerful engine in the line-up is the four-wheel drive 310PS/400Nm 2.0-litre TSI turbocharged petrol engine, found exclusively in the estate version, which can reach 0-62mph in 4.8s and on to a top speed of 155mph. All engine variants are exclusively available with a Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) dual-clutch transmission.

    Prices are not yet confirmed, but interested buyers can pre-order a car on the CUPRA website.

  • Dacia is set to announce their first all-electric car at the upcoming 2020 Geneva International Motor Show. Described as an “automotive game changer”, the new EV is expected to become the cheapest electric car available in Europe when it arrives in the showrooms later next year.

    Renault, Dacia’s parent company, already sells an all-electric city car in China, the Renault K-ZE, and is expected to form the underpinnings of the upcoming Dacia EV. The Renault K-ZE offers an electric range of 150 miles and costs less than the equivalent of £13,000.

  • Kia has shown the first images of its next-generation All-New Kia Sorento. Due to make its public debut at the 2020 Geneva International Motor Show, the new SUV is noticeably more sculpted than its more round-edged predecessor and offers a new interpretation of Kia’s hallmark ‘tiger nose’ grille. An electrified powertrain will also be offer for the first time in the Sorento line-up.

    UK specification, pricing and on-sale date will be announced in due course.

  • Volkswagen has unveiled the New Volkswagen Caddy.

    With over 3 million units built and now in its fifth generation, the Caddy has been redesigned and based on VW’s Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform.

    “With its significant increase in space, absolute perfection in detail, new technologies and a new design dynamic, the new Caddy is making a huge leap forward,” says Sedran, VWCV CEO. “This gives it the potential to grow Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ share in the so-called A segment of the market for urban delivery vans and compact MPVs all around the globe,” explains Heinz-Jürgen Löw, Member of the Board of Management for Sales and Marketing.

    The new Caddy will again launch as the Cargo (panel van with enclosed superstructure), an estate (with passenger compartment windows) and in various different passenger car variants (MPVs). The nomenclature of the passenger car lines has been reconfigured: the base model will in future be the ‘Caddy’; above that follows the ‘Life’ specification and finally the premium ‘Style’ line.

    The new Volkswagen Caddy will launch later this year.