The boards of Fiat Chrysler and PSA Peugeot have announced fast-moving plans to merge the two companies creating the world’s fourth-largest vehicle maker with enough scale to confront “the new era in mobility”.
What is it? Take a passing glance at the Hyundai i30 N-Line and you might think you’re looking at the hardcore i30 N hot hatchback. Indeed, that was Hyundai’s intention – the N-Line, as is the case with most cars with ‘Line’ in their trim level, is meant to give some of the glamour of a full-fat hot hatch but without the associated running costs.
I’ve mentioned it before, but if I was specifying a brand-new car, the first option box I’d tick would be the one for LED headlights. Compared with old-fashioned halogens they’re just so much brighter, clearer and safer – not to mention so ubiquitous on new models, that a modern vehicle without them looks downright odd.
What is it? This is the top-end version of Hyundai’s Tucson – fitted with an all-new powertrain for the brand. It’s a mild-hybrid unit, but fitted to a diesel engine. That means it’s not going to resonate well with your traditional hybrid buyer, but should instead appeal to those who simply want a slightly more powerful, more versatile diesel engine.
Can you remember the last Peugeot 3008? Probably not. It was one of the least memorable cars on sale, with its MPV looks, uninspiring cabin and limited engine range.
AN ad for Peugeot has been banned for showing a driver reacting to reading a text message on the car's built-in dashboard screen.