Honda Clarity FCV
Our reporters empty their notebooks to round up this week’s gossip from across the automotive industry
Israel technolgy hub:
The car industry views Israel as a technology hub in the making, according to Skoda’s head of corporate development and digitalisation, Andre Wehner. Moreover, the country is viewed as the world leader in cyber security tech – one of the most important emerging areas in autonomous car development.
Honda Clarity FCV:
The Honda Clarity FCV fuel cell model is “quite a number of years away” from being offered in Britain, according to UK boss David Hodgetts. The current car is sold in only low volumes in a limited number of California dealerships. “The rare metals make it almost impossible to do commercially,” said Hodgetts, adding: “We’re working on it.”
Sixty percent of A-Class buyers are first- time Mercedes customers, and 70% of them stay with the model when replacing their car, according to the firm. It also revealed that, between 2011 and 2017, A-Class buyers were 10 years younger than the brand’s average. In China, one in three buyers is under 30 and half are women. Two-fifths of European buyers are women.
All new Citroens launched after 2020 will be offered with an electrified version. Company boss Linda Jackson said the firm will start to offer electric models within existing ranges rather than as stand-alones such as the C-Zero in the future: “We will move to having ranges offering electric, diesel, petrol and plug-in versions.”