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The Models Are Listed Whose Diesel Versions Will Be Killed

Goaded by Dieselgate and under constraint of governments, car makers are giving up diesel engines in their model line-ups. Across 2018 so far, diesel-powered vehicles amount less than a third of all registrations, while 3 years ago this was almost half.

See below the list of 2018’ diesel models axed from companies’ line-ups due to switch to other fuel sources:

  • Fiat 500X,
  • Honda CR-V,
  • Kia Rio,
  • Kia Venga,
  • Porsche Macan,
  • Porsche Paramera,
  • Seat Toledo,
  • Skoda Fabia,
  • Toyota Avensis (its replacement – Camry),
  • Toyota RAV4,
  • Toyota Verso,
  • Vauxhall Corsa.

Suzuki and Subaru also revised their model range for the European market: no diesel motors offered any more.

2019 Fiat 500X

2019 Honda CR-V (EU)

2018 Kia Rio Sedan

2019 Skoda Fabia

Volvo will not introduce diesel versions after the V60 launch, so all cars from the S60 onwards will be petrol, electric or plug-in hybrid only.

2019 Toyota RAV4

2019 Porsche Macan

2019 Toyota RAV4

Source: Autocar

Upper picture: Kia Venga

Kia Expands Its Ceed Line-up With A Shooting Brake

Kia expands the Ceed line-up with a shooting brake to be unveiled on September 13, 2018 before its public premiere at the Paris Motor Show in October.

Based on the 2017 Kia Proceed Concept, the new car will inherit the Proceed name previously used just for a hot version of the old three-door model.

Offered only for Europe, the 2019 Kia Proceed will be a five-door variant of the latest Ceed (pictured above), with some style elements from the Ceed Sportswagon.

The new Proceed will arrive with the GT hot model. Its motor range will likely include upgraded versions of petrol and diesel engines taken from a regular Ceed: a turbo 1.0-liter 120-hp, a 1.4-liter 140-hp and a more basic 1.4-litre 99-hp.

A tuned variant of a 1.6-litre 203-hp turbocharged motor is also possible.

A SUV to sit between the Kia Stonic and Sportage may join the Ceed line-up in 2019.

Source: Auto Exress

Ford Trains Test Drivers Of Level 4 Using The Mustang Shelby FP350S

More than 10,000 drivers are involved in Ford models testing. Only 20 of them have the status of test drivers of the highest Level 4. The Mustang Shelby FP350S racing supercar is used to prepare elite test pilots.

Before to hang over the Ford Mustang Shelby FP350S to factory test drivers, it was equipped with a second instructor’s seat and a 50-channel data acquisition unit.

The angle of the steering wheel rotation, the pressure in the braking system and the time when the foot is moved from the gas pedal to brakes – all these data help instructors develop individual recommendations for test pilots.

The Mustang Shelby FP350S is developed by Ford Performance division for the Trans-Am, NASA and other North American races. Presented in 2017, this muscle car is not intended for public roads.

Under the hood there is a 5.2-liter V8 engine with 520 hp combined with a six-speed manual transmission and a Torsen differential.

The FP350S in the USA and Canada can be ordered from any Ford dealership at the price of around $115,000.

Drivers ranked as fourth-level test pilots apply racing driving skills to explore Ford Performance sports cars potential.

Along with the fact it’s especially important for the average buyer of any Ford model, test pilots then share their experience with engineers of other divisions, and their skills help to “feel” the vehicle’s settings better when refining mass models.

Source: Ford

Toyota Will Abandon The Auris Wagon And Hatchback

Toyota will abandon the Auris wagon and hatchback. From 2019 the popular name ‘Corolla’ will be returned to both cars.

The name ‘Aurus’ used since 2006 will be discontinued. Toyota intends to build next generations of a sedan, a wagon and a hatchback on the same TNGA platform, so all three will be called alike – the Toyota Corolla.

Previously, the vehicles of different bodystyles were put on different platforms and reasonably had different names.

The revival of the Corolla hatchback and wagon will start in 2019, when the Japanese car maker introduces new generations of these cars.

The Corolla’s American version has already been presented at the auto show early this year.

Toyota Motor Europe’s CEO Johan van Zyl explained the return to the famous name by transition to a single architecture and a new philosophy for the C-class models.

The European version of the Toyota Corolla (both hatch and wagon) is expected to debut in October 2018 at the Paris Motor Show.

Picture: 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

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