Autocar confidential: Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot
Our reporters empty their notebooks to round up this week’s gossip from across the automotive industry
This week’s gossip from the automotive industry has news of Alfa Romeo‘s SUV future, Mercedes boss Dieter Zetsche’s thoughts on diesel engines, Peugeot‘s upcoming electrified range and the F12 Berlinetta replacement.
Alfa Romeo’s future in the SUV market
Alfa Romeo is jumping headlong into the profitable SUV segment.
“The world is gravitating to SUVs,” said Alfa CEO Reid Bigland. “A few years ago an Alfa Romeo or Maserati SUV would have been sacrilegious, but now? It makes sense to give customers what they want.”
Dieter Zetsche’s thoughts on diesel engines
The future is electric and diesel is getting a bad press, but Mercedes boss Dieter Zetsche believes it would be “absolutely stupid” for diesel cars to be allowed to die out.
When asked how long he envisaged diesel engines surviving, Zetsche replied: “Exactly as long as gasoline engines.”
Peugeot’s upcoming electrified range
Peugeot is to introduce three plug-in hybrids and two EVs by 2021.
Updates on the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta replacement
The replacement for the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, due to make its global debut at the Geneva show next year, will have a naturally aspirated V12 engine.
Earlier suggestions that the F12’s successor would receive hybrid tech have now lost momentum.