Autocar confidential: Ferrari, Toyota, Honda, PCP deals

Ferrari LaFerrari

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 a plug-in hybrid variant of the Toyota C-HR, a potential S2000 replacement, a LaFerrari replacement and PCP deal trends.

Plug-in hybrid variant of the Toyota C-HR

Toyota is mulling over a plug-in hybrid version of the new C-HR crossover, which would take its powertrain from the next-generation Prius Plug-in Hybrid.

Diesel engines will never be offered in the new Seat Ateca rival, although more powerful petrol engines will join the line-up next year. Currently, there’s a conventional hybrid and a 1.2 turbo petrol model.

Read more: 2017 Toyota C-HR 1.8 Hybrid review

A potential S2000 replacement from Honda

Honda Europe’s sales boss, Jean-Marc Streng, would be “very happy to have an S2000 replacement” but it is not currently a priority.

He said: “There is no market, thinking on profi tability… it’s difficult to be successful in sports cars.” However, he did admit that a small roadster could be “beautiful”.

Read more: Honda S2000 sports car to return as Mazda MX-5 rival

LaFerrari replacement ruled out

There definitely won’t be a replacement for the LaFerrari until there is a step-change in technology. Ferrari believes that to be about 10 years away, at which point there will be enough new technology to put into a car to “make a mark on history”.

In that time, Ferrari also hopes all the technology on the LaFerrari will have trickled down into its model range.

Read more: Limited-edition Ferrari J50 revealed in Japan

PCP deal trends

The fight to protect residual values is continuing to intensify, say industry insiders, as car companies bid to win over buyers on PCP deals.

Two-tone colour schemes, with painted roofs, are the latest battleground, with buyers particularly valuing them. This greater demand, plus the complexity and time required to paint the cars, is said to have caused the production plants of many car makers huge headaches.

Read more: PCP (Personal Contract Purchase) explained: How to get it right

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