Autocar confidential: Ferrari, Toyota, Honda, PCP deals
Our reporters empty their notebooks to round up this week’s gossip from across the automotive industry
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”.
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.
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.