• Volkswagen has revealed the New Volkswagen Golf. Now in its eighth generation, the Golf lineup will include hybrid versions from launch and debut a new efficient TFSI engine (eTFSI) with a 48V mild hybrid drive, which will be available in three output stages, 110 PS, 130 PS and 150 PS.

    Two plug-in hybrid variants (eHybrid) will also be available, a 204 PS model and a sportier 245 PS model which be exclusive to the Golf GTE, also matching the power output of the current Golf GTI Performance. Both eHyrbid models will have a new 13 kWh battery on board which will allow up to 43 miles of electric range at speeds of up to 87mph.

    All petrol and diesel engines are now turbocharged direct injection units and will have outputs ranging from 90 PS up to over 300 PS. The e-Golf is not set to return this time round, with Volkswagen instead reserving all-electric powertrains for their new ID. family, which includes the upcoming Volkswagen ID.3.

    The New Volkswagen Golf will go on sale early in the UK early next year.


  • SEAT announced prices for its first all-electric car this week, the SEAT Mii Electric.

    The Mii Electric replaces the now-discontinued petrol powered Mii and shares the same drivetrain as the ­upcoming Skoda Citigo-e iV and next generation Volkswagen e-Up!

    The 36.8kWh battery pack delivers up to 162 miles of range (WLTP) and produces 61kW of power (83 PS) which gets the car from 0-60 in 12.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 81mph.

    The SEAT Mii Electric starts at £19,300 (after gov grant) and is available to order now, with first deliveries in early 2020.


  • Mazda has also revealed its first all-electric car this week at the Toyko Motor Show, the Mazda MX-30.

    Mazda say the ‘MX’ prefix is reserved for products which are “designed and engineered to challenge the assumptions in the automotive industry at the time”. For example, the MX-5 was created as sporty two-seater during a time when the roadster had been dismissed by other manufacturers. With the MX-30, Mazda say they have created "a completely new EV experience with the ‘Mazda DNA’ of unique interior and exterior design, with great driving dynamics.

    Featuring RX-8 style doors, the MX-30 has a 35.5 kWh battery which Mazda describes as “right-sized” and gives a range of up to 125 miles (WLTP). Mazda say the modest sized battery keeps the weight of the car lower and also cuts down on the environmental impact, by producing fewer emissions throughout its life, from being built up to its parts later being scrapped. Mazda also says the range of the CX-30 far exceeds to the daily average of 30 miles for European customers. A larger battery version is therefore not on the cards, but a range-extender version will be added to the line-up at a later stage.

    The Mazda MX-30 will be available to order in Spring 2020, with first deliveries in 2021.

  • Honda has unveiled the all-new Honda Jazz. Now only available with a two-motor hybrid powertrain for the first time, the New Jazz will be the first model in Honda’s European line-up to wear the new “e:HEV” powertrain badging and is the first example of the “Honda e:Technology” branding that will feature across all future electrified products.

    The Honda Jazz, along with the upcoming Honde e are part of Honda’s 6 new electrified models which will be released over the next 36 months and help moved forward their goal for all their mainstream models to feature electrified powertrains by 2022. This is a new target set by the company, which is three years ahead of Honda’s previously announced 2025 goal.

    Sales of the New Honda Jazz for are set to start in mid-2020.