Autocar reserved: Ferrari, DS, Mazda, Kia

This week, the gossip, the automobile industry has news DS justifiable prices, Ferrari the new acceleration meter, Mazda’s thoughts on the diesel, and Kia’s Stinger gets a price tag.

DS justifiable prices

The immediate objective of the DS brand is to be able to justify, to sell its cars at a price that is 2% less than the equivalent model from Audi.

“We are not so far away, now,” said DS UK boss, Arnaud Leclerc. “It’s a good indicator of the strength of the mark, if we can get that during development and in the maintenance of heavy residues.”

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Ferrari new acceleration meter

Ferrari now prefer to use 0-124mph as an acceleration parameter of reference, according to technical boss Michael Leiters, because “the limit is the grip” during a 0-62mph (0-100km/h) run, so it is not a meaningful indicator of performance. The new 812 Superfast hits 124mph in 7.9 sec.

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Mazda’s thoughts on the diesel

Mazda will continue the development of diesel engines, despite the negative publicity and the tax to curb these motors are opposite.

Ichiro Hirose, Mazda’s head of powertrain development, said: “There is still a lot of space for evolution. It is the job of engineers to develop something that is compliant. We are going to face very strong and the targets of reducing CO2 emissions which are very difficult to reach without diesel.”

Hirose said Mazda’s existing diesel will receive an efficiency upgrade at the end of this year.

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Kia Stinger gets a price tag

Kia launches its rear-wheel-drive Stinger sport hatch between £30-40k.

The top-spec 3.3-liter twinturbo V6 nudge £40k, near to the Kia’s current most expensive model, the top-spec Sorento. The 2.0 turbo petrol and 2.2 diesel are likely to a price of approximately £30k, to ensure that they remain accessible. UK delivery is expected between 2000 and 3000 cars a year.

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