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A JOINT VEN­TURE be­tween Iran and Azer­bai­jan is aim­ing to be­come a ma­jor car in­dus­try player in the Com­mon­wealth of In­de­pen­dent States. Khazar is a link-up be­tween Ira­nian firm IKCO and Azer­bai­jan’s Azeu­ro­car, and its Dena saloon will be ex­ported to Rus­sia and Ukraine, among other mar­kets. Khazar’s Azer­bai­jani fac­tory has ca­pac­ity to pro­duce 10,000 cars an­nu­ally, with 20% due to be ex­ported.

MOST OF US head down to Wickes or Ikea when we need a new kitchen. But when you’re a three-star Miche­lin chef in the cen­tre of Paris, you turn else­where. To DS, of course. The de­sign team of the PSA Group’s new pre­mium brand worked with Yan­nick Al­léno and his Le­doyen restau­rant to in­stall the new kitchen, which in­cludes rounded cor­ners to the benches to al­low the chefs to move around quicker and a clever air ex­trac­tion sys­tem that stops air blow­ing on the food. But no quilted leather. MAZDA IS FEEL­ING the pain of diesel’s demise but is still con­tin­u­ing to in­vest in its de­vel­op­ment be­cause it be­lieves the fuel type re­mains im­por­tant for CO2 targets. Mazda vice pres­i­dent of com­mu­ni­ca­tions in Europe Wo­j­ciech Halarewicz told Au­to­car: “From well to wheel, diesel is still the most sus­tain­able op­tion in most cases, so you will see we’ll have a greater mix of pow­er­trains rather than fewer.” Halarewicz also said that “around 40%” of sales for the brand’s larger ve­hi­cles are for dieselpow­ered ver­sions.

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