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GOS­SIP RU­MOURS TRENDS

Autocar - - PARIS MOTOR SHOW -

PEU­GEOT CHIEF EX­EC­U­TIVE Jean-philippe Im­parato took a dig at other man­u­fac­tur­ers’ ho­molo­ga­tion de­lays and un­sold mod­els due to the re­cently adopted World­wide har­monised Light ve­hi­cles Test Pro­ce­dure (WLTP) emis­sions leg­is­la­tion. He said: “We didn’t have to stop pro­duc­tion. We didn’t have to store stock. We didn’t have to buy air­ports to park loads of un­sold cars in. We were ready.”

VIET­NAMESE CAR man­u­fac­turer Vinfast wheeled out David Beck­ham to launch its new A2.0 sa­loon and SA2.0 SUV at Paris – but we reckon they missed a trick. Given Kia got Robert de Niro to en­dorse the Kia e-niro, surely Vinfast should have signed up ac­tor Vin Diesel rather than the foot­baller?

SUZUKI’S UK BOSS Dale Wy­att says it has had 4500 peo­ple sign up on its web­site as “in­ter­ested” in the new Jimny, a first for the brand. That’s 150% of the pre­vi­ous model’s best an­nual vol­ume. The prob­lem for Suzuki is go­ing to be the num­ber it can build, be­cause de­mand in Ja­pan has been “stag­ger­ing”. Wy­att is look­ing at 1100 cars in the first year and then 2000 per year there­after.

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