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Hyundai revises i20 supermini

Hyundai has revealed a revised version of its i20 supermini with mildly updated styling and new equipment. It will be available with a new a seven-speed dual clutch transmission (7DCT) and a new seven-inch infotainment system will be standard across the range. New Hyundai i20 (1)

Engines will comprise a 1.0-litre turbocharged T-GDI petrol with either 100 or 120hp along with a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated unit with 75 or 84hp.

A series of driving aids including autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, driver attention alert and high beam assist will be standard from the mid-level SE model upwards.

Pricing an on-sale dates have yet to be revealed.

Nissan Leaf cracks five stars in NCAP test

The latest version of the electric Nissan Leaf received a full five-star rating in Euro NCAP’s crash test and is the first car to be assessed under the organisation’s stricter 2018 regulations, which include a more involved assessment of a vehicle’s impact on cyclists in an accident.

The Leaf is fitted with a cyclist detection as part of its autonomous emergency braking system, which one of the elements that afforded it a strong score.

Euro NCAP said that such systems “must have a wide angle of view to detect fast-moving cyclists in good time, and complex algorithms are needed to ensure correct identification of potential collision threats while avoiding false activations”.

Volvo plans for 50% electric sales by 2025

Volvo has announced its intention for full electric cars to account for 50% of all its sales by 2025, which follows its declaration that all new models released from 2019 will be available as a mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid or battery electric vehicle. 227628_New_Volvo_XC40_T5_plug-in_hybrid

“Last year we made a commitment to electrification in preparation for an era beyond the internal combustion engine,” said Volvo’s president and CEO, Håkan Samuelsson.

“Today we reinforce and expand that commitment in the world’s leading market for electrified cars.”