Round-Up: Kia e-Niro revealed, Mazda to build EVs, Jones to lead Lex

Kia e-Niro EV revealed


Kia has revealed a fully-electric version of its Niro crossover which will join the existing plug-in hybrid and hybrid versions of the model when it goes on sale later this year.

Dubbed e-Niro, two variants will be offered – a 39.2 kWh version offering a range of 193 and a larger 64kWh battery pack offering a range of 301 miles.

The smaller battery pack is mated to a 136hp motor while the larger battery pack is mated to a 204hp motor. Kia said both versions can recharged from 20% to 80% in 42 minutes when plugged into a 100Kw fast-charger.

Mazda to build EVs

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Mazda has announced it will launch its first electric vehicle in 2020 as part of a roadmap to reducing  its overall CO2 emissions to 50% of its 2010 levels.

Initially, two models will be launched – a pure EV and a range-extender. The Japanese brand said it expects 95% of the vehicles it sells in 2030 to combine internal combustion power with some form of electric power.

The range-extender engine will mark a return to Mazda building rotary engines – made famous by the Le Mans-winning 787B prototype and RX-7 sports car, with the firm claiming the unit will be small, light and “exceptionally quiet”.

Jones to lead Lex from November


Richard Jones, currently managing director of personal finance company, Black Horse is to lead Lex Autolease as part of an expanded role from November, Lloyds Banking Group has announced.

As part of its plans, the banking giant said its Black Horse and Lex Autolease businesses will be run under a single management structure, known as Motor and Leasing with Jones in charge of both.

Jones will succeed Tim Porter as the boss of the UK’s largest leasing company. In August, Porter said he will retire from the business.

Jones said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to lead Lex Autolease and Black Horse forward through an exciting period of change in our markets.  The success of both businesses is founded on the expertise and the efforts of our colleagues, delivering for our customers through successful partnerships, relationships and stakeholder engagement. The automotive industry is going through a period of transformation, and we have an important role to play in helping fleets and individual drivers to get the right vehicle, for the right job with the financial support that best meets their needs.”