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Round-Up: Mazda drops diesel from 3 range, Corolla goes hybrid-only, New Nissan MD

Mazda drops diesel from 3 range

The Big Test - Mazda 3 - 2019 - Image 11

Mazda has confirmed that the arrival of its Skyactiv-X low-emission petrol engine technology means it will drop diesel power from its lower medium 3 model.

The hatchback version of the 3 launched with a 116hp diesel engine emitting 107g/km, but the new 180hp petrol engine emits just 96g/km in the saloon and 100g/km in the hatchback bodystyle, also benefitting from not having the four-band BiK tax penalty inflicted upon the diesel. “The diesel was relatively small numbers, and people wanting low CO2 will go for the Skyactive X,” said a Mazda spokesman. “It costs slightly more but has 180hp.”

The brand also confirmed that the new CX-30 small crossover will launch with only petrol engines.

Corolla goes hybrid-only

The Big Test - Toyota Corolla - 2019 - Gallery Image 1

Toyota has discontinued its 1.2-litre petrol engine on the Corolla model, giving the car the same hybrid-only pair of 120hp 1.8-litre and 181hp 2.0-litre powertrain options also fitted to the facelifted C-HR model.

The Japanese firm has also added a new GR Sport trim level on the hatchback, adding styling details including sports seats and black alloy wheels, and has also added a raised-ride-height Trek model for the Touring Sports estate bodystyle that also includes off-road style bodywork protection features.

New Nissan MD

Andrew Humberstone

Nissan has appointed Andrew Humberstone as its new UK managing director of NMGB, replacing Kalyana Sivagnanam, who the brand said has left “to pursue other opportunities.”

Humberstone will report to Roel de Vries, senior vice president for sales and marketing in Nissan Europe.

Previously heading Nissan’s independent markets in Europe, he joined Nissan Europe in May 2019 and has more than 27 years’ experience in the automotive industry. Before joining Nissan he worked for companies including Fiat Chrysler, where he held executive positions in international markets including Europe, the Middle East, India and China.