Round-up: Range-topping Kodiaq, New Mitsubishi design chief, Marchionne passees away

Range-topping Kodiaq revealed

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Skoda has revealed a range-topping version of its Kodiaq SUV.

Named after the company’s founders, Václav Laurin and Václav Klement, the L&K model is available to order now, priced from £35,945, with deliveries commencing later this year.

It features a panoramic sunroof as standard, while the seats are trimmed in leather the armrest and feature an L&K logo, while it is distinguished from other models in the range by a chrome grille, 19-inch alloy wheels and a unique front and rear bumpers, as well as the L&K logos on the front wings.

New Mitsubishi design chief appointed

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Mitsubishi has appointed Alessandro Dambrosio as new executive design director of advanced design.

He joins from Audi, where he headed up the company’s concept design studio, while prior to that, he was the head of design at Maserati.

“Alessandro is a very experienced and skilled designer with a long career at leading car companies. I look forward to him inspiring our teams to shape the next generation of Mitsubishi design and contributing to rebuild and enhance the Mitsubishi Motors brand as we aiming for global growth,” said Tsunehiro Kunimoto, corporate vice president of design division.

Sergio Marchionne passes away

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Former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles boss Sergio Marchionne has passed away, aged 66.

Marchionne had been the boss of Fiat since 2004 until he was replaced last weekend as his ill health following recent shoulder surgery prevented him from continuing in a leadership role.

He is widely credited for turning the-then struggling car brand around and took the decision to acquire a stake in Chrysler in 2009. Subsequently, Fiat bought out the remaining shares and it has allowed the Italian company to compete with rivals in North America.

“Unfortunately, what we feared has come to pass. Sergio Marchionne, man and friend, is gone,” confirmed FCA chairman John Elkann, of the controlling Agnelli family, in a statement.