This week’s industry gossip includes news of a possible return of the Panamericana name for Porsche, the next-generation Ford Ka, and what models could get Audi’s ‘virtual cockpit’.
New Ford Ka
The next-generation Ford Ka will arrive in late 2016 or daly 2017, according to company sources.
Audi A3 could get ‘virtual cockpit’
It is feasible that Audi’s ‘virtual cockpit’ technology will appear in smaller models.
“We are looking very carefully at the interface so it can be integrated into smaller cars,” said head of electronics Ricky Hudi.
F-Pace and C-X17 designed together
Jaguar design chief Ian Callum said: “The C-X17 was done at the same time we were designing the F-Pace.
“For us, C-x17 was a really nice verification of what we were doing.”
Ingenium 2.0-litre diesel engine replaces 2.2-litre SD4 in Land Rover Discovery Sport
The 2.2-litre SD4 diesel engine that powered the Land Rover Discovery Sport at launch is no longer available.
Instead, the Ingenium 2.0-litre engine from the Jaguar XE in two states of tune is now the sole engine choice in the seven-seater.
Land Rover says all examples of the Discovery Sport with the old 2.2 engine have now been sold.
Porsche Panamericana name to return?
The Panamericana name could be in line for a return; Porsche has applied for a trademark for the name.
It last appeared on a concept car that was shown at the 1989 Frankfurt motor show and was designed to investigate a way to dramatically renew the looks and styling of the 911.
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