In today's news roundup, Citroen goes retro, Skoda unveil an Octavia for the Chinese market and Renault-Nissan team up with Milton Keynes.
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Citroen’s ‘anti-retro’ campaign for the DS3 doesn’t stretch as far as the other models in the range as the manufacturer prepares to celebrate two classic Citroens from the past.
The SM and 1971 European Car of the Year, the GS, are being showcased at the ‘Citroen Story’ Festival 2010 in Belgium next week.
Both models are 40 years old and Citroen will parade 40 of each alongside around 1,000 other Citroen models.
The event, at the Zolder race circuit, will also celebrate Citroen’s sporting history with a number of rally cars form the past.
Skoda has modified the Octavia specifically for the Chinese market in the shape of the Octavia MingRui.
The Octavia MingRui saloon will debut at the China Motor Show before being released into the Chinese market, where earlier versions have been available since 2007.
Exclusively in China, all models of the MingRui are fitted with petrol engines and chrome plated items will be added to the exterior.
The Octavia MingRui was the first car produced at the Skoda Shanghai plant, which now also produces the Fabia JingRui.
Škoda Auto BOD Chairman, Reinhard Jung, said: “Last year was another record-breaking year for Škoda in China again. We delivered 122,556 vehicles to our customers in the Chinese market which represents an increase of 106.6%. China is, therefore, becoming an increasingly important market for Škoda Auto."
Renault Nissan Alliance
Not content with signing deals with Daimler, the Renault-Nissan Alliance has agreed a zero-emissions plan with Milton Keynes Council.
The agreement will see both parties set out a ‘road map’ for introducing electric vehicles and infrastructure to the area.
Milton Keynes is keen to be at the forefront of zero-emissions driving and plans to install 430 electric vehicle charging points in public and private locations throughout the city.
Backed by Nissan, Milton Keynes will bid for central government funding for electric charging points for electric cars.
Kunio Nakaguro, Senior Vice President at Nissan, said: “Today’s agreement demonstrates that by working together, local government and EV car manufacturers like the Renault-Nissan Alliance can create the right framework for electric vehicles to succeed."