“It’s the right combination between power and fuel efficiency, that’s what we believe. It should be class-leading.”
Volvo’s chief product planner, Lex Kerssemakers is undoubtedly proud of the new XC90 plug-in hybrid.
“There are 22,000 cabs in London, so the potential for the electric version depends on the infrastructure and we are having discussions about that. But London lends itself to the E-NV version: 40 per cent of the particulates in the air in Westminster comes from cabs.”
Nissan‘s Andy Palmer is responsible for planning and while the British capital is certainly challenging, it is an ideal playing field as well.