CAR TALK

 
Ryan Borroff
PRIUS PLUG-IN
Toyota is introducing a plug-in version of its Prius hybrid electric car at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The Prius Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) has an extended EV (electric power only) range – of up to 12.5 miles – and can achieve 128 mpg and has CO2 emissions of just 49g/km, almost half that of the standard Prius.

AUDI’S URBAN CONCEPT
This two-seater concept car – called the Audi Urban Concept – is an idea to help solve future congestion problems. The ultra-light electric car, which will be shown at Frankfurt, is made from carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) and has an unusual layout of 1+1 seats; which are staggered. Unusually, entry to the car is through the tailgate at the rear!

LEAST STOLEN CAR
It’s something of an iconic design and has legions of fans, yet according to a report in the Guardian newspaper, Ford’s Ka city car is the least stolen car in the UK. Data was analysed by insurance comparison website Confused.com, who found that the Ka was seen by car thieves as being underpowered, cheap and with “no street cred”.