Gordon Brown hears Vauxhall's electric car plans

July 23, 2008 | By | In News

Watch video of Prime Minister Brown at the British Motor Show yesterday.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown was among the first to view Vauxhall’s new electric car iniatiatives at the British International Motor Show yesterday. He toured the Vauxhall stand as part of his visit to the show and was shown around by Peter Forster, the president of General Motors, Europe. Mr Brown's view is that electric cars will be commonplace by the year 2020. While at the show, Mr Brown also saw the Insignia, Vauxhall's new family car and its replacement for the Vectra.

Elsewhere Ford unveiled its new Fiesta and also pulled the wraps off its new 296bhp Ford Focus RS, hailed as the fastest production Ford ever.

Over at the Alfa Romeo stand, visitors had the chance to see the marque’s new small car, the MiTo. Meaning ‘myth’ in Italian, this characterful little car has the job of putting fresh spirit into Alfa and heads a new model onslaught that promises the introduction of more new models between now and 2011 than we’ve seen in the previous 10 years. Priced from £11,000 for the entry0-level 1.4 Turismo, the range will span five engines – three petrol, two diesel, topping out with the £14,975 1.4 TB Veloce.

Lotus used the Show to give a first taste of its new 3.5-litre, 280bhp mid-engined sports car, the Evora. It’s the first all-new Lotus since the Elise first saw daylight in the mid-1990s. Its ‘2+2’ cabin is roomier and easier to clamber into and out of than recent Lotus models, signalling that Lotus is courting an older, wealthier group of buyers, particularly those from the US.

Order books are now open for the car, but prices and final specification will be announced closer to its launch next Spring. For off-roading fans, Land Rover had a facelifted version of its Discovery to show off, while Nissan gave a first look at the new seven-seat variant of its Qashqai.

The British International Motor Show is at ExCel in London’s Dockland’s from today until August 3. For more Motor Show news, click here.

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