Correct me if my understanding is wrong on some of these points…
So in various countries across the world now, companies are required to have an average MPG/C02/L per 100KM figure across all vehicles produced.
As far as I know, the PARENT company bears the responsibility for this. So in other words, Lamborghini, Bentley, Bugatti, Porsche Rolls-Royce, etc don’t have to worry because they’re owned by another, less exotic company. So it doesn’t matter if Lamborghini continues to make a few thousand V10/V12 cars per year, because Volkswagen can just crank out hundreds of thousands of UP!s, Polos, Jettas, etc.
But what about companies that don’t have that?
So in McLaren’s case, will they have to build a performance hatchback or something? Or is the electric-drive in the P1 enough/the fact that their less expensive models are rather efficient for supercars?
Ferrari, I’m not quite clear what happened to them regarding their ownership and FIAT recently…did only a portion of the company’s shares get made public? Are they now independent? Are they still owned by FIAT? If they are independent, what’s next? Is the electric-drive in LaFerrari + California now being turbocharged + forthcoming V8 in the FF enough?
I guess I should also mention Aston Martin because their parent company does not produce automobiles, correct? I read on here that the DB9 replacement will have the Mercedes-AMG GT powerplant (not sure if that’s the sole powerplant or not), so maybe that’s already met.
It’ll be interesting to see how these companies contend with the new legislation. Each may pursue a different philosophy; downsizing+forced induction, “just add lightness,” hybrid powertrains, maybe some transmission tricks (does that new Koenigsegg “direct drive” transmission help fuel economy in any way”)