Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will shut down the Fiat brand in India and concentrate only on Jeep, according to reports.

This move comes in after Fiat sales hit an all-time low last year, and with stringent BS6 emission norms coming in by 2020. Substantial investment would be needed to make Fiat cars BS6 compliant.

Another blow to the company comes in the form of 2019 safety norms, where ABS will have to be made standard across all models from 1 April 2019.

Fiat, which also supplied its 1.3-litre Multijet diesel engine to Tata Motors and Maruti Suzuki, has lost its deal as these companies have started development of their in-house BS6 compliant engines.

According to Autocar India, FCA has asked its dealers to sell off its non-ABS cars before the April 2019 deadline to avoid further losses.


Alexander Albon will race for Toro Rosso in F1 in 2019, and has parted ways with Nissan E-dams Formula E team. With less than 19 days to go until the 2018/19 season opener in Saudi Arabia. Newcomers Nissan e.dams will announce the details of Albon's replacement at its launch event in Tokyo on November 30.

Albon took Instagram to announce his move to Formula 1 by posting a picture of him in the RedBull young driver attire. "I really don’t think there are words to describe how excited and proud I am to be driving for ToroRosso in 2019," he wrote. "It was an uphill battle to be on the grid this year and to be given the opportunity to be in F1 is surreal! There are so many people for me to thank - Red Bull for giving me a second chance, Jean-Paul Driot for giving me the possibility in F2 and everyone at Nissan e.dams for allowing me to follow my dream."

Albon leaves behind a wealth of new talent entering into the Championship, including BMW i Andretti's Alex Sims, Geox Dragon's Max Guenther, HWA's Gary Paffett and Stoffel Vandoorne, Venturi Formula E Team's Felipe Massa and Mahindra Racing's Pascal Wehrlein to join his Formula 2 title competitors, Lando Norris and George Russell.

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BMW's new X7 is its largest and most premium offering in the SUV segment. “Since a seven is in the name, it has to live up to the heritage of the 7 Series and have the same luxury feeling”, said X7 product manager Nina McFadden.

The seven-seat SUV will be offered globally with four engines. Three come to the UK. All are 3.0-litre in-line sixes: a 261bhp single-turbo diesel, a quad-turbo diesel with 294bhp, and a 335bhp turbo-petrol motor. All are mated to an eight-speed auto box and xDrive four-wheel-drive.

The X7 will be loaded with a long list of features and promises segment-leading interior space. UK prices start around £72,000, going up to £87,000 for the range-topping M50d. Deliveries begin in March 2019.