Auto Express got the "built in the UK" part wrong. See below.If someone in Europe wants a locally built RAV4 Prime, a solution is coming! Suzuki Across is here!
An Automotive News Europe article explains why. Here are the key excerpts:I was surprised to see Toyota sharing the RAV4 Prime with Suzuki this soon.
Suzuki will begin European sales of its Across plug-in hybrid in the third quarter as the automaker seeks to reduce its average CO2 levels to comply with European Union legislation.
The compact SUV is based on the Toyota RAV4. It is one of two Toyota vehicles Suzuki will badge for the region as part of a wider agreement between the two Japanese automakers. A compact station wagon based on the Corolla and built in Toyota's plant in Burnaston, England, will go on sale at the end of the year.
The Across, which is built in Japan, has CO2 emissions as low as 22 grams per km as measured on the WLTP cycle, Suzuki said...
Suzuki has struggled to lower the CO2 emissions average of its smaller, mainly gasoline range of cars. Last year its average as measured on the outgoing NEDC cycle rose 6.3g/km to 120.6g/km according to data from market analysts JATO Dynamics.
The low average weight of its cars means the automaker has tougher targets than those brands selling heavier vehicles under the EU system. Suzuki has not disclosed its EU-mandated CO2 reduction target, but it is likely to be close to the 95g/km average that began this year.
The company has restricted sales of its popular Jimny small SUV model in the EU this year because the gasoline-only model was driving up its emissions.
Suzuki was one of the first automakers to introduce mild-hybrid technology to its cars in Europe and now Suzuki's whole lineup, except for the Jimny, is offered with the technology.