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Euro NCAP has just published its first safety ratings of the year for two new models: the Cupra Formentor and Polestar 2.

Both of them were awarded the maximum five stars, scoring good in adult and child occupant and pedestrian protection, and being praised for their safety assist features.

The Cupra Formentor scored 93 percent in the Adult Occupant and 88 percent in the Child Occupant categories. For the Vulnerable Road Users and Safety Assist, it scored 68 and 80 percent respectively. The European safety agency tested a left-hand drive 1.5-liter petrol model with a curb weight of 1,362 kg (3,003 lbs), but the rating applies to all Formentors.

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For the Polestar 2, they chose a left-hand drive, long-range dual-motor model, which weighs 2,173 kg (4,791 lbs), and it scored 92 and 89 percent in the Adult and Child occupant protection respectively, and 80 percent for the Pedestrian and 86 percent for the Safety Assist.

“We are now a year on from when Covid became a global pandemic and the car industry has had a torrid twelve months. Sales are down and carmakers are having to find ways to cut costs and maximize profits”, said Euro NCAP’s secretary general, Michiel van Ratingen. “Euro NCAP is here to ensure that safety is not compromised, and it is rewarding that these two brands should place it high on their agendas. By now, safety is central to manufacturers’ strategies and they know that it is an area where consumers will not accept a drop in standards.”

Besides testing the two vehicles, Euro NCAP has also updated the ratings of the Renault Arkana, which is based on the Captur, and the Lexus UX 300e, both of which were awarded a five-star safety rating.

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Toyota Motor Europe announced that Matt Harrison will become its new President and CEO, replacing Dr. Johan van Zyl, who will retire from this post as of April 1.

Van Zyl, who has been CEO of Toyota Motor Europe since April 2015, will retain his position as Chairman of Toyota South Africa Motors after that date.

Under van Zyl, Toyota Motor Europe expanded its hybrid model lineup, enhanced localization by bringing in more production and more models in markets like Russia, Poland, Turkey and France, and made additional investments in the TNGA platform in the UK and other factories.

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“What I am most satisfied about is the very strong team we have here in Europe,” said Dr. Johan van Zyl. “With such great people across the Toyota European organization, with such talent and passion, there won’t be any disruption in the transformation we have embarked upon, and I have no doubt Toyota will do very well under Matt’s leadership.”

Matt Harrison, who is the current Executive Vice President of Toyota Motor Europe, has held several executive posts in Europe, including Director of Lexus Europe from 2008, Managing Director of Toyota Great Britain from 2013, and Vice President for Sales and Marketing from 2015.

Toyota Europe’s sales passed the one-million mark under Harrison in 2019 for the first time in 10 years, and topped a 6 percent market share in 2020, improving at the same time sales revenue and mix to enhance the carmaker’s profit and reduce CAFE emissions.

Harrison will now lead Toyota’s on-going transformation in Europe “from an automotive to a mobility company”, with a focus on achieving 1.4 million sales by 2024. This includes launching 10 battery-electric vehicles, at least five new plug-in hybrids, further increasing the lineup of hybrid models and expanding into mobility services with their KINTO brand.

The two Americans accused of orchestrating Carlos Ghosn’s daring escape from custody have been extradited to Japan.

Authorities believe that 60-year-old US Army Special Forces veteran and private security specialist Michael Taylor and his son, Peter Taylor, received approximately $1.3 million to help Ghosn flee Japan in late December 2019.

While Ghosn remains in Lebanon because the country has no extradition treaty with Japan, both Michael and Peter Taylor were arrested last year in the U.S. and have been held in a Massachusetts jail since May. For months, their lawyers asserted that they could not be extradited to Japan for helping someone jump bail and suggested they could be subject to “mental and physical torture” at the hands of Japanese authorities, BBC reports.

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However, the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for their extradition in February and earlier this week they were flown to Japan.

“This is a sad day for the family, and for all who believe that veterans deserve better treatment from their own country,” the Taylors’ lawyer Paul Kelly said in a statement.

Japanese prosecutors claim that Peter Taylor flew to Japan and met with Ghosn at the Grand Hyatt Hotel for approximately one hour on December 28, 2019. The following day, Michael Taylor flew into Osaka on a chartered Bombardier Global Express jet.

The Taylors, accomplice George-Antonie Zayek, and Ghosn then met at a hotel on December 29 and boarded a bullet train to Osaka. Peter Taylor then left the country and flew to China while the others headed to a hotel in the city where Ghosn was loaded into a box used for transporting audio equipment. The following day, the trio flew to Turkey before boarding to a second private jet and flying to Beirut, Lebanon.