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Mini range to shrink to five models

Rated 4 out of 54

James Taylor, 27 November 2014 09:21

The time for niche-filling is over: the current, third-generation Mini range will concentrate on five models only, the brand’s chief Peter Schwarzenbauer has confirmed. Currently there are seven branches of Mini models available: the three-door and five-door hatches plus the Countryman, Paceman, Convertible, Roadster and Coupe. Speaking to CAR magazine, Schwarzenbauer (BMW board member in charge of the Mini brand, ...

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Mini range to shrink to five models

Rated 4 out of 54

James Taylor, 27 November 2014 09:21

The time for niche-filling is over: the current, third-generation Mini range will concentrate on five models only, the brand’s chief Peter Schwarzenbauer has confirmed. Currently there are seven branches of Mini models available: the three-door and five-door hatches plus the Countryman, Paceman, Convertible, Roadster and Coupe. Speaking to CAR magazine, Schwarzenbauer (BMW board member in charge of the Mini brand, ...

Jaguar design chief Ian Callum wins top design gong

Rated 4 out of 54

Jed Maxwell, 26 November 2014 14:17

Jaguar design director Ian Callum has been awarded the Minerva Medal, the top accolade dished out by the Chartered Society of Designers. No other automotive designer has won the award since Giorgetto Giugiaro in 1981; previous winners include storied British architect Lord Rogers and fashion designer Mary Quant, of ‘60s fashion fame. It’s a big feather in the cap for ...

CAR interviews Porsche R&D boss Dr Wolfgang Hatz

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

CJ Hubbard, 24 November 2014 10:16

As you’ve probably read in our spy shot story about development plans for the current 911, every mainstream version of this legendary sports car is due to get a turbocharged engine in 2015. This is great news for efficiency – and torque – but has implications for driver involvement, in the way the power is delivered, engine response and engine ...

No AMG versions of new Maybach models, boss confirms

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Chris Chilton, 21 November 2014 12:11

Mercedes’ newly resurrected Maybach band and AMG are the twin peaks of Benz’s product portfolio, but you’ll never see an official car bearing both names, the company says. Dr Hermann-Joseph Storp, director of development for the S-class, said the badges would remain separate, although we’re willing to bet that the aftermarket industry will be more than happy to AMG-ify one ...

CAR interviews Audi design chief Marc Lichte: Audi's style future

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

Ben Miller, 20 November 2014 12:55

Marc Lichte has been busy. In the eight months he’s been in charge of Audi design he’s designed replacements for the A6, A7 and A8, worked on a number of intriguing new projects, from an all-electric car to a Q8, a coupe-like SUV, and found the time to rustle up the standout car of the Los Angeles motor show, the ...

How we’ll make DS a premium brand, by Carlos Tavares

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Phil McNamara, 17 November 2014 08:50

Citroen is developing its DS line as a more upmarket, standalone car brand - and is confident it can develop into a series that can challenge the Germans on their own front lawn over time. This is the vision of Carlos Tavares, the ex-Nissan head honcho who now leads PSA Peugeot Citroen. In an interview with CAR magazine, he spells ...

Is crowd-sourcing the future of motorsport finance?

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James Taylor, 14 November 2014 09:31

It’s a well-worn phrase that the easiest way to make a small fortune from motor racing is to start with a large one. Today it’s never been more true. The business of racing cars is a tougher financial challenge than ever and two high-profile teams have recently turned to an unusual source to bankroll their efforts – the public. Both ...

Mercedes-Benz CEO rules out Aston Martin takeover

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Tim Pollard, 14 November 2014 09:19

Could Mercedes-Benz one day buy Aston Martin outright? That’s been one path of speculation since parent firm Daimler acquired 5% of Aston in an engine and technology supply deal in 2013. But it’s now a dead end: the CEO has ruled out any deeper Anglo-German takeover. Speaking to trade title Automotive News Europe, Daimler chief exec Dieter Zetsche said Mercedes-Benz ...

10 technologies coming to a future VW near you

10 technologies coming to a future VW near you
VW has opened the doors to its top-secret test facility at Ehra-Leissen and given the press the opportunity to take a peek inside. ‘Innovations at Volkswagen 2014’ was our first chance to get up close and personal with some new technologies that are expected to reach production in the next few years. From heat-reflecting coatings keeping the cabin cool in ...

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Electric Kia Soul EV lands in the UK

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James Taylor, 12 November 2014 12:25

It’s been a fair while in gestation, but the Kia Soul EV goes on sale in the UK this week. An all-electric version of Kia’s boxy Soul crossover, it’s the first battery-electric Kia to be released globally and an initial foot in the EV market for the Korean firm. It’s priced at £24,995 after the £5000 government plug-in car grant ...

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