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Most Mini buyers 'will pick three-door over new five-door'

Rated 3 out of 53

Tim Pollard, 11 September 2014 06:10

Mini will continue to sell more three-door superminis than the new five-door, the company has admitted. And the appeal of extra doors is driven by the 'what if' factor; most owners of five-door hatchbacks don't actually have kids, research suggests. The forecast, made at the press launch of the new Mini five-door, bucks the trend for the supermini sector, where the more practical ...

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Most Mini buyers 'will pick three-door over new five-door'

Rated 3 out of 53

Tim Pollard, 11 September 2014 06:10

Mini will continue to sell more three-door superminis than the new five-door, the company has admitted. And the appeal of extra doors is driven by the 'what if' factor; most owners of five-door hatchbacks don't actually have kids, research suggests. The forecast, made at the press launch of the new Mini five-door, bucks the trend for the supermini sector, where the more practical ...

Luca di Montezemolo to quit as Ferrari chairman (2014)

Rated 4.5 out of 54.5

Tim Pollard, 10 September 2014 08:51

Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo is to step aside as Ferrari chairman on 13 October 2014, the Fiat Group announced today. Di Montezemolo - or LDM, for short - will pocket €27 million (£21m) in severance pay in return for agreeing to not compete against Fiat before March 2017. His successor? Fiat Chrysler chief executive Sergio Marchionne. Fiat owns 90% ...

Aston Martin appoints Nissan's Andy Palmer as new CEO

Rated 4 out of 54

Tim Pollard, 02 September 2014 09:14

Nissan product chief Andy Palmer, 51, has been appointed chief executive office of Aston Martin. A corporate spokeswoman at Aston Martin confirmed the news to CAR magazine ahead of an official announcement at 10.00am today. 'We are delighted he's joining us,' she said. 'It's been worth the wait.' No start date has been set yet, while Nissan and Aston lawyers sort through contractual details. ...

Ford Focus (2015) to be priced from £13,995

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

Tim Pollard, 02 September 2014 06:00

Ford has frozen the starter price on its Focus mainstay for the new 2015 model year facelift. The news means that the Focus 1.6 Studio five-door hatch will cost from £13,995. And the Blue Oval pledges it’s not just an entry-level pricing gimmick; well equipped Titanium and Titanium X models have actually dropped on the new facelifted Focus, costing £100 ...

Vauxhall brings back the Viva! Baby Vaux revives old name

Rated 4.5 out of 54.5

Tim Pollard, 01 September 2014 11:53

The Vauxhall Viva is back! Vauxhall and its continental sister Opel is poised to announce a new small car to slot beneath the Corsa and it’ll revive the historic Viva badge in the UK, CAR understands. The original Vauxhall Viva was popular in the UK through three generations - the HA, HB and HC series - up until its demise ...

Simplification or complication? Mercedes shakes up its badging again

Rated 2 out of 52

Georg Kacher, 29 August 2014 15:03

Mercedes is about to simplify - it hopes - its entire badging system. All four major model ranges will be affected by the revised nomenclature which is designed to make sense of the alphabet soup. The idea is to make sure each badge reflects the main range it’s attached to. The GLA baby crossover shows how it’ll work: the GL ...

CAR interviews Hermann Tilke, the F1 architect (2014)

Rated 4.5 out of 54.5

Tom Clarkson, 27 August 2014 09:50

Is this man a genius? You have to hope so because he’s designed half the tracks on this year’s Formula One calendar; and cars, irrespective of their performance, are only as spectacular as the tracks around which they’re racing. Monaco is utterly captivating, Bahrain less so – you get the idea. Hermann Tilke holds the key to much of F1’s ...

Ferrari 456: why Maranello is considering a V6 entry-level supercar

Rated 4 out of 54

Georg Kacher, 25 August 2014 07:00

Ferrari is readying the next generation of supercars – and we’ve already reported how it’s about to start turbocharging the majority of its sports cars. But there’s another corner of Maranello’s R&D skunkworks which is developing V6 power for future sports cars. We do not have official confirmation yet, but intelligence indicates that the new twin-turbo V6 is a 2.9-litre ...

Mazda appoints Brit Kevin Rice as new European design chief

Rated 4 out of 54

Tim Pollard, 18 August 2014 10:13

Mazda has appointed Kevin Rice as its new European design director to replace the retiring Peter Birtwhistle. Rice joins at a key time for Mazda, which is replacing its model range at a rate of knots. It will show the new 2 supermini at the Paris motor show in October 2014, following the 3 mid-sized hatch and 6 family car ...

Dallara branches out from track to road with 2017 coupe

Rated 4 out of 54

Georg Kacher, 13 August 2014 09:27

Dallara - the company involved in top-end motorsport from Formula E to Indycar - is readying a sports car for the road, CAR magazine can reveal. In the new September 2014 issue on sale today, Gian Paolo Dallara, the firm's founder, confirms a back-to-basics eponymous sports car due to arrive by 2017. The Dallara road car will be extremely focused: ...

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