Peugeot's design plans
Peugeot boss Jean-Philippe Imparato has vowed always to place design at the top of his wishlist when launching new cars. “Sophisticated design is the most important thing,” he said, lauding the 3008’s European Car of the Year triumph. “We must never compromise on style, inside or outside a car.”
Public reaction to the Bentley EXP12 Speed 6e
The next step in gauging reaction to the Bentley EXP12 Speed 6e electric sports car concept is to take it to Pebble Beach in America, boss Wolfgang Dürheimer told Autocar. He said so far customers had been “very positive” about the design but there was still a “question mark” over the implementation of an electric powertrain.
While the majority of Mercedes vehicles will offer autonomous systems, there may be some exceptions, according to the brand’s driver assistance systems manager Christoph von Hugo.
“We will have to see whether someone who wants a GT wants steering assist,” he said. However, he added that the systems will need to go in the majority of its cars to contribute to better traffic safety. “We will not affect overall traffic safety if we are just putting them in a few cars.”
The tactics of Skoda's customers
Skoda's head of research and development, Christian Strube, breaks the mould of most car execs by admitting his customers tend to buy rationally rather than emotionally.
“Our roots are in logical functionality – I certainly never want to leave that,” he said. “But in the past decade we have taken steps to appeal to people’s emotions, too.”