Our reporters empty their notebooks to round up this week's gossip from across the automotive industry
3 October 2017

This week's snippets of automotive news cover the entire industry, from Citroën's refusal to do the predictable thing with its divisive Airbump door cladding, to Ferrari's ever-rumoured SUV, to diesel Bentley SUVs, to the new electric London cab. 

Citroën's Airbumpy ride

Citroën will not be “a prisoner” to Airbumps and roll them out across the range, according to company boss Linda Jackson. “They were a fantastic way to start talking about the car and the brand, and added something no one else has got,” she said, but highlighted the C3 Aircross as a car with enough character not to need them.

Bentley's only diesel

Despite the diesel variant of the Bentayga being Bentley’s biggest seller in the UK, Germany and Austria, boss Wolfgang Dürheimer has said the SUV will be the only Bentley to get a diesel powertrain. He believes diesel sales across the car market have peaked.

London taxi licence holder 'cannot be further improved'

The new LEVC TX taxi is an entirely fresh design, but the rear windscreen washer and the driver’s taxi licence holder are carried over from the old TX4. “We haven’t found a way to improve the licence holder,” said project technical chief Ian Collins. “We could have made it lighter using carbonfi bre, but that seemed excessive...”

FUV? SUV? Maybe not...

It was 20 minutes into the Ferrari press conference at the Frankfurt show before someone asked about a Ferrari SUV, which resulted in a collective groan from Ferrari’s top brass. How they must have wished that president Sergio Marchionne – notable only for his absence – had not recently said Ferrari could “reinvent the concept of a vehicle that has some utilitarian features”. For the avoidance of doubt, tech boss Michael Leiters said: “We have many projects, many concepts, but there is no programme and nothing has been confirmed.”

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3 October 2017

what's the difference between the ugly beige Bentley and the strange looking blue/black taxi driving into the river in the pictures above?

Is the owner of the blue/black taxi trying to drown it before people have to look at it? If so, bravo.

Spanner

3 October 2017

Ha ha!! Spot on!

3 October 2017
The taxi actually looks much nicer.

3 October 2017

slightly puzzled by Linda Jackson’s u-turn on the airbumps. I thought their primary use was one of functionality? Protecting the vehicle against bumps and scrapes? And now they’re added to a vehicle based on its character? Not sure that’s what was originally intended. I’d love to see Citroen getting some of the basics right - such as not lumping everything into that awful touch screen. 


"Work hard and be nice to people"

3 October 2017

I hope Ferrari will make it in Diesel.

 

3 October 2017

what the world has come to, when the best selling Bentley is a rebadged 3 tonne diesel Audi Q7, but at a simply ridiculous price. 

4 October 2017

Citroen don't seem to have much staying power with some of their recent 'innovations'. The airbumps have all but disappeared, and what about the roof mounted passenger airbag, which gives some decent glovebox capacity? I don't think thats been replicated on anything since the Cactus.

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