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12 November 2019

In this week's round-up of automotive gossip, we chat 'small' cars with Jaguar Land Rover, get the lowdown on Mercedes' Nice (and nice) design studio and more.

La petite Land Rover?

Jaguar Land Rover's chief commercial officer, Felix Bräutigam, insists moving down into smaller segments is not necessary for the company. “We should not and will not drive down into segments just to get economy of scale,” he said, adding that the Evoque was already a small car by some definitions. “An Evoque is 4.37m and a Golf is 4.3m,” he said. “It’s Golf sized.”

Honda spies CR-V hy(brid)

Honda's CR-V hybrid sales are lower than predicted in the UK simply due to supply, said sales boss Phil Webb. The model accounts for 55% of the CR-V mix but, from next year, when supply will be ample, he predicts it will push 80%.

Nice works nicely for Mercedes

Mercedes-Benz considered opening a new 50-head design studio in London recently, but instead opted to set up in Nice, in part due to UK property prices being too high. “It was a shame but, in the end, Nice was perfect,” said design director Gorden Wagoner. “It also has the nice symmetry of Emil Jellinek, the company founder, being from the area.”

Red is the colour

Few colours are as synonymous with a brand as red is for Ferrari, but what’s the favourite colour of its design boss, Flavio Manzoni? “I like metallic reds, liquid reds to show the 3D effect of the cars,” he said, before breaking from the party line to add: “I love yellow as well. I’m not too keen on liveries – but it’s a strong trend. I don’t like decoration and cars are being decorated now.” Ferrari always ensures a designer sits with customers who are making bespoke colours and trims, though. “They are there to limit it!”

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12 November 2019

A design studio in the rain soaked miserable, cold moany toxic Brexit idiot UK or the beautiful sun soaked, cosmopolitan Mediterranean....now let me think.

Hard decision....

12 November 2019
lambo58 wrote:

A design studio in the rain soaked miserable, cold moany toxic Brexit idiot UK or the beautiful sun soaked, cosmopolitan Mediterranean....now let me think.

Hard decision....

 

I guess you donät get many invites to dinner parties.

12 November 2019

Sounds like JLR need a new CCO....

It's absolutely true JLR shouldn't chase any sort of volume while their quality remains in the dustbin - but should they (finally) resolve their quality issues, they should absolutely look for economies of scale.

Is a vehicle at the top of the B-Car segement compatible with the rugged offroad market? Yep.

It's just a shame JLR now only make vehicles to be driven on-road.

12 November 2019
CarNut170 wrote:

Sounds like JLR need a new CCO....

It's absolutely true JLR shouldn't chase any sort of volume while their quality remains in the dustbin - but should they (finally) resolve their quality issues, they should absolutely look for economies of scale.

Is a vehicle at the top of the B-Car segement compatible with the rugged offroad market? Yep.

It's just a shame JLR now only make vehicles to be driven on-road.

 

 

What tripe you talk, you are harping on about nothing thats reality, the reliability of teh cars are far superior than 90% of anything German, thats a fact, recalls from JLR are outweighed by 3/1 against the Germans,FACT, just check the recall lists.

 

And "its a shame JLR only make on road cars" - what rubbish, and what planet are you from, the planet moron, every LR product can go off road, significantly, and out performs everything that goes up against it, from the basic Evoque to the most expensive Range Rover, perhaps you should go to Eastnor and try the range off road then come back and say the same thing, if you do, well, that would be a total LIE.

 

it gets very boring to hear teh same people bleat on the same issues, when the issues are not at issue, and before you go on about China, well, that was ALL down to stupid staff not adhearing to the JLR proceedures, hence issues, since some were dismissed, and more British Engineers were sent to China to get it sorted, the issues are sorted.

 

Our family has over the many years, owned dozens fo JLR products we currently have a D5, RRV, JXE, and a new Evoque on the drive, every car has been perfect and not one has let us down, ever, going back through history we have had even more, from X-Types to XF's to Landies and more, and again, NOT ONE has been unreliable and has perforned faultlessly, like the vast majority of cars that they produce.

 

Yes there will be a few odd ones that have an issue, thats just normal, all brands do, including Rols ROyce, Bentley, McLaren, Ferrari (with loads) and so on, but stop just repeating others, that started this years ago, its not relevant anymore, and that is a fact, but hey, why let facts get  in the way of trolling comments.

12 November 2019

Don't want to go all Stephen Bailey here, but: Surely a design studio should be located close to the roots of the brand to absorb the culture, heritage and zeitgeist of the locality into its design ethos to more effectively channel it's heritage/values/brand into every facet of the final product. To me this would seem almost more important than where the vehicle is actually assembled. Surely a Mercedes design studio should be in Prussia/Swabia, Rolls-Royce in London, Renault in Paris etc etc?

12 November 2019

Nice seems an odd place for a design studio, hardly the centre of the car industry there!

12 November 2019

Karl Jelinek didn't found M-B, he was basically just the Nice dealer for the cars being made by the company founded by Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach.

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