Our reporters empty their notebooks to round up this week's gossip from across the automotive industry
6 February 2018

This week’s snippets of automotive news includes what makes a Lamborghini a proper Lambo, why Jaguar’s design boss wants to change America’s mind with the XF Sportbrake and future car technology from Honda, Renault and LG.

Cooking up a Lambo

What makes a Lamborghini a Lamborghini? Consider these words from Federico Foschini, its commercial director, on what modern customers really want from the brand. “If we can deliver design, performance and emotion, then we will meet the expectations of our customers,” he said. “They are our real DNA – and anything we launch must deliver on them.”

Jag's American dream

The XF Sportbrake is more beautiful than its saloon sibling, reckons Jaguar design director Ian Callum. He added that it was a difficult business plan to justify the Sportbrake, but said that CEO Ralf Speth “wanted this car to happen”. Callum also admitted the Sportbrake was “a bit of an anomaly” in the US, Jaguar’s biggest market. “We hope to convince America this is a very cool car,” he said.

Honda cells won't stop

Fuel cells provide the cleanest solution for the future, according to Honda boss Takahiro Hachigo, because they generate their own power on-board. To that end, Honda will not slow down its development of the technology, even if the infrastructure lags.

Renault and LG team up

LG and Renault are working on an in-car infotainment system that can tell you if service station toilets are out of order. The pair worked together on a control system for Renault’s Symbioz concept car, which includes technology that offers information on upcoming rest stops. Data provided by service stations could also tell motorists how much parking is available and whether they can get their coffee fix there.

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6 February 2018

Instead of news of a car that Americans won't even pretend to be interested in, how 'bout some info on those Ingenium Petrol 6s that were supposed to arrive eventually probably someday maybe?

 

 

6 February 2018

The Jaguar XF Sportbrake is already on sale here in the states. The car is gorgeous but I don't think anyone here cars about it. It arrived at our local dealership here a month ago (with 4 in stock) and there are no takers, especially for 70 plus thousand dollars! The F-Pace is a better proposition in an SUV addictive market.

6 February 2018
CarResearcher wrote:

The Jaguar XF Sportbrake is already on sale here in the states. The car is gorgeous but I don't think anyone here cars about it. It arrived at our local dealership here a month ago (with 4 in stock) and there are no takers, especially for 70 plus thousand dollars! The F-Pace is a better proposition in an SUV addictive market.

I agree, they tried to make the Sportbrake cool, but it's still a granddaddy car. The cool kids want to get down with the F-Pace, which is not really more expensive.

6 February 2018

Praise "in-car infotainment system that can tell you if service station toilets are out of order"!!You must have this feature in a car full of shit.

6 February 2018

"because they generate their own power on-board." I don't know how he maintained a straight face when speaking.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

6 February 2018

Sportbrake looks better because they made the saloon a bit awkward looking with that 3rd window to differentiate it from the XE.

They need to get back to the revolutionary groundbreaking styling of the 1st gen.

6 February 2018

"LG and Renault are working on an in-car infotainment system that can tell you if service station toilets are out of order. The pair worked together on a control system for Renault’s Symbioz concept car, which includes technology that offers information on upcoming rest stops. Data provided by service stations could also tell motorists how much parking is available and whether they can get their coffee fix there" I remember the days when a car was just that, a private mode of transport to enable you to get from A to B, not a smartphone/infotainment/multimedia system on wheels. I do wonder how many of the gadgets in today's car are actually used. I may be in the minority in today's society but I don't use half the bells and whistles on my car, I just drive while listening to some tunes or chat to any passengers I may have. I just like the art of driving. And occasionally I may look at the satnav for traffic updates but that's about it. The only option I specified was the reversing sensor pack to prevent any dinks but that was it. 

6 February 2018

XF wagon is a great looking car but in the UK it has reduced engine/drivetrain offerings than the saloon and for some reason they do not offer it with an opening roof. Two things to fix before I buy one.

6 February 2018

Another thing to fix is the god awful, bland characterless styling, including those 13 year old headliughts from a BMW E90. This could easily be acheived by firing Callum, the world's worst ar designer.

XXXX just went POP.

6 February 2018

No great car was ever designed with the aim of giving it 'emotion'.

 

It is a terrible word, used relentlessly in pursuit of a synthetic goal.  Like a blow up doll.

 

 

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