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

This week's gossip from the automotive industry has news of the uncertain future of the roadster segment, the moment Mercedes-Benz boss learnt about Nico Rosberg's retirement and the speed of development in the automotive industry.

The uncertain future of the roadster segment

The success of the roadster segment is becoming increasingly difficult to guarantee, according to BMW sales and marketing boss Ian Robertson.

“That’s why we’re extending our roadster lifecycles and looking at joint ventures, such as [the one with] Toyota,” he said. The two firms are working on a collaborative Z5 and Supra project.

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The moment Mercedes-Benz boss learnt about Nico Rosberg's retirement

Mercedes-Benz boss Dieter Zetsche has revealed to Autocar the moment he discovered that Nico Rosberg was retiring from Formula 1.

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“I was stepping out of the shower and my phone was ringing,” Zetsche explained. “And I saw it was Toto [Wolff, Mercedes F1 boss] and I thought: ‘Oh, again, something with Lewis!’ But then I got the news. And I did not expect that, I must say.”

He added: “Of course, it would have been easier and more pleasant for us to have two world champions in our team for the season to come. Now we need a new driver and that’s how life works. And so I was not insulted or totally disappointed. I respected his decision.”

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The speed of development in the automotive industry

Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi chief Carlos Ghosn expects that the pace of new technology in the automotive industry will be a shock.

“We will see more change in the automotive industry in the next 10 years than we have in the last 50 years,” he said. “The future for the automotive industry depends so much on interaction with so many partners. The biggest unknown is the speed at which all these technologies are going to come to the mass market.”

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24 January 2017
The Mercedes story has been around for weeks.

And as to more change in the car industry in the next 10 years than the last 50, really? The only change I see going on is the de-humamising of the driving experience. And that, as a 45 year old who used to love cars, is thoroughly sad.

24 January 2017
eseaton wrote:

The Mercedes story has been around for weeks.

And as to more change in the car industry in the next 10 years than the last 50, really? The only change I see going on is the de-humamising of the driving experience. And that, as a 45 year old who used to love cars, is thoroughly sad.

But completely necessary. Initially it may seem de-humanised, but driver intervention will still be required/available for a good while yet. I think even autonomous vehicles will still have emotion.

24 January 2017
I think what people need to realise is this autonomous technology is not designed for the safety or convenience of the ordinary motorist, it's designed to make state surveillance a more complete and comprehensive weapon against people who are waking up to the over controlling governments of the 21st century. Just imagine how easy it will be to hack into a vehicle which is so over reliant on the internet to navigate it's surroundings and to take over the control of such a vehicle.

 Offence can only be taken not given- so give it back!

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