In this week's round-up of automotive spilled beans, we find out why Land Rover's latest isn't the best four-by-four by far, what's stopping Peugeot from putting one of 2018's best concept cars into production, why Volkswagen is optimistic about the T-Roc Cabriolet and more.
BMW’s already on cloud nine
A BMW 9 Series is not on the cards, according to R&D boss Klaus Fröhlich. “I don’t think you need a 9 Series. In this segment, you need three cars – an X car, a saloon and an emotional sporty car – and we have them: the X7, 7 Series and 8 Series. Some competitors are already reducing the number of cars in this segment because volumes are so low.”
Concept is not a legend in the making
Peugeot “cannot commit” to launching a production version of last year’s e-Legend concept in the near future, according to CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato. He claims the coupé “would cost 250 million euros to make and I cannot commit 250 million euros to that segment at this stage.” Late last year, Imparato said he would “love” for the car to go into production, sharing on social media an independent petition for it to be built.
Volkswagen gets emotional over drop-top
The forthcoming Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet will be the “emotional highlight” of the firm’s European SUV range, according to COO Ralf Brandstätter. The two-door soft-top is due to be launched next year. It will be the only cabriolet in Volkswagen’s current range and one of just two drop-top SUVs on sale in the UK.
Solihull’s city slicker
Land Rover’s new Evoque is its least practical and off-road-focused model for good reason. Three-quarters of Range Rover Evoque owners live in towns and cities and 70% do not have children. In Germany, a huge 75% of Evoque buyers are customers who have switched from other brands. In the UK, that figure is around 60%.