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28 June 2016

This week's gossip from the automotive industry has news of Peugeot's SUV pledge, no more GTS models from BMW M, demand for the Ford Mustang, and future rivals for the Audi Q2.

More SUV, less MPV, for Peugeot

Peugeot's new 3008 has been designed to be more SUV than MPV, and boss Maxime Picat has hinted that its PSA Group sister brand, Citroën, will focus more on MPVs than Peugeot.

“We are a group, with other brands, and in this situation the group strategy is to not have two brands in the same segment,” Picat said. “We have a strong Citroën C4 Picasso that is doing a great job as an MPV, so it is interesting to have another strategy for Peugeot.”

Read more: Peugeot 3008 revealed, Citroën C4 Picasso review

No more GTS for BMW M

BMW has no plans to develop another GTS model. M division CEO Frank van Meel revealed to Autocar that the firm was too busy developing affordable M models to focus on the lowestvolume high-end cars.

Read more: BMW M4 GTS review, BMW M3 review

Mustang demand

Ford UK boss Andy Barratt plans to keep Mustang availability around 500 units short of potential demand, which is currently running at 2500 cars annually in the UK. Barratt’s reasoning is that an ongoing mild shortage will ensure stronger residual values and a better ownership experience as a result.

Read more: Ford Mustang review, Ford Mustang Ecoboost sales to catch up with V8

Q2 to get more rivals

Audi expects other manufacturers to release rivals to its new Q2 SUV and wants to cement its position as a ‘pioneer’ in the premium compact crossover segment, according to UK product manager Chris Batty.

At its launch towards the end of this year, the Q2 will have no direct rivals in its niche area of the market, but Audi is predicting that it will eventually become a competitive segment and is keen to get a head start on rivals.

“We know our German rivals are going to be doing something similar pretty soon, so the Q2 is an important car,” said Batty.

Read more: Audi Q2 review, Audi SQ2 spotted testing

Our Verdict

BMW M4

New name, new engine and two turbos and even a much needed facelift, the main question lingers - can the BMW M4 grab the initiative off of the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupé

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28 June 2016
Huh? Is the Mini Countryman not a direct competitor? I bet people looking at a q2 will also check out the Qashqai, X1, Tiguan and Honda HRV.

28 June 2016
no competitor yet for worst looking car of the year

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