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In this week's roundup of automotive gossip, Citroen tell us about the future of the MPV and Ford reveal what they've got on the way. But first, Rolls-Royce reveal that their EV plans won't affect one of their most distinctive styling features. 

EV plans won't get rid of the Rolls-Royce grille

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Think of Rolls-Royce and you think of that grille, no doubt. Which prompts the question: will the luxury marque’s debut EV need such a big mouth? CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös implied it’s not a tradition that will die easily. “Watch this space,” he said, chuckling. “I don’t want to give anything away, but one thing I can tell you is that it will be a proper, proper Rolls-Royce. It deserves the nameplate, it will be peerless and our clients will love it. First of all, we are building a Rolls-Royce, and secondly it’s electric – not the other way around.”

Electric Focus on the way

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Stand by for an electric Ford Focus. We don’t know what it will look like yet, but design boss Murat Gueler hinted it’s among the EVs currently being sketched out ahead of a launch in the coming years. “Everybody’slaunching electric cars and we will launch a few in the future,” he said. “Definitely, we’re looking at everything: proportions, architectures… we’re really busy designing all the next-generation cars. There’s a lot ofwork going on.”

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Citroen singals the end of the line for the MPV

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Want a Citroen C4 Spacetourer? Get your order in quick: it’s not hanging around for long. As CEO Vincent Cobée said, the traditional MPV is a dying breed: “We’ve been the last of the Mohicans for a number of years. We’re stil selling the C4 Spacetourer, with that level of interior roominess. We’re probably the last ones. We need to acknowledge that we’re overly dominating that segment and the segment is fast, fast, fast disappearing.” No surprise that customers are buying SUVs instead. 

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Andrew1 2 November 2021
Why would you go for an SUV instead of an MPV is beyond me. You pay more for less. I guess it's all about image.
Mikey C 2 November 2021

Agreed, MPVs are much better family cars

Torque Stear 2 November 2021
Mikey C wrote:

Agreed, MPVs are much better family cars

Most MPVs sold in europe have been compact models like Renault Senics which have two rows of seats and regular doors. These have effectively merged into crossover SUVs anyway.

This was predicted about 20 years ago that as society ages they will want more taller cars and pedestrian impact legislation makes a low bonnet hard anyway.