Creating bespoke Insignias
The latest Vauxhall Insignia will be offered in a new Exclusive spec that allows customers to customise it to any colour or trim finish they want. “If you see a cabinet and like its colour, send us a picture and we will match it,” said Andreas Marx, Vauxhall-Opel’s head of product marketing. “This is bespoke design that is only normally associated with the very top marques and shows that we really can do anything.”
No dual-clutch Focus RS on the way
Ford won't offer a dual-clutch automatic gearbox option in the current Focus RS, despite earlier reports that it was under consideration. RS chief engineer Tyrone Johnson confi rmed there will be no major powertrain changes before the end of production. Nor does Ford have any plans to do a run-out version with more power, as with the previous Focus RS500.
BMW's electric future
Future BMW platforms – both front and rear-wheel drive – will be engineered to take electric powertrains, according to development boss Klaus Frolich. Currently, most of its platforms support only plug-in hybrid drivetrains in addition to internal combustion engines.
The premium textiles used in the new Range Rover Velar will kick-start a trend, according to Amy Frascella, Land Rover colours and materials designer. “This will create a new era for the automotive industry for materials in the future. This is the first time that we have positioned premium textiles on the same level as top-spec leather.”