A recurring theme on autocar.co.uk over the past week has been challenging conventional thinking.
Mazda has challenged the idea that electric engines are automatically cleaner than petrol, Audi has challenged the notion that UK buyers won’t warm to a compact saloon (in part by giving one 395bhp) and we heard how Land Rover design boss Gerry McGovern has built a career on challenging convention.
If you missed out on anything that has happened in the car industry in the past week, here’s our quick-hit essential round-up.
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Mazda reckons the new generation of petrol engines it is developing will be cleaner than electric ones. It’s a bold claim that plenty of you took the time to read about – with a substantial number taking part in a lively debate in the comments too.
The company's claim is based around a new range of engines that use compression ignition technology and looking at a car’s CO2 emissions on a ‘well-to-wheel’ basis – which takes into account the total environmental impact of a car from when it is built rather than purely emissions from the tailpipe.
Since we’re talking about McGovern’s latest creation, it seems a good time to check out our in-depth video review of the new Range Rover Velar. Matt Prior seeks to find out just how good the firm’s ‘road-focused’ SUV is and where it fits in Land Rover’s increasingly crowded range.
The upcoming Pebble Beach Concours d’Elégance is one of America’s biggest historic car events. So it makes sense that some of the manufacturers attending will show off concepts inspired by the past.
But we’ve been a little confused by the news that Infiniti will present a 1940s-inspired concept at the show - one that harks back to grand prix cars of the time. The firm says the idea is to make a car so authentic-looking it could have been a 70-year-old barn find.
Which sounds great, except for the fact that Infiniti was only founded in 1989 and has only been involved in Formula 1 since 2011 – and purely as a sponsor (first of Red Bull and, more recently, Renault). Infiniti does claim some heritage back to the Prince Motor Company (an earlier premium Japanese firm), and parent firm Nissan has been around since the 1930s).
Oh, and under the retro exterior will apparently be advanced electric technology. Not exactly authentic, then. That said, we’re always suckers for a good concept car, so we’ll be intrigued to see exactly what Infiniti has done.