All US cars to get reversing cameras by 2018; Mini Cooper D deliveries put back; hybrid VW Golf GTE gets UK debut

All new cars sold in the US from 2018 must have reversing cameras fitted as standard. The new law was passed yesterday to help counter the high number of deaths caused by reversing cars in the country.

Deliveries of Mini Cooper D models have been put back until June over acoustic problems with the car's three-cylinder diesel engine. Mini has confirmed that three-cylinder petrol models of the One and Cooper are not affected.

The hybrid Volkswagen Golf GTE will make its UK debut at the Gadget Show Live in Birmingham next week. The car was revealed at the Geneva motor show early last month, and promises the sporting quality of the GTI combined with fuel consumption of up to 188.3mpg.

Jeep will show two new concept cars at a special rally event this month. The Cherokee Dakar and Wrangler Mojo both feature extensive modifications, and have been created as a collaboration between Jeep and Mopar. A range of six new cars will be shown at the Easter Jeep Safari, which takes place in the US.

Additional reporting by Fahad Redha

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2 April 2014
In the U.S. lots of people get killed by drivers reversing? It's SO serious reversing cameras are now to be mandatory?! That's insane! Don't they ever look behind them over there?

2 April 2014
Anyone who doesn't think reversing cameras are a good idea is clearly insane, irrespective of whether they live 'over there' (the US) or 'over here'.

3 April 2014
John O'Groats wrote:

Anyone who doesn't think reversing cameras are a good idea is clearly insane, irrespective of whether they live 'over there' (the US) or 'over here'.

You completely misunderstood. It's not the availability of cameras that surprised me - my Evoque has one - it's the fact that they're deemed essential on ALL cars because reversing into people seems to be such a big problem.

3 April 2014
Dark Isle wrote:

In the U.S. lots of people get killed by drivers reversing? It's SO serious reversing cameras are now to be mandatory?! That's insane! Don't they ever look behind them over there?

It's getting to the point where they don't ever look behind them over here too!

Wouldn't be the first time I'd nearly been ran over or side swiped by someone in an SUV in a supermarket car park who doesn't look behind them, instead relying on a mix of occasional mirror glances, parking sensors and sheer luck to get them out!

Seriously - next time you're in a busy car park, note how many people actually twist their neck round when reversing! The lack of it is scary!

TBC

2 April 2014
When you realize how many F-Series trucks Ford they sell every year, let alone all the other trucks and SUVs, it's not so surprising that they can't see what's behind them........

2 April 2014
Well at least they're getting reverse camera's as standard in the USA whilst over here, in Europe, we are still getting used to the idea of having a radio as standard *cough* Dacia

2 April 2014
harmona19 wrote:

we are still getting used to the idea of having a radio as standard *cough* Dacia

Some people don't use the radio in their car, so why should they have to pay for one? I applaud Dacia for saving such features for the options list. It means the boggo car is cheaper, and in a world where cars are becoming increasingly complex and expensive, it's a breath of fresh air.

2 April 2014
Motormouths wrote:
harmona19 wrote:

we are still getting used to the idea of having a radio as standard *cough* Dacia

Some people don't use the radio in their car, so why should they have to pay for one? I applaud Dacia for saving such features for the options list. It means the boggo car is cheaper, and in a world where cars are becoming increasingly complex and expensive, it's a breath of fresh air.

It's a breath of fresh air until it comes to sell it 3 years later, cars without a radio will be about as wanted as UKIP...

2 April 2014
I wouldn't be without my reversing camera, I'd rather that than a radio.

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