Mini makes Countryman Euro 6 compliant; Kia Cee'd cabrio possible; Maserati could built an 4C-based sports car; Toyota to push styling boundaries; F-type benchmarked against 911
31 October 2012

The Mini Countryman range has been tweaked for the 2013 model year. Manual version of the One and Cooper Countryman will be fully Euro 6-compliant. Revisions have been made to the interior detailing, and the window switches have been moved to the doors. The revised models go on sale next month.

Kia sources say one more bodystyle will join the five-door hatch, Sportswagon and three-door coupé in the Cee’d line-up next year, along with the new GT performance version. It is thought to be a cabriolet, based on the recently unveiled Procee’d three-door.

BMW doesn’t expect to see any impact on its vehicles’ residual values as its Olympic fleet is released on to the used car market. It says it increased the lifecycle of its employees’ company cars to starve the market in order to avoid tumbling residuals when it released 3200 Olympic cars to dealers.

Maserati boss Harald Wester has conceded that a sports car based on the Alfa Romeo 4C was possible for the firm in future. “We made the MC12, so there is the possibility,” he said. “However, it will not just be a 4C. We would have to do something different. 

Toyota Europe’s product planning chief says he “is past worrying” if the forthcoming new Auris’s bold new styling will put off some existing Toyota customers. Karl Schlicht wants the firm to “push the boundaries more” with its styling, and says buyers will soon accept the look once they’ve seen it a few times.

Jaguar insiders are reluctant to give much away about how the new F-type drives, beyond saying it is the “best-handling Jaguar today”. However, one revealed that it was benchmarked against the previous-gen 911 on handling, because Jaguar considers its hydraulic Servotronic steering system better than the new 911’s electric set-up.

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31 October 2012

A Maserati 4C sounds a grea idea - they'd have to stretch the proportions a bit though so it looks elegant rather than dumpy.

31 October 2012

I suppose its all relative, but the new Auris doesn't seem particularly bold to me. I don't think Toyota need worry in that respect.

31 October 2012

catnip wrote:

I suppose its all relative, but the new Auris doesn't seem particularly bold to me. I don't think Toyota need worry in that respect.

I agree. Apart from its distinctive Meganne 2-ish nose, the rest of the car is conventional looking, even dull. I may not be totally bowled over by the styling of the current Focus for example, but it looks a damn sight more distinctive and interesting than the new Auris.

31 October 2012

catnip wrote:

I suppose its all relative, but the new Auris doesn't seem particularly bold to me.

 

Nor me! Getting their excuses for poor sales  in early perhaps?! Although wasn't thecurrent Auris the result of 'a radical last minute redesign' after seeing the then new Honda Civic? Toyota bold is obviously everyone else's conventional. I'd hate to see what 'conservative' designs got rejected in favour of this bold one!

31 October 2012

Why confine attention to the inside? This vehicle needs a major re-skin to try and sort its appearance out, rather as FIAT did with the Multipla. If a major re-skin is not possible, then attention to some of the details would help. The horrible indicator repeaters are an example.

This is certainly one vehicle which looks far worse in reality than in pictures.

31 October 2012

Flatus leave the Multipla out of it, I thought there was nothing wrong with the first one, apart from it was too wide to get through the gate posts, but the Countryman,  well I agree with you on that it is surely one of the finest examples of more is less ;o)

Though nevermind the looks the ride with the 18" wheels that all the dealers seem to fit is horriffic, I have heard MI6 use them when interrorgating, but prisioners give false confessions rather than go in one again.

31 October 2012

The Auris is a lot better looking than the previous one .I would prefer if  MINI would make the Countryman disappear altogether than make it emissions compliant.

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