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.