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Flash Harry 31 October 2012

The Auris is a lot better

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.

Flatus senex 31 October 2012

Countryman needs major exterior modifications as well

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.

230SL 31 October 2012

Flatus leave the Multipla out

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.

catnip 31 October 2012

I suppose its all relative,

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.

Lanehogger 31 October 2012

catnip wrote: I suppose its

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.

Bob Cat Brian 31 October 2012

catnip wrote:I suppose its

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!