Another mixed week in the motor industry passes, with highs and lows aplenty. Thankfully we've had more highs than lows this week, so there's little to complain about.
Autocar, 2 April 1997 - The cars, the colours, the water, the reflections, the speed, the headline, the Ghibli’s aluminium fuel filler cap; it’s perfection. Organs would willingly be given to have been on this twin test. Preferably in the Ghibli. Or the M3. Or both.
Volkswagen Up GTI - Seeing the city car hot hatch return could bring a smile to even the most stern of faces, and that's exactly what the Up GTI does. It'll likely have the same effect when you're behind the wheel, too.
These Alfa Romeo wheels - Alfa's 18" 5-Hole dark finish alloys, may appear to be fairly generic 5-spoke wheels, but upon closer inspection, incorporate both telephone-dial and turbine-like design cues; not dissimilar to Mercedes’ Alphard wheels from the R230 SL and Maybach Exelero. Gorgeous.
Volvo XC60 - Beauty isn’t just skin deep. Anyone who says that the SUV segment is ugly; you stand corrected.
Nio Ep9's Nürburgring lap - Seen, heard, whatever; it's the soundtrack to Nio's blistering 6:45.90min Nürburgring lap which increases the drama of the footage tenfold; never has an electric road car sounded so good. If this menacing, powerful whine is what the future sounds like, I welcome it with open ears.
The Hyundai Kona's face - From the middle of the front wings backwards, it's good; the V-shaped crease is a nice touch, the rear is pretty enough and the proportions are inoffensive. It's the overdesigned face with too-low and too-many front lights where it all falls apart. It'll probably sell by the bucketload and offer decent value, equipment and practicality, but if this is the final car, it won't deliver on looks.
Volkswagen Up GTI - Another which will probably deliver in all ways but looks; the Up is already a charming little thing, but without the twin central exhausts of its forebear and with the awkward, fiddly lower front grille treatment, it just doesn't have the magic micro machine appeal of the Lupo GTI.