At the beginning of the week, I sampled the Duster’s off-road ability and was massively impressed. I’ve always had a bit of a crush on the Duster due to its chunky, powerful, mini-mud-plugger looks.
Then on Wednesday, Dacia changed everything by revealing the new, improved and far more grown-up Duster. Where before there was a rough-and-ready gruffness to its look, the car has matured into a fully fledged fighter of SUVs in the price band above it. In other words: all of them.
Mini’s electric concept
The electric Mini has the potential to create ‘Mini 3.0’; there was the original, then the 21st-century revival by BMW, and now Mini’s going electric - a whole new level of charm and pocket rocket potency will come of it.
Of particular spectacularity are the front and rear light details. Those Superleggera-derived Union Jack details in the rear lights are just the right level of kitsch, while the LED patterns in the fronts balance it out with some class and techiness.
Let’s not forget those wheels, either. Four-spoke wheels are notoriously hard to pull off, but Mini’s done it. Please don’t tone anything down for production, BMW.
The new Porsche Cayenne’s rear light bar
If there’s one design trend I can absolutely get behind, it’s the rear light bar. The Cayenne’s is another devastatingly cool light bar keeping the cause alive.
Nothing will beat the light bar of Porsche's 996 911 Carrera 4S, but the current crop of examples is getting close.