Autocar confidential: Why the BMW M5 is all-wheel drive, and Lamborghini, to keep the V12 alive and more

This week fragments of automotive news covers a lot of different topics from Mazda, BMW and Toyota, as well as the Lamborghini engineering boss Maurizio Reggiani.

Mazda is better

Mazda has more economies of scale than when it was part of Ford, according to the Europe boss Jeff Guyton. He explained, for example, that the scale of the Ford Focus, a brother of the Mazda 3, it was so massive that it meant there was no commonality with the Ford Fiesta or the Mazda 2. Now, the 3 and the 2 have more in common.

M5 could have stuck with rear-wheel drive

The first prototype of the new BMW M5, which created more than three years ago, was rear-wheel drive, Dirk Hacker, vice-president of BMW M division, has confirmed to Autocar: “it was natural, historical, way to go, until we realised we were beyond the limits of longitudinal acceleration. Four-wheel drive was the only option.”

Toyota pushes for automobile communication

Toyota is hoping to find a way to retro-fit the car-to-car telematics systems, so that you can accelerate the onset of cars being able to communicate with each other to avoid accidents. “If we are able to develop an add-on that can be fitted to all cars not just our own is a big step,” said Shigeki Tomoyama, the senior managing officer of Toyota.

Lamborghini will keep the V12

Lamborghini R&D boss Maurizio Reggiani wants to ensure the firm’s V12 engine, which is currently the Aventador, to survive long into the future. The drive is already confirmed for the next generation of the Aventador. Reggiani said: “the V12 must remain a Lamborghini engine, because it provides a unique experience of sound and response capacity. As you can do this work in the future is a big problem for us.”

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