Autocar confidential: McLaren-SUV, Citroen Cactus, Mercedes-design & more

This week, excerpts from automotive news the latest news about the McLaren-SUV, Citroen Cactus, BMW on autonomy and Mercedes’ design.

McLaren SUV:

McLaren continues to scoff at speculation that it will follow the lead of its performance-car rivals, by the construction of a SUV. During a recent media event, and with tongue firmly in cheek, McLaren officials in a U.S. publication-rendering of the future McLaren-badged wore a SUV on a screen.

“I’m the first person to suggest that Sport utility vehicles are neither sporty nor useful,” said McLaren’s engineering head of design, Dan Parry-Williams. “In keeping with our philosophy of “everything for a reason’, I don’t understand it.”

Citroen Cactus:

Cactus is a model, not a series of cars, which, according to Citroën boss Linda Jackson. If the C4 Cactus was first asked to be shown in 2014, speculation that Citroën can make Cactus versions of all the models. “Cactus is a model,” Jackson said. “Might have inspired us, but it is definitely a model. There is only one brand: Citroën.”

BMW on autonomy:

The number of Tests required to fully develop, the Autonomous car will be about 50 million kilometres, 10 times the amount for the latest 5-series, according to BMW development chief Klaus Fröhlich.

Mercedes design:

The Mercedes Board has made free, the designers take more risks in terms of styling, according to the company’s interior design Director Hartmut Sinkwitz. He said the approach was so that Mercedes is familiar and more ’emotional’ interiors as rivals: “The Mercedes Board to us to make things right and be more courageous to go to the us allowed for a more expressive design.”

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