During the last few months we’ve immersed ourselves in several of Volvo’s most dynamic new models, to learn about how the marque is positioned in 2012 and why you might chose to buy one rather than its more prolific German competitors.
After well over three decades of driving I might (finally) be showing signs of growing up. Not because I’m reviewing a new Volvo, although I’ll come back to that somewhat jaded stereotype a little later. Instead I’m learning to value cars which manage to tick a multitude of boxes, treading that fine line between usability and fun.
It has taken 15 years and two generations, but finally Mercedes has built an entry-level model in its range that reflects the same values as its most high-end executive cars. This, ladies and gentlemen, is an A-Class that you might genuinely ‘desire’.
Some days I feel like I must have gone to sleep and woken in a parallel universe – perhaps the popular TV series, Fringe, is a documentary on life – a fictional metaphor, rather than the science fantasy we first thought?
We live in an age where Aston Martin make a cutesy city car, Lotus focus more on fashion than engineering and Porsche plan a top-of-the-range electric powered supercar. If we’d painted this vision of the future as recently as 5 years ago, you’d have laughed hysterically and questioned our sanity and yet here we are at the end of 2010 describing exactly such a reality.
You are probably aware by now that Aston Martin have confirmed their intentions to put their new Cygnet city car into production, with first deliveries due in late 2011.
The Aston Martin Cygnet city car is based on Toyota’s diminutive iQ, but re-engineered and substantially re-trimmed to meet the standards of luxury befitting an Aston Martin. “It is time to think differently…” says Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez, “Whatever we do, we do right. If we do performance, we do performance; we don’t downsize or compromise our sports cars.