This is a short round-up of items that aren’t worth a whole article: news from Ford, Hyundai and Citroen.
First, Ford have announced a V6 version of the US version of the Mondeo. The Fusion boasts 325 hp and all-wheel drive. The car has adaptive damping and, as usual with Ford, disappointing seats. Will Ford Europe make this motor available? This academic study indicates what matters to customers, regarding seating. And this item from TTAC also shows the value of good seats. The one thing I remember from my time in a Citroen Xsara: the excellent seats.
Speaking of Citroen, they have added a new trim line called Performance which does not improve performance of the DS cars: “Available on the DS 3, DS 3 Cabrio, DS 4 and DS 5, Performance Line comes in two-tone black with a specific palette of body colours and new gloss black wheels,” writes Autocar. Performance indeed.
And speaking of Citroen, here is one for the lawyers. Mitsubishi have announced a concept crossover called the XM. “At the Indonesia International Auto Show 2016 Mitsubishi is unveiling the XM Concept, a crossover with a design based on the 2015 eX Concept”, write Carbodydesign. We’ll have to see how offended Citroen get as a result of Mitsubishi daring to trade on the name of their renowned large car of 1989-2000.
Genesis have announced the prices of the G90 saloon. Interestingly, you still need to attach “Hyundai” to the search term to get a clear result. $68,ooo to $72,000 is the asking for a car that comes with a 3.3 litre V6 or a 5.0 litre V8. As we have said before, if
Hyundai Genesis can make a rear drive V8 for the American market, why can’t Ford and GM?