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Mercedes finally make a couple of cars that don t look like crap

Big news: after years and years of conservative, drab, boring and simply fugly cars, Mercedes decided to go against this trend and release the current A-Class. Though not an eye-wateringly beautiful piece of automotive design, it certainly marked a change for the Stuttgart-based brand, since the previous A-Class was laughably styled to say the least. The new design language brings the car closer to the cars it s suppose to contend with, like the BMW 1-series or the Audi A3.

Fortunately, Merc has realised that even it s more flashy, further-upmarket stuff looks bloody awful, and BMW, perhaps its most direct rival, have made cars that actually don t look like turds, so two recent concepts are designed to change this. First, it s the future S-Class Coupé. which paraded its lines at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, which improves the stuffy, can t-stray-too-far-from-the-formula styling of the regular 4-door S-Class. It s a sleeker, sexier take on the world s #1 ostentation-mobile, and makes the saloon look rather brick-like in comparison.

New Volvos

Volvos of the 2000 s had quite long production runs, such as the S60 (2000-2009), the second-generation S40 (2004-2012) and the XC90 (2002-). Even though they had minor facelifts during their lifetime, they were essentially the same car, and ageing models aren t treated very kindly in today s market. This was mostly due to Volvo s tumultuous tenure under Ford s ownership, who were in trouble themselves and would keep all the good bits for Fords rather than the group s premium brand.

However, those days are gone and it s Chinese money keeping the Swedish boat afloat. The Volvo V40 was a promising start to the post-Ford era, a very stylish, unique and contemporary car that has, to my knowledge, garnered praise from various corners of the motor-journalistic world.

Volvo s new cars look promising. First there s the good-looking Concept Coupe that s designed to show off the brand s Scaleable Product Architecture (SPA) platform that will underpin all future Volvos, from the smallest to the largest cars. The car definitely reminds me of the Audi A5, which in one aspect is positive, because the A5 is very handsome, but bad in another way because no-one wants a chinese rip-off.

I love coupes and I hope Volvo builds it, because their current coupe , the Pininfarina-penned C70 (it isn t really a coupe, it s a convertible), is as ugly as sin.

And other notable Volvo news is the upcoming all-new XC90. I normally don t go for SUV s at all, but this summer I was lucky enough to ride around in a V8 XC90, and one thing that I loved was how the centre back seat had an in-built booster seat that could move all the way forward, so my daughter had a proper view out the front. I d buy the car just for that.

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The Evils of Electric

Last post. I delved into how the Tesla Model S might be too good for its own good, if that makes any sense at all. Electric cars have gained a lot of traction since I started writing this blog and offering up other possible modes of making cars go that might become dominant.

But I d like to focus once again on just electric cars, in particular non-hybrid, 100% battery-driven vehicles, and possible consequences of their adoption. I ve no doubt their market share will grow, and at this point in time all we think about is how wonderful it will be with silent, no-emission environmentally-friendly vehicles that ll cost peanuts to run, and not about downsides this might bring. Let me insert a small caveat here: that I m in no way against electric cars, in fact it s quite the opposite, I think they ll probably be fantastic when they overcome current problems.

With the possible advent of a slew of super-batteries, such as the University of Illinois micro-battery or graphene batteries. it s no longer solidly arguable that charge times and range will be a hindering issue in adopting EVs as a normal everyday transport. But at what cost?

Might be avoided if

there s a lot of planning and understanding in advance. Governments and the big players in pushing EV recharging stations would have to come together and choose the best stuff on offer and come up with a harmonious solution. Doesn t seem likely for a number of reasons, most of which have been stated above.

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