This week's collection of motoring snippets reveals why Nissan sees a future in the saloon market, how Mazda's heading upmarket with its new models, why utility vehicles are still the backbone of Ford's line-up and more.
So long, saloon?
While the popularity of SUVs continues to soar, the saloon might be due a comeback, according to Nissan’s US boss. Denis Le Vot said the firm decided to make its recent IMs concept a saloon after a survey found twice as many youngsters preferred them to SUVs.
More snazzy Mazzies
Mazda is aiming to move upmarket by designing cars with fewer feature lines. The firm’s European design boss, Jo Stenuit, said: “Premium brands tend to have very pure lines. I think we’re going more premium now because we’re trying to delete all the unnecessary lines.”
Ford's truckloads of profit