Confidential car: Citroen says comfort is critical, Fiat won't cut staff and more

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Citroen as committed to comfort as its always been

Our reporters drive blank notebooks for a week into gossip from all over the automotive industry.

As we scroll through our notes this week, we'll find out why Fiat won't make Renault's Twizy rival. Why the new Evoque will attract more buyers than its predecessor, and more.

Fiat remains full size

Despite its experience in a small car, Fiat won't make quads based on city cars such as the Twizy's Renault or the Smallest car (pictured), according to boss Olivier François. “They need to answer because 16-year-olds can ride them,” he said, “but they don't help the [EU] CO2 [fleet] target as quads don't count.

Evoque has room for improvement

About 60% of Evoque customers wins from other brands, but Land Rover marketing boss Anthony Bradbury believes that figure will rise even higher than the second generation version. Referring to the shortage of an old model from outer space, he said: “That was one of the reasons the car was rejected, so now it has been addressed, it gives us another chance to win over an audience.”

Citroen hang around

Citroen boss Linda Jackson believes the coming growth of autonomous systems will reward the firm's focus on comfort. “There aren't many manufacturers that are primarily about comfort, and if we're going to be spending more time in our cars, it needs to be friendly and comfortable,” she said.


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