The Q8, Marc Lichte’s first proper car for Audi demonstrates that this designer has some good ideas, even if a gigantic sports SUV coupé isn’t the easiest of cars to show them on – witness BMW’s horrible X6.
The Q8 is big, certainly, and a fabulous waste of space, with just two rows of seats. The shocking blue car on the stand is still a concept, with a 3.0-litre petrol/electric hybrid driveline, but “the metal is 95 per cent there”, according to an Audi spokesman.
The production version of the Q8 will be displayed at the Frankfurt motor show this September, with sales starting early in 2018.
While the imposing front of this concept is pretty “get-out-of-my-way”, the frameless doors add lightness and it does show the simplicity of ideas that debuted on Lichte’s Prologue concept shown at the LA moto show a couple of years ago.
There’s no love lost in the German car industry, though. Mercedes-Benz’s design head Gordon Wagener came over to have a look and was thoroughly less than complimentary.
Staying with gargantuan 4x4s, the host nation’s Ford launched a new version of the Bronco.
Remember the Bronco? Let me remind you. Launched in 1966, it was a tough staple of America’s working classes, as well as having roll-on parts in television serials such as The Rockford Files.
Big, tough and with an old-fashioned body-on-frame construction, it went through five generations before being axed in 1996. Still don’t remember? OK, what about the white one that OJ Simpson used as a getaway car?
Well, it’s coming back, according to Mark Fields, Ford chief exec (or, as locals call it, ‘Fords’). It’s going to be based on the Ranger pickup, so think body on frame, roughy toughy and cheap. And it will be built in America, in the same plant as it was before; Ford’s Michigan Truck Plant in Wayne County.