Posted: 20 May 2010
Despite appearances to the contrary - actually, you might have caught some of the quite urgent media discussion concerning various economic and fiscal implosions throughout the world recently - it turns out that we are bloody minted after all. Car companies clearly think so. They've decided that big, fast, expensive saloons and big, fast, expensive coupes just aren't enough. So we get big, fast expensive coupe-ish four-door saloons and five-door hatches to spend our money on. Witness the Porsche Panamera, the upcoming Audi A7 four-door coupe and the older Merc CLS, not to mention Jag's XF and XJ, and the Audi A5 Sportback and BMW 5 Series GT hatches. Car companies wouldn't make them if we didn't need to buy them. So that's proof: we're minted.