Tale of the tape
I quite agree with your correspondent TC Boles about the considerable length of most modern cars (Your Views, 26 September). To my knowledge, I have never seen any comment about the expanding size of the modern ‘family’ saloon.
Both the Ford Mondeo and the Vauxhall Insignia in their present guises – successors to a long line that stretches back to the Cortina and Cavalier respectively, both of which were about 14 feet long in old money – are pushing 16 feet long now.
The strange thing is that both these models are actually longer than the discontinued Ford Granada and Vauxhall Omega large saloons, which were deleted because they didn’t sell against the German ‘premier’ brands. Small wonder, therefore, that the Mondeo and Insignia are not selling in great numbers either.
Despite this, however, I am surprised that Mr Boles claims that his 1968 Camaro is no longer than the current Golf. It is actually 466mm or some 18in longer!
Stephen Hancock Via email