Tale of the tape

Autocar - - LETTERS -

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

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