Will these make it or not?

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Motors -

DE­BUT: Paris Mo­tor Show 2010 AP­PEAR­ANCE: The Mini Scooter E might be a thing of the past but it’s the most for­ward-look­ing moped you’re likely to find any­where. Com­plete with funky colours, al­most steam­punk-inspired styling and the abil­ity to charge from any do­mes­tic plug socket, the Scooter E is a su­per­cool so­lu­tion for cities that des­per­ately need a change in ur­ban trans­port pol­icy. Like peren­nial air qual­ity vil­lain Lon­don, for ex­am­ple. PRE­DIC­TION: Mini seems to have for­got­ten about the Scooter E, hav­ing more re­cently show­cased a smaller scooter that could fit into the boot of, ob­vi­ously, a Mini. Af­ter so long on a shelf in Mini’s own con­cept cor­ner, it’s not likely that this will ever see the light of day again. Which is a shame, be­cause they look a damn sight nicer than Boris Bikes. RAT­ING: 9/10 DE­BUT: 2015 Frank­furt Mo­tor Show AP­PEAR­ANCE: Cut the Smart Fortwo’s roof off, pop it into a com­part­ment in the boot and hey presto: here’s your Cabrio ver­sion. The loss of the roof has meant the ad­di­tion of ex­tra struc­tural brac­ing but the cheeky city car’s char­ac­ter is boosted by a mil­lion miles of head­room. It’s must the sort of thing that the ex­ist­ing 220,000 pre­vi­ous Fortwo Cabrio buy­ers will go for. And the open bit is – wait for it – ap­prox­i­mately 4% larger than be­fore. PRE­DIC­TION: This is all-but ready for the show­room. Don’t ex­pect much to change, if any­thing, but there’s al­ways chance that some clever so-and-so spots a fun­da­men­tal flaw with hav­ing to stop the car and get out in or­der to put the roof back on... RAT­ING: 6/10 DE­BUT: 2015 Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed AP­PEAR­ANCE: Rather like the first Juke-R that had cheque­books wav­ing fran­ti­cally in the Mid­dle East af­ter the pro­to­type trounced a col­lec­tion of ex­otic su­per­cars in an im­pro­vised race, the Juke-R 2.0 is big, wide and as brawny as a bar full of drunk wrestlers. With its matt black paint, gap­ing new cool­ing vents in the front bumper and huge brakes barely hid­den be­hind ag­gres­sive al­loys, it looks like it wants to crush you and eat you. Or eat you then crush you. PRE­DIC­TION: With 600 horse­power the Juke-R 2.0 is a se­ri­ous piece of kit. It’s hardly go­ing to match the reg­u­lar Juke’s mas­sive sales fig­ures but it might just make pro­duc­tion, more or less as you see it here. Nissan is gaug­ing in­ter­est in the world’s fastest (and sil­li­est) com­pact cross­over and our money is on a lim­ited pro­duc­tion run. RAT­ING: 10/10

From left: 2016 Smart Fortwo Cabrio; 2015 Mini Scooter E Con­cept and 2015 Nissan Juke-R 2.0 con­cept

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