THEY SAY INTERVIEW
Maurizio Reggiani, Chief Technical Officer, Automobili Lamborghini
In the last few years, I’ve noticed an untethered connection to historical convention when it comes to automotive nomenclature, excluding pickup trucks. Back in the day, there were sedans, station wagons, convertibles, coupes, and roadsters. A dozen years ago, terms like “five-door,” “hatchback,” “CUV,” “ute,” and “pillarless sedan” were invented. That’s bending the category definitions somewhat, but, OK, I’ve adapted. I even sorta understand car-based CUVS and truck-based SUVS. I also accepted the Ranchero and El Camino. Lately it seems manufacturers have flooded the zone for variations on in-house labels for the categories they offer in their showrooms, as if subdividing their lineup into smaller segments will gratify the buying public and look better on the sales spreadsheet.
Now, my longtime friend Angus Mackenzie has plainly said that Audi is asking us to accept a four-door “coupe” Audi Q8 model (“Intake,” August). That may be too much to swallow. Let’s stop and review: The Oxford English Dictionary defines this category as “a car with a fixed roof, two doors, and a sloping rear.” How far down the rabbit hole are we going to go? The Dodge Magnum I owned was classified by my insurance company as a van—as if station wagons never existed. Volvo V90s really are a station wagon, but what are the odds that North American sales will find another name for them, like “oversized suburban transport automobile,” or OSTA? (Dibs on the acronym.)
I want a vote: Who thinks there really is a four-door coupe? You can’t just move the goalposts and make things up. THOM ORF
CHARLES TOWN, WEST VIRGINIA Audi is far from alone in using the term “four-door coupe.” Mercedes has used that descriptive for more than a decade and this year has actually made it a capitalized proper name of an AMG model. Do we agree with its usage? As wordsmiths, not really.—ed.
I received my latest Motor Trend, and I was happy to read Mr. Rechtin’s column about poorly executed sedans.
I’ve been shopping for sedans in the $40,000 range. Impala: automatic stop/ start that can’t be turned off—nope; Maxima: Cvt—next; Accord Touring: Maybe, but I don’t like the infotainment center styling; Camry/avalon: Good, but I’m not sure the paper bag I’d have to put over their faces would stay on; Charger: Again, good, but I’m not sure I’d like to get to know the service manager that well.
Maybe Genesis will answer the call. BOB CONNELL LOWGAP, NORTH CAROLINA Genesis certainly makes a good sedan, with the G90 beating out BMW, Lexus, and Lincoln in our December 2017 “We Try Harder” comparison. Stay tuned for our review of the new compact G70 in an upcoming issue.—ed.
Just a few years ago, this would have been considered a typo, an error, as if the computer vomited. Now, the fact that a Kia Stinger is in the “Also Consider”
line of an Audi A5/S5/RS5 capsule review, right in between a BMW and a Mercedes, is completely insane (“New Cars,” September). I bet there are some engineers in South Korea jumping out of their skins if they have seen this! Just goes to show that times have changed. JONATHAN YARROW VIA EMAIL Times have changed, indeed. Check out Best Driver’s Car, starting on page 34, to see how the Stinger fared against the world’s best.—ed.