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Peu­geot Rifter in sun­roof shock

A frosty re­cep­tion

First cold morn­ing of the year this week. The dis­plays on both my car and my wife’s lit up like Christ­mas trees to warn us that we both had four flat tyres.

Gosh, I hate those sys­tems, but it got me think­ing: how would an au­ton­o­mous car re­act to er­ro­neous mes­sages like that? Com­plete shut­down, prob­a­bly. Nick Daw­son Mar­low, Buck­ing­hamshire

Workhorses, not show ponies

The pick-up com­par­i­son (‘Mud, sweat and gears’, 17 Oc­to­ber) was quite prop­erly in Au­to­car, be­cause none of the ve­hi­cles in your se­lec­tion are truly com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles. They are pose-mo­biles mas­querad­ing as com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles.

Most of the work­ing pick-ups I have seen have fit­ted hard­tops. They are com­mer­cial and dou­ble up as a fam­ily car at week­ends. Fine. More fool Land Rover for miss­ing that and the Land Cruiser mar­ket.

But your test se­lec­tion? True, they are ca­pa­ble of tak­ing stone or some­thing dense that won’t blow away – but do they? The chrome bars and lack of cleats show that they are not de­signed for work. If you, as I do, have a fre­quent need to move gar­den and tree waste and bagged stuff, but not enough need for an open lorry, a pick-up on which I can rope down my load is ideal.

The Land Rover short-wheel­base pick-up is per­fect, but I fear that no one in Land Rover’s cur­rent de­sign team has done enough real (man­ual) work to un­der­stand what the rounded strip of metal along each side is for and that they mis­take it for some kind of mis­placed, un­wanted dec­o­ra­tion.

If the new De­fender pick-up comes out with smooth, un­clut­tered (and oh so el­e­gant) flanks, like those you com­pared, we will know that Land Rover too has sold its soul, joined the pose-mo­bile club and aban­doned its work­horse his­tory and po­ten­tial. By all means of­fer swanky mod­els with shiny chrome bars but,

please, above all make a gen­uine work­ing model.

Per­haps they are, and if so I wish they would not keep us in sus­pense. Rod­er­ick W Ra­m­age

Cop­pen­hall, Stafford Two nos­trils are bet­ter than one

I am a keen BMW fan and have owned five over the past few years. I cur­rently have a BMW 4x4 and a great-fun-to-drive, low-mileage, Dakar Yel­low Z3 2.2i sports car. Your re­cent ar­ti­cle on its forth­com­ing range of EV ve­hi­cles (17 Oc­to­ber) was there­fore of in­ter­est to me.

While im­pressed with their gen­eral styling, I was very sur­prised and dis­ap­pointed to see that the clas­sic BMW two-aper­ture ra­di­a­tor grille had been al­tered to a Don’t buy the hy­dro­gen hype in favour of a hy­dro­gen car?

Why add the com­plex­ity of a fuel cell to an al­ready com­pletely com­pe­tent elec­tric ve­hi­cle along with a well-built tank (at least I would hope it is) to hold an ex­plo­sive gas in a space that would oth­er­wise be avail­able for lug­gage?

More com­plex­ity means more ser­vic­ing costs for the deal­ers, of course. But the big prob­lem is hy­dro­gen sup­ply. This will be in the hands of big com­pa­nies and the govern­ment will tax it, some­thing they can­not cur­rently do to home-charged elec­tric cars.

I think I’ll stick with my Smart ED and wait for my Tesla. Enough gassing. Keith Houghton Via email

All hands to the pump

Shame on you for rec­om­mend­ing that driv­ers pur­chase Ad­blue for their ve­hi­cles from deal­ers, mo­tor fac­tors and fore­courts in large, ex­pen­sive and to­tally un­nec­es­sary plas­tic con­tain­ers (Read­ers’ ques­tions, 17 Oc­to­ber).

Ad­blue is freely avail­able at the pumps, where it is typ­i­cally 70-80% cheaper than buy­ing it in plas­tic con­tain­ers. If your usual or near­est garage fore­court doesn’t have a

ded­i­cated Ad­blue pump (I’ll bet that most now do if you bother to look), find one that does. Vir­tu­ally all lor­ries th­ese days use Ad­blue so, if nec­es­sary, use a com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle fore­court that will al­most cer­tainly have a pump (no one will mind you us­ing com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle fore­courts, as long as you po­si­tion your ve­hi­cle con­sid­er­ately so that you’re not block­ing ac­cess to the main diesel pumps for large ve­hi­cles).

Saving the planet isn’t just about the rise of elec­tric ve­hi­cles, it in­volves putting a bit of thought into what you buy, what you buy it in and how you dispose of it. You at Au­to­car should be lead­ing the way and set­ting an ex­am­ple; plus, if you don’t al­ready buy your own Ad­blue at the pump, you’re also wast­ing good money be­sides adding to the land­fill prob­lem. Leeds Hol­i­day ro­mance

I never re­ally un­der­stood the Jaguar F-type un­til re­cently, when on a visit to Los An­ge­les I sud­denly made sense of it all.

Heavy, burly and full of thrust, it was per­fect for the wide lo­cal streets, free­ways and open twisty roads in the nearby moun­tains. For the same rea­sons that so much of the Mercedes and AMG model line-up turns me off, with ex­cess weight, power and a kind of flashy smug­ness, the Jag seemed made of sim­i­lar stuff. On the right roads, though, with win­dows down and sound sys­tem up, you can cruise around in per­fect con­tent­ment and seek out the hid­den round­abouts of Santa Mon­ica (whose lo­ca­tions I refuse to di­vulge).

It still won’t per­suade me that Alpine, Porsche and Lo­tus have the wrong idea when it comes to sports cars, but most of the time, most are happy to drive in a com­fort­able, spir­ited and stylish boule­vardier with­out a care in the world for steer­ing-wheel feed­back or trail brak­ing.

Touché, Jaguar F-type. Via email

Jag F-type: Ben had some fun on Santa Mon­ica Boule­vard

Gor­don’s Z3 has BMW’S clas­sic grille

Land Rover pick-up’s clasps in ac­tion

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