From the archive: on this day in 2006

The unveiling of the Porsche Cayenne as the German marque’s first SUV 21 many years in the past was famously controversial. At the time, we questioned different authorities for their views. So, who was prophetic and who’s been built to appear a idiot? 

Peugeot designer Keith Ryder claimed: “I was expecting one thing with a great deal far more character and energy. It is a disappointment.” 

Brand name consultant Steve Saxty followed: “The planet doesn’t have to have a 450bhp SUV and Porsche does not need to have this auto. But it will however market.” 

Martin Ward, a researcher at Cap, mentioned: “Why have they finished it? I cannot realize. Porsche is fantastic at sports activities vehicles, not 4x4s. It is just climbing on a bandwagon.” 

Porsche GB advertising and marketing chief Geoff Turral claimed: “Will it dilute the manufacturer? It will not be on a major ample scale for that, and the Boxster and 911 are robust more than enough anyway. In any situation, like all Porsches, it’ll live or die by the driving practical experience.” 

Dealer Tom Hartley Jr was also good, as it would value less than £50k nevertheless ought to be much better to push than the BMW X5 or Variety Rover. 

Maranello Concessionaires exec Philip Mills reported: “The four-wheel-drive industry, and certainly the off-road marketplace, is just not related for Ferrari or Maserati. There’s a hazard if a organization moves absent from its main market”. Awks… 

And Aston Martin engineer Jeremy Main said: “We’d never go into the SUV market place. It’s obviously recognized what an Aston Martin is, and it is not an SUV. The two only never go jointly.” Awks…

Sixteen-12 months-outdated stuns stars heading sideways at Silverstone

In the 2000s, Autocar each year ran the Sideways Obstacle, a day where by our testers and driving stars would convene to see who could maintain the ideal drift. And in 2002, it was enhanced as, for the first time, we invited our readers together way too. 

The best of the 20 was Matt Walton, amazingly aged just 16, so he got to be a part of our testers racers Derek Bell, Anthony Davidson, Tiff Needell, Jason Plato and Frank Stippler rally motorists Jean Ragnotti and Richard Tuthill engineering gurus Chris Porritt and Gavan Kershaw (the reigning champion) and lots of more. 

Their automobiles spanned wildly from the default-selection BMW M3 to Ascar racers to a Bentley Arnage T to a Nissan Navara decide-up and, erm, a Ford Granada hearse. 

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