This week's slice of automotive industry news includes the reason why Mazda thinks few people are interested in leasing an MX-5, how DS handles sharing design elements with the rest of the PSA group, BMW's approach to recycling, and more.
Money buys happiness at Mazda
Mazda customers are more likely to buy an MX-5 outright, rather than lease it, than any other Mazda model, according to UK boss Jeremy Thompson. He said that because the MX-5 is often considered a pleasure buy instead of a practical car, people like to own it. “When you’re buying something for your own enjoyment, like a roadster, people like to own it,” he said.
DS handles its own design
Although PSA group brands (Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Vauxhall, Opel) will converge on common platforms and powertrains, certain design features will remain unique to each – and that means it’s hands off DS’s door handles. DS developed flush handles for the 3 Crossback and design director Thierry Metroz said: “They’re part of our design language, and we developed them only for DS.”