Volkswagen’s CC four-door coupe turned out to be a surprise hit in the executive chauffeuring market. A stylish, low-roofed derivative of the previous-generation Passat its good looks won it some orders – though in truth, it was a little restricted in the back seats.
Air quality is undoubtedly a major issue, and it’s one of the key drivers behind moves toward electric cars rather than petrol or diesel. Hybrids, especially plug-ins, are seen as an important staging post on that route, as they’re not totally dependent on inadequate electric charging infrastructure.
Ford started calling its passenger-carrying Transit the Tourneo back in 1995, and the vehicle is well established as a reliable urban seven-seater taxi.
The BMW 5-series Gran Turismo was well received when launched in 2010. Combining a tall hatchback body with the running gear of the standard-wheelbase 7-Series, it was seen as a bit of an oddball, but in a good way. The car has found its way on to a lot of chauffeur fleets, especially when a more frugal – and affordable - 2.0-litre diesel version joined the range after a couple of years.
How France must envy the German luxury car industry. Chic brands such as Christian Dior and Yves St Laurent rule the high-class end of the fashion industry, but French cars remain workaday volume models.
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