The Mazda 3 has gone upmarket with svelte looks, class-leading equipment and a price to match but is that what customers of one of Australia’s most popular segments want? (1:55) The WCW team sets out to analyse premium car evolution and reveal why a Toyota Camry is no longer the car for people who don’t want a car.
Next, the boys move onto a different evolving car phenomenon - segment saturation. (12:00) From a time when each manufacturer offered a handful of sedans, perhaps a wagon and, if you were lucky, a coupe, today’s ranges are stuffed full of niche variants within niche segments.
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Who is the worst offender and where will it all end? Dan has a theory that is typically hyperbolic but he might just be right on this one.
Taking out the show this week, Tony makes his WCW debut to talk about a brace of Jaguars in the south of France. (22:45) Following on from the announcement that JLR will pare back its ridiculously large line-ups (we chatted about it last week), Tony gets behind the wheel of the new XE mid-sized sedan of which there are just two variants… for now.
After that, the he takes the new flagship of the F-Pace large SUV range for a blast to find out if the SVR is a high-performance revelation and perhaps the company’s supercharger swansong.
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