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Cropley on cars – de Silva leaves VW, MSV’s big vision for Europe

Walter de Silva leaves a great legacy at VW; Motorsport Vision breaks new ground in Europe; Handing back our holiday e-Up MONDAY – Sorry to hear of the quiet, sad departure from Volkswagen’s top echelon of 64-year-old design chief Walter de Silva, whose world has clearly fallen in following the departureRead More

Cropley on cars – Fascinated by McLaren, and disappointed by politicians

The McLaren 570S is impressive and fascinating; politicians are disappointing in their absence in a tough time; paying tribute to Henry Royce MONDAY – Call me cheap, but if I were choosing a McLaren with money no object, I’d go for the new ‘affordable’ 570S. My motivation wouldn’t just beRead More

Cropley on cars – Jaguar’s XE is top value, VW has created a media storm

First long trip in our new Jaguar XE long-termer; I’m hankering after an ex-army Jeep; VW’s scandal means we’re all under scrutiny MONDAY – First decent drive in our Jaguar XE diesel long-termer, a round trip of 150 miles: London, Midlands, Gloucestershire. This is the 178bhp diesel with eight-speed auto, whichRead More

Cropley on Cars – Design Q, DVLA and counting Porsches to get to sleep

Cropley’s collected thoughts from another week in the world of motoring MONDAY Picture this: you’ve bought a car you enjoy but don’t like looking at. Your choices would normally be to sell it or live with its visual inadequacies, but businessman John Lee recently chose a third option for hisRead More

Cropley on cars – Porsche Panamera on holiday; electric Jags are coming

A week with our Porsche Panamera hybrid; touring Paris in a Citroën DS21, electric Jaguar XE spotted MONDAY – Back to work after a week away in Mr McIlroy’s Porsche Panamera Hybrid, one of those cars about which you feel uncertain at first (bewildering switchgear, poor visibility) but increasingly appreciate asRead More

Cropley on cars – The next modern Bentley, Bloodhound’s pocket rockets

Bentley Bentayga is the perfect pick for 2015; Jaguar’s Callum is settling in for reflection; Bloodhound’s passion for speed is spreading to schools MONDAY – Early business at Bentley in Crewe, so I left Gloucestershire at 6am to avoid the traffic, stopping at Keele services north of Birmingham for a coffee.Read More