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Today, 24 June 2014

MG EV concept UK first drive review
MG’s brave foray into EV territory will be great if the price is right, as it’s a very accomplished vehicle A concept version of MG’s planned electric vehicle. It’s part of the firm’s continued revival under Chinese SAIC Motor ownership, and is based on that company’s Roewe E50, a car which is already on sale in China.MG is being coy about a launch schedule and price for this EV concept, but allowed us to drive an example around the Silverstone circuit.MG’s UK designers have taken their pens to the Roewe’s body to up its appeal to a European market and the net result is tidy. It’s a good-looking EV outside, the neat detailing particularly good at the rear.Inside is fine too, albeit nothing like as premium as, say, the BMW i3’s cabin. There is plenty of space for four six-foot tall adults; a nice central touchscreen controls the infotainment; and some light panels in the door cards ensure the interior feels airy.However, even allowing for batteries underneath, the floor feels unnaturally high and while there’s plenty of knee- and shoulder-room in the back, a passenger’s legs have to be at an odd angle due to the relative height of their feet. Also, the boot is ridiculously small and has a very high loading lip, making it next to useless.

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Student designs next Qoros with new concept
Model created by Coventry University design student could point towards a future Qoros flagship saloon This is the Qoros 9, a design proposal for the Chinese start-up brand created by 29-year-old Korean student Jihoon Seo.Seo spent five months working as an intern at the Qoros design studio in Shanghai and the company also sponsored the creation of this 1:4.5 scale model, which served as Seo’s degree project at Coventry University’s automotive and transport design course. The project’s brief was to create a flagship concept saloon aimed at 40 to 50-year-old professionals living in a metropolitan city. The striking nose graphics and greater use of chrome as ornamentation are also thought to preview the next stage of Qoros’s production car design language as it shifts away from its present understated European look.Sitting on 19-inch alloy wheels, the concept features a large trapezoidal grille and prominent lower air intakes, designed to give the car a striking appearance. At the rear, LED light bars feature while traditional wing mirrors are replaced with high-definition cameras.Get the latest car news, reviews and galleries from Autocar direct to your inbox every week. Enter your email address below: