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Why can't manufacturers look foward rather than back,espcailly as the originals were genuinely something special.
At least they aren't as bad as Ford,the last Escort RS2000 and Escort Mexico were a complete joke.
.I'm sure a Ka Cosworth is around the corner with a 1.4 engine..........
Ford might be the worst of the current players, but let's not forget Rover's abuse of the MG Badge as an excuse for taking a heap of crap car and shoving a more powerful engine in it.
Just try saying "MG Maestro" to yourself and see if you can do it without sniggering. I know I can't. At least the likes of the Allegro and the Marina were out of the equation by the time they started that nonsense.
As for resurrecting names: The daft think is that you need to be either over 40 or a petrolhead with an interest in history to stand a chance of understanding what these names actually represented. The twenty-something boy racers that they're probably pitching these models at won't even have a clue - unless they Google or ask their dad. I suspect the real reason is simplicity: If they already own the name, then they don't have to go to the trouble of thinking of another one, or indeed going to the trouble of trademarking it.
Currently in Horatio's garage:
2010 Laguna III Initiale.