Consider it or not, this 7 days marks the middle of 2020. That’s suitable, we are now 50 % way through what need to go down as 1 of the strangest yrs in current memory.

Even so, when there listed here and now is a little abnormal to put it mildly, this time-dependent thought bought us considering, and we dug out our Leading 5 traditional cars celebrating their birthdays this 12 months.

What’s much more, we have lined them up with their contemporary-working day output or concept successors to see how considerably issues have occur. On that subject matter, if you have not now signed up for our no cost Automotive Safety and Stability On the net event, be sure to come to feel no cost to do that under.

Below are our Leading 5 picks:

#one – Renault Clio – thirty yrs aged

Solid your mind again to 1990… you’d be listening to tracks like Madonna’s Vogue, Another Working day in Paradise by Phil Collins, or possibly cranking up Sinead O’Connor’s include of Prince’s traditional Nothing Compares 2U.

As for cars, if you ended up lucky you could possibly catch sight of a model-new Honda NSX in 1990, but, if you ended up in Europe at the time, you’d be quite probable to see a great deal of new Renault Clios running about. Launched at the Paris Motor Show, the Clio changed the ageing Renault 5.

The fifth generation Clio was not long ago introduced, bringing with it new ADAS features which includes vehicle metropolis braking, and an E-TECH PHEV model. This works by using a rear-mounted one.2kWh battery to electric power two e-motors that supplement the ICE. It really is constructed on the CMF-B platform, which we lined in our EV Platform’s Leading 5 just past 7 days.

#2 – Fiat Panda – forty yrs aged

One particular of designer Giorgetto Giugiaro’s classics, the initial Fiat Panda arrived in 1980 as a reaction to Fiat’s quest to build a then-contemporary rival to utilitarian cars like the Citroen 2CV or Renault 4.

The Panda was tremendous simple, and introduced to good achievement at the Geneva Motor Show of that 12 months. It also spawned the initial mass-made electric auto 10 yrs later. The Fiat Panda Elletra experienced a assortment of 62 miles from its 12 direct-acid batteries, powering its 9.2kW motor. A 1992 update brought a 17.7kW motor and a change to NiCad electric power.

Quickly ahead to now, and Fiat established the great Centoventi concept, which appeared at the 2019 Swiss present.

Referred to as one hundred twenty in Italian, in reference to Fiat’s a hundred and twentieth birthday in 2019, the auto previews modular personalisation choices that will be aspect of the next Panda’s makeup, together with modular batteries to extend the EV’s assortment from 62 miles up to 311 miles.

#three – Audi Quattro – forty yrs aged

Sharing its birthday with the Panda, the Audi Quattro also made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in 1980. Created to choose edge of four-wheel generate being authorized for Audi’s manufacturing unit rally staff, the Quattro highway auto remained in output for 11 yrs.

Right now, the Quattro lends its title to any Audi with any variety of four or all-wheel generate technique. That involves the Audi e-tron Quattro electric SUV, introduced in 2018.

The EV has a total output of 408hp, and completes the -62mph dash in 5.7 seconds. The Ur-Quattro meanwhile, showcased a much more modest 200hp, and could access 62mph from a standstill in 7.one seconds.

#4 – Citroen SM – 50 yrs aged

Winding the clock again yet another 10 years, 1970 observed the debut of not 1 but two new Citroens. The economic climate class Citroen GS slotted into the assortment in between the 2CV and Ami, when the greater, sportier SM – entire with oleo pneumatic self-levelling suspension and swivelling headlights – was the firm’s flagship auto.

Citroen no-for a longer period competes in the top quality phase, but has just introduced its newest C4, which competes in the value-acutely aware C-phase, but arrives with features that would have been observed as out of this globe in 1970.

This involves an e-C4 with a 136hp electric motor, 50kWh battery, and assortment of just less than 200 miles, Citroen’s newest infotainment and safety tech, in addition the firm’s hydraulic cushion suspension and ‘Advanced Comfort’ seats to mimic the plush experience of its predecessors.

#5 – VW Sort 2 – 70 yrs aged

Last but by no indicates minimum on our listing is the VW Sort 2 – or the Transporter, Kombi or Bus, depending on exactly where you might be from. Famously impressed by a converted Sort one (Beetle) chassis that was being made use of to carry elements about VW’s manufacturing unit, the Sort 2 has grow to be a cult traditional that life on to this working day.

The Bus was particularly common in the US, exactly where VW’s track record has been most straight hit by the dieselgate scandal. In a go to restore some goodwill, VW announced the ID Buzz concept, which previews a new, EV Bus, thanks in 2022.

Designed on the firm’s MEB platform, the new van will aspect a 369hp output from two e-motors that electric power all four wheels, and an electric assortment of up to 373 miles.