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30 years on: the big new cars of 1991

Autocar Logo By David Finlay of Autocar | Slide 1 of 29: It’s roughly the gap between the launch of the Ford Model T and the first Grand Prix cars capable of travelling at over 200mph, for example.But the trends of 1991 seem familiar today. Japanese kei cars are no longer as relevant as they once were, but we can recognise a greater emphasis on aerodynamic body styles, increasingly safe Volvos and the fact that it was possible to buy a car called the Toyota Corolla.Also, there’s something endearing about the fact that cars as different as the Suzuki Cappuccino and the Bentley Continental R could be introduced in the same year. Encouraged by that pleasant thought, let’s have a closer look.

Thirty years is a long time in the motoring world.

It’s roughly the gap between the launch of the Ford Model T and the first Grand Prix cars capable of travelling at over 200mph, for example.

But the trends of 1991 seem familiar today. Japanese kei cars are no longer as relevant as they once were, but we can recognise a greater emphasis on aerodynamic body styles, increasingly safe Volvos and the fact that it was possible to buy a car called the Toyota Corolla.

Also, there’s something endearing about the fact that cars as different as the Suzuki Cappuccino and the Bentley Continental R could be introduced in the same year. Encouraged by that pleasant thought, let’s have a closer look.

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