Tuesday, June 19, 2018

2019 Passat: from the front.

Sure it is different. But it doesn't seem really more modern. After 8 years!
(The current one started production in January 2011. Almost 8 years before the new one goes on sale)

The new one is supposed to be about 3 to 4 inches longer. So even roomier I guess.
Sales went from over 125 000 in 2012, to 60 722 last year.
Basically following the market trend. 

If VW still wants to be in the sedan market, they need something great. 
This will be competing with the revised Mazda6. A great car. The all new Accord. An even better one.
An all new Altima. Plus a "still" super popular new Camry (sold over 387 000 last year and already over 150 000 this year)

How about a downshot of the all new 2019 VW Passat?

For the millions of you who have begged for this particular angle: here it is.

This one looks like a high end model, with larger wheels and a nicer extended sunroof.
Let's hope that sunroof makes it to the US...

Last Volvo S60 teaser video

Still just showing what we have already seen. Since the front end is basically the same as the V60.

We won't have to wait long to see the whole thing since it will be revealed tomorrow.

From the spy shots we have seen I am actually not expecting anything amazing. And think the wagon looks much better...

2019 VW Passat Vs. Current model

The 2019 model is obviously an all new car. None of the panels seem the same.
Now the rear door cut is really close to the rear wheel opening. Even getting into the wheel arch, which really looks weird.

Otherwise, as I mentioned before, this just looks, again, like a larger Jetta. Just like with its SUVs, VW seems to have only one designs for sedans. 

2019 VW Passat

 Looks like a new Passat is coming up for 2019.
And, when compared to the current one, it doesn't look like "just a facelift". It seems all new.

But just like the current one, it now again looks like a big Jetta.
Except now, a "big 2018 Jetta".

Apparently, since the Jetta is larger than before, so will be the Passat.
Which is already of of the roomiest sedan out there...

These pictures are of the Chinese market model.
Which so far, has been the same car we get over here.
(A totally different model than the European Passat)

The Chinese model will offer  1.4 and 2.0 Liter engines.

It really looks like nothing new. Just a gentle update, even it IS all new.
They really didn't even try to re-invent anything here. Which might not be enough in a world where sedans sale numbers are shrinking every year.

What do you think?

Monday, June 18, 2018

2020 Hyundai Sonata

 HERE are the fist pictures of the all new Hyundai Sonata for 2020.
Looking much sleeker than the current model. (bottom pic) And, could this be hiding a hatchback? Just like the new Buick Regal?
That would make it stand out against the competition from Honda, Toyota and Nissan.

Here is their Le Fit Rouge concept. Which supposedly inspired the design of the next Sonata.

Let's hope...

2019 Audi A1

 This new 2nd generation A1 looks more aggressive than before.
Kind of a cross between the previous generation and the Q2 crossover.
The whole thing now looks quite busy.
More lines, more plastic bits, fake vents etc...
Basically, worse.

The grille is also bigger than ever. (Huge fake grille on small cars never look right...)

Inside, it now looks like a VW more than ever. It looks like they are not even trying to make it seem different.
It's a lot like the VW Polo. Slightly different but not nicer or more upscale looking.

This is the much cleaner looking pervious generation.
Which actually did look like an Audi...

Sunday, June 17, 2018

2019 Suzuki Jimny

As I mentioned earlier, I have never seen that many real pictures of a car that isn't out yet.
Not sure why it is taking Suzuki so long to officially unveil this new Jimny.

This is the great, great grand kid of the little Samurai we had in the US back in the 80's.
And it does look cute. If a bit more grown up....

Too bad we won't be getting this. 

Friday, June 15, 2018

More pix of the new BMW 8 series

Not an ugly car by any mean. But really nothing special.
Basically a redesign of the 6 series coupe. Now called 8.

The exact same recipe as before. Which hasn't really worked for years.
So I guess calling it an 8 and charging way more for it might boost profits and make up for lack of sales??? (They only sold around 3500 of them in the US last year)

Same thing inside, where the concept was actually really nice. This is just a "new 6 series".
And it actually doesn't really look that modern. (And that horrible metal trim is now covering almost everything...)

This is basically an old fashion car for older BMW fans I guess....

2019 BMW 8 series

Finally, the real BMW 8 series is starting to emerge...

I posted pictures of the production model next to last year's concept.
It looks like it has been toned down enough to be as boring as any other BMW design now.
Which is too bad.
It has more lines and scoops. It just now looks like a slightly different 6 series coupe.

Which, I guess, is what it is. For more money...

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

2019 Volvo S60

After seeing 2 spy photos of the new model from a 3.4 rear angle (HERE and HERE) we now get to see more. As expected, from the front it looks almost exactly like the new V60 wagon (bottom pic)

From this angle, it just looks like ..... a sedan.
I mean, it does look a lot better than from THIS angle, that's for sure.

Stay tuned, as it looks like there will be much more very soon on the all new S60 sedan.

Cadillac CT5

After seeing what Cadillac did with the gorgeous 2019 CT6, but just changing a few things, I have high hopes for the all new smaller CT5.
It could end up being another great looking car.

And from these new spy shots, it does look like a fastback design.
Like the Escala concept. It could even be a hatch under all that camouflage.
Who knows.

This would be really great and a sure bet to made the new Cadillac much more distinctive than a regular sedan. ( maybe attract some SUV buyers used to the convenience of a hatch.)
Of course, it would be a bit of a gamble. But there are already the BMW 4 series and Audi A5 out there in the US.  Also the new Buick Regal (another hatch) is on its way to sell more than last year.

So why not...

Just a reminder, here are a couple of shots of the amazing Escala concept.

Head over HERE for more pictures of the all new Cadillac CT5 sedan

Tesla Model S Shooting Brake

No, this is not a new Tesla wagon.
It was designed by Dutch designer Niels Van Roij. And built by Rametz Car.
(So I am not sure if this is actually an available thing...)

While I do like the idea of a Tesla wagon, this design has too much cartoony super thick chrome elements that really do not match the rest of the car. I do like a thicker chrome line on the C-pillar, like Cadillac does on the XTS and CT6. But this is just way too much and ridiculous looking.

Otherwise, the rear opening looks like it is actually quite a bit smaller than the regular Model S hatchback. 
So I am not sure this is that much of an improvement.
(And they kept these super flat Model S rear seats...)

Nice try though....

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

2020 Ford Explorer

Ford has released a new picture of the Police version of the next Explorer.
This specific model will be a hybrid, with a 24MPG average (that's for the more powerful police version)

As you can see, the new Explorer will borrow a lot from the Lincoln Aviator concept. (Bottom pic)
The Aviator being basically a luxury Lincoln version of the Ford. Just like they did with the Navigator/Expedition.

So far, it looks like the Aviator body with Explorer lights...

Last Friday at Bob's.

A never ending parade of weird, rare, strange and beautiful...

Monday, June 11, 2018

Another facelift for the Nissan Versa???

The current Versa came out for the 2012 model year.
A "facelift" was applied in 2015.

I wonder if this picture means the current model will be with us for another couple of years.
Even though it is really outdated and quite ugly, they still sold over 106 000 of them in the US last year.
So I guess, this makes money of Nissan and why rush an all new one...

(At least, unlike Ford, they did figure out how to make money from a small sedan selling 100 000 a year.)

I also do not see an exhaust on this car. So this could be a mule for an EV version.
Who knows...

(Thanks to reader Mike for this)

2019 BMW Z4

I understand things have to be modified for production.

But these actual patent fillings from the new Z4 are pretty sad.
Not because the production car is ugly. (It looks really nice. Just like previous models.)
But it really does not look more modern than the current "almost 10 year old" model.

And it changed a lot from the concept. It is just way too watered down. Erasing all the personality the concept design had.
Why bother showing a concept in the first place?
Either do some crazy inspiring design. Or what Honda/Acura has been doing. Which is showing us the production car with small concept bits.

But why would they show a really nice design that looks almost production ready, to just change the whole thing.