Monday, October 15, 2018

2020 VW Golf

That's quite a surprise...

The "all-new" Golf caught on a parking lot. Next to an Audi A3.
Which, unsurprisingly, looks a lot like the current model.

The surprise is mostly uncovered. Another surprise. Except there is still a bit of camouflage on the headlights. Painted the color of the car. (A trick VW uses on their prototypes)

It does look quite clean and simple, which is really nice.

Let's hope for many more pictures soon...

More pictures of the all new 2020 VW Passat

These are actual live pictures of the new Passat. Still the Chinese model. Which should be 99% like the one we are getting here in the US next year.

I do like it even miore from these new pix. The rear end is much nicer and upscale than before.
And the interir design seems to have very nic elooking trims. It also looks like they are truing for new shapes/materilas here and there.

This already looks much niver than an Audi A4. 
( I test drove a $42 000 A4 a couple of years ago and was really not impressed at all. Especially after spending a week in a $28 000 US Passat)

For those who still think our new 2020 US Passat will be a different car. I present this: the current Chinese Passat. Which is, of course, the same car we get there...

(For some reason, China is also getting the Euro Passat)

Sunday, October 14, 2018

2020/21 Mercedes CLA

This is just an illustration, but it does match the various spy shots we have already seen of the next CLA.
And it does look like a mix of the new A-Class sedan and the current CLA. 

I am still kind of surprised to see a second generation of this car since they now have the A-Class sedan.
This CLA looks like it will be about 5% sportier and sleeker looking than the A-Class sedan.
And it will probably have the exact same interior, except less headroom in the back.

Why even bother???

Friday, October 12, 2018

All new 2020 VW Passat !

 I know, at first, it is hard to tell if this is the all-new 2020 Passat or another existing VW sedan.
As it looks a lot like the new Jetta. And also the Chinese market Phideon.

But this is it: the all-new Passat for 2020.
The pictures here are of the Chinese market version. Which, so far, has been the same car as the one we have had here for the past few years.
(So this is still a different model than the European Passat. Still a "bigger one just for us and China")

I understand is it even longer than before, by about 2 inches.

 The interior seems to be a huge leap from the current model.
The current interior always looked old. Even when the car was new.
This already looks 100 times better. Putting the Passat back into the small crowd of super nice looking mid-sized sedans interiors. Wright up there with the Mazda6 and Honda Accord.

Of course, we'll have to wait and see if VW has cheapened out on plastics and materials or not...
 We probably will not be getting this plug-in version here in the US. (using a 1.4 Liter engine) Since VW had announced a few years back they would not be selling PHEVs over here. Too bad...

The Chinese model is powered by a choice between 2 versions of the 2.0 Liter Turbo.
The top version is "only" rated at 217HP.

The current 2.0 Liter (used in the Tiguan) isn't that much more powerful. And a much rougher and noisier engine than the 1.4.
Not sure what we'll be getting over here. As VW does not have anything to compete with the much more powerful 2.0 from the Accord, the new Turbo from the Mazda6 or the Camry V6.

The 2.0 might be OK as a base engine. I just wonder what they would have as an upgrade...

Thursday, October 11, 2018

2019 Mazda CX-5 Exclusive Turbo

Yes, the Mazda CX-5 is finally available with a 2.5 Liter Turbo good for 230HP. In Japan...
Where it also comes in a new high end "Exclusive" version that includes shiny dark wheels and wood inside.

But there is little doubt we are getting the Turbo engine here as well. And very soon.
This would make the already great CX-5 even better. And really would give it a final push ahead of pretty much all of its competition.
Since it already drives great and has an interior above everything else in its price range.

The Japanese "Exclusive" model probably previews a high end "Signature" model for the US.
Similar to the new Mazda 6.

This is great new....

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

More pictures of the new Hyundai Lafesta

 I think the new Lafesta sedan is quite a good looking car.
So far, this is a car that Hyundai sells only in China.

Sizewise, it fits right in between the Elantra and the Sonata. Which could work here. (As the next Elantra maybe?)
It seems to have more personality than either the Elantra or the Sonata. The front end also resembles a bit the Fil Rouge concept from last year. Which is fine.
 From previous pictures, it seemed the Lafesta could have been a hatchback. (With that super slick profile)
But I guess not. The Lafesta joins an ever-expanding group of sedans that look like a hatchback, but are not.
That group includes the Honda Accord and Civic, Chevrolet Malibu and others...

This is too bad...
The interior seems pretty nice and upscale for the class.

Except that screen is maybe the worst offender to date of that ridiculous tablet look.
The laziest in interior design on display right here. Which is really too bad, since the rest of the interior seems quite nice...

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

R.I.P: Opel Cascada & Adam....

I remember a few years ago when the cool and tiny Adam came out. There were talks about maybe bringing it to the US as a super small Buick.
It turned out the tiny Opel was not engineered for US regulation. But "maybe the next generation"...

Well, I guess not.
Since Opel just announced they were pulling the plug on the cute little Opel.

Opel also announced it was killing the Cascada.
Which is pretty sad to me, as I really liked it when I test drove one for a week. I had a great time with it. (Just wished the old dash had been updated to the new Buick designs)
I do like convertibles in general, and the Cascada is a really good one.
It looks great, feels very solid and drives really nice.

(Of course, Opel has already said these discontinued models will make more room for more SUVs...)

But, I do realize sales have always been pretty low. Even for the Buick version in the US...
(only 5 595 units last year. Down from 7 153 the year before)
The cancelation of the Opel Cascada also means there will be no Buick version past 2019. Since they are the same car.
Which is really too bad...

I just hope Buick finds it in their heart to come up with another cool convertible soon.
Maybe an EV!

Since Opel is now owned by Peugeot, this is not a GM decision.

2020 BMW 3 series Touring Vs. current generation

Of course, this looks a lot like the previous one (Which can be said about every new BMW model)
Although they did try to make it a bit sportier by shrinking the windows. Therefore reducing visibility, by quite a bit.

But does it really look better than this Mazda 6 wagon?
Or even as good?

As a reminder, this is a car that came out in 2012!
Still one of the very best looking wagon to this day. 

2020 VW Golf ?

These are actually the craziest illustrations/guesses I have seen of the next Golf (8th generation)
As they look almost the same as the current car.

I know the Golf never really re-invent anything with each design. But this would be absolutely ridiculous for VW to have basically a clone of the current car.


Let's hope for something much, much better....

Monday, October 08, 2018

2020 Toyota Supra

Let's just hope this looks "better in the flesh" as they say...

Because so far, this is just a stubby version of that concept we saw years ago.
As for the interior (Missing the tablet/screen on top of the dash), it looks like something that could have come out many years ago.
On top of it, Toyota execs have already mentioned it will be quite expensive.
(Of course, being based on a BMW with BMW engines...)

Sure, I want to see a new Supra. Why not. A new Celica too!
But a small super sporty BMW base expensive model might not really be the way to go.

On top of that, it doesn't look like the world wants to actually buy a sports car from Toyota.
The affordable and sporty FR-S sold less than 7000 unit last year. (Its best year under Scion was 18 327 back in 2013)
A much more expensive Supra will sell much less.

Not actually sure what the point of this is....

More on the next Supra HERE.

Sunday, October 07, 2018

The good old stuff....

Just a few of the wonderful sporty things I saw last Friday at Bob's Car Night...

Friday, October 05, 2018

First picture of the 2020 VW Passat Interior!

This is the first look ever of the all-new Passat for 2020.
And it does look more modern and upscale than the current model. 
it also has the really cool "angled toward the driver"console and center dash. Which is great in the new Jetta.
It also has the cool new Digital Cockpit. 

Otherwise, outside, the new Passat will be quite conservative.
Since it now looks more than ever like a bigger Jetta...

2020 Genesis G90

The big Genesis G90 luxury sedan is already getting ready for a "mid-cycle facelift".
(It still seems to me it just came out...)

Changes might actually be pretty substantial. You can tell from the spy pictures above the rear end will be heavily redesigned, with horizontal lights.
(the white car above is the current model)

Just wondering why change the thing so much, so early...