Monday, October 22, 2018

2020 Toyota Supra Interior



I guess this is for those who are still waiting for the new Supra ( I'm not anymore)
Which will basically be a BMW Z4 with a Toyota design and a BMW price.

The interior seems both pretty flat and blocky.
Sure, it's a step up from the horrible Toyota 86 interior. But anything is.

And this will be way more expensive than the 86.


If you want to see more, head over HERE





As a reminder of the real thing, let's just stare at these for a few hours...


Why don't we get these???



These are pictures of the Chinese versions of the new 2019 Altima and the current Honda Accord. 
Both models offer something we can't get here: an oversized sunroof. (Or double sunroof)
Why???

Nissan offers one on the Maxima. I guess a small old fashion sunroof is a way to make the Altima "less upscale" than the Maxima?
But why not on the Accord? You can get one on the Camry. And many others, like the Sonata, Optima,
Malibu etc....

Weird... 

2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport







Looks like the new shorter, 5 seater version of the Atlas will stay pretty close to the really nice concept from last year.
Although I am not sure why they needed to change the concept at all since it looked like a production car already.
Even with the camouflage, we can see they raised the door handles. They looked really nice on the concept, as part of that side line on the profile of the car.
Let's hope not much else has changed. 

This could really be quite popular for VW in the US. And has much more personality than the poor Tiguan already. It will go directly against the all-new Chevrolet Blazer.

The Faraday Future saga continues... (Barely)

Click on the picture above, and see what Faraday Future employees got in their Email yesterday.

This has to be quite a shitty way to start the week. I guess you do take your chances when you start working for an unstable, brand new company with no product out yet.

Still....
We'll see what happens next.


2019 Nissan Maxima


The 2019 model is the top picture.

It looks like Nissan wanted to make the Maxima a bit more aggressive, for some reason. The front end isn't as clean as before.
There should be new lights and bumpers in the back as well. And maybe a few new trims inside.
The great V6 should remain. At least until the next generation.
(Which should be a liftback EV if you ask me...)

The Maxima is an excellent car, and I am glad they didn't ruin it. Even with a front end that is not really an improvement... They could have just added LED lights to the existing, cleaner design. 

Sunday, October 21, 2018

All new VW Tayron







As you can see, this is yet another VW model for the Chinese market.
Although, since we already share the Passat and Atlas with China, this could very well end up here as well.
it is powered by a 2.0 Liter with 220HP. Which here would be right under the Atlas.
This could very well be the "Atlas coupe" that has been rumored for a few years now.
While it looks a bit more interesting than the poor Atlas, the interior does look much better.
(Maybe a mid-cycle facelift will bring this interior to the Atlas)



Let's hope VW finds it in their heart to bring the Cross Sport pictured above (concept) instead of that Tayron.
The Cross-Sport looks so much dynamic.
But once "toned down "for production, it might end up actually being the Tayron.

There is still hope...




Friday, October 19, 2018

2021 Ford Mustang Hybrid?



Ford just released an all-new corporate commercial. Just to make some of us proud to own a Ford. And keep buying one in the future. (Unless you want a sedan)

The most interesting part is that shot of a car. Not an SUV. And the only car they will now be producing is the Mustang.
Plus, this look like a Mustang anyway. We all know there is a Plug-in Hybrid version of the Mustang coming up.
And this is probably it. Since it looks 100% different than the one we have now, it is also probably the all-new redesigned Mustang, due out in 2020 as a 2021 model.

Since they show that much in a commercial already, we might see it sometime next year.








Here is the whole video. 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

New VW Golf LED lights???

 VW just released a few pictures of what their future personalized LED lights could look like.
As you can see, these would have the ability to be controlled and reconfigured by your phone.

The picture also shows the rear end of a Golf. But with different lights.
Lights very similar to what we have all seen before... Recently.



The lights on these supposedly pictures of a 2020 VW Golf prototype caught in China.
Most people think these are actually fake. For various reasons.

But these rear lights do look very similar to what VW is showing to the press. But not exactly the same design. (Although there is still some clever, red painted, camouflage on these)

What do you think?
Could these actually be real?


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

All new Mazda3 teaser





This already looks like really good news!

The red hatchback shown in the very short video above already shows a rear profile very similar to
the gorgeous concept we saw last year.



The concept version is the top picture, while the bottom one is the actual production model.
As you can see, this is already looking very close. Which is great.


The car will be shown next month at the Los Angeles auto show. And, of course, I will be there.
This is one of the new cars I am looking forward to the most.


Honda Clarity test drive coming up...

I am driving the Plug-in version of the Honda Clarity for a week.
(As the Hydrogen version is not available in the press fleet, and I am not really into the pure EV model which has a pretty small range)

So far, EV range has been around 43 miles in mix used (City and HWY)
And over 51MPG once the main batteries were empty.
(Both without trying hard at all.)

I will get more accurate numbers as I drive it more of course. But so far so good.
A very comfortable and roomy car with amazing mileage.

As usual, I will try to answer any question you might have.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

BMW X7









 Russian mafia members have a new choice in transportation. 
The all-new giant X7 is basically a German Cadillac Escalade. It is actually a few millimeters longer than the short wheelbase Escalade.

The new BMW is actually much more vulgar looking than the current Escalade (or maybe I just got used to the Cadillac) 
Just look at this console. (With some pseudo-Christal looking shifter??)
The massive grille from the concept is back (also spreading to the rest of their SUV line)

The totally uninspired design is there too. 
It's almost weird to look that bad...  

Sales start in March in the US. At a starting price of $75 000.
Or about $5000 more than the current Mercedes GLS. (an all-new one is due out pretty soon)
The new Lincoln Navigator starts at around $73 000 and the (aging but still very popular) Escalade starts at about the same price as the X7.






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...