Saturday, February 13, 2016

Mercedes C-Class Convertible teaser


Looking great already.
An even cleaner design than the coupe (The stupid rear bumper "air vents" seem to be gone)

A new convertible is always good news to me.
This looks to be quite a treat.

Even though it might still start at above $45 000. it should still be quite a bit cheaper than the current $62 000 E-Class convertible.


Friday, February 12, 2016

2017 Audi Q2


Here we have what will be Audi's smallest SUV, the new Q2.

"Sportier" and more modern than the Q3, it is based on the newer MQB platform.
So it's basically a Golf.

After seating an a Q3, I'm not sure why they would want to even go smaller.
But, I guess it makes sense in Europe.

Not sure about US sales yet. But I remember a few years ago when they said the Q3 would "never" be sold in the US.
It came here about 3 years later. 

Hyundai Ioniq Vs,Toyota Prius


 It's that time again. Every time I see new pictures of the Ioniq, I feel like comparing it to the new Prius.

Like I mentioned before, I never disliked the previous generation Prius.
It's not something I would get for myself, but a few friends of mine have one, and it is OK.
(Even though many car nerds love to hate it.)

But this one is horrible. It is trying way too hard.
It is basically a visual mess, inside and out. And there is no excuse for it.

I mean look at both cars above. One seems confident, the other one is like crazy kid on speed.


 And it's even worse in the back!


 A tale of two shifters.
 One that looks classy and even quite upscale.
The other one, trying to re-invent the wheel. Ending up looking like a gadget sticking out of a Japanese toilet.
 Nothing to compare here. Since the new Prius doesn't even offer a sunroof anymore...

Trunk space seems pretty similar. At least on these pictures.
The Prius might have a small advantage here actually. (Its floor seems a bit lower)

Now, Kia just announced their "50MPG Niro Crossover".
Which is larger and heavier than the Ionic. Yet uses the same power train.
So the Hyundai might even end up being more fuel efficient that the new Prius!

I really think Toyota messed up. And might end up paying the price by seeing former customers switching to other brands.

Plus, this is 2016. There is no excuse for any car to look like that...

Thursday, February 11, 2016

2017 Kia Niro video




Sure, the plastic on the door panels look pretty shiny and hard.
Still.
Compared to the new Prius, this seems much, much more upscale. And especially better looking.
Just look how they even used a bit of white plastic on the console, and it doesn't look like a bathtub!
(Unlike the urinal inspired console in the Prius)

The whole thing looks really good, inside and out.
The fact that it might get 50 miles a gallon is just icing on the cake!

I mean the new RAV4 Hybrid (Probably its main competition) gets "only" 34/31.
It also costs over $28 000 to start.
I' m pretty sure Kia will easily beat both of these numbers.

This also made me think about the all new Hyundai Ioniq, which is based on the same platform. Uses the same power train. But is even lighter and more aerodynamic.
If the heavier Kia gets 50MPG, the Ioniq numbers could be quite amazing.

I really don't think lower gas prices should hurt these too much.
As I said before, you'd have to be an idiot to think this will last forever. (Or at least all they way to the end of your 5 or 7 year car loan)

Not everyone has $55 000 to spend on some large trucky SUV, no matter how cheap gas gets.



2017 Nissan Armada




  As you can see, now the Armada is just an Infiniti QX80 with less chrome and wood.
(Which itself is a Nissan Patrol with more chrome and wood...)

So basically, this is the japanese version of the Tahow/Escalade routine.
Which, I guess, does make business sense.

Plus, big trucks sales are up. (Since idiots always think gas prices will be staying low for the duration of their 5 or 7 year car loan)

Although inside, they didn't even try as hard as GM.
Now the Infiniti and Nissan models are exactly the same. Except, of course, with less wood on the Nissan. (Not that much less actually)

I just wonder who will ever buy the "slightly weirder" Infiniti over this.
I mean, it's not like the Infiniti brand adds that much of a cachet over the Nissan name.



All new Kia Niro Hybrid






That, is a good looking Hybrid!

It has a longer wheelbase than the Sportage, and 146HP.
And they are expecting 50MPG average!
Which is quite something. Almost 10 more than the Ford C Max Hybird.
And the Rav4 Hybrid only gets 34City/31HWY.

This should be great news for anyone shopping for a hybrid crossover. And anyone shopping for a crossover period.

More on this very soon.


Tuesday, February 09, 2016

2017 Chevrolet Trax



Just like the Opel Mokka (Buick Encore) we saw a few days ago, the Trax is getting a new face.
Not sure if the new headlights match the rest of the body now...

But it's OK.
Inside, things seem better and more upscale. Which is great.

I do like the current model quite a bit. So these changes are welcome.
Engine is still the same, with 138HP.
So it's still not fast. But still has enough smooth and quiet power.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Something you don't see every day...



Not every day, but every week, at Bob's Big Boy in Burbank.

A great place for great cars every friday nights.
I actually had never seen a Bricklin in person. It looked great!

Friday, February 05, 2016

New De Lorean Commercial



Apparently, we are getting new Delorean cars next year.
Not sure if they will start building whole new cars from original tooling?
Or new tooling?

One thing is sure, they will be getting a new engine.
My guess would be a Toyota V6. (Toyota has already been selling their V6 to other small manufacturers)
Which would be fantastic.

What is less fantastic is a rumored price of around $100 000.

I guess, dreams aren't cheap...

Something you don't see every day...

I saw it in Malibu a few days ago, driving right behind me.
A couple of days later, it was in Hollywood

Of course, the douchebag behind the wheel was driving like an asshole. Too fast, swerving abruptly. Staring at girls, making sure they'd notice.

I don't think this is on sale yet. So it could be some Honda guy or a journalist.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

2017 Opel Mokka X



 This is pretty much what we can expect for our Buick Encore by the end of this year.
No big changes, but they are all welcome. The LED lights look great.
As does the new dashboard inside. Closer to newer Opels like the Astra.

And also, closer to recent and upcoming Buicks.
Engine is a new 1.4 Liter Turbo with 152HP. A little bump from today's engine.
Here is the interior of the current Buick Encore.
I always thought it was OK until I saw the new Mokka dash.
Which seems much more grown up, simple and classy.

These changes should be great on the Encore...


UPDATE: Buick just announced they will be showing the 2017 Encore at the New York Auto Show in March. (That's a lot of capital letters...)

So really, 2017 Mokka=2017 Encore.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

GM killed the Cadillac ELR



They have finally announced officially that there will be no 2nd generation.
Of course!!

For some reason, the stupid suits at GM never wanted the ELR to succeed.
So the first thing they did was pricing it at $76 000.
$76 000!!!!
What the hell?

It was more than a base Tesla with over 4 times the EV range.
And over $35 000 more than the Volt it is based on.

This car should have been $45 000/$50 000 at the most.

At least, Sergio Marchionne is not involved, so no designers were blamed for this.
As they shouldn't. The ELR is an amazing looking car.  I actually think it is one of the best looking
car on the road.
And it has a great interior! Much nicer than the upcoming CT6 and XT5.

What it needed to have was a real hatch (Why such a fastback profile without the hatch???)
A glass roof/sunroof option.
A longer range than the Volt.
And, of course, a much, much lower price.

GM never wanted this car to sell. And they did whatever they had to.
So no 2nd generation.
Which is really too bad.
Still, the current car gets a 40 miles EV range with a 5 hour charging time on a 240 outlet.
Which is really pretty good...

(I put in a request for a test drive to GM. But i'm not hopeful they'll get me one now...)


The official price is now $57 500. Better, but still too much. And way too late!
And the lease is $500 a month.

This could have been such a great car...
Especially with the new 2016 Volt power train.


More pictures of the all new 2017 Kia Cadenza/K7







Looking really nice on these pictures.

The main problem is, no matter how great it is, it is still a $35 000 Kia (2016 model)
And most people aren't ready for that, still.

But for the non-snobs who can forget about brand image for a minute, this seems great.
I mean, it seems as luxurious as anything for the price.

The current model has been getting good reviews, and this one is supposed to be even better.
Of course it won't compete with BMW or Mercedes. But I could see this as a less sporty alternative to the Maxima.
Even going against the Lexus ES (Which starts at $39 000)

And I do like the fact that it's not trying to be sporty.
Most people don't want "sporty". An a large sedan they want quiet, solid and luxurious .
This already has a much, much nicer interior than the jaguar XE and XF I saw a few weeks ago.

I wish people could give this car a chance, really.

Now that Hyundai will stop selling the Azera in the US, maybe they'll spend a bit more advertising money on this...

P.S: Notice how far forward the front seats are (3rd pic).
Giving the fake impression of a ridiculous amount of rear leg room...

Also, the current model is now available for a low $300 a month lease.
A great deal in my opinion...


2017 Nissan Armada

 Looks like the new Armada isn't a "Titan SUV" anymore.
Yet it does look very familiar.
Here is the Nissan Patrol. Which has been sold in other countries for a while.
And of course, our own Infiniti QX80. Which is just a luxury version of the Patrol.

I guess Nissan doesn't except to sell to many Armadas.
It's basically what GM has been doing with the Tahoe/Escalade for years. So why not...

Scion is dead....

Yes, Toyota has decided to kill the Scion brand today.
(Most Scion models will be turned into Toyotas before the end of the year)

They've actually killed it in steps.
The first one came when they redesigned the popular xB. That boxy car that made Scion popular in the first place. (Which had sold over 61 000 units in 2006 alone)
In one big, idiotic move, they made if much bigger, which was the opposite of what their customers wanted.
(Sales went down to 15 223 last year)
Then, instead of correcting that, they just killed it in .

Meanwhile, Kia was smart enough to come up with their own version of the "cute and square" little car, the Soul.
And they didn't mess it up when they redesigned it. Sales are up every year!
They sold over 147 000 of them last year!

Instead, what Scion did was selling us a version of the Mazda2 sedan ( a sedan!) with a super ugly front end.
And finally bring over the European Toyota Auris. (And they made that uglier too)

Amazing. Another story of inept suits killing a whole brand.

At least they didn't blame it on the designers...


Tuesday, February 02, 2016

VW Ameo



 As you can see, the new Ameo is one cheap looking VW.
That's because it IS cheap. And, so far, only for the Indian market.

It uses  a lot of parts from other VW models, mainly the Polo. But not the design.
That 3/4 rear view  is one of the worst I have seen in years.
I mean, what were they thinking?
What is that???

Why even force a tiny truck and not a proper hatch?
Why not something from Brazil?
Why not the older Polo? Anything would look better than this...

I guess that boring interior from the 90's actually gives it some kind of upscale feel for the super cheap price?

it is powered by a 1.2 Liter gas engine, or a larger (and much more polluting) 1.5 Liter Diesel.



Here is another new car for India,  the new Tata Zika. A similar sized car. Also powered by a 1.2 Liter engine.
Just a few inches shorter (due to the hatch design).
And much cheaper in its local market.

And... It looks nice! And modern. Not like some some zombie from the 90's.

I mean, we'll never see any of these cars over here.
So i'm not getting all that worked up about it.
Still, you would thing that giant VW could at least design something nice...