Friday, July 19, 2019

Chevrolet Corvette C8 Convertible

Since GM showed these pictures last night at the C8 event, it looks like, as usual, we won't have to wait that long to see the convertible version in the flesh.

And I think it looks better than the coupe. Especially without a spoiler or black wheels.

Usually, I always preferred the design of the Corvette coupe. ( even though I love convertibles) Since they used to have such a cool rear or hatch glass design.
But the new one doesn't anymore.

I think this does look quite impressive. Even though the useless black plastic trim and the fake side windows are still there...

2020 C8 Chevrolet Corvette details

At least everything inside seems to have a premium feel.
Not sure how it actually feels. Especially for the passenger...

Also not sure if the removable roof takes all the space in the rear trunk or not.
(It probably does...)

I am sure this must be quite an impressive car in person.
Still, a simpler more cohesive design would have been even better. 

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Even more 2020 Corvette photos.

Good to see they did keep some of that Corvette DNA by keeping the removable Targa top.
 Although these rear side windows don't really look like windows do they...
Just like the Cadillac CT-5, this just looks like another black plastic trying to pass for a small window.
Which is really too bad.

At least there is still a bit of trunk space left.
but now it's upfront.
Not sure if that would be enough for a weekend drive or not.

Previous generations were actually nice cars to drive every day and go places with for a few days...

 That's where the removable top goes. Behind the engine. I guess this is another small cargo space
if you keep the top on.

Already looking much nicer with "real/non-black" wheels and some color other than that "fire engine/Italian sports car wannabe" red.

Quite busy and claustrophobic in there. At least with the top up...

What do you think of the all-new Corvette?

2020 Corvette C8 photos

I mean... This does look a lot like an Italian car now.
Not the American legend the Corvette was.

Maybe in better colors. Better pictures. In real life???

The all new 2020 C8 Corvette live unveiling. Right here!

2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8

It looks like this is the real thing.
Slightly early from the official event.

Although, for some reason, the car in the top photo has a red spoiler and red mirrors.
While it is black in the other two.
Of course, it could be different options or packages.

It looks exactly like what we guessed from the millions of spy photos we have seen.
Which is: not like a Corvette.
Instead of its own thing, the Corvette is now trying to be a bargain version of a Lamborghini.
Which, to me and many Corvette fans, is not really a good thing...

More very soon.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Interior

Not exactly sure what to think about this.

The red stitching is almost becoming ridiculous these days. It seems to be in everything that is marketed as "sporty".

Otherwise, this could be described by some as a mess.
That long row of switches/buttons on the right of the console is really odd.
More than actually stylish.
The passenger seat looks like a horrible place to be...

So far, I see a huge amount of lines, bits, and pieces that don't really fit together.

Of course, we'' have to wait for more pictures.
But it doesn't look like the 2020 Corvette will be a class act...

We will see the whole thing is just a few hours so stay tuned. 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Cadillac CT5 price.

The all-new Cadillac CT5 will start at $37 890.
This is for the base 2.0 Liter Turbo model with 237HP.

The Premium Luxury model starts at $41 690 while the Sports is priced at $1000 more.

AWD is a $2600 option.

This is about $10 000 less than the current CTS sedan. Which is quite an amazing price reduction.
(For what probably is a very similar car underneath the new design)

Cadillac has finally seen the light and realizes they just cannot charge Mercedes and BMW prices.

This is a very good move.
The CTS was a very nice car. But didn't really have such a price advantage against its European competition.

The CT5 wheelbase is slightly longer than the $54 000 Mercedes E-Class.
While about the same size.
The BMW 5 series is also as long as the CT5.
Same thing with the Audi A6.

While the CT5 is priced not only much cheaper than all of these.
But also thousands cheaper than base versions of the smaller Mercedes C-Class and BMW 3 series.

I think this is great news for Cadillac.

Hyundai Elantra GT N-Line test drive.

The Hyundai Elantra GT hatchback is quite a nice looking car.
The N-Line sportier version adds larger and great looking 18-inch wheels. No chrome around the windows.
But mostly, a multi-link rear independent rear suspension. And a 201HP 1.6 Liter Turbo.

The design reminds me of the VW Golf.
But I think it actually looks a bit more like the Peugeot 308.
Which makes sense since it was mostly designed for the European market where it is sold as the Hyundai i30.

The interior is also different from out Elantra sedan.
It feels quite upscale for the price (The regular model starts at around $20 500)

Yes, it does have a tablet design that I wish could be better integrated to the rest of the dashboard.
But the screen itslef looks great. Actually more upscale than in the more expensive Kona.
As usual, the Hyundai info system is easy to figure out and use.
And the base sound system sounds quite good for a standard unit.

The N-Line being a sportier version, Hyundai has added a few red-colored trim bits on the dash.
Which, I think, are not necessary.
But the red piping on the black leather seats does look great.

These front seats are also really comfortable. Although all adjustments are manual on my test car.

The rear seat is fine.
But nothing extra roomy. Which is a bit surprising since this is designed for the European market. Where this is basically more like a mid-sized car.

The trunk is very roomy. And the rear seats fold flat.
So this has bascially the same cargo room as the Kona. Or any small (but more expensive) SUVs.

The ride of the N-Line version is very firm.
Which is just fince, since it is sold as a sporty car.
Everything feels very solid.

The engine is very, very smooth. A pleasure to drive around and rev up once in a while. It is always very quiet and smooth. But also sounds pretty muted and very refined when you push it.

This is a much nicer experience than I had with the 1.5 Liter in the Civic a few weeks ago.

My car came with the standard 6 speed manual. Which is a pleasure to use.

While the ride is quite sporty, the steering felt a bit on the light side for a sporty car.
But always very precice.

While the engine is very refined, somehow it doesn't really feel like 201HP.
It does feel prettty fast, but not nearly as much as the VW GTI. Which doesn't have that much more power. (At least the one I drove a few years ago)

This is more like a "relaxed/sporty/refined" experience.
It feels like in-between the regular Golf and the GTI.

Which will be just fine for most people.

As you can see on the sticker bellow, the car is rated at 23/30MPG.
Which is actually strange.
Since I got 26 in the city.
But, basically, never got under 40MPG on the freeway.
I just wonder why the official numbers are so low...

I also wanted to mention a very nice detail that I noticed on previous Hyundai drives. The sound level of the stereo is automatically lowered when you get the car in reverse.
A very small detail. But it is actually very nice. Since it does help concentrate when moving backward.
This is just a very nice, unexpected touch. Something you would expect in a luxury car.

Another unexpected touch was how hot the cool looking shifter gets in hot weather.
It doesn't last of course. But a weird surprise when you get back into your car in hot weather...

I have not drivern the "regular" Elantra sedan, but the Euro Hatchback is really a great compact car.
It is very refined, well put together and a lot of fun to drive.
The huge cargo area is another plus.

And, it is actually pretty rare. You are not going to see another one for a while.
Another plus for me...

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

More pictures of the new Mazda CX-30

While the CX-3 is basically a crossover version of the tiny Mazda 2, the CX-30 borrows a lot from the new generation Mazda 3.
Which, I guess, could be a very popular recipe. And mostly fix the horrendous rear visibility/claustrophobic feeling of the Mazda 3 Hatchback version.

These pictures are of the European version (We obviously won't be getting the cool stick shift over here...)
And it does look cute. It seems to be addressing the lack of rear room problem of the CX-3 at least.
it could be quieter and smoother too (That's not hard to do)

But. There is A LOT of that black plastic trim. I mean look how thick it is around the wheels. 
And the lower body is completely covered too.
It could actually look fine in the flesh. But it does look a bit much on the pictures...