Wednesday, October 29, 2014

All new Ram 700 Compact truck

This is pretty much a Fiat. Rebadged "Ram" for the Mexican market.
Which is fine.

It is based on the Fiat Strada and uses a version of the ancient 1.6 Liter used in the old Neon.
(Yes!. The Neon)

I think there is room for something like this in the US. Not with the Neon engine though. But Fiat has a few version of their modern 1.4 Liter they could use in this.

In Mexico it will start at around $14 000. Even it it became almost $20 000 here, I bet there would still be quite a few people interested. Something like a modern Subaru Brat.
Which would be kind of cool...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

2016 Mazda CX-3

Mazda will show its all new CX-3 compact crossover at the Los Angeles auto show next month.
And, at least from this sketch, it looks really good.

It is based on the new Mazda2 and will use the same 1.5 Liter engine.
It will compete in this expending segment with the new (and delayed due to problems at the Mexican factory) Honda HR-V. But also the Chevrolet Trax and Nissan Juke.

And there is now a rumor than the small Hyundai iX25 will also be coming to the US.
A great time for tiny SUVs.

Monday, October 27, 2014

What could have been...

This is a prototype from 1988.
Porsche had then decided that a "4 door 911" called 989, was a good idea. Mostly for the US market.

And it didn't look too bad.
Just like the Panamera, over 20 years later, this was a front engine, RWD car. So not really a 4 door 911.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Something you don't see every day...

Last night, in Malibu.

More teasing: Nissan Concept

Another teaser of that new Nissan SUV/Crossover concept.

Not sure why they would have another compact SUV since they already have the Juke, which is quite popular in many countries.
The Juke also just got updated for 2015. So an all new one is not around the corner.

Scion iM Concept

 Scion will show this new model at the Los Angeles auto show next month.

This is not really a concept. More like a preview of their new model. Which is basically, as they mentioned before, an updated version of the European Auris hatchback.
So basically, a Corolla Hatch. Just what the Elantra GT is to the regular US sedan version.

Which is fine, Scion does need new models. Anything...
Here is the current Auris for Europe. As you can see, the "concept" has a revised grille/headlights/bumpers. But that's about it.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

2016 Acura ILX

Acura will revise the ILX for the new year.
Here is what the official PR BS says:
" Potent new power train, more aggressive exterior styling, significantly upgraded interior elements".

Which probably means: " Now available with the same 2.4 Liter engine used in the TLX, new wheels and lights, (With 5 more hp), more wood/aluminum trim inside.

I really don't hunk there will be much more than that...

Friday, October 17, 2014

Something you don't see every day...

Except on my street...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New Nissan Concept coming up.

So far the only thing we know is that it will be introduced on October 28th at the Sao Paulo autoshow.
SUV? Crossover?

What do you think?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Audi A9 Concept

Audi is now supposed to show an all new concept at the upcoming L.A Auto Show.

Something, they say, that will show a new design direction.
Which means that maybe, just maybe, future Audis won't just look like squared off versions of the current ones...

This does looks like a hatchback. (On the right of the picture). A wagon or some sort of a crossover?
It almost seems weird. As A9 would be more upscale than the S-Class fighting A8.

I'll report in person from the show!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Something you don't see every day...

That's right. Someone actually spent some money trying to pass their Chevy pick up truck for a Cadillac.
I guess it's not that hard, since you can just get an older Escalade front end and a few logos.

Quite amazing what people think is cool...