Friday, March 24, 2017

2017 Toyota Vios




Just a few more pix of the new Vios hatchback for the Chinese market.

Not so bad for a basic car.
Powered by a 1.3 Liter or 1.5 Liter.
CVT.

So nothing very special. But it doesn't look bad, especially compared to other recent Toyota designs.
I even think it looks a bit better than our Yaris...

2018 Bentley Continental GT

Bentley has been testing the next generation Continental Gt coupe for a while now.
The convertible version too.

And they have been pretty smart and effective with their camouflage.
As the next model looks to have very different proportions than the first 2 generations.,
it seems much lower and wider.
Like a longer version of the EXP10 from 2015.
The same design was used a few weeks ago for the EXP12 convertible.

Let's hope these two gorgeous designs were a preview of the next Continental GT coupe and convertible.





Here are these two concepts.
If you can look closely at the prototype pictures HERE you can see a lot of these concepts.

I love the first generation Continental GT.
But not the current one. Which is just a poor copy of the previous design.
I especially don't like the horribly cheap looking rectangular tail lights gently seems to be using on everything these days.
These concepts replace them with a really cool oval LED design.

It just looks great...


Head over HERE for all the pix of the prototype testing in the snow. 

2018 Toyota Sienna SE

I mean really.

Look at this. The "sporty' SE version now has 90's looking clear tail lights!
I guess they are trying to conjure memories of the old 1st generation Lexus IS?
Or RX?

I had no idea this was still a thing for some people...
This looks like cheapo after market stuff.
(The whole thing does actually)

On another note. I just learned from a reader with "inside knowledge" that Toyota is indeed preparing an all new Sienna for 2019 or 2020.
So I guess they didn't really abandoned that segment. Just fort the next 2 or 3 years...


Thursday, March 23, 2017

2018 Honda Odyssey BurlappVideo



All that talk about the revised "made ugly" 2018 Toyota Sienna made me revisit the all new 2018 Odyssey from Honda.
Which I thought looked weird when it was unveiled .
But next to the now "old and weird" Sienna, the Honda looks really good.

Much more upscale outside. The lines don't appear too weird on this video.
The interior is shown with the usual "sad Honda dark grey" interior.
But that's a matter a color, trim. And personal taste.

Take a look and tell me if I'm wrong ( an impossibility)

Not as modern and slick as the Pacifica. But still a really good job.
from people who obviously want to stay in the Minivan business and know it takes some effort.

What happened to the Alfa Romeo Giulia Coupe???

Before the Geneva auto show, there were rumors everywhere about an all new Giulia Coupe being unveiled at the show. (HEREHERE and HERE. But also HEREHERETHERE. And even OVER HERE and OVER THERE. And many more)
But nothing.... What happened?

It was a weird rumor to begin with, I know. Since they are really concentrating more on SUVs, and maybe a larger sedan.
Still, where is it????

Any idea?


2018 Toyota Vios FS

That looks a lot like a hatchback version of the car I posted about earlier.
The one HERE. The new Toyota Yaris sedan for China.

This looks a bit better. The front end seems less tortured.

Someone had mentioned in the comments that it is not related to the Yaris sold in the US and Europe.
It does look very different, even a bit larger. 

2018 Rolls Royce Cullinan

This is just an illustration, but it does match the spy shots we have seen before.
And it does look pretty sad.

I mean this has zero personality or class.
Just a super generic shape with a Rolls front end.

Let's just hope the real Cullinan ends up a bit better than this.

I actually prefer a previous illustration that I posted a while ago.
Some grainy picture for sure, but it looked just a tiny bit better than this.
HERE it is...




Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Buick Regal Tour-X annoying video



You know these annoying YouTube videos made from a single picture?
They are not real videos, and they are super annoying.

Well, I just made one. With a better version of the 2018  Buick Regal wagon pic that was sent to me.
And I added super weird/annoying/boring "music" (If you can call it that)

So there it is, enjoy!

2018 Mercedes GLE interior


The bottom picture shows the current E Class sedan.
Above is the upcoming E Class based GLE.

As you can see, they will use a very similar dashboard.
Just like the E-Class coupe does. Only difference in the coupe/convertible are the vents.
Same thing here, where they will become square.

And of course, the console will be more "truck like", as you can see. 
With built in handles that will never be used by 99% of its owners since it will never see any rough roads...


2018 Toyota Sienna


The Sienna is the car Toyota refuses to redesign.
(This and the Prius V I guess...)

The current generation is now 7 years old, and all it is getting for the new year is a few changes.
Like this horrible new front end that doesn't fit at all the rest of the car.
It's like they are forcing it to look like an Avalon. 

It's not working. At all.
And now they include the ugly lower side rockers as standard.
Because it looks "sporty" I guess.

Inside, nothing new either. Except minor updates to the entertainment system.


This is what the Sienna looks now.

There is really nothing wrong with it. It looks just fine for a minivan.

It looks like Toyota is preparing to maybe exit the segment. Pulling a "Crown Victoria" on the Sienna isn't the best news.
Everything else is newer. Or just "new". Like the Odyssey. 
And the Pacifica looks great and has had really good reviews so far.

This is doomed.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

It's raining here in Hollywood.
Not much to do except watching something.

And the best things to watch are all the world famous BurlappVideos on one place.

So HERE. On my BurlappCar YouTube Channel.

2018 Infiniti QX50


Nothing all new here, since it is pretty much the same thing as the concept we saw last year.
Which is just fine. At least, unlike Subaru, they try to keep pretty close to what they tease us with.

But, it this enough?
I mean it looks pretty tame. Very generic.
I also now that anything labeled SUV or Crossover sells. No matter who makes it. So it has that going for it.
Otherwise, I'm not even sure where the whole Infiniti brand is going.

Their most popular model should be the Q50 sedan. The current QX50 is way to old. (It started life as the EX back in 2007!) 
Even though it is in a hot segment. They have been way too slow to redesign it.

Their Q50 sedan is a good car. Also in a pretty hot segment competing with the 3 series, A4, C class etc...
They sold 44 007 of them last year.
Doesn't sound too bad right? Until you find out BMW sold over 70 000 3 series (over 142 000 back in 2014)
Mercedes also sold over 77 000 C Class sedans in 2016.

As for the Q50?
They sold under 17 000 of them last year.
While BMW sold over 44 000 X3s, and almost 30 000 X1s.
And let's not forget the Lexus NX. Which pretty much beats everyone with over 54 800 sales in 2016.

I thought the all new QX30 would be more popular. I think it does look great, inside and out.
In just 5 months on the market last year, they sold only 2259 of them. 
Things are picking up a little bit with 3572 sold so far in 2017. 
Still...
Not sure it will ever reach the 25 000 units Mercedes sells of its close cousin, the GLA. 


Infiniti does need something.
I am not sure a plain looking Crossover is enough....



If you must see more pictures of the all new QX50, HERE they are.


2018 Subaru Viziv production version


The top picture is the production prototype.

Looks like congratulations are in order for Subaru.
They have done what many thought was impossible: make the Viziv concept even more boring.

Look at the headlights!
Gone is the 1% of originality the concept had.

I was at the L.A show for the unveiling of the concept. No one stayed after the PR BS speech.
No one was interested in it, or cared in any way.
It just looks like a giant/bloated Forester.
I guess this is strictly for the extreme Subaru fans. The ones who won't even look at anything else.

Head over HERE for more pictures and info. If you dare.

2018 VW Polo


Just though we could compare what we have seen so far of the all new 2018 VW Polo (white car), and the current one.
It looks like VWs are getting flatter. In general.

I mean, that's what happened to the current Jetta when you compare it to the previous one. It seems lower and wider.

There is nothing really modern about the next Polo. As far as we can see.
Just another super conservative looking hatchback.
At least it does seem a bit more upscale. Although I am not sure that is what people want in that segment. maybe in Europe, where it could attract people who can't afford a Golf?
But in general, it seems that a small Hatchback should be a little more fun.

The new Fiesta is. Even the current one is more modern than this.



Monday, March 20, 2017

Opel Insignia Sports Tourer: The Burlapp video



In this short video. You see why 90% of people who are getting an SUV could be getting a wagon instead.
Unless  riding high makes them "feel safe" for some reason...
(a friend of mine looking for a car just tole me that last week)

This is as much room as a family of 4 will ever need.
You could even sleep in it! This could be the perfect camping car.

Again, our Buick regal Tour-X will be a raised up version of this, similar to the Subaru Outback.
I guess US regulations will consider it an SUV, or "light truck" once it is raised up.
Just like Mercedes did with the US GLA. (The European version is obviously lower)
And Audi with the Q3.

Being categorized  as a light truck allows for easier/cheaper regulations in the US. Which equals to more profits.
That is probably why we will not be getting the regular wagon version.

And also probably why the gorgeous Volvo V90 wagon is only available in the US as the raised up Cross Country version (regular V90 is special order only in the US. But still around $6000 less)

And also, why they are pushing SUVs so much in general.





Opel Insignia Burlapp Video



This  is just like being there!
You lucky Burlapp fans get to see the all new Opel Insignia up close. Inside and out.
(It also includes the great "BurlappMusic" as a bonus)

It does look really nice. And gives us a glimpse of the upcoming 2018 Buick Regal.
And, it does really show the convenience of the hatchback.

The end of the video really shows why it makes sense for a 4 door sedan to be a hatchback.

2018 Nissan Leaf

This gives us an idea of what the next Nissan Leaf could look like.

I think it's a pretty lazy illustration, based on the Nissan IDS concept.
Not really trying to make it look like a production car, except for adding regular door handles and rear view mirrors.

From the spy shots we have seen, it looks like the next Leaf will be taller than the concept. Not as modern looking.
But also, not as tall and nerdy as the current car. I guess.

So, for now, this is all we have.
Enjoy it...

2018/19 VW T-Roc




 Last year, VW came up with the T-Cross concept. (IN yellow above)A small SUV set to compete with others like the Nissan Juke or Honda HR-V etc...
The concept was even a convertible version.
But this above picture (blue car) is supposed to show us the production version, called the T-Roc.
And it doesn't look at all like the concept.
I mean not at all.

So either this is something else. Or there is really no hope for VW.

The concept was actually pretty attractive. Just imagine a roof and rerouted doors and it still looks nice.
But that blue thing above looks like a super cheapo car for "emerging markets".


Not sure what's going on here. But I will. I will!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

2018 VW Jetta?


Yes, this is a similar picture than the one I posted earlier HERE. Thinking it was the next Polo.
But from this wider shot, which includes the name "Jetta", it obviously isn't the Polo.

We really can't see much anyway. There is a third side window, large headlights...
That's about all I can make out. But it doesn't look like VW is changing the "boring lasts" Jetta recipe anytime soon.
The current model is old now. And still looks OK. Since it never looked great.



2018 VW Touareg


Well, as you can see, the next Touareg (in while) will look exactly like the T-Prime concept from last year.

The T-Prime looked just fine. Even great when compared to the sad Atlas.
But that crease on the side is getting really close to an Audi design.

It seems that, in general, VW is competing more and more with Audi these days. More than ever.
I mean the Golf's really nice interior is at least as nice as the Audi A3.
The all new Arteon looks better than the Audi A5 hatchback.
And now this.
Competing with the super boring "Mr.Zero Personality" Q7.

Doesn't really make any sense to me.
But at the same time. It's not bad news. Better looking cars for less money...

Saturday, March 18, 2017

2018 Buick Regal Wagon (TourX)

This is supposed to be the all new Wagon version of the 2018 Regal sedan.

From what I have heard, it will be only offered as this Tour X AWD version in the US.
Even though it is raised a bit (maybe a couple of inches?) I think it looks great.
The only engine for the US will be the smooth and powerful 2.0 Liter Turbo.

And, it's better than no wagon.
I hope this will be successful for GM. As it would be a great alternative to the super boring Subaru Outback.
And much less expensive than the great Volvo V90.
And so much nicer looking than the Audi A4 Wagon...

We will see the real thing next month.
Meanwhile, I am at work getting more pictures.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Is the Lexus GS dead?

The Japanese press is reporting the next generation Lexus GS might never see the light of day.

It seems that Lexus things they have plenty of sedans with the IS, ES and the all new LS.
And why not, really.

Last year, they sold 14 878 units of the GS. Not a horrible number. Right?
But it is, compared to  BMW who sold 32 408 of the 5 series. And Mercedes who did even better with 50 896 of the E-Class.
Both the BMW and Mercedes models have been redesigned. So 2017 should be even better.

But the main competition for the GS might just be the ES. Which sold 58 288 units last year.
And that will also be redesigned for next year, selling even better.

The ES is pretty much everything you need if you want a Lexus. It is super quiet, refined and reliable.
It has always looked pretty nice. Never offensive like the current GS.
And it is probably a bit roomier inside.
The current GS best number were back in 2015 with 23 117.
Still behind the competition.

So I would guess, yes. The GS might be dead after the current generation.
Designwise, it seems they were getting worse with each redesign. The best (IMO) being the first one,
designed by Giugiaro.

Of course...

2018 Toyota Yaris




This is being introduced in China as the Yaris L.
At first you would think it's just a 4 door sedan version of the Yaris.
But it seems to be a totally different car.

Our Yaris hatch just got a new front end recently, and a few minor updates.
But it's almost time for an all new one.

I just wonder if this sedan is a preview of our 2018, or 2019.
The windows are totally different up front. The interior has nothing in common, etc...

So this is not a sedan version of the current car.

Here is the current Yaris.
As you can see when comparing it with the other pictures above, they don't seem related at all.

I guess we'll have to wait a little more to see what the all new Yaris will look like outside of China.

This could be the most exciting car news in years! An all new Toyota Yaris based on a Chinese model!
Wow!!!

2018 VW Polo. The real thing


This is it.
Kind of.

There is still bit of clever camouflage on the car. Especially the tail light. There is something going on there.

This is quite sad. As it seems VW is unable to design an interesting looking hatchback these days.
They really need to call someone like Ital Design for help (Giugiaro designed the first Golf)

It's also weird that all the VW badges are on the car. Even a "Polo" badge.
So this might just be a new version of the south American VW Gol???

What do you think?


This is the current Polo. sad th see that it looks as good as the "next one" pictured above.

And this is the Gol. Which is mostly for Brazil.
it came out in 2009 (with a facelift for 2014) so it is due for a new one also.

The spy shots above could actually be the new Gol disguised as a Polo.

???

2018 VW Polo


These look pretty realistic.
Since they just look like a small Golf.
Which is what the current Polo looks like.

We are supposed to be getting the next generation Polo here in the US.
And with more and more hatchbacks available to us, we actually be getting this one.

it would compete with the Fiesta, just like it does in Europe.
But also the Fit, Versa Note and other tiny hatchbacks sold in the US.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

2018 Buick Regal/Opel Insignia






Just a few more pictures of the new Opel Insignia. ( I had not seen the tan/black interior before)

Although not 100% sure yet, we are probably getting the hatchback version pictured above as our next Buick regal. 
Which will be unveiled early next month.

So I thought it might be interesting to see more pictures.

Again, I think it would be a great move from GM to sell the hatch here. 
It could be the start of something.

The sad thing though, is that this new Regal will probably be the last Buick based on a German product.
Which is really too bad.
The current regal does feel (And is) very German. So does the Cascada.
I thought the Buick/Opel thing was working really well.

I wonder what GM has in store for Buick in the next few years...


VW GTI test drive coming up.

Just got this car for a week.
So I'll be...driving it! All the time.

If you have any questions about it, go ahead.

So far?
 Like most VW engines, it sounds like a "quiet" diesel at idle.
A big rush of power after 2500RPM. So I'd say a bit of lag.
Feels solid as a small tank.


The model I have is a loaded SE version.

I drove one a couple of years ago and really liked it, so this should be a fun week.