Monday, July 21, 2014

2015 Buick Envision

This is the so called "Chinese Market version".
That's what they usually say when something doesn't look great.

Then, a few months later, it lands in the US, pretty much the same.

So this is basically the Buick version of the redesigned Chevrolet Equinox.
At least in China, the Buck version is powered by the usual 2.0 Liter Turbo.

This doesn't look horrible. But not great either.
That big grille is getting old. It needs to be modernized a bit. Quite a bit.
And from the back, it looks like it could be anything, from anyone...

Better pix coming really soon.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Lexus LF-LC Concept approved for production.

And apparently, it will be very close to the concept (pictured above). About 90% close.

I think this is great news. The LF-LC is quite stunning. This would make a great model for Lexus to go against the 6 series or S Class coupe. ( I guess that's was the "old" SC was anyway.)

We should see the real thing by 2016.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia

This, of course, is just an illustration.
As we really knows what Alfa's next mid size sedan will look like.

It was, for a while, rumored to be based on the new Chrysler 200 platform. But now it looks like Alfa will be getting its own RWD platform instead.
Which is a good thing.

The new mid size sedan might be their most important model yet. Since it will compete with the Audi A4, C-Class, 3 Series and Volvo S60. And the all new Jaguar XE.
Quite a crowd. Unlike the new 4C, this could sell in real numbers.

And I really wouldn't mind if it ended up looking like the illustration above, or close to it...

More pictures of the new 2015 Mazda2

These are better pictures of the all new Mazda2.
And what a great looking little car, inside and out.

Amazingly enough, Mazda has already started building them in Japan today.

No word on the US engine.
But it will probably be the same as the 1.5 Liter used in Japan.
Although we will not be getting the more powerful 1.5 Diesel version here.

If there is one thing.... I haven't seen any pictures of the car with a sunroof. This is something that was missing on the previous version.
Seems that Mazda doesn't care much for sunroofs. Since the 3 and 6 only have that old fashion small one as an option. (No modern glass roofs anywhere in their line up...)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

2015 Mazda2

Looking really cute. Pretty much exactly like a smaller Mazda3.
(I guess that's what everyone is doing now. One design for all...)

Interior seems to be a big step forward. More upscale than the current model.
And much better than the Fiesta.  (Although I still think the Fiesta hatchback looks great.
Maybe even better than this.)

Power should come from a new 1.5 Liter engine. An all new 1.5 Liter Diesel will also be offered. But not in the US. (Where Mazda has still not introduced the Mazda6 Diesel. Which was scheduled for last year here.)

2015 Smart ForTwo and ForFour

 So they are all new and still look like Smart cars.
And at the same time, more like regular cars. Inside and out.

No news yet about engines. But to me, these should all be electric.
There are many roomier cars getting better MGPs around. So these need to be different.

So far, it seems that only the 2 door has been approved for the US.
Which is a huge mistake. The 4 door could actually compete with many more cars.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

2015 Audi Q7

This is still just an illustration.
But it does look a lot like these spy shots we have seen for about 15/20 years now.

Just like most new Audi models, it just looks like a square version of the current car.
The current Q7 still looks really good, I think.

I'm sure the new one will be better, lighter etc... But not sure it will look better, really....

Monday, July 14, 2014

Cadillac Escalade V-Sport and Diesel coming up???

According to Automotive News, Cadillac is actually considering a more powerful version of the Escalade. And maybe even a diesel version.

Sure, there might be a few people who always want "bigger with more power".
I guess they can always add a supercharger or a turbo to the huge 6.2 Liter V8.

(Although Lincoln decided to go "all V6" for the 2015 Navigator).

But a powerful Turbo V6 Diesel does make more sense.

Not sure if GM does have one though. Or even working on it. As I have never heard about a new V6 Diesel from GM...

VW Crossblue coming up...

It has finally been announced today. It will be built in the US. And not in Mexico.
Good news fro Tennessee that will see another 2000 jobs from it.

The bad news is: production will start late 2016. Not late this year. Or late next year.
But over 2 years from now!!!

The concept is from last year. So by the time it actually reaches dealers, it will be a 4 year old design!
How sad is that.

But, it is not based on the US Passat platform. Instead, it is based on the newer MQB one.
Same as the all new Euro Passat.
So it looks like the US plant will be producing MQB based cars in 2016. Which means they could actually build the Euro Passat over here as well.
Just in time for ours to be replaced.


2016 Toyota Prius

Still under heavy camouflage.
But now you can tell it will look quite different than the current model.
Even if the general silhouette is similar.
The cut from the hatchback and the rear door both look much more rounded than before.
 I suspect that under all that black tape, things might not be that angular anymore.

In any case, we will now have to wait 6 months more to see the real thing, since the new model has been delayed.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

New 2015 VW Passat videos.

I don't know about you, but all these videos make me really wish this car was sold here in the US.

VW's idea of the US market is so wrong. Thinking Americans only want bigger/cheaper cars.
Sure, many do. Maybe most. But NOT the ones who buy VWs. That's the whole point.

Of course it can't start at $30 000 and try to compete with the Camry.
But being based on their new "more efficient" (cheaper top make) platform, they could really find a way to sell it here at a competitive price. (And the new model is roomier, which means probably almost as roomy as the US model anyway.)

Just like they do with the new Golf/GTI.
And just like Ford is doing with the Fusion/Mondeo. Mazda with the Mazda6 etc...

There is really no reason for this not being sold here.

I was thinking that maybe this could come here in a couple of years, but no. Our Passat is due for some changes next year. So an all new one isn't coming anytime soon....

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

2015 Opel/Vauxhall Corsa

 Looks like the design is actually mostly new. But hard to say if it is "all new". (2015 model is on top)

I am also not so sure it is an improvement over the current one. At least the 4 door version.

The 2 door model always looked more modern, and still does here.
Again, hard to say how new it is. They do look so similar...

There is no doubt inside, where everything does look different. And really nice. It has less of a toy look.

Again, Bob Lutz had been saying that we would be getting the Corsa in the US for "the next generation". Which is the car shown here.
But that is also back when Saturn and Pontiac were still around.

I just wonder if the plan is now to turn this into a small Buick...

Monday, July 07, 2014

2015 Mazda2

At least we get to see the interior early.
Looks fine to me.
In line with the new Mazda3, but smaller.

Looks like the iPad looking screen is here to stay. I wonder how long it will take to appear in the Mazda 6 and CX5...