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...

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Something you don't see every day...

 The good old Cadillac Cimarron from the 80's.
I haven't seen one around in so many years...

A car we don't see anymore. But it is still mentioned every single time a luxury car maker is trying to come out with a small car.  It was mentioned a lot when the current ATS came out.
It is basically what Lincoln did with the original MKZ. Which was so much a Fusion.



Here are some ads from the 80's. Showing how GM was selling the car.
Which was just an over priced dressed up Chevy Cavalier.

"This one's got the touch" is quite an amazing slogan. It's so bad it's good.
And "Best of all...It's a Cadillac".  Like if Cadillac still had this great image in the 80's..

More pictures of the all new European VW Passat




Looking quite nice and upscale. That interior is miles ahead of our "US/China" model.
And it doesn't look that much smaller inside.
All we'll be getting over here is a revised version of our current model for 2016.
Which could include a similar front end.
Which means that even if VW wanted to send this one over here, it would be at least 2 or 3 years.

This is just too bad....

Saturday, October 11, 2014

2016 Toyota Prius + (US Prius V)


 The "Big Prius" gets a few tweaks for the new year.
Most of it is on the front end, which is now much more aggressive looking.
It is using these vertical scoops Toyota seems to be putting on everything these days.

With a brand new "regular" Prius next year, the larger model has to be modernized a bit.
That new front end might be showing us what's in store for the next Prius...
Here is what it looks like now.
As you can see, the new one is the European Prius + model.
But I'm pretty sure it's coming over here soon as the revised Prius V.

2016 Kia Niro


 The Niro is based on the same platform as the recently introduced Hyundai iX25.
A small SUV that mostly competes with the Nissan Juke.

Not sure yet if any of these will make it to the US. But the market will be getting crowded soon, with the arrival of the all new Honda HR-V and Chevrolet Trax.
Here is the cousin, the Hyundai iX25. 

Something you don't see every day

But I do see them, once in a while.
And it always brings a smile. I like this car. I'm glad some people did like it enough to buy one while the company was in such trouble.

It's just good to see...

Fiat 500X Interior


This is quite nice.
And foe my taste, much better than it's Jeep Renegade cousin.

Not sure which one of the 2 will be the cheapest, but this sure looks quite upscale for such a small SUV.
The treatment of the leather is quite interesting too.
I can't wait to see this in person.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Fiat 500X




Finally! The real thing.

After all this time, there isn't much of a surprise. Which is fine, since it looks quite nice.
It does look more like a 500 than the oddly designed 500L.

I am sure this will turn out to be quite a hit for Fiat in the US. This is exactly what they need.

More and better pictures soon.