As you can see, the "all new' iA sedan for Scion is just a Mazda2 sedan with a redesigned front end.
Basically just the bumper and headlights.
So weird to see a giant auto maker like Toyota rebadging a Mazda.
Like if they didn't have anything of their own to offer.
So despite what they say about Scion, they still aren't spending much money on it.
The other "new" Scion will be the iM. Which is a Toyota Auris from Europe.
Nothing new either, but at least, it is a Toyota.
Creating a whole brand without actually spending much.
Again, a disappointment. (At least to me)
After the XE, now this. Both look more to me like Japanese cars than real Jaguars.
That profile now reminds me of a 2003 Subaru Legacy. Which is sad.
A "Jag" should be different, special.
The previous XF was the 1st step in the wrong direction. This redesigned one is even worse.
I am sure it drives great, weighs less blah blah blah.
But Jaguars should have much more personality than this.
Other manufacturers like Porsche or Aston Martin are able to keep their design personality while making modern cars.
It seems that jaguar has not figured it out.
Instead they now look like a Lexus with a Jaguar grille and logos. (At best)
And that interior design is almost in insult to Jaguar fans.
Infiniti is bringing a revised (NOT all new) QX50 to the New York Auto Show.
Which is probably the same one they introduced in China recently. (pictured above)
It has a more aggressive front and rear design.
But most importantly, it adds over 3 inches to the wheelbase. Which should help rear legroom.
A major problem with the current version.
The QX50 is the same car that started life as the EX. Back in 2007!
Yes, that is 8 years ago!
I test drove one for a week a few years back. And found it to be a great driving car/SUV/crossover/hatchback.
But that tiny back seat was quite a problem. But worse ( I thought) was the horrendous gas mileage. As I was unable to get over 23MPG on the freeway.
Not sure if it's getting if for 2016, but the QX50 needs a more efficient power train if it wants to compete.
(Or maybe Infiniti doesn't really car since the all new QX30 is coming out soon...)
As you can see, the longer wheelbase (red car above) doesn't ruin the design at all.
So this will make is as roomy as the QX70.
(What will happen to that one now???)
So far, looking great.
And look how close it is to the concept. (Bottom pic). This is pretty amazing.
But let's not get too excited, as this will probably never make it over here.
Although there are already rumors of a S1000 version, with a larger engine, for export markets.
(Which would most certainly mean Europe.)
As it is now, the new S660 is about 20 inches (!!!) shorter than the all new Miata.
Which could make for quite a scary drive on our freeways...
Still, it is great to see Honda getting back into fun cars. Like this tiny RWD mid-engine thing.
How about something a bit larger for us?
And how about a new MR2 from Toyota?
This does look like an illustration to me.
Unless it's real?
Although it doesn't nearly as slick as the official teaser from my previous post, it does seem pretty close.
But the lights are different...
If these patent drawings are real, it looks like they are keeping most of the original design.
Which is good.
This might be the closest competition to the new Mazda Miata.
It does have a lot of personality. And many cool retro touches, while looking strangely futuristic.
I must admit, I am really not a fan of the latest Miata. (I think I liked the previous one better.)
Plus, more choices is always better.
This is the original concept.
Engines for the production car should be the same ones used in all other Mini models.
But I hope they give the Leggera a different interior than the rest of the line up. Something closer to the concept.
And. Please. A new name!