Wednesday, September 28, 2016

VW ID Concept

This is the all new EV VW has been talking about for a while.
Their new beginning. Something that is supposed to make us all forget about their diesel cheat.

They claim it will be getting up to "over 380 miles" per charge.
Sounds great.
Except the car is not due before 2020. That's 4 years!

I bet in 4 years there will be plenty of car offering a similar range.
And, sure, it looks pretty modern.
But probably not more so than the 2020 Golf or Polo.

It seems to weird to show something that early. (Why not show us their 2035 flying car?)

This just seems an exercice to calm down stock holders.
"Look, we're not done! We're working on something that'll save us. Look! Look!!"

What do you think?

2017 Land Rover Discovery

 Not much so far.
But, as expected, it looks like a larger clone of the recent Discovery Sport.
So it is looking quite good. But a bit sad to see the same design over and over.

The super square look of the previous generations had tons of fans.
Not sure this new "more family oriented" design will please the previous fans...

Here is the smaller Discovery Sport.
It's really getting hard to tell the difference now. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

More pictures of the 2017 Jeep Compass

And not looking that great this time around.
Like some of you mentioned, the interior looked fine on the first picture posted, but could actually be pretty cheap in real life.
Well, it looks super cheap already on these new pictures.
That cheap shiny black plastic seems to be all over the place.
(And leather seats won't help)

I guess, this will indeed be a rather cheap car. And Fiat isn't going to spend any more cash when people all over the world seem to crave anything with a Jeep logo on it.

Too bad...

2017 Nissan Micra

An all new version of the Nissan Micra is just around the corner. 
As it will be introduced at the Paris Auto Show in a few days.

So far, even with all that camouflage, you can tell it will actually be pretty close to the 2015 Sway Concept. Which looked great.

As I mentioned before, I was hoping this cool little car would end up replacing the ugly Versa we get over here. (Nissan has mentioned many times over the years, the possibility of selling the Micra in the US)
So who knows. Maybe this will be the one we finally get.

If you want to see more, click HERE to get to and see the rest of the Micra spy photos.

This is the Sway concept.
We'll see how much "toning down" has been applied to the production version in just a few days...

2018 Ford Mustang

It looks like they are covering a lot.
When, basically, the revisions should be limited to the plastic parts. Front/rear ends and lights.
And maybe some changes inside.

They are covering the rear side window, which is strange. Since these aren't usually redesigned for a mid-cycle refresh.

The current Mustang is a nice looking car. But I never totally warmed up to it. For some reason.
Especially inside. Where it looks like too many people who never talked to each other were involved.

Head over to Autoblog by clicking HERE to see the rest of the pictures.

2017 Nissan Note

Known in the US as the Nissan Versa Note.

It looks like the hatchback is getting a new front end for next year.
Not sure that is an improvement. The current Note looks just fine. And is actually a decent car.
100  times better looking than the horribly designed sedan version.

I was hoping that maybe Nissan would replace the US Versa with the all new Micra coming out next month in Europe. But I guess, at least the Note version, will be around for another year or two...
Here is the current Nissan "Versa" Note.
Still looking great.
That new 2017 front end with a tricky grille seems just too much fort that car.

2017 Jeep Compass

Looking good so far.
Like a Mini Grand Cherokee with a a few more modern touches.

This should turn out to be quite popular around the world...

Friday, September 23, 2016

2017 Buick Velite

Looks like the Chevrolet Volt is getting around.

The previous generation was sold in Europe as the Opel Ampera.
And now, the current model will end up as a Buick for the Chinese market.
Seems like a smart move since Buick is GM's most popular brand in China.

So there it is. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

2018 Chevrolet Equinox

This is all new. And looking fine so far.
The Equinox has been a big hit for Chevrolet, and I can see why GM didn't go nuts on the redesign.
So nothing crazy here, just a more modern, maybe even softer, version of the current design.

The interior seems to be a huge improvement though.

And the whole thing is about 400 pounds lighter. Which is pretty amazing.

It also explains why the new base engine is a "small" 1.5 Liter Turbo. Already used in the Malibu sedan.
And just like the Malibu, you can all order a larger and more powerful 2.0 Liter Turbo.
Both engines come with a new 9 speed automatic.

But unlike the Malibu, and anything else in the segment, you can now order the new Equinox with a Diesel option (!)
Which is quite a surprise.
It is a new 1.6 Liter engine.

So far, it looks like GM is really doing everything to make the new Equinox a huge hit.
Not only does it look good, but the engine choices are truly some of the most moderns out there.
And the diesel is sure to surprise quite a few people.
This is one gutsy move from GM.

Good for them!

2017 Honda Civic hatchback video

This is really interesting.
It basically shows in about 15 minutes, how the new Civic hatchback is built in its
British factory.

But before you watch, make sure you turn down the volume.
As Honda has picked the worst music ever as a soundtrack.

It's also pretty long and actually boring after a while.
It sometimes seems to show the process in a  weird order.
And it doesn't seem to show much of how the interior is put together.

Besides all this, it is a pretty interesting look at how one of the the ugliest car in the world is put together...

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Mystery car....

This was sent to me from Europe.
And I am not sure what it is.

I might be missing the obvious, and it could be something already out.
Something everyone here will recognize right away and I'll look like an idiot (For the first time ever)

But so far, I can't really tell.

I was told it was a new Volvo.
Although I haven't heard of a "4 door coupe" version of the new S90 being planned.
This could also be the next S60? A fastback design would help differentiate it from the S90.

Wat do you think?

2017 Jeep Compass

Another shot of the all new Jeep.
Again, this looks quite nice.
And might steal quite a bit from the Cherokee.

But, it also comes from a troubled brand. Although crazy Sergio is putting all his eggs into Jeep.
The whole group with dying brands like Lancia, Dodge and Chrysler doesn't seem very healthy.
It seems that Chrysler has been in trouble for about 40 years now. With a constant uncertain future.
Dealing with one assy owner after another.

Too bad...

All new Mercedes E-Class All Terrain

Following the trend, Mercedes is coming up with a "fake SUV" look for their all new E-Class wagon.

I actually like that trend.
As I  do like wagons much better than SUVs. And I think that fake off road look is mostly well done by everyone.
They make regular wagons a bit more interesting and fun looking. (The Audi A4 AllRoad looks much nicer than their insultingly boring regular wagon for exemple.)

Even though I truly love the new Volvo V90 wagon. The off road version they showed us a few days ago doesn't seem to look that amazing.
But this Mercedes version looks great. Well done!

Let's hope they do sell it in the US....

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

2017 Audi Q5 teaser

Don't worry, there will be zero surprises.
It will look like a cross between the current one and the sad looking new Q7.
As for inside, I predict a cross between the A4 and Q7.

We will see the whole thing in a few days as it will be launched at the paris auto show.

Monday, September 19, 2016

VW Jetta 1.4 SE test drive

Nothing new outside. It's the same old Jetta.
The current generation is entering its 7th year (!!!) for 2017.
And, no one has seen any prototype of a replacement driving around. Which means it'll be with us for at least another year, or two.
Needless to say, that design, which looked quite boring even 7 years ago, looks pretty dated.
But I must admit it also aged pretty well. Which is often the case with "boring " designs.
It's never been ugly. And it still looks fine in a conservative way..

Same thing inside. Nothing has really changed in almost 7 years. Except a couple of trim parts here and there, and the steering wheel.
But, unlike the exterior that always had an upscale feel to it, the interior still feels a bit cheap.
Even though everything feels well put together.

But it now compares with much more modern cars like the new Chevrolet Cruse I drove few weeks ago.
The Cruze's interior feels like its from the future next to the Jetta's.

The Jetta's interior was barely passable when it came out. It now is really dated and cheap looking.
It just does not compete.

I was actually pleasantly surprised to see cloth seats.
It's been a while. It seems that everything is either leather, or vinyl marketed as "leatherette".
Especially in US VWs.

I kind of like the simplicity they imply, in an inexpensive car.

The back seat is still pretty huge for its class.

The big news here is the new small 1.4 Liter engine.
Just like the 1.8 Liter, it has a turbo. So it doesn't feel slow.

After a week drive, I actually like the 1.4 Liter better than the 1.8 Liter.
Sure, it is less powerful with 150HP, but I could hardly tell. There didn't seem to be that much difference.
It also seemed a little bit smoother than the 1.8. (Although not as smooth and quiet as the Cruze)

And mileage was great. While is it officially rated at 28/39.
I got over 45 on the freeway. Which is quite amazing.
And almost 30 in the city.
So really, this is about as good as their diesels.
We are really not losing anything by not having the diesel anymore. Which was also a more expensive option anyway (besides polluting as much as 40 cars)

I am actually not sure why they still insist on offering 3 different engines in the Jetta line. (1.4. 1.8 and 2.0). As they could easily replace the 1.8 with the new 1.4 Liter.

The steering is firm but slightly artificial.
The ride is very comfortable and quiet.

The official window sticker above is a bit misleading since it doesn't list my car's automatic transmission option.
The car is actually closer to $23 000.
Which is OK. 

But not that great, since it is almost the same as the loaded Cruze I drove a while ago.
Sure, the Cruze has a slightly smaller back seat.
But it looks like it was designed in this century. The interior is 100 times better than the Jetta's.
The whole car feels much more refined and modern. Mine had leather and a much more expensive feel. 

The Jetta is not a bad car (it is still miles ahead of the horrible Nissan Sentra). 
But it is really getting old.
It drives well and does have a modern and very pleasant engine.

But it is in desperate need of a redesign....

Sunday, September 18, 2016

All new 2017/18 Jeep Compass

Nobody is actually sure of the name.
Most guess they will keep "Compass".
It will replace both the old Compass and Patriot.
So it will fit right in between the Renegade and Cherokee.

I think this will actually spell bad news for the Cherokee.
As it already looks great. And better than its "slightly" larger brother.

This will be a very popular size in Europe as well.

I think this will be a huge hit for Jeep everywhere. It looks really nice. They even managed to include original/stylish touches (like that chrome line running from the rear view mirror to around the back window).
And it does look like a Jeep.

So far, well done.
I can't wait to see the real thing at the Los Angeles auto show in a couple of months.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

European sightings.

While I was away for a few days, I saw some really cool old European cars.
Most of them had never officially been sold in the US.

- A late Panhard coupe, (Not sure which model),.
- A Citroen Mehari. Displaying its owner's great parking skills-
- A 1961 Renault Caravelle. 
- A V8 Simca Chambord.

I should have taken more pictures...

Friday, September 16, 2016

European version of the new Honda Civic Hatchback

Words are colliding in my head to describe this...

What a horrible mess. Just when you though the US version was overdone, Honda proves us it can do even worse.
I mean, just look at the amount of crappy looking black plastic trim all over this car.
This is a bad design made worse.

Pretty amazing.

A while ago, I was pretty excited when Honda announced the return of the hatchback in the US Civic line. What a great idea! What could go wrong?

This has to be maybe the worse Honda design of all time. And pretty much the worse looking hatchback on the market.
Here, it will compete with "beauties" like the Mazda3, Cruze hatchback, Focus etc...
In Europe, it is in the same segment as the Golf, Astra, Megane etc...

I just cannot imagine who would want to spend their hard earned money in such a visual nightmare.

Honda should be ashamed. 

Another EV concept from VW coming up

In yet another attempt to make us forget about their Diesel scandal, VW will show another EV concept at the Paris auto show.
This time, they describe it as "near-production".
And claim it will be coming out in 2018.
Which is about the same time as the new Tesla Model3. (But it will take Tesla about 2 years to fill out pre orders)

They also claim a range of 250/300 miles.
Which is fine, but not that amazing. Since the new Bolt is already getting almost 240.
(And even more in real life from journalists who have driven it)

It will be based on a new platform and be the size of a Golf.

I guess, this is the good part of getting caught cheating on diesel emissions.
We will be getting tons of EVs from them, soon.

300 miles range is plenty. the problem now is the time it takes to recharge.
Once gas stations offer super fast (15mn or less) electric charging, EVs will definitely take over