Thursday, September 20, 2018

2019 Toyota Supra

Here are a few new pictures of the all new Toyota Supra. of course, this is still a prototype with some camouflage on it. But it's all there.

And... It still looks very close the FT-1 concept. The one from 2014 (!)
So this will be a 5 year old design by the time it goes on sale.
A 5 year old design we have seen many, many times.

While I applaud the return of a cool car like the Supra, I am not sure that many people care.
I mean people who actually buy cars. I am afraid the press will be all over this car when it comes out (After waiting for it for 5 years), but not many people will actually get one.
Since it will also be expensive...

I know the Acura NSX is priced so "no one actually buys one", but they sold less than 600 of them last year. (Mercedes sold over 1600 units of the AMC GT that year)

I think Toyota will have a hard time moving an expensive, BMW based Supra...

Just as a reminder, here is the original 2014 Concept.

Pix of the Peugeot E-Legend with the 504 Coupe

 Even though the new concept is great, when pictured next to the original Pininfarina 504 Coupe, it does look very busy.
And actually a bit weird and quite overdone.

It just shows how so many modern designs have become quite brutal and aggressive in appearance.
Class and subtleties are not the focus anymore...

That blue velour interior is just crazy and great. So refreshing from the mandatory leather we get almost everywhere these days.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Audi E-Tron GT

After their boring E-tron, Audi is now teasing us with something that already looks much better.
A sporty Electric sedan just called E-Tron GT.
And it looks like it could go head to head against the Tesla Model S.

Which would be a great move for Audi. As the Model S is getting pretty old. And many owners might soon be looking for that "something else" pretty soon.
A new good looking EV sedan from Audi might just be that car.

I will be seeing the real thing this November at the Los Angeles auto show and will, of course, report on it...

Peugeot E-Legend concept

I think this is quite amazing. To see a revival of the old (and still gorgeous) 504 Coupe design is simply a treat.
Sure, there are still some overdone bits. (Like pretty much all current Peugeot designs.)
Like the bottom of the car. Why so many bits and lines under that door???

But still, the personality of the old stuff is there. And the whole thing just feels really nice.
Too bad the interior is just pure crazy concept stuff. (Although that 70's blue velours looks fantastic)

This makes the new 508 sedan that came out just a few months ago look so sad and boring...
This is what Peugeot should be doing, right now.
They even brought back the old version of their logo!

As you have guessed, the "E" Legend is an EV. of course...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

A few more pictures of the 2019 BMW Z4

Here are a few pictures of the model people will actually be getting. Not that fancy colored one we saw earlier, which was some limited "launch" edition.

This is still not the base 2.0 Liter model. But the M40i with a 6 cylinder.
(I guess pictures of the less expensive version are still not available...)

It does look nice. Although still not as "really nice" as the "concept' they had shown.
The interior is also fine. The center part of the dash looks a lot like the spy shots of the next 3 series we have seen for a while.
(I wonder if both cars actually share the dashboard...)

Otherwise, I am not sure this will pick up that many new buyers. Since the current model still looks almost as good.

2020 Audi E-tron

The Electric Audi is finally here.
And it looks fine. Pretty much like the new Q8. Which is OK.

I guess no one will notice it, ever. The interior is still super busy. Like other modern Audi designs.
This is quite a difference when compared to the minimalistic interior of the Tesla Model 3...

The range is supposed to be around 250 miles. With a fast charger capacity that gets you about 80 % of the charge in 30 minutes.

Prices start at a bit above $75 000. For a very well equipped model with includes a panoramic sunroof and high end stereo. 
That is about $5000 more than the Jaguar iPace EV.

At least this looks a bit more elegant than the Mercedes EV.
The Tesla competition is growing fast. But it is all so boring....

2020/21 Cadillac Escalade

An all new Escalade is due sometime next year. Or maybe early 2020.
While this isn't the real thing, it gives us an idea of what the giant SUV might become.

The new Tahoe and Yukon will come first, the new Escalade won't be far behind.
These 3 are cash cows for GM. Which means, no giant changes. They will retain that same blocky and huge look.
The Cadillac might finally get an independent rear suspension, but I wouldn't count on it.
There are rumors of a rotary transmission switch (Finally getting rid of the old column shifter in a $100 000 truck)
And maybe a plug-in hybrid version a year after launch.

I personally think GM will spend as little money as they can on this. Since people buy them no matter what.

We'll see...

Monday, September 17, 2018

Acura RDX test Drive coming up.

As you can see, I just got a new Acura RDX for the week.

After driving the Accord, I was really interested to get into the all new RDX. Since it uses the same engine, transmissions etc...
This is pretty much the Accord's SUV cousin.

So far, I am enjoying the super luxurious interior. Although not so much the overly complicated infotainment. Unlike the super easy to use Touch screen from the Accord, this has a "not so easy" trackpad.
I guess I'll have plenty of time to master the whole thing...

As usual, I will try to answer any questions you might have.

New Peugeot coupe concept coming up

It looks like Peugeot is preparing something rather weird for the Paris Auto show.
It also looks like it could be quite a retro design.
A weird retro looking coupe. (from the first teaser, it actually looks more like an old Panhard design than a Peugeot)

Peugeot has a long history of cool looking 2 door cars (One made very famous by Columbo)
But these days, the coupe market is shrinking. So this might just end up being a styling exercise that will never become anything...

Too bad...

Here is a picture of the 1970's 504 coupe (and convertible)
These Pininfarina designed cars still look great today. 

Sunday, September 16, 2018

VW Beetle Coast test drive

By now, we all know the familiar design of the 2nd generation of the New Beetle. (Just called "Beetle")
It came out back in 2012, and I think it still looks fine. Since that retro shape is pretty ageless no matter what.
It has never looked as good and original as the previous model.
VW was very preoccupied with making sure the then new car was more appealing to men.
Which is a stupid idea in the first place. And this generation was never a huge hit, which proved all the VW suits wrong...

Still, being a Beetle, it has more personality than 99% of all cars these days.
To me, this is still a good thing...

 Inside, things are not that different from 2012.The screen is larger. Now with Apple Car play.
Otherwise, it is still nice and pleasant. And again, more original than pretty much anything else out there these days.

The "Coast" version has a fake wood finish on the dash. And I think it looks great. Sure it's fake.
But who cares. It just looks fun. And isn't trying to turn the Bug into a luxury car.
 The top glove compartment is a cool retro idea. But it's not that roomy. Not much can fit in there...

Also too bad VW has made the stupid spoiler standard these days. Which ruins the rear of the car.

As for the drive, the Beetle now has the new 2.0 Liter engine. Which , I assume, is the same one used in the new Tiguan.
While not the quiet at idle, it actually feels much quite and smoother than in the Tiguan. For some weird reason. And a bit of noise seems actually OK in a Beetle. (My test car was about $10 000 less than the Tiguan I reviewed a while ago)
The 6 speed auto is also more responsive than the new 8 speed in the Tiguan.

Gas mileage is also much better, of course. While the beetle Coast is rated at 26/33MPG.
I had no problem getting the advertised 26MPG in the city. But was surprised to get almost 45 on the HWY. 

The steering feel is still a bit light. Like all recent VW models. And I had forgotten how thin the Beetle steering wheel is. 
The car feels very solid, everything is really well put together. 
The ride is very smooth. And the "base" stereo sounded great. Much better than some optional units on other cars.

On top of that, the Beetle now comes with VW's new 6 year warranty.

The sad thing is, that VW has announced 2019 will be the last year for the current Beetle.
I think VW is not VW without the Beetle. Without it, they are just a giant company producing some the most boring cars on earth. 
The Beetle is what makes VW special. 
They could have turned it into a sub brand, with a coupe, 4 door, bus, pick up etc....
Instead, they did absolutely nothing with it. And after 7 years, complain not enough people are buying it anymore...

Let's hope they do produce an EV version in a few years. After all, they've done this before.
Years ago, they had already claim there would be no successor to the New Beetle...

So who knows...

You can click on this window sticker above and check all the details of my test car...

Friday, September 14, 2018

BMW iNext Concept

This is the Concept version of the upcoming iNext EV SUV. Coming out n a couple of years.

While I do like the profile, since it reminds me of the i3. That huge fake grille is something else.
And is basically has no place in a car design. It created one of the ugliest front end in the history of car design. 
Same with the fake "exhaust areas" in the back. Why???

Otherwise, the general design will be toned down in the production version and will probably look fine by the time it comes out.
At least, unlike Mercedes, they are going for something more special than their gas cars.
Which is great.

But really, someone has to tell them about that huge fake grille....

And that stupid name! iNext sounds like a cross between an Apple product and a Nest Thermostat. 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

2019 Kia Proceed

Again, this does not look like last year's amazing concept. But it does look very nice. And quite original too. 

It uses the regular Ceed model engines, so this is not a sports car. And the same  nice interior.

This would be great in the US line up as the Kia Stinger's little brother.
A true sporty  and slick looking wagon/hatch thing. (And a great camping car!)

So far Kia has mentioned this is only for Europe. But who knows... 
That's always what they say at first. 

2019 DS3 Crossback

Not sure yet if this is a replacement for the cute (but aging) DS3 or not. But so far, this looks like a nightmare on wheels.
I mean just look at that tortured profile. There are enough lines everywhere for 3 car designs. 
The whole thing looks like a mess. A toy made out of crumpled aluminum foil.

An that interior is just way too busy. It could actually drive people insane. 

I was never sure what was the point of reviving the name DS as its own brand a few years ago. 
A car like this is the worst case scenario. This is the worst thing that could have happened to the name "DS"...

I guess this is mostly for the Chinese market now?