Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake





This is yet another wagon we won't be getting in the US.
As Mercedes is making more money selling us the GLA. So again, no car based wagon for us.

Just as we are not getting the new C-Class wagon either. Instead, we will be getting the all new C-Class based GLC next year. Which will replace the GLK.

Less truck regulations and higher profits help all these guys push SUVs in the US market.


Sunday, November 23, 2014

L.A Auto Show observations. Part three





 It was the first time I had a chance to sit on the new Hyundai Genesis. And what a let down.

I remember they claimed that everything was the real thing inside. Real wood, aluminum trim etc...
But it all looks fake. Really fake.
(At least in the color combo they have on the floor.)

While I applaud the idea of a very dark wood trim. It just looks like painted plastic. As does the metal trim.
The whole thing doesn't feel of look upscale.
As a matter of fact, the new Sonata interior looks a bit better. And even, not as cheap.
I don't get it...
I just have no idea who would ever compare this to an Audi. Or even a Lexus.



 One great interior is the new Lincoln MKC.
Wood and metal trim (real or not) look great.

The only "mistake" is that silver plastic trim surrounding the top console. (Which makes the interior look like a Ford Fusion).
Where they should be using the same material as the one surrounding the wood on the doors.

Otherwise it all looks and feels great.
(Although I really couldn't see much difference with the cars equipped with the "very overpriced" $5000 Black Label package.)



I didn't except much from the new Volvo X90, but I must say, it does look better in person.

Sure, it is very conservative. But much better looking than the BMW X5, which like most BMW SUVs is now quite vulgar.

The interior is a bit shiny. But still impressive.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

L.A AutoShow observations. Two


 Inside the all new Honda HR-V, things are actually pretty nice and modern.
And, with a very roomy back seat. For such a small car.





 Inside the Mazda CX-3, things are even more stylish. With plenty of very nice details and materials.
It just looks great. It also sounds really solid when you close the doors.

But, a lot less legroom than the HR-V behind the driver.


 I also really liked the new Fiat 500X. Stylish inside and out.
With cool details.
Although the doors felt really light. And legroom in the back is, again, not as good as the HR-V.


And then there is the Audi Q3. Bland and uninspired.
Starting at about $33 500, it is at least $12 000 more than these other new compact SUV's I saw today.
Yet, the back seat is tiny. The interior quality is just OK. And it is actually almost a 4 year old invisible design.
(Sales started in Europe in 2011)

Really...


L.A Auto Show observations. Part one.

We have pretty much seen everything from the auto show already.
I went today and decided to just look around. Not just the new models.
Look at little details that maybe pictures don't show. 

So here it is:

 The Toyota Mirai IS as ugly as you think in real life.
It is just too bad they chose to package such amazing technology with this design.


 The interior is all over the place. There are way too many shapes. It feels totally disconnected. Like designed by 12 people who never talk to each other.
And where all these parts meet (picture right above), it just doesn't even seem to fit correctly.

Not good for what is a quite expensive car.


 The Scion iM "concept" is just a Toyota Auris with super ugly bits tacked on to it.
Please, just bring over the Auris the way it is, as the production model.
Not this crap.


 The new Mustang interior does have much nicer plastics.
But it is way too shinny. Please make up your mind. Either plastichrome, or non shinny aluminum. Not both!


This is great to see!
Finally. An official Alfa Romeo both!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Concept


I am not a truck person. At all. (Mostly since I have zero need for one.)
But this, is a great looking truck.

Sure they call it a "concept". For now.
We already know that the new 2.8 Liter diesel (181hp) will make it into the Colorado soon.
And the extra bits are nothing crazy.

Talk about crazy... GM would be insane not to produce this. Exactly the way it is.

How about more pictures of that new "bigger than big" grille on the 2015 Chrysler 300





And, the cleaner rear end...

Lexus LF-C2 Concept



Nothing very special. It is pretty much a preview of a convertible version of the RC-F.
Which is just fine.
I like convertibles. So as far as i'm concerned, the more the better.

I am glad to see that car makers don't give up on that shrinking segment.

2016 Honda HR-V







Looking pretty cute.
And in direct competition with the all new Mazda CX-2. Also introduced today.

And also looking almost as roomy as the larger CR-V. While more modern looking.

Engine for the US is a 1.8 Liter with 138HP. With a CVT.
But there is good news: a 6 speed manual is available in FWD models. (Unlike the CX-2)
Although it might be impossible to actually find one...

I think we'll be seeing a lot of these little Fit based SUVs.


2016 Mazda CX-5


 The CX-5 is also getting a refresh for the new year.
But, unlike the Mazda6, it is not getting a new interior. Which is too bad.
As the current one is pretty bland. Almost Mitsubishi like...

Engines are the same as before. And just like with the revised Mazda6, I don't think the new front end is an improvement. At all...

Here you can see the small differences inside. The 2016 model is at the bottom.
the display screen is finally larger. And fits better in the dash design.
And some detail trims make the whole thing a bit more upscale.
So it's not new, but it is better.

2016 Jaguar F-Type gets manual option.

Finally.
A 6 speed manual will be available with the V6 models.

But I also remember rumors of a "less expensive" 2.0 Liter Turbo model being considered.
This with the manual would actually be a really nice, more affordable, combo.

As of right now, the F-Type is still about $20 000 more than a Porsche Boxter.