Monday, July 31, 2006
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Lotus announced it will build the all electric Tesla sportscar.
Already based on a Lotus Elise platform, the Telsa has a 250 miles range and does 0 to 60 on 4 seconds!
Prices will start at around $85 000 when the car comes out next summer at a rate of 1000 a year.
Is this a new beginning for electric cars?
I don't need a car that goes that fast, but a 250 miles range is more than enough for most people.
I remember driving an EV 1 a few years ago and was more than impressed.
The car was very fast. And, well... very quiet.
Saturday, July 29, 2006
The body is obviously from the current model, but the front is all new.
Is this a mule for the all new model due in a couple of years?
I hope so. A 'facelift" would be kind of a let down.
The next Prius is supposed to get around 90 mpg.
Even if it gets "only" 70 or even 60 in real life driving, it would be great!
Friday, July 28, 2006
Still a bit covered with tape...
It'll come woth a new 1.6 Liter engine from Peugeot/BMW with 120hp (Cooper) and 170hp Turbo (Cooper S).
And the standard Cooper suspension will be much smoother than the current model.
Those who drive on tracks more than regular roads will still be able to order a Sport Suspension option.
More full production pictures next month.
The "wagon" version is still months away...
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Not as good looking as the sketches released earlier, of course.
I guess this would go against the new Honda Stream.
It comes out in China first. So Europe might get it. And maybe us?
The Stream does look much more modern than this.
Funny how just a couple of years ago, Nissans were the modern ones and Hondas were super conservative...
Monday, July 24, 2006
You tell me if it was worth the changes.
It also means a much better, RWD model is at least 2 years away.
Seems that, at least in Europe, it still has the 2.7 Liter V6. No move up to the newer 3.3Liter.
Although that might change in the US...
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Close cousin to the Chevrolet Silverado, the Sierra is even more square than the Chevy truck.
I know truck people aren't supposed to care about style. (don't know why..)
But still, this is looking quite a bit dated.
And the interior (even though not a top of the line on the pic) doesn't seem to even look as good as anything else out there.
Let's hope it is good enough for GM.
Friday, July 21, 2006
Just the front view of the illustration I posted a few days ago.
They are going after the Mini.
Not sure if a car with no emotional history/background (like the Mini) could build such a cult following.
At least in the US.
And Europe is already full of cool small hatchbacks...