Thursday, August 31, 2006

2007 US Mistsubishi Outlander






With all the news about the new CRV and the upcoming Nissan Qashqia, I almost forgot the new Outlander.

It does look really nice, inside and out. Offers a new powerful 3.0 Liter V6 220 hp with a 6 speed auto. And some really advanced features like a hardrive stereo system, keyless entry, 18 inch wheels, Xenon headlights, navigation, bluetooth etc...
Plus a better warranty.
And, I bet it'll be cheaper too.

If I was in the market for a "compact" car based SUV, I would give this one a look...

2007 Sebring sedan prices


The all new Sebring will start at $18 995 for the base model with a 2.4 Liter 173hp engine.
The Limited, pictured here, will start at $23 995 with a standard V6.

It seems to me pretty pricey for a Chrysler. Most people don't really like the design. I saw the interior 1st hand and it does feel pretty cheap to me.
So it should be cheaper than the competition but isn't.

I would spend the extra cash ,if possible, and go for a 300 (Which is due for a new interior any day now)

New Lancia Delta


Maybe, maybe not...

Not for us anyway.

Nissan Qashqai



Just a couple of better pictures, taken the same day around Paris.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Merceds AMG sports car


Let's hope not.
At least, not like this weird illustration.
Rumors are spreading fast about a 2 seater Mercedes sports car that could compete with the Porsche 911 and the Audi R8.

I'll believe it when I see it....

Renault Twingo 2


See the real thing next month...

2007 CRV









Soft and non aggressive. I like it.
Pick your color.

This will be a big hit. No matter what anybody thinks about it.

Acura MDX




More pictures of the new one.
The grille has grown on me. (especially on a light color car) The rest of the body is pretty blah... More so than the RX, even if it looks sportier somehow...

But I love the interior.
A sure hit for Acura anyway...

Fiat Bravo/Stilo


Another good looking fake...

Jaguar to Nasser???


Former Ford boss Jacques (and partners) might end up buying Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford?!

What is going on??? Isn't he the guy who almost ran Ford to the ground in the first place?
Ford is still recovering from Nasser's decision to cut down on engineering and quality control a few years ago.

I can't believe no one wants to get Jaguar. A legendary brand that actually puts out very nice and reliable cars right now.
They just need to be redesigned sooner than later, that's all.
Ford waits forever to spend money into new design, and then complains no one is buying...

Another tale of morons running the show...

Suzuki SX4 price



And it starts at $14 999 in the US.

That includes all wheel drive and 6 airbags.
You can get an 8 speaker stereo with mp3, iPod integration and more as options..
No word on a sunroof or even a "lighter than black" interior.

At this price it looks like a great deal.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Next Euro Corolla



You've seen it here before, but these are new pictures.
(not illustrations)

I think it does look much better than the "trunk" version we might get over here.
It looks very much like a big Yaris, which is a good thing. The French made Yaris is pretty popular in Europe already.

Let's just hope Toyota sees the light and follows Mazda, and even Ford, by offering at least one version of the hatchback in the US...

Euro Corolla Interior




Same thing goes for the interior. While we'll get a toned down "mini Camry" look inside, Europe gets a true 21st Century design.

Monday, August 28, 2006

2007 Altima Hybrid


Not much info yet.
I hear it actually uses the Toyota system and can therefore run at low speed on electric only.
Don't know when it'll be available yet.

It should be cheaper than the Camry.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Nissan Qashqai Interior


Just like the new Altima, the Qashqai interior isn't breaking any grounds, but it does have a quality feel to it. At least on pictures.
It seems to be what Nissan is concentrating on right now. Better quality.

At least, it won't offend anyone....

Nissan Qashqai



From these shots, the "Mini Murano" does look much, much better.
Let's hope they do change the front end for the US market.
These pictures taken near Paris show a European model. No doubt this platform will be shared with Renault.

This should do very well against the RAV4 and the new CRV. Especially with the new 2.5 Liter engine.
More power than the CRV and still very good gas mileage.

I will post a shot of the interior soon.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Stretched...

Next Corolla Interior.




This is the interior of the upcoming Corolla. Whether thay call it a 2007 or 2008 model.
It is still suposed to come out before the end of this year at least in Japan.

These pictures are of the "trunk model". Not the European hatchback.
So this is pretty much what we're supposed to get in the US.
And it does has a mini Camry feel to it.

I will post pictures of the exterior (similar to what we've already see here before) and the much more modern European version soon. (with its own interior design)

Keep watching...

2007 VW Touareg



Not too many changes as you can see.
The new larger V6 is still standard in the US. And we get the new Diesel next year.

The interior is about as new as the exterior.

Next Citroen C3



Looks pretty realistic to me.
A blend of the current model and the recently introduced concept.

Solara alive after 2009???

" Toyota is considering adding as much as three to six months to development lead time, which is usually two to three years to improve quality, affecting a relatively wide range of projects.

The next Sienna minivan, Solara sports coupe and Avalon sedan are among models that could be affected"

A quote from the Wall Street Journal.

I thought the Solara was not going to be redesigned???
I guess the rumors were wrong...

Friday, August 25, 2006

Hyundai Veracruz interior

2007 Acura MDX



Here it is, the all new MDX.
An almost complete copy of the concept we saw earlier, including the weird, almost disturbing grille.

I didn't like the concept. But I kind of like this. Maybe I just got used to it. But I like the fact they are trying something different. And the interior looks as luxurious as the RL. And quite futuristic.

They claim it will be sportier, with a new 3.7 Liter V6 good for 300hp!
That's what you usually get from a good V8.

But I guess most people in this market will still prefer the Lexus RX. Most don't really want the "sporty" ride and maybe the road noise that comes with it.
I think the Lexus will still sell better in the US.

I am actually driving one right now and will write up a review ASAP...

2007 Honda CRV



More official pictures of the CRV for the US.
Engine is the same with a slight bump in power to 166.
And 5 speed auto for all models.

There are now 4 models starting in "the low 20's". Whatever that really means.
A top model EX with navigation, leather and 270 watt stereo including a flash card slot will go for a bit under $28 000.

That is a lot of money .
Even if you compare it with the new RAV4, which is about the same price with a V6. But no navigation.

Is the new CRV too expensive???

VW Iroc /Scirocco



Just a couple more pictures of the Iroc concept that is "supposed" to look like the next Scirocco.
I still call this a 2 door wagon by the way...

2007 Nissan Qashqai


I guess this is the "smaller than Murano" car based SUV we've been hearing about for a couple o years.
This picture from Auto Express shows what looks to me like a pretty ugly front end.

Let's hope this could change for the US...