Wednesday, October 31, 2007
I understand the need for some more "conservative" looking cars.
But there is no excuse for designing something that looks like it came out in 1983.. In 2007.
The Corolla has been the best selling car in the world for many years, but I hope this one isn't a hit in the US.
The only way they'll give us a nice looking one next time, is if this one is a flop.
I'm sure it drives nice and is reliable, but so is almost everything else now.
The 1.8 Liter engine now has 132hp. And the 2.4 Liter (158hp) is an option on the "sporty" XRS model.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Chrysler will kill the Crossfire, the Pacifica, the PT Cruiser Convertible and the Magnum.
-The Crossfire was always too expensive for a Chrysler.
-The Pacifica was never really attractive, especially after the concept they teased us with years before.
-They never redesigned the PT Cruiser . What a shame.
They had one of the biggest hit in the modern car industry and they let it die.
-And I didn't know sales of the Magnum were so bad. I actually like it.
All these cars were actually good cars.
Just not what people wanted.
What's next? the Sebring? The Compass?
Of course, in keeping with the Corolla tradition, it is boring.
What did you expect?
But I think this time, they've outdone themselves. This makes the 2 year old Civic look like the Starship Enterprise.
Even the Camry looks futuristic next to it....
Two versions will be available, S and XRS.
Not sure what the difference is.
These pictures are of the S version.
A slightly lighter grey interior is available.
It just looks like a conservative/slightly weird re-do of the old one.
And inside, the GPS looks like someone's cousin tried to squeeze a screen onto the dash....
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
In typical SEMA fashion, the Accord coupe has been covered with every vulgar add ons you can imagine.
And yet, it doesn't look as bad as it could have been.
The regular Coupe is a really good looking car, I guess i takes a lot to ruin it....
These are official sketches from Hyundai.
A sporty RWD coupe based on the new Genesis sedan.
We will be able to see it at the L.A show in a couple of weeks.
This pretty much looks like what we used to call the "next Tiburon".
It is very similar to the spy shots we've now seen for months.
Monday, October 29, 2007
A concept from the SEMA show. But it looks like this could become a production model tomorrow.
That would actually make sense to offer a Diesel Suburban.
It also looks like they used the front end and fenders from the pick up trucks.
I wonder if that's what's in store for the Suburban...
Click on the title to see the whole thing.
Nissan has already said the new Murano will not have a 3rd row seat.
So it shouldn't be that much bigger.
I really hope they don't mess this one up. The current model is still one of the best looking thing on the road.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
And make the interior retro too.
This would be great. Start over from the begining.
That's what the Celica needs.
Leave the Scion Tc for the 20 something crowd, and make the new Celica a more mature coupe. The early ones always tried to add a little luxury feel to the sporty look.
This would really be fun. A $20 000 RWD Toyota coupe.
It seems they have been testing it for years. So what gives?
I hear they are going for a 2 piece hard top roof like on the Miata. Unlike most 4 seaters that use 3 pieces.
Maybe they had to re-think the whole thing and go for 3 pieces. Who knows...
It is now scheduled for 2009. By that time the Is will be pretty old...
Nothing all new but still interesting.
Our Us Accord will be the Diesel opion next year on the sedan with the 2.2 Liter engine.
Later the redesigned Pilot and the Odyssey will get a new 3.0 Liter V6 diesel option.
They are also thinking of a smaller Diesel engine for the all new Fit.
This one isn't for the US. Our Fit should get the new 1.5 Liter with 120hp.
There wil be a production version of the SS Turbo for the Cobalt.
I am not sure if this is it, or some SEMA concept version.
(It does look production ready)
What the Coblat needs right now is not a Turbo, but an all new interior.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Just a modified version of the current model.
Not an all new one.
Which means, the "all new one" is at least 2 years away.
That will leave Mitsubishi far behind Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Mazda.
And the recent concept they've shown us doesn't even look great now...
Who is running this company???
Looks like it has the same cool steering wheel system I experienced in the C4.
This car looks great. I hope it's a big hit for them.
Too bad for us, it would have been a great car for a Citroen "return to the US"...