Monday, December 31, 2007

How about some more crash tests...


Very interesting.
Especially the part that compares the Neon with the Caliber.


This one is already a classic.
This is what most people now think of Chinese car safety...


One we don't get over here.


Another scary Chinese result.
Let's hope Chery improves, a lot, before we get their next model as a small Dodge....


the cheapest European car does better, if not great....


Volvo VS. Volvo.


The old BUG seemed like a death trap. Interesting to see that the much more modern 1st generation Golf was actually not really safer. At least from watching this....

More Toyota A-Bat Concept photos





I still have some hope this might make it to production (even thoughh I have no personal need for a pick up).
If I remember correctly (and I always do...), the FJ Cruiser turned out really close to the concept.

So why not....

The Mitsubishi girls


New Peugeot Partner


Just being redesigned, with its close cousin, the Citroen Berlingo.

Another one of these small delivery vans turned into passenger cars.
They are all pretty cute and roomy. Just like the Renault one I posted a few weeks ago.

We'll never see them. But VW has one too. And especially Ford. Who claimed a few months ago they were seriously thinking about importing it over here. That and the new Mondeo.

I haven't heard anything since....

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Tough...


I guess Chinese car makers will have to fight quite an uphill battle when they finally make it over here....

Even more new Forester photos






Revised Mercedes SL


Another not really needed mid-cycle revision from Mercedes.
At least from this picture (The only one available for now)

The front is actually all new, and we should expect more modifications inside.

Subaru R1 Electric


Subaru will sell an electric version of their tiny R1 model in 2009.
So by that time, it might actually even be a redesigned version. The picture here is of the current R1.

The electric model will be able to reach 62mph with a 50 miles range.
Which is actually enough for a lot of commuters. And you can recharge it to 80% of its capacity in just 8 minutes.

Nothing about prices yet. they were talking about $17 000 after a couple of years in production. And even coming down to $13 000 later if production increases.

That would make it the "affordable electric car"....

Saturday, December 29, 2007

CTS Coupe???


I know this must be a dealer mistake.
It is still weird and funny to see....

Knowing a coupe is actually coming in about a year.

Pompous Hyundai Genesis video

Friday, December 28, 2007

Next Mercedes CLK


Looks pretty realistic for an illustration.

The current CLK looks nice, but not that upscale for what they're asking for.
This one should look a it more expensive.
But I have seen spy pics of the interior, and that is shaping up to be pretty ugly.
About as square as the new GLK and the next E class.

It's too bad Mercedes has decided to rely exclusively on the use of rulers for their upcoming interior car designs...

Mercedes GLK Videos



Still a horrible and cheap looking thing.
And I am talking about the car.

I am not sure this will work beyong the "I must have a Benz, any Benz" crowd...

Toyota A-Bat Concept



At first it looks like a Toyota Ridgeline. But I don't think the Ridgeline is such a huge hit for Honda in the 1st place.
So I'm not sure this will make it into production at all.
And if it does, it could be toned down so much it would look this cool.

But I have to say, I really like this concept. Finally a pick up truck that looks like it was designed in the 21st Century...

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Small Alfa coming up.


With its red cover and big company logo, it's not really a mystery, is it.

Let's hope this comes over here once the brand makes it back into the US.
Whenever that is.

I wish I could take bets on this one....

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Kia Rio Hybrid


This is supposed to come to Europe at the end of 2008.
But, somehow, it might end up in New Zealand before that. Where it could be sold for the equivalent of about $18 000.
Keep in might that, over there, the Civic Hybrid is about $ 25 000 and the Prius is around $29 000.
So the Rio is a really good deal.
It could be sold here for something like $15 000.

But it seems that it is one of these "light" or "lame" hybrids. Where the car never run on electric power alone.

We'll find out more later....

Genesis Video


Actually crashing against an Audi A8.

It's hard to see much on what looks like a teaser more than a full crash test.
But, at least on this, it looks really good for the big Hyundai...

Fiat 500 Abarth


This is still just an illustration, but it looks great.

The sport version of the new 500 is rumored to get up to 150hp. That is quite a lot for such a small car.
And I hear, if the 500 ends up in the US (Through Maserati dealers), the Abarth version would definitely make it over here.
Some are even suggest it might be the only version we get....

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Even more Forester pictures





I think this is really exactly what Forester owners want.
They don't want an SUV. Or something that even looks like one.

I think this will be really successfull for Subaru...

Mystery Car


Looks like this was taken in Belgium.
But what is it????

Anzwer: I don't know. Some might say it is the new Toyota Avensis.

Could it be anything else????

Monday, December 24, 2007

Black Forester




Looks like the US Spec sports model. (XT???)

Thanks to a reader.

New Forester official pic


Still the Japanese model with the extra little rear vew mirrors on the fenders.
But I think it does look better in a good picture.

The curent customers will b very happy..

New Chery coupe coming up


And it looks really similar to the concept we saw last year.
Still looking really nice with its Italian design.
It will be poered by a 3.0 Liter V6 with 200hp.

But from what I see on the left column, it looks like most of you will "never consider" a Chinese car.

How about more Genesis pictures?




Just because "why not"....

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Crash test orgy.


Let start with a bad one...


A Chinese one....


Another Chinese one...


A cute one...


A familiar one...


Another pretty bad looking one...


Now for the safer Euro version...


Now watch this one .
I mean, really watch what happens to the Mustang windshield that doesn't happen on other convertibles.
And remember this is at 35mpg.

So people should be ashamed....

Saturday, December 22, 2007

World's cheapest car


The new Tata will be cost between $2500 and $3000.
This is still just an illustration, the car is supposed to come out in a few weeks.
It actually looks better than I thought it would.
I hear they have a connection with Fiat. That could explain the decent design.

The new Knight Rider


Looks like this was in Burbank.

That car is not really impressive looking at all.
I don't get it.

Getting to know the Byd F3


Byd F3




I know what everyone is thinking. Chinese cars suck, cheap copies etc...
I am sure this car isn't as good as the previous generation Corolla it tries to copy.
But it doesn't really look that far off, does it?

The Corolla looks pretty bad on its own. The copy doesn't look much worse.
Byd will be at the Detroit show next month. Not sure if the F3 will be there or not.

Let say they pass all safety regulations, the drive is pretty decent and the reliability turns out to be at least average.
Would you buy one?
And how much would you spend?
$11 000, $10 000, $8000???

At what price does it become OK to get a Chinese car?

Fiat Bravo Cross



These are just illustrations, but just like the regular Bravo, it looks great.
With the new Tiguan out, and a small Crossovers from Volvo, Saab and Renault coming out soon, it is logical for Fiat to offer something similar.

Renault Twingo RS


It's coming.
But of course, not in the US

I saw the new Twingo last time I was in Europe. And it is a nice little car. Not as original as the 1st one, the with a much higher quality.
They are rumored to squeeze almost 150hp in this tiny RS version. It should be fast and fun.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Thanks!!!


Seems that most of you would trust me to run Chrysler.
That is great news for the entire automobile industry.

When I get the job, I promise to make sure Chrysler comes out with good looking cars people actually want to buy.
No more cheap 1980's interiors either...

Next Mustang???


Maybe.
In this frame taken from a Ford "year in review" video, the pretty red head seems to be hiding what could look like the 2009/10 revised Mustang.

Is this it?

Dodge Journey prices


I saw the Journey at the Auto Show, and it's not one of these cars that looks "better in the flesh".
I don't really see the point of getting this over anything else. The interior is better than the Caliber but that's not really a compliment.
It still looks like a rather cheap 80's interior.

-SE starts at $19 985. With a 2.4 Liter engine.
-SXT starts at $22 985. AWD is $25 530
-R/T starts at $26 545. AWD is $28 295

The US does not get the new Dual-Clutch transmission. This one only goes with the, also Europe only, 2.0 Liter Diesel.
But Europe does not get the 3.5 Liter V6.

Any takers?

2009 Mazda RX-8


I guess they have to update things once in a while.
Even it they don't need to be.
The only think the RX-8 needs for me would be a larger choice of interior colors.
They had a limited edition version last year with a light leather interior and it looked great.

I drove one when they came out and loved it.

"Big diesel God"


That's right. "Big Diesel God".

That's the actual name of this Chinese rip off.
I wonder what GM thinks of it...

7 Speed DSG Auto from VW


VW is introducing in Europe a 7 speed version of their amazing DSG automatic transmission.
On both the Jetta and the Golf.

Which means we should see it over here soon on the R32, GTI and Jetta GLI.
The 6 speed version offered now is already the best auto I remember driving. The 7 speed should be really amazing with better mileage.

Tata commercial

Thursday, December 20, 2007

More Peugeot 308 CC pictures



Looking pretty nice, again.