Monday, March 31, 2008
I guess this is going to make it into a production model.
Here it is, testing in China.
Does that mean it will also be built in China?
GM is already making engines for the Equinox over there, so I wonder if a small car is next...
Lat year's concept.
Just a few more pictures.
Nothing amazing really. And from what I read, quite a let down to even most Honda/Acura fans out there who were expecting much more.
What I would expect in a car that is that small, is a real back seat. It doesn't seem that much roomier than before.
I don't want to go just after Honda about this. Most car makers in that segment don't offer a roomy back seat.
What is the point of a sedan. Once you're in there, it's OK. But it's even hard to get in, between the smallish doors and the tight space back there.
They are all to blame, Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Lexus etc... Is it so hard to add a couple of inches???
Humans aren't getting any smaller....
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Coming up soon.
This looks like what the Scion xD should have been. Small, roomy a fuel efficient.
Toyota might be paying for their mistake of making the xD too big.
I personally like the xD. It is still pretty small and is more refined that before. Sure the engine is larger, but the Camry motor is super smooth and quiet. And I'm a sucker for comfort.
But it seems that is not what Scion buyers really want.
The Soul might just be it.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
GM is making sure you can make your new Camaro really ugly if you want to.
They will offer a bunch of these "accessories" like spoilers, side skirts etc... All of them ruining the understated original design.
The lower part of the car pictured here is still made out of clay. So the final thing will be black.
Still. Very vulgar.
But I guess when you are in the "muscle car" market, you gotta appeal to as many people as you can....
One of the best Chinese concept is heading for production. And from these pictures, it looks like it will stay really close to that concept.
Which I think was designed by Pininfarina.
By the way, CC does not mean it's a hard top convertible. This is just a hatchback coupe.
Here is the concept. In case some of us had done the unthinkable: forget what it looked like....
Friday, March 28, 2008
A really cool commercial for the latest French sedan, trying hard to show how it should be considered against the German competition.
At least as far as design is concern, I don't think Citroen should be worried. It looks so much better than any of the German competition.
Anyone here knows how this car drives???
Looks like a nice looking hatch with a Skoda grille.
Still, this might end up in Europe where it could actually compete with other cheap hatchbacks.
It's at least as good looking as the stuff we get over here.
Again, there are so many unanswered questions and concerns about Chinese cars, they'll have a tough time at first.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
They do look real to me.
I notice the slightly smaller wheels. So this should be the more popular V6 version.
And also, for the first time, real headlights. The other spy pictures from prototypes only show us the temporary headlight set up used for testing.
This car looks exactly like I though it would: just great.
I can't wait....
When I say 2009, I mean for the European market. Chances are, we'll get this around 2015 if we're lucky.
This is still just an illustration, but it looks really close to all the spy shots we've already seen of that car.
Which is to say, the usual Golf redesign: the same but different. Never a big leap from one generation to the other.
And nothing ever exiting...
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
I think this looks great. A bit busy and loud. But at least pretty original.
The Chinese have the habit of showing off pretty nice looking concepts so far.
We'll see if any of these actually translate into decent production cars...
Would anyone here buy something like that? At what price?
Posted by Vince Burlapp at Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
And doing a good job.
Thanks to these guys we get a better idea of these cars.
Interesting how the Genesis coupe interior is highly praised. While the TSX really doesn't seem a better car than the current model....
To Tata for $2 Billion.
Good for Tata, I guess. Although they have already said they weren't that interested in Jaguar.
But it is a sad statement about Ford. A company that was run so poorely that it didn't know what to do with legendary brands like these.
Looks like they were doing OK with land Rovers. With plenty of products.
Monday, March 24, 2008
And still no final headlight design.
I hear GM might offer the 2.0 Liter Turbo engine as one of the options.
That might not be a bad idea. With 260hp it could be plenty and would actually match the power of the V6.
Could be an interesting take on the 21st Century muscle car.
Yes, another one.
Just click on the title for the whole thing. I won't explain it here.
And if you want to see the actual E bay ad, go here:
Thanks to Richard for the story.
Just like we saw the new Mondeo first in Casino Royale, the next ka will be featured in the new James Bond film.
So far, we can see it in a short teaser/making of thing on YouTube.
We can't see much, but hey, that's the best we have for now....
Sunday, March 23, 2008
The current Teana is basically the Japanese market version of our Maxima. With its own design and interior.
And it appeals to an older, more conservative audience.
Looks like the same story for the next one. it will be a softer, less aggressive version of the new Maxima. Looking more like the Intima concept.
I guess more like a Nissan Avalon.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
The 3rd and final(?) Kizashi concept. The 1st two showed us a wagon a crossover. This is supposed to show us what the upcoming larger Suzuki sedan will look like.
The concept is powered by a 300hp 3.6 Liter V6. That sounds like the one in the CTS.
The car does look nice. Especially compared to the boring offerings from Honda and Toyota. But the problem is nobody even knows about Suzuki.
When was the last time anyone here considered a Suzuki? Especially when in the market for a Camry type family car.
they need to spend major advertising money to let people know they even exist before they can compete.
Again, good luck....
That's right, 35, not 37.
The all new FX will keep the "old" 3.5 Liter V6 engine.
Which is perfectly fine, at 306hp. I just wonder, at least for cost, why they would keep producing 3 versions of the same engine.
I guess they really want the G37 coupe to stand out from the rest of the Infiniti lineup.
Plus you can get a V8 on the FX.
So there, i figured it all out....
Thursday, March 20, 2008
This looks almost production ready to me.
I say the more small coupes the better. I like the Civic coupe a lot, and this looks like a cheaper alternative. And it looks great.
An inexpensive coupe is a great idea to get young buyers into their first new car.
It's pretty much what Hyundai was going for with the Scoupe years (and years) ago.
let's hope this makes it into production without too many changes....
First official picture.
I will show the interior later.
It is different and a bit more upscale. The Optima is one of these decent cars that doesn't get much notice from anyone.
I guess it needs to stand out a bit more, and it needs some advertising money... (Don't we all...)
Here is the current one, in case anyone forgot....