Monday, May 31, 2010
No matter what, it will be a good looking car.
The previous one still is.
I still think this would work better here as a Buick than a Saturn.
The previous Astra was a failure in the US as a Saturn.
It was sold by a brand that had made its name by building "american" products to compete with imports.
A German Opel built in Belgium didn't really fit that bill.
And I guess GM was a bit reluctant to advertise the European origins of the car.
On top of it, they barely advertised it at all.
Nobody knew that car was out there....
This is an important model for Citroen. Competing with German power houses in the European market like the VW GOlf and the new Ford Focus.
It does look a bit more upscale the the current model, but at the same time, not as original.
It also has a strong family resemblance to the larger C5, which is a stunning car in the flesh.
So we'll see...
For those of us who have never seen one, this is the current C4 which came out in 2004.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
The same rumor for years now.
After claiming they have new products coming out, now we hear Mercury might be gone soon.
That means no new "small car based on the new Focus".
Would you miss Mercury?
Would you buy one if they had new models ?
Still looking pretty close to the spy pictures we've seen recently of the new US Jetta.
It seems that the 2 cars might be very closely related, with the Jetta getting a different rear end and no 3rd side window.
There are even rumors about the US model getting the small 1.4 Liter turbo to replace the 2.5 Liter engine currently used.
A smaller more efficient Jetta might be a good idea. Going back to what made it successful in the 1st place.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Still just an illustration, but it does match recent spy shots.
Just like always, the coupe should be the best looking one of the Astra line.
With the sedan version coming over here as a small Buick, I just wonder if this coupe will end up in the US as well.
It would be great competition to the Civic Coupe.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Or is it the new "US only" sedan that will actually replace the Passat over here?
It does match the sketch VW released last year. The one of the US sedan.
But I'm sure both the new model and the Passat will end up looking very similar anyway.
All VW do these days...
Thursday, May 20, 2010
No big surprise here, but still really good news.
And a great step forward for Buick.
The concept had a 255hp 2.0 Liter turbo engine. ( although a few years ago the Solstice had a 260hp version...)
Combine with AWD , 20 inch wheels and a 6 speed manual.
It seems really nice, but I just wonder why GM chose not to use the more powerful V6 Turbo from the Opel Insignia...
After the regal, Buick will be offering this even smaller model in the US next year.
These pictures are of the Chinese Buick Excelle GT .
But just like the Regal, Chinese and US versions will be pretty much the same.
And both are sedans versions of the Opel Astra.
The hatchback is also sold in China, but won't be coming to the US. At least in the near future.
(GM is actually considering the hatch version of the Regal/Insignia for the US)
It will have a new name when it ends up over here...
The all new Cayenne will start at just over $46 000 in the US.
And it's not bad.
I just saw the Cayenne in person yesterday for the first time, and it looks really good.
But better and more upscale than the current model.
$46 000 isn't much more than a Grand Cherokee. And the "base" engine still produces 300hp.
The 380hp Hyprid has a crazy pricetag of over $67 000.
New pictures of the all new, top of the line Jeep model.
Now we know it starts at about $31 000 for the base RWD model.
The Limited will be around $40 000.
The interior still reminds me of the current Hyundai Santa Fe.
Sure, everyone is saying how much better it is than the current Grand Cherokee. But that's not really saying much.
I think the competition now offers more compelling choices for the price.
Making this attractive mostly to the ever shrinking pool o Jeep fans...
Saturday, May 15, 2010
-HOW IT LOOKS.
Friday, May 14, 2010
After the cool new MG6 hatchback, the newly Chinese own british brand will be going after smaller cars like the Fiesta.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Hyundai is already testing a hatchback version of its recently introduced all new Verna. Which is known to us as the Accent.
It looks ready to go.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
The all-new Volvo S60 pricing and options
Despite the all-new S60 sport sedan being exceedingly well equipped right out of the gate, there are a number of attractive option packages and single options available.
2011 Volvo S60 T6 AWD - $37,700
Destination charges - $850
-Premium Package - $1,500
Power glass moonroof
Power passenger seat
Dual Xenon gas discharge headlights with Active Bending Light (ABL)
-Climate Package - $800
Heated front seat
Heated windshield washer nozzles
Interior Air Quality System (IAQS)
-Multimedia Package - $2,700
Premium Multimedia Sound System with MultEQ XT by Audyssey,
Dolby Pro Logic II, 650 watts, 12 premium loudspeakers
Rear park assist camera
Navigation system with real time traffic updates
Map Care with two complimentary navigation updates
-Technology Package - $2,100
Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Queue Assist
Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake
Lane Departure Warning
Metallic paint - $550
Premium Electric Silver paint - $675
Urbane Wood inlays - $300
Front and rear Park Assist - $500
Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) - $700
Personal Car Communicator (PCC) - $550
Touring chassis - N/C option
FOUR-C (Continuously Controlled Chassis Concept) Active Chassis - $750
17-inch "Njord" alloy wheels - N/C option
17-inch "Njord" alloy wheels with self supporting tires - $500
Sunday, May 09, 2010
-HOW IT LOOKS.
-The interior is very familiar to anyone who has been inside any versions of the G35/37 from Infiniti.
The Bose system in my test car was excellent. Even including speakers designed into the front seats.