This is a publicity shot for the new Citroen Grand C4 Picasso.
I love these giant glass roofs. This is the good part.
The sad part is to see these 2 people in what looks like magnificent surroundings. A gorgeous forest etc... And they choose to isolate themselves and watch a stupid movie.
This defeats the purpose of the large side windows and giant glass roof.
The saddest part is the fact that it is advertised. Shown to us as how to enjoy this car...
Just found out is it actually based on the Fit, not the Civic. Which would explain why it will be cheaper than the Civic.
Even though it is a bit longer than the Civic, it has a shorter wheelbase.
Which explains such graceful proportions (!)
The bad news is, we are getting a Fit sedan next year. So this, or something really close, could actually end up in the US...
For some reason, Toyota is showing the car and this new video at the Buenos Aires auto show this month.
We have already seen the NS4 concept last year. At the time people thought it was a preview of the 2015 Prius.
If this illustration is close to the real thing, it would mean a radical change for Renault's popular minivan.
Since 1984, the Espace has been synonymous with minivan in Europe. I guess the market is changing and "regular" minivans aren't as popular as they were. So a switch to a more SUV like shape would makes sense.
They even have a platform ready. The one already used for the Nissan Pathfinder/Infiniti JX.
This is the current, 4th generation Espace. Which came out in 2003.
You know they're doing a lot of thinking when a car isn't redesigned for 10 years....
That usually means drop it, or do something completely different.
A longer, roomier and more conservative version of the compact C4 Picasso minivan we saw just a few weeks ago.
Still much more modern looking than almost anything we are getting over here in that segment.
Minivans from Honda and Toyota are far from even looking modern.
There might be hope for the next Chrysler Town and Country (no more Dodge version). Wich could use a dose of Italian influence in its design...
Another really nice looking Mazda3.
Not the most original, since it looks like a smaller hatchback version of the Mazda6 sedan design.
Same thing inside, where it doesn't seem as original as the current interior. Things are pretty straight in there now.
At least it shows a nice and big GPS screen, unlike the tiny cheap looking one used in the 6 and CX5.
No words on US engines yet, but I expect the same choices as the CX5.
2.0 Liter with 155 or 2.5 liter with 184hp. That would make sense...
Seem pretty well priced against the competition.
Again a good deal compared to the new Lexus IS, which starts at just $1000 under the new Infiniti. But comes with a smaller 2.5 Liter engine with just 204HP! And that's without even mentioning how horrific the new IS looks...
Even though the most popular model will probably be the $39 500 Premium.
It still compares well to the competition.
The new 2 series will replace the current 1 series coupe .
Based on the redesigned 1 series hatchback that came out in Europe last year.
Unlike the current coupe, the new 2 will not have the same front end as the hatchback.
But will share its interior.
As usual, we will be getting this version, and not the hatch. A convertible will follow soon after.
Here are some pix taken from an official Volvo Video describing their new Autonomous Driving technology.
Instead of a known design, they choose to illustrate this new technology with a car that we've never seen before.
Yet it still has the obvious Volvo grille.
Looks like it would be a BMX X6 competitor. Or is it the next XC90?
What do you think?
Here is the whole video. Quite amazing technology, really.
Caught in Russia, with no camouflage on at all.
And it does look really good. Actually close to the Alfa Romeo Giulietta.
Which shouldn't be a problem in the US since the Italian model isn't sold here.
It should be a big hit for Mazda here and overseas.
This has to be the stupidest name for a car I've seen in a while. "Living". Like in "Living room"?
We are just getting the 500L over here, and Europe is soon getting a longer 7 seat version of that car.
So as of now, this is the largest car sold under the name 500. It is about 8 inches longer than the regular 500L.
Thankfully, the only engine offered in the US version of the 500L is the 1.4 Liter Turbo with 160HP.
But in Europe, where the "Living" will stay, they offer a 95HP version of the 1.4 Liter as a base engine.
Just imagine how fun that is to drive around with 7 people on board....
I was lucky to spend a few days in Europe recently, and noticed a few cars.
The Golf Cabrio seems to be the most popular Convertible I saw over there. Much more so than the Beetle, or any other convertible for that matter. And it is pretty new.
I must say, it looks really good in person.
This one I expected to be popular. The tiny VW Up!. 4 and 2 door models are very common over there. Not as small as I though, but the interior is really basic.
The cute Audi A1 is also easy to find. Still looking really good after a few years on the road.
I didn't take this picture, obviously, but the small Daihatsu Terios was the car I saw the most during my few days in Greece. A friend of mine also owned one so I got to ride in it.
The small 1.5 Liter engine seemed to struggle at freeway speed. But it was pretty roomy considering the small size. And actually fine for an inexpensive SUV. (Starting at around 18 000 Euros over there)
Looking pretty good too.
According to some rumors, VW is getting an all new small SUV ready. Something that would slot right under the Tiguan (Itself being redesigned soon)
But still larger than the Up! based tiny Taigun.
While the Taigun might be too small for the US, the Canyon could very well make it over here.
It would be based on the next generation Polo. And would start at under $20 000.
-The Avenger is going away next year. There is a replacement for its Chrysler 200 cousin, but nothing so far for Dodge.
-Chrysler/Fiat has already announced there will be only one version of their next Minivan. Which will almost certainly go to Chrysler.
-It has already lost all its truck line to the new Ram Truck brand.
-The new Viper is sold under the new SRT brand, it's not a Dodge anymore.
-Yes, there is a new redesigned Challenger coming soon. But it will probably also be sold under the SRT brand, as a Barracuda.
Put all these news together and you have no future for the Dodge brand.
I think Fiat made the decision years ago. They're just not ready to announce it yet.