Once again, the CC will be a slightly sportier version go the Passat sedan.
Except now, it will be based on the nicer European model Passat. Not the one we are getting here.
So, for us, it will look all new.
The exterior will now be a hatchback.
But inside, it looks exactly the same as the Euro Passat sedan (Bottom picture).
Which, again, is not sold here.
And is much never than our US version.
So basically, good news for us.
If this second generation CC (Or whatever they end up calling it) makes it to the US.
(not sure yet)
And if it does, the big question will be when.
Since it usually takes VW at least two years to bring anything over here...
Of course, these are the usual exaggerated official sketches.
But, beside the oversize wheels, this look pretty realistic.
And it looks rest.
Taking the current (and still very nice) design and pushing it a bit.
This will be serious competition to the Ford Fiesta.
And a small crossover based on this is also coming up soon.
Looking pretty good.
It is based on the same platform as the Fiat 500X/Jeep Renegade, but is obviously a bit larger and more upscale.
I think this has the potential to be a huge seller for Fiat/Chrysler.
As they have been pushing the Jeep brand lately. And everywhere.
It also seems ( So far) they will keep the "Compass" name for the new car.
So far (An I admit, these are not good pictures) this looks worse than I thought.
After all these years, we finally see the production version of the Crossblue concept , and it is quite a let down.
Although I was never expecting some futuristic/exciting/original design from VW, this is pretty bad.
I mean, it seems that pretty much anything else in the segment will look better.
Even much older players like the Ford Explorer.
But this looks especially bad next to the new Mazda CX-9.
I mean look at that interior.
And also. The US arm of VW was lobbying really hard to be able to pick the name for the new crossover. This could be, after all, a huge seller in the US for VW.
And after all this, all they could come up with is "Teramont"?
(Even Crossblue was a bit better.)
I mean, it does look like a bigger version of the new Tiguan (Still not out in the US...)
So maybe they figure that's all they need.
I have to say, so far, this looks pretty lazy.
I predict another "Passat problem". It will sell fine for a year, because, "new ".
Then sales will drop and drop every year.
I wonder what hope there is for VW in the US.
The new Tiguan will surely sell, but they can't seem to bring it over in a timely manner.
And they are letting the Jetta age far, far too much.
(It is old and I haven't seen any prototypes of the next one anywhere)
I think this is pretty surprising. ( at least to me.)
Not sure what I expected for Cadillac's new concept....
But after looking at these pictures for a while, I do like it a lot.
I think the front end is a great, more subtle design for future Cadillacs. The rear lights are 1000 times better and classier than anything they are doing now (That poor CT6 rear end...)
And, surprise, it's even a hatchback!
I think a hatchback is a great idea. Since people are now so used to them in SUVs. It might be a great way to get people back into sedans (at least some)
The interior is also much nicer than any of their production models. And quite a bit retro.
It uses the same platform as the CT6, but is 6 inches longer.
And the concept is powered by a 4.2 Liter Twin Turbo V8. Yes, a V8!
GM calls it "a prototype of a new system in development for future Cadillac models".
Which sounds like "Next Escalade engine", or "Upcoming option for the CT6" to me.
But.... We've been had before. Cadillac had great concepts with the Ciel and Elmiraj.
All we got after that was the CT6. Which is a huge let down.
So, let's hope a lot of this designs ends up in the next ATS sedan (CT3?)
Since it seems to be the next sedan inline for a redesign. Before the next CTS.
Meanwhile, we will see an all new compact SUV and a larger one based on the next Buick Enclave.
So maybe these guys will have some "Escala touches" as well.
But this, basically, should have been the CT6.
I mean, just imagine...
What a stunning blend of futuristic and weirdly retro design.
At the same time, it seems pretty strange. Since Maybach is not a separate brand anymore, it seems strange to have this all new design.
The only Maybach available now is a stretched version of the S-Class. And their next morel will be a stretched version of the new E-Class.
So you would think a coupe might be a super luxury version of the S-Class coupe (?)
But it looks like Maybach might want to show off and have at least one original design in their portfolio.
This concept looks like it wants to fight the Bentley GT. Which is actually a great idea.
Considering how popular the GT has been.
But... This is still just a concept. With its super futuristic and unrealistic interior.
So it all depends on how the actual production car really looks like. And when it is coming out.
Since an all new, sportier looking, Bentley GT is just around the corner...
For 2017, Buick is adding a special edition "ST" to the Cascada.
Which is about $900 more than the loaded model.
But all you are getting for your money is a new color, new wheel design, new steering wheel, and something called "black magic interior components".
I call that PR BS.
I know the Cascada is all new in the US, and it's probably too new to address a few of its shortcomings.
What it could use is:
-A more modern dashboard with less buttons. Not "black magic interior components".
-They could have included an upgraded Bose stereo. (For the $900 that are asking)
-There was nothing wrong with the steering wheel.
-And the wheels are different, not better.
I can't really see the use of this.
The Cascada is a hit for GM and sales are exceeding expectations.
And, after driving it for a whole week, I really think it is a great convertible.
But they need to revise what needs to be revised. And it's not just a new color or new wheels for $900 more...
This one seems to be celebrating a new partnership with LG.
So lots of electronic on display.
From that video, it looks very 70's. Which could be really cool.
Although the 70's are not really remembered as the best decade for Cadillac (far from it)
Besides that, they will of course claim a new design direction. Or preview of a new model.
Which is usually 100% BS.
Do you remember their gorgeous Ciel and Elmiraj concepts?
All we got since are the CT6 and XT5.
And no matter how hard I try, I really can't see any of the Ciel in the CT6...
I can't say I am surprised, since I posted a picture of this a long time ago.
Still, I think this is pretty horrible.
(And that's coming from someone who loves hatchbacks)
I mean this is one of the busiest design I have seen in years, making the Mazda3 look like a classy model.
It seems that every other hatchback on the market looks better.
Just look at that rear bumper!
(What is going on in the mind of someone who designs that???)
This is pretty close to a visual nightmare.
Not only when compared to the competition, but also the previous versions of the Civic hatch. The ones we didn't get in the US...
The good news is that now, the 1.5 Liter Turbo is available with the 6 speed manual, not just the CVT.
The manual is available on LX, Sport and EX models.
(So no leather and stick shift for you)
This is the current one. Sold in Europe.
Not the best looking thing ever. But still. the new one makes this look like Marilyn Monroe.
I still think the previous generation was the best ever.
Never sold here, of course.
Still a great looking, original design.
Now compare this to the new one...