Monday, October 16, 2017

2019 Ram 1500 pick up truck

 Wow.... This looks like huge changes to the now "classic" full size ram pick up truck.
Gone is the huge grille. A design that helped make the Dodge trucks super popular in the past years. And a stand out compared to Chevy and Ford competition.

For the next generation, they are moving completely away from it.
And adopting a super generic look. One with zero personality.

The article HERE also mentions this is not a new design but just a 'facelift".
(Another mistake. Since all new GM trucks are on their way.)

I think this is a huge mistake. Sure, big pick up trucks do sell no matter what. But that big face Dodge designed years ago was a stroke of genius.
Abandoning it is a stupid move. Now this looks like anything else. And Ford or Chevy fans now have less than ever reason to witch to a Rame (Dodge) truck.

Another genius idea from former accountant Sergio Marchionne!
This is the current model.
Sales are still going strong. And even better lately.

I really don't think this trend will last with the new design...

2018 Jeep Wrangler interior.

Now that the instruction manual has leaked all over the internet, we finally get a good look at the interior of the all new Jeep Wrangler.
Which is pretty much what was expected.
Still looking a bit cheap and clunky. Which is OK, I guess. Again, expected. Since his is the roughest of all Jeeps.

Not sure what version this is, but that screen looks pretty small. At least it doesn't have that tablet look.

I like the color pieces (silver on the car above).

 From pictures we have seen before, like the one above, these will match the exterior color of the car. Just like in the Beetle. (The screen also appears larger here)

Apparently, the new Wrangler will be introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
So that's just a few weeks away.

Another Volvo Polestar Coupe teaser

From this teaser, it looks like it will be called "Polestar One".
And why not...

I still don't think Volvo will give (or even has the budget to do so) the Polestar sub brand it's very own designs.
So this would actually be a sportier "Polestar" version of an upcoming Volvo Coupe. Probably based on the upcoming new S60 sedan. Or the smaller S40.
Volvo did trademarked the name "S50" earlier this year. But also "C40" and "C60" back in 2015.
(I guess they just want to cover all their bases. It doesn't necessarily means there will be 3 new models.)

I actually can't wait to see this. A new Volvo coupe is really something to celebrate...

2018 Audi A7

 There is a brand new Audi A7 coming out really soon.
In just 3 days to be exact.
So we might see the real thing even before.

For new, we only have this official teaser. Showing a good looking hatchback shape. A little bit sleeker than the current model (below)

More on this very, very soon.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

How about more pictures of the new Buick GL6 for China...

 Here are a few more pictures of that new "mini" minivan from Buick, the GL6.
It is pretty much to Buick what the Mazda 5 was to Mazda a few years ago.
Both versions of the Mazda 5 were pretty much a flop in the US. And the Ford C-Max is also struggling.

So there is no way GM will ever bring this over here. Plus, if you want 6 seats or more,  they would rather sell you one of their full size SUVs. With their huge profit margins.
 Inside, things look a lot like Opel. but it's not really the same as any Opel model.
Which is kind of weird. It's not like the Zafira, or Insignia. But it does look like it could be...
 That strange pattern on the dash is kind of cool. I think.
At least it's something I've never seen.

 The interior seems quite roomy for the size. it looks like you could actually sleep in it.
Here is the GL6 next to the Opel Zafira.
And they do look quite different. Not just the design.

The GL6 is based on the same platform as the Buick Excelle, which is a Chinese sedan version of the Opel Astra.
So I guess the Zafira and GL6 are related after all.
But it seems that GM has spend quite a bit of money making sure the Buick is different.

And again, the next one might just be a rebadged Chevrolet, since Opel is now owned by Peugeot...

Next Audi A1

 Quite a busy time for Audi. Within the past year they came out with new versions of the Q7, Q5, A5, A8. And the new Q2.
Coming up is the new A7, A6 and Q3.
But also the redesigned A1.

It seems that the next A1 will only be available as a 4 door model. While the current model is produced as a 2 door as well.

It also seems a bit larger than the current one. With an aven bigger grille, headlights etc...
But again, this is not for us.
If they claim the Q2 is too small for the US (which is stupid), there is no way we will ever see this over here.

Which is really too bad....
Here is the current one.
Still nice looking. Although the next one does look more agressive.

HERE are all the pix of that new A1 prototype driving around.

2018/19 Mercedes A-Class sedan

The new Sedan version of the next A-Class is just around the corner. 

It was previewed last year by one of these fake concept. (Which is basically the production car with smaller rear view mirrors and larger wheels)

First time I actually see a bit of the interior.
It looks like from now on every new Mercedes will get the integrated screen like in the E-Class.
Instead of the stupid "tablet stuck on the dash" look.
 Which is quite an improvement...

While we are not getting the A-Class hatch, we will be getting the sedan.
Which will basically be replacing the current CLA. The CLA name will then be used on a fastback/hatch version of the A-Class sedan.
Here is that "concept" from last year.
Basically the same car. 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Forgotten cars: The 1981/82 Ford Granada.

We all know (either heard of or actually remember it) the Ford Granada.
But the one we usually remember is the 1st generation.

 I just found out (yes, 35 years after the facts)  there was actually a 2nd generation.
One that lasted only 2 years. Based on the, then new, Fox platform.

While the first one had a little bit of personality in its design, the second  one had absolutely nothing.
It looked like the most generic car ever designed. Something out of an architectural rendering.
Which is quite amazing ...
And also part of the charm. It's kind of rare, and invisible at the same time.

Plus, the ad above featured John Steed from the Avengers! (Actor Patrick Macnee, actually dressed as the famous character!) I guess in an effort to imply the new Granada could actually be compared to a Jag. 

And here is the ad for the car. So you can see how forgettable that thing was...

But wait, there is more!

This guy actually found on in perfect condition, back in 2011. With only 30 000 miles on it.
The video is annoying since he can't even hold the camera properly. Or mention anything that matters.

Still. I guess there are some people around crazy enough about these cars to keep them around in mint condition...

So....What is your favorite "forgotten car"????

Friday, October 13, 2017

2018/19 Mercedes B-Class

 I almost forgot about the B-Class.
Of course, with an all new A-Class hatchback and sedan coming out very soon, the new B-Class won't be far behind.

The current model is so ugly that anything will be an improvement.
The B-Class has never been sold in the US, except for the EV version.
Which was received with mostly terrible reviews in the US. And sold pretty poorly.
Their best year in the US was 2015, with 1905 units (!) Which went down to 632 last year.

So, not Mercedes's best effort...

As a reminder, here is the current B-Class.
At least the new one got rid of that horrible side line that move up all the way to the rear lights.
One of these "what were they thinking" design moment. 
A typical designer brain fart...

2018 Aston Martin DB11 Volante

Of course, the latest Aston Martin convertible is a stunning looking car.
From every angle. A classy and futuristic design. A true 21st Century Aston Martin.
This is quite amazing...

As it should be. For the $216 000 price. Or about $17 000 more than the hard top.
For that price you get the new AMG V8 turbo with 510HP (Not the V12)
Which should be more than enough...

I only wish they had found a way to incorporate the screen better. That "lazy design" stuck-on "after market looking" tablet thing is out of place in a car of that stature and price.
I mean really...

Look at what Bentley did with the latest Continental GT. A genius idea.

As a matter of fact, this might be the reason for me to pick the next Bentley convertible over this as my next summer car....

What do you think?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

EV version of the new Hyundai Kona coming soon

 Apparently, the electric version of the all new Kona is supposed to come out at the Geneva Auto show in March.
The big news would be the 240 miles Range. Which would put the Hyundai right on top of the EV world.
Alongside the Tesla model 3 and Chevrolet Bolt.

If true, this could make the Kona EV a  really popular model.

The pix above are just illustrations. Using the regular Kona shape and basically adding a ionic EV front end to it...
 This is the real thing. You can see that indeed, the regular grille is gone.
But the wheels are not the same as the illustrations above.
And here is the regular Kona.
Which I think looks fun.

The Kona is n't even out in the US yet. So it's hard to say how popular it will get.
Since the small SUV trend is big right now, it is safe to say the Kona will be a great move for Hyundai.

The VW Scirocco is officially dead. Again...

VW has officially announced the death of the Scirocco. (It happen before)
Not a big deal for us, since the latest generation was never sold in the US. And most of us have never seen one. (It is even a pretty rare sight in Europe)

Still. that is too bad.
VW is on a quest to recuperate some of these billions lost in their diesel scandal.
And slow selling cars like the Scirocco have to go, I guess.
 I truly hope they find a way to keep the Beetle alive. As it is really the souls of that brand, and their only model with some personality...

So here are a few original ads for all generations of the Scirocco.
And yes, I did include the Corrado. because it was basically a 3rd generation Scirocco, with another name (Now sure why they did change that name...)

The 1st generation came out in 1974 and was meant to be a sporty coupe version of the all new VW Golf.
And both cars were design my the master, Giorgetto Giugiaro.
An all new generation came out in 1981.
And the Corrado replaced it in 1988. (So basically, killing the Scirocco, at least in name, a first time)
The Corrado was discontinued in 1995. (Which could be considered the Scirocco's second death?)

The current design came out in 2008. So it is basically a 10 year old model. And I think it still looks pretty great...

R.I.P Scirocco. Until next time...

2018 Infiniti QX80

This is the first official teaser of the "new" 2018 Infiniti QX80.
Which will not really be a new one. 
Here is last year's concept, which was a new design. Like a slightly sleeker version of the current one.
Which dates back from 2010 (!)
At least the production teaser shows something a little bit less vulgar. 

 And here is the real thing...

As you can see on these pictures, the "new" QX80 for 2018 will only have a new front end. And some new lights and bumper in the back.
And, who knows, maybe a revised interior.
But, after 8 years, that's all we'll be getting.

This will now have to do battle with the "really all new" Lincoln Navigator. As well as an all new Cadillac Escalade in a year or so.
(I guess they make so much profit on each unit, they don't really care how many they sell???)

Good luck to them...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

2018 Mercedes CLS. Almost here...

I guess this is one last illustration before we see the real thing at the Los Angeles auto show next month.
(Or even before online)

Of course it's not bad. But not that amazing for something that could start at around $75 000.
Or about $25 000 more than the E-Class sedan it is based on. With the exact same interior...
And a much smaller "old timey" sunroof.

VW E Golf test drive coming up

Just wanted to mention that I am getting an E Golf in a couple of days.
So I will answer any questions you might have.

I am really looking forward to it actually. As I am a big fan of electric cars.
I did enjoy the Focus EV a few years ago. And of course the popular Leaf. Although I think the driving experience of the VW will be much more engaging.

With a 125 miles range, this is still kind of an "old fashion" EV.
Nothing like the Bolt which has almost twice the range. And the new Leaf also does better.

But the regular Golf is one of the best driving car in its class. So this should be fun...

2019 Chevrolet Corvette

I really don't understand why the next Corvette would become a mid-engine car.

It just doesn't feel right for the Corvette. I know they have had concepts over the years about a mid-engine version.
It just feels too exotic for me. Now the Corvette is trying to be an Italian car ?
I am not sure why. Unless they feel they had been in a rot for a while and the "let's try something new" mentality won over.
Who knows.

What do you think of the Corvette becoming a mid- engine sports car???

2018 Mercedes CLS

 The new CLS is basically a 4 door version of the current E-Class coupe.
That's about it, really.
So it will look like a new version of the current CLS. But it is now actually another E-Class model.
It even has the exact same interior as the E-Class.
The main difference is the front end. Which will probably spread to all E-class versions sometime next year.
And of course, its all new inline 6 cylinder engine. Which will also eventually spread to all E-class versions. And other models.

Here is the current E-Class coupe interior. Exact same thing as the upcoming CLS.