Saturday, November 30, 2019

2021 Genesis GV80

It looks like the lower cladding is covered. Or painted in a lighter color. Otherwise, this is it.
The all new Genesis GV80.


It will be available in RWD or AWD. 5 or 7 seater versions will be offered (Although not in all markets)

And it will be quickly followed by the smaller GV70...
More on Genesis's very first SUV soon.

Friday, November 29, 2019

2020/21 Jaguar F-Type






 While the jaguar F-Type is now 6 years old, I think it is still the best looking current Jaguar.
After 6 years, we don't get a new car. But a "facelift". With an all new front and rear ends. Lights etc...

Not sure about the interior yet.
And I hear new engines are planned (Like an inline 6 cylinder)

They are not selling millions of these and since it still looks great, they are saving a ton of money by just revising the current design.
Why not...

But I am not sure the revisions actually look better than the current car...


This is the current model. 

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Video





Just something I shot a few days ago at the Los Angeles Auto Show.



The car is very impressive in person. I think it does look good.

And the interior is much more upscale than the Tesla Model 3.



I hear the "first year only" First Edition version is already sold out. Which is good news for Ford.

2021 Kia Sorento

This is the first picture I have seen of the all new 2021 Sorento uncovered.

Which, at least to me, looks like a cross between the new Ford Explorer and a Chinese SUV.
So far at least...
It seems very "chromy", with a really big grille.
Unlike the more modern and subtle look of the larger Telluride.

This will be a very important model for Kia. Even more so than the 2021 Optima sedan.
Kia sold over 80 000 Sorentos last year. (Down from almost 108 000 in 2017)
While they also sold a bit over 82 000 Optima sedans. (from over 101 000 in 2017)

A new Optima and Sorento will make 2020 a pretty good year Kia.

More on the new Sorento very soon...

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

More pictures of the 2020 VW Golf







Fans of the Golf will love it. Since it looks like.. a Golf.
One with a really nice a modern interior. Almost futuristic.

(Looks like the new Golf is the only way to get an affordable VW with a modern interior these days...)

Everywhere except the US that is. Since the new Golf will not be sold in the US (Although I think it is scheduled for Canada at some point)
We will be getting the GTI version only. But who knows when. The new GTI is due out later this year in Europe. And probably at least another full year after that in the US...



Monday, November 25, 2019

2020 Geely Icon








I know it looks a bit weird. And has strange lines on the side. And a pretty busy interior. But somehow, I like it.
I think this does have a cool modern personality. 

It is based on the BMA platform that accepts gas engines as well as Plug-in Hybrid powertrains.
It is smaller than Volvo's CMA platform that is currently used for the Volvo XC40 and Polestar 2 EV.
As well as various Lynk & Co. models.

At 171 inches long, it is about the size of a Honda HR-V (2 inches longer)

What do you think?


More pictures of the 2020 VW Passat.








As I mentioned before, the more I see the 2020 Passat, the more I like it.
I think VW did a good job updating the car. It is not all new but it actually looks more new than many "new" models from Audi or BMW.

It has a classic look that actually last longer than many more modern designs.
Same thing inside. Classic lines. And a much nicer interior than the more expensive Atlas.

For less money than most of its competition, you get a super solid, roomy and quiet car. that does look pretty upscale for its price (Starting at $23 000)


More pictures of the all new Kia Optima/K5





Again, this looks quite impressive for a "non-luxury" brand. Inside and out.
The whole thing looks quite upscale.

It looks like this is trying to be what the Telluride is to SUVs, in the sedan segment.
Which is basically offer as much quality and content as more expensive luxury brands.

This new Optima not only is aiming at the Accord, Camry, Mazda 6 crowd. But also maybe Audi or Lexus.


Auto Show notes: VW Atlas SportCross






I have to say, the new 5 seater version of the Atlas looks much better than the regular model.
And since it is only a few inches shorter, there is tons of room inside.
With a huge cargo area.

But that interior is the same as the regular Atlas. The same interior that looked old and cheap when the Atlas came out a couple of years ago.
The fake wood looks more fake than ever. And there is still a lot of hard plastics around.
The silver painted plastic trim also looks pretty terrible. And will never pass for metal.

This is really a missed opportunity. To maybe spend a little bit more on the interior to make it a lot better.
Really too bad... I mean the new $22 000 Mazda CX-30 has an interior that looks and feels much more expensive than this.

Auto Show notes: Which one is it???

We all know that all 4 Nissan sedans now look like pretty much the same car in different sizes.
But look at this picture!

No, they are NOT the same car. The one in the foreground is the new Versa.
While the one behind is the all new Sentra.

Really...

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Auto Show notes: Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid trunk space


The top picture is the trunk of the new Hybrid version.
As you can see, Subaru never intended for that platform to us all these batteries.
And the trunk area is really compromised.

Plus it costs over $35 000! For a tiny 17 miles of EV range...

Not really sure who this is for in the first place...

Auto Show notes: Porsche Taycan




I was disappointed to see that the rear design of the Porsche Taycan was trying too hard to look like a hatchback, without actually being one.
It even uses the same "cheap"trick" as the all new Kia Optima. Where the part under the rear window is actually the top part of the truck, covered in black plastic. Pretending to be part of the window.
It's not good on the Optima and others.
But I think it's really bad on a $100 000 Porsche...

The Taycan has been described many times as a competitor to the Tesla Model S.
But, at least from the back seat, it is not. As the leg room back there is smaller than a Model 3...

Another Cybertruck ?



There has been a lot of talk lately about the new Tesla Cybertruck.
I am still not 100% of what to think of it myself. Which, I guess, is good. How often do we see such a weird design that actually takes us a while to digest.

I do applaud the weirdness and compete new feeling you get from looking at it. And I have heard that Syd Mead (who designed the cars for Blade Runner) actually likes it!

Still, the Cybertruck is just a concept. With no rear view mirrors, wipers or even headlights that would pass any government regulations anywhere.

The picture above is from 1979. And shows what designer Curtis Brubaker though a truck could look like in 2001.
The general shape is very reminiscent of the Tesla truck. But I think it looks much better. 
The rear of the design looks so surprisingly similar. 





Curtis Brubaker is mostly known for the "Brubaker Box" from 1972.
A very cool looking kit car that you could build on top of a VW chassis.
It still looks wonderful today...

New Hyundai LaFesta EV




The Lafesta is a Hyundai sedan that has been on sale in China for a while.
It is sized in between the Sonata and Elantra.

For 2020, Hyundai is introducing a pure electric version. With a 306 miles range. 
Which could be pretty impressive. (Even if the number would be a bit power in the US Test cycle.)

I just wonder if they will be able to use a similar powertrain in the new Sonata. Giving them a real edge over the competition. Since no one really offers a true mid-sized EV sedan except Tesla.

Why not...

Auto Show notes: Mini Cooper Electric






The electric version of the Mini Cooper does not get an all new interior. And it's fine.

The little oval screen behind the wheel looks great.
And the cloth on the seats looks fantastic. So glad to see great looking seats without leather.
Or "Leatherette" (Vinyl)

I say bring back cloth!

 But no one on the both seemed to have any new info on the car. All we know is that it will start at $29 900 in the US. Which is great.
And the range is rated at "up to 168 miles" in the European cycle.

I can't wait to see more of the new Mini EV.