Thursday, January 31, 2008

Chubby nerd presents the Hummer HT3 !

I am speechless..... Really....

Mercedes CLC video

Now we can see the whole thing.

Opel Insignia/Saturn Aura

Sure it is still missing some trims on this picture.
But it does look really good already.

This should give GM another really good car to compete in the mid sized segment in the US as the next Aura.

Dodge Challenger

Yes, it is the production model.

As close as it can be to the concept.....

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Lincoln MKS

The all new Lincoln MKS replaces the old LS. It looks pretty nice, especially in the front. But the car still lacks the quality feel of most imports of the same price.


After seeing it in person, I can say it looks great. I though it was a stupid idea at first. But it does look quite striking in the flesh.

Future Muscle

Babes and Booze!

Mercedes CLC

An early rendering.
back from when they were thinking of spending some real money and designing an all new car based on the new C Class.
It does look a bit like the Accord coupe (I wonder if Honda saw these a few years ago).
And it would have been miles ahead of the actual production model.
A warmed over C Class coupe from 2001....

R.I.P: Isuzu

That's right.

Isuzu will stop selling in the US as of January 1st 2009. Except for some commercial trucks.
They, of course, will still take care of maintenance of previously sold cars and trucks. Not sure for how long.

So, another one bites the dust. Not really a surprise.
But who's next?

Any guesses????

Pontiac Wave

Another weird one.
Even thought this is for Canada only, it doesn't really make sense as a Pontiac.
It is just a Chevrolet Aveo with a Pontiac nose.
And they don't call it the G1, or G2, but the Wave.

Before you think this will never make it over here, remember that the G5 (Cobalt coupe) was another "Canada Only" car for a while.

Let's hope I'm wrong....

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

L.A Show babes

2009 Ford F150

Toyota Venza

Detroit show babes

2009 Volkswagen Passat CC

2009 Ford Fusion

I posted this a few months ago.
But will all the recent spy pictures of the actual car showing up everywhere, I thought it could be a good idea to look at this again.
It does seem to match the spy shots.
I think the best part of the current Fusion is its front end. Looks like this is one of the main changes.
I like the current one much better.

But there is also an all new interior coming up . Similar changes will appear on the Lincoln MKZ (which will get a front end similar to the MKS), and the Milan.

As far as we know, the revised 2009 Milan might turn out to be the last Mercury ever.
There is nothing planed for the brand after that....

Mazda 6 Coupe???

That what this illustration from Mazda seem to indicate.

Unless they changed their minds between the time they did the sketch and the actual launch of the car in Europe a few months ago.

It does make some sense, at least for the US. Where we already have the Accord and Altima coupe.

Let's hope they follow through with this...

More Camaro interior pictures

With more details.
Most of the door panel is still covered up. As are the headlights.
And again, a pre-production car like this one is not 100% final. Trim details might and will change.

Click on the title for more.

New Camaro in L.A

These prototypes were spotted at L.A.X at night.

So we might see more of them during the day around here.
Keeping them in the news until a year from now. When they actually come out...

Click on the title for more from Autoblog.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Subaru Legacy/Outback Diesel

That's not for us.
Coming out in Europe in a few weeks.

The new engine is a 2.0 Liter with 150hp.
They are talking of well over 35mpg in mixed driving. Also claiming the engine is quieter than the Passat Diesel.

Not sure if we'll ever see this over here. But it would be in line with Subaru's image in the US of being different.
Or at least trying to.
A diesel Outback or Forester would be a great way to do that.

Hummer H3T Alpah

Another pick up version of an SUV.

I guess sales of the H3 are so hot in the first place that just had to have a pick up version.
After all, the Explorer Sport Track is selling like hot cakes.... In Bizaro world.

Suzuki Equator

Basically a Nissan Frontier clone with a big macho grille.

Is the market for smaller pick up trucks so hot that Suzuki must have one?
Is this the right way for them to get noticed?

It's just a little bit weird....

2009 Kia Spectra

Looking better and more upscale.
I guess this is coming out pretty soon.

Saab 9-4X Concept

This looks pretty much production ready.
Except the trick sliding tray in the hatch, the big wheels and some trim.
I real life, it is really nice looking. Roomy with a really nice interior.
Power comes from a version of Saab's 2.0 Liter turbo.

I hear the cool glass like finish on the dash might even make it into the production model.
Something Saab need badly: difference.

Buick Riviera Concept

This looks really amazing in person.
As you can see, it is the same GM showed at the Chinese auto show last year. where they sell more Buicks than in the US.

And I wonder if they are actually considering a hatch for the production model.
I talked to the head of Cadillac design about the CTS coupe looking so much like a hatch. And he mentioned the car could have been either a hatch or a trunk until almost the last minute.
But marketing is still afraid of pushing a hatchback in a luxury brand in the US.

Somebody should tell that to Jaguar who doesn't seem to have a problem selling the $75 000 XK...

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Smart in L.A

A couple of friendly readers sent me a few pictures of a Smart taken on the freeway.

It looks a little odd to me. the black wheels, the "out of state' plates. Is there something new about this one????

Someone I know just picked up hers over the week end.
I'll check it out and report later....

Another CLC picture

A nice interior. But still the same as before. Or maybe the doors are new?

Nice color anyway. and if they offer the same cream/black combo they have on their other cars, it can look pretty upscale.
It's just too bad the dash is still the old one.
No matter how much we love it/hate it, I don't think this is coming over to the US anyway....

jaguar XJ???

This is an earlier sketch from 2003 of what the next large Jaguar could look like.
No doubt influenced by the new XF.

We'll have to wait to see if they kept going into this direction.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Mercedes CLC official pictures

New front and rear lights can't really mask the fact this is the same car as the old C Class coupe. It is still based on a platform that was introduced for 2001.

Sure it has updated engines to match the current C class offering.
But don't you think they could have at least updated the interior? Just a bit????

Camaro production interior.

Still looks like a nice transition from the concept.
And remember, these are still pre-production cars. All the trim isn't there yet.

Click on the title for more.

Hyundai???? Kia?????

I guess it's one or the other.
If it's a Hyundai, it would be pretty close in size to the Sonata.
So it could be a new Kia. Is the Spectra getting bigger?

What do you think?????

New Ford F150

To me, it looks just like the old one, but I have to say, I'm really not a truck guy.

It is big news for Ford, and they had a big display. Complete with a fake cowboy.
And that grille is giant when you stand next to it.
The interior of the top of the line model on display looked great.

I guess it is what it is, a big truck for a big country....

Friday, January 25, 2008

Toyota Venza Video

Up close it does look pretty upscale.
Again, much better than the current Highlander...

VW Passat CC Video

The official Burlapp video of the new Passat CC.
One good looking car.

I just hope they don't price it too high..

Cadillac CTS-V

550 hp isn't really for me.

But I must say I was surprised by how good the car looks in person.
Here is a small video. Short but sweet.....

Thursday, January 24, 2008

2010 Mustang GT

Still can't see that much.
(Click on the title for more)

You can tell from these it will get a new interior and revised body panels.
But all the glass area and the roof of this convertible look the same.
I wonder if they will fix the A pillar in the convertible. You know, the one that crashes the dummy's head in a 35mph front crash test. As seen on this video:

Just watch the slow motion Mustang bit at the end....

Euro Accord wagon teaser

A few shots. You can freeze frame here and there and see a little bit more.
This is the wagon version. The one we won't get.
Our TSX will only be a sedan.....

New Skoda Suberb

Another picture.
And still looking really bad...

Mitsubishi Lancer Sportsback

This is supposed to be showing us what the production verion of the hatch version of the Lancer will look like.
A nice looking car. But not as cool as the concept they showed us a couple of years ago.
It looks like they tried to save oney by using the same rear doors as in the sedan.

I guess you can't blame them for trying to save a buck when they seem to sell so few cars....

Mini Beetle coming up

One thing is sure, VW will be coming out with a new vresion of the new Beetle in a few years.
Not killing it like the PT Cruiser.

But the German press is now thinking they could use the upcoming small (and cheap) "UP!" RWD platform.
That would make for a much cheaper Beetle. And it would be back to its roots with RWD and a rear engine.

Why not....

Mercedes CLC

Again, the coupe version of the new C class isn't all new.
New front, new rear lights and a slightly revised interior (not even a new dash) can hardly be called news....

Production Dodge Challenger

Not sure why this car was not at the Detroit show.
This for sure is the most exiting think Chrysler has offered in years. And it stays true to the concept.
No need to rush to your dealer yet.

Wait next year, when smaller V8s and a V6 will be available...

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Lifan 320, Chinese Mini Cooper copy?

I guess that's what they're going for. A 5 door mini Cooper look alike.

One of the crapiest Chinese cars I've seen in a while....

Mazda2 3 door

Just as cute as the 5 door.

Still not sure if we're getting the 2 over here at all. Ford might just decide the new Fiesta will be enough....

All new Taurus next year????

Well... Maybe not "all new".
But Ford CEO Alan Mulally announced theyre will be a new model for 2009.
He also claims it will be "the one we should have made originally".

I really don't see how they could have an all new car ready by next year. Which means it might turn out to be a heavilly revised version of the current one. Like they did with the Escape where the interior and body panels are new, but it really looks almost the same from 30 feet away.
I think the Taurus needs all new proportions to get away from the 80's Audi look.
But that's just me.

At least, it'll be better than nothing....( I hear the "Taurus" sells even less than the previous, ans almost the same, Five Hundred)

2009 Acura TSX

Actually, these pictures are of the next Euro Accord. The same car as our TSX.

Which again, will be smaller and sportier than our big US Accord. Our version should come with the same Turbo engine as the RDX. With a diesel available a year later.

The 3rd picture shows the rear view of the wagon. A model not scheduled for US sales.