Monday, August 31, 2009

2010 Volvo C70

Mostly a new front end.
That matches the new "more melted" Volvo look we can see in the XC60 and the next S60.
I'm not sure if this is an improvement. The C70 has always been a really nice looking car and didn't really need a new front end. But it could have use the great looking XC60 dashboard.

I wonder if the C30, S40 and V50 will adopt the new front next year...

2011 Hyundai Sonata

This one is the real thing.
And again it looks great.
Still, nothing official yet, but tat should come soon.

2010 Hyundai Sonata???

That looks like a fake to me.
The picture looks like an illustration, and I don't think there would be such discounts already on a brand new model...

Saturday, August 29, 2009

2010 BMW 3 series Coupe

Another useless "facelift" from BMW coming up....

The current 3 series coupe is a great design. There is really nothing they can do to it that would make it much better (Other than a full redesign).
This will be just so slightly different, and will improve nothing.
I just don't know why they, as well as Mercedes, keep doing this...

2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe

You can see it at the end of this new Cadillac commercial.
Which by the way, does not mention the STS and DTS.
2 cars that are still in production, but will be replaced by an all new model sometime next year.

I guess these "Grandpa Cadillacs" really don't fit the new image anymore...

Friday, August 28, 2009

2010 VW Jetta???

That's weird.
The wagon gets the new front end, similar to the new Golf, but not the sedan???
The new Golf also has an all new interior. I wonder if the Jetta wagon does too.

Another 2011 Ford Focus illustration.

We'll see with the US Fiesta if we are really getting the same products as Europe.
I hope.
If the next Focus looks anything like this, Ford could have another winner on their hands.
I don't see anything coming up from Chrysler or GM close to this. Except maybe if Buick decides to sell us the new Astra....

2010 Toyota 4 Runner

That looks pretty terrible.Blocky and old.
I guess that's what people mean by "rugged".

There might still be a market for it, although it is shrinking.
The new model will be available with a 4 cylinder engine for the 1st time in years.
Maybe the only concession to the changing times...

2011 Volvo V60???

Why not>
They could make a wagon version of every single sedan they have.
The all new S60 is due soon.

2010 Honda Crosstour

Another official teaser.
This looks more and more like a straight hatchback version of the Accord, not a wagon at all.
It will have an available glass roof but shares the US Accord interior.

At least it will look a bit more interesting than the regular Accord sedan.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

2010 Saab 9-3X video

I drove a AWD 9-3 wagon last year and really liked it.
This raised up version is just a natural progression, coming out a little late to the party.
The current 9-3 doesn't have that many years to go. And they already have plenty of competition from Volvo, Subaru and even Audi in Europe.
And the all new 9-4X is around the corner!

Good luck...

New Saab 9-5 Video

Sort of...
The car isn't moving. And it's pretty talky.

I'm sure we'll see more of the car in the next few days...

2011 Kia Optima

I think this might turn out to be yet another good looking sedan from Korea.
It will come out a few months after its cousin, the all new Sonata.

I'm not sure what Toyota and Honda have in store for their next generation mid sized sedans, but it seems that everyone is coming up with really good looking designs these days.
Except them...

Click on the title for more pictures of the next Kia Optima.

2011 Saab 9-5

Looking pretty slick and modern on these new pictures.
A very simple design.

Saab seems on a good track with this. Let's hope they can come up with a great new 9-3 soon.

2010 Toyota 4 Runner

From what the spy shots look like, it should be an all new design. But who knows.

Plus, it's not great timing for it. Toyota is scaling down expectations for this one.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

There has been a few pictures of it out already. Even before the coupe came out.
But it's always nice to see.
These are pre production cars in Australia.

More pictures of the all new 2010 Hyundai Tucson

I think this might turn out to be one of the best looking small SUV out there.
The interior looks much more interesting than most as well.
This will also be bad news for the Santa Fe.

Can't wait to see more...

Mini Coupe Concept

I love the idea of a sportier Mini Coupe.
And I know Mini has been working on that for years.
But this is really awkward looking to me.

I guess it would look better as a convertible anyway. An old fashion spyder...

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

2010 Hyundai Tucson

Just a couple more official pictures of the version sold in Korea.
Called Tucson iX.

Just plain old Tucson here...

2010 Honda Crosstour

So far we can only see the front end of the all new hatchback version of the Accord.
I would guess the regular Accord sedan will also end up with the new grille.

A much nicer design than the current chrome rectangle...

Monday, August 24, 2009

2011 BYD E6

There is serious rumors about this all electric Chinese car making it to the US as soon as next year, as a 2011 model.
It would be priced under $40 000, and can run about 300 miles on a single charge.

It does sound interesting. But still.. $40 000... For an average looking car.
I wonder how much will Nissan charge for the new Leaf.
And Honda has announced they will jump into the all electric car market by 2015.
Ford is working on an all electric version of the next Focus as well...

The next few years will be quite interesting...

2010 Hyundai Tucson Interior

That seems really nice.
Better than most of the small SUV/Crossover competition even.

We'll have official pictures of the all new Tucson really soon.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

US 2010 VW Golf prices

No more Rabbit. The new one is called the Golf, again...

The new 201 will start at $ 17 500 for the 2 door model. Add about $1500 for 2 more doors.
The Diesel version will start at $22 000. Which could get up to 42 MPG.

We'll see.

2011 Hyundai Sonata

More and more pictures are coming out.
Now just hopping that grill isn't too big . It could end up making the whole thing looking like a cartoon.
But it already looks so much better than the Accord...

We'll see much more very soon.

2010 Honda CRV

The new front end that I posted earlier a few weeks ago.
But this time it's official.
Not sure it's an improvement. It just looks more "chromey".
The rest of the car is mostly the same.
Maybe the US version will get a small boost in power, but it's not really needed.

Unfortunately the cheap interior should carry on unchanged....

Saturday, August 22, 2009

2011 Volvo S60?

It does look like these spy shots we've seen before.
Let's hope Volvo will do a little more than that melted looking design.

The concept from last year did look much better than that...

Large Kia sedan

The replacement for the nightmarish Amanti is coming out, and not a minute too soon.
So far it is only known under the code name VG.

Supposedly based on the Azera platform.
We'll see if it does better than its Hyundai cousin.

Friday, August 21, 2009

2010 Lexus ES

Spotted in Japan.
Weird because I didn't know this was sold a Lexus over there.
That new squared off grille is horrible. It just doesn't fit the rest of the car.
It resembles the horrific looking new RX, which I guess is the point.

A useless "facelift" that nobody was asking for...

Luxgen MPV7

Something new from a Taiwanese company I've never heard of.
At it doesn't look bad. The front could be a Honda. The rest is kind of generic but at least as modern as most small MPVs we get over here. (Which is basically just the Mazda5)
It seats 7 and power comes from a 2.2 Liter Turbo engine good for 175hp.
A 5 speed auto is standard.

We'll never see this, unless the "New Saturn" decides to shop around the world for cars.

More pictures of the all new Bentley Mulsanne

It is looking much better to me in these pictures.
Not as blocky and heavy as the Rolls Royce.
Plus, the interior is also more "sporty". More like a normal car with a proper shifter on the console, instead of the Rolls's unit sticking out of the steering column. Like an old Buick.

All I can say is that, when the Vince Burlapp show invades the TV screens, I will be picking this over a Rolls Royce....

All new 2010 Chevrolet Agile

This was supposed to be mainly for foreign markets, but I also hear it could come over here as the next Aveo.
It looks OK, but really, almost nothing like the sketch GM released a few weeks ago. What a shame.

Not sure what the deal is here...
Maybe the sketch shows a US version, or something. The front is not even the same.
Plus the black plastic on the side behind the rear window looks really bad and cheap...

We'll see.
More pictures soon.

2011 Hyundai Sonata

The best pictures yet of the all new Sonata.
And it still looks good. I don't think this car will disappoint once we see the official shots, or even the real thing.
A really nice alternative to the Camry and Accord.

It seems that Mazda was going for the same "sedan with more personality" part of the market, but I don't see too many of these around...
Let's hope it works out better for Hyundai...

Thursday, August 20, 2009

All new Kia Sorento videos

It looks OK.
It's not ugly, really. But it sure won't be noticed anywhere.
And there's a lot of cheapo looking black plastic all over the exterior. The whole thing just looks to busy.
I actually think I like the current design a bit better.

Mercedes E class convertible

Nothing new, really. A straight convertible.
I must say, the new E class coupe is quite a good looking car in the flesh.
So this should be pretty attractive. As well as expensive...