Saturday, January 30, 2010

2011 Volvo S60 Video

Will this end up being the 1st "Chinese Volvo"?

What car is this???

This was actually send to me by a reader who is trying to find out what his relative was driving.
It looks to me like a mid 1930's Ford coupe, but it doesn't really match other pictures.

Any idea?

Friday, January 29, 2010

Where do you live?

Another question I asked over a year ago.
But people move.

And I am still curious to hear. I can guess some countries, and I know most readers of this site are in the US.

I also wonder if some of you are in China, which became the world's largest market this year....

Alfa Romeo Spider Concept

Alfa Romeo will have 3 new concepts ready for the Geneva auto show next month.
This Spider, a coupe and a sedan. Showing us what the 159 replacement might look like.

The Spider concept is being designed by Pininfarina, and the other 2 by Bertone and Giugiaro.
So this will be quite an amazing display.

It's like having Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick work on the same movie...

2012 VW Beetle

I heard last year that the next Beetle would be smaller but roomier.
They are now saying that it will actually be a bit larger than the current model. And let's hope, roomier. Especially in the back.

VW also mentioned it will be based on the upcoming Jetta.
That it will look even more like the old one, and it is coming in 2011.

This is good news.
VW should never be without a Beetle. And it should always look like the old one.

Next year will be a busy one for VW. By that time they will have a new Jetta, US mid sized sedan, Touareg, and the new Beetle.
Plus a new sedan version of the Polo.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Peugeot 208

There is a new small Peugeot on its way. And, from these illustrations,  it looks like the new 208 will not be a redesign of the current  207.
It will use Peugeot's all new face. Introduced first in the upcoming 508.

No matter what, this isn't for us....

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

All new VW Touareg

The all new Touareg has been discovered, at least the toy version.
Which looks pretty detailed.

And we can see a new design that is even more boring and conservative than the current one.
Quite an accomplishment.
I never liked the current model. I always thought it looked old even before it came out.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Revised European Mazda6

They actually didn't change much. (new model on top)
I still think the previous one was a bit more interesting... But...

Not sure what changes we'll be getting in the US for 2011.
Let's hope it's mild. The Mazda6 doesn't really need anything.
(Except the hatch and wagon versions, of course...)

The Future of Saab...


Having seen it in person, I find it very good looking. A pure and simple design that is just what a Saab should be.

Next is the wagon version of the 9-5, and it looks even better than the sedan

Shortly after, the all new 9-4X SUV will appear. Based on the same platform as the Cadillac SRX, it might also be available with a Saab 4 cylinder turbo engine.

Not sure what is next with the 9-3. There might be another "facelift" in the cards, as seen in the dark grey car above.
That seems to be the eternal story for the 9-3, revisions after revisions, and almost never an all new car.

But sooner or later, an all new 9-3 will be around.
Spyker is rumored to speed up the development of the car that is Saab's most popular model.
Not sure what they will base it on. 
They might revise the current platform.
Who knows...

Plans for a small 9-1 have been canceled for a while. 

Toyota halts sales and production of 8 models

In the US only. So far...
And no Lexus or Scion. Yet...

Models are:
-2009-10 RAV 4
-2009-10 Corolla
-2009-10 Matrix
-2005-10 Avalon
-2007-10 Camry
-2010 Highlander
-2007-10 Tundra
-2008-10 Sequoia.

That is A LOT of cars.
Other models remain for sale.

Peugeot 408 launched today

In China, which is now the largest market in the world.

So China is the new Holly Grail for car makers. And Peugeot wants to grab 8% of that market by      2016. They now have 1.3% with about 110 000 units sold.

Next is a Chinese 508, and an SUV. Of course....

2011 Honda Odyssey

Honda will show a concept version of the all new US Odyssey at the Chicago auto show next month.
As it is the case with Honda, what they mean by "concept" is usually the production car with larger wheels, more chrome and blue headlights.

The top picture is the upcoming US version, and I am surprised to see how close it looks to the Japanese version that just came out last year.
I am pretty sure they are not the same, the US model seems to be keeping the conventional sliding rear doors used in most minivans sold in the US.
Still.. They do look very similar...

Chevrolet Orlando interior

Looks pretty nice. In line with recent GM interior designs.
What a difference from just a few years ago...

We'll see the Orlando here sometime next year as a "more boring" replacement to the HHR.

SAAB Lives!

GM just announced a deal with Spyker.
Saab is alive...

Here are the details:

"Today's announcement is great news for Saab employees, dealers and suppliers, great news for millions of Saab customers and fans worldwide, and great news for GM," said John Smith, GM vice president for corporate planning and alliances. 

"General Motors, Spyker Cars, and the Swedish government worked very hard and creatively for a deal that would secure a sustainable future for this unique and iconic brand, and we're all happy for the positive outcome," Smith said. 

As part of the agreement, Spyker intends to form a new company, Saab Spyker Automobiles, which will carry the Saab brand forward. The sale will be subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of applicable regulatory, governmental and court approvals. Other terms and conditions specific to the sale will be disclosed in due time. 

The Swedish government is at present reviewing the transaction and the related request for guarantees of a Saab Automobile loan that has been requested from the European Investment Bank. Assuming quick action, the transaction is expected to close in mid-February, and previously announced wind down activities at Saab will be immediately suspended, pending the close of the transaction. 

"Throughout the negotiations, GM has always had the hope to find a solution for Saab that would avoid a wind down of the brand," added Nick Reilly, president, GM Europe. "We've worked with many parties over the past year, including governments and investors, and I'm very pleased that we could come to such a good conclusion, one that preserves jobs in Sweden and elsewhere. GM will continue to support Saab and Spyker on their way forward 

Saab lives?

There might be an official announcement later today.
Spyker might have reached a deal with GM where they would buy Saab for $500 million.

This would be great news.
it means we would actually see the new 9-5 as a Saab and not a Buick or Opel Senator.
The new 9-4 X is around the corner. Almost 150 pre-production units have already been built in Mexico.

And Spyker claims they will speed up development of the all new 9-3.

After actually seeing the gorgeous new 9-5 in person, I am very excited to finally see some hope for Saab.

Monday, January 25, 2010

New Mini Countryman Video

What's that truck on a truck???

Looks like a 2011 Infiniti QX56 to me...
On its way. Somewhere...

I guess Infiniti still feels the need to compete with the Cadillac Escalade.
Not sure why...

2012 Hyundai Elantra

Once again, this looks to be pretty sleek. Especially for something competing with the Corollas of the world.
MotorTrend seems to think the car will be fitted with a version of the new 2.4 Liter that comes in the new Sonata.
I don't see why both these cars would get the same engine.

They also mention that, in the new Sonata, this engine is expected to be rated at 35MPG HWY.
I have never heard that either.
If true, that would make the Sonata a best in class as far as MPG is concerned.

2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid

The Cayenne will be all new for 2011.
The ones driven on these pictures by the "Autocar" crew still have some light camouflage, but we can a good idea of what the final production model will look like. A lot less original than the current one.
You can take out the "Porsche front end" and it could be pretty much anything.

The new Hybrid model will get a 325hp V6 with an electric motor for a total of 375hp.
It can be fully electric at speeds up to 31mph.
The motor and the four wheel drive system are both from Audi.

What does make a Porsche a Porsche? Really...

Sunday, January 24, 2010

2011 BMW 5 series video

2011 Mazda6

Mazda keeps revising all its model's front ends to match the Mazda3, and most of the time, it just doesn't fit.
The Mazda6 is one of the best looking sedan sold in the US, and it doesn't need anything.
This doesn't really ruin it, but it's no improvement either.

I guess the next one will have "waves" on the sides, like the new Mazda5....

Saturday, January 23, 2010

What car is this???

Toyota Mark X "M Supercharger"

Or when Toyota designs a good looking sedan.
And doesn't sell it in the US.

It manages to get 360hp out of the 3.5 Liter V6.

What do you drive?

Simple question. I've asked it before, but it was a while ago.
Maybe some people got a new car over the last year.

I'm just curious.

Geely Gc5

I am not sure what to say... This looks like a bad copy of the Nissan Versa. With some Fiat touches regurgitated here and there...

Maybe when it's all finished and ready for production?
I don't know...

It's touch to beat the Versa in the ugly department, but they did it.

New Volvo C70 commerical

VW CC now with 5 seat

As you can see, it wasn't that hard for VW to add another seat in the back of the CC.
(New one on top)
It is now an option in Europe. Not sure if it will make it over here or not. Or it might just be standard in the US, who knows...

I think the CC is one of the very best looking sedans on the road today. I am always very impressed every time I see one.
Plus the $28 000 starting price isn't too bad.
And the $349 a month lease seems like a good deal.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Another Audi A1 teaser.

New Hyundai Tucson commercials

Telling the world the truth about "new"...

Thursday, January 21, 2010

R.I.P: Lexus SC.

After almost 10 years, the Lexus SC will go out of production in July.
To celebrate this long life, they are releasing, at least in Japan, a cheesy limited edition (aren't they all, really...) called the "Eternal Jewel". How obnoxious...

I actually always liked the SC. Current and previous generation.
They still look really good to me. Not many 10 year old design can hold up.
And I bet they make great used cars...

Let's hope they find a way to come up with a replacement.

All new Fiat Uno

Fiat stopped selling the Uno in Europe back in 1995.
But it has had a pretty good career in South America since.
A new one is finally on the way. And Fiat being Chrysler now, there might be a chance we get to see this one over here too.
Jeep is looking for something small....