Monday, October 31, 2011

More pictures of the 2012 Euro Civic

The one that still looks much more modern than our "cheapened for 2012" sedan.

Let's hope this could find a place as a small entry-level Acura. Sometime. Maybe.....

2012 Fiat 500 Abarth for the US

It has been announced a while ago, but these are the 1st official pictures of the US model
Featuring a new 1.4 Liter Turbo engine.
And it could even have more power than the European model.

More from the L.A show really soon.

2012 Honda CR-V

More detailed shots of the Japanese version of the all new CR-V.
Will will see the US one in a few weeks, and it should be pretty much the same.

I think it is an improvement over the current model and could be even more popular.
The interior seems to be much better and upscale.

Looks like Honda is not repeating the 2012 Civic mistake with the CR-V.

2013 Saab 9-3

O know it seems weird to post something about any upcoming Saab model.
Since the company almost died, again, last week.
But the new Chinese owners claim they will invest over $800 million into the company, which is good news.
The new 9-5 Combi model is next in line.

But the next 9-3 is actually the most important model for Saab. One that could put it back on the map.
This illustration was shown 2011 at a company business meeting back in January.
And I think it looks great.
Making the new 9-3 hatch more modern than pretty much anything else in its class.

Let's just hope it actually comes out...

Sunday, October 30, 2011

All new Mini Roadster

Not sure what this is for, really.
Just like the recently introduced Coupe, this convertible seems a bit out of place.
I guess the closest competition would be the Mazda Miata, maybe.

Plus, they have already been testing the next generation of the "regular" Mini which should be out sometime next year.
So these 2 new models will be based on the "old" model by then.

Maybe they are just going for something different. Try something new. Who knows....

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Who knew? 2012 Acura RL

I must say I had no idea Acura was still selling the RL in the US.
It even looks like they made a few changes to the front grille and wheels.

I am sure the RL is a fine car, but I just wonder how few they have been selling in the past years.
I never see them around and almost had forgot about them.

Another picture of the Toyota FT-86

Still taken from an accessory brochure.
But showing more of the regular production car.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Saab sold to China

Just a few days after they denied it, all 100% of Saab's share have been sold to Chinese Company Youngman & Pang Da.
The whole thing cost them only around $140 million.

It remains to be seen if the Chinese company has enough money to pour into the company after the buy out.
Saab desperately needs cash for new models.
So now, both Volvo and Saab are Chinese owned.
So far Volvo seems to be doing just fine.

What do you think will happened to Saab?

2012 Honda CRV

This is an official picture from the Japanese Honda site, so the real production model.
Not surprises since we've seen the slightly disguised "concept" a few weeks ago.
I think it looks pretty nice so far.
The current model is still very popular so they didn't have to stretch things too far. Yet they did come up with a different design.
Unlike what they did with the 2012 Civic which looks like a cheap copy of the previous one.

More very soon.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Toyota/Scion FT-86

These pictures are from a accessory manufacturer's brochure.
So things like the chrome bit on the side of the car, wheels etc... might not end up on the actual production car.
Still, these give us a good idea, and a first look at the interior.

And it doesn't look that exciting does it...

After all the concepts, the teasing. It looks pretty bland to me now. And a bit clumbsy. Sure it might be quite a bit of fun to drive. But by now, 2011, a sporty car could look so much better than this.

We'll see the real thing soon so who knows....

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

2013 Audi A4

The A4 is getting a few small changes for the next year. Nothing drastic, but they didn't ruin it either.
The front end does look a bit simpler and sleeker.

The new All Road Wagon version pictured here is also supposed to make it to the US by next year.
I think it does look really good.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

2013 BMW 2 series

More rumors about the next 1 series coupe being called the 2 series. As well as the next coupe version of the new 3 series being called the 4 series.
Whatever they call it, it will be basically the new 1 series coupe.
A quite predictable design, since the current model isn't much more than the previous 1 series with a trunk instead of a hatch.

So this illustration shows us what the all new 2012 1 series hatch could look with a trunk.

2012 Chevrolet Cobalt

Not, our old Cobalt is not back.

Just the name. In Brazil.
Where this new Cobalt is quite a bit smaller and cheaper than the one we had here a few years ago. And they are not related.

It will be powered by a 1.4 Liter engine with about 100hp.
It might also be sold in other south American markets as well. But not in the US.

2013 Cadillac ATS

Another teaser pic of the all new small Cadillac. From yet another teaser video.
Basically telling us this will be the best car ever made.

Mazda Takeri Concept

This has "Next Mazda 6" written all over it.

Let's hope they don't tone it down too much for production.

But design doesn't seem to be the problem for Mazda. The current Mazda 6 is still a great looking sedan. And it drives really nice too.
Yet, it doesn't sell well.
They obviously need to do something more than produce good cars.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Would the 2012 Opel Zafira make a good Buick?

I think so.
It looks a million times better than the Ford Grand C-max we are getting here next year.
It looks modern and upscale and it could really be a nice addition to Buick showrooms. Giving GM something they don't really offer here.

What do you think?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

More pictures of the 2013 Toyota Prius C

These are from the Japanese brochure of the car.
Details might change before the US unveiling in January.

It does look a bit better to me than on the previous pictures. For some reason.
And it sure looks at least as good as the Honda Insight. Which, I guess, would be the main competition for this car. At least in the US.
And it might turn out to be a bit cheaper too.

Not mater how much we hate it or like it, I think Toyota might have a hit on their hands. If this gets over 60MPG and is priced right.

2012 Chinese Toyota Camry

This is the Camry for the Chinese market. Not one of these copies, but the real thing from Toyota.
Looking a bit more like the Japanese version of the same car.
New lights, bumpers etc...

Is this better looking than our US Camry?

2012 Chevrolet Camaro for Europe

I just noticed that the EU version has new LED tail light.
Not yet available in the US. How weird...
I remember seeing pictures of prototypes driving around with these last year.
The interior seems the same as our 2012. With the more boring Cruze steering wheel and still no GPS.

Just wondering........

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

2013 Toyota Prius C

Not really sure yet if these are of the real thing.
This is supposed to be the upcoming "smaller than Prius" Prius.
Powered by a small 1.4 Liter engine with 74hp with a 61hp electric motor.

The interior, at least on this picture, seems pretty cheap and quite 80's looking...

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Better pictures of the all new 2012 BMW 3 series

Seems pretty nice so far.
The more upscale interior reminds me of Audi. A bit...

Friday, October 14, 2011

2012 BMW 3 series

This pictures aren't great. The car might actually look much better in real life.
The interior is quite a leap from the current model. More modern and upscale.

More very soon.