Monday, June 29, 2015

2016 Audi A4 interior video

I must admit, this alone almost changes my mind about the interior.
The quality looks amazing. And that dark matte wood finish is pretty wonderful..

Was I wrong earlier about this???

I mean, the exterior is still quite insulting to anyone expecting an actual new model. Right?

But that interior........

What do you think?

2016 Audi A4: Why???

Yes, why.

Why bother redesigning a car to make it look exactly the same?
Why not just "improve" the current one?
Why ruining the interior?
Why a 1996 design for a 2016 model?

I understand the "classic", "understated" excuses. But understated doesn't mean you copy the same design over and over.
This becomes one of these generic cars you used to see in architectural illustrations.
And the interior is far from understated. With bits, lines, dials everywhere. It's just clumsy.


(The yellow car is the "all new one")

Sunday, June 28, 2015

2016 Audi A4

 OK... This is horrible.

I mean really. This is in NO WAY better looking than the current model.
Of course, it is lighter, more fuel efficient, and has yet another Audi take on "new" headlights.
But this is supposed to be an all new car.
Even BMW does a better job. This is by no mean "ugly ". That's not what I mean.
But an all new car should look maybe at least 5% different than the one it replaces.

There is no excuse for this crap.

But wait, there is worse! Inside.
Look at this.
I mean this is worse than the current interior. By far.
The new Audi interior design theme was previewed by the new (And equally horrible) Q7 interior.

Sure, the plastic must be of high quality. Etc...(As they are now). But look at the flat, uninspired dash. None of that interior looks as good as the current one. And there is either too much metal trim everywhere, or too much wood!
I mean just compare this to the new C Class interior. (!!!)

Audi is slowly but surely, replacing all its models by worse looking designs. (A3 Hatch, Q7, R8 and now A4).
It's is shame.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

2016 Fiat 500

 This looks like an official teaser from Fiat.
As you can see, they are really proud of the new LED tail lights. I must say, they do look really cool and original. And finally, a great design use of LED technology.
But at the same car, the car seems to already be everywhere. There are pictures of it (like this one) all over the web.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

2016 Chevrolet Cruze RS

Thought I'd share this picture of the "sportier" RS package for the new Cruze.

Plus, it's in another color . Not the horrible bright blue Chevrolet thinks looks great on everything.
(They've used that blue on the new Volt too)

Cadillac XT5

The XT5 will be replacing the popular SRX Crossover.

At first it does look a little weird to me. The front end looks like it was designed for larger headlights. There's plenty of space for it. It just looks a bit off.
And the grille is big, yet seems too "soft".

The rear looks like an SUV version of the ELR.
And the little black plastic part around rear hatch window disappear in a black car.
(On another color, the C pillar would look much thinner.)

It looks fine so far... Competition in that segment is crazy tough.
Everyone is doing a compact luxury crossover, or so it seems.

At least this has a personality. And it can't be confused with an Acura.

Alfa Romeo Giulia interior

So far, the only god picture of the interior.
Looking quite nice. A bit better than the exterior, I think.

It does look higher end and more original than the new Jaguar XE (But what doesn't, really)
I also like it better than the BMW # series interior. And from what we have seen of the super flat dashboard in the next A4, this is way better.

Now let us see what the "regular" models look like. The ones without the crazy 500HP engine.
The ones people will actually be buying.

More very soon.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

2016 Chevrolet Cruze

It's all new and it doesn't look at all like the previous one.
Something that cannot be said of that many cars these days.

I think it looks a bit busy. For my taste. Which ends up being a bit anonymous.
And the interior needs to loose all the small shiny bits. Brush aluminum is the way to go.
(Unless that's just the picture...)
But the current model is a really good car. And this seems to be better in every way.

-All new 1.4 Liter Turbo engine with 153HP. Standard.
-40MPG Highway
-Lost about 250 pounds
-Wireless phone charging option
-Heated steering wheel option.
-Rear heated seats option
-Diesel model for 2017
-Apple CarPlay

This is all good news for the compact sedan buyer. Really.

But I think the "wild card" for 2016 will be the all new Civic.
Which will be available as a sedan,  coupe and  hatchback.
(A hatchback Cruze is also coming to the US)

VW Lamando = 2017 VW Jetta?

There is a new rumor about the next VW Jetta.
Apparently, it could be very similar to the recently introduced Lamando.
The Lamando is, so far, a model sold only in China.
But China and the US already share the larger "non German" Passat.
So why not the Jetta (Which doesn't sell well in Europe anyway)

The Lamando does look like a next generation Jetta.
And the timing could be right. If introduced a bit over a year from now, it could be a 2017 Model.

Even though it does look more modern than the current Jetta. By then it will have to compete with cars like the all new Civic, Cruze etc...
So no matter what, the Jetta will stay a very conservative choice.

2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia

This is it!

The one pictured here is the sporty V6 Version with over 500HP.
Which means, it competed with the BMW M3. Not the regular 3 series.

Hard for me to judge the design. Since I really hate spoilers and black wheels.
Stay tuned for interior pix, and more of the "regular" versions...

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

2016 Mini Clubman

I think this looks fantastic.
Pretty much as good as last year's concept. Sure it's big for a Mini (about 10 inches longer than the current model)
But I think it's fine for the "Family model" of the line up.
And it doesn't have the "wannabe SUV" look of the Countryman (Which is also being redesigned)

It also looks like there is real legroom in the back. Something the 4 door version of the Mini doesn't really have.

This is really a cool looking car.

2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia

Finally. A few pictures of the real thing.
Looking a bit short to me.
I guess this is what these things look like. Compact luxury cars.
(Although the A4 seems better proportioned)

I just hope it looks more interesting than the new Jaguar XE. (Actually, it already does)

And, this is probably the sports version. Without any chrome and the usually vulgar black wheels.
It is quite a big deal since this is the 1st Alfa in decades we will actually see in the US. (Besides the very limited 4C). As it is intended to really compete with the 3 series over here.
Alfa wants to sell at least 150 000 cars a year in the US. And the Giulia is a big part of this.

We will see the whole thing tomorrow.

I must say, this looks pretty sporty on these last 2 pictures.

Monday, June 22, 2015

2016 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

Looking really good!

What a nice blend of modern and retro. (Except for that spoiler...)

As mentioned earlier, it now has a fully automatic top. Something the Mustang doesn't offer.

It looks really slick. But visibility looks to be even worse than the current model.
This could be quite a pain to drive in rainy days...

2016 Fiat 500

I posted a couple of pictures of the revised Fiat 500 for 2016.
Now we can see the interior. Hard to see if only the dashboard is new.
But that door handle does look pretty familiar.
So this might not be an all new interior.

I guess Fiat is saving some cash by not giving the 8 year old 500 an all new design.

2016 Buick Verano

 The all new redesigned Verano was caught in the US. Looks like it was for a photo shoot.
So far it looks exactly like the car we saw at the Shanghai Auto Show a while ago.
Kind of too bad. I wished the US model had a bit more flair. The lights, front and rear, still look a bit cheap. (At least on the pix)
Just like the current one, its competition will be the Acura ILX. As I really don't think anyone will compare this to an Audi A3 or Mercedes CLA.

Here is the Chinese model.
Which seems to be the exact same car.

2016 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

That didn't take long.
The convertible version of the all new Camaro is almost here. Only 2 more days before we see the whole thing.

And it is said to come with a fully automatic top. Something the Mustang still doesn't have.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

2016 Renault Alpine?

 These pictures were sent to me by a European reader.
They are supposedly showing the production version of the upcoming Renault Alpine.

Which, if true, would be great. As they really take advantage of the Alpine history.
Just like the Mustang and Camaro have done lately. (And of course the Beetle and Mini)

Here is the concept we saw just a few days ago.
If real, the production model shown above would be really close.

And here is the inspiration for all this: The old Alpine A110.
Designed by Michelotti, and produced from 1961 until 1977.
(A 1969 model is pictured here)

Michelotti was the genius who also designed cars like the Triumph TR4 and Stag, as well as the BMW 2002!

So, what do you think?
Are these pictures above the real thing???

(I mean, the tiny door handles and super thin rear view mirrors still say "concept" to me...)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

2016 Mini Clubman

The top picture is a (lightened) teaser from Mini.
The bottom is last year's "concept".

As you can see, the production version is pretty close. Which is good.

This might turn out to be the most practical Mini of all. Since it now will have 4 doors.
4 normal size doors. The new "4 door Mini" has such tiny rear doors they seem almost unusable.
And it looks really weird in person.
This is longer, roomier and the back isn't too slanted forward.
It is also not trying to be an SUV like the Paceman.

This could be quite popular....

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

2016 Mercedes GLC

The new GLC replaces the GLK.
And with a new name comes an all new, more rounded shape.
Gone is the super square look of the GLK. Which I am sure, many will miss (But not me)

Even though I never liked the look of the GLK, it was, at least, a bit original.
This is now just a Crossover version of the new C Class.
The good part is, that it inherit the C Class great interior. Which is miles ahead of the of GLK.
And also much better than the cheaper GLA.

Not sure about engines for the US yet, but they should match what we are getting here in the C Class.

What do you think?
Are you missing the GLK already?