Sunday, August 30, 2015

Volvo S90

 After ell these years, (almost 10) the S80 sedan is about to be replaced.
By this all new S90 model.

What we have here are pictures of a toy version of the car. So the real thing will of course look much better. And it already looks quite nice.
It really looks like a sedan version of the 2013 Concept Coupe.

This should be really good for Volvo. It uses the same platform as the already successful XC90. So engines should be similar too.

Here is the Concept Coupe. Still pretty stunning.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

2016 Toyota Prius

There it is.
The all new Prius, finally.

Looking, very... complicated . The front ends seems quite busy. And that rear light...
But it doesn't matter. It actually looks to me like a normal evolution from the current model.
(Which now looks quite subtle compared to that)

I haven't heard of any technical breakthrough. Mileage will be better of course. Probably just around 10/15% better.
But it will still feel like driving a dishwasher. Which also, doesn't matter. Since the Prius is not a car for people who actually enjoy driving.
Which is ... most people.

Friday, August 28, 2015

2016 VW Passat (US)

 First, let me remind you what VW officially said about the 2016  Passat:
"major facelift", "new sheet metal, new wheels, headlamps and taillights, more premium interior".
The picture above shows anything except a "major facelift".
What it shows is what they did with the Jetta for 2015. Very minute changes that only current owners would be able to spot.
The 2015 Camry, which looked like a new car from most angles, was a major facelift.
Not this!

Sure, there is still some camouflage around the lights. And the hood is more sculpted....
 This is the current model. The one that isn't doing so well in sales...

Again, the rear (2016 on top) of the car still has some camouflage. So the tail lights will be different and there seems to be a chrome line going across through the lights.
But that's about it....

Not sure what they were thinking when mentioning a major facelift for 2016.
The Passat needs something more.

What they need is this!
The all new Passat that was introduced in Europe a while ago.
It is 100 times better looking. And it's larger than ever before. Now only 4 inches shorter than our "big one". And about an inch shored than an Accord.
And it is a real German car. Something people who buy VWs actually want!

But no... All we get to fix poor sales are new lights and "revised" this and that.

Good luck.

2016 Citroen DS4 and new Crossback version

The DS4 is getting a few changes. Mostly the front end.

Strangely enough, it is loosing all its Citroen logos. So now it's just a DS4.
Which seems a bit strange. Unless Citroen really wants to establish "DS" as its own upscale brand.
(Although they are still sold at the same dealerships?)

A new Crossback model is just a raised version of the DS4.
Which could turn out to be quite popular. This what VW is doing with pretty much all their models in Europe.
This is the current model. For those of us who have never seen a Citroen DS4.
I was fortunate to be in Europe a few months ago and saw quite a few of these on the roads.
And they do look really good in person.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

All new Hyundai Elantra

From the factory floor.

As you can see, it is still a very nice looking car.
But, just like the new Sonata, it does look a bit more conservative. Although not as "old" as it's larger brother. (The Sonata does look like an old person car now)

Inside. It is way more conservative than before. Like a smaller Sonata.
But quality might be up. And frankly, when compared to a Jetta, it almost looks futuristic.

Official pictures coming up very soon.

Renault Talisman Estate VS other wagons we don't get.

 Renault unveiled the wagon version of their all new Talisman sedan yesterday.

And it looks really good. The Talisman is more upscale, but also more conservative than other large Renault cars from the past. It has been called the "French Passat" already.
So it might actually turn out to be more popular now.
(Since most people like more boring designs...)

I though it would be interesting to compare it to other european wagons we are not getting here in the US.
The new Passat wagon. We are not getting this because our Passat is a completely different car.
What we have in the US is the Chinese/American larger "cheaper" model.

But the new Euro model still comes as a wagon.
And, like most VW designs, it looks super conservative. (boring) Which also means it might still look fine in 10 years...

 The Ford Mode wagon. Which could very well be sold here as the Fusion wagon. But no.
Just a bit more stylish than the VW, I guess.

My favorite is still the Mazda 6 Wagon.

Looking great and quite sporty. Just like the sedan.
Too bad we are not getting this....

What do you think? Would you like to see any of these over here???

All new Kia Sportage

These are, finally, the 1st official picture of the all new Sportage.

Looking good.
More brown o, I guess. (probably more expensive too)

the worst part is still the super busy front end.
And these LED lights do look horrible...

Monday, August 24, 2015

2017 VW Tiguan?

This looks like it could be.

As it seems a bit small for that "upcoming" (whenever that is) production version of the US Crossblue concept.

This seems much shorter. And I hear an all new Tiguan is just around the corner (finally)

Not much to look at. And I bet it won't look much better without all that camo paint.
Another boring (they call it conservative) design from VW. For their fans.

But, I must admit. that conservative approach seems to work. Since these "boring Jettas" still look quite fine a couple of generations later.
The boring stuff does end up aging quite well...

Mercedes S-Class Cabrio

First official picture.
A convertible version of the S-Class for the 1st time in 44 years.

It won't be cheap, but it'll be great (If you skip that red color interior...)

Friday, August 21, 2015

2017 Kia Sportage

Just a few more pictures before it becomes official.

Still, I really like the current design and I will miss it.
Especially the very distinctive chrome by the C-pillar. Now it is more generic.
A bit more muscular and grown up maybe.

But basically a diluted version of the current excellent design. With a weird overly busy front end...

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

More pix of the new 2017 Kia Sportage

That front end is still pretty bad. Even on this cheaper model (no LEDs)
It still looks too busy. And that grille just does not belong there...

The side looks like a more muscular version of the current design.
And the interior seems nice. But quite uninspired.

Since it is based on the same platform as its cousin the Hyundai Tucson, it should be quite good.
As the new Tucson has been getting amazingly good reviews. 

2017 Hyundai Elantra

I'd say so far so good.

Sure, it looks a lot (a lot!!!) like the current one.
But it doesn't look worse or more boring (Like the new Sonata does to me)

The current Elantra really is one of the bet looking car in its class. The design aged really well.

This new one at least doesn't seem to ruin things.

Now let's wait for some interior pictures...

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

2016/17 Kia Sportage

Looks like these 3D renderings I posted a while ago were the real thing after all.
Too bad....
It now looks much less original than the current model. The front end especially, is way too busy.

Just like the new Optima, the previous one was much nicer looking.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Mercedes S-Class cabriolet

This is something I cannot wait to see.

Not because I am thinking of getting one (not right away at least...)
But because it should end up being one of the best looking convertible available.

The S-Class coupe is quite stunning in person already. ( I actually saw one last week driven by John Hamm) That convertible should be quite a sight.

Friday, August 14, 2015

2017 Ford Fusion

Looks like the revised Fusion for 2017 has leaked early, on Twitter.
(Top picture. Bottom is the current model)

And it does look really good. I don't think it ruins the already great looking Fusion at all.
Honda designers could learn a lot (A LOT) from this.

After seeing horribly redesigned front ends from Honda and Lexus in the past few days,
this is so refreshing.

2016 Lexus GS

I am actually not really sure what to think of this.

In a way, that new oversized grille does add some personality to the super boring design.
But, it also seems out of place with the rest of the car.
Just like it does on most other Lexus models. (It could be better with the next generations, where it might be more integrated)

The Lexus GS is a very nice car, and the addition of a cheaper model with a 2.0 Liter Turbo will make it even more popular.
I am surprised to see that many of these around Los Angeles.
I was curious how popular it actually is.
So here are some sale numbers for 2014:

-Lexus GS:              22 198
-Infiniti Q70:           5034
-Mercedes E Class: 66 400 (Includes coupe & convertible)
-BMW 5 series:      52 704
-Audi A6:               23 941
-Cadillac CTS:       31 115

This is all pretty interesting.
The Germans obviously dominate that market. I also had no idea how popular the E Class was in the US. Over 66 000 sold!
It looks like Infiniti is really struggling. Even though the Q70 is a really nice car.
(That could be an amazing used car buy)

And the CTS does better than I though. (Although there might be quite a few rentals in that number)

One last thing: imagine that new GS grille with a license plate....

Thursday, August 13, 2015

2017 Mercedes C-Class coupe

Finally, after all these spy shots over the years. the real thing!

It does look great. Like a cross between the stunning S Class coupe and the "old" C class coupe.

But... I cannot help but being a tiny bit disappointed. I know I am being very picky (especially after seeing such horrific recent designs as the Lexus LS and Honda Accord coupe)
But that little 'rear swoop" rear side window design makes it look a bit too much like the current model.
Which, I guess, might have actually been the point.
It just isn't as great as the S class coupe. (Which, I also assume, it shouldn't be. At less than half the price...)

So far, I've only heard of the 300  (with a 2.0 Liter Turbo) and all 4Matic models. But I am sure the 400 (V6) would be offered later in the US. As well, of course, as the AMG version.

Finally a really good looking car to talk about these days!