Thursday, October 31, 2019

More pictures of the new Fisker Ocean EV

I have no doubt this will look great. If ever produced...

We will see the whole thing next month (Including specs and pricing)
But actual sales are still 2 years away. Which s not a great sign. Two years is a very long time for anything (bad) to happen to the Ocean, or the Fisker company.

All new VW Tacqua revealed.

Another very generic looking design from VW.
Seen in profile, this could be anything, from any other brand, really...

This is a pretty small one. About 10 inches shorter than the already small Tharu SUV they introduced in China a few months ago. (And about 3 inches shorter than a Mazda CX-3.)

Back then, most people agreed the Tharu would make it to the US as our sub-Tiguan compact model.
Who knows now if we are getting the Tharu or this Tacqua.

The Tacqua is powered by a 1.4 Liter engine, just like our Jetta.
And its interior is also looks a lot like the Jetta's.

I guess we will know for sure once VW finally reveals its US plans.
Just don't expect anything nice or even modern looking, since these things all look like small versions of the "already old looking when it came out" Atlas...

All new Fisker Ocean EV

We finally get to see more of the all new Fisker Electric SUV.
Now officially called "Ocean".

No pricing  yet. But Fisker has said it will be much cheaper than the $700 "care by Volvo" lease on the new Volvo XC40 Electric. With a longer EV range.
A while ago, pricing was rumored to start at around $40 000. Not sure if that is still the case, or if this will be a "lease only" offering. 

As for specs, the base model should be getting an EV range of 250 to 300 miles.
The solar roof is said to add about 1000 miles of range a year. Which actually seems a bit ridiculous.
But at least, it seems to be clear and you can actually see through it. (Unlike the one in the Karma)

This could be quite interesting. If it really happens...

New 2021 Kia Optima illustrations

It looks like someone quickly made a couple of new illustrations, following the info we got from the recently released official teaser sketches.
They more or less match the official stuff and the spy shots we have seen so far.

Although I really hope the final design is a bit more dynamic than this. The side crease also looks quite weird (although it is featured in the official sketches). Maybe that is because it really doesn't fit with the super straight line underneath it...

Let's just hope the real thing looks better...

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

PSA/FCA merger in the works...

Just when I thought the FCA/Renault idea was weird.
Now this.

I really cannot see the advantage of this for anyone. Except of course, big savings in R&D money.
But that goes for any type of merger.

All these car companies actually pretty much compete in the same market. But again, that's what I thought of Peugeot and Opel. And now Opel is making money for the 1st time in decades.
But for how long? They fit in the exact same price range as Peugeot, therefore competing with it.
One good thing for Peugeot would be to get instant access to US dealers to sell their products.
But what is in it for FCA?
What do they get out of Peugeot, Citroen or Opel?

Peugeot would get access to Jeep,  FCA's expensive brand Maserati and RAM trucks.

I guess, saving money is enough? Instead of looking for a partner that could actually complete your portfolio?
To me, it would make more sense for Peugeot to merge with Jaguar/Land Rover.

If the whole thing means we will see Peugeot and Citroen cars over here soon, why not...

What do you think?
Is this a good thing?
Could Chrysler benefit from Peugeot?

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

2020 Kia Optima Official teaser renderings

These are the first official news we get from Kia about the all new Optima for 2020.
And, of course, these rendering are quite exaggerated.

Still, they do match the various spy shots we have seen of the car in the past few months.
It is also quite interesting to see where that chrome line around the back window ends up surrounding the whole glass area. Which could look really nice and original.
That rear illustration really lookalike a hatchback. With a glass area so large there seems to be no room left for a trunk opening...
I still think it would be a great idea that would really differentiate the Optima from the Hyundai Sonata.

Inside, the illustration seems actually more different. The shifter design on the spy shot could be from a less expensive version (The Stinger has 2 different shifter designs too)

So far this looks really good! 

Monday, October 28, 2019

2020 Mini Cooper SE Electric price

The all new Electric version of the Mini Cooper will start at $29 900. (Before transport)

Which is  actually a good price. Especially, since it apparently qualifies for a $7500 federal rebate. 
Including that rebate, the SE is actually cheaper than a base Mini which starts at $23 400. 
Depending on where you live, you can even get thousands more off the price thanks to local EV incentives.
(It would end up being slightly over $20 000 in California)

Which seems like a really good deal compared to the base gas model. 
Sure, you can also get a Nissan leaf for about the same price. 
But the Versa based Leaf is not nearly as fun to drive as the Mini. 
(And a Versa is way cheaper than a Mini to begin with)

The only problem would be the Mini's electric range. Which, in Europe, is officially "between 235 and 270Km" ( around 146 and 189 miles)
Which is actually not that bad. 
Since it is a small car, most people would use it for city driving anyway.

That range could work. If it matches the US market official numbers (not available yet)

2020/21 Genesis GV80

Today we get another picture of the upcoming Genesis GV 80. 
The GV80 is basically an SUV version of the new 2020 G80 sedan. So RWD will be standard.

We also get some specs regarding the new engines.
Which should be the same used in the new G80, at least in the US (A new diesel will be sold overseas)

It looks like 304HP or 380HP.
Which should be plenty to compete in that mid-sized luxury SUV segment

What do you think?
Is this the real thing, or still an illustration?

At least it looks much nicer than the cubic disaster HERE

Friday, October 25, 2019

2020 Genesis G80

Not sure if that is the real thing or not.
But I guess it does match the previous spy shots we have seen.

Again, this really should be a hatch, like the Audi A7. Otherwise this will end up like the poor Infiniti Q70: invisible and forgotten...

Ford Mach E

This is the most revealing picture we have seen yet of Ford's all new EV.
And it does look like a Mustang...

A 4 door hatchback Mustang. Which I think is great.

So far, this looks like a pretty sporty shape. Which could look quite odd if raised up too much to make sure it looks like an SUB.
Otherwise, it seems like a pretty simple shape. The front end even seems cleaner than the current Mustang.

I can't wait to see this.

(from AllCarNews)

Thursday, October 24, 2019

More pictures of the all new 2020 Buick Enclave for China

I think this looks really, really good.

And would be a great addition to Buick's US lineup. Right in between our larger Enclave, and the 5 seater Envision.
The exterior design is nice and quite modern.
And the interior is really upscale. And also very modern. And no stupid "lazy design" tablet sticking out of the dashboard like a cheap after market part!

This is also a much nicer interior than the $49 000 Honda Pilot I was driving a few days ago.

I think GM should really consider this for the US.
What do you think?

2021 Genesis G70

I know... This brand new model from Genesis just came out last year, and they are already getting a "mid-cycle facelift" ready.
I guess they are in a real hurry to make sure all of their models end up with the same new grille design 
(The huge one from the 2020 G90 that looks like the Superman logo)
And that new "double line" light design.

These are basically the only unique looking parts of these cars. Otherwise they could very well be from Infiniti or even Lexus.
Maybe they will calm down a bit after the G70, since by then all their cars will have the same front end and rear lights.

Next year will be quite busy for Genesis. With this revised G70 sedan. As well as new larger G80. But especially with the all new GV80 and GV70 crossovers.

2021 Ford Mach E teaser

The "Mach E" name is not official, yet.

But it has been a rumor for a while, and I think it would be a good name for this new EV, that is said to be inspired by the Mustang design.

And you can see why in the teaser video above.

So far I think this is a great idea. A 4 door electric hatchback looking a bit like a Mustang could be a really cool car.

Let's just hope they didn't raise it up too much..

It is supposed to be offered with 2 different battery packs. And get over 300 miles per charge.

Again, pretty nice...

Of course I will be at the Los Angeles Auto Show and will report on this.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

2020 VW Golf

As expected, this "all new" generation Golf looks like the previous one.
Except for the headlights.
Otherwise only owners of the current model (or super obsessed Golf fans) will be able to tell the difference.

Unlike the exterior, the interior does look very different. And much more modern. 
Although, nothing futuristic or anything we have not seen elsewhere. (Screens are taking over everywhere)

No specs yet. But expect the usual choice of gas and diesel engines in Europe. As well as an EV version.

This new Golf is not supposed to come to the US (although maybe Canada).
We will only get the new GTI version of this "new" design.
Which, in classic VW fashion, might still be years away...

2020 BMW 4 series: the nightmare continues...

First we saw the ghastly concept version (bellow)
And now we get our first look at the actually production car. At least the front end (the worst part)
And it seems to be even worst than the horrible concept deign. 

I mean just look at this. Now it is not even slanted anymore. Just this super giant, ugly, vulgar and obnoxious grille..

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

More pictures of the all new 2020 Honda Fit/Jazz

So far, this seems really nice to me.

In Europe, it will be offered was a regular model, or a new (for Europe) Crosstar "fake SUV" slightly raised up version.
Both powered by a hybrid powertrain.
Nothing about AWD being available, at least in Europe.

And nothing yet about the US market.

2021 Mazda MX-30

This looks very nice. Although not that original. 
A slightly new take on the Mazda design language we have seen for a few years now.

I really like that grey cloth material.
The console is really modern. But the rest of the dashboard is very similar to other current Mazda models.

And, no sunroof (so far)

The tiny "freestyle" rear doors seem like an odd choice. Why?
Since the whole thing doesn't really look lie a 2 door car anyway.

No specs yet... But so far, there is a rumor of a small 125 miles range.
Which would be ridiculous and about half of almost all of its competition. Which would pretty much kill it before it even comes out.