Showing posts with label autoshow. Show all posts
Showing posts with label autoshow. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

2017 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid


These are still just illustrations.
But it shows a clear version of what they have in store for the New York Auto show.

Weird they changed it that much from the regular one. I mean a whole new front and rear?
Which, I must say, is a bit of an improvement.

Not sure what the EV range will be, but I really don't think it'll match the Volt's 53 miles.

And we'll see how it competes with the new Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In and its 30 miles range. 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

New Genesis Concept coming up.






Hyundai will show a concept version of their "3 series fighter" at the New York auto show in a few days.
No doubt it will look nice.
Since they usually have great looking concepts (Like that super good looking Coupe a few months ago)
Unfortunately, they also have a history of turning these concepts into super boring/uninspired production models.
I guess that coupe concept was supposed to be a preview of the new G90/Equus. And look what happened there...

So we can only hope...

As I mentioned before, they will first rebadge the existing Hyundai Genesis sedan as the G80 for the new luxury brand.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

2017 GMC Acadia



I do like this. Sure, it's not that original. But it is very tasteful with great proportions.
And it does look more upscale than before.
The grille especially looks much more refined than the blunt design they've been using for a while.

It is a bit smaller than before. (And about 700 pounds lighter). But can still seat up to 7 people.

Now the base engine is a 2.5 Liter. Which, I think, is a terrible idea.
I just drove a Chevrolet Equinox (review coming soon) for a week with that same engine.
And it was slow!!! I cannot imagine that weak engine in a larger/heavier SUV.

Otherwise the 3.6 Liter V6 is still an option. And the only one you'd really want.
(And from my previous experience with it, it's not that fast either...)


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

2016 Honda Civic Coupe



First official picture of the all new coupe version of the 10th generation Civic!!

So far, the usual for a Civic coupe. Same engines as the sedan.
Same new features, like available LED headlights, Apple Car play, 7 inch screen, heated seats etc...

MPG for both engines comes to a 35MPG average.
All this and 5 inches more rear leg room!

I still think that such a design should really be a hatchback. I mean it looks 100% like one.
But has none of the advantages.
So weird...

More very soon. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

MG GS video


I guess Chinese owned MG is doing its best to convinced Chinese people that the brand is still, somehow, British.
By filming a 2 minute video in and around London. And hiring Benedict Cumberbatch from Sherlock.
(I mean, what could be more british than Sherlock Holmes?)

Well. It's all a lie. MG has been owned by SAIC since 2005.

It actually does look quite nice. And a bit European, in a Renault sort of way (from designer Anthony Williams-Kenny)
The GS SUV will actually be sold in England starting next year. Where they already sell the MG3 and MG6.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Denza EV VS.Renault 16


I know, they don't actually look the same.

But I had just seen an old French film on Hulu, where the main character drives a Renault 16.
So that car was on my mind, strangely enough.

The Denza is a joint venture between Daimler and BYD. It is all electric and they claim the range is over 185 miles. Which sounds really good.
(Except it costs at least $60 000. )

I still see a little bit of the old Renault in it...

Monday, April 20, 2015

Fiat Ottimo Cross "Concept"





This was also shown at the Shanghai auto show.
The Ottimo is basically a hatchback version of our Dodge Dart for the Chinese market. With its own front end, and a Fiat name.
This raised up version is the equivalent of what VW offers with their Alltrack models.
And it does look really nice. I mean this would make a great version of the Dart. Why not?
It's not like they would need to design an all new car. 
Here is the "regular" version of the Ottimo.

Audi A8 VS. Cadillac CT6

cadillac ct6 audi a8 new compare profile

First, let me apologize for picking on the CT6 so much. I do liked GM and Cadillac.
But really, I was expecting so much from their "top of the line" model. Especially after all these amazing looking concepts.
Needless to say, I am very disappointed . So there.

I am comparing it to the A8 for 2 reasons. They both have that 3 windows side design.
And, so far, I never really liked the A8. I thought it was always the most boring looking choose in a luxury sedan.
Until now. Until I saw the CT6.
I mean look at both cars. The current A8 came out in 2009 and it looks more modern than the "not even out yet" Cadillac.
The difference will be even greater when the next A8 comes out. (Unless Audi ruins it like they did with the Q7)

But inside, I must say, I do prefer the Cadillac.
It's not a matter of color. ( I couldn't find an official shot with a black interior for the Audi)
But I really hate that big "brush metal strip" Audi is using more and more.
(It is even worse in the new Q7 and upcoming A4) I mean the whole thing almost looks like a mess.

So basically, I'd rather be inside the CT6.
(Maybe you could keep your eyes closed until you get inside your car ?)

It will also depend on price.
If the same crazy guys who decided the ELR is worth $75 000 are in charge of pricing the CT6, they are in trouble.
The slow selling CTS starts at about $40 000 (After a price drop their new CEO said would never happen)
So this could maybe start at $50 000. Or $55 000 at the most.
If they think they can demand the same $74 000 as the Audi A8, all I can say is: Good luck...





Cadillac CT6 PHEV

cadillac ct6 2016 autoshow new hybrid
Cadillac has introduced a plug-in hybrid of the new CT6 sedan.
This is one model introduced in China we are getting for sure in the US.

It has an all electric range of 37 miles. (Which is pretty good, since the S-Class hybrid gets about half)
And a total power of 335HP. With a 2.0 Liter Turbo engine.

It all sounds pretty good.

It was introduced in Shanghai by Cadillac's new obnoxious boss Johan de Nysschen.
The same guy who was putting down the Volt a while ago, while he was working for Audi. By saying: "No one is going to pay a $15 000 premium for a car that competes with a Corolla. So there are not enough idiots who will buy it".
He is now selling us that similar technology in a Cadillac.

By the way, I am posting this "new" pic of the CT6. (At least new to me, I had not seen it before)
I think from that angle, this car looks terrible. And cheap.
I really wanted to like it a lot. But this makes the conservative 6 year old A8 look futuristic.
I just cannot imagine this really competing in that same class.

I wonder how many idiots De Nysschen will find this time around.

Buick Verano

buick verano new 2016 autoshow shanghai
This is, so far, known as the Chinese model.
But you know this will end up here soon. And looking pretty much the same.

The Chinese version is powered by a small 1.5 Liter Turbo with 166HP.
Which might be replaced her by the larger 2.0 Liter Turbo.
it looks fine. But really.... Nothing amazing.

More on this, including interior shots, very soon.