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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

2017 Porsche Panamera





This looks great.
I posted a couple of pictures of it a few days ago. These are the official ones.
And we get to see the interior too.
Which seems to be the perfect blend of "typical Porsche" and futuristic.
A true Porsche design for the 21st Century, really.

This pretty much fixes everything that was wrong with the first generation.
Which was pretty awkward, bloated, clumsy etc... This is just great.

Panamera S is powered by a new 440 V6.
While the "Turbo" model
 gets a new V8 with 550!

The new Panamera is also slightly larger than the outgoing model.

There will be more versions, probably including a plug-in Hybrid as well a less powerful base V6 model.

But the big news will be the all new wagon version.
And that will also be coming to the US.

I can't wait for this....


Saturday, June 25, 2016

2017 Honda Freed


Just like the HR-V, the tiny Freed Minivan is actually based on the current Honda Fit.
But unlike the HR-V, this won't be coming over here.
(Not sure if this new version will make it into Europe yet)

It looks OK. You can tell it's related to the Fit.
I guess the Mazda CX-5 proved there is no market for things like this in the US.
The Freed being even smaller could be even less popular.

Same reason why Honda has decided not to sell the sedan version of the Fit (Which has been around in other countries for a while now)
The sedan market in the US seems to be loosing a lot of grounds to SUVs/Crossovers.

But who knows, there might be a niche market for this. No more Scion, no more Nissan Cube.
Maybe this could take over ? A little bit??

Here is the current version of the Freed. 
Again, the connection with the previous Fit is quite obvious...

Monday, June 20, 2016

 As you can see, the next Elantra GT will be, again,  the same car as the European i30. Which will basically be a hatchback version of our current 2016 Elantra sedan.
(with, maybe, a different dashboard)

That also means it will be a bit more conservative than the current model.
Which is a bit sad.
But, no matter what, the new one should prove more popular in the US. Since the market for hatchbacks seem to be expending here.

And the next one will be competing with many more models than before. Including hatchback versions of the new Honda Civic and Chevrolet Cruze.

Here is the current one. Still a really nice looking car.
Still fresh and modern looking...

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

2017 Honda Odyssey



There it is again. The next Odyssey.

It does look pretty slick already.
Seems that everyone knew that Chrysler was coming up with something pretty modern.
So now it's time to catch up.

Not sure from these pictures if the rear side window will be getting a similar treatment is has now.
But there is a bit of a scoop visible on the second picture.

These were taken by a friend of mine.
Cartoonist/show creator/surfer/overall great guy.

So thanks!

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

All new Honda U-RV


So far this is for the Chinese market only.
Which is just fine.
Unlike the new Mazda CX-4, I think this should stay as far from us as possible.

It is supposed to slot between the CR-V and the Pilot.
Engines are rumored to be the usual 2.4 Liter or a 2.0 Liter Turbo.
It is pretty much the production version of the Concept D introduced last year in Shanghai.

This is yet another example of Japanese design gone horribly wrong. Again, after years of being labeled as "boring", they are now diving deeply into the "Vulgar", "Overdesigned" and "Should not exist".
The sad part is that I think there is probably room for this in Honda's US "SUV Hungry" lineup.

No matter how ugly the production model is, it can never compete with the true nightmare that Concept D was.
The U-RV looks like a playboy playmate next to this monster.

For once, toning down was a good thing. Almost...

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Upcoming Genesis SUV

I know this is NOT a good picture.
(This was sent to me from Europe and I am trying to get a better version of it.)

Hyundai has mentioned a couple of SUVs for the all new Genesis brand.
One full size and a mid size one.
On top of the new G80 sedan (A face lifted Hyundai genesis), a new coupe and an all new RWD compact sedan.
It all sounds pretty good.

I cannot tell if this is supposed to be the big SUV or the smaller one...(looks like it says XG something...)

We should see the real thing sooner than letter, since the large luxury SUV market is much more lucrative than the large luxury sedan market.
Jus ask Cadillac...

Friday, February 26, 2016

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback

We are supposed to see a "concept" version of the new Civic hatchback at the Geneva auto show, very soon. (which will have some over sporty bits and stuff)
But this is supposed to be the production version for the US.
Still looking quite nice. And ready to do battle with the aging Ford Focus over here.

Although, that "Honda seal of quality" has been tarnished a bit with a recall of all 2016 Civic sedans due to possible engine failure. Which is pretty bad...

A hatchback version of the new Elantra is also due out pretty soon.
And the new Cruze hatchback looks to be a serious contender.

Still, it's good to finally see the Civic Hatch back in the US...

(Thanks for this to a reader from Torrance)

Monday, January 04, 2016

All new 2017 Mercedes E-Class





Finally we see the real thing (After discovering the interior a few weeks ago)

And it is exactly what was excepted. A larger C-class. Or a smaller S-class.
Although the design seems a bit simpler than these other models.

I think it does work very well. And will age pretty nicely too. Which is a great selling point for the E-class. Very tasteful, nothing obnoxious.

No one besides current Mercedes owners and car nerds will really notice this car.
Which is just fine. All it needs to do is say "Mercedes".

And it does...

Friday, December 18, 2015

2017 Honda Ridgeline


 Yes, after about 10 years, there is an all new Ridgeline coming soon.
Next month.

Honda only sold 13 389 of them last year. But over 50 000 back in 2006.
So there is some potential here.

But, as you can see, it'll look nothing like the cool overly optimistic "official sketch" above..
(The first official picture on top shows the real thing.)
Nothing modern. So far, it looks like it is trying really hard to look like a real pick up truck. Which it isn't. From that angle at least, it could be a Ford or Chevy truck.

 If you have something different, why not make it look different.

Sure the current one is old. But at least they tried something different .

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

BMW i5

BMW is supposed to add an all new i5 model to its hybrid/electric line up.
And it could be as soon as late next year.

It is supposed to be based on a longer version of the carbon fiber (expensive) i3 platform.
Therefore sharing some of the cost of the i3.

The larger model will be, of course more expensive. But would also have a much better range.
There is a rumor about it being a long range plug-in hybrid.
Using the updated 2017 i3 power train/batteries with a 3 cylinder range extender.

The 2017 i3 is rumored to get a range of around 125 miles. Or more.
This, combined with a 3 cylinder would make a truly great plug-in hybrid sedan .


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

2016 Kia Sportage


I drove the current model for a week a few years ago and was actually pretty impressed.
Plus, it looked really good. And pretty original compared to most of its competition.
( I think it still looks great)

This "next" one is basically a new design on the same theme. Just like what they did with the new Optima sedan.
But, just like with the Optima, it lost a lot in the redesign.
It's not as simple, pure. It has way too many lines now. The grille is also separated. (Trying to make it look more aggressive???)
The really cool thick chrome line on the C-pillar is gone.

This kind of looks like a Chinese copy of the current design.
It's not as mature at all.

So far, not a big fan....

UPDATE:
After looking at recent spy photos. These above do look fake.
Especially that side window leading to there C-Pillar.
So, there is still hope ....

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

2016 Toyota Prius?

Not sure.
Although it does match all the spy shots we have already seen of the car.

Lots (and lots) of people love to hate the Prius design. I don't.
I think the current model looks OK.
( with over 120 000 sold in the US last year, I am not the only one).
I wouldn't buy one because I don't like the way it drives. And getting the highest MPG isn't my number one priority.

This looks like a natural evolution for Toyota. There's even a bit of the Mirai design in it. (Which is really NOT a good thing.)

The only other rumor I hear is a 10% gain in MPG. Which could be enough for current owners to switch to the new one. I guess...

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

2016 Chevrolet Camaro convertible video


OK, first, make sure you turn down the sound. Way down.
As the soundtrack on this video is horrible. (And I mean, horrible!)

But the car! The car in that color looks pretty amazing. The interior seems far ahead of the new Mustang as well.
Not sure how much more the new Camaro will be, but the all automatic top alone is worth more than the Mustang.

Really, I cannot wait to see these on the road.


Monday, June 29, 2015

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.

Why???

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

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)

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.

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.

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...

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...)