Showing posts with label why. Show all posts
Showing posts with label why. Show all posts

Monday, August 01, 2016

2018 Acura TLX


This is actually pretty sad. The TLX isn't a super exiting car.
But it has been getting really good reviews.
In general, Acuras are really good cars.

And that ugly "Shield" grille had finally been toned down so much, it actually almost looked fine.
(Especially in the revised version of the  smaller ILX)
To the point that I thought it was pretty OK in the TLX.

But it looks like it will soon be getting the "even uglier" new grille design from the 2017 MDX.
And you can pretty much bet the ghastly new design will be crafted on all other Acura models.

(Just like that new horrific grille from the Lincoln Continental. Which is now ruining the MKZ design.)

Of course, design is a matter of taste. But I really think this old fashion, plasticky
 big grille (now useless) design has to go. It does not imply luxury anymore.
It just looks tacky and cheap.

It seems that Acura  has really lost it as far as design goes. They seem completely lost.
They are now mixing boring and ugly.
Which never, ever works...

One phone call to a good designer could fix most of that mess. Really.
They need to put their ego aside and realize they just can't do it and call for help.

Friday, July 08, 2016

One bad idea; The Nissan Murano Hybrid.


A terrible idea.
Basically, it'll cost $3000 more to gain about 4MPG.
26/30 vs 21/28 for the regular model.

We were all making fun of GM a few years ago when they were doing the same thing with their "mild Hybrid" models.
Charging around $3000 for it. Same stupid idea.
At least, GM learned from that mistake.

But not Nissan. You thought they did when they canceled the Hybrid version of the Pathfinder because no one was buying it.
(No one was stupid enough.)
But now they repeat the mistake by offering the same power train (The one nobody wanted) in the Murano.

How weird???

This was unveiled a while ago as a "China only" model. So I am not sure if the one sold here will be imported from China or not.
No matter what, there are supposed to be only about 600 of them in the US.

Another weird thing. Why even bother???


Wednesday, June 08, 2016

All new Ford Ka+




 This is both baffling and sad.

Sad, because Ford has been coming out with one good design after another for years.
Especially sad, because the first generation Ka was such a cool and different car.
This is not only plain ugly, it also looks really cheap and already old.
It does have a strange 3rd world look to it. Or something from Russia or China.

Baffling because.. Why??
Why do they need this car in the first place?

Is the market for a super boring tiny 4 door hatchback that huge in Europe?
Other offerings in the segment from Peugeot, Renault or Opel look futuristic next to this.
Even the 8 year old Fiat 500 looks 1000 times better than this.

Why? Why?? Why???
This is the  first generation Ka. Which came out in 1996.
And stayed in production until 2008. Yes, that is 12 years!
That's what a good modern and original does. It stays good, modern and original for a long time!

The second generation was much more conservative.
But this new one already looks old...

Sad...

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

2017 Lincoln Continental pricing.

It will start at $45 500.
It includes a 300hp V6.
Since its main competition might be the new Cadillac CT6 (Although the Cadillac seems larger), it is interesting to know that is is about $9000 less.


It seems that Lincoln is actually thinking of the Audi A6 being their main competition.
If so, they need to brace themselves for some bad news.
As I cannot really imagine anyone considering an A6 stepping into a Lincoln dealer.
Like I mentioned many times, German car buyers just want their German cars and the image associated with it.
( I think it is wrong and narrow minded, but that's how it is...)

I see this more as a competition to the super boring Acura RLX. Or maybe the Infiniti Q70.
And let's not forget the all new, and quite stunning, Volvo S90 which starts at $48 000.

I saw the car in the flesh and that front grille is as bad as it looks on pictures.
Again, what the hell were they thinking after really good designs like the MKX and MKC.
( I guess these will also get ruined next year with the ugly face.)

On other notes, the revised 2017 MKZ (With that ugly face) will start at $35 935. Hybrid and V6 are both the same price (A nice touch)


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

2017 Subaru Impreza Sedan


 The production model (Top) is, again, different enough from the recent concept that it pretty much ruins the design.
I mean, the Impreza has been one of the worst looking small sedan for years now.
Everyone is making an effort to stand out a little bit. Improve their design. (Look at the Civic!)

Instead, Subaru is constantly teasing us with decent to great concepts and never ever follows through.
This looks like it came out 10 years ago already. And it's not even out yet.
Inside, things seem better than before and more upscale.

But nothing we haven't seen before. Everywhere. From everyone else....

Sad...

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

2017 GMC Acadia MPG

GM is claiming 22 city and 28 HWY for the new Acadia with the newly available 2.5 Liter engine.

All I can tell you is: no way.
During a week with the Equinox, (Using that same engine) all I was able to get around town was 18. And yes, around 27/28 on the freeway.
So there is no way this larger SUV is getting 22 in the city.

And, they claim 17/25 for the V6. But wait! The current, 700 pounds heavier one, is rated at 17/24.
That's right, just a gain of 1 mile per gallon on the freeway.

Imagine all the engineering work it took to gain just 1MPG!

This is really weird, in a bad way. After all these years, an all new model is just getting a 1MPG improvement.
Oh sure, they'll advertise the hell of that 22/28 number. From an engine almost no one will get.

Very disappointing. Especially since GM has a great, smooth and powerful 2.0 Liter Turbo engine available.

Monday, January 11, 2016

2017 Lincoln Continental



Again, what we saw last year was not a concept, really.
It was this production car with more chrome. A lot more chrome.

I didn't like it then and I like it even less now.
As I said before, this should have never been called "Continental". That name comes with a history, heritage and prestige this doesn't have at all.

Outside it doesn't look any better than any sedans from Acura. It's not ugly. Just invisible.
Inside, the vulgar looking chrome from last year has been replaced by some horrible looking wood trim (At least in the version pictured above)
And just like outside, it has zero personality.

I really like recent Lincolns. I drove a MKZ for 3 days and really liked it. And their new MKX and MKC are great.

They were on the right path. What the hell happened???

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 .

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

2017 Kia Forte Facelift





I really like the Forte.
Especially the current generation. I really nice blend of conservative and modern design.

I think this "facelift" is useless.
I even think the new front end is worse. Much worse! (what do you think of that?!)

This is all kind of ridiculous...(At least they didn't rename it "Costanza Jr.")

Sunday, November 15, 2015

2017 Buick Envision




The Envision is the midsize crossover Buick really needs. Right now.
The Enclave is old. A new one is still at least a year (or two) away.
And the Encore is just too small to sell in big numbers.

So a Buick version of the Cadillac XT5 is what they need.
It came out in China a few months ago. Now we hear a USD version will be on sale next spring.
That's the good news.
The bad news? We also hear it will be imported from China.

Which is quite a big deal.
So far (as far as I know) the only mainstream Chinese import we get here is a few units of the Volvo S60.
Now Buick!

To calm things down, GM is only rumored to import 30 000 to 40 000 units a year.
But you know that if it's popular, they'll bring over plenty more.
And you know that once they get a taste of that cheap Chinese labor, there is no turning back.

And so it begins....

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Range Rover Evoque convertible.




Yes, this is for real.

Pretty much the same car as the concept we saw a while ago. Back then, reactions went from "WTF" to "why?".
Which, I guess, will be the same for the production version.

I mean, I do like the Evoque a lot. And I love convertibles.
But tall/SUV based convertibles never look good.
The Nissan Murano convertible is the only thing I can think of that could be comparable to this. And It was a big flop.

Plus, I really don't thing there is a market for a 2 door SUV convertible.
Anywhere...

This is the weirdest way to spend R&D money.

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")

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.