Showing posts with label why not. Show all posts
Showing posts with label why not. Show all posts

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.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Next Toyota Sienna/Honda Odyssey?

This was just sent to me. It was taken in the US.
And I am just not sure what it is...

I know it's not the new Chrysler Town and Country (I thought it was at first)
But the grille, headlights do not match what we have already seen.

Some new Hyundai Minivan? Both the Sienna and Odyssey are due for a new one pretty soon. I guess.

(I will post more pictures of this very soon, so keep checking.)

What do you think?

This is, by the way, the front end of the all new 2017 Chrysler Town and Country.
As you can see, not the same as the one pictured above...

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 .


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....