Thursday, July 24, 2008

Flex not so popular

Ford is already canceling a third shift at their Canadian plant where the Flex is produced.
Not good news for an all new car. And a nice one.
If their good cars don't sell well, what will they do?

But I must say that, after driving it, I was wondering who wide the market was for such a large car in the current market.
I averaged 18MPG during the day. Which isn't bad if you need to carry 7 people, but how many people actually do?
Most of us now need way better than 18MPG. Most people will now leave the big family car at home as much as possible and use something much more efficient to get to work.

Ford is also adjusting to the sale numbers (35% drop from 2004 and 2005) of the F 150 by also canceling a 3rd shift at their Kentucky truck plant.
Any good news in sight????

Euro Ford news in the US

We'll know more later today, when Ford announces which European model might be built in their Louisville plant.
They are now building the less than popular Explorer over there.
It seems that Ford might be considering up to 6 new cars for the US.
Including the Euro Focus, the new Kuga to actually replace the escape, the C-Max. They are even talking about the next Ka.

We'll see....

On a related note, a friend of mine was driving a rental Focus CC Convertible when I was in Europe last week.
What a nice car. With a much better interior than even the Fusion over here.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

More Fiesta pictures

Still looking great.
And it should look pretty much the same when it hits the US.

Next Mazda3

This was sent to me by a reader.
And I can't say where they were taken...

It is still very covered, but we can see the new 5 door version.
So far most spy shots have been of the sedan.
It looks like the new 3 might turn out much more angular than the current version.

No matter what, it should be a really nice car. Another winner for Mazda...

Different shapes form the other side of the world..

These are just pictures I took from a window.
I love seeing cars I'm not used to seeing in the US.

Peugeots are really good looking in person.
This is one of the best looking small cars out there.

A bit odd. But still...

The 500 looks just great. I'm just hoping there is a way for Fiat to sell this in the US.

The Ford C Max looks really bland and boring to me.
And Ford is retooling their US factories to sell this in the US.
I can't see Americans buying tons of these. Unless by the time the factory is ready we'll get the next model.

The 5 door Yaris is coming to the US at the end of the year.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Honda OSM Concept

Doesn't look that crazy.
Almost looks to me like a production car.

Not sure about the powertrain yet.
But a small Hybrid convertible sure would be cool

Monday, July 21, 2008

More Camaro pictures

300hp for the base 3.6 Liter V6 and 26MG Highway.
26 MPG isn't really great for a car.

And 300hp is great, but its not really needed for a base car. Is it?

2010 Ford Fusion

This illustration does look like the spy shots.

The current Fusion's front end is the best part of the car. So changing it is a weird move.
This looks like a cartoon face.

Production Volt???

This was sent to me by a reader.

And I hope it isn't the real thing. What a let down it would be from the concept.
Let's hope this is just another "student project" from someone who just got to play with a 3D program over the summer.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

2010 Chevrolet Cruze

GM will offer a new 1.4 Liter turbo in the all new Chevy Cruze. Allowing it to get almost 45MPG on the highway.

This is pretty amazing news coming from a US company.
The Coblat replacement will be much cheaper than any Hybrid on the market and offer almost similar gas mileage. At least on the freeway.
That can only be great news for consumer. Ga will be over $5 a gallon by the time the Cruze comes out.
Not sure about horsepower yet, but VW does offer a 1.4 Liter Turbo in Europe with 168hp!
So it can be done.

With this engine and their 2.0 Liter Turbo with 260hp already in use in a few models, GM seems better equipped (for now) to respond to the amazing US customer turnaround.
Ford doesn't seem to have any powerful small engines right now.
And Chrysler just has nothing....

2010 Camaro

Just more picturs of the production version.

And it looks about as good as can be, as close to the concept as anything can be.

Too bad about the lame small sunroof that seems to start too far back to even be worth it.
At least the convertible is on its way...

Saturday, July 19, 2008

2010 Camaro interior

I think this is one of the best looking interior I have seen in a while.
Especially considering the "low 20's" starting price of the car.

It is both futuristic and retro, with tons of personality.
Again,I just can't wait for this car.

Cadillac CTS wagon

I think this looks great.
Even better than the sedan. Which is sometimes the case with these new wagons. like the Mazda 6 or the new Megane.

Sure there is a huge blind spot.
But I still can't wait to see it. A truly original design for once.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

New Renault Megane

The 3rd version of the Megane is due real soon.
And, again, I think it would make a great Sentra replacement for the US.

But who knows...

New Kia sedan coming up

Looks like Kia is on a roll.
After the Soul and Forte, they are getting serious about the mid size market as well.
At first I thought this was the new Mazda6. Not bad.

This looks a bit small to replace the horrendous looking Amati. But it might be the new Optima.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

2010 Prius

A reader sent me this.
Not sure how real it is.
You can tell the car is covered up.
But it does match some of the recent illustrations we've seen a while ago.

Who knows.
We'll see the real thing in January at the Detroit auto show.
Expect better mileage, more room in a more substantial looking car.

A Lexus and plug in versions will come a year later.

Furure GM cars

Just click on the title for more.

But most of these news are still SUVs.
Sure, they are car based and smaller than most of the current GM offerings. But still. I don't think any of these will get you close to 25MPG in the city.

The really bright spot might be the Cobalt replacement called the Cruze.
At least on the illustrations, it looks really good. A smaller Malibu with even better gas mileage is exactly what GM needs right now.

Kia Soul

More pictures of what could be a big hit for Kia in the US.
I think this might be a breakthrough car for them over here.
Roomy with a small engine. And it does look great. Better than any Scion.

It's just too bad about that small old fashion sunroof...

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Lexus SC

It seems that Toyota has decided not to replace the Lexus SC.

I've always liked this car, but it looks like they're now just selling fewer and fewer every year.
That's probably because the car is old news. I don't see Mercedes having that much problems selling the SL. Or Jaguar selling the XK.
Cars do need to be redesigned once in a while...

They are also thinking of replacing the next Avalon with a long wheelbase option for the next Camry.
That seems a bit weird. But it might work.

Who knows....

2009 Acura TL

Now with the new assy looking grille.

Two versions will be offered. A regular FWD with 280hp. And the AWD with 310hp.
I am not sure how sales are doing lately for Acura. But they are betting the farm on this new weird look.
Good luck...