Saturday, May 25, 2013

Chevrolet Spark EV price

The all new electric version of the Spark has just been officially priced at $27 500. Before the $7500 federal tax credit. There is also an additional credit in California which brings the price to $17 500. Quite amazing...
I drove the Spark a few months ago and really liked it. The EV has more power and should feel even better to drive.
GM also claims you can charge it to 80% of capacity in about 20 minutes! Full capacity being about 82 miles, that means you could get about 65 miles on a 20 minute charge.

Good times for electric cars!

Fiat 500L Prices


The all new small Fiat 4 door will start at $19 100 for the base "Pop" model in the US.

This includes what you'd expect, like air, power windows. But also Bluetooth, a 5 inch display and the 1.4 Liter Turbo engine. So, not a bad deal.
A 6 speed manual is also standard.

The "Trekking" version pictured here starts at $21 200.
While the top of the line Lounge model starts at $24 200.

 This could be quite a fun alternative to super boring cars from the Corolla/Civic crowd...


Friday, May 24, 2013

2014 Mazda 3 ?

Still looks like an illustration to me. But also seems to match all the spy shots of the car.
So, if it's not real, it is probably pretty close.

The next 3 should be quite a good looking car...

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Something you don't see every day: Kia K9

Also named Quoris in some markets...
But this one says "K9" on it, so I guess thi s is a Korean model. Caught in Hollywood on the 101 freeway.
Not sure if Kia is ready to sell the big RWD sedan over here, but this is the 2nd one I see around. I saw a silver one pull into a restaurant parking lot a few months ago.


2014 Toyota Corolla teaser

Small teaser so far. The real thing comes out in a couple of weeks.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

2014 BMW 5 Series



It's time for the 5 series useless and almost invisible changes. At least it doesn't ruin anything.
Especially on the hatchback GT version where the new tail lights look a lot better.
Otherwise, it's mostly more chrome here and there. I guess this will appeal better to the Chinese market...

A new model for the US is the 535D. The 3.0 Liter diesel produces 255HP and 413 lb-ft of torque. Which should be quite fun to drive. 

Friday, May 17, 2013

Next Audi A4/A6 ?



This was sent to me as an illustration for the next A6.

But the next sedan Audi will redesign is the A4. So I am not really sure what this is supposed to be.
My guess would be the next A4.
Although as we know, they will pretty much have the same lines in different sizes, as usual...

It was just the 2014 XC60...

The teaser we've been seeing from Volvo for the past few days.
Just the XC60 they already showed us a while ago.
Nothing new....

Thanks Volvo!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

NOT a BMW: Chinese Jinbei Haixing X30 Van


This is quite amazing.
Jinbei Haixing is a subsidiary of Brilliance. Which is BMW's partner in China.
So they just think it's OK to splatter BMW details all over their assy X30 van, I guess.

The grille, headlights, fog lights. There is even a BMW feel in the tail lights.
And look at the lettering used in the back.

They are ripping off their own business partner!


Volvo teaser video


Here is the official video teaser from Volvo.
Still hard to tell what it is...

We'll know soon enough since the reveal is tomorrow.

"Small overlap" test results: Scary...


Pretty bad results for everyone here. Except Mitsubishi and Subaru.

I am also surprised that this type of crash represents only 25% of injuries. It would seem that most crashes don't involve the whole front end...


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

New Volvo teaser. What is it???

 So Volvo just released this thing. Which will be unveiled in just a few days. But what is it?
 Sharpening the picture doesn't help much...
Most people seem to think this is just the 2014 XC60 pictured above. The one with a new front end.

But the teaser does look a bit different up front. And the rear quarter window doesn't seem to have the exact same shape.
Does it look big enough to be the all new XC90?

What do you think???

2014 S-Class: the back seat.



I have to say this is pretty sumptuous. Or borderline ridiculous, depending how you see it....

Finally the real thing: 2014 mercedes S-Class





Here it is. Real and better pictures of the all new big Mercedes sedan.
Which is pretty bland and to me, doesn't look more modern than the current one. Which I always liked.

Remember when the S-Class would stand out because it looks so modern and different?
 Like the 1st one actually called the S Class. That came out in 1972.
You can still see many of them around. And many were used as "rich bad guys" cars in 70's TV shows.
That car looked so modern and different than what came before it.

Not anymore....

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Another picture of the 2014 Mercedes S-Class

Being transported in a plane.

We've pretty much seen the whole thing now.... All we need is better pictures of it.

BYD e6. Taxi only in the US


BYD has decided not to sell its all electric e6 model to consumers in the US after all.
But, it will be available as a Taxi. So we will see them around.

The range of 186 miles seems really good and could work for a Taxi, I guess.
The claim to be concentrating on building their electric buses for the US market. In the new Cafifornia desert factory.

2014 Chevrolet City Express


It took them a while, but GM will finally have some competition for the Ford transit Connect.
Even if it isn't a Chevy at all, but a Mexican built Nissan NV200 with a Chevrolet front end.
The whole thing is not nearly as attractive or cure as the Ford.

A bit sad that GM cannot find its own thing to compete. As even the little Opel Combo in Europe is actually a Fiat with an Opel grille.

I guess they do save money that way...

Monday, May 13, 2013

Audi Q3 now considered for the US.




After claiming it would never happen, Audi is saying they would like to bring the compact Q3 to the US.
I guess they were just waiting to see how the BMW X1 was doing before committing...

The Q3 is based on the same platform as the VW Tiguan. In Europe is is offered with the regular 2.0 Liter Turbo or the TDI 2.0 engine.
7 speed S-tronic would be the only transmission offered in the US, of course.

Why not. If BMW can sell the X1 here, why not this.
It just looks like any other Audi model out there. And for some reason, it seems to be what people want...


2014 Peugeot 308



An all new French competition for the Golf. And it looks really nice.
Not as overdone as some other recent Peugeot models I've seen.

The interior seems almost futuristic. It's like a Golf with style.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Some more leaked pictures of the 2014 Mercedes S-Class






This time, from the official brochure. Looking really luxurious. Now that they don't have Maybach anymore, I guess they went all out.
An even more luxurious, and longer, version will follow next year. Maybe badged the 600. Just like in the old days...