Sunday, January 10, 2016

VW Tiguan GTE Active Concept

Another concept from VW.
This time it's a macho version of the Plug-In option for the next Tiguan.
Which is fine. Although VW claims only 20 miles on EV mode alone.
Which isn't much.

And it really won't be much in 2017. Which is when the new Tiguan will start selling in the US.
At least a whole year away. Could be even longer for the plug-in version.
So, really, nothing amazing here...

This is the regular production model of the next Tiguan. It will be available in 5 and 7 seater versions.

Something VW needs yesterday! Not a whole year from now....

Saturday, January 09, 2016

2017 Lincoln Continental: Production VS.Concept

Well. It wasn't really a concept to begin with...

A few things have changes, but I think they did a good job at not disappointing those who liked what they saw last year.
I still remember what happened to the Zephyr Concept a few years ago...

(Thanks to "anonymous" for the pic)

2017 Lincoln Continental!

This is it ! The real thing. (Concept in blue)

And of course, it is very close to the concept. Since this "Concept" was just the production model with extra trim and big wheels.
So, those who liked the concept will love this.
I never liked the concept. So I'm not crazy about this new Continental.

I still think that grille design is horrible. And I do expect much more heritage from something called "Continental". Not just a generic design.

But, I am sure it will be a very nice car. Why not.

It'll be the "American Acura RLX". Very nice and very invisible.
Which is exactly what a Lincoln Continental should NOT be...

 Again, from the rear, very close to last year's concept. (Although it does look quite a bit cheaper)

Another Buick coupe Concept coming up...

 Very soon. Could even be tomorrow.

Over the past years, Buick has shown quite a few 2 door concepts (2 of the most recent ones pictured above)
But none of them has ever made it into production. The only current 2 door Buick is the all new Cascada. Which is actually an Opel, so it doesn't cost them a fortune to bring it over here.

This one is rumored to be "Camaro sized". So maybe it is even based on the new Camaro/ATS?
Who knows....

This is what they showed us last year. the gorgeous Avenir Concept

A year later, we have this. The new Lacrosse.
A fine looking car. But it's no Avenir...

So I do expect a really great looking coupe concept tomorrow.
But I'm not sure about next year's production version... (If there is one)

Friday, January 08, 2016

Thursday, January 07, 2016

All new Kia Cadenza

Looking really nice so far.
A conservative but nice update. Looking even more luxurious than the current model.
A new 3.3 Liter engine with over 360HP should be available.

Kia still has the same problem though. No matter who great the car is. Not that many people are willing to spend Lexus money in a Kia, basically...

We'll see how Hyundai is doing with their new Genesis sub-brand.

2017 Hyundai IONIQ already looks 1000 times better than the new Prius.

I mean really, just look at it.
I mean I am usually not that "anti Prius". I just hate ugly things.
Toyota is always trying way too hard. They are so afraid of being labeled "boring".

The Hyundai could have looked a bit more futuristic. Sure. But at least it's tasteful.
I really hope it steals sales from the Prius.

 Same thing inside. The IONIQ interior isn't futuristic, but at least, the console doesn't look like a bathtub.
With a hybrid, plug-in and pure EV versions, I predict this will do really, really well.
Low gas prices or not.
(You would have to be stupid to think gas prices will stay the way they are now. )

It just seems to be a very nice car. One that can compete with the Prius, Volt and Leaf at the same time.

2017 GMC Acadia

Just a teaser. Somehow it already reminds me of the Dodge Durango. A bit.
(Although the Dodge might not be on anyone's radar anymore...)

Its about time. Since the current model and its Buick and Chevy cousins are about 8 years old.
But still looking fine I think.
(The new Honda Pilot looks a lot like the current traverse)

We will see the whole thing in just a few days. And that could mean a new Enclave and Traverse before the end of the year too)

2017 Chevrolet Cruze hatchback.

 That looks really nice! This will make the new Cruze more competitive in a world filled with the new Civic, Elantra, Mazda3 etc...
Now the Cruze can really go against the ( aging) Focus.

Available at the end of the year.

2017 Lincoln Continental

I hate to say, but I can't imagine anyone buying this. Except car rental companies...

But, I am one of these who didn't like the concept anyway.
I really think this is a wrong direction for Lincoln. That front end is horrible (Even worse on the slick MKZ) But the whole thing is so bland.
And of course, currently, Lincoln has zero image in the luxury car business.

I really like their new crossovers like the MKX. And they do have a great interior.
But this looks very sad. Something on one will ever notice.
I mean, imagine anyone considering this over an Audi, Lexus. Or even Infiniti and Acura.

They either should have gone retro/big with a large sedan inspired by the real Continental.
Or really futuristic.

This is just a big bowl of blah...

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

2017 Chevrolet Bolt

This officially offers over 200 miles on a single charge (Unlike the VW's BS with the unrealistic Budd-e Concept)
And it goes on sale at the end of this year.

No price yet, but GM has mentioned before a sub $30 000 starting price after incentives.Which is quite a bit more than the Leaf, which starts at around $30 000 MSRP.
But the Bolt gets more than twice the range. (Although that will change with the next Leaf)

This looks like a really practical EV to me. Seems roomy. Looks modern (Although not as clean as last year's concept. And no sunroof!)

I think its success will depend mostly on lease prices.

What do you think of the new Bolt?

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

VW Budd-e Concept: 100% VW BS

This is the all new concept from VW. The one people were saying it would be the next Microbus.
Well... No, it won't be.

For over 15 years now, VW has teased us about a new version of the Microbus.
But no. There won't be one. (Their suits are too stupid to realize that's exactly what they need to be cool again in the US.)

So we have this. Another concept. This time it is showing off yet another new platform.
And it has plenty of BS numbers too! Like a 373 miles range.
Something VW even admit is not possible yet. (so why not claim an even 1000 miles?)
And a 80 % charge in 15 minutes. More BS.
When asked, they even admit they don't have any supplier that can produce such a battery. Yet...

All this from the company that was selling us "clean diesel" just last year.

Instead of one BS concept after another, how about a couple of cool cars.
Something real people can actually buy. Something better than the " Passat facelift for 2016".

That would be nice...

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...

All new Toyota Yaris sedan

No, this isn't the Scion iA.
And it isn't the Mazda2 sedan either...

It is Toyota's new idea of selling the iA in Canada. So they just renamed it "Yaris Sedan".
Since it is still a Mazda2 with an ugly front end, it actually has nothing to do with the regular Yaris hatchback. Nothing, except the name.

Why not, I guess...

Saturday, January 02, 2016

2017 Volvo V90

 There it is. And it looks ready to go.
A straight wagon version of the all new S90 sedan.

And it looks great! The only weirdness in the sedan is the heavy looking trunk. Which is now replaced by a sleek hatch.
It should be really cool. And also cheaper than the XC90.

I can't way to see this.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2017 Honda Odyssey

Apparently, this is actually the next Honda Odyssey for 2017. (So I've been told)

It is still pretty covered up. And it looks like... A minivan.
So don't except anything original.

So far I think the best looking one out there is the new Kia Sedona. Which does have a really nice, almost non-minivan, interior.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

2017 Buick Envision

This is the first batch of the new Buick Envision, heading for the US.
From China....

So this is it. Chinese made Buicks are coming.

GMC Yukon Denali XL Test Drive

The current Yukon/Tahoe/Suburban might be only a little over 2 years old, but they are already super popular.
Around L.A, they are pretty much everywhere.

Last year, GM sold over 152000  Tahoes/Suburbans, and over 71000 Yukons/Yukon XL.
Which is quite amazing.

They also seem to have replaced the TownCar as the favorite choice as a luxury ride to the airport.
(Or to the local Sleazy Hollywood "PullDown" club)
And they do look quite handsome. In a big brick sort of way.

The interior is nice too. Although I am still not sure why they still use the old 70's style column shifter. (Obvious cost saving?) But I got used to it pretty quickly. Even though it does cheapen the whole interior feel and look.

That interior is otherwise pretty nice.
 But, there are still a few cheap plastic bits here and there.
And the fake wood does a great job at... looking fake.

The Bose stereo sounded really good. But the interface got quite annoying a few times.
Like going back to shuffle without being asked to do so. Or just stop playing stuff altogether. etc...

The seats were surprisingly flat and hard.
(Quite a surprise to me since most GM seats are now really good)

Here is a shot of that beautiful "wood like thing".

And, of course. It is super roomy. Front and back. Even the 3rd row seats.
And the back in the long version (Similar to the Suburban) has a huge truck. And a giant space when all the seats are flat.
(That's pretty much the point of getting something that huge isn't it...)
On the road, it is, of course, very quiet.
But, the big 6.2 Liter V8 wasn't as super smooth and quiet as the smaller 5.3 Liter unit available in its Tahoe twin. (or the regular "non Denali" Yukon)

The new 8 speed transmission is mostly fine. But can also be a bit rough at really low speed around town.

The 6.2 Liter Yukon is rated at 14/21 MPG for the 4WD version I had for a week.
I could only get 12MPG in the city. And I was trying very hard...
But got 23 on the Highway.

The ride is pretty smooth, but not as isolated as I thought it would be.
It always lets you know that, no matter how much money you spent, this is still a truck, not a car.

Talking about price, the Denali version I had was priced at $78 825.
Which included about $8000 worth of options.

For my money, I would skip the Denali altogether and get the regular Yukon.
You can still get la loaded version with leather, sunroof etc... And the smoother 5.3 Liter engine
And save around $15 000.

This is something I had to try.
The "Camping in the Yukon" night. And it works. There is more than enough room behind the front seats for an inflatable mattress for 2 people.
And all the extra stuff you need for a cool camping night by the beach.

And with a total of 3 screens, it was a great way to watch the Larry Sanders show again.