Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
An early rendering.
back from when they were thinking of spending some real money and designing an all new car based on the new C Class.
It does look a bit like the Accord coupe (I wonder if Honda saw these a few years ago).
And it would have been miles ahead of the actual production model.
A warmed over C Class coupe from 2001....
Posted by Vince Burlapp at 8:46 PM
Isuzu will stop selling in the US as of January 1st 2009. Except for some commercial trucks.
They, of course, will still take care of maintenance of previously sold cars and trucks. Not sure for how long.
So, another one bites the dust. Not really a surprise.
But who's next?
Posted by Vince Burlapp at 8:38 PM
Another weird one.
Even thought this is for Canada only, it doesn't really make sense as a Pontiac.
It is just a Chevrolet Aveo with a Pontiac nose.
And they don't call it the G1, or G2, but the Wave.
Before you think this will never make it over here, remember that the G5 (Cobalt coupe) was another "Canada Only" car for a while.
Let's hope I'm wrong....
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I posted this a few months ago.
But will all the recent spy pictures of the actual car showing up everywhere, I thought it could be a good idea to look at this again.
It does seem to match the spy shots.
I think the best part of the current Fusion is its front end. Looks like this is one of the main changes.
I like the current one much better.
But there is also an all new interior coming up . Similar changes will appear on the Lincoln MKZ (which will get a front end similar to the MKS), and the Milan.
As far as we know, the revised 2009 Milan might turn out to be the last Mercury ever.
There is nothing planed for the brand after that....
Posted by Vince Burlapp at 7:02 PM
That what this illustration from Mazda seem to indicate.
Unless they changed their minds between the time they did the sketch and the actual launch of the car in Europe a few months ago.
It does make some sense, at least for the US. Where we already have the Accord and Altima coupe.
Let's hope they follow through with this...
Posted by Vince Burlapp at 6:55 PM
Monday, January 28, 2008
That's not for us.
Coming out in Europe in a few weeks.
The new engine is a 2.0 Liter with 150hp.
They are talking of well over 35mpg in mixed driving. Also claiming the engine is quieter than the Passat Diesel.
Not sure if we'll ever see this over here. But it would be in line with Subaru's image in the US of being different.
Or at least trying to.
A diesel Outback or Forester would be a great way to do that.
Posted by Vince Burlapp at 9:18 PM
This looks pretty much production ready.
Except the trick sliding tray in the hatch, the big wheels and some trim.
I real life, it is really nice looking. Roomy with a really nice interior.
Power comes from a version of Saab's 2.0 Liter turbo.
I hear the cool glass like finish on the dash might even make it into the production model.
Something Saab need badly: difference.
Posted by Vince Burlapp at 7:49 AM
This looks really amazing in person.
As you can see, it is the same GM showed at the Chinese auto show last year. where they sell more Buicks than in the US.
And I wonder if they are actually considering a hatch for the production model.
I talked to the head of Cadillac design about the CTS coupe looking so much like a hatch. And he mentioned the car could have been either a hatch or a trunk until almost the last minute.
But marketing is still afraid of pushing a hatchback in a luxury brand in the US.
Somebody should tell that to Jaguar who doesn't seem to have a problem selling the $75 000 XK...
Posted by Vince Burlapp at 7:40 AM
Sunday, January 27, 2008
A couple of friendly readers sent me a few pictures of a Smart taken on the freeway.
It looks a little odd to me. the black wheels, the "out of state' plates. Is there something new about this one????
Someone I know just picked up hers over the week end.
I'll check it out and report later....
Posted by Vince Burlapp at 7:15 PM
A nice interior. But still the same as before. Or maybe the doors are new?
Nice color anyway. and if they offer the same cream/black combo they have on their other cars, it can look pretty upscale.
It's just too bad the dash is still the old one.
No matter how much we love it/hate it, I don't think this is coming over to the US anyway....
Posted by Vince Burlapp at 4:27 PM
Saturday, January 26, 2008
New front and rear lights can't really mask the fact this is the same car as the old C Class coupe. It is still based on a platform that was introduced for 2001.
Sure it has updated engines to match the current C class offering.
But don't you think they could have at least updated the interior? Just a bit????
Posted by Vince Burlapp at 11:45 PM
To me, it looks just like the old one, but I have to say, I'm really not a truck guy.
It is big news for Ford, and they had a big display. Complete with a fake cowboy.
And that grille is giant when you stand next to it.
The interior of the top of the line model on display looked great.
I guess it is what it is, a big truck for a big country....
Posted by Vince Burlapp at 8:41 AM
Friday, January 25, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Still can't see that much.
(Click on the title for more)
You can tell from these it will get a new interior and revised body panels.
But all the glass area and the roof of this convertible look the same.
I wonder if they will fix the A pillar in the convertible. You know, the one that crashes the dummy's head in a 35mph front crash test. As seen on this video:
Just watch the slow motion Mustang bit at the end....
Posted by Vince Burlapp at 10:24 PM
This is supposed to be showing us what the production verion of the hatch version of the Lancer will look like.
A nice looking car. But not as cool as the concept they showed us a couple of years ago.
It looks like they tried to save oney by using the same rear doors as in the sedan.
I guess you can't blame them for trying to save a buck when they seem to sell so few cars....
Posted by Vince Burlapp at 6:53 PM
One thing is sure, VW will be coming out with a new vresion of the new Beetle in a few years.
Not killing it like the PT Cruiser.
But the German press is now thinking they could use the upcoming small (and cheap) "UP!" RWD platform.
That would make for a much cheaper Beetle. And it would be back to its roots with RWD and a rear engine.
Posted by Vince Burlapp at 9:15 AM
Not sure why this car was not at the Detroit show.
This for sure is the most exiting think Chrysler has offered in years. And it stays true to the concept.
No need to rush to your dealer yet.
Wait next year, when smaller V8s and a V6 will be available...
Posted by Vince Burlapp at 9:07 AM
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Well... Maybe not "all new".
But Ford CEO Alan Mulally announced theyre will be a new model for 2009.
He also claims it will be "the one we should have made originally".
I really don't see how they could have an all new car ready by next year. Which means it might turn out to be a heavilly revised version of the current one. Like they did with the Escape where the interior and body panels are new, but it really looks almost the same from 30 feet away.
I think the Taurus needs all new proportions to get away from the 80's Audi look.
But that's just me.
At least, it'll be better than nothing....( I hear the "Taurus" sells even less than the previous, ans almost the same, Five Hundred)
Posted by Vince Burlapp at 4:28 PM
Actually, these pictures are of the next Euro Accord. The same car as our TSX.
Which again, will be smaller and sportier than our big US Accord. Our version should come with the same Turbo engine as the RDX. With a diesel available a year later.
The 3rd picture shows the rear view of the wagon. A model not scheduled for US sales.
Posted by Vince Burlapp at 9:27 AM