Monday, August 31, 2009
Mostly a new front end.
That matches the new "more melted" Volvo look we can see in the XC60 and the next S60.
I'm not sure if this is an improvement. The C70 has always been a really nice looking car and didn't really need a new front end. But it could have use the great looking XC60 dashboard.
I wonder if the C30, S40 and V50 will adopt the new front next year...
Posted by Vince Burlapp at 4:23 PM
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Another useless "facelift" from BMW coming up....
The current 3 series coupe is a great design. There is really nothing they can do to it that would make it much better (Other than a full redesign).
This will be just so slightly different, and will improve nothing.
I just don't know why they, as well as Mercedes, keep doing this...
Posted by Vince Burlapp at 12:32 PM
You can see it at the end of this new Cadillac commercial.
Which by the way, does not mention the STS and DTS.
2 cars that are still in production, but will be replaced by an all new model sometime next year.
I guess these "Grandpa Cadillacs" really don't fit the new image anymore...
Posted by Vince Burlapp at 12:24 PM
Friday, August 28, 2009
We'll see with the US Fiesta if we are really getting the same products as Europe.
If the next Focus looks anything like this, Ford could have another winner on their hands.
I don't see anything coming up from Chrysler or GM close to this. Except maybe if Buick decides to sell us the new Astra....
Posted by Vince Burlapp at 3:32 PM
That looks pretty terrible.Blocky and old.
I guess that's what people mean by "rugged".
There might still be a market for it, although it is shrinking.
The new model will be available with a 4 cylinder engine for the 1st time in years.
Maybe the only concession to the changing times...
Posted by Vince Burlapp at 12:07 PM
Another official teaser.
This looks more and more like a straight hatchback version of the Accord, not a wagon at all.
It will have an available glass roof but shares the US Accord interior.
At least it will look a bit more interesting than the regular Accord sedan.
Posted by Vince Burlapp at 12:01 PM
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I drove a AWD 9-3 wagon last year and really liked it.
This raised up version is just a natural progression, coming out a little late to the party.
The current 9-3 doesn't have that many years to go. And they already have plenty of competition from Volvo, Subaru and even Audi in Europe.
And the all new 9-4X is around the corner!
Posted by Vince Burlapp at 4:02 PM
I think this might turn out to be yet another good looking sedan from Korea.
It will come out a few months after its cousin, the all new Sonata.
I'm not sure what Toyota and Honda have in store for their next generation mid sized sedans, but it seems that everyone is coming up with really good looking designs these days.
Click on the title for more pictures of the next Kia Optima.
Posted by Vince Burlapp at 1:35 PM
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I think this might turn out to be one of the best looking small SUV out there.
The interior looks much more interesting than most as well.
This will also be bad news for the Santa Fe.
Can't wait to see more...
Posted by Vince Burlapp at 11:15 AM
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
There is serious rumors about this all electric Chinese car making it to the US as soon as next year, as a 2011 model.
It would be priced under $40 000, and can run about 300 miles on a single charge.
It does sound interesting. But still.. $40 000... For an average looking car.
I wonder how much will Nissan charge for the new Leaf.
And Honda has announced they will jump into the all electric car market by 2015.
Ford is working on an all electric version of the next Focus as well...
The next few years will be quite interesting...
Posted by Vince Burlapp at 8:29 PM
Sunday, August 23, 2009
The new front end that I posted earlier a few weeks ago.
But this time it's official.
Not sure it's an improvement. It just looks more "chromey".
The rest of the car is mostly the same.
Maybe the US version will get a small boost in power, but it's not really needed.
Unfortunately the cheap interior should carry on unchanged....
Posted by Vince Burlapp at 10:10 AM
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Spotted in Japan.
Weird because I didn't know this was sold a Lexus over there.
That new squared off grille is horrible. It just doesn't fit the rest of the car.
It resembles the horrific looking new RX, which I guess is the point.
A useless "facelift" that nobody was asking for...
Posted by Vince Burlapp at 7:51 PM
Something new from a Taiwanese company I've never heard of.
At it doesn't look bad. The front could be a Honda. The rest is kind of generic but at least as modern as most small MPVs we get over here. (Which is basically just the Mazda5)
It seats 7 and power comes from a 2.2 Liter Turbo engine good for 175hp.
A 5 speed auto is standard.
We'll never see this, unless the "New Saturn" decides to shop around the world for cars.
Posted by Vince Burlapp at 4:57 PM
It is looking much better to me in these pictures.
Not as blocky and heavy as the Rolls Royce.
Plus, the interior is also more "sporty". More like a normal car with a proper shifter on the console, instead of the Rolls's unit sticking out of the steering column. Like an old Buick.
All I can say is that, when the Vince Burlapp show invades the TV screens, I will be picking this over a Rolls Royce....
Posted by Vince Burlapp at 4:04 PM
This was supposed to be mainly for foreign markets, but I also hear it could come over here as the next Aveo.
It looks OK, but really, almost nothing like the sketch GM released a few weeks ago. What a shame.
Not sure what the deal is here...
Maybe the sketch shows a US version, or something. The front is not even the same.
Plus the black plastic on the side behind the rear window looks really bad and cheap...
More pictures soon.
Posted by Vince Burlapp at 11:34 AM
The best pictures yet of the all new Sonata.
And it still looks good. I don't think this car will disappoint once we see the official shots, or even the real thing.
A really nice alternative to the Camry and Accord.
It seems that Mazda was going for the same "sedan with more personality" part of the market, but I don't see too many of these around...
Let's hope it works out better for Hyundai...
Posted by Vince Burlapp at 10:48 AM