The recently-revealed Chevy Blazer has been provoking a lot of internet chatter. For starters, its positioning as a competitor to the stylish, 5-seat SUVs like Nissan Murano and Ford Edge, rather than as a rough-and-ready “proper SUV” like its namesake from the 1980s, has a lot of people wondering whether Chevy would not have been better [Read more…]
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The small A1 has been a so-so performer for Audi, selling reasonably well in Europe, but the company now has bigger ambitions. By making the second-generation model more muscular-looking and giving the latest galore of digital screens inside, Audi clearly wants to appeal to a younger crowd, hoping to lure them away from competitors [Read more…]
OK, so this one is not really a mystery – the Huansu Hyosow C60 is a clone of the mighty Lamborghini Urus. However, I decided to included it here for two reasons. First, it shows that despite the huge progress many Chinese automakers like Chery, Geely and others have made in developing designs of their own, China’s lax intellectual property [Read more…]
Some two weeks ago Sergio Marchionne, one of the industry’s most polarizing figures, presented to investors the five-year plan for the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) group. A lot of ink has already been spilled analyzing the announcements, as well as models and whole brands missing from the presentation, so we won’t aim to add to that at this [Read more…]
The only models to survive the purge are the Mustang and Focus Active
In a move that is as shocking as it is eerily reminiscent of a similar move when FCA killed off the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart two years ago, Ford just announced that it will kill off most of its non-crossover cars in the US. Due for the chop are the Fiesta, Fusion and Taurus, three Ford staples that combined in 2017 gave the company almost 300,000 [Read more…]
The new Peugeot 508 seems like a true return to form for the automaker in the mid-sized segment after it lost its way slightly in the past decade-and-a-half. Where the 405 and 406 models were segment-leading with their restrained sporty looks and excellent dynamics, the 407 that followed had the whiff of an over-grown 308 sedan, while the [Read more…]
As the 2018 New York Auto Show develops two recent trends have come to the fore: the D-pillar “side-line” and the move towards free-standing infotainment screens. Here, we’ll look at the former, evident in new cars such as Acura RDX, Nissan Altima and Toyota RAV4. Clearly, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and everyone will have their own [Read more…]
The recently-unveiled Mercedes-Benz A-Class Mk IV has garnered rather mixed reactions. While most love its progressive interior, which relies on stand-alone screens not just for the infotainment, but also for the instrument cluster, others bemoan the exterior design which, they feel, hasn’t moved the game enough from the Mk III model. While [Read more…]
The Geneva Auto Show is one of the most important in the world, together with Detroit and Shanghai. Every year the Palexpo exhibition halls are jam-packed with exciting new launches from both the familiar mass-market brands and the obscure one-off garage-at-home builders. In terms of new production cars, Geneva never disappoints with more than a handful of all-new cars ready to hit showrooms in the coming months. After walking around on the show floor for two days, carefully observing, inquisitively test-sitting and numbing our ears with the broken record of marketing jargon, we’ve reached a verdict on what’s hot and what’s not.
In addition to the regular poll asking the “which is your favorite?” question, we also thought we’d ask you a slightly different question, more in the spirit of CarSalesBase – “which new car do you expect to deliver the biggest sales improvement on its previous generation?”. Enjoy! [Read more…]