Generation wars: Mercedes-Benz E-class [w/ poll]

 

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Yesterday Mercedes-Benz finally released pictures of its new E-class, and it looks exactly like we expected it would look: a blown-up C-class or, if you’re being generous, a shrunken S-class. In fact, this may be the closest that Mercedes has brought its three sedans since the W202, W124 and W140 of the mid-1990s. … Continue Reading …

Fiat Tipo, the new Dacia? With 2 polls

Fiat_Tipo-2016-sales-forecast-EuropeFiat has just launched its all-new Tipo sedan, built in Turkey and called the Ægea in that market. It replaces the Linea in the South-European markets where compact sedans are still popular. A five-door and station wagon are due later to appeal to the more hatchback-oriented markets. The Tipo will be positioned as an entry-compact “rational / functional” model under Fiat’s dual strategy of functional / rational vs. emotional / aspirational models. That means it will have the size of a compact model but priced between subcompact and compact, like the Seat Toledo and Skoda Rapid. Its styling and features will be no-frills and it will be powered by a “old fashioned” naturally aspirated gasoline engines or turbocharged diesel engines.

Fiat_Tipo-sedan-sales-forecast-Europe-2017For the last few decades, very attempt by Fiat at challenging the Volkswagen Golf and other compact segment leaders have failed miserably, with the Bravo/Brava, Stilo and then again the Bravo all remaining niche players, especially outside of their home market Italy. From that perspective I can understand why Fiat would try an alternative strategy by offering a no-nonsense car for a bargain price, undoubtedly looking at the success of Dacia, but also of the Citroën C4 Cactus, another no-frills compact model that has struck a chord with European buyers.… Continue Reading …

Poll results: Citroën E-Mehari debuts, confuses…

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The votes are in, and the verdict for the e-Mehari from our readers is a resounding “two thumbs down”!… Continue Reading …

Coach-built special: 600 Royale [w/ video and poll]

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You will probably look at the picture above and respond with a collective “huh?” – I know I did. It is not often that you see coach-builders take on storied brands like Mercedes-Benz, but that is exactly what Galpin Auto Sports have done (they also did the Mustang-based, Henrik Fisker-designed Rocket). Inspired by the Mercedes-Benz W111/W112 “Fintail” models, the coach-built special is based on the latest W222 S-class chassis and uses elements from the SLS (front, rear lights) to evoke the S-class’ great-great-grandfather.
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Citroën E-Mehari mystery solved!

Every since Citroën showed off its E-Mehari I’ve been trying to figure out what seems “off” about this car. Sure, its design blends a C4 Cactus front with cues from the original Mehari, but something about it’s specifications, lack of interior shots and the way in which no one expected it made me wonder. Well, the mystery is now solved thanks to our long-time reader Tuga…… Continue Reading …

Citroën E-Mehari debuts, confuses… [w/ Poll]

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Last week (I really need to start writing these articles on time!) Citroën revealed the E-Mehari, a sort of electric buggy that is sort of a followup to the iconic, 2CV-based Mehari… If you haven’t guessed yet, I still haven’t really figured out what this car stands for. On one hand it is released by Citroën, a brand that has been on a good run turning interesting concepts into production cars. On the other, it is co-developed with Bolloré Group, the maker of the Bluecar, an electric city-vehicle that only really sells to French car-sharing schemes. It’s not even built on one of Citroën’s own platforms, but instead is just a slightly remodeled Bolloré Bluesummer, with which it shares a 30kWh lithium polymer battery pack, making it less substantial than a “real” car.  The release was accompanied with precious few pictures, as though the company was ashamed to show the interior. Like I said, I am confused…… Continue Reading …

Poll results: New Volvo S90 debuts

The votes are in, and it seems that the majority of you are very bullish on the S90’s prospects. This is interesting in the context of the kind of cars the S90 would have to beat on its way to sales of 40,000+ between the US and Europe: Jaguar XF, Lexus GS, maybe even Audi A6 in the US. What’s more, to get any sort of volume in the US the S90 would actually have to sell at least as well as its V70/XC70 sibling, which seems unlikely given that those models represent the concentrated essence of Volvo in the US. But, time will tell – we’ll be giving you updates throughout 2016.… Continue Reading …

New Volvo S90 debuts [w/ poll]

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Last week Volvo finally released pictures of the long-awaited S90 sedan, which replaces the long-in-the-tooth S80 model. And, would you know it, it’s a rather good-looking car, at least until you look at the rear, where the desire to be original seems to have gotten the better of the designers’ sense of style. Still, for a car that’s based on an inherently FWD platform the S90 looks really dynamic, with a large “premium gap” between the front wheels and the leading edge of the doors. Add to that a plush interior that manages to look both premium and uniquely non-German, and the promise of a segment-leading “dual engine” plug-in hybrid system, the S90 has potential to succeed where the S80 failed.… Continue Reading …

Hit or Miss? Fiat 124 Spider

Fiat finally released pictures of the its new 124 Spider, along with information that it will be powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged four good for 160hp (US) or 140hp (Europe). So while the new car is based on the Mazda MX-5 Miata, complete with an almost-identical interior, the distinct styling and drivetrain promise a different ownership and driving experience to the diminutive Japanese roadster. … Continue Reading …

IAA Frankfurt report: Concept cars

Audi e-tron quattro Concept

Audi e-tron quattro

The Audi e-tron quattro Concept previews the Tesla Model X-rivalling Audi Q6, which will be presented in early 2018. It uses the power of three electric motors; one drives the front axle, the other acts on the rear axle. Total output is 435 hp and in boost mode it can mobilize up to 500 hp and 800 Nm torque. It accelerates from standstill to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds, while its electronically governed top speed is 210 km/h. The battery’s capacity of 95 kWh should enable a range of more than 500 kilometers. With its length of 4.88 metres, width of 1.93 metres and height of 1.54 metres, it fits between the Audi Q5 and Audi Q7, and its luggage capacity is 615 litres.

Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo Concept

The Vision GranTurismo showcases Bugatti’s new design language and previews the Chiron, which should debut at the Geneva Motor Show next spring, although the Volkswagen emissions scandal could delay the new ‘Chiron’ hypercar.

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