Posts from ‘Future Cars’

Jul
13
2012 Lancia Delta

2012 Lancia Delta

Note: Presented here is a Consumer Guide blog post originally seen in May of 2012. At the time, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) was developing a fastback compact sedan for the Chrysler brand based mechanically on the Dodge Dart. Poor Dart sales, and a general shift in consumer interest to crossover vehicles prompted FCA to kill the compact Chrysler project midstream. The Chrysler 200, which also shared Dart elements, was also killed around this time. The text of the Future Car report below is presented unaltered and as it was published back in 2012.

Apr
24
2017 Chevrolet Trailblazer

This South-African-market 2017 Chevrolet Trailblazer may give us a hint of what the 2019 Blazer will look like.

Auto industry observers have suggested that Hyundai has confused new-car shoppers by implementing a two-midsize-crossover strategy. Not because the Korean maker is selling two vehicles in roughly the same market space, but because of how the vehicles are named.

Mar
08
2018 Pontiac GX7

The GX7 midsize crossover would be the largest vehicle in the 2018 Pontiac lineup.

Illustrations by Frank Peiler

Since the turn of the century, U.S. car sellers have been shedding brands faster than the cable TV networks have been creating reality shows.

Apr
18
Citroen E-Mehari

2016 Citroen E-Mehari

After a nearly 30-year absence, Fiat returned to the U.S. market for 2012. Though the brand’s relaunch has been marred by disappointing sales and dealer unrest, Fiat now has three distinct model lines available to shoppers.

Sep
03
2019 Dodge Hornet

Plans to build a production version of the 2006 Dodge Hornet Concept (above) were scuttled during the financial crisis of 2009. Dodge is again looking to produce a subcompact car, due this time for the 2019 model year. 

Future CarHornet is the likely name of a forthcoming subcompact hatchback that would give Dodge a direct competitor to the Chevrolet Sonic, Honda Fit, and other fuel-efficient pint-sized cars.

Expected in 2018 as an early ’19 model, the Hornet would be positioned in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) showrooms between the Fiat 500 and 500L, and comfortably below the compact Dart, the Dodge brand’s smallest and least expensive current offering.

Aug
28
2020 Ford Bronco

The 2020 Ford Bronco would be based on the Australian-designed Ford Everest seen here. Bronco would be built in Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant alongside the coming Ford Ranger.

Future CarEnmeshed in the news that Ford is moving to reenter the small/midsize-pickup segment in the U.S. with an updated version of the Ranger is word that an off-road-ready SUV built on the same architecture would likely follow.

Aug
26
2015 Thai-market Ford Rangler Wildtrak

2015 Thai-market Ford Rangler Wildtrak

Future CarWith the average transaction price of an F-150 now hovering around $45,000, Ford again sees space below its big pickups for a smaller, more affordable market entry.

Likely to be called Ranger, the new midsize pickup would provide Ford dealers with a lower-cost alternative to the best-selling F-150 that would compete directly with the redesigned Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.

Aug
20
Chevrolet Bolt Concept

The Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept was first seen at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.

Future Carby Don Sikora II

Electric cars haven’t proven sales superstars thus far, but many still believe electrification will play an important role in the automobile’s future. At Detroit’s North American International Auto Show in January 2015, Chevrolet unveiled a concept version of its next entry in the all-electric sweepstakes: the Bolt EV Concept.

Aug
12
2019 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

The 2015 Jeep Chief Concept is based on the current Wrangler Unlimited. It’s clearly a throwback design exercise that’s more retro-rugged than luxurious, but it does suggest how vintage Grand Wagoneer styling elements could be applied to an all-new model.

Future Car by Don Sikora II

In 2014, Jeep sold more than 1 million vehicles worldwide, a new record for the brand. And Jeep’s parent company has even greater ambitions for the future: A Fiat-Chrysler five-year product plan unveiled in May 2014 predicts sales increasing to 1.9 million Jeeps in 2018. The plan also indicates a return to the 7-passenger 3-row SUV market in the form of a revived Grand Wagoneer model. The range-topping 2019 Grand Wagoneer would reprise a legendary name from Jeep’s past, and move the brand further upmarket to take on luxury-brand SUVs in every way—price included.

Aug
06
2018 Toyota Supra

First seen at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Toyota FT-1 Concept may well be a harbinger of the next-generation Toyota Supra.

Future Car by Don Sikora II

Toyota’s Scion and Lexus divisions both offer models aimed directly at enthusiast buyers, but the Toyota brand itself has been devoid of a truly sporty offering for quite some time. However, it appears as though Toyota will be adding a real sports car to its lineup in the near future, and will possibly be reviving one of its most-storied model names—Supra—in the process.

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