Posts from ‘Future Cars’

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.

Jul
22
Jeep Trailhawk Concept

Jeep’s Trailhawk concept looks more like a next-generation Grand Cherokee than a Wrangler, but nonetheless includes design elements that could appear on the next Wrangler.

 by Don Sikora II

Future Car

Today’s Jeep Wrangler was originally introduced for the 2007 model year. It remains one of Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s best sellers, but at more than eight years old, it’s officially getting a bit long in the tooth. Given that the Jeep Wrangler is one of the most iconic, tradition-bound vehicles on the market today, FCA doesn’t want to veer very far from Wrangler’s tried-and-true formula with the forthcoming new-generation model. Still, uncertain fuel prices and tightening efficiency standards in the United States mean the redesigned “JL” generation 2018 Jeep Wrangler must address the current JK model’s greatest weakness: Fuel economy.

Sep
23
Cadillac, The Standard of the World. 2016 LTS.

Cadillac’s 2016 flagship is challenged to take on the best sedans Europe has to offer. Tom thinks the new car deserves a better name.

If you don’t have a lucky number, you likely at least have a number or two you prefer to other digits. I, for example, rather like the numbers 2, 5, 14, and 21. I became aware of my fondness for these numbers one night while nursing a $2 gin and tonic at a now-defunct Iowa riverboat-casino roulette table.

 Automakers like numbers, too. Many storied model names have been enhanced by a carefully placed numeric suffix. Think of such classic monikers as Cougar XR-7, Fury II, and Galaxie 500, and you get the idea.

Sep
11
2013 Cadillac Elmiraj Concept

The 2013 Cadillac Elmiraj Concept may hint at what the brand’s coming flagship sedan will look like.

by Kirk Bell

Any luxury brand worth its salt should have a “halo” car. It should either be a performance car that sets new standards for power and handling or a luxury flagship with creature comforts you’d be embarrassed to have in your house. Cadillac has hinted at building a halo car several times in the new century with such concept cars as the Cadillac Sixteen of 2003, the convertible Ciel Concept of 2011, and the Elmiraj Concept introduced at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours. It’s that last car that gives us hope for the future.

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