Posts from ‘Future Cars’

Aug
20
Chevrolet Bolt Concept, Chevrolet Bolt Backstory

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

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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. , Better Cadillac Names

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.

Jun
19
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First seen at the Beijing Auto Show in 2012, the Honda Concept C may give us a feel for what the next U.S.-market Accord will look like.

By Jim Gorzelany

Honda’s top-selling vehicle, the Honda Accord, should receive a complete redesign for the 2018 model year, but we don’t anticipate the automaker will veer far from what’s been a successful direction for this midsize sedan and coupe combo. We expect the next-generation Accord will continue to offer a winning combination of commuter-friendly performance, a comfortable and spacious interior, good fuel economy and sufficient–though perhaps not class-leading–features, all at competitive pricing. A fuel-saving Accord Hybrid, and an even more frugal plug-in Accord Hybrid sedan will likely continue in the lineup. The question is whether Honda will be satisfied playing the perennial number two to the top-selling car in the U.S., the Toyota Camry, or will it pull out all the proverbial stops to gain segment supremacy?

Apr
14
BMW_Z3_1.9L_1998

Expect the 2016 BMW Z2 to be close in size, and similar in spirit, to the Z3, which was available to American drivers from 1996 through 2002.

By Chris Poole

A snappy roadster headlines redesigned fleets of BMW compact cars with front-wheel drive—a first for this brand. The Z2 will be smaller, more economical and more affordable than the Z4, but no less fun to drive. In fact, it may drive a lot like a Mini Cooper.

Mar
04

jaguar-geneva-concept, Teaser, XE

GENEVA — The following is excerpted from a press release issued today in conjunction with the Geneva Auto Show.

Feb
03
Autonomous Car Fear

Why drive when you can play Scrabble? Seems we’re closing in on building viable driverless vehicles, but is the buying public ready to let computers do the driving?

The auto industry has thrust a great deal on the buying public in the last decade or so. After about a century of fairly predictable motoring progress, car builders rather suddenly began throwing once-unheard-of options at consumers.

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