Monday, May 27, 2013

Monday, May 20, 2013

Toyota Avalon

It's interesting how market niches remain the same, but different companies stake them out over time.  Luxury without bling used to be owned by Buick.

This is definitely a hand-built prototype headed for the crusher. Notice all the zeroes in the VIN.  Apparently, it was built in the USA.

It is likely to sell, but it's unlikely to generate much enthusiasm until after the 300,000* mile mark.

*482,803 km.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Fun Stuff from Mexico

And so, the short series that's too long comes to an end.  This last set of pictures didn't fit in the other categories, but I like it anyway.  First, we have a medium sized Toyota van.  That means it's between the size of a US market minivan and a full sized van from the D3.  From there, we have an Aveo police car from Cholula. It makes me wonder what the police package is like.  In the US, the police version is usually close to what the civilian version should have been.  Can anyone identify the old VW?  I think it might be a Quantum, but the name is unreadable.  I searched and couldn't find anything like it.  I suspect it's Brazilian.  The red box has recently been mentioned in the automotive press.  It's the Hyundai Atos.  I have seen the Mexican market version around for the past few years.  The series closes with a car that's a press darling of the, "If only they sold it here!" variety, the Suzuki Swift!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Fisker Karma, Data Gathering

Notice the wires running along the right side.  The light was not conducive to interior shots.  There was all sorts of equipment in there.

The car was made in Sweden.

This is one of the swankiest cars ever made. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Mercedes Sedan

It looks like Mercedes doesn't quite know where their design is going.  The line below the door handles brings to mind current Cadillacs.