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  1. Sharp! A nice evolution of the current Mazda6 design featuring the new "Kodo" design language. Fortunately, the current Mazda6 was spared most of the atrocities of the "Nagare" design period. Mazda definitely lost its way for a brief period, but it looks like it is back on track now.
  2. I have to agree. I can't quite figure out the market positioning for the brands. I thought Hyundai was supposed to be slightly upmarket from Kia, but you can get some features on Kia products that you can't get on their Hyundai platform mates. The new Rio 5-door and new Accent 5-door are definite examples of this. You can add features to the Rio that aren't available on the Hyundai and take the Rio's price much higher than the Accent's price. I'm a little lost on the strategy. I'm a little surprised at how fast Kia is replacing the current Forte. If the new one comes out next year, then the
  3. I think the article sums up the mission of this car very well: It's simply a small car for people who want a premium feeling ride in a smaller package. It's not meant to be a sports sedan or a fuel mileage champ. One thing's for certain: Darker colors are a better choice for this car because they allow the bling elements to pop. Buick has just expanded the color palettes for the 2012 LaCrosse and 2012 Regal to include "Midnight Blue Metallic". Hopefully, GM plans to offer this gorgeous shade of blue on the Verano as well.
  4. What a difference a few years and some new entries in the segment make. The current Forte is still a nice looking car, but it seems to have aged very rapidly; especially when compared to the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, and Hyundai Elantra. I guess Kia isn't going to rest on its laurels because it looks like a new Forte will debut next year. This new version looks like it might knock the socks off the rest of the segment! Everything looks extremely promising so far. Link: http://blogs.insideline.com/straightline/2011/08/spy-photos-elantra-based-2013-kia-forte-sedan-testing-in-the-us-five-door
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    Dodge C Segment Car

    Looks like it's definitely going to be a sedan: Link: http://blogs.insideline.com/straightline/2011/10/spy-photos-dodge-hornet-sedan-goes-back-under-cover.html, Source: Edmunds Inside Line. Actually the overall shape looks good and some of the detailing is awesome (taillights and dual exhaust tips). There was also a recent shot of the uncovered front end: Link: http://www.leftlanenews.com/dodge-hornet.html, Source: Leftlane News. Personally, I can't wait to see this car. It looks rather promising so far.
  6. So... Is Sergio starting to view Chrysler as a mainstream brand since he is worried that certain models will be redundant with Dodge? Is it really necessary for Dodge and Jeep to both offer crossovers? Jeep seems more than capable of handling mainstream utility vehicles. There definitely seems to be redundancy in the product strategies for these 2 brands. Are the Dodge crossovers going to receive sportier styling and handling than the Jeep crossovers? Why would a customer prefer one brand's CUV products over the other brand's CUV products? If this report is indeed correct, Dodge will have a
  7. I don't find either version ugly or hideous, but both versions are much blander than I had expected. For some reason, the front end doesn't seem to gel well with the rest of the body on either version. I'm thinking this may be a better looking car in the metal than it is in pictures. We'll have to see about that one...
  8. Audi gained a lot of recognition for some 20 or 30 years while doing exactly that (in most cases even less than that, merely replicating VW's mechanicals). Lincoln needs consistency more than anything, and also to find a sweet spot in the market. I'd say somewhere between Buick and Cadillac, but closer to Cadillac in pricing. I agree. Lincoln needs to take Buick's product strategy and advance it one level higher. FoMoCo doesn't have the money at the moment to create a brand specific RWD architecture for Lincoln. It will have to upgrade and modify existing corporate platforms to transform L
  9. Didn't Subaru either declare or actually try to do this a while back and failed? I think it would be sort of interesting if Mazda could form a partnership with Suzuki. Suzuki could be a sportier Japanese mainstream brand while Mazda could morph into more of a sportier upscale Japanese brand.
  10. I'm anxious to see the replacement for the Caliber. The Caliber was a poorly executed hatchback on steroids segment buster that unfortunately resonated with hardly anyone. Dodge really needed a well executed and competitive compact car to replace the Neon; it didn't get that at all in the Caliber. I'm hoping that Fiat makes sure that Dodge gets what it needs in this segment, Daimler AG singlehandedly failed to deliver with this product.
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    2012 Buick Verano

    Just a little disappointed in the exterior color choices. I was hoping that the Midnight Blue color that is available for the LaCrosse would be available for the Verano.
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    2012 Buick Verano

    Are you sure? The Verano and Astra appear to share the exact same interior (minus the Buick's plood/color schemes), the same greenhouse from the B-pillar forward, identical doors, hood, all hard points between the headlamps and taillamps, mirrors, etc. I agree with you. The Verano is basically a sedan version of the Astra 5-door with Buick specific design elements.
  13. I was thinking the same thing. Black is the only color for this car because it sort of hides or distracts attention from that hideous C-pillar fakeout. I wish Chrysler could have removed it from the "new" 200. Still, it looks like Chrysler has done an admirable job with what it had to work with. I hope the "new" 200 can keep Chrysler afloat until an all new replacement can be brought to market.
  14. Chrysler could have also done a full side window surround that extended around this plastic piece to sort of draw attention away from the fact that this fakeout treatment actually bisects the door cutline instead of flowing off of it. Sometimes brightwork can draw attention away from something that is less than desirable. It would have given this treatment a more finished look also. I guess we need to be content that Chrysler put what effort it could in changing this car. The new front/rear treatments look great. From what I understand, it's suppose to have one heck of an interior upgrade. Th
  15. I will consider Chrysler one major miracle worker if it can transform the current Sebring into an acceptable looking vehicle. The new front end is a major improvement over the droopy and disfigured "face" on the current Sebring. The entire front end looked low rent. In addition, the front bumper jutted out below the headlights in a rather odd fashion and the area around the foglights made it look like the entire front end was starting to sag. Chrysler did realize that the hood strakes were a bad idea and had already removed them. The front end on the "new" 200 looks very upscale and clearly

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