The rendering specialists at AutoBild have come up with images of the next Passat. It gets a bit more character in the twin swage lines running down the side of the body, a feature that is looking like the next big design thing. The front end continues the tripartite bumper design VW has recently taken up, but swaps the giant headlamps for some sleek, stylized numbers reminiscent of Audi.
The Chicago Auto Show is coming up in a couple of weeks and Toyota's Scion division will be revealing two new models to the world. The original Scion models, the xA and xB will be replaced by a completely redesigned xB and a new xD model. The AutoblogGreen crew will on site in Chicago for the press conference, bringing you all the news and lots of photos, but Toyota will also be doing a simultaneous press conference in the Scion City area of Second Life.
In the interest of not going belly-up, Ford will be hard at work over the next three years to remake their entire Ford, Lincoln and Mercury fleet. We've got high hopes that the Bold Moves will start to come at us quickly now, and that great new product will offer significant improvements over their current offerings. It makes us wonder how long we'll have to live with the Five Hundred's rhinoplasty and the newly penned Focus. Ford also indicated an interest in selling "B" segment cars, which are
German car analyst Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer has announced that 104 new car models are scheduled to be launched on the European market in 2007, almost a third more than this year. The industry is expected to move past its recent focus on SUVs and convertibles to see increased activity in the medium and small vehicle segments. New medium car models will include the next generation of the Mercedes C-Class; the new Audi A4; the new Renault Laguna; and the third generation of the Ford Mondeo.
As recent financial results have shown, reviving Ford Motor's North American operations is about more than just downsizing production capacity and increasing efficiency. Disappointing sales results are focusing the spotlight increasingly on Ford's promises of new, innovative products.