Theme : Evolution – The Missing Links 6

The Surprisingly Fast Family Car

Jeff Uren’s Personal Savage Estate : www.sussexsportscars.co.uk
Jeff Uren’s Personal Savage Estate : http://www.sussexsportscars.co.uk

Once, saloon and estate cars behaved soberly. Some of them got a bit spritely with the addition of a second carburetor and 1/2 inch wider tyres, and indeed I offered the 1962 Alfa Giulia as the partial template for the modern hot hatch/saloon a while back. Then, of course, there was the Lotus Cortina. The Mk2 Jaguar doesn’t count because it was always supposed to be fast anyway, so only surprised people who bought it in 2.4 litre form and found it slow. Continue reading “Theme : Evolution – The Missing Links 6”

Not On Sale Around Here: 2015 Honda Mobilio

Honda’s styling has gone off the rails in a big way, to judge by the interior and exterior appearance of this MPV which is on sale in India.

2015 Honda Mobilio: Honda India
2015 Honda Mobilio: Honda India

The rear view is especially confused, with a modish and rather useless faux semi-glazed D-pillar. What more is there to the car? The Mobilio is short, just 4.3 metres and is judged to be well packaged. Two engines, a 1.5 litre petrol unit (119 PS) and a 1.5 litre diesel (100 PS) are the only power plant available. It is based on the Brio platform from 2010 and competes with a swarm of small MPVs in the Asian and sub-Continental market. Continue reading “Not On Sale Around Here: 2015 Honda Mobilio”

2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia Design Review

Here it is, the long-awaited 2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia, nice and official.

2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia design review: original image from The Truth About Cars.
2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia design review: original image from The Truth About Cars.

It has the overall proportions of a BMW 3 from back in the day when these were proper compact sport saloons. The bonnet bulges for pedestrian-safety reasons. This is the Quadrifoglio version; it could look more appealing if there are versions with some more brightwork. What do you think?