Cars Coming Soon->Jeep Eyes a Pickup, Honda Gets Smart on S2000

June 24th, 2010

Jeep Gladiator concept

The compact pickup market has been all but abandoned.

Honda has lost all sense of sportiness.

Hyundai has eyes toward taking over Honda’s fading place in the car world.

Aston Martin never fails to tantalize, tease, and satisfy.

Today we have insights into all these observations, including a possible entry from Jeep into the small-pickup market, a potential revival of the Honda S2000, a Hyundai 429-hp 5.0-liter V8, and one new Aston Martin every year for the next six years.

I really don’t understand why automakers have ignored the compact pickup segment, especially considering the Ford Ranger, which hasn’t been updated since roughly the Nixon Administration, still sells.

According to PickupTrucks.com, new Jeep CEO Mike Manley may also see potential there. There aren’t many details, but if Manley remains open to the possibility, that’s reason enough to delay your Ranger purchase to see what Jeep has in store. Let’s hope something like the Gladiator concept (pictured above) remains on the table!

Just a few weeks ago we posted about cars Honda should bring back if it wants to recapture some past glory, one of those being the S2000. As luck would have it, Autocar reports that Honda may do just that, but says we’ll get a hybrid this time.

Before you start wondering if another CR-Z-size disappointment waits in the wings, the new S2000 will be a mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports car with a lightweight (possibly aluminum) frame and near 50/50 weight distribution. That could be good news, Honda fans.

Hyundai may be the polar opposite of Honda right now, with reports indicating that the Korean automaker may be developing a 5.0-liter, 429-hp V8, possibly for use in the Genesis sometime in 2011. For reference, Ford’s new 5.0-liter V8 in the 2011 Mustang pumps out 412 horses.

Drop Hyundai’s V8 into the new S2000, and we’ve got a car to get seriously excited about!

Aston Martin Cygnet

2011 Aston Martin Cygnet

But I guess that’s why we have Aston Martin. Over the next six years, we’ll be blessed with six new Aston models, each sure to deliver way more power and grace than anyone will ever need. Well, all except for one model anyway.

In 2011, the miniature Toyota iQ-based Cygnet will be released, followed by an all new DB9 in 2013, a new Vantage in 2014, a new DBS in 2015, and a new Rapide in 2016.

That’s only five, you say? Aston Martin will also bring the Lagonda SUV into production in 2014. Rest assured, though, the styling of the 2009 concept version will get a thorough makeover and promises to take “a more elegant direction.” I’d rather not see Aston Martin go down the SUV path, but I guess if Porsche can do it…

Should Honda’s new S2000 be a hybrid? Should Aston Martin build an SUV? What in the world has been keeping Jeep from building a pickup?

-tgriffith

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  1. June 25th, 2010 at 14:15 | #1

    are you talking about the new Honda HSV?

  2. June 24th, 2010 at 10:36 | #2

    Very nice to hear Aston Martin will take another try at the Lagonda – that concept looks ridiculous. And very cool that Hyundai’s new V8 will outpower Ford’s Mustang V8 – competition drives progress.

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