Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid
Subaru WRX Concept
Range Rover Sport
Porsche 911 GT3
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible
Volvo S60 and XC60
Chevrolet Spark EV
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Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid
Text sourced from Porsche Canada Inc.:
With the second generation of this GT sedan, Porsche
is introducing the world’s first plug-in hybrid to the luxury class. Along with
the 416-hp Panamera S E-Hybrid, two luxurious Executive versions are also making
their debut with an extended wheelbase and an entirely new three-litre
twin-turbocharged V6 engine for the Panamera S and Panamera 4S.
The Panamera S E-Hybrid is a systematically advanced
development of the parallel full hybrids with a more powerful electric motor, a
higher-performance battery that supplies more energy and the ability to charge
it externally from the electrical grid. The electric drive produces 95 hp (70
kW), which is more than double the power of the previous model’s electric motor
at 47 hp (34 kW). It draws its energy from a newly developed lithium-ion
battery, which at 9.4 kWh has over five times the 1.7 kWh energy capacity of the
previous battery in nickel metal hydride technology. Once connected to an
industrial outlet, it can be charged within around two and a half hours via the
integrated on-board charger and the standard Porsche Universal Charger (AC), and
it can be charged in less than four hours when connected to a conventional
household electrical outlet.
The Panamera S E-Hybrid far exceeds the driving
performance of the previous model. In addition, the previous model’s NEDC fuel
consumption of 7.1 l/100 km was reduced by 56 per cent to 3.1 l/100 km. That
equates to CO2 emissions of 71 g/km. At the same time, its all-electric driving
performance was substantially improved with regard to electric acceleration,
electric range, and electric top speed. A pure electric driving experience is
possible without any fuel consumption or local emissions, which is especially
advantageous in the urban environment. The electric driving range of the
Panamera S E-Hybrid was determined to be 36 kilometres in NEDC-based testing.
Driving range may vary in real operation, since air conditioning and heating are
deactivated in NEDC test conditions, for example. A realistic all-electric
driving range in everyday operation would lie somewhere between 18 and 36 km.
Under particularly favourable conditions it could even exceed this range. The
Panamera with the new hybrid drive can reach speeds of up to 135 km/h in
The acceleration time from a standstill to 100 km/h
was shortened by half a second to 5.5 seconds. The electric boost function helps
here, in which the performance of the electric motor boosts that of the
combustion engine. Boosting can also be activated by kick-down – such as in
overtaking situations. The car’s top speed is 270 km/h. The parallel full hybrid
concept developed by Porsche also offers "coasting" at higher speeds, which
refers to free coasting with the internal combustion engine shut off and energy
recovery by generating electricity.
The new generation of Panamera models will be launched
in Canada in the fall. Prices start at $89,500 for the Panamera and $94,800 for
the Panamera 4. The Panamera S is priced at $106,600 and the Panamera 4S at
$112,500. The Panamera S E-Hybrid will cost $125,900, which is followed by the
Panamera GTS at $129,400 and the Panamera 4S Executive at $143,600. The top
models are the Panamera Turbo for $161,500 and the Panamera Turbo Executive for
$184,100. Arriving next year are the new Porsche Panamera Turbo S and Panamera
Turbo S Executive.
2014 Toyota Highlander
sourced from Toyota Canada Inc.:
The all-new third-generation 2014 Toyota Highlander mid-size SUV made its world
debut today at the 2013 New York Auto Show. An all-new exterior design conveys
both refinement and strength, complementing a new interior that will raise the
bar in the mid-size SUV segment. With three-row seating for up to eight, an
array of standard features, a host of available in-cabin technologies, and
increased cargo capacity, the new Highlander will offer a nuanced balance of
style, comfort and utility. The total package is capped off with two powertrain
choices: a powerful V6 with a new six-speed transmission that will produce
excellent all-around capability, and a V6-powered Hybrid Synergy Drive
powertrain for enhanced mileage and fewer emissions.
Sophisticated and dynamic, the new Highlander features
a progressive silhouette, a lower roofline for improved aerodynamics, and
sculptured side-door panels. The exterior has grown in length by approximately
76.2 mm (3 inches) while width is increased 12.7 mm (1/2 inch), conveying a
sleek and strong appearance.
From the front, Highlander’s
hood merges with a redesigned trapezoidal grille, wraparound headlamps and
deeply chiseled fenders for a more aggressive appearance. The length of the
profile, from the front fenders to the rear quarter panels, boldly stands out
with sculptured wheel wells at the corners, allowing for prominently protruding
wheels. The total package is capped off by a newly designed rear lift-gate with
one-touch power open/close and driver selectable memory height settings, and
taillights and bumper that exude style and strength.
Highlander's body structure will include high-strength steel in the front
pillars for increased rigidity. Visibility has been improved through precise
repositioning of the front A-pillars, while the size of the rear quarter glass
has been increased to provide a wider view for driver and occupants.
Refinement is enhanced through improved noise, vibration and harshness (NVH)
measures. Interior noise reduction is achieved through a 30 percent expansion of
silencing insulation materials in the floor areas. Acoustic-type glass is used
for the windshield to help reduce noise entering the cabin, and even the
panoramic moonroof design works to help reduce wind noise, even when the
moonroof is open.
Vibration is minimized through expanded coverage of the dash silencer,
enhancements to body sealing, and the strategic placement of three hydraulic
engine mounts. Improvements in the exhaust layout have been made for additional
noise and vibration reduction.
Toyota engineers raised the bar on interior design for the mid-size SUV
segment by adding even more refinement and functionality to the new Highlander.
The 2014 model will offer a premium interior highlighted by increased
spaciousness for up to eight people, and an array of standard comfort,
convenience and technology features.
The new Highlander’s
interior utilizes premium materials to offer an upscale experience, with most
models featuring standard contrast seat stitching. All Highlanders will come
equipped with a soft-touch instrument panel; and silver-painted, satin, and
chrome-plated accents that are thoughtfully placed throughout the interior.
Wood-grain pattern trim can be found on the front dash and door trim for an
added touch of elegance. Premium fabrics, available smooth and perforated
leather-trim seats, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob add to
upscale interior. The adoption of a high quality knit roof lining and available
second-row sunshades add to Highlander’s
refinement and comfort.
A new roll-top centre console box with a dampened sliding door provides a
comfortable armrest, or when fully opened is large enough to hold a large
handbag. All Highlanders will feature a newly designed in-meter-cluster
Multi-Information Display. Available ambient lighting around the front dash and
doors add to the refined environment.
The second row offers bench-seating for three passengers or two captain’s
seats featuring a collapsible tray with cup holders for added convenience.
Getting into the third-row is made easier with the addition of a one-step
second-row sliding seat function that provides nearly 76.2 mm (3 inches) more of
space for easier entry and exit to the third-row.
An overall interior width increase of 109.2 mm (4.3 inches) in the
third-row and a standard recline function creates added comfort for up to three
passengers. Like the second-row bench, the third-row will be 40/60 split for
added passenger and storage flexibility and convenience. Rear cargo space behind
the third-row has also increased by up to 34 percent for added storage.
Additional available convenience features include an Automatic High Beam
System, Smart Key, driver’s
seat memory, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row captain’s
seats, and a heated steering wheel.
The new Highlander will be available in two powertrains. A 3.5-litre V6
is equipped with a variable intake manifold and a dual VVT-i, which controls
phasing on both the intake and exhaust camshafts to optimize torque and fuel
efficiency. Acceleration and fuel efficiency are improved thanks to a new
six-speed, electronically controlled automatic transmission (ECT) that offers
selectable manual sequential shifting.
The Highlander Hybrid mode's Hybrid Synergy Drive system pairs the
3.5-litre V6 gasoline engine with a high-torque electric drive motor-generator
for additional power and fuel efficiency.
The new Highlander gas model comes with standard Front-Wheel-Drive (FWD)
or available All-Wheel-Drive (AWD). It will provide a more dynamic driving
experience with technologies that include enhancements in suspension
performance, optimized Electric Power Steering (EPS), and available Dynamic
Torque Control All-Wheel Drive (AWD). The spring rates and the shock absorbers
have been optimally tuned to help enhance the vehicles handling characteristics.
Highlander will have a MacPherson strut front suspension, double-wishbone
rear suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, 18-inch alloy wheels and available
19-inch alloys. Highlander’s
available Dynamic Torque Control AWD system automatically shifts from
Front-Wheel Drive (FWD) to AWD when accelerating or when sensors detect wheel
slippage. The driver is able to view the torque-distribution settings on the
meter display. The Dynamic Torque Control AWD system continuously monitors and
controls the torque transfer between the front and rear wheels via an
electromagnetically controlled coupling positioned in the rear differential.
Front to rear torque distribution can vary from 100:0 to 50:50, with
front-wheel drive (100:0) automatically engaged under normal driving conditions
to help improve fuel consumption.
The Dynamic Torque Control AWD system uses information sent from various
sensors (speed, steering angle and speed, throttle angle and yaw rate) to
automatically govern the transmission of torque to the rear wheels, as required.
A sophisticated, high-speed interactive management system coordinates control of
the Dynamic Torque Control AWD, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Electric
Power Steering (EPS) systems to enhance Highlander’s
performance, handling and safety.
All new Highlanders come equipped with Toyota’s
multimedia system. The Display Audio system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen with
Bluetooth® and voice recognition is standard, while an eight-inch touchscreen
system with 12 JBL speakers is also available.
All 2014 Highlander’s
will have eight standard airbags. Like every Toyota, Highlander will feature the
standard Star Safety System™,
which includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Electronic
Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, an Anti-lock Braking System, and Smart
Stop Technology. All Highlander’s
will also come equipped with a standard backup camera and Hill-start Assist
Control. All AWD models will have an AWD LOCK switch.
New available safety and convenience features include rear parking sonar,
Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Departure Alert, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
All Highlanders are assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana (TMMI)
in Princeton, Ind. The all-new Highlander will reach dealer showrooms in early
Subaru WRX Concept
sourced from Subaru Canada Inc.:
Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) announced the unveiling of the SUBARU WRX
CONCEPT at the 2013 New York International Auto Show at the Jacob K. Javits
Center. The design concept hints at the design language of the next generation
WRX with a focus on sharp handling, All-Wheel Drive grip and turbo power.
The bold and muscular design emphasizes turbocharged
power and AWD grip in a more agile and athletic form. The SUBARU WRX CONCEPT
blends the WRX's famous power and road-holding prowess with an even greater
focus on sharp handling, steering and communicative chassis. To further improve
handling dynamics, the SUBARU WRX CONCEPT features a carbon-fibre roof to
enhance the already low centre of gravity and reduce weight.
Considerably lower, sleeker and wider, the SUBARU WRX
CONCEPT delivers even more street presence than previous generations of the WRX.
The new grille design is larger and bolder and sets off the classic WRX hood
scoop. A pronounced power bulge provides clearance for the new turbocharged
engine and intercooler. A prominent hexagonal grille form and deep lower
valences with air intakes are designed to enhance aerodynamics, add downforce
and aid engine cooling.
The three dimensional mesh pattern of the grille
denotes the performance-driven nature of the SUBARU WRX CONCEPT and sets the
Subaru star cluster apart, while the new hawk-eye headlights integrate the
Subaru design heritage.
A sharp character line runs from the front corner
through to the taillights, intersected by the boldly flared wheel arches
emphasizing Subaru's AWD system. The compact cabin greenhouse draws attention to
the power and solidity of the body and focuses attention on the wide stance that
provides a visual link between the body and chassis.
The rear design echoes the hexagonal design motif from
the front grille and features a dramatically curved trunk lid that also acts as
a rear spoiler. The distinctive wide rear bumper of the SUBARU WRX CONCEPT adds
to the powerful street presence of the car and is offset by large quad tailpipes
denoting the powerful turbocharged engine. The aggressive rear diffuser improves
The all-new SUBARU WRX CONCEPT features a new paint
color, WR Blue Pearl III, which modernizes the iconic WRX look. Fluorescent
Yellow is used as an accent on the WRX badge on the front grille, the brake
calipers and the exhaust tip finishers, adding character notes to the design.
Filling out the broad fenders are BBS "RI-D" One Piece
Forged Duralumin wheels, featuring 245/40ZR20 Dunlop tires with an exclusive
Text sourced from Volvo Canada Inc.:
Already a superstar in Europe, Volvo's V60 sports wagon will soon hit
the shores of North America.
Doug Speck, Volvo Cars' senior vice president
marketing, sales and customer service, made the announcement at the New York
International Auto Show, indicating the new V60 will come to the U.S. market in
early 2014. Pricing and specifications for the U.S. and Canada will be announced
at a later date.
The V60 R-Design on the auto show stand marks the
global debut of the R-Design version of the car. It projects an elegant, curvy
and sculptured appearance that equally straddles luxury and performance.
"The V60 marks a beautiful evolution in design and
direction for Volvo," said Volvo Cars of Canada President and CEO Marc Engelen,
"Many Canadian consumers have been asking us to bring this exciting sports wagon
to the Volvo lineup and we listened."
The new Volvo V60 is for people who want the handling
of a dynamic sports sedan but need the versatility of a wagon. Now, forging a
new path with the V60, the Scandinavian automaker reaches a new level of design
and sophistication, blending styling cues from its best-selling sedan with a
sleek, curvy silhouette.
At the heart of the extra versatility of the V60 is
its intelligent seating. Rear seats can be folded down in three 40/20/40
segments, allowing its interior space to be configured for passengers and loaded
in a remarkably flexible way.
sourced from Toyota Canada Inc.:
Scion revealed the new 2014 tC sports coupe at the New York
International Auto Show, showing off a sporty new look, upgraded interior and an
enhanced driving experience for the brand's
"Scion tC is one of the brand's most popular models in Canada.For the 2014
model, designers wanted to keep tC exciting for today’s
drivers without losing its spirited core appeal," said Cyril Dimitris, Director,
Scion in Canada. "The result is a 2014 tC with a sportier style and driving
experience that will excite current and future Scion buyers."
The 2014 Scion tC is defined by more assertive styling, starting from the front
with distinctive new headlamps and an all-new hood that extends lower toward a
more open, muscular grille with an embedded tC logo. The new upper- and
lower-grille treatments are bordered by LED accent lighting.
Beneath the rear bumper, a new black-out valance features an FR-S style,
lower-centre trim piece and lower perimeter reflectors; new advanced LED tail
lamps complete the picture.
New 18-inch alloy wheels with 225/45R18 tires carry the aggressive character
through to the car's
profile. Standard on the tC, the wheels feature a premium dark gray finish,
contrasted by eye-catching machined-spoke surfaces.
The tC will be available in eight exterior paint colours, including two new
additions, Absolutely Red and Blue Streak Metallic.
The 2014 Scion tC's
cabin adds new technology, additional convenience features and upgraded
materials. The tC comes equipped with features that Scion drivers will enjoy,
including Bluetooth® compatibility and steering wheel-mounted controls.
Added convenience features for the 2014 tC include auto-off headlamps and an
auto-up and down driver's window. The interior is upgraded with premium
materials and lighter colour fabric on the seats and the headliner.
Getting there will be more than half the fun in the 2014 tC. Its 2.5-litre,
four-cylinder engine delivers 180 horsepower at 6,000 RPM, and it is available
either with a six-speed manual transmission or an updated six-speed automatic
that can change gears nearly twice as fast as the previous model for both
upshifts and downshifts. The automatic transmission now features Dynamic Rev
Management technology, adopted from the FR-S, which quickly blips the engine to
match its revs to gear ratios on downshifts, limiting driveline shock and adding
to the visceral experience of driving the car.
Handling is enhanced by making modifications to stabilizer bar hardware,
optimizing the shock absorbers, and by increasing the body rigidity with
additional spot welds. Driving enthusiasts will also appreciate the retuned
electronic power steering that provides a more engaging response. Together,
these changes help the new tC to deliver a sportier, fun-to-drive experience
behind the wheel. The 2014 Scion tC will arrive in dealerships in June.
Range Rover Sport
sourced from Range Rover Canada Inc.:
The all-new Range Rover Sport is the latest addition to the new Range
Rover family of vehicles and the third Range Rover model to be launched in two
years. It follows the launch of the acclaimed 2012 Range Rover Evoque and the
all-new 2013 Range Rover.
More Range Rover Sports are sold in New York than any
other metropolitan area in the world. The Range Rover Sport is also the
best-selling Land Rover product in North America.
US Models and MSRP4:
Range Rover Sport SE:
$63,495 3-Liter Supercharged V6 340hp
Range Rover Sport HSE:
$68,495 3-Liter Supercharged V6 340hp
Range Rover Sport Supercharged:
$79,995 5-Liter Supercharged V8 510hp
Range Rover Sport Autobiography:
$93,295 5-Liter Supercharged V8 510hp
Price includes $895 destination and delivery4
At A Glance:Fastest, most-agile, and responsive Land Rover ever
All-new high strength aluminum structure provides a weight savings of
approximately 800lbs. over the previous generation Range Rover Sport
Improved agility and exceptional performance with improved fuel economy and
New 5+2 third row seating option for occasional use
Choice of 340hp supercharged V6 or a 510hp supercharged V8 engines
Standard eight speed automatic transmission by ZF
Choice of transfer cases - single speed Torsen or two-speed locking with low
Advanced electronic driver assistance technologies
Superbly crafted, luxurious interior
Standard Intelligent Stop/Start technology to improve fuel economy and reduce
Available new fully automatic Terrain Response 2 system
Exceptional on-road dynamics and all-terrain performance provides an unrivalled
breadth of capability
Pininfarina unveils the Sergio in memory and celebration of Sergio
At Geneva, Pininfarina unveiled Sergio, a
concept car that renews the spirit and values of the extraordinary
achievements obtained under the leadership of Sergio Pininfarina,
projecting them into the future in the name of exclusivity, innovation
and passion. A concept car in line with the approach that has allowed
Pininfarina to generate a wealth of creations that have become car legends: the
ability to combine passion, creativity, intelligence, technology and elegance in
the continuity of the brand's genetic code. A mixture of aesthetic balance and
elegant simplicity that last over time and make all Pininfarina models
long-lived and resistant to changes in taste and fashion.
The new Pininfarina concept car could only be called
Sergio. It is an exercise that Pininfarina decided to undertake on a
brand that more than any other has marked the history of Pininfarina:
Ferrari. The name of Sergio Pininfarina is inextricably linked to that union
conceived 60 years ago: the Sergio, therefore, will also celebrate the
importance of Pininfarina's contribution to the history of Prancing Horse
design. A tribute that was immediately morally supported by Luca Montezemolo and
Ferrari as a whole.
The sports car theme is built into Pininfarina: the
fruitful collaboration with Ferrari which began in 1952, has generated some of
the most popular sports cars of the postwar period. Returning to the charm of
the two-seater Ferrari, compact and very sporty, is moreover, the perfect base
for bonding Pininfarina's past to the future. The Sergio's mechanicals are those
of the 458 Spider, which remains unchanged in its wheelbase and tracks. The
formal interpretation, from which the dynamic, fluid and pure volumes spring, is
absolutely free, in the best tradition of that Pininfarina design vision that
has produced so many Ferrari-based concept cars recognised over time as
masterpieces, such as the Mythos of 1989 and the Rossa of 2000. This approach
also reminds us of Pininfarina’s Ferrari-based custom-built cars such as the
Testarossa Spider made for Giovanni Agnelli in 1987 or the Ferrari F360 Modena
Barchetta in 2000 for Luca Montezemolo.
The result is a modern, organic view of the mid-rear-engined
two-seater barchetta. The willingness to revisit volumes and surface treatments
in a subliminal way emerges with the Sergio, which evokes the spirit of
Pininfarina's best achievements for Ferrari of the ‘60s and ‘70s. A radical
object, unique and essential, which rejects the superfluous and is
performance-oriented. A real open air car with an explicit nod to racing cars,
in the sense that a cupola is not fitted to protect occupants, for which two
helmets are provided.
The Sergio is distinguished by a very simple and clear
style, that becomes memorable the moment you look at it. Proportions pushed to
the extreme, a dynamic front volume penetrating into a rear that is projected
forward, a sculpted, three-dimensional interpretation of the typical barchetta.
The composition of the two body masses through a longitudinal black insert
becomes the design's guideline. Two volumes that enfold from outside to inside
the car, creating a division/union line between back and front. Through the
extremely fluid passage from one body to another, a form that was homogeneous in
its accentuated muscularity was obtained.
The Sergio also expresses an iconicity linked to ‘60s
Ferraris proposing bulging and sensual wings inspired by those of sports cars
and racing cars of that era, achieved by compacting all volume accessories as
much as possible. The extreme lightness of the Sergio, which appears to float
with the front up, is a direct result of aerodynamic research. In the purest
Pininfarina tradition, design is not an end in itself, but integrates
functionality and aesthetics. The front semi-floating development with the
spoiler under the front, expresses aesthetic force and is at the same time
functional for the stabilisation of the aerodynamic load and the heat exchange.
The aerodynamic deflector in front of the cockpit also creates a virtual
windscreen through the deviation of the air flow, protecting the passengers from
turbulence. The roll bar, designed as a wing surface, is perfectly tuned to the
evolution of the flow coming from the front, adding a further down force effect.
Finally, the rear nolder and the extractor close the design effectively and
functionally. Still on the subject of aerodynamics, even the rear-view mirror
takes on a fluid form that, given the flow of the front baffle, helps to divert
air from the heads of the passengers.
To enhance the formal purity of the Pininfarina style
criterion, all the technical parts of the Sergio (handles, fins, air intake
holes) are concentrated in dark parts of the body, leaving the red painted parts
The formal harmony of the side view is a strong
feature of the Sergio, renewing the common aesthetic denominator of many
Ferraris by Pininfarina. In the tradition of barchetta sports cars, the Sergio
has no conventional doors but half doors with vertical rotation opening for easy
access and contemporarily safeguarding the maximum rigidity of the structure on
the side, as in racing cars. The three-quarter front view highlights the theme
of the connections between floors and different trends providing a feeling of
On the front, the Sergio takes up and develops the
Pininfarina’s traditional integration of the headlights by projecting it into
the future in a single transparent transversal element, as in the Dino
Berlinetta Speciale 1965. Adapted to the size and technology of our own times,
this element becomes an identifying mark, resulting in extremely clean lines. In
particular, the cylindrical projectors in aluminium use LED technology and are
embedded in a crystalline block of Plexiglas that diffuses light.
The rear lights reinterpret the circular themes of
Pininfarina-Ferrari history transforming them into open functional elements
whose forms contemporaneously provide the lighting function and the hot exhaust
air coming out of the oil coolers.
The rear bonnet borrows the iconic round graphic holes
of other historical Pininfarina achievements and the same treatment is applied
to the transom to facilitate cooling of the engine compartment and represents in
the best possible way the absolute perfection and timelessness inherent in
Since this is a realistic car that could easily be
produced in limited series, the Sergio opted for the mechanicals of a completely
re-bodied Ferrari 458 spider, maintaining the original technology and its
performance. For this reason, the interiors take all the functional parts of
existing series (dashboard, seat structure, centre console and steering wheel).
The interior is essential and functional and develops as a natural extension of
the external surfaces: the black exterior slips into the car and creates the
tank where the standard technical components are integrated. Even the engine
bonnet descends inside, wrapping round the rear part of seats. The door panels
integrate the functions of the handle and armrest and are designed as floating
elements separate from the tank.
The exterior crimson colour, was inspired by the
original red of the Dino Berlinetta Speciale, very intense and deep, developing
a modern version including metallic particles and a multi-layer depth effect.
Overall, the Sergio offers real sports performance,
with a shell of torsion stiffness which exceeds that of the original spider,
thanks to the reduction in the size of the doors, and the reduction of the total
mass of about 150 kg compared to the spider. This allows good handling and a
further improvement of acceleration, estimated at below 3.4 seconds for 0-100
kph, at the top of its class.
- Maximum length: 4550 mm
- Maximum width: 1940 mm
- Maximum height: 1140 mm
- Boot capacity: 110 litres
- Power train (original Ferrari 458 Spider): 4499cc V8; Sequential gearbox
7M + RM
- Package: 2 doors, 2 seats
- Chassis: original 458 Spider
- Cx XS: about 5% lower than the original car
- Weight: about 1280 kg
- Maximum speed: approx 320 km/h
- Acceleration from 0 to 100: less than 3.4 seconds
Porsche 911 GT3 on sale late 2013
Text sourced from Porsche Canada Inc.:
new Porsche 911 GT3 premieres at the Geneva International
Motor Show in March. The completely-redeveloped fifth generation of the 911
GT3 occupies the top position among Porsche sports cars with
naturally-aspirated engines. With an impressive lap time on the Nürburgring Nordschleife of under 7:30 minutes, the 2014 911 GT3
benefits from a new engine, transmission, body and chassis. The car
now sprints from zero to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds on its way to a top
track speed of 195 mph. The 2014 911 GT3 will go on sale in the
United States late in 2013 and will be priced from $130,400, not
including a $950 destination charge.
As a technical highlight, the
911 GT3 features the first active rear-wheel steering in a
production Porsche, as well as optional full LED headlights. The new
GT3 brings to everyday driving many of the properties of a sports
car developed on the track, and preserves the highly emotional fun
The powertrain of the new 911 GT3 is composed of a 3.8-liter
boxer engine yielding 475 hp (125 hp/liter) featuring a 9,000 rpm
redline and a specially developed Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK)
which drives the rear wheels. The six-cylinder engine is based on
the same engine as the 911 Carrera S, although they share only a few
common parts. All other components, particularly the crankshaft and
valve gear, were specially adapted or designed for the GT3. For
instance, Porsche designed titanium connecting rods and forged
pistons for this engine.
The Porsche dual-clutch transmission in this application has been
specially developed for the 911 GT3: the characteristics are based
directly on a sequential gearbox from racing, thereby providing
further performance and dynamic advantages to the driver. Highlights
include shorter gear ratios with closer spacing, even faster
shifting, and shift paddles with shorter travel and increased
tactile feedback, which now allow the driver to place the PDK in
neutral simply by pulling on both paddles at the same time.
For the first time, Porsche is employing active rear wheel
steering to achieve even higher steering precision and improved
lateral dynamics. Depending on the speed, the rear wheels steer in
the same or opposite direction of the front wheels, improving
stability and agility. Other new features that improve driving
dynamics are an electronically controlled, fully variable rear
differential lock and dynamic engine mounts. Contact with the road
is made by new 20-inch, forged alloy wheels with center-locking hubs
in place of conventional wheel bolts.
The 2014 911 GT3 is based on the light yet stiff body of the
current generation 911 Carrera, which employs a hybrid steel and
aluminum construction; however, it comes with unique front and rear
parts specific to the GT3. In addition, the 911 GT3 is 1.7 inches
wider than a 911 Carrera S in the rear. Another distinctive feature
is the large, fixed rear wing, which contributes to the exemplary
By combining low air resistance with even more power, the 2014
911 GT3 sets new performance standards. At full acceleration from
standstill, the 60 mph mark is reached after just 3.3 seconds, and
on the track 124 mph is reached in less than twelve seconds.
Lamborghini Veneno unveiled in Geneva
Text sourced from Lamborghini SpA:
In the year of its 50th anniversary
Automobili Lamborghini is presenting an extremely exclusive model at
the Geneva Motor Show 2013. Only three unique units of the
Lamborghini Veneno will be built and sold. Its design is
consistently focused on optimum aerodynamics and cornering
stability, giving the Veneno the real dynamic experience of a racing
prototype, yet it is fully homologated for the road.
With a maximum output of 552 kW / 750 hp,
the Veneno accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds and
the top speed for this street-legal racing car stands at 355 km/h.
It is priced at three million Euros plus tax – and all three units
have already been sold to customers.
The Lamborghini Veneno features a
twelve-cylinder power unit with a displacement of 6.5 liters, an
extremely fast-shifting 7-speed ISR transmission with 5 driving
modes and permanent all-wheel drive, as well as a racing chassis
with pushrod suspension and horizontal spring/damper units. Above
all, however, the Veneno benefits from the very special expertise
that Automobili Lamborghini possesses in the development and
execution of carbon-fiber materials – the complete chassis is
produced as a CFRP monocoque, as is the outer skin of this extreme
The inside too, features innovative,
Lamborghini-patented materials such as Forged Composite and
Fully in keeping with the tradition of the
brand, the name of the Veneno originates from a legendary fighting
bull. Veneno is the name of one of the strongest
and most aggressive fighting bulls ever. He is also famous for being
one of the fastest bulls in the history of bullfighting. His name
became popular in 1914, when he fatally wounded the famous torero
José Sánchez Rodríguez during the bullfight in the arena Sanlúcar de
Barrameda’s, Andalusia, Spain.
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible
unwrapped in Geneva
Text sourced from GM Canada Inc.:
Chevrolet revealed the 2014 Corvette Stingray convertible at the
Geneva Motor Show, featuring
fully electronic top that can be lowered remotely using the car’s
key fob. The top can also be opened or closed on the go, at speeds
of up to 30 mph (50 km/h).
Corvette Stingray coupe and convertible arrive in global markets in
late 2013, with left-hand-drive models to be offered in Europe, the
United Kingdom, the Middle East, Japan and Russia. Changes to
Corvettes for export vary only in equipment required to accommodate
a respective market’s regulations, such as lighting, headlamp
washers and outside mirrors.
the performance technology and capabilities
introduced on the Corvette
Stingray coupe carry over to the convertible. The only structural
changes are limited to accommodations for the folding top and
repositioned safety belt mounts.
Central to the Corvette Stingray’s driving experience is an all-new,
more rigid aluminum frame structure, which is 57-percent stiffer and
99 pounds (45 kg) lighter than the current steel frame.
models are powered by the new LT1 6.2L V-8, with an estimated 450-hp
(335 kW) and 450 lb-ft of torque (610 Nm). As no structural
reinforcements are required for the convertible, both models share
almost identical power-to-weight ratios.
combines several advanced technologies, including direct injection,
Active Fuel Management and continuously variable valve timing to
support an advanced combustion system
designed to balance power and efficiency. The new Corvette Stingray
is expected to improve upon the current model’s fuel consumption
rating of 7.7L/100km Highway.
top up, the Corvette Stingray convertible is designed for a refined
driving experience. A thick, three-ply fabric top, along with
sound-absorbing padding and a glass rear window, contributes to a
quiet cabin and premium appearance.
Additional highlights of the all-new Corvette Stingray coupe and
interior that offers genuine carbon fiber and aluminum trim,
hand-wrapped leather materials, dual eight-inch configurable
driver/infotainment screens, and two new seat choices – each
featuring a lightweight magnesium frame for exceptional support
driver technologies, including a five-position Drive Mode
Selector that tailors 12 vehicle attributes to fit the driver’s
environment and a new seven-speed manual transmission with
Active Rev Matching that anticipates gear selections and matches
engine speed for perfect shifts every time
Lightweight materials, including a carbon fiber hood on all
models and a carbon fiber removable roof panel on coupes;
composite fenders, doors and rear quarter panels; carbon-nano
composite underbody panels and a new aluminum frame help shift
weight rearward for an optimal 50/50 weight balance that
supports a world-class power-to-weight ratio
Track-capable Z51 Performance Package, including an electronic
limited-slip differential; dry-sump oiling system; integral
brake, differential and transmission cooling; as well as a
unique aero package that further improves high-speed stability.
Volvo S60 and XC60 refreshed for 2014
Text sourced from Volvo Canada Inc.
"This is the most extensive development of existing models in our
company's history. Each of the enhancements is designed around our customers'
needs. We have focused on quality and attention to detail in order to give these
dynamic models a major boost and sharpen their competitiveness," says Lex
Kerssemakers, Senior Vice President, Product Strategy & Vehicle Line Management
at Volvo Car Group. He continues: "The S60 and XC60 are our best-selling models
in several important markets. We have been listening very carefully to our
customers in order to make improvements that ensure that we make these
successful cars more attractive."
Scandinavian design is exemplified by beautiful,
simple shapes and surfaces with any unnecessary clutter removed. This is evident
in the redesigned interior and exterior of the new 60 cars. Inside, the
attention to detail, the authentic materials - such as wood and leather - and
the easy-to-use controls contribute to the in-command driving experience.
Supportive yet comfortable seats that ensure a fresh
and relaxed arrival after the longest of journeys have been a Volvo strength for
decades. The buyer of a new S60 or XC60 can now specify a new sport seat that
retains this traditional comfort and makes a perfect addition to the in-command
feel of a true driver's car. "The new sport seat has great hugging side support
all the way from the thighs to the shoulders, so the seat keeps the driver
firmly in position when cornering fast. We've had nearly one hundred people of
all shapes and sizes test this seat and we received a really enthusiastic
response. We've also made adjustments to the seat back, so it provides more
legroom for passengers in the rear," says Project Director Patrik Widerstrand.
There are several other examples of the attention to
detail in the new 60 cluster cars. The previously visible washer nozzles have
been relocated out of sight under the bonnet. The radar cover has been painted
gloss black, which practically makes it disappear in the grille. The chrome
frame around the grille has been removed and the new, bigger ironmark badge
enhances the new cars' self-confident look.
The new integrated tailpipes, which can be specified
with some engine variants, are the physical and visual link to the technically
advanced engines. But it's not just about beautiful design: the designers have
had to cope with the fact that at operating temperature, the tailpipes have to
remain perfectly in place despite the exhaust system expanding in length by up
to 25mm. This is another example of true Scandinavian precision engineering.
The new S60 and XC60 offer an extended wheel choice
with a variety of designs that increase the personalisation possibilities for
customers. "To enhance the visual appeal of the car, customers can now specify
their S60 or V60 with expressive 19-inch wheels and keep the same profile height
as 18-inch ones, so they don't lose any comfort," says Patrik Widerstrand. The
XC60 is available with 20-inch wheels while keeping the same tire profile height
and ride comfort as with 19-inch wheels.
Inside, there are upgrades such as new upholstery
colours, new wood inlays, a new headliner, and the silk metal frames around the
air vents and light controls. "The overall effect is very warm and cosy, like
being in a warm Swedish house on a cold night. The colour themes correspond
beautifully with the backlit white controls in the dash and elsewhere in the
car," adds Lena Jiseborn, Design Director, Colour and Trim. And under the skin,
at the heart of the dynamic driving experience, is a wide choice of chassis
settings, designed around the customer's personal requirements. The S60 buyer
has a choice of four chassis types - Touring, Dynamic, Four-C (Continuously
Controlled Chassis Concept) and Lower Sport Chassis, previously only available
on the R-Design version.
On the exterior, Volvo's best-selling model, the XC60,
gets a more urban twist. The redesigned front features a new hood shape that
emphasises the wide, confident look. "We've taken away any black trim so the car
is now all one body colour. The new headlamps look very focused and determined,
and the horizontal lines on the grille with its chrome bars emphasise the car's
width," says Fedde Talsma.
The XC60 also benefits from an interior upgrade. The
new features include new wood inlays, a new headliner, textile B-pillars and the
silk metal frames around the air vents and light controls. The refined XC60 has
a commanding driving position supported by generous ground clearance and the
class-leading chassis. The XC60 is designed to feel every bit as nimble and
agile as a standard height road car.
Corner Traction Control now comes as standard. This
torque vectoring system helps the driver avoid understeer by applying just the
right amount of brake force to the inner wheels while powering the outer wheels
when accelerating out of a corner. With All Wheel Drive, the XC60 becomes an
extremely capable vehicle on any road, in any kind of weather. The optional Hill
Descent Control boosts this capability by automatically controlling the car's
speed when driving down steep slopes.
Sensus is the name Volvo uses for all its HMI (Human
Machine Interface) functionality and the all-new Sensus Connected Touch is the
latest addition. It enables connectivity and Internet in the car and turns the
7-inch display into a state-of-the-art infrared, beam-scanned touch screen that
can be used even when wearing gloves - a world first in cars and handy in
winter! Connection is made either via a car-mounted 3G/4G dongle or the driver's
The user has access to full Internet browsing (except
when driving), Internet streaming of music, Internet radio (TuneIn and Orange
Live Radio) with thousands of channels from all over the world, on-line (Google)
Map and Search, Embedded Connected 3D navigation with online traffic info and
dangerous zone warnings, Free Parking locator, weather information, a number of
native and web applications, App Store for new functions and updates as well as
a Volvo service locator. It is also possible to share a WiFi network with
everyone in the car.
The Adaptive Digital Display, which debuted in the
all-new V40, is now available in the new S60, V60 and XC60. This active TFT
(Thin Film Transistor) crystal display takes the interaction between car and
driver to a new dimension, always displaying the most important information in
any given situation.
The three-spoke steering wheels can now be accompanied
with paddle shifters for cars specified with automatic transmission. They turn
the automatic box into a manual with the benefit of shifting gear with both
hands on the wheel. The paddle shifters give the enthusiastic driver an
additional edge, particularly when powering round twisty roads. And for the
added comfort of drivers in Sweden and other cold countries, the steering wheel
can also be specified with heating for increased comfort on cold winter days.
The new Active High Beam Control makes journeys in the
dark safer and more comfortable. The technology eliminates the need to switch
between low and high beam. Instead, Active High Beam Control makes it possible
keep the headlights on full beam continuously. When another car approaches from
the opposite direction, the system helps to prevent dazzling of the oncoming
driver by shading out only as much of the beam as necessary. This is done by an
ingenious projector module mechanism integrated into the headlamp.
Cars equipped with a rain sensor can now benefit from
an electrically heated windscreen for rapid de-icing on cold winter days. The
S60 and XC60 are also available with outer rear view mirrors with auto dim.
Using chromatic glass, the mirrors automatically dim to avoid glare from other
traffic, just like the inner rear view mirror.
IntelliSafe is Volvo's blanket name for all active
safety systems, and Volvo's world-first City Safety technology plays an
important part. Fitted as standard, this advanced safety system works at speeds
of up to 50 km/h. All models can also get Pedestrian Detection with full auto
brake, which watches out for people walking into the car's path.
The S60 and XC60 can also be specified with the
enhanced Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), which is now radar-based.
The technology can also monitor and alert the driver to rapidly approaching
vehicles up to 70 m behind the car, while still informing the driver about
vehicles in the blind spots on both sides of the car. Cross Traffic Alert
uses the radar sensors at the rear end of the car to alert the driver to
crossing traffic from the sides when reversing out of a parking space. This is
especially helpful in tight and crowded areas where the side view may be
restricted. Road Sign Information supports the driver by displaying road
signs on the instrument display.
Jaguar F-TYPE and XFR-S Pricing
Text sourced from
Jaguar Canada Inc.:
true Jaguar sports car for tomorrow and beyond, the new 2014 Jaguar
F-TYPE is next in a distinguished bloodline that delivers the look, the
feel, the performance and handling of Jaguar’s iconic brand and makes
its Canadian debut at the 2013 Canadian International Auto Show. The
F-TYPE is powered by Jaguar’s new 3.0-litre V6 supercharged 340 hp
engine, delivering exciting performance with 0-to-100 km/h in 5.3
seconds, driving through an eight-speed ‘Quickshift’ automatic
transmission, with a centre console-mounted SportShift gear selector and
steering wheel-mounted paddles for full manual control. The F-TYPE S
model is powered by Jaguar’s new 3.0-litre V6 supercharged 380 hp
engine, delivering exciting performance with 0-to-100 km/h in 4.9
seconds, while the F-TYPE V8 S model is powered by Jaguar’s new
5.0-litre V8 S supercharged 495 hp engine, delivering exciting
performance with 0-to-100 km/h in 4.3 seconds.
F-TYPE 3.0 Litre V6
Supercharged 340HP $76,900; F-TYPE S 3.0 V6 S Supercharged 380HP
$88,900; F-TYPE V8 S 5.0L V8 Supercharged 495HP $100,900
Pricing of 2014 all-new Mazda6
Luxury Package $1,800
Technology Package $2,000
More RLX photos
Text sourced from Acura Canada Inc.
Acura took the wraps off its all-new 2014 RLX luxury-performance sedan –
the most powerful, spacious, and technologically advanced Acura sedan, ever. In
keeping with the Man-Machine Synergy direction of the Acura brand, the RLX
utilizes an all-new direct-injection engine, lightweight body structure, and the
first-ever application of Acura Precision All-Wheel Steer™ to deliver
a new and dynamic driving experience unlike that of any other luxury performance
sedans. The AcuraLink® cloud-based connected car system makes its
debut on the new RLX, offering a broad range of convenience, entertainment and
"The 2014 Acura RLX is the next introduction in our
product line-up that showcases Acura technology and the Man-Machine Synergy
direction. The RLX driver will feel a connection to the product, to the road and
to the world around them," said Dave Jamieson, Assistant Vice President, Sales
and Marketing, Honda Canada Inc. "Designing a vehicle that truly responds to the
will of the driver is Acura’s commitment to Canadian luxury buyers and the RLX
represents this commitment with superior and responsive handling."
The 2014 Acura RLX is powered by an all-new
310-horsepower direct-injected 24-Valve i-VTEC® V-6 engine with
Variable Cylinder Management, and is expected to earn best-in-class estimated
fuel economy ratings of 20/31/24 mpg1
(city/highway/combined). The new RLX delivers full-size interior
space in a nimbler, mid-size luxury sedan package and boasts the best rear-seat
legroom (985.5 mm), longest tandem seating distance (924.6 mm), and best front
and rear shoulder room in the mid-luxury class.
Precision All-Wheel Steer™ (P-AWS) is the
world’s first technology to feature independent and continuous control of the
left and right rear-wheel steering (toe) angles to achieve new levels of
handling agility, high- and low-speed maneuverability, and confident handling
control for a two-wheel-drive luxury sedan.
As previously announced, a version of RLX featuring
Acura’s new Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive® (Sport
Hybrid SH-AWD®) technology, producing 370 horsepower with expected
fuel economy ratings of 30 city/30 highway/30 combined1, will debut
later in 2013.
The new RLX will confidently compete in the high-end
luxury sedan market with an incredible array of leading-edge technologies –
including AcuraLink™ connectivity system with AcuraLink Real-Time
Traffic™ featuring freeway traffic and all-new surface street
conditions, the Lane Keeping Assist System and Forward Collision Warning safety
systems, and new driver-assistive technologies such as Adaptive Cruise Control
with Low-Speed Follow, Agile Handling Assist dynamic braking technology and
Jewel Eye™ LED headlights.
The 2014 Acura RLX is slated to go on sale at Canadian
Acura dealerships nationwide in the spring of 2013 and will be available in
three grades – the well-equipped RLX, the feature-packed RLX with Technology
package and the top-of-the-line RLX Elite package. Pricing details will be
announced closer to launch.
Exterior Design and Function
The RLX follows an "aero-fused" exterior design motif
with its wide and athletic stance, sharp upswept bodylines, aerodynamic
greenhouse, and distinctive new Jewel-Eye™ LED headlights offering
improved down-the-road illumination. The RLX’s sleek upper body and numerous
other aerodynamic features result in aerodynamic efficiency to best-in-class
Seven spoke 18x8J aluminum-alloy wheels and 245/45 R18
all-weather tires are standard, while Technology and Elite grades feature 19x8J
wheels and 245/40 R19 tires. The RLX’s alloy wheels also feature a
noise-reducing design that lowers tire noise by 7 decibels across the audible
Additional exterior features available on the RLX
include an acoustic glass windshield and door glass, integrated power rear
sunshade, front and rear parking sensors, heated and auto-dimming side mirrors,
and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
Interior Design and Function
The RLX interior features premium, soft touch
materials throughout, with the tasteful application of premium metal and
wood-grain accents. A stitched leather instrument panel, centre console and
steering wheel, along with available Milano perforated leather seats,
communicate a new level of craftsmanship and refined luxury appeal in Acura’s
Luxury form and function are smartly integrated in the
RLX’s new centre console, featuring dual screens – an 8-inch Navigation screen
and a 7-inch On-Demand Multi-Use Display™ touch screen – that provide
easy and direct one-touch access to key functions, including audio, air
conditioning, navigation and text-to-voice SMS text message function. The
sliding, leather-trimmed armrest conceals a storage compartment with USB
connectivity, 12-volt accessory power outlet and space to store a tablet device.
Additional interior comfort and convenience features
include push-button start, power tilt and telescoping steering, power sunroof,
tri-zone automatic climate control, and Bluetooth®
The standard 10-speaker ELS® audio system
includes HD radio™, XM radio, USB connectivity, and an auxiliary
jack. The RLX with Technology package is equipped with a 14-speaker Acura/ELS®
Studio premium audio system. The Elite package receives an all-new Krell
ultra-premium system that sets a new benchmark for high-fidelity sound in a
Whether on a serpentine mountain pass, congested city
street, or cramped airport parking deck, and in all weather conditions, the RLX
with Precision All-Wheel Steer™ (P-AWS™), is designed to
deliver an unprecedented level of handling precision and control.
Working in concert with Vehicle Stability Assist®
(VSA®) with Traction Control and Agile Handling Assist dynamic
braking system, P-AWS™ provides enhanced vehicle stability,
maneuverability, and control. The RLX’s handling performance is further elevated
by its new double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension system with
Amplitude Reactive Dampers, and new high-output, belt-type electronic power
All RLX models have 4-wheel disc brakes with
high-friction pads and a 4-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS), along with
new Hydraulic Brake Boost that improves brake pedal feel. New Electric Parking
Brake with Automatic Brake Hold, and high-efficiency Vehicle Stability Assist™
(VSA®) are additional firsts for Acura.
New Direct Injected i-VTEC® V-6 with VCM
The 2014 RLX is powered by an all-new 3.5-litre
direct-injected SOHC i-VTEC® V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder
Management. Rated at 310 horsepower and 272 lb.-ft. of torque, the engine
delivers exceptional drivability, with more than 90-percent of its peak torque
produced from 2000 rpm to 6600 rpm. Variable Cylinder Management™
with 3-cylinder and 6-cylinder operation works in concert with the VTEC
valvetrain to deliver superb cruising efficiency. The engine is mounted to a
lightweight and rigid aluminum front subframe using a vibration-canceling Active
Control engine Mount (ACM) system.
The new engine is mated to a reengineered Sequential
SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission with revised gearing, an intuitive
selector and steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles. A driver-selectable Sport
mode provides more aggressive shift points and more pronounced engine braking
during deceleration, along with manual operation.
AcuraLink® Connectivity System
The RLX is equipped with the
AcuraLink® connectivity system, delivering a bevy of new
information, media, convenience, and security services via embedded two-way
communications and web-enabled devices. AcuraLink® leverages the Aha™
by Harman cloud-based interface to provide users with thousands of customizable
media and connectivity choices. AcuraLink® also
delivers an array of available security and convenience features, such as
AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ featuring freeway traffic and
all-new surface street traffic, airbag deployment
notification, stolen vehicle tracking, remote locking and unlocking, security
alarm notification and 24-hour personalized concierge services for restaurant
reservations and more.
Advanced Safety, Visibility, and Driver Assistive
The RLX offers a comprehensive list of leading-edge
technologies, including Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist system,
Forward Collision Warning and Collision Mitigation Brake system safety
technologies, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow driver assist
system, and Blind Spot Information and Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Dynamic
Guidelines enhanced visibility systems.
2014 Range Rover
Text sourced from Land Rover Canada Inc.
On the heels of a massively successful launch of the 2013 all-new Range
Rover, Land Rover is opening retail orders for the 2014 Range Rover, which will
be in showrooms this summer.
The upcoming 2014 Range Rover will be available with a new and more efficient
340hp supercharged V6 engine. This new engine choice combines effortless
performance and exceptional refinement with enhanced fuel efficiency. The
supercharged V6 engine will be offered alongside the 510hp supercharged V8. Both
engines will be paired with an eight-speed ZF 8HP70 automatic transmission. The
supercharged V6 will replace the naturally aspirated 5-liter V8 in the model
With the new supercharged V6, the 2014 Range Rover will reach 60 mph from
rest in just 7.1 seconds*. The supercharged 3-liter 90 degree V6 engine was
developed from the existing 5-liter V8. With a peak output of 340hp at 6,500rpm,
it offers a strong torque curve throughout the engine speed range, producing
maximum torque between 3,500 and 5,000rpm.
The new 2013 Land Rover Range Rover has been
engineered from the ground up to be the most capable, most refined Range Rover
ever. Lighter, stronger, and with new levels of refinement, the next Range Rover
reinforces its position among the finest luxury vehicles.
The new engine has been engineered to support the full breadth of capability
expected from a Range Rover, including extreme off-road tilt angles up to 45
degrees, wading depth of nearly 36 inches (900mm) and towing weight up to 7,716
lbs (3,500kg). The engine’s accessory drive is waterproofed, as are the
alternator, air conditioning compressor, and starter motor. A pressure die-cast
oil pan which features a deep profile and oil pick-up is designed to operate at
tilt angles of up to 45 degrees fore/aft. The four-cam V6 shares features a
lightweight die-cast aluminum block supplemented with cross-bolted main bearing
caps for strength. The valves are controlled by a dual independent variable cam
timing (DIVCT) system which is activated by the positive and negative torques
generated by the movement of the intake and exhaust valves. This variable timing
system features actuation rates of more than 150 degrees per second, to optimize
power, torque and economy at all engine speeds. Counter-rotating front and rear
balancer weights are engineered into this 90 degree V6 to maximize smoothness
Land Rover’s Intelligent Stop/Start system helps enhance fuel efficiency in
stop and go driving by reducing engine idling under certain conditions which
saves fuel and cuts emissions.
Spray-guided direct injection (SGDI) delivers precise quantities of fuel
directly into the combustion chambers at pressures of up to 150bar (2175PSI).
The fuel is injected in a matter of milliseconds several times during each
combustion cycle, creating a more homogenous air-fuel mixture for cleaner and
more efficient combustion. A high compression ratio of 10.5:1 further improves
fuel efficiency and reduces emissions. The latest-generation Roots-type twin
vortex supercharger is mounted in the ‘V’ of the engine and the charge air
utilizes an air/liquid intercooler. A new Bosch engine management system
controls all engine functions.
The all-aluminum unibody structure is 39 percent
lighter than the steel body in the outgoing model. This enables a total vehicle
weight savings of up to 926lbs, depending on market and specifications. The U.S.
specification vehicle with the naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8 will be
approximately 700lbs lighter than the outgoing equivalent. This new aluminum
platform delivers significant enhancements in performance and agility, along
with an improvement in fuel economy and reduction in CO2 emissions.
Range Rover Highlights:Unmistakably a Range Rover, a modern interpretation of iconic design
Legendary Land Rover off-road capability with transformed on-road handling and
Lighter, stronger and more refined. The world’s first SUV with an all-aluminum
A U.S. specification V8 model is approximately 700lbs lighter than similarly
equipped outgoing model and delivers improved fuel economy and reduced CO2
A more spacious and luxurious interior provides a truly composed motoring
experience for all occupants. Rear legroom increases 4.7 inches
Adaptive dynamics suspension system further refines ride quality
Enhanced all-terrain performance with the introduction of a new fully automatic
Land Rover "Terrain Response 2 Auto" system1
Designed and engineered in Britain at Land Rover’s development centers
throughout the UK
Manufactured in a new aluminum production facility at Land Rover’s Home in
Solihull, United Kingdom
2013 Maserati Quattroporte
Text sourced from
"The new Maserati Quattroporte is a high-performance sports
luxury sedan that reinterprets the design features of classic Maseratis in a
contemporary design language. Its style was born out of the guiding design
principles of Maserati: harmony of shapes, dynamism of lines, Italian elegance.
More generous in size when compared to the previous model, the new Quattroporte
has a design that is at once graceful and sinuous, fashioned to bring out the
sporty nature of the car.
Some of the elements characterizing the
previous model have been purposely maintained: the front grill, the three side
vents, the triangular C pillar. At the same time new style and functional
features were introduced: the strong belt line that runs through the entire side
of the car giving the new Quattroporte a look and feel that is at once muscular
and elegant with frameless doors and three side windows.
Inside, the design of the Quattroporte aims
at essentiality, stressing the simplicity of lines and the full functionality of
the in-board instrumentation. Functional elements are blended with soft quality
surfaces made of prestigious woods and refined leathers."
"Refined technical solutions, an explicit attention to
the most challenging targets in terms of performance, comfort, efficiency and
safety – these are the key elements of the all-new Maserati Quattroporte.
Maserati engineers have worked - with a competence
matched only by their passion – in chassis designing and engineering, weight
reduction, ergonomic enhancement to develop a car capable of fitting different
powertrain architectures and transmission configurations for the most diverse
driving conditions but always maintaining Maserati’s trademark best-in-class
The results is the all-new Maserati Quattroporte, a luxury sports sedan that
reaches new heights in terms of performance and handling, driving enjoyment as
well as respect of the world we live in: the best performance ever in the long
history of Maserati’s four-door flagship sedan are matched by the unprecedented
success in the quest for an eco-friendly automobile. All this done, of course,
as you may expect from Maserati, in the spirit of the most severe active and
passive safety conditions." Roberto Corradi, Maserati Vehicle Development
2013 Subaru Forester
Text sourced from Subaru Canada, Inc.
Official photos of the all-new 2014 Forester have been released. The new
Forester made its public debut in Japan on November 13, followed by its North
American premiere at the Los Angeles auto show in late November and Canadian
introduction at the Montreal auto show in January. The new Subaru Forester will
maintain its true SUV characteristics with a bolder profile than before, while
offering a roomier interior with increased rear-seat legroom and an enlarged
cargo area with virtually the same dimensional footprint as the outgoing model.
The all-new Subaru Forester is the fourth generation
to feature Subaru's celebrated symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive system.
Subaru's popular Forester will also continue to offer its 2.5-litre naturally
aspirated SUBARU BOXER engine as well as a new 2.0-litre direct-injection
turbocharged version, producing 250 horsepower. Fuel economy improves across the
lineup with the introduction of a new six-speed manual transmission and
available Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission).
The all-new five-passenger 2014 Subaru Forester
preserves the optimal blend of capability and spirited handling that have made
it one of Subaru's best-selling models for the past 15 years. Refined suspension
delivers sharper handling as well as comfortable ride quality, helping the
Forester out-handle ordinary SUVs. A generous 220 millimetres of ground
clearance enhances off-pavement driving capability.
Along with its exceptionally roomy interior, the 2014
Subaru Forester will include convenience and entertainment features including
smartphone integration, navigation, rear-view camera and harman/kardon premium
audio amplifier and speakers.
Look for the 2014 Subaru Forester to be available in
Basic Vehicle Specifications
Engine types and output
2.5-litre 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER, naturally
170 hp @ 5,800 rpm 174 lb.-ft. peak torque @ 4,100 rpm
2.0-litre 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER, direct fuel injection, turbocharged,
250 hp @ 5,600 rpm* 258 lb.-ft. peak torque @ 2,000-4,800 rpm
2.5-litre naturally aspirated models: 6-speed
manual or Lineartronic CVT
2.0-litre turbocharged models: high-torque CVT with 6-speed and 8-speed
manual modes and Hill Descent Control
Standard Subaru symmetrical full-time
1735 mm (with roof rails)
2.5-litre naturally aspirated: 17 x 7 in.
steel wheels with P225/60 R17 all-season tires
2.0-litre turbocharged: 18 x 7 in. aluminum alloy with P225/55 R18
* With premium grade gasoline, which is recommended
but not required.
Chevrolet Spark EV
sourced from GM Canada Inc.
The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV introduced at the
Los Angeles International Auto Show,
packs smart performance and connectivity technologies into an affordable
five-door urban mini car designed to make the trip as electrifying as the
destination. At initial launch in Canada, Spark EV will be a Fleet vehicle only
and pricing will be announced closer to launch. It will be eligible for Quebec,
Ontario and British Columbia provincial EV incentives.
Chevrolet accounts for more than 50 percent of all plug-in electric vehicle
sales in the North America and Spark EV builds on Chevrolet’s proven electric
motor and battery development programs. When it launches next summer, the Spark
EV is expected to have among the best EV battery range in its segment and be the
first electric vehicle to offer SAE Combo DC Fast Charging capability, enabling
the Spark EV to reach 80-percent battery charge in just 20 minutes.
Inside the Spark EV,
critical vehicle functions are clearly and intuitively displayed on one of the
vehicle’s two reconfigurable, high-resolution, seven-inch colour LCD screens,
including a confidence gauge that shows the expected driving range based on
driving habits and other conditions.
Spark EV also will
keep urban drivers musically connected with Chevrolet’s exclusive
that comes standard and safely brings smartphone-based infotainment – including
global internet radio, and
– into the vehicle. Apple’s
will ride shotgun, for customers with compatible (4S and newer) iPhones.
Spark EV is powered
by an advanced electric motor and battery system. It consists of a GM-designed,
coaxial drive unit and electric motor that together deliver 130 hp (110 kW) and
400 lb.-ft. (542 Nm) of torque for instant acceleration; and a more than 20-kWh
lithium ion battery is expected to provide among the best EV range performance
in its segment.
The drive unit and
motor will be assembled of U.S. and globally sourced parts at GM’s White Marsh,
Md., manufacturing facility, and the first time a U.S. automaker has built both
a complete electric motor and drive unit for a modern electric vehicle in the
Spark EV’s long-life
battery is designed to be safe, durable and reliable, and is warranted for eight
years or 160,000 kilometres. It consists of a 560-pound (254 kg) square
lithium-ion battery pack with a volume of 133 liters, comprising 336 prismatic
Spark EV is the first
all-electric vehicle in North America to offer optional SAE Combo DC Fast Charge
capability, which can charge the battery to 80 percent of capacity in about 20
minutes. A common on-board charging receptacle accommodates all three charging
platforms – DC Fast Charge, AC 240V and AC 120V.
Using a dedicated
240V outlet, Spark EV recharges in less than seven hours. Owners can coordinate
charging according to departure time or during off-peak electricity rates.
In developing the
Spark EV, Chevrolet set out to help customers conserve as much total energy as
possible to maximize battery range. One important way to achieve that is by
improving the vehicle’s aerodynamics. By evaluating every detail of the
gasoline-powered Spark, designers and aerodynamic engineers added the equivalent
of about 2.5 miles of real-world range.
Spark EV colours
include Electric Blue, Black Granite, Summit White, Silver Ice and Titanium.
Inside, designers sought to create a comfortable and spacious cockpit with
noise-reduction features and a combination of bright accents in Electric Blue
2014 Porsche Cayman
Text sourced from Porsche Canada Inc.
Porsche is celebrating the world premiere of the new
Cayman at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. The third generation of the Cayman,
which is making its appearance before an international audience at the
Convention Center, has been re-engineered from the ground up – it is lower,
longer, lighter, faster, more efficient, and more powerful than ever. The
two-seat sport coupé will be launched on the market in two classic Porsche
versions: Cayman and Cayman S. A longer wheelbase, wider track and larger wheels
enhance the driving performance of the mid-engine sports car to a level without
equal in its competitive class.
Delivering more power with even better fuel economy
than before, any of two highly efficient flat-six cylinder engines is mounted
just in front of the rear axle, surrounded by its lightweight aluminium and
steel body. The Cayman is powered by a 2.7-litre engine with 275 hp; with the
Sport Chrono package it accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h in 5.4
seconds, and its NEDC fuel consumption – with the Porsche
Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) – is just 7.7 litres per 100 km. The 3.4-litre
engine in the Cayman S produces 325 hp; with PDK and the Sport Chrono package it
sprints from 0-100 km/h in 4.7 seconds and has a combined fuel consumption of 8
The new Cayman will arrive at Canadian dealerships in
Spring 2013 starting at $59,900 for the Cayman and $72,900 for the Cayman S.
2013 Toyota Prius v
Text sourced from Toyota Canada Inc.'s
the Prius, with even more: More room for active Canadian families looking for an
advanced, efficient crossover that fits their lifestyle and budget. With
class-leading interior space, advanced performance and iconic Prius styling, the
2013 Toyota Prius v is the most versatile member of the four-vehicle Prius
Family featuring exceptional
fuel efficiency while delivering maximum space for people and cargo.
"Toyota listened to Canadian
families, who loved the Prius but wanted an option with even more versatility
for their on-the-go lifestyles,"
said Tony Wearing, Senior
Managing Director at Toyota Canada Inc.
Toyota Prius v answers that need with 50 per cent more interior space than the
original Prius liftback, plus all the comfort, convenience, technology and
safety one expects from the world’s
most popular, most recognizable hybrid family. It's
the crossover without compromise, and with four trim levels
all with attractive pricing, there's
never been a better time to get behind the wheel of a Toyota Prius v."
The Prius v delivers advanced acceleration, braking
and ride comfort plus terrific fuel efficiency and low
thanks to Toyota's
Hybrid Synergy Drive. The most proven hybrid system on the planet, the Hybrid
Synergy Drive is specially adopted to each model. In the 2013 Toyota Prius v,
the hybrid system is built around a highly efficient Atkinson Cycle 1.8L
4-cylinder engine with a lightweight aluminum alloy block, a high-torque
electric motor, high-capacity storage battery and sophisticated power management
system. This combination delivers 134 net system horsepower and seamlessly
shifts between gas engine, electric motor or a combination of the two to
maximize power and efficiency at every speed, under any driving condition.
Coupled to a continuously variable transmission, the result is impressive torque
for smooth and confident acceleration through a large speed range, remarkable
fuel efficiency of 4.5 L / 100 KM city/highway combined, and tailpipe emissions
that are a fraction of those from a conventional crossover.
Inside, the Prius v seats five adults in comfort, plus
lots of room for cargo with the 60/40 split rear seat folded.
The Hybrid Synergy Drive also enables many features
unique to hybrids, from the added power and efficiency of regenerative braking
to four driver-selectable driving options (Normal, Power and ECO plus Electric
Vehicle mode for short distances) to suit any style and driving condition.
Hybrid powered comfort, convenience and style features include front seat
automatic in-cabin temperature control system, an ECO Drive monitor and more.
Additional standard features include a six-speaker, 6.1”display
audio system; Bluetooth connectivity for personal electronics; steering
wheel-mounted controls for HVAC and audio systems; power door locks with
touch-sensitive driver door handle lock/unlock feature; back-up camera; the
Toyota Smart Key System with Push Button Start; power windows with auto up/down
function on all windows; tilting/telescoping steering column; plenty of
thoughtful in-cabin and cargo area storage systems including hidden storage
under the cargo floor, upper and lower glove box, and in-door integrated bottle
holders; map lamps; 16”
aluminum alloy wheels with locks; LED tail lamps; and more.
Safety is always standard on a Toyota, so every 2013
Toyota Prius v features seven airbags (dual-stage driver and front passenger,
driver knee, front seat mounted side, and front and rear head/side curtain) plus
front seatbelt pre-tensioners and force limiters, anchor points for child seats,
child protector rear door locks, a direct tire pressure monitoring system and an
electric vehicle proximity notification system. As with every new Toyota since
2011, the 2013 Prius v is also standard equipped with the six active safety
technologies of the Star Safety System: Antilock Brake System, Brake Assist,
Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control
and Smart Stop Technology work together to help drivers avoid potential accident
The 2013 Toyota Prius v starts at an MSRP of just
$27,425. The Prius v is also available with a choice of three upgrade packages:
The Luxury Package starts at $30,410 MSRP, adding
synthetic leather-wrapped steering wheel and seat surfaces, heated front seats,
Integrated XM Satellite Radio, display audio with navigation system, and more.
The Touring Package, starting at $33,445 MSRP,
enhances the Prius v with numerous upgrades including LED headlamps, the auto
leveling headlamp system, larger 17”
aluminum alloy wheels and a resin panoramic sunroof.
The Touring + Technology Package, starting at $37,120
MSRP, turns the Prius v into an advanced technology showcase, adding powerful
and useful Toyota technologies such as dynamic radar cruise control, the Toyota
pre-collision system, voice-activated DVD navigation system, intelligent parking
assist, and more.
The 2013 Toyota Prius v is now on sale at Toyota
Dealers across Canada. For more information on features and specifications,
Text sourced from Toyota Canada Inc.’s
formula, combining passionate styling, innovation, and an elevated level of
craftsmanship to position Toyota’s
flagship sedan as the leader of the competitive premium mid-size segment in
Canada. This potent and persuasive sedan symbolizes Toyota’s
exciting new design and product direction for future sedans. What is perhaps
most remarkable is that Toyota Canada is offering this new Avalon at a suggested
starting price of just $36,800.
For 2013, Toyota has dramatically altered the chemistry of Avalon
“Toyota designers and engineers
infused the 2013 Avalon with a fresh new look and more driver-focused,
responsive performance, then enhanced our next generation flagship with numerous
premium features as standard equipment
able to offer this new Avalon to Canadian drivers at a starting price that’s
11 per cent lower than the starting MSRP on 2012 models,”
said Tony Wearing, Senior Managing Director at Toyota Canada Inc.
2013 Avalon comes in two models, plus an available Premium Package, so it’s
easy for Canadians to find a premium intermediate sedan with the comfort,
performance and features they desire
plus the safety, quality and overall value that they’ve
come to expect from Toyota.”
new Avalon will lead the charge for great styling, great handling performance,
and the highest and best level of technologies,”
said Randy Stephens, chief engineer of Avalon.
For the mission of re-positioning the Avalon brand and shifting consumer
perception of the sedan, Calty Design Research (Newport Beach, California and
Ann Arbor, Michigan) fashioned an exterior that offers a much more athletic
expression in sheet metal. The new Avalon sedan represents a dramatic styling
departure from previous Avalon models.
The 2013 Avalon’s
elegant and athletic design offers a longer flowing roofline creating a more
appealing side silhouette with a lower vehicle beltline that suggests a sense of
motion with a road holding stance. Its chiseled shoulder line sculpted into side
sheet metal starts over the front wheels and creates a strong, fluid body side
design cue adding to its athletic stance. The new Avalon exterior is designed to
communicate a greater sense of performance and agility to better match the car’s
vastly enhanced dynamic capability.
Compared to the 2012 model, the new Avalon offers more compact and athletic
exterior dimensions and with a greater styling sophistication that does not
sacrifice interior comfort. The vehicle’s
stance has also been improved with more taut and compact exterior dimensions.
Overall height has been reduced by 25mm (0.98 inch) while the overhangs have
been reduced by 15 mm (0.59 inch) at the front and 45 mm (1.77 inches) at the
rear. Filling the wheel well, the gap between the body and the tires has been
reduced by 7 mm (0.27 inch) compared to the previous Avalon model. The new
visual stance has been further enhanced by 33 mm (1.29-inch) reduction in width
of the rear side rails surrounding the rear glass to tighten the proportions of
the greenhouse. Vehicle tread has been increased by (10 mm) 0.39 inch at the
front and 15mm (0.59 inch) at the rear, widening the wheel placement underneath
the more athletic Avalon body.
Keeping with the more athletic and expressive design theme, the new Avalon’s
exterior lighting complements the design lines. High Intensity Discharge (HID)
bulbs are standard on Avalon Limited models for the low beam double-eye PES
front lamps. Daytime Running Lights (DRL’s)
are available with six high- performance LEDs bulbs to lend a distinct, more
modern image to the front of the vehicle.
A stronger, more expressive front-fascia design with larger grille opening
creates an aggressive appearance while enhancing cooling air flow and pedestrian
impact protection. The new Avalon’s
exterior turn-signal indicators have been located at the lower section of the
front bumper to contribute to the slim and sleek appearance. The 2013 Avalon’s
sleek and sculpted rear tail lights utilize LED lamps to help ensure visibility
and reduce the gap of unlit dark area between the trunk and rear quarter panel.
The more sculpted, athletic exterior design also helps the new Avalon cut
through the wind with a low 0.28 coefficient of drag that helps fuel efficiency
and on-road stability. The rear tapering design of the new Avalon body and the
floor under covers help enhance vehicle stability at speed while improving
airflow. The Avalon side mirrors offer improved aerodynamics to help reduce wind
noise while also offering a weight reduction of 14.6 ounces (415 grams) compared
to the outgoing model. The side mirrors alone help reduce the co-efficient of
drag by 0.001 compared to the previous model. These new aerodynamic side mirrors
offer features such as; a turn signal lamp, electrical adjustment, a mirror
heater, memory positioning, an available puddle lamp, available Blind Spot
Monitor indicator, and available electro-chromatic glass. Also, the new Avalon
is equipped with a new, lighter weight, more aerodynamic wiper design that stays
in contact with the window longer. The new Avalon’s
rear valance houses stainless steel dual exhaust outlets integrated into the
The all-new 2013 Avalon’s
Calty-designed interior elaborates on the exterior’s
elegant, athletic theme to create a premium interior experience that combines
high technology and craftsmanship with an artistic level of sculpted surfaces.
The sculpted dash panel and its concave surfaces in front of the passenger help
add to the sense of the cabin spaciousness. This panel is covered in supple,
hand-stitched premium soft-touch material with the seam adding some creative
flair as it goes across the dash panel. The broad, low and layered dash-board
design helps divide the panel area into a balance between an intimate driver
space, with focused angles on the meter, and a wide open passenger space.
The instrument panel has been widened by 30mm (1.18 inches) in the upper region
and 65mm (2.56 inches) in the lower region compared to the outgoing model,
helping enhance the interior’s
spaciousness. The driver is engaged by an Optitron-type combination meter, which
produces a sharp, high quality display and 3.5-inch Thin-film Transistor (TFT)
color multi-information display.
The new Avalon’s
interior surfaces features premium finishes such as hand sewn soft-touch
material for the dash panel, unique smoke chrome trim surrounding the center
panel, and high-quality glossy panel trim around the shifter. All of this
attention to detail to touch surfaces and subtle enhancements to texture and
visual appeal are aimed at elevating the overall interior experience for driver
and passengers. Extensive use of soft-touch materials helps enhance the interior’s
feeling of quality and comfort. A generous, dense-foam support is used beneath
the supple soft-touch material covering many of the interior’s
touch surfaces, while a soft-skin surface with a deep foam construction is used
for many of the dash surfaces to create a greater sense of tactile quality.
The 2013 Avalon’s
interior surfaces are available in two color themes: almond to help create a
warm elegant, luxurious atmosphere; and black that offers a greater sense of
The new Avalon’s
front seats offer revised side bolstering using a lighter, denser foam material
that helps improve body positioning for driver and passenger. In keeping with
the road-trip oriented nature of this premium sedan, the seats still offer a
high level of comfort and support for longer travels. As for adjustment, Avalon’s
seats are available as either 10-way or 8-way power adjustable for the driver’s
seat, and available 8-way and 4-way adjustment for the passenger seat. Compared
to the seats in the outgoing model, the new Avalon seats offer 10mm (0.40 inch)
more seat-length adjustment toward the rear limit for models with variable
driver seat cushion length (Limited) and 15mm (0.59 inch) more seat height
adjustment. The driver’s
seat incorporates a seat-cushion length extender available on the 10-way
adjustable seat. A pneumatic four-way lumbar support is built into the driver’s
seat and a two-way lumbar support is available for the passenger. An electric
seat heater is standard and seat ventilation system is available to help enhance
driver and passenger seat comfort.
The 2013 Avalon’s
rear seats offer improved body retention with better side bolster support and
also offer available rear-seat heating. Avalon seating surfaces are covered with
a medium grain, genuine leather material or available premium leather with a
The door panels are designed to help enhance the elegant nature of the interior
while offering improved armrest comfort by incorporating foam that is 6mm (0.23
inch) thicker than on the previous model. The door panel is also covered by
durable synthetic leather with ornate stitching that matches the armrests. The
available door panel pull cups are made of a premium soft-touch material, and
available LED lighting illuminates the door panel’s
controls. Smoked chrome bezels and plated accents adorn the inside door handles
and power window switch bezels to help improve appearance. The power-window
actuation is handled by a variable-rate window motor that slows the window as it
approaches the top of the window frame to help reduce wind noise and add
refinement and includes a window obstruction feature that reverses window
operation when an object is detected.
Beyond styling, the Avalon interior remains highly functional with abundant and
improved storage space. Located beneath the HVAC controls in the center console
is the electronics storage tray. This new tray design allows storage for two
devices (cellphones or iPod for instance) side-by-side on a premium, higher
friction surface. Charging jacks are located below the tray that can be opened
and closed with cables passing neatly through the cable slot cut into the bottom
of the tray. The tray is also illuminated by LED light for improved night
visibility managing cables. Beneath this tray is an electronics storage box
where devices can also be stored completely out of sight while charging. Two DC
12V power outlets, an AUX and a USB jack are accessible in the storage box.
For the Avalon Limited, the two chrome-decorated cup holders located in the
center console are lit by LED ambient lighting. The lighting volume for the cup
holders can be adjusted in three levels by operating the switch on the overhead
A large-capacity rear console box is big enough to store a tissue box and also
includes a detachable sliding tray to store smaller items. The convenient
sliding armrest lid covering the storage box offers up to 41mm (1.61 inches) of
travel to more comfortably function as an armrest, and can be opened and closed
in any position. The storage box also contains another 12V DC outlet to
facilitate charging or powering accessories. To the left of the steering wheel
is a coin box that can be actuated by push button control and utilizes a damper
mechanism to help achieve smoother opening and closing. The new Avalon is
equipped with a 0.24-cu.-ft. (6.9-liter) glove box with detachable tray can be
locked with a key for security. The glove box is illuminated with LED light. The
2013 Avalon offers 16.0-cu. ft. of luggage capacity.
A primary focus for the new Avalon was to enhance its dynamic character while
maintaining superior fuel economy. The challenge was met by the Toyota Technical
Center (TTC) engineering team by utilizing a proven V6 to achieve better
performance with superior fuel economy. The Avalon features a powerful,
all-aluminum 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a conventional six-speed automatic
weight reduction and improved drivetrain tuning.
The Avalon utilizes a 3.5-liter, 90-degree, DOHC, six-cylinder engine that
features Dual VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing with intelligence) to help offer
superior power and efficiency by optimizing the intake and exhaust valve events
to increase engine performance across the entire rev range. This robust V6
produces 268 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 248 lbs.-ft. of torque at 4,700 rpm,
and provides the new Avalon with competitive acceleration and a 0-to-60 mph time
estimated at less than seven seconds. The fact that this brisk acceleration
occurs with a more fuel-economy friendly 3.46-to-1 final gear ratio as compared
to a 3.69 final gear ratio on the outgoing model is testament to the Avalon
The V6-powered Avalon features a hydraulic automatic transmission that has been
optimized for improved fuel economy and performance from a lightweight
front-wheel-drive transaxle. The transmission can be shifted from D mode into S
mode on the shift gate, where shifts can be actuated with + or
of the lever. The Sport mode adopts highly responsive upshift control and
throttle blipping downshift control, which are adopted for quicker shifting
performance. Steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters help actuate fast,
responsive shifts while keeping both hands on the wheel. The transmission
response is further enhanced by utilization of a faster-locking torque converter
that locks up early even in second gear. The transmission is also kept at an
optimal temperature for consistent performance with an automatic transmission
fluid warmer. The shift gate is actuated by a lever and shift knob that is
covered by either standard leather or premium leather.
The Avalon offers three drive modes: Eco, Normal and Sport. The Eco Mode
prioritizes fuel efficiency by balancing driving performance, air conditioning
function and fuel efficiency. It reduces driving force when accelerating at low
speeds to enhance fuel efficiency. Sport mode helps create a more engaging
driving experience by enhancing the Electric Power Steering effort and a more
direct, responsive steering feel. It also adjusts throttle response to help
increase the sensation of the engine’s
torque response during acceleration.
The drivetrain offers superior efficiency and performance for a premium mid-size
sedan, with combined city/highway fuel efficiency of 8.3L/100km.
road-going character with a dramatic revision of the chassis. The new 2013
Avalon will offer vastly elevated levels of control and handling thanks to
revised suspension. To take advantage of the new platform’s
increased rigidity, the suspension tuning has been dramatically revised. The
front Macpherson strut suspension is tuned to provide outstanding ride comfort,
but also flat cornering with enhanced agility. Inversely wound coil springs are
matched to dampers that help control the wheels with improved steering feel
across a variety of surfaces. The rigidity of the 25mm (0.98 inch) diameter
front stabilizer bar and a 16mm (0.63-inch) rear bar promotes flatter cornering.
Steering and Handling
The TTC engineering team put great effort toward re-inventing Avalon
The dual-link rear suspension design helps the vehicle
achieve an ideal balance between ride quality and handling precision. This
suspension design offers a reduced toe-in angle during turning and braking to
help improve rear stability. Pillow ball joints are adopted in one of the
suspension arms to help enhance handling precision. Though the Avalon rides on a
long, comfortable 2820mm (111-inch) wheelbase, the steering and suspension
tuning help the car feel agile and nimble. ’s
electric power steering system (EPS) has incorporated tuning to improve feel
while reducing engine driven accessories to help improve fuel economy. This
electric rack and pinion system’s
power assist has been optimized in response to vehicle speed to create a lighter
effort sensation at lower speeds and increased effort and on-center feel at
higher speeds. The system without speed variable influence requires 2.85 turns
from lock to lock. The Avalon steering column offers both tilt and telescopic
features, and it can be adjusted plus or minus (+ /?)
20mm (0.78 inch) from its neutral position for tilt and telescopic directions.
steering wheel has been designed to help improve the driver’s
tactile feel and control, enhancing driver confidence behind the wheel. The
shape, grip and tactile feel helps create enhanced grip to improve the driving
sensation. Standard smooth, premium leather and padded foam help finish the
steering wheel. It also includes a four-direction audio switch to enhance
operability, in addition to a cruise control switch, DISP (Display) and TEL
(Telephone switch). The steering wheel offers buttons for voice recognition,
vehicle-to-vehicle distance switch for available Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.
Large paddle-shift toggles attached to the steering wheel help enhance driver
control during spirited driving.
The new 2013 Avalon offers a long list of convenient, user-friendly technologies
as one would expect with the Toyota brand’s
flagship sedan, in addition to offering special features that enhance the car’s
functionality, capability and the level of safety.
There are two types of climate control systems: one with three-zone independent
temperature control and another with two-zone temperature control. The three
zone system allows for temperature to be independently set for rear seat, driver
seat, and passenger seat; while the two-zone system controls temperature for the
driver and passenger seat. The new, highly efficient HVAC system adopts
increased diameter ducting, which has been reduced in length and curvature to
reduce pressure losses and minimize load on the compressor. A partial air
recirculation door has been adopted for the air conditioner unit to help enhance
air-heating performance. The HVAC control panel incorporates new capacitive
switches located under the grained panel surface. The innovative controls have
been tuned to operate conveniently with a light touch, and can even be operated
by hands with gloves or longer fingernails. The HVAC fan speed is operated by
use of a responsive touch slide. A TFT (Thin-film Transistor) color display is
also available as the HVAC display, while a vacuum fluorescent display is
standard equipped. A rear HVAC control panel is available on the back of the
center console for the three-zone system.
The Avalon features a standard Display Audio System
with 6.1-inch TFT touchscreen that offers audio system operation, Bluetooth
compatibility, customizable vehicle settings, rear-camera display, driving
information such as fuel consumption, and operation of iPod® and USB devices.
The Avalon Limited with Premium Package adds JBL audio, but keeps the 6.1”
display audio system.
The new Avalon is equipped standard with a Smart Key
System that locks and unlocks the front doors, and a trunk opening feature that
enables opening of the doors when the key fob is within a short distance of the
door handle. The key fob’s
transmitter also allows the engine to be started with the push of a button. The
Avalon is equipped with an available rear window power shade that blocks direct
sun rays for the rear passengers. The switch activating the power shade is
located above the coin box on the instrument panel, and the shade adopts an
auto-down function when shifting into reverse. A lighter weight power sunroof
design has been adopted to help reduce vehicle weight. The inner rear-view
mirror has a variety of functions such as a microphone, a compass display and a
garage door opener. LED backlighting helps ensure visibility of the buttons in
Avalon is available with two millimeter wave radar systems that help add an
additional measure of occupant safety. An available Blind Spot Monitor uses
radar to enhance safety by helping detect vehicles in the adjacent lane where
drivers may be challenged to see them. The same radar technology has been
adapted to offer a Rear Cross Traffic Alert that is designed to detect low-speed
cross traffic behind the vehicle. The Blind Spot Monitor indicators are on the
surfaces with a display that also appears on the color display, and it can be
activated from the blind spot monitor switch on the instrument panel. For the
Blind Spot Monitor, the millimeter wave radar sensors are tuned to detect
vehicles larger than 125-cc motorcycles at over 10 mph, with a maximum
detectable speed differential of 43.2 km/h (26.8 mph). The system’s
detection range spans from about 3m (10 feet) to 0.5m (2 feet) depending on
Rear Cross Traffic alert uses the sensors in the rear quarter panels to help
detect vehicles approaching from the side and behind the vehicle. If cars are
approaching within the detection area, a buzzer will sound. The vehicle shift
lever must be in Reverse to detect cars, trucks, vans and any vehicle over 125cc
motorcycle. The maximum speed of the Avalon can be five mph with a maximum speed
of the approaching vehicle not to exceed 18 mph. The system continuously
measures the relative speed and position of the approaching vehicle to calculate
a potential collision moment, which is the expected time that the vehicle will
cross the driver’s
The Avalon also includes a back monitor display, which uses guidelines
superimposed on the display to indicate approximate distances.
A Dynamic Radar Cruise Control feature is also available that helps reduce the
workload by using radar sensor at the front of the vehicle to help control speed
and keep a safe distance from the vehicle running in front. The radar controls
the vehicle speed within a preset range to help maintain vehicle to vehicle
Like all Toyota models, the Avalon features the Star
Safety System, which includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control
(TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD),
Brake Assist (BA), and Smart Stop Technology (SST).
The Avalon relies on a lightweight but highly rigid body structure to help its
handling performance and safety. Considerably more high-tensile steel is
utilized in the structure, while increasing the number of welds in the front and
rear door openings has helped enhance unibody rigidity. The ridgeline of the
upper-back reinforcement beneath the rear window deck has also helped improved
rear structural rigidity. A larger, rear partition panel bracket also helps
improve rear-area rigidity and enhance suspension performance.
The 2013 Avalon unibody is designed to absorb and
effectively dissipate frontal, side, and roof impacts to minimize cabin
deformity and offer occupants superior protection. Equipped with 10 standard
airbags, Toyota feels that new Avalon will be highly rated by both NHTSA
(National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), and IIHS (Insurance Institute
for Highway Safety).’s
vented front rotor measures 296 mm (11.6 inches) in diameter and 28 mm (1.1
inches) thick, and the solid rear rotor is 281 mm (11 inches) in diameter.
The additional rigidity and chassis strength does not carry a weight penalty.
Thanks to the lightweight steel and intelligent engineering, the Avalon has a
curb weight of 1,590kg (3,505 lbs). The reduction in mass is beneficial to
handling, fuel economy, and overall performance.
The exterior body panels are formed from a highly rust-resistant sheet metal to
enhance vehicle durability. Chip-resistant primer and anti-chipping tape have
been used in vulnerable areas on the body. The rocker panel has been urethane
treated to help resist corrosion.
Engineers have sought to create a quiet, refined interior compartment for Avalon
where occupants can enjoy conversation and in-car electronics. To that end,
reduction of noise has been realized with the help of various counter measures.
Sound-absorbing and sound-insulating materials have been strategically placed
throughout the instrument panel to help insure quietness. Sound-absorbing
material has also been applied to the doors, rear-pillar garnish, roof lining,
transmission tunnel, luggage compartment, and package tray to help better
control sound entering the cabin.
The EVA (Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate copolymer) material used in the rear seats is
also effective at sound insulation. Acoustic-type glass is used for the
windshield and side glass to help control noise entering the cabin. Foam
material has been used within the body frame A-pillar, B-pillar, rocker panel,
and C-pillar to help eliminate outside noise and control wind noise. Additional
sound-controlling material has been placed at the sealing sections of the front
doors and lower parts of the rear doors to control sound entering the cabin. BA
The 2013 Avalon is available with a pre-collision system that helps mitigate the
effects of vehicle impact. The first stage of the pre-collision system tightens
the seat belts and primes the hydraulic brake system, and the second stage can
compensate for inadequate brake pedal pressure by applying optimal brake system
The 2013 Toyota Avalon is available in two models:
· The Toyota Avalon XLE
with an MSRP starting at $36,800
delivers premium comfort, performance and amenities, including: a nine-speaker
audio system with integrated XM Satellite Radio, text-to-speech and
email-to-speech capabilities, advanced voice recognition, steering wheel-mounted
audio controls and more; dual zone automatic climate control; leather seat
surfaces; eight-way power adjustable driver’s
seat with memory system; four-way power adjustable front passenger’s
seat; heated front seats; power door locks with shifter activation; outside
temperature gauge; auto-dimming rear view mirror with integrated compass;
leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob; smart key system with push button
start; power moon roof; fog lamps; and more.
· The Toyota Avalon Limited
with an MSRP starting at $38,900
standard equipped with many upgrades, including: LED daytime running lamps;
premium leather seats; 10-way power adjustable driver’s
seat and eight-way power adjustable front passenger’s
seat; heated and ventilated front seats; enhanced climate control panel;
aluminum scuff plates; a premium interior illumination package; the Toyota Blind
Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert systems; and more.
o The Avalon Limited may also be ordered with an
available Premium Package, which adds: Three-zone independent climate control;
heated rear seats and rear seat climate controls; an 11-speaker JBL premium
audio system; the Toyota Pre-Collision System; dynamic radar cruise control;
automatic highbeam feature; and more.
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