Text sourced from Lamborghini S.p.A.:
As a further highlight of its 50th anniversary year, Automobili Lamborghini is presenting one of the most exceptional super sports cars of all time. The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster is an open racing prototype with an extreme design and breathtaking performance. And it is one of the world’s most exclusive automobiles – not more than nine units will be built during the course of 2014 and sold at a price of 3.3 million Euros (excl. tax).
The Veneno Roadster is extreme and guarantees an intense driving experience – because open means truly open. There is no roof, just a strong rollover bar for optimum safety. The design is focused on optimum aerodynamics and stability through fast corners – with handling akin to that of a racing prototype. Yet it is fully road legal.
With a maximum output of 552 kW / 750 hp, the Veneno Roadster accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds and top speed stands at 355 km/h. The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster is driven by a twelve-cylinder engine with a displacement of 6.5 liters and is equipped with the extremely fast-shifting ISR transmission with five modes, permanent all-wheel drive and a racing chassis with pushrod suspension and horizontal spring/damper units.
The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster brings the aerodynamic efficiency of a racing prototype to the road. Every detail of its form pursues a clear function – exceptional dynamics, optimum downforce with minimal drag and perfect cooling of the high-performance engine. Therfore the Veneno Roadster is unmistakably a Lamborghini; it sticks firmly to the consistent design philosophy of all the super sports cars from Sant’Agata Bolognese. That includes the extreme proportions, as well as the powerfully arrow-shaped front end and the interplay between razor-sharp lines and precise surfaces.
The entire design of the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster has been laid out for perfect airflow and downforce. The front end works as a large aerodynamic wing. The visual division of the rear fenders from the car body is a reference to the world of racing cars and optimizes the aerodynamic flow. The smooth underbody transitions into a substantial diffuser framing the four sizable exhaust pipes divided by a splitter. Large openings serve to ventilate the engine bay and direct airflow to the rear wing. The design of the adjustable rear wing is the product of motorsport experience and extensive aerodynamic simulation to ensure optimum airflow in the interaction of the rear wing with the rear diffuser.
The design of the exclusive alloy wheels is also determined by aerodynamic functionality – a carbon-fiber ring around the wheel rim works like a turbine to deliver additional cooling air to the carbon-ceramic brake discs. The intense paint color “Rosso Veneno” was developed exclusively for the Veneno Roadster, although each single customer will be able to individualize his own vehicle to suit his personal preferences.
The Veneno Roadster is further proof of Automobili Lamborghini’s unique competence in CFRP-based lightweight design. A monocoque made from carbon-fiber reinforced polymer forms the basis of the Roadster. All exterior parts are made from CFRP. The Veneno Roadster meets all safety and registration requirements worldwide, and naturally also incorporates a full complement of safety systems from airbags through to the adapted ESP handling system.
Carbon fiber dominates also the interior of the Veneno Roadster. The carbon fiber monocoque is visible inside the car around the central tunnel and the sills. The two lightweight bucket seats are made from Lamborghini’s patented Forged Composite. The woven carbon-fiber CarbonSkin is used to clad the entire cockpit, part of the seats and the headliner. Like a hi-tech fabric, this extremely fine-looking carbon-fiber matting fits perfectly to any form and reduces the weight of the vehicle. The systematic, carbon-fiber, lightweight design of the Veneno Roadster is not only visible, it is also evident on the scales: with a dry weight of just 1,490 kilograms (3,278 pounds), the Veneno Roadster benefits from a power-to-weight ratio of just 1.99 kg/hp (4.38 lbs/hp) which guarantees a performance that is nothing short of mind-blowing. Even the stunning acceleration figure of 2.9 seconds cannot adequately describe it. Despite an aerodynamic setup configured for extreme downforce, the Veneno Roadster possesses exceptionally low wind resistance which allows it to reach a top speed of 355 km/h (221 mph).
Text sourced from GM Canada Inc.:
The all-new 2014 Cadillac CTS made its Canadian debut earlier this week on the third-story terrace of Toronto’s ultra-luxurious, Shangri-La Hotel. The third-generation CTS is longer, lower and leaner offering lightweight technologies, including aluminum door structures and a nearly 50/50 weight balance.
“This all-new, third-generation CTS signals the next chapter in the Cadillac story, targeting the core of the midsize luxury market with a starting price of $50,895,” said Rob Assimakopoulos, general director of marketing and communications for Cadillac in Canada. “With an available twin-turbo V6 on the new Vsport model, the CTS takes performance to a whole new level in this segment.”
Pricing (MSRP) on the 2014 CTS is as follows: 2.0L Turbo RWD: $50,895 2.0L Turbo AWD: $53,520 3.6L SIDI RWD: $57,040 3.6L SIDI AWD: $59,060 3.6L Twin Turbo RWD: $74,495.
The CTS sedan is based on the high-performing rear-drive architecture of the award-winning ATS sport sedan, moving Cadillac into the prestigious class of midsize luxury sedans. It will be the segment’s lightest car, enabling the most agile driving dynamics in the class. A range of power-dense powertrains underpin its performance, including the all-new Cadillac Twin-Turbo engine and eight-speed automatic transmission.
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Reinforcing Lexus’ leading position in full hybrid drive technology, the LF-NX concept is powered by a new variant of the Lexus Hybrid Drive system tuned for SUV performance.
With its highly distinctive and powerfully sculpted styling, the LF-NX concept’s exterior design reflects a further evolution of Lexus’ L-finesse design language.
The front is dominated by a strong interpretation of the Lexus spindle grille, extremely expressive signature front lighting with independent Daytime Running Lights (DRL), and unique corner styling which separates the bumper from the front wing with an aggressive vertical cut.
In profile, muscular wheel arches are trimmed with the black protective finish which typifies an urban crossover. Above the pronounced diamond shape of the belt line, a classic Lexus side glazing profile and steeply raked tailgate create the sweeping silhouette of an athletic coupe.
The rear features highly articulated lamp clusters. They are detailed to project downwards to the full depth of the bumper, creating a sharp, aerodynamic trailing edge to the vehicle which mirrors the front wing detailing.
The Lexus LF-NX concept is finished in a new
Brushed Metal Silver exterior colour which gives the striking impression
that the bodyshell has been carved from a single billet of solid metal.
In a continuation of the ‘Human Oriented’L-finesse design concept, the cabin features the ideal, upper display zone and lower operation zone dashboard format perfected over successive Lexus generations. This allows for intuitive interaction with the vehicle’s next generation technology, which includes touch-sensitive electrostatic switches, and a new touch pad Remote Touch Interface (RTI) design.
Reinforcing the LF-NX concept’s premium crossover credentials, the strength and refinement of the interior’s carved metal surfacing is complemented throughout by Sunrise Yellow / Black leather upholstery with contrast stitching, and sophisticated blue instrument lighting.
Text provided by Volvo Canada Inc.:
Test Drive – Earn up to 250 miles for the test drive of any new Volvo car; Vehicle Purchase/Lease – On an ongoing basis members will be able to earn a minimum of 25,000 miles on all qualifying Volvo vehicles. In addition, from September 4th- October 31st, members can earn up to 75,000 miles for the purchase of a qualifying Volvo vehicle. See full details on specific models; Vehicle Servicing & Accessories – Earn 1 mile for every $1 spent for vehicle servicing and for the purchase of Volvo parts and accessories.To celebrate the launch of this exciting new partnership, Volvo Canada will be offering Aeroplan Members some exclusive offers September 4th – October 31st , 2013.
75,000 Aeroplan Miles for purchase, lease or finance of 2013 model year Volvo S80 40,000 Aeroplan Miles for purchase, lease or finance of 2013 Volvo S60, XC70 or XC90 Two Aeroplan Miles for every $1 spend for vehicle servicing, Volvo parts or accessories. “We are honoured to be the first automotive partner involved with the Aeroplan loyalty program,” said Volvo Cars of Canada Corp. President and CEO Marc Engelen, “We believe that this partnership will ultimately provide additional value to existing Volvo owners and attract new buyers looking for a quality premium vehicle.”
“We are very excited to add Volvo, one of the world’s most recognized quality automotive brands, to our growing roster of premium partners,” said David Houston, Vice President, Partnerships, Aeroplan. “Volvo is Aeroplan’s first full life-cycle automotive partnership, providing our members with the opportunity to earn miles at every stage of the cycle, from test drive to service, and members will also benefit from Volvo’s ongoing commitment to an exceptional ownership experience, superior vehicle safety measures and outstanding customer service."
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The first vessel containing Mitsubishi’s all-new three-cylinder, five-door hatchback has set sail to Canada with over 800 Mirages. Those who want a first crack at Canada’s most fuel efficient, best-backed and among lowest-priced subcompacts will get bragging rights, and a new car starting at only $12,498 for Mirage ES with five-speed manual transmission.
Mirage’s highway fuel economy rating is 4.4 L/100 km (64 mpg), 4.9 L/100 km (58 mpg) in combined city/highway driving and 5.3 L/100 km (53 mpg) in the city for CVT-equipped models. Five-speed, manual transmission models are rated at 5.3 L/100 km (53 mpg) in combined driving, 4.6 L/100 km (61 mpg) highway and 5.9 L/100 km (48 mpg) in city driving.
Mirage will arrive at Mitsubishi’s 88 dealerships in a unique array of colours including InfraRed, Kiwi Green, Plasma Purple, Thunder Grey, Starlight Silver, Sapphire Blue, Cloud White and Mystic Black – several colour names were selected by Mitsubishi Facebook followers.
The three-cylinder Mirage will be the fifth model in Mitsubishi’s line-up, and caps a year of product growth for Canada’s smallest car company following the June arrival of the new 2014 Outlander compact sport utility.
Mirage will be offered in two well-appointed trim levels, ES and SE; both include the standard five-speed manual transmission (5MT) or available continuously variable transmission (CVT).
The entry-level Mirage ES, for instance, will feature seven standard airbags (dual front, front/rear side impact curtain, front side impact and, noteworthy for this segment, driver’s knee airbag), a suite of safety features including anti-lock brakes, active stability control, traction control, brake override, brake assist and Mitsubishi’s brake-force distribution plus Mitsubishi’s Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) body system which combines an impact energy-absorbing front end with a high-rigidity cabin structure.
Mirage is backed by the best warranty in the world – 10 years or 160,000 km limited powertrain, five years or 100,000 km limited new vehicle and five years, unlimited mileage roadside assistance.
Text provided by Subaru Canada Inc.:
Subaru Canada Inc. has just announced the release of the 2014 Subaru Impreza WRX STI. Ultimately it's all about power and control, and the 2014 WRX STI continues as the ultimate-performance Subaru with its high-boost 305 horsepower turbocharged/intercooled SUBARU BOXER engine teamed with a 6-speed manual transmission and the exclusive Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Centre Differential (DCCD) version of Subaru's symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive system.
New for the 2014 model year, the WRX STI adds a new edition to its lineup. Named for a traditional Japanese two-sided broadsword, the Tsurugi (pronounced TSUE-roo-ghee) edition gains its fitting moniker as the addition with enhancements to both the performance esthetics and styling of the WRX STI. Launched exclusively for the Canadian market, this new addition is the sophisticated, executive edition of the WRX STI lineup. This new trim introduces 18-inch Enkei cast alloy wheels with a distinctive five-split-spoke design, multi-reflector halogen fog lights, Xenon high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights and mirror-integrated LED turn signals. While the rear spoiler has been removed, an exclusively designed front lip spoiler has been added, rectifying airflow passing below the front bumper to generate downforce and improve stability at high speeds. Inside, the Tsurugi edition gains a power sunroof and automatic climate control for greater comfort, auto-dimming mirror for enhanced safety, and SIRIUS XM Radio as well as a Kicker 10-inch subwoofer to enhance the sound system. For the first time ever in the WRX STI lineup, this special edition also introduces leather seating surfaces for the discerning driver. Tsurugi edition models will be easily identifiable by unique badging, exclusive to this trim level.
The WRX STI design is based on a "wide and low" concept that gives the car an aggressive road presence with wide front and rear track dimensions, as well as pronounced front fenders and rear quarter panels. The design maintains a consistent flow from front to rear bumper, creating a distinctive identity. On the WRX STI 4-door sedan model, wide fenders stretch wider than the tail lamps, and this accentuates a look of stability. A striking high profile rear spoiler was exclusively designed for the STI 4-door. The design contributes to an appropriately low drag coefficient, and the rear spoiler design means stable high-speed handling with zero lift. The WRX STI 4-door features its own version of the polished stainless steel quad-tailpipe exhaust.
The WRX STI delivers ultra-crisp handling along with everyday ride compliance. High-tensile strength steel is used at key structural points and the suspension-mounting areas. Inverted struts used for the front suspension provide high bending resistance for quicker and more consistent performance under hard cornering. Aluminum front lower L-arms reduce unsprung vehicle weight. A specially tuned suspension uses pillow-ball bushings in front and stiff bushings for the rear subframe that supports the double-wishbone suspension - these improve camber and toe stiffness.
The 2014 WRX STI features Dunlop SP600 245/40R18 summer performance tires with 18-inch Enkei aluminum wheels in a charcoal finish on the entry model or a distinctive five-split-spoke design on the four-door Tsurugi edition, as well as a high-lustre finish on the five-door Sport-tech Package.
The WRX STI is equipped with advanced dynamic control systems, including Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE) and a Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) system, which features a track performance-optimized mode. Hill Holder, featured on all Impreza models equipped with a manual transmission, can momentarily prevent the vehicle from rolling backward when being driven away from a stop on an incline.
Exclusive to the WRX STI models, Subaru Intelligent
Drive (SI-DRIVE) technology allows the driver to tailor
the car's driving characteristics by choosing from among
three selectable modes - Intelligent, Sport and Sport
Sharp - using a rotary dial on the centre console.
SI-DRIVE alters vehicle performance characteristics by
regulating the Engine Control Module (ECM) and by
fine-tuning the Electronic Throttle Control system. With
Intelligent mode selected, SI-DRIVE improves fuel
efficiency and provides a more relaxed throttle response
curve, making it useful for commuting in traffic, for
The 2014 WRX STI is exclusively equipped with the Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Centre Differential (DCCD) version of Subaru symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive. The system employs planetary-type differential gears with a maximum 41:59 torque split. A mechanical limited-slip type centre differential augments an electronically controlled centre differential to enhance torque transfer performance. Sensor inputs that include steering angle, throttle position, RPM, lateral g, yaw, brake, ABS and wheel speed govern torque transfer response. A helical-type limited-slip front differential and a TORSEN torque-sensing limited-slip rear differential optimize side-to-side power distribution, helping to prevent the inside wheels from slipping during cornering.
The DCCD AWD system features three automatic modes. Auto mode provides the best all-around performance for most drivers and circumstances, varying the front/rear torque distribution automatically via the limited-slip differential (LSD) in response to vehicle acceleration, deceleration, steering angle, cornering force and wheel slippage. The Auto(-) mode makes less use of the centre limited-slip differential (less locking factor) and holds the torque bias to the rear more frequently, which yields more handling-oriented steering characteristics. For driving on slippery surfaces, such as gravel or snow, the Auto(+) setting tightens the LSD. In manual mode, DCCD offers six levels of centre differential locking, allowing the driver to vary the front-to-rear torque distribution (up to 50/50 maximum) to optimize AWD performance for varying driving conditions.
The Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) stability and traction control system is standard on all Subaru models. It is important to note that, in Subaru vehicles, traction control plays a second line of defence against wheel slip after AWD torque distribution. In contrast, some All-Wheel Drive systems on the market lack the performance advantage of a locking centre differential and rely solely on traction control to redistribute torque away from slipping wheels.
Exclusive to the WRX STI, the Multi-Mode VDC system offers the driver three settings: VDC Normal, Traction, and Off. The Normal setting provides the highest level of system engagement, with traction control (TCS) and VDC. The Traction setting is more performance-oriented, employing less-restrictive VDC and disengaging the engine torque-reduction control. The Off setting disengages the VDC and the traction control functions.
Also exclusive to the WRX STI, the Brembo Performance Brake System uses ventilated 4-wheel disc brakes with Super Sport anti-lock brakes (ABS) and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). Front discs measure 326 mm (13.0 inches) in diameter and use 4-piston, fixed-position calipers; the 316 mm (12.6 inch) rear discs use 2-piston, fixed-position calipers. Taking input from a lateral g-sensor, a steering angle sensor, a yaw sensor and a brake pressure sensor, Super Sport ABS can control the braking forces at each rear wheel independently, which optimizes braking ability during hard cornering to help reduce understeer. In contrast, conventional ABS systems control the rear wheels as a pair, reducing the braking force to both rear wheels equally.
The standard tilt and telescopic steering wheel is a three-spoke, leather-wrapped design embossed with the STI logo in its centre. WRX STI models are further equipped with standard aluminum alloy pedals, driver's footrest and leather-wrapped gear selector. The instrument panel's electroluminescent gauges use indicator needles that sweep the gauge faces upon engine start-up. Performance-design front seats integrate the backrest and head restraint into a single structure and are heated for added comfort in colder temperatures. An advanced AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA audio system with six speakers is standard. This system also includes a MediaHub for iPod/USB audio integration with Bluetooth streaming audio and a voice-activated Bluetooth system for mobile phone connectivity.
The compact layout of the double-wishbone rear suspension helps to minimize intrusion into the cargo area, providing a wide and deep luggage compartment. In the 5-door models, the wide and flat load floor can accommodate two tour-size golf bags with the rear seat backs in the upright position. In the 4-door sedan model, which is 165 mm (6.5 inches) longer than the 5-door, the extra space provides for a larger, deeper trunk that can accommodate three tour-size golf bags. A 60/40-split folding rear seat further boosts cargo capacity and convenience, and the 4-door also features a rear seat folding centre armrest.
For 2014, the 5-door WRX STI Sport-tech Package
features a Pioneer AVIC connect in-dash touchscreen
navigation system, smartphone integration,
AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA Bluetooth streaming audio, Bluetooth
mobile phone connectivity with steering wheel-integrated
controls and Pioneer TS-A1684R front speakers.
All Impreza models utilize the proven advanced Subaru ring-shaped reinforcement frame body structure with front and rear crumple zones. Front seat side airbags and side curtain airbags are standard on all Subaru models. The Subaru Advanced Frontal Airbag System (SRS) features a passenger side front seat sensor module that detects seat occupancy and passenger weight to control airbag deployment. As part of the system, the dashboard features an airbag indicator light. There are 3-point seatbelts for all seating positions, including front height-adjustable seatbelts with electrically triggered pre-tensioners and force limiters.
Text provided by GM Canada Inc.:
The Chevrolet Volt, already recognized for having the most satisfied owners, will soon come with another people pleaser: a lower price. The 2014 model will start at $36,895, plus $1,600 destination fee (excluding tax, title, license and dealer fees).
If consumers include provincial consumer credits, available in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia, ranging from $5,000-$8,231, pricing could start at $29,995. Program requirements vary by province, please consult the individual provincial programs for details.
Volt owners who charge regularly typically drive over 1400 kms between fill-ups and visit the gas station about once a month. The 2014 Volt will continue to provide owners with impressive fuel consumption of just 2.4 L/100km (electric) and 6.7 city/5.9 highway L/100km on gasoline power without any need to change their daily driving habits. Today’s Volt owners across North America have logged 364 million miles (585 million kilometres), including 225 million electric miles (362 million kilometres).
The Volt continues to be the best selling plug-in vehicle in Canada, outselling all plug-ins and EV’s in 2012 combined, and is attracting new buyers to the Chevrolet brand. Canada’s large urban centres (Vancouver, Toronto & Montreal) continue to be Volt’s largest markets in Canada. The Volt qualifies for access to coveted HOV lanes in these markets where available.
The Volt’s lower price also changes the comparative set of vehicles on popular auto information sites like Driving.ca, Autofocus.ca, Auto123.com, Wheels.ca, etc., where visitors to these sites can search for a new vehicle by type and/or prices. The Volt’s lower price will broaden its exposure to price-sensitive prospective buyers using these sites to search for a plug-in electric vehicle or a gas-powered alternative sedan.
The Chevrolet Volt allows gas-free driving for 40-80 kilometres depending on terrain, driving techniques and temperature. The range-extending engine gives the Volt up to 615 kilometres (380 miles) of total driving range. The 2014 Volt will start to be available in dealer showrooms late this summer. Chevrolet will introduce two new colors – Ashen Gray Metallic and Brownstowne Metallic for the 2014 model year – and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
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The Acura NSX prototype lapped the 2.4-mile winding road course, driven by a member of the Ohio-based engineering development team. The NSX prototype sported custom graphics that speak to Acura’s intention to go racing with the new NSX.
“With leadership from our R&D and manufacturing teams here in Ohio, we are developing a next generation sports car that will be equally at home on the street and on the race track, so it is natural for us to showcase the prototype vehicle here at Mid-Ohio,” said Ted Klaus, chief engineer of Honda R&D Americas, Inc. “It is exciting for us to see the prototype running on track, reflecting the great progress we’re making toward the 2015 global launch of the NSX, as we engineer a new sports-car experience for customers around the world.”
Targeting next-generation supercar dynamic capabilities with advanced environmental performance, Acura announced in 2012 that the Acura NSX will be powered by a mid-mounted, direct-injected V-6 engine mated to Acura's Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) system
Acura’s Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® is an all-new, three-motor high-performance hybrid system that combines torque vectoring all-wheel drive with advanced hybrid efficiency through the use of three electric motors – one motor integrated with the V-6 engine and its all-new dual-clutch transmission (DCT) driving the rear wheels, and two motors driving the front wheels. The system enables instant delivery of negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering to achieve a new level of driving performance unparalleled by current AWD systems
Global development of the NSX is being led by engineers at Honda R&D Americas, Inc., in Raymond, Ohio. The next-generation Acura sports car will be produced in nearby Marysville, Ohio, using domestic and globally sourced parts, at the newly established, state-of-the-art Performance Manufacturing Center, now under construction.
Text provided by Jaguar Canada
The Jaguar XJ, which debuted for 2011, brings dramatic design and a decidedly sporty driving spirit to the large luxury sedan segment, along with a nearly bespoke-level of interior luxury. Traditional Jaguar attention to finishes combines with advanced user technology, including high-end audio systems by Meridian™.
The 2014 XJ range offers two wheelbase lengths, three different supercharged engines, and Jaguar Instinctive All Wheel Drive™2. This all wheel drive system debuted in 2013 and is teamed exclusively with the 340hp 3-liter supercharged V6. An active torque-management system, Jaguar Instinctive All Wheel Drive offers a performance-oriented rear-drive bias and can shift power to the front wheels to either pre-empt or counter wheel slip.
Coupled to the 8-speed ZF automatic transmission that was also new for 2013, the supercharged V6 delivers performance on par with the normally aspirated 5-liter V8 it replaces while offering better fuel economy. The XJ Supersport has been replaced for 2014 by the XJR models with an even higher-performance 550hp supercharged V8. All XJ engines feature Intelligent Stop/Start system for improved fuel economy.
Highlights for 2014
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The 2014 Accord Hybrid will use Honda’s new two-motor hybrid powertrain along with two-motor SPORT HYBRID Intelligent Multi Mode Drive powertrain. This will enable the Accord Hybrid to move through three different driving modes, EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive to optimize efficiency and fuel economy.
In ‘EV Drive’, the Accord Hybrid uses the lithium-ion battery to run in electric-only mode at lower speeds and in medium to high speed cruising, "Engine Drive" sends the engine power directly to the front wheels. In "Hybrid Drive’ the powerful 124-kilowatt (kW) electric motor and the all-new 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder engine blend together for powerful acceleration while allowing for efficient driving in stop and go traffic situations. The Accord Hybrid is anticipated to deliver fuel economy1 of 4.0/4.2/4.1 (City/Hwy/Combined) L/100Km.
The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid will be the first Honda hybrid vehicle assembled in Ohio and the second built in North America. The Accord Hybrid joins the diverse Accord lineup, which includes the four-cylinder and V-6 powered Accord Sedan and sporty Accord Coupe.
Inside, the Accord Hybrid’s intuitive layout provides the driver with instant fuel economy and energy flow information for optimal driving performance. Along with innovative new features such Honda’s LaneWatch™ blind-spot monitoring system, an industry-first which debuted on the Accord last fall, other available features on the 2014 Accord Hybrid include Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW), an 8-inch colour i-MID display, perforated leather-trimmed seating surfaces, cloud-based HondaLink™ featuring Aha™, 360-watt seven-speaker audio system with Bluetooth® streaming audio, XM® Radio, and a multi-angle rear-view camera with guidelines.
The 2014 Accord Hybrid features the same next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure as the 2013 Accord, along with Honda’s new SmartVent™ front-side airbags. Like the ; Accord, the 2014 Accord Hybrid is expected to earn similar top safety ratings including an NCAP 5-Star safety ratings and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Photos of Honda Accord Plug-in Vehicle
Text provided by Volvo Cars of Canada Corp.:
The front of the S60 has been redesigned sporting all-new exterior panels from the A-pillars forward including a new hood, front fenders and fascia. A wider grille with a larger Ironmark is flanked by new headlights while a larger, wider lower front intake gains bright accents and horizontally mounted LED daytime running lights. At the rear, new LED light guides on the taillights and new integrated exhaust pipes contribute to the more powerful road presence and self-confident stance.
The 2014 S60 lineup starts at $39,750 for the front-wheel-drive T5, while the T6 AWD lists for $47,550. Haldex Electronically Controlled AWD with Instant Traction is again available on the value-leading S60 T5 and can be added as a stand-alone option, with a price unchanged from 2013 at $2,400. A new sport package comprised of sport seats, paddle shifters, 18-inch Titania Alloy wheels and dynamic chassis is standard on the T6 AWD and optional on the T5. Pricing for the S60 T6 R-Design starts at $52,450.
For the XC60, changes begin on the outside, where the popular crossover sports a new hood, front fenders and fascia that emphasize a wider and more confident appearance. Redesigned headlights flank a bold new grille sporting a larger Volvo Ironmark. These significant exterior design changes emphasize the dynamic, capable nature of the XC60. With careful attention to detail, the designers have increased the XC60's road presence. The popular XC60 crossover starts at $39,950 in 3.2 FWD and the T6 AWD starts at $47,950. Pricing for the XC60 R-Design starts at $54,500.
Volvo brings the XC70 into sharper focus with redesigned front and rear styling, including a new grille with a bolder, wider proportion, a larger Iron mark and LED daytime running lights, updated front and rear matte silver décor trim, rear skid plate décor and new taillight design. This bolder XC70 starts out at $43,450 in 3.2 AWD and $47,450 in T6 AWD trim. Among the more interesting safety features on the XC70 are the dual, fully integrated booster seats in the rear seating area. They are height adjustable, so they adapt as a child grows. What's more, they look like normal seats.
Changes to the S80 begin on the outside, with a new front fascia incorporating a new grille design with larger Volvo Ironmark and grille pattern. Below the new bumper, a redesigned lower front intake stretches the visual width of the car to create a bolder, wider horizontal stance. New LED daytime running lights are positioned at the outer edges of the intake while the headlights also receive a new look. Following up at the rear is a redesigned bumper and new taillight design sporting LED graphics. Pricing for the S80 starts at $48,300 in 3.2 FWD and $55,450 in T6 AWD. Dressed in optional Inscription package, featuring Sovereign Hide soft leather, ventilated front seats and branded interior touches, the T6 AWD with Inscription represents Volvo's most luxurious offering.
With standard seating for seven, versatile cargo solutions, extensive safety features and a choice of front and optional all-wheel drive with Instant Traction, the refined XC90 remains an outstanding value. All XC90s are equipped with Roll Stability Control (RSC); Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC); Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) with side airbags and Inflatable Curtains for all three rows. XC90 pricing starts at $50,800 in 3.2 AWD while the XC90 3.2 R-Design starts at $57,700.
Select models get a new Adaptive Digital TFT Display instrument cluster that allows drivers to choose between three themes with different configurations and functionality:
Elegancehas a traditional appearance with a large, circular speedometer bordered by secondary displays.
Ecofeatures green background illumination with an Eco meter displayed on the left.
Performancehas red background illumination for a more dynamic look. A tachometer replaces the speedometer while vehicle speed is shown digitally. The right display includes a power meter gauge that informs the driver how much power is available and how much is being used at any given moment.
In the R-Design versions, the Elegance theme boasts unique blue instrument dials.
Paddle shifters will now be offered - standard on most T6 AWD and R-Design models and available on T5 - letting the driver shift manually with both hands on the steering wheel. Advanced Quick Shift (AQS) transmission optimization software improves the speed of each gear change, improving acceleration and increasing the vehicle's performance potential. AQS is now available on all T6 engines and activated when the transmission is set to sport mode or when using paddle shifters. Gear changes are faster for models equipped with AQS - as much as 50 percent between first and second, and as much as 30 percent on gear changes two through six.
This bolsters the sporty impression of the T6 and also produces fantastic acceleration results. Zero to 100 km/h times improve by 0.2 seconds on the S60 T6 R-Design - from 5.5 to 5.3 on model year 2014 with AQS - while the XC60 T6 R-Design sprints 0.4 seconds faster - 6.6 to 6.2 seconds on model year 2014 with AQS - compared to model year 2013.
As in the past, each trim level contains previously available optional equipment that has been grouped together based on historical customer preference for pairing of specific features. Three trim offerings, Premier, Premier Plus and Platinum each build upon the previous level. Each model remains available without the new trim levels. Customers retain the flexibility to select stand-alone option packages as well as single options.
Key safety features debut on the MY14 lineup, including Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with Full Auto Brake and Cross Traffic Alert.* In certain circumstances, Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with Full Auto Brake helps the driver avoid collisions with pedestrians or cyclists.
A new radar-based Blind Spot Information System (BLIS)* also debuts for the 2014 model year. The system uses sophisticated upgrades to monitor and alert the driver to rapidly approaching vehicles behind the car, while still informing the driver about vehicles in the blind spots on both sides of the car. Cross Traffic Alert is a new feature for MY14 that 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. * On S60 and XC60 only.
Text sourced from BMW Canada Inc.:
Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management, Sales and Marketing BMW, stated in Munich: "The BMW i3 heralds the dawn of a new era for individual mobility and for the BMW Group. True to a genuine BMW, the BMW i3 has strong emotional appeal, outstanding product substance and a guarantee of sheer driving pleasure. With this leading-edge vehicle and attractive price, we will provide customers with a compelling offer for electromobility."
The BMW i3 will celebrate its international premiere on 29th July at parallel events on three continents in the megacities of London, New York and Beijing.
BMW i3 products and services will be sold via a multi-channel sales model, comprised of authorized BMW i partners, a Customer Interaction Center (CIC) as well as an online platform. All sales channels will be fully networked and customers will be able to personalize their entire purchasing process to suit their needs. Some markets will also introduce a mobile sales force, a sales team which will be available to customers outside the traditional showroom.
BMW i has adopted a holistic 360° approach to address people’s e-mobility concerns. It ensures that customers will be able to meet their mobility needs with the pure electric BMW i3 – even beyond a range of 150 kilometres.
To achieve this, BMW i will support customers with a four-pillar approach of premium services:
Home charging: Quick and convenient charging is possible either with the home charging station offered by BMW i or at any public charging station that uses a Level 2 SAE J1772 charging system. DC fast charging, using the SAE DC Combo-Fast Charger, will be available as an option. From a public fast-charging station, it will provide an 80 percent charge from a fully depleted battery in just 20 minutes.
Public charging: The BMW Group will have partnerships with public charging providers in all countries where BMW i models are introduced. The company is working towards charging standardization and is involved in setting up a comprehensive network of charging stations.
Flexible mobility:The BMW Group will create a whole new mobile lifestyle built around a range of mobility services – such as the car-sharing initiative, DriveNow, which has over 130,000 members. Customers will also have access to rental cars with combustion engines for longer trips.
Assistance Services: Customers will be able to utilize services such as ConnectedDrive apps and future roadside services such as mobile recharging equipment.
BMW i3 customers will also have the choice of a range of attractive packages for financing, leasing, insurance, vehicle services and innovative mobility services, which will be tailored to suit the unique concept of the BMW i3.
Text sourced from Mazda Canada Inc.:
"The compact car segment is one of the largest and most competitive segments in Canada, and shoppers in this segment are discerning consumers who want the best value for their money," said Kory Koreeda, President, Mazda Canada. "We believe that the all-new 2014 is a true game changer in the compact segment, offering a combination of style, performance, and fuel economy that will truly delight our customers."
The Mazda3 was the first Mazda in Canada to feature SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY, introducing the SKYACTIV-G 2.0-litre gasoline engine as well as SKYACTIV manual and automatic transmissions in 2012. On sale in October, the 2014 Mazda3 will be offered with two SKYACTIV engine choices in the 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre gasoline engines. The standard engine on GX trim level becomes the SKYACTIV-G 2.0-litre, replacing the MZR 2.0-litre engine previously used in the Mazda3 GX. For GT models, the larger SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter gasoline engine is standard equipment and boasts 184 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 185 lb-ft of torque at 3,250 rpm.
The Mazda3 GX is available with either the SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual or SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic transmissions. Even with the entry level pricing, this trim is far from a base model, boasting standard Bluetooth and USB connectivity, push button start, and keyless entry, as well as the full suite of SKYACTIV Technologies. Available as options are air conditioning ($1,600) on the SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission and the SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission($1,200). Even with a rich array of new standard equipment, the 2014 Mazda3 will be available at the same starting price as the outgoing Mazda3, which is a full $200 less than it was 10 years ago when the Mazda3 debuted in 2003. Other standard equipment includes 4-wheel disc brakes, body-coloured power exterior mirrors, dual sport exhaust, auto-off headlights, audio and Bluetooth steering wheel controls, and more.
Moving up to the mid-level GS trim, which again carries over pricing of $19,695, brings along a whole host of additional standard features, many of which are new to the Mazda3 as well. Some of these features include side-mirror turn indicators, 16" alloy wheels, Mazda Connect human-machine interface (HMI) system featuring a seven-inch full-colour touch screen display, a multi-function commander control for display screen operations, a rearview camera, HD Radio Technology, Aha by HARMAN radio integration, Stitcher internet radio integration, E911 automatic emergency notification and SMS text message receipt and delivery, two USB ports, and 6 speakers. The Mazda3 GS also includes the 2.0-litre SKYACTIV-G engine and SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission as standard equipment, with the SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission available as an option.
The new Mazda Connect infotainment system is designed with ergonomics in mind and places the greatest emphasis on driving safety. Expanding on features already delivered on Mazda's new generation products, which include Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free phone function, mail reception, Internet radio and real-time traffic reports, the new connectivity system from Mazda greatly advances the level of convenience and responds to a far wider range of needs. The Mazda Connect system can be used on its own, or connected to a mobile phone or other mobile device that supports USB audio or Bluetooth connectivity. In addition, it offers a variety of infotainment features accessed from the Internet when connected via Bluetooth to the customer's iPhone or Android-based smartphone.
Fuel economy for the 2.0-litre engine when equipped with the 6-speed manual transmission is 6.8 litres per 100 kilometres (L/100km) in the city, and 4.8 L/100km on the highway. When the 2.0-litre engine is paired with the optional 6-speed automatic transmission, fuel economy improves to 6.7 / 4.7 L/100km (city/hwy).
Two optional packages are available for the GS trim level that feature attractive options for consumers. The Convenience Package ($500) offers rain sensing wipers, heated driver and front passenger seats, heated exterior mirrors, leather steering wheel, leather shift knob, leather parking brake, and fully automatic (on/off) headlights. The Moonroof Package($1,200) adds fog lamps and a power-retractable moonroof.
Finally, the top-tier Mazda3 GT takes things to another level with added performance, luxury, and safety equipment at an MSRP of $25,855, which is reduced from the 2013 GT trim MSRP by $140. The 2.0-litre engine in the GX and GS trims is replaced with the new 2.5-litre SKYACTIV-G engine that produces 184 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque. The standard transmission is the SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and a new Sport mode. By pressing the Sport mode button, the Mazda3 GT offers a more direct response in terms of accelerator feel and a heightened sense of linearity. All Mazda3 vehicles equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission feature a manual shift option but the Sport mode feature adjusts the shift mapping - and to a lesser extent the throttle response - to better match more engaging driving conditions, such as twisty roads. The transmission will hold gears longer and will not upshift or downshift as often when driving through turns.
The Mazda3 GT includes all equipment from the GS trim with Convenience and Moonroof Packages, and adds even more standard features, including 18-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon HID headlights with manual leveling and LED light signature, LED tail lights, intelligent proximity key system, voice-activated navigation system, BOSE audio system with 9-speakers, dual-zone automatic climate control, and Mazda's newly developed heads-up display system called Active Driving Display.
"Head-up" displays present information without requiring the driver to look away from the road. The Active Driving Display is the first head-up display to be used in a Mazda vehicle. It uses a mirror to reflect images from a display panel and project them on the combiner, a clear panel vertically mounted atop the back of the instrument cluster hood to achieve minimal visual distraction. The vehicle speed, automatic cruise control speed settings, navigation system turn-by-turn directions, and alerts from the advanced safety systems are displayed in real time along with other important driving information.
Two optional packages are also available for the Mazda3 GT, offering equipment typically reserved for class-above vehicles. The Luxury Package ($1,500) includes leather seats (available in black or white depending on exterior colour), leather-like door trim, garage door opener, 6-way power driver's seat (recline, lift, fore/aft), manual driver lumbar support, auto dimming inner rear view mirror and leather-like rear console lid.
Opting for the Technology Package brings Mazda's new i-ACTIVSENSE safety technologies to the table. The Technology Package includes Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), High Beam Control (HBC), Smart City Brake Support (SCBS), Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS), SIRIUS Satellite Radio, and i-ELOOP Regenerative Braking System.
Smart City Brake Support is an added safety component designed to assist a driver in reducing the extent of front collisions when traveling at speeds between 2 and 19 miles per hour. When the imbedded laser sensor detects an obtrusive object ahead of the vehicle and the system calculates there may be a high risk for collision, the brake pedal travel is reduced in order to hasten braking. Should the driver fail to perform an avoidance maneuver, the SCBS system will activate an automatic braking function. While the system will not eliminate accidents, its intent is to minimize them and reduce the severity of an impact.
Fuel economy for the GT trim is minimally impacted even with the addition of the 2.5-litre engine which has an additional 29 horsepower and 34 lb-ft of torque compared to the 2.0-litre engine. With 7.2 L/100km in the city, and 5.1 L/100km on the highway, the Mazda3 GT proves that power and fuel economy are not mutually-exclusive characteristics. When equipped with i-ELOOP in the Technology Package, fuel economy is improved even further to 7.1 and 5.0 L/100km (city/hwy).
The 2014 Mazda3 is available with a choice of seven exterior colours: Jet Black Mica, Soul Red Mica (not available on GX), Aluminum Metallic Mica, Meteor Gray Mica, Snowflake White Pearl and the two all-new Mazda shades of Deep Crystal Blue Mica and Titanium Flash Mica. A choice of Black or Sand cloth seats as well as Black or Off-white leather seats is available based on trim level and exterior colour choice.
Standard safety features for the 2014 Mazda3 includes six airbags (front, side and full side-curtain), whiplash-reducing front headrests, headrests for all seating positions, power-assisted ventilated front and solid rear disc solid brakes, anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, daytime running lights, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), a Traction Control System (TCS), Hill Launch Assist, a collapsible steering column (following air bag deployment), a trunk entrapment release system, a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), a keyless remote panic button on the key fob, three-point safety belts for all seating positions, front seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters as well as Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH).
Text sourced from GM Canada Inc.:
"The 2014 Corvette Stingray delivers a combination of performance, design and technology that very few manufacturers can match, and none can even come close for under $53,000," said Rob Assimakopoulos, general director of marketing and communications for Chevrolet in Canada. "The new Corvette Stingray perfectly embodies Chevrolet’s mission to deliver more than expected for our customers and signals that we are ready to grow Corvette sales in Canada by providing our customers with a performance value equation that is second to none in the industry."
Standard features on the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray include:
The return of the Stringray brings with it an incredible value story for Canadian Corvette customers and enthusiasts. The Z51 Performance Package on the 1LT trim starts at $56,520 and the Z51 3LT trim starts at $64,975, both exceptional performance values. Both prices exclude a $1,700 destination fee, taxes, title, and license fees.
The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 Performance Package includes: high-performance gear ratios; transmission-cooling system; larger 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels and tires; larger, slotted rotors and brake-cooling ducts; Performance Traction Management; electronic limited-slip differential and differential cooling system; unique chassis tuning; and available Magnetic Ride Control active-handling system with Performance Traction management. Equipped with the Z51 package, the Corvette Stingray is capable of accelerating from 0 – 60 mph in under four seconds, and more than 1 g in cornering.
The 3LT interior package includes: Bose, 10-speaker surround-sound audio system; SiriusXM radio with one-year subscription and HD radio receiver; colour head-up display; memory package; navigation system; heated and ventilated seats with power lumbar and bolster adjustment; premium Napa leather seating surfaces; and leather-wrapped dash and instrument panel, console and door panels.
All 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.
The LT1 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.
With the 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.
Text sourced from Hyundai Canada Inc.:
Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. announced that the updated Equus luxury sedan will be priced from $64,799 when it arrives in dealerships later this summer. For the 2014 model year, Hyundai’s flagship sedan receives a series of significant enhancements in the areas of interior design, materials selection, vehicle dynamics, technology, and advanced safety features.
Signature models incorporate a comprehensive list of standard features and amenities including an award-winning 429-horsepower 5.0-litre GDI V8 engine, an 8-speed automatic transmission, genuine wood trim with a leather-wrapped dashboard, a 608-watt 17-speaker Lexicon® surround-sound premium audio system, a 9.2-inch touch-screen infotainment system, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, front and rear parking assistance with rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot detection, and much more. Opting for the $72,299 Ultimate model, occupants can enjoy world-class features including a 12.3-inch fully-digital gauge cluster, driver’s head-up display (HUD), power-closing doors and trunk lid, and dual 9.2-inch rear seat entertainment monitors, among many others.
For 2014, the exterior of the Equus has been modified to convey a more modern premium image, starting with a dynamic new 19-inch turbine-blade alloy wheel design in a polished silver finish. The front fascia has been updated with thinner chrome grille bars and new lower fascia opening strakes in place of the former chrome accents. New LED fog lamps are now standard. Side mirrors have been redesigned for enhanced aerodynamics and tail lamp graphics incorporate to a more horizontal theme.
The 2014 Equus has been engineered to offer an interior with the features, design, and premium materials expected of a world-class flagship luxury sedan. The entire instrument panel and centre stack have been redesigned with more premium materials and a new layout with improved ergonomics, with new button iconography providing quicker and easier feature recognition. A new rear console and button layout allows rear-seat passengers to easily control audio media, the HVAC system, and seating functions. In place of the former single rear-seat monitor in Ultimate models, rear passengers can now enjoy dual high-resolution 9.2-inch video screens mounted in the front seatbacks.
The driving dynamics of the 2014 Equus have been revised to minimize traditional ride and handling compromises, with Normal and Sport modes each giving the vehicle a more distinct character. With new front suspension bushings and a recalibrated air suspension, Sport mode now delivers stiffer damping and improved body motion control. Normal mode receives slightly enhanced ride comfort while retaining a well-balanced handling demeanour. For greater performance in adverse weather conditions, a new "Snow" function has been added to the drive mode system that retards throttle response to improve traction in slippery conditions.
For 2014, Equus has added a number of new active safety technologies that improve situational awareness and reduce driving distraction. A new Blind Spot Detection (BSD) system is standard, with blind spot vehicle alerts in each side mirror. On Ultimate models, a high-visibility head-up display (HUD) provides vehicle speed, turn-by-turn navigation instructions, adaptive cruise control indicators, and select driving data. With these pieces of information viewable well above the cowl plane, drivers can more easily keep their eyes on the road.
To aid in parking or navigating tight urban environments, Equus Ultimate now offers a multi-view camera system that provides a nearly 360-degree aerial view of the vehicle for optimized visibility and safety. In addition, all models now include a rear cross-traffic alert system which notifies drivers of approaching vehicles while reversing. Equus also offers a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) with audible, visual, and haptic warnings activated after a one-second lane deviation without the turn signal activated. To help reduce fatigue on long drives, the Equus’ adaptive cruise control system automatically manages both vehicle speed and distance to the vehicle ahead. For 2014, the adaptive cruise control system adds stop-and-go capability.
The 2014 Equus is powered by Hyundai’s award-winning Tau 5.0-litre GDI V8 engine. Producing 429 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque, this advanced V8 provides a higher specific output (85.8 horsepower per litre) than its normally-aspirated premium luxury competitors. The Equus’s 5.0-litre V8 engine is coupled to Hyundai’s eight-speed transmission with SHIFTRONIC® manual mode for effortless acceleration and impressive overall efficiency.
Text sourced from Toyota Canada Inc.:
As Toyota prepares to introduce the 11thgeneration Corolla through Canadian Toyota Dealers this year, the company unveiled the next generation model today at the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa.
"The Toyota Corolla has grown up with generations of Canadians, and with each redesign we seek to capture the imagination of these customers and create a remarkable experience,” noted Seiji Ichii, President of Toyota Canada Inc. “Our duty to Corolla owners and drivers defines our company: The Corolla IS Toyota.”
The 2014 Toyota Corolla introduces bold, expressive new styling, a class-up interior and new technologies, even as it remains loyal to Corolla’s DNA ? to provide quality, dependable, reliable and fuel-efficient transportation plus tremendous overall value to millions of drivers. Furthermore, every Corolla sold in Canada is built at our award-winning plant in Cambridge, Ontario, which is how we continue to deliver Corolla’s reputation for quality and value.
New details and standard equipment define the new Corolla, with features such as new engine and power train technologies that improve performance and make Corolla even more fun to drive. Other upgrades include LED headlamps as standard, a new audio system with steering wheel audio controls and Bluetooth® capability and additional airbags for even better safety.
A new mix of models and trim levels will provide even greater choice to Canadian drivers.
·The Corolla CE offers more standard safety, technology and convenience features;
· The popular Corolla LE builds on Corolla CE's tremendous mix of features and value, enhanced with comfort and convenience amenities;
· The Corolla S features unique, dynamic styling and performance to match that includes available paddle shifters with Sport mode for more engaging driving;
· The all-new Corolla Eco simultaneously delivers the highest fuel efficiency while offering the most power available in a Corolla.
It’s a Canadian, and global, success story that can’t be beat – and for the 2014 model year, it gets even better. The Canadian-built Toyota Corolla is all-new – with bold styling, a surprising level of features and technology as standard, impressive safety and efficiency, plus new levels of performance. It’s Corolla like you’ve never seen it before – and with a starting MSRP below $16,000 the new Corolla delivers tremendous value, too.
The 2014 Toyota Corolla is offered in several models, and a choice of trim levels.
The Corolla CE (MSRP starting at $15,995) features an all-new, robust six-speed manual transmission for better fuel economy, or a proven four-speed automatic. The Corolla CE comes with a long list of standard features and is a price leader perfect for first time buyers.
The Corolla LE (MSRP starting at $19,500) is configured to appeal to the core of the compact sedan segment. It’s available in a single model featuring the all-new Continuously Variable Transmission – Intelligent Shift (CVTi-S). A first for Corolla, this agile, engaging transmission delivers tremendous fuel efficiency and impressive response. Additional standard features include an ECO driving indicator and automatic headlamp system. The Corolla LE is offered in four trim levels, delivering progressive levels of comfort, style and technology.
The Corolla S (MSRP starting at $19,215) hits several emotional notes to deliver big driving fun. It’s available with a six-speed manual or with the CVTi-S, enhanced with sequential shift mode, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and a special sport mode driving mode. The Corolla S features a more aggressive look with: a mesh upper grille; 17” inch aluminum alloy wheels; rear spoiler; and side mirrors with integrated turn signals. Inside, the Corolla S features seats finished in sport fabric with leatherette trim; heated front seats; a multi-information display; a back-up camera; and more. Like the LE, the Corolla S is offered in four trim levels that deliver progressive levels of style and performance.
The Corolla LE ECO (MSRP starting at $20,250) is an all-new model for 2014. It’s a technology leader, with an engine enhanced with the VALVEMATIC continuously variable valve train and other enhancements including: automatic air conditioning; a back-up camera; heated front seats; an ECO driving indicator; automatic headlamp system; and more. The Corolla LE ECO is the Corolla with the most horsepower, even as it reasserts Corolla’s position as the fuel efficiency leader in the segment. As such, it’s the perfect vehicle for those looking for a compact that does it all – from maximum efficiency to maximum driving fun. The Corolla LE ECO is offered in two trim levels.
Text sourced from Nissan Canada Inc.:
Also available on the all-new Versa Note is Nissan’s exclusive NissanConnect with Navigation system, offering real-time traffic and weather information, Google™ Send-to-Car, Google™ Points of Interest, Bluetooth® streaming audio and hands-free text messaging, perfect for staying connected safely, while on the road.
The second-generation hatchback offers smart packaging and features unexpected in the class. In addition to the new Versa Note’s extensive list of standard equipment, two special equipment packages are offered, including the Convenience Package (available on SV models) which includes a RearView Monitor, rear tonneau cover and Divide N’ Hide® adjustable storage system, USB input with iPod® control, SiriusXM Satellite radio and a 5 inch audio display screen – all for just $680.
The Technology Package (available on SL models) is priced at $720 and includes AroundView Monitor®, NissanConnect with Navigation, 5.8 inch colour touch screen, XM Satellite with XM Nav Traffic and a USB input for iPod® and other devices. This package creates a technology-packed top model and at just $19,018, represents a ten per cent price advantage for consumers when compared to last year.
When it goes on sale this June at Nissan dealers across Canada, the all-new Versa Note will be available in nine well-equipped models designed to appeal to a broad range of buyer needs and budgets. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) for the 2014 Nissan Versa Note are as follows:
The new BMW Z4 Roadster represents a time-honored and yet contemporary interpretation of the traditional roadster concept. New exterior features, detailed interior refinements, the new Hyper Orange design package, as well as availability of full the range of BMW ConnectedDrive features all provide fresh impetus and lend the BMW Roadster even greater appeal and individuality. This updated version of the modern classic will arrive in BMW showrooms in spring of 2013, with a base MSRP of $54,300.
The hardtop roof blends seamlessly into the car’s form. As it closes, it seals a smoothly flowing roofline, while large window surfaces optimize all-round visibility and the feeling of space inside the car. Once opened, the two roof elements are accommodated, one on top of the other, in a compact package inside the Roadster’s trunk. The A-pillars – painted an understated black – also underline the low-slung silhouette of the new BMW Z4, especially when the roof is open. The optional BMW Individual hardtop – available in the two contrast colors, Jet Black and Titanium Silver metallic – provides a feast for the eyes when the roof is closed. The hardtop can be opened at the touch of a button while the car is moving at up to 40 km/h in an automated process lasting 19 seconds.
The distinctive four round headlights team up with the broad BMW kidney grille to form a roadster-specific interpretation of the brand’s signature face. The standard Xenon headlights of the new BMW Z4 have a slim design and extend well into the front wheel arches. They feature LED light rings which emit daytime driving light in the brand’s hallmark style. Added to which, the light sources now have a strikingly three-dimensional design which accentuates the intricate technology of the headlights. Cutting across the tops of the headlights are LED accent lights, whose metal insert bears BMW lettering. The integrated turn signal indicators have chrome-coloured surrounds, which lend further emphasis to the sophisticated character of the light units. Plus, a newly designed, tapered surround for the side indicators adds a dynamic sweep to the gills on the front side sections of the car.
A total of 11 external paint finishes are available for the new BMW Z4, including the new Mineral Grey metallic, Glacier Silver metallic and Valencia Orange metallic, which can only be ordered together with the Hyper Orange Design option. This new aesthetic/design package lends the Roadster a lively aura; the interior, for example, boasts an energy-charged contrast of black and orange. The bespoke Alcantara door panel trim, like the lower section of the instrument panel, comes in orange. The black leather seats have contrast stitching in Valencia Orange and an accent stripe running down the central section of the backrests and seat cushions. This stripe is likewise orange and is flanked by two thin white lines. The door panel trim and lower section of the instrument panel can also be specified in black as an option. Another exclusive element of the Hyper Orange Design package is the metal weave trim strip, which can be combined with further decorative elements in high-gloss black for the door openers and the gearshift or selector lever. This new equipment package replaces the previously available Citrus Yellow Package and is also available in combination with other exterior paint colors as an option.
New interior additions to standard specification include high-gloss black surrounds for the central air vents and the iDrive control system’s folding Control Display, which comes as part of the optional navigation system. Elsewhere, exquisite Fineline Anthracite wood has been added to the selection of interior trim strips available as an option for the new BMW Z4. The BMW Z4 sDrive 28i, BMW Z4 sDrive 35i and BMW Z4 sDrive 35is are offered with Kansas leather trim. The range of optional light-alloy wheels includes a newly designed V-Spoke 18-inch wheels combined with staggered front and rear tire sizes.
The engaging character of the Roadster as a driver’s tool is given particular emphasis by the optional M Sport package, which includes M Adaptive suspension, 18-inch M light-alloy wheels and an M aerodynamics package with large air intakes in the front wing and a rear bumper inlay painted Anthracite metallic. Bringing an extra dose of sporting flair into the interior, meanwhile, are features such as sports seats, an M leather steering wheel, M driver’s footrest, M door sill finishers and an anthracite-coloured roof liner. The Aluminum Carbon trim strip, leather M gear lever knob and grey dials for the instrument cluster lend the finishing touches to the interior ambience. The new BMW Z4 sDrive35is comes with a model-specific version of the M Sport package.
The BMW Z4 will continue to be available in three
variants, the Z4 sDrive 28i, the Z4 sDrive 35i and the Z4 sDrive 35is. Their
most significant shared feature is BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, which
ensures an exceptionally effective balance between driving pleasure and fuel
consumption throughout the range.
The new BMW Z4 delivers the driving pleasure customers have come to expect from the brand, fulfilling the desire for both sporting ability and comfort. Drivers can use the standard Driving Experience Control switch to select a configuration to suit the situation at hand and satisfy personal preferences. COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+ modes can all be called up using the rocker switch on the center console. As well as adjusting the responses of the engine and DSC stability system, the different modes also alter the shift characteristics of the automatic gearbox, the responses of the Servotronic function and the mapping of the electronically controlled dampers, if these items are specified. These modes allow the driver to choose from a selection of distinctive and clearly differentiated set-ups for the car.
Other items of equipment fitted as standard are Xenon headlights, automatic climate control, a heated glass rear window and runflat tires with a tire pressure monitor. The standard Z4 sound system includes CD player, AUX-IN socket and 6 loudspeakers. Customers can also choose the optional Premium Sound System with higher output and 14 loudspeakers. The optional navigation system enables high-resolution map graphics – complete with 3D view – on the 8.8-inch iDrive monitor. The navigation data for the system is stored on an in-car hard disk, which also provides 12 GB of capacity for personal music collections.
The range of driver assistance systems and mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive has also expanded once again. The new BMW Z4 can be equipped with features such as High Beam Assistant and Park Distance Control with sensors at the front and rear of the car. If the navigation system is specified, the ConnectedDrive Services option allows use of internet-based information and entertainment services inside the car. This system must be fitted to enable access to the BMW Online portal and apps using the Control Display and iDrive Controller. The Real Time Traffic Information function is also on hand, supplying the driver with congestion warnings and diversion recommendations in real time. Apple iPhone owners can use BMW apps, for example, to receive web radio stations, display Facebook and Twitter posts on the monitor and ask for them to be read out. The range of BMW ConnectedDrive features available for the new BMW Z4 also includes BMW TeleServices, BMW Remote Services, Concierge Services and enhanced Automatic Collision Notification with automatic vehicle location and accident severity detection.
The new 2014 BMW Z4 Roadster will arrive in BMW showrooms in spring of 2013.
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"It's common knowledge that automobiles and hot weather don’t mix, but what does that really mean for drivers?" asks Ben Spatafora, National Director for CarCostCanada, "Simply stated, it means vehicle owners need to be extra-vigilant when it comes to monitoring and maintaining the health of their cars and trucks this summer."
CarCostCanada, a subsidiary of Mississauga-based Armada Data Corporation (TSX-V: ARD), is a national service that provides detailed new vehicle pricing data for its members. The company's regularly updated website at www.CarCostCanada.com is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, arming potential car- and truck-buyers with critical comparative information that includes EVERY auto manufacturer's current incentives (publicly advertised or not), factory rebates, finance and lease rates, cost pricing and much, much more.
"Since our founding in 1999, CarCostCanada has helped over 200,000 Canadians from coast to coast get behind the wheels of new vehicles, saving time, money, and aggravation in the process," states Spatafora. The smart advice doesn't stop once owners are in the driver's seat, however. "At CarCostCanada, we've got over a decade of automotive experience under our seatbelts. We've seen and heard it all when it comes to automotive issues... and we know the HUGE benefits of being prepared."
If you're preparing for a summer of auto-accessible fun, CarCostCanada has 5 smart tips ideally formulated to help make summertime driving a reliable, enjoyable and above all SAFE experience:
1) SET UP A SEVERE MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE: Following a Severe Maintenance Schedule will help ensure your ride is ready for extreme conditions which, like the weather itself, can't always be forecast with certainty. "Check with the manufacture and/or consult your vehicle's owner’s manual," advises Ben Spatafora. "Depending on the type of vehicle you drive, the type of preparation you'll need to undertake will vary. CarCostCanada can help, before and after the hot weather arrives."
2) CARS + LONG DRIVES = TROUBLE: You don't have to do the math to know it's true. If at all possible, try to limit your time behind the wheel to no more than four (4) continuous hours, punctuated by regular rest stops. You and your passengers will appreciate it, and so will your car!
3) LONG WEEKENDS AREN'T JUST LONGER: That extra day can make all the difference in more ways than one, since many of the stores, businesses, restaurants and even gas/service stations along your route could very likely be closed on the "holiday" day. Plan ahead by making sure you start any long weekend with a full tank of gas, the proper amount of air pressure in your tires, plenty of non-perishable snacks, drinks and food supplies, and a fully-stocked, up-to-date emergency kit. Are everyone's mobile phone batteries fully charged before leaving home? They should be! Last but not least, leave a copy of your long weekend travel itinerary with someone you can trust.
4) BARBEQUE, NOT CARBEQUE: Nothing says summer like a backyard BBQ whether you're the host or a guest, but while outdoor grilling can be a lot of fun, nothing spoils the party like a tragic accident. Need to "run out" to replenish supplies when food, drinks or BBQ supplies run low? If you've been drinking, DON'T drive to get them.
5) KEEP YOUR CAR CLOSE & YOUR FRIENDS CLOSER: Summer fun is about as informal as socializing gets but the cardinal rules of car safety still apply. "Unless it's absolutely necessary or in case of a sudden emergency," warns Ben Spatafora, "we at CarCostCanada strongly recommend car owners never 'toss' their car or truck keys to a friend for even a short trip." Unfamiliarity with the vehicle, the roads and the local traffic patterns can be a recipe for disaster, one that's very easy to prevent. In a nutshell, good friends don't let good (or casual) friends drive their cars!
As you can see, keeping car-safe this summer can be a challenge – one well worth meeting. If you think your current ride might not be up to the test, however, remember that CarCostCanada is your one stop online shop for the most up-to-date vehicle-buying information: we never close!
To learn more about these 5 smart tips and to check out CarCostCanada's Wholesale Price Reports, visit www.CarCostCanada.com.
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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 all-electric operation.
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.
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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.
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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 vehicle aerodynamics.
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 tread pattern.
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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.
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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:
At A Glance:
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 reduced emissions
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 range
Advanced electronic driver assistance technologies
Superbly crafted, luxurious interior
Standard Intelligent Stop/Start technology to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions
Available new fully automatic Terrain Response 2 system
Exceptional on-road dynamics and all-terrain performance provides an unrivalled breadth of capability
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 free.
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 processed continuity.
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 Pininfarina DNA.
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.
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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 factor.
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 aerodynamics.
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.
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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 sports car.
The inside too, features innovative, Lamborghini-patented materials such as Forged Composite and CarbonSkin.
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.
Text sourced from Volvo Canada Inc.
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 mobile phone.
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.
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Jaguar Canada Inc.:
The 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 handlinnadian 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
Specially designed for high-performance driving, Jaguar’s fastest and most powerful sports sedan ever makes its only Canadian appearance at the 2013 Canadian International Auto Show. With its commanding coupé-like styling, the Jaguar XFR-S turns heads everywhere it goes. Its muscular poise and throaty exhaust dramatically announces its arrival. With honed aerodynamic lines promising agility, the XFR-S appears primed and ready to pounce. Its sleek new body shape includes super strong, lightweight, carbon fibre details including the lower grille surround, front splitter and rear diffuser. The XFR-S powertrain provides the ultimate in performance for a luxury sedan. Its 5.0 litre supercharged V8 engine has been tuned and calibrated to produce an astonishing 300km/h top speed. XFR-S achieves awe-inspiring acceleration: 0-to-100km/h in just 4.4 seconds, exploiting its immense 550PS power delivery and an outstanding 502 lb ft of torque. It also allows superb, agile handling, ensuring a thrilling driving experience. With its modified sports exhaust, XFR-S adds a raw note of pure power to its breath-taking acceleration. Pricing: $104,500
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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
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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.
The 2014 Forester debuts new amenities and conveniences along with more upscale luxury features on higher trim levels. The naturally aspirated Forester 2.5i will be available in the entry level model as well as a Convenience Package with a PZEV option, a Touring Package, and a Limited Package with an EyeSight option. The turbocharged Forester 2.0XT Touring is also available with the Limited Package that can add an EyeSight and Multimedia option. The entry level 2.5i model comes generously equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission or available CVT, voice-activated Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity and Bluetooth audio streaming, a MediaHub for iPod connectivity as well as air conditioning and heated front seats and side mirrors, among many others. The Convenience Package gains 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear-view camera, power driver's seat and fog lights and is available with an option for PZEV technology. The Touring Package adds dual-zone climate control, a new power rear liftgate, roofline spoiler and extra-large sunroof. At the top of the 2.5i lineup is the Limited Package, which additionally counts high-intensity discharge headlights with LED accent lighting, auto-dimming door mirrors with approach lighting, leather seating surfaces and a Harman Kardon eight-speaker system among its selected features. Key features of the turbocharged Forester 2.0XT Touring include SI-DRIVE, 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, a power driver's seat and extra-large sunroof. The Forester 2.0XT Limited additionally offers leather seating surfaces, a power rear liftgate, high-intensity discharge headlights with LED accent lighting and auto-dimming door mirrors with approach lighting, among many others. EyeSight, as well as navigation with smartphone integration and Aha radio, is available as an option on the Limited Package. The 2014 Forester is set to deliver on three generations of the Forester promise as the newest reincarnation offers even more value, with the well-equipped entry model starting from $25,995, and the turbocharged Forester 2.0XT starting from $32,495.
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With the Chevrolet Volt, 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 MyLink radio that comes standard and safely brings smartphone-based infotainment – including apps for BringGo full-function navigation, TuneIn global internet radio, and Stitcher – into the vehicle. Apple’s Siri 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 United States.
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 cells.
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 and chrome.
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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 l/100 km.
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.
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"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. “The 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 comfortplus terrific fuel efficiency and low emissions 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 situations.
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, visitwww.toyota.ca/Priusv.
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“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 ? and we’re 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. “The 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.”
“The 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 Avalon’s 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 body.
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 driving performance.
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 finer grain.
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 console.
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 transmission.
weight reduction and improved drivetrain tuning.
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 ?shifts 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.
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.
The Avalon’s steering wheel has been designed to help improve the driver’s tactile feel and control, enhancing driver confidence behind the wheel. The steering wheel’s 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 the dark.
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 outside mirrors’ 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 vehicle location.
The Avalon’s 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 path.
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 driver’s 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 distance.
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 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).
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 effort.
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 ? is 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.
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.