Newly redesigned 2013 Ford Escape hits the streets Comments OffNot only is the 2013 Ford Escape turning heads as it begins showing up on Canadian roads because of its stunning new design, but it is also making a name for its excellent fuel economy.
One of the main reasons for the great fuel efficiency in the Escape is its innovative Active Grille Shutter System. The innovative system is positioned between the grille opening and the radiator – the shutter is monitored by the engine control module and it automatically opens and closes to maintain the optimum operating temperature, as well as ideal aerodynamics.
“The fuel economy of the all-new Escape showcases the continued success of Ford’s development of smaller, yet more powerful engines, ” said Raj Nair, group vice president, Ford Global Product Development. “Ford understands people want fuel-efficient vehicles without sacrificing power and space requirements.”
Impressive indeed. The new 2013 Ford Escape is available at Ford of Canada dealers now.
Chevy Volt electric car taking Canada by storm Comments OffEver since GM unveiled the Chevy Volt as a concept car back in 2007, car enthusiasts having been counting the days until the eco-vehicle would be made available as a production car.
Well, that day has now come as the 2012 Volt is available in wide release across both Canada and the USA.
An electric car with a range extending (gas) engine, you can plug in the Volt and drive locally using only electric power, but you can also drive as long as you like with the gas engine kicking once electric power is depleted. So, as opposed to ‘battery powered’ cars, those who have driven the Volt claim that it actually feels like a real car.
Chevy expects owners to plug their Volts in to 110- or 220-Volt power to recharge their lithium-ion battery packs, most likely overnight at home. That gives the car 25 to 40 miles of electric range using that stored energy.
You’ll be seeing Volts with much more regularity on Canadian roads. Maybe you’ll even try one…
Chevy Cruze is going Diesel Comments Off
In a continued bid to push the limits of fuel economy it is interesting to hear talk that General Motors is looking to release a version of it`s wildly successful Cruze in a diesel version in 2013.
Details are yet to be released but word is that markets will receive a 163 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque, while others get a version (Canada perhaps) with 148 hp and 236 lb-ft.
We`ll watch with interest.
Coming… new 2012 Volkswagen CC Comments Off
Built on the traditional Passat platform Volkswagen may have a winner with the CC. Beautiful lines combined surprising power have made the Volkswagen CC a hit.
Toyota rolls out Gas Pedal solution Comments Off
A tumultuous few days for Toyota corporation came to an apex today as they rolled out a solution to the issue of the accelerating gas pedals that had spawned a worldwide recall of over 2 million vehicles.
From Globe Drive:
Toyota Canada announced Monday that it will begin fixing faulty accelerator pedals by the end of this week.
The repair involves installing a steel reinforcement bar into the gas pedal assembly which will reduce tension that has caused pedals to stick.
The company is preparing a written notice for owners of affected Toyota vehicles that will include information about the condition, the remedy and what customers should do. It will be sent by first-class mail as required under Transport Canada’s recall rules.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“By the end of this week, we’ll begin the mailings for customers with affected vehicles,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Sandy Di Fellice, director of external affairs.
The auto maker recalled 2.3 million vehicles in North America, 270,000 of them in Canada. Toyota announced last week that it was halting sales and production of its most popular models in the United States and Canada to focus on the recall.
The vehicles affected are:
Certain RAV4, 2009-2010
Certain Camry, 2007-2010
Hopefully this fix fix will provide safety for Toyota drivers across Canada.
Will be interesting what, if any, effect this has on Toyota sales moving forward.
It’s big, it’s bad and it’s back.
make sure you make your way down to the Metro Convention Centre over the next couple weeks to check out what is new in domestics, imports, concept cars and much more.
2008 Mazda 5 incorporates some changes Comments Off
There are a few changes in store for the stylish Mazda 5 SUV, including:
- Redesigned grille, front and rear bumpers, 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels, and gauges
- Standard side and curtain airbags
- New five-speed sport mode automatic transmission replaces four-speed automatic
- New LED taillights on GT model
- Front mud guards standard on GS model
- Side sill extensions deleted from GS model
- Automatic climate control and outside temperature gauge standard on GT
- New second-row cool air vents with fan speed control (with a/c)
- Front passenger seat includes inner armrest; second-row seats include outer armrests
- Standard auxiliary audio input
- Bluetooth hands-free phone system standard on GT model
- Integrated navigation system with touch screen and six-CD changer available on GT model
- Interior colours: Sand and Black added, Espresso Brown leather deleted
For 2008, the Mazda5 enjoys a mild facelift, with new exterior styling cues, new instrument gauges and trim changes.
The resurgence of the Canadian dollar has led to a price break for Canadians interested in purchasing a Porsche.
Porsche Cars North America is the first automaker to announce that it will be sharply reducing the prices of its vehicles sold in Canada. Overall, the price of a 2007 Porsche model compared to a 2008 will go down a full 10%, so a 2007 Cayman that cost $69,600 in Canada last year will cost $63,500 today. Unfortunately, a 2008 Cayman in the U.S. still only starts at $49,400, but at least it’s something.
Peter Schwarzenbauer, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America, Inc., said yesterday in a press release:
“We cannot ignore our customers and dealers in Canada who can look to the U.S. and recognize a substantial price difference.”
With the Canadian dollar currently sitting around $1.02, it should quite interesting when, and if other carmakers follow suit.
The DeLorean isn’t dead Comments Off
Interesting to see that a Texas based company is reviving the once super-cool DeLorean.
Mechanic and businessman Stephen Wynne has begun brining the classic car back in limited production in a warehouse facility outside of Houston.
The creation of renowned automotive engineer John DeLorean, DMC eventually made fewer than 9,000 cars, distinctive for their gull-wing doors, stainless-steel exterior and rear-engine design. An estimated 6,500 remain on the road.
Wynne has experience working with DeLoreans and that fueled his interest in brining it back.
Wynne formed the company in 1995, when the bulk of his business was working on original DeLoreans at a Houston garage. Still, he needed a name, and because there was nothing legally preventing him from using the original, he decided to give it a shot. He even called John DeLorean, who wished him luck.
Check out the full article here.
Review: Porsche 911 GT3 Comments Off
Here is a quirky car review I found for the dashing Porsche 911 GT3. The review was released by British show ‘Fifth Gear’, check it out: