January 19, 2018 by Media press release Leave a Comment Seven vehicle manufacturers moved closer today to winning the ultimate accolades of 2018 Canadian Car of the Year and 2018 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year. Their wins in 14 different categories were announced during media day of the Montreal International Auto Show / Salon de l’Auto. The big winners were Mazda and Jaguar Land Rover, with three wins each. Honda/Acura, Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles won two categories each. Category winners were chosen by nearly 100 voting members of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada, who assessed the vehicles throughout the year by driving them and testing them in a variety of conditions. They were scored anonymously on many different factors, including performance, features, technology, design, fuel consumption and value for money, and the highest scorers in each category were declared the winners. “Our voting policy was changed this year to make it more … [Read more...] about AJAC announces category winners for 2018 Canadian Car of the Year and 2018 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year
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By Peter M. DeLorenzo Detroit. So, here we are in the Motor City, still one of the most vibrant technical centers in the United States and the world – much to Silicon Valley’s chagrin – and the unquestioned capital of the U.S. auto industry. A region that is seeing an infusion of new technical investment unprecedented in its history from companies around the world. A region anchored by Detroit, the city that is undergoing a much-touted renaissance – albeit a selectively intermittent one – that aims to transform a town long written off as “a wasteland of unfortunates” by the coastal elite into an urban center of vibrancy and elusive hipness. How could this momentum be derailed? How could this calculated rejuvenation fail? What could possibly go wrong? Unfortunately, reality has a way of rearing its ugly head around here in sobering ways. The renaissance of this city is intermittent, at best; it’s a top-down fraud emphasizing the … [Read more...] about ON THE EVE OF THE NEW YORK AUTO SHOW, THE DETROIT AUTO SHOW FADES TO BLACK.
Mercedes-Benz is continuing its slow trickle of the refreshed C-Class range with the most powerful of the lot, the new Mercedes-AMG C 63, which comes in sedan, coupe, cabriolet and estate body styles. First things first, the M177 4.0 litre biturbo V8 continues to be of service here, churning 503 hp (510 PS) and 700 Nm in S guise, while it is 469 hp (476 PS) and 650 Nm for non-S models. However, a new AMG Speedshift MCT 9G nine-speed automatic transmission replaces the previous seven-speed unit, with drive going to the rear wheels. In terms of 0-100 km/h times, the more powerful models are obviously superior to the non-S cars, with the coupe being quickest of the bunch, taking just 3.9 seconds complete the feat. For the truly analytical, note that no more than three tenths of a second (0.3 seconds) separates the century sprint times between all C 63 models. All non-S models will hit an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h, while the sedan and coupe S models are capable of doing … [Read more...] about Mercedes-AMG C63 facelift debuts with new 9G auto
The annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is always a potpourri of the present and future, practical and fantastical. It’s where pragmatism and aspiration collide in a torrent of ones and zeros, where automakers unveil technologies destined for your next car with those that might never see the light of day—sometimes at the same booth.I’ve canvassed the expansive Las Vegas Convention Center during CES for some 30 years now, and if there’s one thing I’ve developed, it’s a keen sense of being able to separate the big ideas from the BS. Here’s my take on the tech tales of CES18—good, bad, and otherwise. Ford’s Self-Driving Future and Sync PresentFord CEO Jim Hackett’s CES keynote was full of philosophical musings on the cities of tomorrow and taking the streets back from cars—although addressing the automaker’s stalled stock price wasn’t part of his pontification. Hackett and members of Ford’s … [Read more...] about Tech Takedown: Separating the Vaporware from the Software and Hardware at CES
The rumour mills can hold their horses now. Maruti Suzuki has officially released information regarding what is easily the most anticipated hatchback of the year — the third-gen Swift. Let's quickly run through the basics, shall we? How's it any different? For starters, it's based on Suzuki's Heartect platform that promises to be lighter and sturdier. In terms of dimensions, the Swift is wider by 40mm and has a 20mm longer wheelbase, which Maruti says will aid cabin space. The bootspace is up by 58 litres to 262 litres. Maruti is also claiming a 24mm improvement in headroom. The back seat angle is a tad more reclined than before too, they say. What's under the hood? The familiar duo of Maruti engines. Nothing new to report about here as the new Swift carries forward the 1.2-litre K-Series petrol engine that makes 83PS/113Nm, and the 1.3-litre DDiS190 diesel that produces 75PS and 190Nm. … [Read more...] about 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift Engine Options, Variants and Colours Revealed