Camoflaged test mules of Honda’s venerable midsize sedan show a more sloping roofline than the outgoing ninth-generation Accord. Also visible is a front grille and headlight design not unlike the current Civic and the recent Clarity lineup of green vehicles.The automaker sold 13,857 units of the Accord in Canada in 2016 and 2,686 in the first three months of 2017. -- BRIAN WILLIAMS/SPIEDBILDE
While the 2018 TLX isn’t a wholesale reboot of the car, the updates are a nod to the brand's performance cars of yore with a new A Spec appearance package, a sleeker exterior design and a more exciting marketing campaign. The A Spec kit will be available on front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive V-6 models. It comes with more aggressive front and rear bumpers, a retuned suspension and steering system, dual exhaust, 19-inch wheels wrapped in wider tires and other interior and exterior trim upgrades. The 2018 Acura TLX goes on sale in Canada in June.
The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk made its Canadian debut during media day at the Edmonton Motorshow on Wednesday. The Trackhawk is outfitted with a supercharged 707-hp engine that produces 645 pounds-feet of torque. Jeep said the Trackhawk is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph — 0 to 95 km/h — in 3.5 seconds. It can also achieve a top speed of 290 km/h. The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is expected in Canadian showrooms in the fourth quarter.
The GV80 Concept teases the first of two crossovers Genesis has promised by 2020. The production version is expected to hit the market in 2018, on the heels of the upcoming G70 compact luxury sedan. It will be a midsize crossover aimed at the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLE series and the BMW X5.
The street-legal Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is outfitted with a modified version of the 6.2-litre supercharged and intercooled Hellcat engine that produces 840 hp, or 133 hp more than the standard 707-hp Hellcat Challenger. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with a torque converter capable of sending the Demon’s 770 pounds-feet of torque to the rear wheels.
The Buick Enclave is dropping nearly 185 kilograms (400 pounds) for 2018 while gaining cargo space and fuel economy. The Enclave has a lower roofline, slightly longer wheelbase and less rounded appearance than the outgoing model.
The Lexus LS 500h is the hybrid version of its LS 500 flagship. It makes its North American debut at the Vancouver International Auto Show this week. The LS 500h has the brand's Multi Stage Hybrid System that can propel the car under electric power alone at speeds of up to 140 km/h.
The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo, the automaker’s first ever wagon, debuted at the Geneva auto show. The car will arrive in Canada during the fourth quarter of 2017. Dealers are already taking orders.
The final member of the Mercedes-Benz E-class family is almost on Canadian soil. The E400 Cabriolet and E400 4MATIC Cabriolet —the first all-wheel-drive E-class convertible — will be available in fall or winter 2017. Both will have a 3.0-litre V-6 biturbo engine.
British automaker Jaguar Land Rover is giving Range Rover its first midsize SUV, the Velar. The new model will be positioned between the smaller Range Rover Evoque and the larger Range Rover Sport. It is the first Land Rover to be based on Jaguar Land Rover’s Lightweight Aluminum Architecture. It goes on sale in Canada in late 2018 with a starting price of $62,000 before freight.
If Canada plays its cards right, it is poised to become a leader in developing cutting-edge technologies and will emerge from trade negotiations stronger than ever. Those were some of the messages delivered by the executives and industry leaders who spoke at the inaugural Automotive News Canada Congress, held during the Toronto auto show on Feb. 16 and 17. The congress brought together leaders in industry, labor and government to discuss what the future holds for Canada’s auto industry.
A look at some past automotive brochures, a marketing item that is slowly dying.