The Trump administration has launched an investigation into car and truck imports that could lead to new tariffs on imports. But that raises a question: What is an American vehicle? Here are some vehicles which are assembled in Canada and imported into the United States.
To mark the AMG GT’s expansion into four-door coupe territory, Mercedes-AMG is releasing a special launch edition of the sedan. The AMG GT 63 S Edition 1 features a bigger front splitter with an aero package, graphite grey paint, AMG stripes and 21-inch wheels. The Edition 1 interior features carbon-fibre trim, yellow seat belts, illuminated doorsills, yellow contrast stitching on the magma grey and black leather seats and special floor mats. Mercedes-Benz Canada says the cars will arrive in late 2018.
The 2019 BMW M5 Competition Package offers a bump in horsepower from the standard M5 -- 591 to 617 -- while torque will stay at 553 lb-ft. It sprints from zero to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds. It offers a model-specific M Sport exhaust with a unique tone, specifically designed engine mounts resulting in a quicker engine response and model-specific chassis and suspension tuning. The M5 Comp is a bit lower (0.3 inch) than the standard M5, has increased negative camber at the front axle and new toe links with ball joints as opposed to rubber mounts. The rear antiroll bar is stiffer and the front and rear springs are 10 percent firmer than the standard M5. -- Autoweek
The 2019 AMG GT S Roadster can zip from zero to 60 mph in about 3.7 seconds, powered by a 4-litre bi-turbo V-8 engine that delivers 515 hp and 494 pound-feet of torque. The vehicle has a lightweight aluminum space frame, seven-speed dual clutch transmission and a top speed of 192 mph. The roadster will be available in Canadian dealerships by late 2018. Pricing has not been disclosed.
Chevrolet is expanding its RST performance package to cover the Suburban SUV. Following the Tahoe RST, the Suburban RST gets a 420-hp, 6.2-litre V-8 engine, a 10-speed transmission and magnetic ride control. A Borla exhaust system and Brembo brakes are also available.
The Ford Focus Active is a crossover-inspired variant which features a higher ride height, different bumpers and plastic protective strips. It is set to arrive in 2019. Ford said the only cars it plans to keep in North America are the Focus Active and the Mustang.
The redesigned Lexus ES sedan features a more stylized body with a more prominent version of the brand's polarizing spindle grille. The flattish sides of the current generation are replaced with more contoured shapes.
The 2019 M2 Competition replaces the BMW M2 Coupe, while retaining the compact dimensions, characteristic BMW M proportions and the BMW M TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder engine, rear wheel drive and a standard manual transmission with an optional M DCT transmission.
The Audi RS5 Sportback, due on sale in late 2018, produces 444 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. It sits 0.27 inches lower than the current S5 Sportback and features a five-link suspension up front for improved handling and better steering precision, as well as a sport rear differential. – Autoweek
Ford has given its fourth-generation Focus compact a sportier appearance with prominent wheel arches and a longer hood. The redesigned model also comes with a host of semi-autonomous driving features. Details specific to Canada will be released at a later date.
Ford has given its fourth-generation Focus compact a sportier appearance with prominent wheel arches and a longer hood. The redesigned model also comes with a host of semi-autonomous driving features. Canadian sales of the Focus in March were 11.6 per cent. They are up just 0.3 per cent through the first quarter of 2018.
The 2019 Corolla Hatchback goes on sale in summer 2018. It will come in SE and XSE trim lines. Toyota's Entune 3.0 with Apple CarPlay and a revised sport-tuned suspension on the company's new global architecture platform will be standard on both models.