VANCOUVER -- Green is the primary colour at the Vancouver International Auto Show, even more now that gasoline tops $1.50 a litre here and automakers roll out more plug-in hybrid and zero-emission vehicles in key segments.
The wraps came off new conventional models, from BMW’s second-generation X4 crossover and a limited-production first-edition version of the new M5 performance sedan.
But a lot of focus was on new or upcoming ZEV and PHEV models.
Underscoring the market’s green-car heft, Hyundai unveiled the battery-electric version of the Kona subcompact crossover simultaneously Wednesday at the Vancouver and New York auto shows.
The Kona EV has a claimed 400-kilometre range, which Hyundai Canada president Don Romano noted trumps the 383 kilometres offered by the Chevrolet Bolt. It joins the Ioniq in the Korean automaker’s EV stable.
Romano told Automotive News Canada he expects the EV, one of three Kona variants, to be in high demand in B.C., Ontario and Quebec, which offer generous incentives on EVs.
“In those three provinces we will sell out,” he said. “We’re selling out of the Ioniq electric right now; I can’t get enough. We’re upping our production.”
Unlike its two siblings, though, the Kona EV will be front-drive only because the packaging of the battery pack for its 201-horsepower motor meant doing without all-wheel drive. It will be in dealerships in the fourth quarter of this year as a 2019 model.