The line between the advancements in high tech and the automotive industry blurs more with each passing day. Stay ahead of the curve by becoming familiar with these terms, all of which will become common parlance among automotive-industry insiders in the months ahead.
Despite the market pressures being put on premium automakers to offer SUVs, the McLaren brand will remain a holdout. There is "no compromise," Mark Roberts, head of design operations for McLaren Automotive, said on the sidelines of the Canadian International AutoShow.
Michael Kopke, director of marketing for Kia Canada, says the brand’s desire to do things differently, such as vehicle launches separate from the auto show, stems from the automaker’s internal culture of "constant reinvention."
The Chevrolet Blazer has to find its way into a crowded, ever-expanding utility vehicle segment. It also has to survive Unifor's call for a boycott of Mexico-made GM vehicles in the wake of the automaker's decision to close its Oshawa, Ont., assembly plant.
From growing up in Montreal to living in Tokyo, Infiniti Executive Design Director Karim Habib drew on experience from just about everywhere to give the automaker its QX Inspiration electric crossover concept as the luxury brand marked its 30th year in business.
Infiniti President Christian Meunier, the former head of Nissan Canada, says a luxury vehicle should be used to carry kids, dogs and more. "You put mud in it, and you eat your burger or your French fries – or your poutine," he says.
Midsize trucks posted year-over-year sales growth of 8.1 per cent through November, while sales of full-size pickups were down 8.4 per cent over the same period. The market is about to get a little more crowded, too, with the Ford Ranger and Jeep Gladiator on the way.