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Auto Trends Weekly Apr 03, 2015 VOL: 2 ISS: 14

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  • 1FRIDAY Apr 03, 2015www.swmediagroup.caAUTO TRENDS WEEKLY

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    2015 Kia OptimaSmarty sleek and sublime

    By Veeno Dewan


    On the other side of the automotive spectrum, Nissan pre-sented a head-turning concept vehicle. While the Titan XD offers a one-of-a-kind engine, Nissans additional CIAS highlight has none the electric BladeGlider Concept. Nissans lat-est sports concept will challenge conventional thinking on sports car performance handling, braking and weight distribution. The Nissan BladeGlider features a radical front narrow track layout, where the front is significantly narrower than the rear, creating a swept-wing profile when seen from directly above.Disrupting and challenging the status quo, the NISSAN BladeGlider shares sustainable engineering values with both the Nissan LEAF and the Nissan ZEOD RC, the futuristic-looking competition ma-chine which made its debut in last years 24 Hours of Le Mans en-durance race.

    The electric car maker tesla is expected to start manufacturer and delivery of its new Model X all electric CUV in late 2015. The Model X will offer a set of dramatic rear falcon-wing doors and a forward-facing third row of seats Tesla claims this pair of upward-swinging doors eases ingress and egress to both the second and third rows. Sharing its platform with Teslas Model S which is rear-drive-only, the X can be outfitted with crossover-necessary all-wheel drive. Its standard drive configuration mirrors that of the S, with a single, rear-mounted electric motor driving the rear wheels. An additional, front-mounted motor powers the front axle on all-wheel-drive models. Similar to the S sedan, there will be a sporty Performance model; it will be all-wheel-drive-only and is claimed to hit 60 mph in less than five seconds. Pricing for the Model X has yet to be announced, but Tesla has said the least-expensive version will start somewhere close to the Model Ss price point with a premium for a higher capacity battery model and the Performance version. Tesla plans to begin producing the crossover near the end of next year, and to deliver the first customer cars early in 2016.

    Nissan BladeGlider Concept Prime Minister Stephen Harper tours Honda plant in Ontario

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Simcoe-Grey MP Kellie Leitch and Barrie MP Patrick Brown toured Honda Canada fa-cilities in Alliston. Ontario on March 30. Honda Canada president and chief execu-tive officer Jerry Chenkin announced on Monday that some of the CR-Vs will be destined for the European Market during Prime Minister Stephen Harpers stop at the Alliston facility. It will be the first time that Honda Canada will export vehicles and the company expects the plan will result in a modest number of new jobs. Todays announcement is significant for Canadas automotive and advanced manufacturing in-dustry. Our Government has worked hard to open new markets for Canadian companies and we are pleased that Canadian vehicle manufacturers like Honda are already preparing to take full advantage of the many benefits that the Canada-EU Trade Agreement will generate. Our Govern-ment will continue to support our exporters and manufacturers as part of the most ambitious pro-export, pro-jobs plan in Canadian history, said Prime Minister Stephen Harper in a statement. Based on production volumes, Honda Canada was the fourth-largest automaker in Canada in 2014, with 393,007 vehicles produced. Honda Canada directly and indirectly employs more than 19,000 Canadians, including more than 4,000 in Alliston. Approximately 90 per cent of Canadian auto production is exported each year. Source, Government of Canada

    New Tesla Model X Crossover will offer expensive thrills

  • 3FRIDAY Apr 03, 2015www.swmediagroup.caAUTO TRENDS WEEKLY


    Toyotas leading-edge environmental innova-tion was is in the spotlight at this years Van-couver International Auto Show. The head-line attraction is the Canadian debut of the Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) Concept the inspiration behind Toyotas production ready fuel cell vehicle the Toyota Mirai. Its a zero-emissions vehicle that harnesses the chemical reaction between hydro-gen and oxygen to generate electricity for power. Water is the vehicles only by-product. Utilizing a hydrogen fuel cell and tank system, it has a refu-eling time comparable to a conventional gasoline vehicle of just 3-5 minutes and a driving range of about 500 kilometres on a full tank. Toyota led the industry in powertrain innova-tion with the introduction of the Prius hybrid, and

    now we are continuing on our trail-blazing vision for a better, greener tomorrow with fuel cell tech-nology, said Seiji Ichii, President and CEO, Toyota Canada Inc. The FCV Concept is Toyotas inspira-tion for the ultimate next-generation, eco-friendly car. Another showstopper is the Vancouver debut of the Toyota i-Road Concept. Its a three-wheeler that represents the ultimate fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive small urban vehicle that combines motor-cycle-like styling and maneuverability with car-like protection and comfort. With seating for two in tandem, the i-Road gets the heart racing through an exhilarating and responsive active-lean sys-tem. This innovation ensures a stable ride and pro-vides an unprecedented feeling of oneness with the vehicle, evoking an emotional connection.

    Coming off of a standout year in 2014 as the top-selling automak-er in British Columbia(1), FCA Canada (formerly Chrysler Canada) is maintaining its momentum with 10 regional premieres at the 2015 Vancouver International Auto Show (VIAS), led by the 2016 Fiat 500X crossover.

    Leading the charge in Vancouver is the 2016 Fiat 500X. The latest addition to the FIAT lineup in North America, 500X brings com-fortable seating for five, world-class craftsmanship, superior ride and handling, technology, safety and functionality to the rapidly growing small crossover segment. With its iconic Italian style, func-tionality and all-wheel-drive confidence, it is sure to resonate with Canadians. Alongside the 2016 Fiat 500X and aforementioned new products, six other FCA Canada vehicles have their British Columbia premieres at the 2015 VIAS: the made-in-Canada 2015 Chrysler 300, 2015 Dodge Charger and 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, plus the 2015 Ram 1500 Laramie Limited, 2015 Ram Pro-Master and 2015 Ram ProMaster City.

    Meanwhile, the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel redefines the premium SUV, producing a class-leading 240 horsepower and a massive 420 lb.-ft. of torque, Jeep Grand Cherokees award-winning 3.0-litre V6 delivers clean-diesel technology with low CO2 emissions, a best-in-class 8.4L/100 km (34 mpg) fuel efficiency, a standard eight-speed transmission and towing capability of 3,356 kg (7,400 lb.). Built on more than 70 years of legendary Jeep heri-tage, Grand Cherokee is the most awarded SUV ever.

    Infiniti announced Canadian pricing for the 2015 Infiniti Q50 Limited Sports Sedan and 2015 QX80 Limited 7-passenger SUV. The new Q50 Limited combines popular equipment together at an attractive value while the new QX80 Limited offers subtle exterior upgrades and a sophisticated interior evocative of an executive boardroom.

    Now in its second model year, the Infiniti Q50 offers distinctive design, engaging performance, and worlds first technologies, including Direct Adaptive Steering and Predictive Forward Collision Warning. The Q50 Limited is available with the re-fined 328-horsepower 3.7-litre V6 and with the Infiniti Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive system. With two models available, the Q50 Limited has been added to the lineup and is priced from $45,100. Equipment highlights include 19 spoke aluminum-alloy

    wheels and a new rear spoiler. This model also includes the Moonroof and Premium & Navigation packages, which offer a power sliding tinted glass moonroof with one-touch auto-open/close, Infiniti Studio on Wheels by Bose 14-speaker Premium Au-dio System, Infiniti InTouch Navigation System with touch-screen, Lane Guidance and 3-D building graphics, SiriusXM Traffic, and Infiniti Voice Recognition for naviga-tion, including voice destination entry.

    Also available, at a Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (M.S.R.P.) of $49,400 is the Q50 Limited Deluxe Touring & Technology model, which offers additional safety and technology features. The 2015 Q50 Limited will be available at retailers beginning in April.

    Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle Makes debut at Vancouver

    International Auto Show

    Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and FIAT brands all showcase exciting new products for 2015

    Infiniti Canada Introduces New

    Limited Q50 Editions

  • 5FRIDAY Apr 03, 2015www.swmediagroup.caAUTO TRENDS WEEKLYFeature Article

    With more features, more leading-edge technology and a major injection of Acura DNA the 2016 ILX goes on sale in Canada February 25th with a starting MSRP of $29,490. The ILX acts as a gateway sports sedan with the performance, technology and style desired by younger luxury buyers. The 2016 Acura ILX boasts more power, improved handling, more luxurious appointments, more youthful, sporty styling. The 2016 ILX also provides customer choice with several grades available the standard ILX, the ILX with Premium Package, the ILX with Technology Package, and the all-new ILX with A-SPEC Package.The Acura I