Friday, Mar. 07, 2014 2:00PM EST
The hottest car company in the world arguably is Tata Motors’ Jaguar Land Rover, or JLR.
Last month, JLR reported third-quarter profits more than doubled to $1-billion (U.S.). The Jaguar F-Type sports car is hot, as are Range Rover’s sport-utility vehicles. Jaguar sales in Canada are up nearly 40 per cent this year, with Land Rover sales up nearly 35 per cent.More »
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 3:37PM EST
This emerging age of the connected car scares me.
The latest: the Nikkei Asian Review reports that the Japanese government is putting together a single platform designed to allow the sharing of massive amounts of information on cars and drivers – everything from registration information to accident and inspection records, to auto makers’ records on vehicle locations, distances travelled and service records.More »
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 3:58PM EST
The upcoming Ford Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost due at the end of this year is the latest example of race track technology filtering down into your local showroom. The twist is that racing’s new emphasis on fuel economy and overall efficiency is landing right in the wheelhouse of new models aimed at cost-conscious consumers.More »
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 1:01PM EST
Toronto’s auto show is in full swing which means this may be the last chance to say so long to models that have never really caught on with Canadians.
Top of the list: the 2014 Honda CR-Z Hybrid. Canadians bought just 72 CR-Z hatchbacks last year, after buying just 241 in 2012, notes DesRosiers Automotive Reports.More »
Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 9:00AM EST
File these four items under news you should note from this year’s Toronto auto show:
Porsche makes a comeback
Porsche Canada has been filling the garages of wealthy Canadians at a startling rate, yet for years and years didn’t bother with Canada’s No. 1 auto show. But with the new, potentially high-volume Macan SUV arriving late this spring, Porsche is back for the first time since 2008. The news: pricing for the 2015 Macan starts at $54,300, with the Turbo nearly $30,000 more at $82,200. So, will you be back in 2015, Porsche?More »
Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 1:07PM EST
The most interesting car I have yet to see at the Toronto auto show is the 2015 Nissan Micra -- $9,998 to start when it goes on sale this spring.
Okay, now who wants an electric car, or a hybrid or a plug-in hybrid or a hydrogen fuel cell car? Because if fuel efficiency and a light footprint are your goals, the teeny, tiny Micra is the perfect antidote to electric vehicle (EV) madness.More »
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 10:04AM EST
If you find yourself wandering around the Toronto auto show this week or next, try parking your biases, hoary notions and heavyweight predispositions and then answer two questions: Which car company clearly made the most improvement in the last year? And which one is crying out for a re-think?
Improvement? GM has had a terrific 12 months since last year’s Toronto show. Yesterday, J.D. Power and Associates released its latest three-year Vehicle Dependability Study and the General was a big winner. GM also aced the latest J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study (IQS), ranking highest overall of all the major car companies. Pretty good, I’d say.More »
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 7:25PM EST
The auto industry’s drive to offer more fuel efficient vehicles hit a pothole today, with news that thriftier four-cylinder engines and their transmissions have led to a decline in overall dependability.
The latest 2014 J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability Study might, in fact, be the proverbial canary in the coal mine when it comes to the new fuel efficient technologies that are aimed at meeting government-mandated fuel economy rules for 2016 and beyond. In a nutshell, says J.D. Power vice-president David Sargent, consumers are dissatisfied with the downsized power trains.More »
Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 3:37PM EST
I wonder if Elon Musk and his Tesla Motors team paid any attention to a large recall from another small car company last week.
Because Tesla’s future will surely be similar to Aston Martin’s present. Recalls are standard in this business. Last week, the venerable British luxury car company said one recall for a very small part is going to cost an estimated $2.71-million.More »
Thursday, Feb. 06, 2014 11:56AM EST
For all the attention the “one per centers” receive, they’re not buying the cars you’d think the ultra-rich would buy.
Sales of high-end luxury cars actually declined in 2013, notes DesRosiers Automotive Consultant – to 12,708. That’s half the peak for super-expensive cars, which came in 2000, when the the money-bags crowd bought 25,015 of the priciest rides.More »