Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 7:00AM EDT
Yes, Toyota took a painful hit this week. Consumer Reports dropped the Camry sedan, RAV4 compact crossover and Prius v hybrid hatchback from its list of recommended vehicles. Ouch.
All three performed poorly in an overlap crash test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. How did Toyota let that happen to the RAV, a very popular, newly-engineered crossover with a good history for being safe and reliable? Embarrassing.More »
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 12:05PM EDT
In study after study, consumers say that reliability is a top three consideration for new car buyers. But reliability isn’t everything.
Case in point: the Scion xB. Here we have the compact car you can count on most, according to the latest Consumer Reports reliability study released yesterday – No. 1 for reliability. Yet xB sales are down more than 20 per cent this year, and through the end of August, Scion moved just 588 xB hatchbacks out of dealer showrooms. So the xB doesn’t sell and doesn’t break.More »
Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 3:44PM EDT
Ford Motor announced record profits this week and the Ford Focus compact car was the world’s best-selling vehicle nameplate through the first half of this year. So time for a victory party at headquarters in Dearborn, Mich., right?
No. In fact, I think some important parts of Ford’s overall performance are disappointing and I can also argue that Ford of Canada is underachieving.More »
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 12:22PM EDT
Now this has to be a blow to both Lexus and Infiniti, two upscale brands very anxious to find a formula that will allow them to challenge the best premium cars from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Consumer Reports (CR), a magazine that claims more than eight million subscribers, calls the remade-for-2014 Lexus IS 250 “neither sporty or luxurious,” while also suggesting the all-new Infiniti Q50 “has lost its way.” Indeed, rival upscale sedans from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Lincoln and Volvo all scored higher than the Infiniti and Lexus. The Lexus and Infiniti both found a place near the bottom of the CR rankings.More »
Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 6:00AM EDT
Cadillac sales in Canada soared 92 per cent in September and 29 per cent in the U.S. Those sales results reflect more interest at GM in pushing ahead with new models, not to mention better marketing for the luxury brand.
And Caddy’s surge could not come at a better time for GM in Canada. You see, globally, GM seems to be doing quite well. The General this week announced global sales of more than 2.4 million vehicles in the third quarter of 2013, an increase of 5.5 per cent over the same period in 2012. However, in Canada, GM sales are up a less impressive 2.1 per cent on the year – in an overall market that’s up 3.5 per cent.More »
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 3:39PM EDT
Take this bit of speculation to the bank: before the end of the decade, Tata’s Land Rover will sell an all-new Defender here in Canada and also in the United States.
Murray Dietsch, who heads product development at Land Rover, says a replacement for the iconic SUV is in the early planning stages “and maybe it will be one vehicle or a portfolio of vehicles,” he has told www.just-auto.com, adding that “rest assured that we’re absolutely sure we want to replace it.”More »
Friday, Sep. 27, 2013 11:28AM EDT
We love our trucks in Canada. Oh, yes we do.
Sales of large pickups are up 11.5 per cent so far this year. The best-selling vehicle in Canada is the Ford F-Series pickup, and with sales of 84,557 through the end of August, it is more than twice as popular as the best-selling passenger car, the Honda Civic (41,836).More »
Monday, Sep. 23, 2013 1:38PM EDT
For as long as I’ve been covering the car business, I’ve been among the those who have criticized General Motors for touting the “fabulous future” and never achieving the predicted results – sometimes even falling woefully short. The unkind way to put this is to say GM has a long history of talking a good game.More »
Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2013 7:39PM EDT
I am accustomed to bumping into car company bosses at big auto shows like the Frankfurt Motor Show. But champion Formula One race car drivers?
Yet there was Sebastian Vettel, the Infiniti Red Bull driver who is so far head in the F1 standings… well, his rivals need the Hubble Telescope to see him.
To date, Vettel has won six races and has a 53-point lead in the drivers’ standings over No. 2 Fernando Alonso – closest in wins to Vettel with two. No one else has more than one win. Alonso has no chance of winning the drivers’ title, and Infiniti Red Bull has all but wrapped up the constructors’ title, too.More »
Friday, Sep. 06, 2013 3:37PM EDT
Sales of the Nissan Leaf plug-in car soared 180 per cent in August. On the year, sales of the Leaf have nearly doubled.
Over at General Motors Canada, the Volt plug-in also had a relatively great month. Alas, the Toyota Prius plug-in did not fare quite as well, with a sales number so low I am sad even to mention it. But I will. Be patient.More »