The 2012 show, the largest consumer show in Canada, is expected to draw more than 300,000 visitors during its Feb. 17-26 run. More than 125 exhibitors will display some 1,000 car and trucks worth more than $30 million, in exhibits valued at more than $60 million.
As Callum, the Jaguar designer, points out, car companies continually envision the path to reinventing their brands for an ever-changing marketplace. Here are the latest results on display at the 2012 CIAS:
- 2013 A4 Sedan: Audi’s bread-and-butter model has been updated for 2012 with a revised power train, chassis and infotainment system. The design has been tweaked, too. The A4 is Audi’s best-seller, thus this is the critical model in the lineup. Over the last 39 years and eight generations, Audi has sold roughly 10 million A4 models, and its predecessor, the Audi 80.
- 2013 Allroad: This is a new one for Canada – or to be precise, the return of a model once sold here. The 2013 Allroad features the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system and it’s combined with a 2.0 TFSI gasoline engine producing 211 horsepower.
- 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 3: Yes, there is now a 3-Series gasoline-electric hybrid. As BMW has done with other hybrids, this one is more about performance but with a heavy dose of fuel economy for good measure. The car’s Twin-Power Turbo (306 hp) six-cylinder engine has an integrated electric motor that increases power by an additional 54 hp for brief spurts. This combination nevertheless returns average fuel consumption expected to be less than 6.4 litres/100 km.
- 2012 BMW M5 sedan: The 5th generation M5 has the most powerful engine ever fitted to a series-produced BMW M: 4.4-litre V-8 rated at 560 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a seven-speed double clutch transmission. Acceleration time: 0-100 km/h in 4.4 seconds, with 200 km/h in 13 seconds. The M5 does that while consuming 30 per cent less fuel and providing 50 per cent more range than its predecessor.
- Special Edition 2013 Mini Goodwood: This one is a collaboration with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. The three-door Mini Goodwood is characterized by top-grade materials, the highest level of workmanship, and stylish supremacy. The exterior and interior design features were designed by Rolls-Royce, another BMW brand. The Mini Goodwood is powered by a 1.6 litre 184 hp four-cylinder engine.
- 2013 Dodge Dart: The Dart puts Dodge back into the compact car game. Based on an Alfa Romeo platform, the Dart will be sold with three different engine choices. Dodge also argues the new Dart is large for its class, and offers loads of technology and “fun-to-drive dynamics.’’
- 2013 Ford Fusion: Due in the fall, the all-new Fusion mid-size sedan delivers fuel economy and technology in a modern design. The Fusion will be sold with gas, hybrid and plug-in hybrid power trains. Fusion Energi will also be the sixth electrified vehicle added to the Ford line up. The Fusion can be equipped with Active Park Assist, Lane Keeping Aid, and Adaptive Cruise Control.
- 2013 C-MAX Energi PHEV: This wagon/minivan is designed to meet the needs of customers who want a functional hybrid with style, fuel efficiency and performance through the combination of a gasoline engine and a battery-driven electric motor. When powered by gasoline C-MAX uses the new 2.0 litre Atkinson-cycle four cylinder engine. The C-MAX comes with a hands-free lift-gate and the latest version of Ford’s SmartGauge with EcoGuide.
- 2013 Ford Flex: The updated, made-in-Canada Flex is better equipped, offers more technology, better fuel economy and a new design in a seven-passenger crossover. Flex can be equipped with a standard 3.5 litre V-6 engine or a 3.5 litre EcoBoost engine. Flex has a new front end, a standard dual exhaust rear appliqué and nine exterior colours from which to choose.
- 2013 Lincoln MKT: The MKT full-size crossover has a dramatically improved ride, sharper handling, better fuel economy and new safety technologies, including rear inflatable seat belts. The EcoBoost V-6 gets 355 horsepower. Standard Lincoln Drive Control allows drivers to change driving dynamics with three different modes: Sport, Normal and Comfort.