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Canadian International Auto Show

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If you've been living in a deep, dark cave you might have missed new about the 2012 Chevrolet Volt. Otherwise, the Volt electric vehicle with extended range seems pretty familiar, even if it has not yet gone on sale in Canada and won't until this summer. Chevy will have it on hand at the show, with information about the two options packages to be offered: Premium Trim and a Rear Camera and Park Assist Package.

2012 Orlando: This multi-purpose wagon had its world debut at the 2010 Paris Motor Show and that European concept model will be on display at the Canadian International Auto Show. The Orlando "combines seven-seater practicality and interior flexibility with striking crossover style design." The Orlando will be available at Chevrolet Dealers across Canada later this year.

The 2012 Sonic is a "youthful, aggressive design is backed by turbocharged performance and agile ride and handling, combining to deliver an efficient, fun-to-drive small car." It's also the replacement for the current Chevy Aveo. Chevy will sell two body styles: four-door sedan and five-door later this year.

The 2011 Camaro Convertible is built in Oshawa, Ont., and will go on sale in February. It includes "an enhanced body structure and well-tailored top mechanism - a combination designed to deliver sports coupe-like driving fun and precise quality."

Engines: a 312-horsepower direct injection V-6 (6.9 litres/100 km) and a 6.2-litre V-8 producing 426-horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission will be standard, with an optional six-speed automatic.

Chrysler

The 2011 Chrysler 300C is getting its first styling change since 2005. Every piece of sheet metal is new and the interior is a solid winner. Chrysler will offer a new eight-speed transmission in this rear-wheel drive car with "elegantly sculptured body."

Dodge

The 2011 Charger has been given a new design, one Dodge types say was inspired by the "iconic" second generation Charger. There is more power, too, for the V-6: 292 horsepower from the Pentastar engine. The Charger is available with all-wheel drive, as well.

The 2011 Durango offers "standard seven-passenger seating, AWD, premium interior soft-touch materials amenities, and unmistakable styling," says Dodge. The engine is a 3.6-litre, 290 horsepower Pentastar V-6 with a 1,000 km driving range.

Ford C-Max

Ford

The all-new Ford Focus Electric is the first fuel-free, rechargeable passenger car from Ford. Ford says the zero-CO2-emissions, gasoline-free small car is the flagship of the company's growing fleet of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles coming to North America and Europe by 2013. A full recharge is expected to take three to four hours at home with the 240-volt charge station.

C-MAX: This is an multi-purpose wagon "flexible seating and interior space, sporty performance and best-in-class fuel economy. Based on the new Ford Focus platform, the seven-seat C-MAX is aimed at family buyers.

2012 Focus: The design is eye-catching and inside buyers will find an array of smart new technologies. Ford insists the ride and handling will be as sporty in North America as in Europe.

The 2012 Mustang Boss 302 is back. Baby boomers looking to relive their youth will find this a performance car equal to their memories of the 1960s and '70s. Ford says the Boss 302 "is set to become the quickest, best-handling straight-production Mustang ever offered by Ford."

The all-new 2011 Explorer has been reinvented with "best-in-class fuel economy, improved driving dynamics and terrain management system, all wrapped in a modern, weight-saving design," says Ford. For safety, the Explorer has an array of air bags, including industry-first inflatable rear seat belts. Mindful of the tall ride height, this Explorer has something called AdvanceTrac with RSC (Roll Stability Control) and Curve Control functionality.

Honda Civic concept

Honda

The 2011 Honda Civic Si Coupe concept is the companion vehicle to the Civic Concept sedan which had its Canadian debut at the Montreal auto show last month. Honda says these are concepts hinting at what the ninth-generation and all-new Civic will look like when it arrives in the spring.

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