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Auto Industry News - Canada

Tuesday
Feb142012

Kia Optima named Vehicle of the Year by Motoring TV

Kia has another award to add to the trophy case today. Motoring TV has crowned the 2012 Optima as their overall vehicle of the year. This is the first time a vehicle manufacturer has won the award back-to-back in the program’s 22-year history.

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Monday
Feb132012

Toyota Canada repositions Prius with price reduction

There’s no question that the Toyota Prius is the most successful hybrid on the market. That success has resulted in the expansion of the Prius line-up, starting with the larger Prius V, which went on sale late last year.

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Friday
Feb102012

Cadillac benchmarked BMW E46 3-Series for ATS

It’s commonplace for automakers to benchmark the competition when developing a new vehicle. One competitor may offer a perfect blend of ride and handling; another may provide excellent steering feel; and perhaps another has a great assortment of interior appointments. So automakers purchase competitor vehicles, tear them apart and evaluate what makes them special.

Usually automakers benchmark the newest products from a manufacturer, because, well, newer is usually better. But that’s not what Cadillac did when developing the ATS.

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Wednesday
Feb082012

Oshawa takes back car crown from Windsor

Oshawa has once again reclaimed the title of automotive capital in Canada. 2011 was a good year for the auto city as Oshawa built more cars than Windsor, Oakville and Cambridge.

Oshawa produced approximately 303,500 units last year, according to industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers. Windsor came in second at 301,500 units and Cambridge finished third with 290,400 units.

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Tuesday
Feb072012

Canadian boxing champ loses Mercedes-Benz over super bowl bet

Former light heavyweight world champion Jean Pascal has an empty spot in his garage all thanks to the New England Patriots. Pascal bet his Mercedes-Benz S550 on Sunday’s big game and since the Patriots came up short Pascal is handing over the keys.

But all is not lost. Pascal only bet the use of his S550 for a month so in 30 days it’ll be back in his garage, though maybe a little worse for wear.

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Monday
Feb062012

Canada's ambassador to China mocked for driving a Toyota Camry Hybrid

David Mulroney, this country's ambassador to China, was recently taken down a peg by the people of China for the car that he drives. When Mulroney posted photos of his Toyota Camry Hybrid on the popular Chinese social media website Weibo, he received criticism for driving something so ordinary. In fact, his post received hundreds of comments.

But while some mocked the ambassador others appreciated Canada's modest vehicle budget for government officials. That appreciation comes from the fact that there is very little transparency regarding government vehicle allowances in China. And that's a problem for a country with up to 700,000 government vehicles.

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Monday
Feb062012

Ford Focus Titanium gets the stick  

According to a press release from Ford, high customer demand in “trend-shaping” California has inclined them to now offer a 5-speed manual in the Titanium guise Focus. Ford wants to knock it out of the park with the upcoming arrivals of the Focus ST model and the Electric model with a top-of-the-line Titanium model available with an enthusiast friendly stick.

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Thursday
Feb022012

Canadian auto sales up 15.4% in January

What a great way to start 2012 with strong Canadian auto sales to set things off in a positive direction. Overall, sales grew 15.4% to 97,497 vehicles last month, according to data released from the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers of Canada.

"January light vehicle sales in Canada surprised everyone including myself," said Dennis DesRosiers of DesRosiers automotive consultants. "Sales have been anemic for about 4 years and this is an excellent start to the year ...January sets us up for some positive surprises through the rest of the year."

Clear winners for the month include Honda, Land Rover and BMW with sales up 143.8%, 79.2% and 35.3%, respectively. The loser category was slim this month but a few automakers managed to make the cut.

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Thursday
Feb022012

Chicago will see the new Acura ILX

Earlier this week Acura announced that it will unveil the new ILX luxury compact sedan at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. The ILX will replace the no longer available CSX model as it shares the Honda Civic platform, like the CSX. More importantly, the ILX will feature Acura’s first hybrid application. New tech goodies include standard Keyless Access System with smart entry and push-start ignition, Pandora® internet interface, and even text messaging capabilities.

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Wednesday
Feb012012

Mazda CX-5 priced at $22,995

The Mazda CX-5, which goes on sale in Canada this month, will have a starting MSRP of $22,995. That puts you into a FWD GX model. The CX-5 GT AWD sits atop the model range at $32,495, though an available Technology Package can be added (HID headlights, Adaptive Front Lighting System, auto headlamp leveling, navi, and SIRIUS® Satellite radio).

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