Category Archives: Toronto 2010

So long Mercedes-Benz SLR, come fly with me SLS

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What a difference a single letter makes. The Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR supercar developed in association with the famous F1 racing outfit is no more, and although execs insist it is not a replacement, the newest ultimate supercar from Mercedes is the reborn Gullwing, the 2011 SLS AMG. Continue reading

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Lexus LF-Ch Concept teases production CT 200h hatchback

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The Lexus LF-Ch concept shown at the CIAS may have been introduced as a concept, but just days later, Toyota’s upscale division confirmed that a production version of the compact but high-tech hatchback was destined for production. The question is, will that production car make it to North America, or perhaps even Canada only, and by when? Continue reading

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CIAS 2010: Photo Recap

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A retrospective look at the highlights from the Canadian International Auto Show.

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Audi’s flagship sedan shows light (and comfort) is might

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Audi Canada CEO Martin Sander showed off the German brand’s new four-door flagship in Toronto by highlighting the increased use of lightweight aluminum, which helps make the A8 one of the lightest and therefore sportiest full-size luxury sedans, as well as significantly more fuel-efficient than its predecessor. Continue reading

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Bringing back the fun of the Honda CRX, if that’s possible, with Insight hybrid roots

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With the demise of the Honda S2000, this summer will see that two-seater replaced with another two-seat fun machine, Honda Canada confirmed in Toronto at the CIAS, with the Canadian introduction of the CR-Z Hybrid hatchback.
The many folks who fondly remember Honda’s two-seat CRX will appreciate the new CR-Z, as it follows the same lighter is better formula, although this time largely based on the Honda Insight hatchback rather than the Civic. The CR-Z therefore offers a similar 1.5-litre Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) engine as the Insight hybrid, with 122 hp, but with less weight and more performance thanks to two seats, and the availability of an enthusiast-friendly six-speed manual transmission. Continue reading

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Faces of C.I.A.S. 2010

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The legendary Henry Ford, the man who started Ford Motor Company had a saying, “Give me a baby or a puppy and I can sell anything.” Automobile manufacturers these days however employ a rather different approach to attract customers, and that is by hiring beautiful women to enhance the quality of their display. Continue reading

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BMW goes performance heavy on the Z4’s “M light” treatment

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Even with a relatively mild winter in most parts of the country this year, February is always a tough time to launch a convertible. So when BMW Canada president Franz Jung introduced the Z4 sDrive35is Roadster at the Canadian International AutoShow, the majority of his presentation examined the firm’s environmental initiatives, which it dubs Efficient Dynamics. Continue reading

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Priciest and most exclusive Audi now becomes R8 Spyder with V10

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Audi’s priciest and most exclusive model for 2010 is the R8 Spyder, the convertible version of the R8 that comes with only one engine: the pounding 5.2-litre V10 borrowed from sister company Lamborghini, even if it does receive a minor detuning. The 5.2-litre V10 engine is the same one that bullies around the Lamborghini Gallardo, although the mill is much quieter and more refined behind the Audi’s two seats, with power down slightly but to a still formidable 525 hp. That’s enough kick to launch the R8 Spyder to from rest to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds, according to Audi, with a top speed of 313 km/h, if you can let you find a track that will let you do that in a convertible. Continue reading

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Mitsubishi confirms electric Canadian intent with plug-in i-MiEV and PX-MiEV

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Mitsubishi Motors Canada easily had the most news of any company at the show. But the big news was that they confirmed that the firm plans to sell the electric four-seat i-MiEV to the public. Still, it wasn’t quite the rock solid introduction one normally sees with regular cars: Mitsu Canada officials specified that the all-electric i-MiEV was “planned for sale in Canada in 2011,” leaving themselves a little wiggle room on timing or even whether or not to sell it here at all. Continue reading

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CIAS: Toyota Prius PHV

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Toyota has had a rough start to the year 2010. They have constantly been in the news for all the wrong reasons. First came news about problems with their accelerator pedals which has resulted in a massive recall involving many of their vehicles. Continue reading

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