Saturday, February 27, 2021

Canadian International AutoShow Revisited: 2011 Edition

2011 Canadian International Auto Show ford c-max
Photo Credit: Chris Nagy/Car FYI Canada

Theme of the Show: Discover Connect Experience

The 2011 Canadian International AutoShow left me with the thought of how much could change between a 12-month span (perhaps that is more apparent in 2021). After a somewhat subdued 2010 car show in Toronto, the last year brought a deep sense of excitement in many forms. Design, performance and innovation were all part of an auto show that started with an aerobatic display part of Ford’s media presentation unveiling the C-Max and the Focus Electric. 

Along with the welcoming presence of new vehicles from major automakers, the 2011 Canadian International AutoShow was the first to feature a dedicated display of some of the most opulent vehicles to be found in the country. 

Notable Vehicles:

Ford Focus Electric

2011 Canadian International Auto Show ford focus electric front
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The auto company that played a huge role in directing the automobile to gasoline propulsion, Ford Motor Company sought a manner to begin the conversion to battery powered motoring that would be as fruitful as the Model T. The Focus Electric used the basis of a five-door hatchback as the blue oval’s first widely available road-going all-electric vehicle. Propelled through a permanent magnet traction motor generating an impressive 188 lb-ft of torque and fed by energy from a climate-controlled, 23-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, the 2012 Ford Focus Electric came heavily-loaded with standard features including 17-inch wheels, MyFord Touch with MyView and a nine-speaker audio system. When the Ford Focus Electric was released later in 2012, the vehicle sold in very small numbers in Canada. Similar to the Chevrolet Volt, a higher than palatable starting price likely hindered the Ford Focus Electric grander impact on the automotive market. In Canada, the starting price for the 2012 Focus Electric was $41,199 though tax credits existed in the province of Ontario and in Quebec beginning with the 2012 calendar year. The Focus Electric’s rated driving range of 76 miles (122.3 kilometers) was also a major deterrent for many customers. 

Mini Paceman Concept

2011 Canadian International Auto Show mini paceman
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The three-door hatchback shape of the original Mini is a vehicle that could be quickly identified by even budding automotive enthusiasts. When the compact car was re-imagined and released for the 21st century, the three-door body style was pivotal to the Mini Cooper’s existence. Planning to make an ambitious, new step for the Mini brand with the planned release of the five-door crossover called the Countryman in 2011. As the Mini Countryman was being prepared for dealerships, the marque shared a design proposal for a three-door version of their new crossover vehicle. Debuting at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Mini Paceman Concept featured a sporty take on the compact crossover with 19-inch wheels, a ‘helmet’ roof and a 1.6-liter twin-scroll turbocharged engine from the Mini John Cooper Works package. Mini’s ALL4 permanent all-wheel drive system distributed the power from the 211 horsepower engine of the Paceman Concept. B the time the concept vehicle arrived at the 2011 Canadian International AutoShow Mini had already confirmed production of the three-door companion to the Countryman. The Mini Paceman Concept arrived for sale in the 2013 model year but was withdrawn from the brand’s lineup after 2016. 

Audi TT RS

2011 Canadian International Auto Show Audi TTRS
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After more than two decades on sale in Canada entering 2021, Audi’s TT sports car popularly applied the German premium brand’s distinctive style with accessible performance. Considered a challenger to the Porsche Boxster and the BMW Z4, the Audi TT’s ace has been the availability of quattro all-wheel drive. Though an attractive machine in North America in 2009, Audi initially forgot audiences on the west side of the Atlantic Ocean when they made the compact sports car the latest member of their high performance ‘RS’ lineup. Combining a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine with quattro all-wheel drive, the Audi TT RS was hard to ignore leading to an aggressive push to bring the car to the United States and Canada. In 2011, North America’s version of the TT RS would be moved by 335 horsepower (bumped to 360 horsepower ahead of its 2012 model year launch) channelled to the wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. Only offered in the hardtop body style in Canada, the TT RS would be able to rocket from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 4.3 seconds.  

Lexus LFA

Chris Nagy 2011 Canadian International Auto Show 805 Lexus LFA
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Debuting as a brand in North America in late 1989, the Lexus marque has done a fine job establishing contemporary luxury alongside parent brand Toyota’s devotion to quality. Lexus also gained recognition for being a forerunner in the employment of hybrid drivetrain technology and their 2007 Lexus LS sedan that employed an automated parallel parking assist system. In 2009, the premium brand would seek the greatest attention in its two decades in the public eye revealing Lexus’ first high-performance supercar. The Lexus LFA displayed high speed extremes featuring a car make’s design language in its loudest presentation. A low road-hugging profile and sharp lines were shaped with the extensive use of carbon fiber reinforced plastic for the body as well as the chassis of the LFA supercar. Propelled through a 552-horsepower 4.8-liter V-10 engine linked to a Formula 1-style Automated Sequential Gearbox capable of lightning-fast shifts, the Lexus LFA moved from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.6 seconds and achieved a top speed of 202 miles per hour (325 kilometers per hour). The Lexus LFA appearing at the 2011 Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto was only 1 of 500 examples that would roll out of Toyota’s Motomachi plant. With a retail price of $375,000 US when production started in late 2010, buyers of the Lexus LFA initially accepted a two-year lease before purchasing. 

2012 Hyundai Veloster

Chris Nagy 2011 Canadian International Auto Show 614 Hyundai Veloster
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As Hyundai began to climb the automotive world, their expansion consisted heavily of developing leading examples of vehicles in existing categories such as the Elantra, Sonata and Santa Fe. However, the South Korean-based automaker’s rise would include a share of unique, personality-filled products. The dynamically-styled 2012 Hyundai Veloster appearance at the 2011 Canadian International AutoShow made an ambitious move to check off the wants of many buyers. For sport compact performance fans, the Veloster featured a slick exterior with a sloping roof line as well as ample momentum from a 138-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. Hyundai’s Gamma engine paired with a new EcoShift dual-clutch transmission satisfied fuel savers with highway fuel consumption of 4.9 liters per 100 kilometers. Finally, the Hyundai Veloster’s category-leading interior space as well as a unique third door gave buyers a sensational sense of practicality. Going on sale in Canada at a base price less than $20,000 for the 2012 model year, the Hyundai Veloster sold briskly   

HTT Plethore LC-750

2011 Canadian International Auto Show HTT Plethore Rear
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Canada has a long-running history of manufacturing vehicles for auto companies but the country has not had a brand we could attach our national pride. Described as Canada’s exclusive supercar, the HTT Plethore LC-750 was conceived by a Quebec-based start-up. Appearing within the Concorso Exotica exhibition at the 2011 Canadian International AutoShow, the striking Plethore LC-750 utilized carbon fiber in the construction of the body and the monocoque chassis that is reinforced with a roll cage structure. Accessed through remote-controlled scissor doors, a three-passenger interior with the driver centrally positioned allows the supercar to operate with near 50/50 weight distribution. The power source for the HTT Plethore LC-750 was a mid-mounted supercharged 7.0-liter V-8 engine rated with to produce 750 horsepower through a six-speed sequential transmission. A twin-camera rear viewing system and large 15-inch AP Racing disc brakes are among other features included on the Canadian-built supercar. Intended as a low volume premium vehicle, the exact number of Plethore LC-750 supercar produced by HTT Automobile has not been clearly specified.  

Subaru Hybrid Tourer Concept

Chris Nagy 2011 Canadian International Auto Show 850 Subaru tourer concept
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By 2011, every automaker was required to answer the question regarding their plans in regards to improving the efficiency of their product lineups. A small but revered auto company, Subaru responded to the future of motoring with a bold concept. First shown at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, the Subaru Hybrid Tourer Concept demonstrated a merging of the brand’s all-wheel drive and boxer-style engine with electric propulsion. During normal driving, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline would move the front wheels of the Hybrid Tourer Concept while a rear-mounted 27-kilowatt electric motor that propels the rear wheels at low speeds or when extra power is required. Slightly shorter than a Subaru Legacy sedan at the auto company’s Toronto display in 2011, the Hybrid Tourer Concept boasted a highly ergonomic interior accessed through gullwing doors. The concept car also touted Subaru’s advanced electronic safety technology named EyeSight. For the 2022 model year, Subaru’s EyeSight technology is available on all models.    

Saab 9-4X

Chris Nagy 2011 Canadian International Auto Show Saab 94x
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Entering 2011, the future of Swedish auto company Saab appeared to be looking up on the surface. Affiliated and later owned by General Motors for more than two decades, the bankruptcy by the American auto conglomerate eventually led to Dutch sport car company Spyker N.V. purchasing Saab. The deal not only maintained a supply deal with GM for the 9-3 and 9-5 but secured the release of the Saab 9-4X crossover constructed on the same platform as the recently-renewed Cadillac SRX. Available with a 3.0-liter naturally-aspirated engine and a turbocharged 2.8-liter V-6 powerplant for the Aero trim level, the 2011 Saab 9-4X featured some of the brand’s design trademarks on the outside and an ignition button on the center console part of the interior. Under the new ownership arrangement, Saab had plans to build a successor to the 9-3 and made an agreement to use BMW powerplants with the upcoming vehicle. Unfortunately, the Spyker-owned Saab ran out of capital into 2011 and would file for their bankruptcy before the year ended. Lasting two model years, only 814 examples of the Saab 9-4X were produced. 

Nissan Leaf

Chris Nagy 2011 Canadian International Auto Show nissan leaf
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With numerous of concept or production promoting hybrid and battery electric propulsion during recent Canadian International AutoShow event one vehicle appearing at the show’s 2011 edition would be historically recognized with a more enduring reputation the before-mentioned Ford Focus Electric as well as the Chevrolet Volt. A compact yet efficiently designed all-electric hatchback, the Nissan Leaf would play a major role in mobilizing drivers seeking an alternative to the internal combustion engine. Among the 2011 Leaf’s key features were a low drag coefficient, an 80-kilowatt AC synchronous electric motor, remote connectivity to the vehicle through CARWINGS telematics system (later known as NissanConnect) and a 24 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack comprising of 48 modules. Charging of the 2011 Nissan Leaf is accomplished through ports located behind a front panel with a 220-volt quick charging port available capable of replenishing the lithium-ion battery to 80 percent in 30 minutes. Despite having an EPA-rated driving range of 117 kilometers, the early Nissan Leaf proved popular with nearly 100,000 vehicles sold worldwide after three full years on the market with nearly total 1,000 units sold in Canada by the end of 2013.

Special Exhibitions:

Icons: Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird Showcase

2011 Canadian International Auto Show camaro pace cars
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A year later a display devoted to Carroll Shelby, a man who contributed in striking fear in the hearts of fans of General Motors’ bow tie and arrowhead badges during the 1960s, the 2011 Canadian International AutoShow gave the Chevrolet Camaro and the Pontiac Firebird the stage of level 700 of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Approaching the 45th anniversary of sales for the first Camaro back in 1966, the exhibition showcased many examples of Chevrolet’s pony car as well as its sister vehicle produced by the now-defunct Pontiac brand assembled on the GM’s F-body platform until 2002. Examples of the four generations of the F-body version of the Camaro and Firebird include a wide selection of Indianapolis 500 pace car replicas including an example of the popular 1969 Chevrolet Camaro convertible. Other vehicles found in the Icons: Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird Showcase was a replica of Knight Riders’ KITT, a Don Yenko Super Camaro and a 1977 Pontiac Trans Am Special Edition resembling the car that Burt Reynolds drove in the hit movie ‘Smokey and the Bandit’. Despite the demise of the Pontiac brand in 2010, one modified 2010 Chevrolet Camaro by Lingenfelter Performance Engineering gave a peek at what a modern Firebird would look like.

Concorso Exotica

Chris Nagy 2011 Canadian International Auto Show 1018 callaway lambo
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In addition to seeing the automobiles that is set to influence our everyday life through the present and future, auto shows are a delightful time to get a taste of what only fantasy would otherwise bring close. Concorso Exotica paired modern and vintage vehicles from premium makes such as Lamborghini, Ferrari, Lotus and Aston Martin. During the 2011 Canadian International AutoShow media day, a partnership between Lamborghini and Callaway Golf in the development of Forged Composite technology brought a modified Gallardo called the Concept S as well as a golf driving simulator (I tried it with a Callaway driver and just have to admit I am better versed in mini golf.) The special exhibition space for exotic and high-valued vehicles would remain a fixture for the Canadian International AutoShow following its appearance in 2011 but would receive a slightly revised name called ‘Auto Exotica’. 

Cruise Nationals

2011 Canadian International Auto Show 1969 Chevy Nova SS
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A traditional part of the Canadian International AutoShow, Cruise Nationals gathered 10 finalists judged to be the finest classic and custom vehicles found in shows surrounding the Toronto area. While the owners of all 10 vehicles selected received a $700 prize for appearing inside the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, one would be judged as the grand champion. For the 2011 show, the 1969 Chevrolet Nova SS owned by Martin Mollot claimed top honours. The silver medalist was Albert Wester’s 1931 Cadillac Roadster while the bronze award went to Gary Nolan’s 1968 Dodge Charger R/T.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Canadian International AutoShow Revisited: 2010 Edition

Heidi Taillefer Designed Infiniti G37 Art Car at 2010 CIAS
Photo Credit: Chris Nagy/Car FYI Canada


Theme of the Show: The Vision- Explore New Directions. Experience Innovation.

Though the effects of the great global recession were nearing an end with the arrival of 2010, Canadian auto sales from the recently concluded year of 2009 made it clear that the auto industry had a hole to climb out of. Only 1,484,000 new cars and trucks sold in Canada represented a 11.36 percent drop over the 2008 calendar year as instability with money caused many to temporarily forego many expensive purchase and expenditures.  

Although this was only the second year I attended the event, I could tell there was truly a lower key tone to the 2010 Canadian International AutoShow compared to the previous year. The show’s footprint decreased as the floors of the Skydome (Rogers Centre) was no longer part of the display space. Since 2009, none of the subsequent auto shows in Toronto would use the popular retractable roof sports and entertainment building. 

In addition to the decreased exhibition space, it was evident that most of the auto manufacturers less resources to the 2010 show. While there were several enticing concept car designs and exotic cars at the event, the majority of the 2010 Canadian International AutoShow was based around highlighting cars with a more practical focus (the 2012 Ford Focus being one of them). 

Notable Vehicles:

2010 Ford Mustang

2010 Ford Mustang Convertible at CIAS
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Ending the Mustang’s construction on a chassis based on the Ford’s Fox platform dating back to the 1970s, the 2005 model year version of the original pony car became a modern retro styled darling. For the 2010 model year, the Ford Mustang received a substantial update. Maintaining its classically-inspired shape, the 2010 Mustang’s design was tweaked in multiple way with new headlights, LED taillights and revised outer mirrors. More aerodynamically efficient compared to its 2009 predecessor, the updated Ford Mustang would gain additional momentum in 2011 as the 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 engine brought 412 horsepower to the GT model. This new 5.0-liter powerplant came as a product of Canadian automotive manufacturing constructed as Windsor’s Ford Essex Engine Plant.

Fiat 500

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Months after the 2009 auto show, Chrysler Group had filed for bankruptcy and found a lifeline by merging for Italian-based Fiat Group. Eventually resulting in the formation of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (now called Stellantis following a merger with Groupe PSA formalized in 2021) the refreshed company would begin to feature a greater influence from Europe with their vehicle portfolio in upcoming years. One of the first products symbolizing the future was part of the Fiat brand’s return to the United States and Canada. A retro-themed subcompact fully refined for the modern automotive market, the Fiat 500 premiered at the Canadian International AutoShow ahead of its 2012 model year introduction in the country. Charmingly styled inside and outside in classic Italian fashion, the small car also proved to be economical with a 1.4-liter MultiAir four-cylinder engine capable of travelling up to 38 miles on a gallon of gasoline (6.2 liters per 100 kilometers). The Fiat 500's presentation at the 2010 show featured one vehicle in white as well as a sportier  black Abarth 500. A small car with a big personality, the Fiat 500 sold well in Canada with 5,392 vehicles in 2011. By 2018, sales of the vehicle fell to just 269 units contributing to Fiat withdrawing the car from the United States and Canada after 2019.

Toyota Prius PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle) Concept

2010 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid
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Toyota was one of the first automakers to take a major gamble in marketing an electrified vehicle. The Toyota Prius and its gasoline/electric hybrid powertrain became a symbol for a new automotive world that saw reverence for the car in the fact of constantly increasing gas prices through much of the first decade of the 21st century. Although oil prices caused pump prices to be less shocking through 2009, the introduction of the third generation Prius for the 2010 model was still greeted with enthusiasm. Receiving a substantial refinement to its aerodynamic exterior, environmentally-conscious interior materials as well as a host of new high-tech amenities including a solar roof and Intelligent Parking Assist, the evolution of the Toyota Prius also included the exploration of different variations of the hybrid. Shown in concept form at the 2010 Canadian International AutoShow, the Prius PHEV redirected main propulsion for short trips entirely to an electric motor. When the production version of the vehicle appeared in 2012, the rated all-electric travel range of the Toyota Prius PHEV was 23 kilometers. The PHEV variant of the Prius featured a lithium-ion battery pack as opposed to the heavier nickel-metal hydride battery present in the third generation conventional Prius. A lithium-ion battery would be equipped on all Prius models for the 2016 model year.

2012 Ford Focus

New Ford Focus at 2010 CIAS
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When the Focus lineup was debut in Europe in 1998 and in North America during late 1999, the vehicle was Ford Motor Company’s latest grand idea for creating a world compact car under the blue oval. This vision would be temporarily defeated for the 2008 model year as Ford developed differing versions of the Focus for Europe and North America. At the 2010 Canadian International AutoShow, the reunification of the Ford Focus as a world car appeared roughly a month following its global debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Said to share 80 percent of the total components with its European counterpart, the 2012 Ford Focus unveiled in Toronto was distinctively a product of the brand’s Kinetic design language seeking to create the sense of ‘energy in motion’ according to the automaker. The 2012 Focus arrived in Canada as a four-door sedan as well as five-door hatchback. A larger cabin featured available amenities such as Ford SYNC, MyFord 8-inch touchscreen. Ford’s new compact car boasted power from a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine incorporating direct injection and variable camshaft timing. This engine was also offered with a newly-developed twin-clutch PowerShift automatic transmission that would ultimately be regarded with infamy by many owners and has been the subject of case action lawsuit in many countries including Canada. A settlement was reached with Canadian owners of the Focus and Fiesta equipped with the transmission back in 2019.

Mini Beachcomber

MINI Beachcomber Concept
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It has become a particular joy in attending the Canadian International AutoShow to see the modern Mini brand adopting their vehicles to conform to a number of shapes. Whether they make it into production or just a fun styling exercise, the cars part of the auto brand’s display truly lures an enthusiast to spend time. In 2010, the Mini Beachcomber Concept brought a healthy splash of summer to the middle of a Canadian winter. The four-passenger, open-air concept vehicle was a contemporary recreation of the derivative of the original original Mini called the Moke. Like the Mini Moke, the Beachcomber Concept’s design featured no passenger doors or a hard roof. Equipped with all-wheel drive, the MINI Beachcomber Concept teased the crossover versatility that would be present in the upcoming Countryman.

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Mercedes Benz Sprinter Van
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By itself, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter full-sized van was not a major new product. After all, the vehicle existed in Canada for years but wore the Dodge or Freightliner names. While Mercedes-Benz branded commercial vehicles were commonplace in Europe, the German automaker appeared resistant to have their star emblem adorn non-luxury products in the United States and Canada. However, with the break-up of DaimlerChrysler, the Dodge brand would drop the Sprinter van range resulting in Mercedes-Benz committing to market the commercial product under their moniker. The 2010 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter was offered in a cargo version and a passenger model with a capacity up to 12 passengers powered by a 3.0-liter diesel engine. Since 2010, Mercedes-Benz has managed a balance between being recognized as both a luxury and commercial vehicle brand in Canada. In addition to the Sprinter, Mercedes-Benz added the smaller Metris van for the 2016 model year.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Mercedes Benz SLS AMG
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A successor to the Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR, the SLS AMG was an ultra-elite performance car that debuted in 2010. While the previous model was developed in partnership with Formula 1 company McLaren, the Mercedes-AMG performance division handled the creation of the newest two-passenger sport machine. Propelled by a 571-horsepower 6.2-liter V-8 engine paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, the 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG boasted an acceleration time from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 317 kilometers per hour. The long hooded, aluminum-bodied SLS AMG hardtop appearing at the 2010 Canadian International AutoShow included an iconic call-back to the 300SL Gullwing with upward opening doors. 

Honda CR-Z Hybrid

Honda CR Z Hybrid at 2010 CIAS
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The first major automaker to sell a modern era hybrid vehicle in North America (narrowly beating the Toyota Prius to the continent), Honda had remained almost as devoted promoting electrification in their production vehicles as their fellow Japan-derived rival. By the late 2000s, Honda had dropped the Accord Hybrid but continued a hybrid version of the Civic was maintained. For the 2010 model year, Honda revived the Insight name first used on their first dedicated hybrid vehicle reapplying it to a hyper-efficient sedan. As a hybrid powered companion to the new Insight, the Honda CR-Z was introduced for the 2011 model year as a two-door, 2+2 passenger sport compact. Although a fascinating compact sport coupe, the CR-Z found only a modest niche of customers. Achieving highway fuel economy of 5.0 liters per 100 kilometers, the 1.5-liter four-cylinder i-VTEC engine combined with Integrated Motor Assist never delivered more a combined 122 horsepower deflating its sport character.

Volkswagen Up! lite and NCC Concepts

Volkswagen up! Lite Concept
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German auto giant Volkswagen arrived at the 2010 Canadian International AutoShow with two concept vehicles exhibiting the company’s innovation. Not intended for production, Volkswagen’s Up! Lite concept car was a full-blown exercise to create a hyper-fuel efficient four-wheeled, four-passenger automobile. A hybrid powertrain combining an electric motor with a tiny 0.8-liter diesel two-cylinder engine as well as ultra-lightweight construction consisting of the extensive use of aluminum and carbon fiber allows the UP! Lite Concept to consume just 2.44 liters of fuel to travel 100 kilometers (70 miles per gallon. The second concept vehicle Volkswagen brought to Toronto for the 2010 show was the New Compact Coupe (NCC). A two-door shape engineered to provoke dynamic elegance covered by a Tungsten Silver Metallic paint colour, the Volkswagen NCC featured many styling cues that would appear in the North American Passat sedan unveiled the following year. 

Infiniti Essence Concept

Infiniti Essence 2010 CIAS
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Although the lower-key tone of the 2010 Canadian International AutoShow did not feature to many instances of outright extravagance, there were a handful of luxury opulence. The future of premium motoring was best exemplified at the show by an Infiniti concept car. A 592-horsepower gasoline/electric hybrid rear-wheel drive luxury sport coupe, Infiniti’s Essence Concept covered all the bases for a high-end grand slam. The brand’s “Dynamic Adeyaka” exterior styling was a sensation on the show floor as a double-arch grille, flowing side character lines and a long hood were favourably shown off on the 185-inch long vehicle. Since the Essence Concept’s appearance, the C-shaped kink appearing on the concept car’s rear side windows is at least partially adopted by Infiniti’s current Q60 coupe and QX50 crossover. The two-passenger interior of the Infiniti Essence Concept featured controls in a pure, driver-focused layout encapsulates the pilot in black while an elegant red flowed throughout the passenger area. A final high-end touch to the Essence Concept is the inclusion of specially-fitted Louis Vuitton luggage.   

Special Exhibitions:

Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame

Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame Room at 2010  CIAS
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As a motorsport fan, the 2010 Canadian International AutoShow provided two pleasing themed displays to satisfy my desire to be surrounded by auto racing in the middle of winter. The first was a small assembly of race cars part of the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame. A Can Am race car previously driven by Paul Tracy, a Jaguar XJS Trans Am car and a vehicle from the former Midland F1 Racing team were some incredible sights to see but the exhibit also contained some truly milestone-defining pieces. Vehicles of note included the Multimatic Motorsports-fielded Nissan-powered Lola prototype that won the 2000 24 Hours of Le Mans LMP675 category, a Wolf Racing WR1 Formula 1 car as well as a Player’s sponsored #99 CART race car connected to the late Greg Moore. At the start of 2021, the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame is going into its second decade of not having a permanent home.

Carroll Shelby Display 

Shelby Display Cars
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In concert with his induction into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame in 2010, the Canadian International AutoShow dedicated a sizable amount of level 700 of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to vehicles relating to the iconic Carroll Shelby. An overall winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans as a driver in 1959, Shelby’s short career behind the wheel was followed by a long legacy-building time developing sports cars. The AC Shelby Cobra, Sunbeam Tiger, Ford Shelby GT350, Shelby Daytona and the several Ford GT40s were part of a marvelous collection. Also included in the display was a Dodge Viper and several Ford concept cars created based on Carroll Shelby’s famous vehicles.  

Cruise Nationals

Sadly, I left the 2010 Canadian International AutoShow without capturing any images of the year’s Cruise Nationals finalists. The sixth year of the event within the event, ten of the finest classic and custom vehicles were positioned for top honours. Crowned the grand champion for the 2010 edition of Cruise Nationals was Doug O’Brien’s 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe called Tango. Bill Budd’s 1949 Ford F47 pickup truck took the silver medal while a 1951 Mercury Monarch owned by Bill Train claimed bronze.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Canadian International AutoShow Revisited: 2009 Edition

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Theme of the Show: The New Era

The first Canadian International AutoShow I attended, the 2009 Toronto exhibition was an event that operated in an uncertain economic time for the industry. 

The great recession ended the decade causing considerable reassessments on many fronts. With roughly 1,674,100 vehicles sold in Canadian during 2008 equating to a roughly 1 percent drop compared to the previous year, the data actually showed a radical increase in passenger car sales while truck sales fell to its deepest level in seven years. Smaller, economical cars were favoured among new vehicle buyers while traditional truck-like struggled as a hangover of high gas prices and over-saturation of the marketplace. The fickleness of the 2009 buyer would be highlighted when auto sales took a deeper plummet in Canada with 1,484,900 new vehicles sold.

Besides the attitude of car buyers, the biggest change that would appear over the course of 2009 was among the automakers. General Motors and Chrysler Group both filed for bankruptcy following the wrap of the Canadian International AutoShow. The 2009 show was the only occasion for me to see Pontiac, Saab and Saturn exhibited as new cars. General Motors would also remove the Hummer brand but the name is currently being revived as an all-electric vehicle under GMC starting for the 2022 model year.

Following my attendance of the 2009 auto show, I purchased a higher resolution, more capable digital camera. With that being said, I would certainly like to believe that my photography his improved over the course of 12 years. 

Notable Vehicles:

Chevrolet Volt 

chevy volt 2009
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Chevrolet’s first dedicated electrified vehicle, the Volt plug-in hybrid arrived for sale in 2010 as a 2011 model. In its final production form at the 2009 Canadian International AutoShow, the first generation Chevrolet Volt featured the capability of running up to 56 kilometers on solely electric power. Though the Volt plug-in hybrid was viewed as a breakthrough vehicle that would guide Chevrolet, General Motors and perhaps the whole North American auto market as a whole to a new era, the $41,545 Canadian price tag (before government incentives) for a well-trimmed compact sedan was a significant tether preventing it from becoming a total success. 

Chevrolet Camaro SS

auto show day 3 Chevrolet Camaro SS
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While a great deal of media buzz situated on how the Chevrolet Volt could be the vehicle that would lead new General Motors to prosperity after its inevitable bankruptcy, a legend of old General Motors was being prepared for its own rebirth. A nameplate dormant since the last vehicle coasted off the defunct Sainte-Therese, Quebec plant in 2002, the Camaro was returning to showrooms for the 2010 model year. Based on the 2006 Chevrolet Camaro concept, the new production vehicle’s style was heavily inspired by the first generation variant with a classic muscle car shape. While the Camaro SS’s 426-horsepower LS3 V-8 engine was the primary choice for performance lovers, a 312-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 engine was also available. When I arrived at the 2009 Canadian International AutoShow, the Chevrolet Camaro SS in Inferno Orange with white striping was the first vehicle I ever sat in at the event.    

Nissan NV2500 Concept

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In 2021, Nissan has carved out a small niche in the North American light duty commercial vehicle marketplace that generally favoured domestic brands. Back in 2009, years after introducing the full-sized Titan pickup truck, Nissan began their endeavour to enter the work vehicle sector in the United States and Canada. The Nissan NV2500 Concept functioned as a glimpse at the full-sized commercial van the automaker would ultimately produce in 2014 at a facility in Canton, Mississippi. The concept version of the vehicle aggressively advertised its versatility with a fold-down exterior table and a side cargo door complete with tailored mounting for work tools.  


BMW Z4 Roadster
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Introduced as the pure expression of BMW’s driving excellence, the Z3 roadster provided the base line for what became the Z4 that debuted in 2002. By 2009, the BMW Z4 received a considerable refresh that saw the two-seater gained an extra level of maturity. Along with becoming exclusively a retractable hardtop sports car featuring a two-piece aluminum roof structure, the second generation BMW Z4 boasted iDrive control and three powerplant choices including an available 306-horsepower, twin-turbocharged, direct-injected inline six. The new BMW Z4 was also notable within the brand for employing female design talents. Julianne Blasi styled the sleek, longer exterior of the retractable hardtop vehicle while Nadya Arnaout sculpted the driver-oriented interior featuring high-class materials and improved elbow room.   

Kia Forte Sedan and Koup Concept 

Kia Forte Coupe Concept
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Selling vehicle in Canada for more than a decade by 2009, South Korean-derived Kia Motors established itself mainly a budget auto brand with somewhat underwhelming styling. However, as the make stood on the border to a new decade, Kia began to plant seeds for more emotionally stimulating designs. Making its Canadian debut at the 2009 show, the 2010 Kia Forte sedan featured smart yet sporty presentation sculpted by the brand’s California design studio. Also appearing at the Canadian International AutoShow as a concept, the Koup Concept was a more exciting two-door image of what Kia’s compact car could be. Although the coupe was classified as a concept, the second, more aggressive body style was swiftly added to Kia’s production line. The Kia Forte is currently a leading vehicle in the compact category but the Koup model was discontinued after the 2016 model year.  

Ferrari F430 Scuderia Spider 16M

Ferraris on display at 2009 Canadian International AutoShow
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Located on level 800 across the Hyundai vehicle display floor, there was a small grouping of exotic vehicles representing one of Italy’s most popular sports car companies. The Ferrari brand was represented by four examples of the performance brand’s latest speed machines. Though the Ferrari California retractable hardtop convertible was highlighted by the auto show, a vehicle found towards the front of the display was the F430 Scuderia Spider 16M. A special edition model created to commemorate Ferrari’s 2008 Formula 1 Constructors’ Championship (the team’s 16th and most recent as of start of the 2021 season), the Ferrari F430 Scuderia Spider 16M was finished in a Giallo Modena Ds yellow exterior accompanied by the available tricolour striping. The special edition 16M version of the mid-engined sports car included a 503-horsepower V-8 engine paired with a fast-responding 6-speed electro-hydraulic transmission as well as lightweight steering wheel and seating structure incorporating carbon fiber construction. Only 499 examples of the Ferrari F430 Scuderia Spider 16M would be built. 

Chrysler Town & Country EV ENVI Concept

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During the short-lived existence of the Chrysler Group that operated under a private equity company, the automaker was between their divorce with Daimler-Benz and their eventual merger with Fiat Group. Despite being in a precarious financial situation, Chrysler Group intended to produce a lineup of innovative electrified vehicles through the ENVI program. A plug-in hybrid concept of the Chrysler Town & Country minivan was presented on the brand’s 2009 exhibition space touted 64-kilometer all-electric driving range and a combined range of 644 kilometers. The lithium-ion battery pack was fitted within the location of the traditional Stow n’ Go bins. Creating several concepts, the ENVI program ended without any production models released to the public.

Honda FC Sport Concept

Honda FC Sport Concept at 2009 CIAS
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One of the more radical idea cars shown at the 2009 Canadian International AutoShow, the Honda FC Sport Concept was a bold, three-passenger sports car (placing the driver in the middle similar to the McLaren F1) centrally-located at the front of the auto brand’s exhibition space. Propelled through the power of a hydrogen fuel cell, the concept envisions a strict performance look accompanying the technology that was already appearing in Honda’s limited production FCX Clarity. The Honda V Flow fuel cell and the battery pack were located as close to the center of the FC Sport Concept as possible for optimized weight distribution. Exterior panels made of bio-plastics, Formula 1-inspired aerodynamics and an upward opening canopy also defined the Honda FC Sport Concept.

Special Exhibitions:

Cruise Nationals

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A component of the Canadian International AutoShow since 2006, Cruise Nationals assembled 10 of the finest classic vehicles spotted at cruise events close to the Greater Toronto Area. Selected vehicles can be a stock restored model or could be a personalized custom car or truck. Every automobile present on level 700 of the south end of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre came with a story from a proud, dedicated owner. For the 2009 auto show, the Gold Champion recipient was Roger Thibault’s 1936 Ford pickup truck. Steven Bloom’s 1933 Ford convertible took the Silver award while a Ralph Porco’s 1972 Dodge Challenger took bronze.



Corvette Mako Shark Concept Car
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Primarily assembled inside a relatively small room on level 700 just beyond the Cruise Nationals vehicles was the 2009 Canadian International AutoShow’s Corvette! Showcase. Including beautiful examples of the then six generations of the Chevrolet Corvette, the exhibit also included a pair of concepts noteworthy for any major fan of the American sports car. At the entrance of room, the 1962 Mako Shark design prototype contained a slew of styling cues that would be found on the Corvette Sting Ray introduced in 1963. Another influential concept of Corvette’s past included at the 2009 display was the Manta Ray. Starting life as the Mako Shark II that give shape to the C3 Corvette production car, the Manta Ray featured numerous design modifications and an all-aluminum ZL-1 engine. 

Monday, February 22, 2021

In the Spirit of the Canadian International AutoShow

Elevated Shot of 2020 CIAS Floor Space
Photo Credit: Chris Nagy/Car FYI Canada

If not for the ongoing, unprecedented world issue that required our attention, yesterday (Sunday, February 21st), the 2021 edition of the Canadian International AutoShow would have wrapped in what would have certainty been a memorable occasion. 

A little more than a year and a week ago, I returned from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre where I absorbed the science, technology and beauty of the modern auto industry. At the time, I was in the presence of concepts such as the BMW Vision M NEXT and Infiniti QS Inspiration, production vehicle symbolizing Canada’s changing roadways including the Ford Mustang Mach E and Audi e-tron Sportback as well as the super exotics like the Bugatti La Voiture Noire. There was little thought attending the 2020 Canadian International AutoShow that the next year’s event would have been cancelled.

One of many occasions disrupted by the global battle of 2020 that has already claimed too much (admittedly many more important than an auto show), the 2021 edition of the Canadian International AutoShow would be impacted. Despite the best efforts of organizers to turn the 2021 proceedings into a virtual showcase, the Canadian International AutoShow was called off last November. There is little need to mention how the cancellation of the event altogether was deflating news in the wake of this already deeply challenging time. 

Volkswagen's 2020 CIAS Press Conference
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Since 2009, the second week in the month of February involved a day that pulled me out of the doldrums of winter. For usually what was a cold Thursday morning, I arrive in Toronto for a massive indoor festival surrounding the motor vehicle and its culture known as the Canadian International AutoShow. In a world where safely congregating was unimpeded, the collection of several hundred automobiles in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre easily lured a crowd young and old over the span of nine days (not including Thursday’s traditional media day and a gala they would have in the evening). 

The Canadian International AutoShow had served as an annual visitation for 12 years where I received a lesson on the evolving automotive culture in the country. I’ve seen brands change as names like Pontiac, Saab and Suzuki left the Canadian automotive market while Tesla, Genesis and Ram emerge. Technologies such as touchscreen infotainment systems, advanced accident avoidance and battery-powered motoring have grown from being a fascination to a commonality. With so many changes, the tastes and attitude of the automobile have undergone a metamorphosis but the soul of the popular mode of transportation remained one we could depend upon. 

Beyond the automobiles themselves, the auto show always provided an opportunity to experience the displays with others. Although I prefer to maintain my own company when I attend shows, I am fully cognisant to which vehicles and attractions that drew crowds. In many cases, the major draws of a show are the natural choices. Every year, the Chevrolet Corvettes, Ford Mustangs, a wide selection of exotic models from Ferrari, Lamborghini and Bugatti as well as the hottest concept cars captivate. However, the 

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Red Low Res
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Even though the 2021 Canadian International AutoShow did not take place, there is an exceptional amount of innovation set to transform the automobile awaiting introduction. Through connectivity, occupants can better communicate with those beyond the vehicle’s structure. A chance to better enhance the manner we live, enhanced connectivity appearing on upcoming automobiles will likely enable vehicles to communicate between one another alerting a driver of potential dangers and potentially working by itself to minimize any problems. Already making considerable strides with recent generations of cars, trucks and crossovers with airbags, anti-lock braking system, rearview camera as well as roll-out of advanced collision avoidance technology being integrated into designs, the opportunity presented through additional autonomous driving aids could more further to reduce casualties caused in motoring. The final greatest field of aggressive transformation for the automobile is making them more environmentally minded. Besides their drive systems incorporating much greater electrification, there is also an increasing focus on insuring the construction and use of materials for producing future vehicles can lessen the impact on the ecosystem. Just as it has become evermore clear this that change is an enviable constant in our lives, automobiles are identifying its future prosperity.

Having attended the past editions of the Canadian International AutoShow as a personal indulgence, I also took the position as a member of media wanting to share and chronicle the event so it could be enjoyed by many others. I sincerely hope that my efforts have been appreciated. This past week, I’ve been combing through the media I’ve compiled from my visits to previous Canadian International AutoShows and will share highlights of each year’s event. 

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Car FYI Canada 2021 Vehicle Guide: Acura


Photo Credit: American Honda Motor Inc./ Acura

Entering its 35th year as Honda’s luxury brand in the United States and Canada, Acura appears with 2021 lineup containing five vehicles ranging from their strong-selling RDX crossover to the NSX supercar. Acura has discontinued sales of their RLX Sedan following the 2020 model year promoting the all-new TLX to the position of the luxury brand’s flagship sedan. Skipping the 2021 model year, the Acura MDX three-row premium crossover vehicle is based on an all-new larger 2022 counterpart arriving in February. In this latest anniversary year for the premium marque, the focus remains on blending comfort with precision engineering and sport holding.


Acura ILX

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Despite being based on the same platform as the Honda Civic, the Acura ILX’s design and content makes it a tempting choice for drivers seeking a modestly-sized sedan with premium comfort. Available in four trim levels, the 2020 Acura ILX luxury compact sedan is exclusively powered by a direct-injected, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. On the base version of the 2020 ILX, standard features include the brand’s signature Jewel-Eye LED headlights, silver 17-inch alloy wheels, premium six-speaker sound system and a ten-way power adjustable driver’s seat. An upgrade to the Premium trim level adds perforated leather seating, Cross Traffic Monitor System as well as portable device connectivity through Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Premium A-SPEC version of the Acura ILX sedan adds sport appearance items including more aggressive front and rear panels, side skirts, rear deck lid spoiler as well as Dark Finish 18-inch alloy wheels. The highest-equipped version of the 2020 ILX, the Tech A-SPEC comes with an Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition and a ten-speaker audio system with hard drive storage. All 2020 Acura ILX models include AcuraWatch containing anti-collision features including Collision Mitigation Braking System and Forward Collision Warning.

Notable Changes for 2021: No changes have been announced for 2021. 

Combined City/Highway Fuel Economy: 8.6 liters per 100 kilometers

Canadian Pricing

Base: $30,490

Premium: $32,990

Premium A-SPEC: $34,490 

Tech A-SPEC: $35,890

Acura MDX (2022)

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Arriving in February of 2021 as the fourth-generation version of Acura’s flagship crossover, the 2022 Acura MDX pledges to deliver drastic improvements in innovation, interior refinement and performance. The new MDX is longer and wider than the previous shape translating to a more dynamic stance as well as greater interior dimensions. Along with greater third-row passenger space, the premium crossover’s cargo room has been greatly expanded to 16.3 cubic feet. The 2022 Acura MDX new chassis will feature the model’s first application of a double-wishbone front suspension paired with a multi-link rear suspension. Larger standard 19-inch wheels, Integrated Dynamic System, panoramic sunroof and 10.3-inch Precision Cockpit all-digital instrument display is included on the base model. The 2022 MDX is also available with a Technology Package adding a 12-speaker audio system as well as Acura’s IconicDrive interior LED lighting allowing the occupants to choose between 27-selectable settings. A sport-styled A-SPEC and a luxuriously appointed Platinum Elite Package provides additional high-end content including an expertly-tuned 16-speaker ELS STUDIO 3D premium audio system. All 2022 Acura MDX models are propelled by a 290-horsepower V-6 engine matched with a 10-speed automatic transmission and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. Coming in the summer of next year, a Type S version of the new Acura MDX will invigorate the performance attitude of the larger crossover featuring a 355-horsepower turbocharged V-6 engine.

Notable Changes for 2021: All-new fourth-generation model for 2022.

Combined City/Highway Fuel Economy: 10.8 liters per 100 kilometers

Canadian Pricing

Base: $56,405

MDX with Technology Package: $60,405

MDX A-Spec: $63,405

MDX with Premium Elite Package: $67,405

Acura NSX

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A sensual form introduced almost a decade ago in concept form, the Acura NSX is still a shape capable of generating fresh, vibrant performance. Hand-built at Honda’s Performance Manufacturing Center, the mid-engined supercar carries on into 2021 as an exemplary speed machine. The 2021 Acura NSX’s muscular yet sleek exterior contours, low center of gravity and responsive handling is mated with a hybrid gasoline/electric powertrain. A twin-turbocharged, 3.5-liter double overhead cam V-6 operating with a dry sump lubrication system combines with three electric motors to generate a combined 573 horsepower. Acura’s Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive aids a driver in negotiating roads tapping into the NSX’s power potential capable of launching the car to a 307-kilometer per hour top speed. The two-seat interior of the Acura NSX features perforated leather and Alcantara trimmed seats, ELS Studio Premium Audio System with nine speakers and subwoofer as well as a push-button start. 

Notable Changes for 2021: Drawing inspiration from NSX models sold between 2002 and 2005, a Long Beach Blue Pearl paint colour is now offered on the 2021 Acura NSX as a $700.00 option. 

Combined City/Highway Fuel Economy: 11.2 liters per 100 kilometers (based on 21 Miles per gallon)

Canadian Pricing:

Base: $192,895.00

Acura RDX

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Acura’s top-selling product in Canada and the United States, the RDX crossover features a balanced approach of luxury with everyday driveability. The handsomely prepared Acura RDX enters the 2021 model year as a pleasing shape capable of moving five occupants in comfort accompanied by 881 liters of gear (expandable to 2,260 liters of maximum cargo space when the rear seats are folded). Propelled by a 272-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter V-TEC engine mated to a standard equipped 10-speed automatic transmission and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, the 2021 Acura RDX maintains formidable performance for all the seasons that Canada has in store. Acura’s Jewel Eye LED headlights, panoramic sunroof, height-programmable power tailgate and 12-way power adjustable front seats are standard amenities included on the base trimmed version of the premium crossover. A navigation system, Blind Spot Information and a 12-speaker ELS Studio premium audio system are included with the higher tier Tech package. The Acura RDX Elite model adds perforated leather-trimmed seating, heated rear seats as well as perimeter/approach puddle lights. The A-SPEC variant of the 2021 RDX boasts a more aggressive luxury appearance that includes special bodywork, 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels and LED log lights. The top-end Acura RDX Platinum Elite comes with a 19-speaker audio system, second-row temperature control, colour head-up display and surround view camera system.

Notable Changes for 2021: Finished in an exclusive Thermal Orange and limited in production to just 360 examples, the 2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition is hand-assembled to the exacting standard of the NSX.

Combined City/Highway Fuel Economy: 10.3 liters per 100 kilometers

Canadian Pricing:

Base: $44,390

Tech: $47,690

Elite: $50,890

A-SPEC: $51,190

Platinum Elite: $55,390

Acura TLX

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Introduced in 2015 as a replacement to the TL and TSX, the Acura TLX’s 2021 redesign usurps another sedan. Replacing the RLX sedan, the all-new TLX is larger than the previous generation model with a 3.7-inch longer wheelbase length and 2.2 inches in additional width. Although assuming the role as the luxury brand’s flagship sedan, the 2021Acura TLX sedan’s styling is much more athletic with a more pronounced diamond pentagon grille and a racier side profile. Assembled on a platform structure featuring much improved rigidity, the TLX handling is optimized through a front double wishbone suspension and NSX-derived Electro-Servo brakes. The vehicle also gains an expanded interior incorporating a “Dual Personal Cockpit” design theme. Based equipped versions of the 2021 Acura TLX will include standard features such as Jewel Eye LED headlights, power moonroof, adaptive cruise control, 10.2-inch HD colour centre display and a 10-speaker entertainment system with compatibility for Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Windows Media. A navigation system with voice recognition, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor System and heated steering wheel is included with the upgrade to the TLX Tech package. The A-SPEC version of the 2021 Acura TLX touts unique sport-tuned exterior styling that includes a rear spoiler along with seating combining Ultrasuede and leather. The Platinum Elite package comes with an adaptive damper system, colour head-up display and rear heated seats. The four initial trim versions of the 2021 TLX will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine mated to standard Super Handling All-Wheel Drive.

Notable Changes for 2021: Completely redesigned for the 2021 model year. Acura TLX Type S planned for the spring of 2021 will come with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine.

Combined City/Highway Fuel Economy: 9.9 liters per 100 kilometers with Base, Tech and Platinum Elite.10.3 liters per 100 kilometers with A-SPEC.

Canadian Pricing:

Base: $44,490

Tech: $46,890

A-SPEC: $49,790

Platinum Elite: $52,190