Apr 16

Alfa Romeo Return To North America With The All-New Alfa Romeo 4C

All-new Alfa Romeo 4C Debuts at the 2014 New York Auto Show, Marks the Iconic Italian Brand’s Return to North America

Road-Test.orgAvailable in the summer of 2014 and designed for North America’s “Alfisti”, the  2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition includes unique appointments and is limited to 500 serialized coupes

April 16, 2014 , Windsor, Ontario - Marking the Italian brand’s highly anticipated return to North America, the all-new Alfa Romeo 4C makes its 2014 New York Auto Show debut – a mid-engine design inspired by the brand’s legendary racing history, state-of-the-art carbon fibre monocoque and all-aluminum turbocharged engine influenced by Formula 1, and advanced technological solutions, all to deliver supercar-level performance and driving exhilaration.

“The all-new Alfa Romeo 4C delivers supercar-level performance in its most elemental form” said Harald Wester, President and CEO of Alfa Romeo. “With its ultra-lightweight materials and technological solutions derived directly from motorsports, a mid-engine proportion for maximum agility and purposeful styling cues to enhance performance – the all-new 4C coupe marks Alfa Romeo’s return to sports cars and the brand’s return to North America.”

For the Alfa Romeo brand, the 4C represents the essential sportiness embedded in the brand’s D.N.A.: Italian style, performance and technical excellence, for maximum driving pleasure. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 16

ALL-NEW 2015 KIA SEDONA MAKES GLOBAL DEBUT

Completely Redesigned Midsize Multi-purpose Vehicle Raises the Bar in the Segment with Innovative Technology, Style and Added Safety FeaturesRoad-Test.org

NEW YORK, April 14, 2014 – Set against the backdrop of one of the world’s premier urban playgrounds, Kia Motors America (KMA) today took the wraps off the all-new 2015 Sedona midsize multi-purpose vehicle in New York City.

As the final chapter in Kia’s design-led transformation story – which began in 2009 and has seen a comprehensive makeover of Kia’s entire model line under the direction of chief design officer Peter Schreyer – the all-new Sedona’s CUV-like styling and proportions offer all of the functional convenience of the segment while defying its design limitations.

In addition to innovative European-inspired design, the 2015 Sedona also delivers the exceptional interior volume buyers expect in the segment with ample passenger and cargo room and a quiet and comfortable cabin.  Following the philosophy that has guided Kia’s recent succession of highly successful redesigns, the Sedona advances value to new levels of sophistication with a host of segment-leading new technology and upscale features, all of which will be offered in a new premium trim level – SXL – which will be available when U.S. sales are scheduled to begin in the late third quarter or early fourth quarter of this year.  Pricing will be announced closer to the Sedona’s launch date. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 15

Some Assembly Required – Displaying a 2015 Ford Mustang Convertible 1,000 Feet Above Manhattan

DEARBORN, Mich., April 15, 2014 – As the world honours 50 years of Ford Mustang, what better way to celebrate one of the most iconic car brands than putting one back on top of one of the most iconic buildings? When Ford and the Empire State Building decided to display a new 2015 Mustang convertible on the 86th floor observation deck, Ford turned to a long-time supplier for the unique expertise required to make this happen.

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In a world where tiny start-ups are regularly swallowed up by established behemoths, Ford Motor Company and Romulus, Mich.-based DST Industries have been collaborators for nearly six decades. In 1965 – the only other time in the Empire State Building’s 83-year history a car was displayed on its open-air deck – a DST crew was on hand to show off that Mustang convertible.

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Apr 15

Dodge Offers ‘Double-Up’ Program on 2014 Dodge Charger and Challenger

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  • Get a 2014 Charger or Challenger now; trade to a 2015 Charger or Challenger and keep the same payment
  • Innovative, industry-exclusive lease program offered through end of August 2014
  • No additional down payment required on eligible 2015 models
  • Flexibility to choose a Charger or Challenger now and switch to the other model later
  • Augmented reality App coming in May; experience 2015 Charger and Challenger on tablets and mobile devices
April 14, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -
New 2015 Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger muscle cars are coming later this year, but there is no need to wait to get into one of these performance icons.

The Dodge brand has crafted the “Double-Up” program for Charger and Challenger enthusiasts. Eligible customers can lease a 2014 Charger or Challenger for 12 months, and leave the dealership with a guarantee that when they return in a year and follow program rules they will have the same lease payment on a new 2015 Charger or Challenger.

Customers can take advantage of this innovative program now through the end of August 2014.

“If you have your eye on a new Challenger or Charger, there’s no need to wait for the new models to arrive,” said Tim Kuniskis, Dodge Brand President and CEO, Chrysler Group LLC. “The Dodge Double-Up program lets you drive today’s Charger or Challenger and trade to the 2015 with no increase in payment. This is our way of thanking our loyal Charger and Challenger customers, and extending this offer to any new customers longing to get into one of these iconic muscle cars.”

Both the Charger and Challenger were strong sales performers during 2013. Last year, the Charger recorded its best annual sales since 2007, while the Challenger posted its best annual sales ever.

Under this new “Double-Up” program, eligible customers may enter into a 12-month lease for a 2014 Charger (excluding Charger SE and Charger SRT) or a 2014 Challenger (excluding Challenger SRT).
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Apr 13

New 2014 Ram Power Wagon—Canada’s Most Capable Off-Road Pickup

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  • Simply no other pickup on the market matches Power Wagon’s on- and off-road capability
  • Standard 6.4-litre HEMI® V8 with best-in-class 410 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque features an exceptional powertrain warranty of five years/100,000 kilometres
  • Unique “Ram Articulink” front suspension system incorporates high movement joints and sway-bar disconnecting system, allowing for additional flexibility and axle articulation
  • Ram engineering continues to lead Heavy Duty segment innovation with a new 5-link coil spring rear suspension to deliver enhanced ride comfort and superior axle control
  • Ram Power Wagon features standard front and rear electronic-locking differentials for true four-wheel-drive and maximum traction
  • Standard Warn® electric winch rated for 5,443 kilograms (12,000 pounds) mounted behind the front bumper
  • Up to 4,903 kg (10,810 lb.) of towing capacity
  • New exterior design: colours, lighting, wheels, grilles and tri-colour graphics
  • Introduced in 1945, Power Wagon was the first mass-production 4×4 pickup

 

April 9, 2014 , Windsor, Ontario - Ram Truck brand’s quest to build the best pickups continues. The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel delivers the segment’s best fuel economy at 7.1 L/100 km (40 mpg) highway. Ram’s Heavy Duty truck line owns best-in-class towing at 16,608 kg (30,000 lb.) and best-in-class Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) at 17,055 kg (37,600 lb.), but there’s an additional title Ram Truck has always held: the most capable off-road pickup.

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Mar 27

All-New 2015 Ford Mustang – New Technology Makes It More Capable and Personal Than Ever

All-New 2015 Ford Mustang, Road-Test.org

  • All-new Ford Mustang offers 15 new or segment-exclusive features enabling drivers to personalize and maximize the driving experience
  •  Class-exclusive driver-assist features include available radar-based adaptive cruise control and collision warning and Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert

DEARBORN, Mich., March 24, 2014 –The all-new 2015 Ford Mustang offers more advanced technology than any car in its class, enabling drivers to personalize and optimize the feel and functionality of the car to match driving conditions and their driving style. A customer would have to spend thousands more on a premium German sports coupe to get all of the technology features available in Mustang.

“While Mustang unquestionably has always been about the ride, we can now do a lot of cool things with technology to let the true personality of the car come through the driver’s fingers and backside,” said Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer. “Everything we added to Mustang is designed to let its drivers personalize the car to their tastes and wants to get the most out of it no matter how or where they drive.”

All-New 2015 Ford Mustang, Road-Test.org

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Personalized control
Mustang has the first application of Ford’s new stability control system that provides improved performance on high-traction surfaces. Ford’s unique Curve Control is also included with Mustang for the first time, helping to slow the car if the driver goes into a corner with too much speed. The newly available selectable drive mode system builds on that foundation to give Mustang drivers even more control over how the car feels. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 25

Volvo Canada officially unveils the 2015 V60 Sportswagon

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2015 model unveiled at VIAS features world-first Cyclist Detection active safety technology

 VANCOUVER, B.C. (March 25, 2014) – Volvo Cars of Canada Corp. President and CEO Marc Engelen unveiled the exciting new 2015 Volvo V60 Sportswagon to media at the Vancouver International Auto Show today. Available at Volvo Canada retailers now at a starting MSRP of $39,800, the new-to-Canada V60 has already garnered an overwhelmingly positive reaction from consumers and automotive media alike. 2015 Volvo V60, Road-Test.org

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Feb 11

The 2014 Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto Opens On Friday

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New Cars. New Exhibits. Big Announcements. 

The 2014 Canadian International AutoShow is more than excited to show to the world what we have that sets us apart from the rest. What better way than to promote our exclusive Canadian premieres with new concept and production cars and the technology that goes along with it found in our AutoConnect exhibit.

VEHICLE PREMIERES
At least 35 Canadian premieres will highlight the 2014 Canadian International AutoShow opening on Friday, February 14th, 2014.

A partial list of those premières includes:

  • 2015 Audi S3 & S8
  • 2015 Acura TLX
  • 2015 Chrysler 200
  • 2015 Ford F-150
  • 2015 Honda Fit
  • Jaguar C-X17
  • Volkswagen Golf 

CONCEPT CARS
To date, the following concepts have been confirmed: Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 10

How Does Cold Weather Affect Fuel Economy?

Cold weather and winter driving conditions can reduce your fuel economy significantly. Fuel economy tests show that, in short-trip city driving, a conventional gasoline car’s gas mileage is about 12% lower at 20°F (6°C) than it would be at 77°F (25°C). It can drop as much as 22% for very short trips (3 to 4 miles). The effect on hybrid vehicles is worse. Their fuel economy can drop about 31% to 34% under winter conditions. These conclusions are based on an analysis by Oak Ridge National Laboratory comparing EPA Federal Test Procedure (FTP) results for 600 conventional vehicles and 14 hybrids under “normal” temperatures (around 77°F / 25°C) and cold-weather conditions (20°F / 6°C).www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/coldweather.shtml, Road-Test.org

According to the DOE/EPA website fueleconomy.gov, cold weather can affect your vehicle in more ways than you might expect: Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 31

You Test It: Ford Offers Opportunity to Be Among First People Behind the Wheel of All-New F-150

2015 Ford F150

DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 30, 2014  Ford, Canada’s truck leader, is looking for truck buyers to take an all-new F-150 through some of the toughest testing it might ever encounter – their own.

Ford is launching the “You Test” campaign, in which actual Ford F-150 drivers and fans could win the opportunity to sit behind the wheel of the all-new 2015 F-150 before nearly anyone else in the world. By visiting BuiltToughTest.com, customers can tell Ford how they would test the toughness of the new F-150 pickup – maybe through a grueling off-road challenge, or even through the daily routine of a demanding job site.

“We prove every day our trucks are Built Ford Tough – now we’re asking truck customers to help us prove it too,” said Eric Peterson, Ford F-150 marketing manager. “We’re looking for people who know how to punish a truck. Built Ford Tough isn’t just a tagline; it’s the philosophy that drives us every day to make the best trucks out there, and it’s what has made F-Series the No. 1 truck for nearly 40 years.”

Up to five winners will be selected to spend up to a week behind the wheel of a new F-150 while video crews document the truck undergoing the real-world testing. The videos will be posted to YouTube.com/FordTrucks.

Entries must be received by May 31, 2014. Winners will be announced before Sept. 1, 2014. No purchase necessary. Complete terms and conditions are available at BuiltToughTest.com.

The all-new F-150 is the toughest F-150 ever, with a high-strength steel frame and a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body. The new F-150 will undergo more than 10 million miles of toughness and durability testing before it reaches showrooms later this year.

F-150 is also the preferred light-duty pickup among workers in some of the toughest vocations. According to Polk registration data of light-duty pickups, 53 per cent of these truck drivers in the heavy construction industry, 56 per cent in the heavy hauling industry and 60 percent in the energy/utility industry drive F-150 pickups.

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