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A rechargeable hybrid system option: CHRYSLER Since the 1984 debut of the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager fol-

lowed by the Chrysler Town & Country in 1990, Chrysler (now known as

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venerable Town & Country with an all-new model, the Pacifica. Despite this newest arrival, the Dodge Grand Caravan remains in production as Chrysler’s entry-level minivan. The Pacifica represents a higher-end option with a more luxurious interior, improved handling and advanced tech features including a rechargeable hybrid engine — a brand first. The Pacifica comes standard with a 3.6-L V6 engine paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission. For maximal fuel efficiency, an all-new hybrid engine system is also available. This version combines a 3.6-L Atkinson cycle V6 with an electric motor and a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. It has an estimated range of 911 kilometres on a fully charged battery and a full tank of fuel.

The Ram family Ram pickup options have also been extended this year with the arrival of the new Rebel Blue Streak, Sublime Sport and Rebel in Delmonico Red editions, to name just a few. For its part, the Ram 2500 Power Wagon offers superior off-road capabilities in addition to sporting a few cosmetic upgrades. With 36 centimetres of ground clearance, this versatile powerhouse is designed for extreme terrains, namely thanks to Bilstein gas-charged monotube shocks, Tru-Lok front and rear differentials, full tank and transfer plates, 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires, a Warn winch, and a 6.4-L Hemi V8 that outputs 410 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque.

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FORD expands its SUV range Ford is once again expanding its utility offerings with several newcomers on the roster for 2018. In addition to introducing the all-new EcoSport crossover, Ford has redesigned the full-size Expedition and given the F-150 pickup a slightly refreshed look and an all-new diesel engine. After conquering a variety of markets in Europe and the southern hemisphere, the EcoSport has finally made its debut in

North America. Smaller than the Escape, the front-wheel drive EcoSport is powered by a turbocharged 1.0-L 3-cylinder engine; to benefit from all-wheel drive capabilities, buyers can opt for a version equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-L 4-cylinder instead. Both engines are linked to a 6-speed automatic transmission. To set itself apart from the competition, Ford’s newest urban SUV has been outfitted with

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a convenient hinged door in the rear to access the cargo area. In order to reduce fuel consumption and conform to new environmental regulations, the 2018 Expedition has been redesigned with a new aluminum frame and is now 136 kilograms lighter than its predecessor. The transformation extends beneath the hood, where a 3.5-L twin-turbo Ecoboost V6 is mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission. Furthermore, the Expedition comes equipped with various driver assistance features such as a lane departure warning system and an adaptive cruise control with automatic stop-and-go functions.

An all-terrain FX4 version is also included in the lineup. In the pickup segment, the F-150 has premiered a new turbodiesel 3.0-L Power Stroke V6 mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. An all-new 3.3-L direct-injection V6 with 282 horsepower and 253 lb.-ft. of torque replaces the 3.5-L V6 as the standard-issue engine. As for cars, Ford’s Mustang has been given a trendier look with LED headlights and a more modern interior featuring a 12-inch touchscreen display. An all-new 10-speed transmission is also available with the turbocharged 2.3-L Ecoboost 4-cylinder and 5.0-L V8 versions.


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2018 MODELS CHEVROLET invests in electricity and horsepower Chevrolet plans to offer several new models for 2018, including fully redesigned versions of the Equinox and Traverse. In addition, the automaker has announced a variety of limited edition models, namely the Corvette Carbon 65, Camaro ZL1 1LE, Tahoe RST and Suburban RST. These newcomers complete the lineup overhaul that Chevrolet kicked off earlier this year with the unveiling of the redesigned Sonic and Trax and launch of the all-new Bolt EV and hatchback Cruze. In the pickup segment, the Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD have both debuted

a more powerful 6.6-L V8 Duramax turbodiesel engine that outputs 445 horsepower and 910 lb.-ft. of torque. As for the midsize Colorado ZR2 option, it comes equipped with a number of features designed for extreme off-road driving. With its electric motor and 60-kWh lithium-ion battery pack boasting a 383-kilometre range, the Bolt EV has quickly become a star player at Chevy. In sports-car news, the new 650-horsepower Camaro ZL1 1LE was designed for the racetrack, featuring a genuine carbon-fibre wing, an F1-inspired suspension and

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BUICK shakes things up To better compete against the luxury car giants of Germany and Japan, Buick has grabbed the bull by the horns and redefined its entire lineup for 2018. In addition to acquiring the all-new Envision compact SUV, Buick redesigned its full-size luxury sedan, the LaCrosse, and its compact luxury SUV, the Encore. Two other models have also been completely reimagined: the Enclave and the Regal, the latter of which shed its classic sedan design in favour of new hatchback and wagon bodies. The 2018 Enclave sets itself apart from other full-size SUVs like the GMC Acadia and Chevrolet Traverse with its larger frame and more spacious interior. It’s powered by a 3.6-L 302-horsepower V6 engine paired with an all-new 9-speed automatic transmission and features an automatic shutdown system to save on gas. The 2018 Enclave is certainly a powerful vehicle, capable of hauling up to 2,268 kilograms. Furthermore, it’s the first Buick to showcase the luxury Avenir trim with its chrome-accented exterior, refined interior and state-of-theart technology. The 2018 Regal has a bold new hatchback-inspired design. The four-door Sportback version boasts an easy-access trunk that’s twice as large as the sedan’s. The new Regal was built on a more rigid frame and weighs approximately 90 kilograms less than the previous model. Its powertrain, which comprises a tur-

bocharged 2.0-L 4-cylinder engine and a 9-speed automatic transmission with front-wheel drive, outputs 250 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. As for the TourX wagon version (available only in the United States), it shares the mechanical components of the Sportback and aims to compete with the Audi A4 Allroad, Subaru Outback and Volvo V60 Cross Country.

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Tips on keeping fuel in the tank You may not be able to do anything about the price of gas, but you can still save yourself a bundle if you’re smart. Affordable driving can be as easy as avoiding these five gas-wasting habits everyone falls prey to sometimes. 1. The red light trap. Nobody likes getting stuck at a red, and it’s so tempting to floor the gas and get back underway. But aggressive acceleration pushes your engine harder than normal driving and sucks back gulps of gas with each burst of speed. Take it easy when the light turns green — your engine and wallet will both thank you. Don’t worry about racing the guy next to you to the next red light, just relax. 2. Over-driving. It feels intuitive to constantly monitor and adjust your speed to gain any advantage on the road. But even small constant speed changes can skyrocket your gas use. Pick

a speed that works for the situation, sit back, stay at that speed and use your extra focus to keep an eye on traffic ahead to avoid unnecessary stopping. 3. The bumper-to-bumper pitfall. Not only does getting caught up in the middle of traffic feel awful, it wreaks havoc on your mileage, too. All that starting, stopping, speed changing, and sudden braking to avoid that guy on his phone you just noticed — it’s sucking money right out of your wallet. You can save yourself cash and aggravation by keeping your eyes far up ahead to get an early heads-up on any situations you may have to deal with. 4. NASCAR driving. The

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faster you go, the more gas you need to keep up those high speeds. Going from 100 km/h to 120 km/h drinks up about 20 percent more gas. Allow for a few more minutes of smart driving in your trip and arrive happier and richer. 5. The braking trap. We’re hardwired as drivers to follow a simple equation: gas equals go, brake equals stop. But we can fool ourselves into also thinking brake equals slow. It’s far easier and cheaper to just coast when you want to slow down. Give yourself a little time to cool off your speed when you see the next light turn red. The slower you’re going when you need to apply the brakes, the less force they need to stop you safely. Not only will this save you gas, but your brake pads will thank you, not to mention your passengers. Find more information online at vehicles.gc.ca. - News Canada

The benefits of all season tires Motorists spend hours behind the wheel and spend lots of money on maintenance to ensure their vehicles are in top working order. But tires are one area of maintenance that often goes unchecked, even by the most diligent automobile owners. Tires undergo a lot of wear and tear, which only highlights the importance of proper tire maintenance. But many drivers do not give tires a passing thought until there is a problem, such as a flat or excessive wear. Also, some drivers think that all tires are the same, failing to realize that the kind of tires vehicles need depends on various factors. In addition to the size and type of vehicle, drivers should consider the type of driving they do and the driving conditions they routinely encounter before choosing tires for their vehicles. Many vehicles come off the lot with all-season passenger tires because these tires are among the most versatile. However, if you live in a particular climate or do a lot of driving that requires specific traction or maneuverabili-

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DODGE reignites the race for power Two years ago, Dodge shocked consumers and automakers worldwide when it debuted its incredibly powerful Hellcat engine with the Challenger SRT and Charger SRT models. This supercharged 6.2-L V8 delivers 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque. Until recently, it was the most powerful V8 in the world to power stan-

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dard production passenger vehicles. Now, Dodge is coming back in full force with an even mightier engine inside the new Challenger Demon. This time around, the Hellcat V8 outputs a massive 840 horsepower and 770 lb.-ft. of torque, allowing the Demon to go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.3 seconds and travel a quarter-mile in 9.65 seconds at 225 km/h. To generate that kind of horsepower, the Hellcat V8 requires racing fuel with an octane rating of 100 (91rated fuel will bring the metrics down to 808 horsepower and 717 lb.-ft. of torque). That said, the Demon’s huge Air Grabber hood scoop brings fresh air to the engine to optimize

the air-fuel mixture. A reinforced TorqueFlite 8HP90 8-speed automatic transmission is in charge of transferring the power to the back wheels, which are fitted with 315/40R18 tires (front and rear) designed for the racetrack but legal on the street.

The Dodge Challenger Demon

Durango SRT The Durango was given the green light to welcome a 6.4-L Hemi V8 with 475 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque under its hood. The SRT version sets itself

apart from the competition with a bold black grille, a hood equipped with a functional centre air inlet, high-performance Brembo callipers, 20-inch Goliath wheels and wide-set 295/45R20 tires. This fullsize SUV can go from 0 to 100 km/h in under five seconds and travel a quarter-mile in less than 13.

Hellcat engine arrives at JEEP To compete with its German rivals — such as the BWM X5 M, the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S and the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S — Jeep has released a new Trackhawk edition of the Grand Cherokee, equipped with the phenomenal Hellcat engine that debuted inside the Dodge Challenger and Charger last year. This supercharged 6.2-L

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V8 delivers 707 horsepower and outputs 645 lb.-ft. of torque. Unofficially, this powertrain enables the Grand Cherokee to go from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds and travel a quarter-mile in 11.6. To control and direct the power to the four independent wheels — which are equipped with 295/45R20 tires — the 8-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission has been reinforced. The braking system comprises 400-mm discs in front and 350-mm disks in the rear, while the Brembo callipers are equipped with six pistons in front and four in the rear. The interior of the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is outfitted with leather seats, carbon-fibre appliqués and a 320 km/h speedometer.

As for the compact SUV segment, Jeep’s Compass has been entirely redesigned. Compared to its predecessor, the new generation sits on a firmer platform that improves handling, comfort and off-road capabilities. Shorter but wider, the new Compass offers a more spacious interior for both passengers and cargo. Noteworthy accessories include a panoramic sunroof, electronic trunk controls and the Uconnect multimedia system, which is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The standard-issue engine is a 2.4-L, 180-horsepower 4-cylinder with 175 lb.-ft. of torque. It can be mated to a front-traction drivetrain with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 9-speed automatic transmission. The AWD option (either Active Drive or Active Drive Low) is only available with the automatic transmission. Finally, towing capacity for the Compass can reach 907 kilograms.

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The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

GMC distinguishes itself from Chevrolet For decades, GMC’s vehicles have featured a more lavish design than their Chevrolet counterparts — just look at the abundance of chrome accents that ornament the GMC Denali and the pristine finish of its interior, where woodwork, topstitching, soft grain leather and other fine details come together to create a decidedly

The GMC Acadia

luxurious SUV. Nevertheless, GMC and Chevrolet models have always shared the same frame and most of the same mechanical features… until now. The GMC Acadia has distanced itself from the Chevrolet Traverse lately thanks to a more compact frame and improved handling. Smaller and lighter than the Traverse, the new Acadia is a full 318 kilograms lighter than its predecessor. This decrease in weight allowed manufacturers to incorporate a new 193-horsepower 2.5-L 4-cylinder engine under the hood. For even more power, the 3.6-L V6 version has been enhanced to deliver 310 horsepower and 271 lb.-ft. of torque. Depending on the interior configuration, the Acadia can seat five, six or seven people. As for compact SUVs, the 2018 Terrain has been redesigned to fit GMC’s new look. This second generation is set

to take over for the first, which sold 700,000 units in North America since 2009. The new Terrain debuts three new turbocharged engines: a 1.5-L 4-cylinder; a 2.0-L 4-cylinder; and a 1.6-L turbodiesel 4-cylinder, all of which are mated to a new 9-speed automatic transmission. In the commercial segment, the Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD have opened their hoods to a more powerful 6.6-L turbodiesel Duramax V8 generating 445 horsepower and 910 lb.-ft. of torque. This powerhouse can run on B20 biodiesel (20 per cent biodiesel combined

with 80 per cent regular diesel). Furthermore, the Allison 1000 automatic transmission has been reinforced to accommodate the engine’s greater torque capacity.

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TOYOTA: the wealthiest automaker on the planet According to the most recent edition of market research firm Millward Brown’s 100 highest-valued brands ranking, Toyota is the wealthiest automaker on the planet for the fifth consecutive year. The manufacturer’s net worth is estimated at $37.8 billion — meaning its engineers have the means to match their ambitions, as demonstrated by the redesigned 8th-generation Camry. What’s more, Toyota has rejuvenated the look of

its Sienna and unveiled an all-new C-HR. New arrivals also include the Sequoia TRD Pro and RAV4 Adventure, the latter of which is equipped with a raised suspension and dynamic AWD capabilities. In other news, two models have joined the ranks of Toyota this year: the 86 and the Corolla iM, both of which were salvaged from the defunct Scion line. Two newcomers have also made their way onto

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Reimagining an iconic model like the Honda Civic is never an easy feat, but the automaker has received plenty of praise for its latest generation, unveiled just last year. Three versions of the Civic are now available: a sedan, a coupe and an all-new hatchback. To demonstrate its market dominance, Honda has further expanded its lineup of compact vehicles by reviving its sportier Civic Si and introducing the spectacular 2018 Type R. Compared to its predecessor, which was powered by a hefty 2.4-L 4-cylinder engine with 205 horsepower, the new Civic Si comes equipped with a turbocharged 1.5-L 4-cylinder, delivering the same horsepower but with greater torque. The only transmission available is a manual 6-speed. The turbocharged 1.5-L engine consumes less fuel than the 2.4-L, and its lighter build allows for improved handling

and comfort. Buyers also have the option of enhancing their driving experience thanks to a sport mode button that electronically adjusts the steering wheel response rate for a dynamic feel. As for the Civic Type R, the latest version has opened its hood to a new turbocharged 2.0-L 4-cylinder engine generating 306 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. Needless to say, it’s revving up to be quite the performer! ODYSSEY MINIVAN In anticipation of the unveiling of the 2018 Accord, Honda has given its Odyssey minivan an adrenaline boost, adding a bolder grille and more modern headlights to the family-friendly model. The dashboard now features a larger multimedia display system

compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the 3.5-L V6 engine has been tweaked to deliver 280 horsepower. A standard 9-speed automatic transmission drives the Odyssey line, while the Touring premieres an allnew 10-speed gearbox. The frame and suspension have been made firmer without compromising on comfort, and the direction has been fine-tuned for greater precision.

The Honda Civic Si sedan

A sportier look for ACURA’s TLX Acura has made several changes to the TLX for the 2018 model-year, resulting in an overall sportier feel for the midsized sedan. Inspired by the MDX crossover’s new exterior design, which was introduced earlier this year, the TLX has taken on several new features, including a diamond pentagon grille, redesigned Jewel Eye headlights, a more sculpted hood and curvier fenders. Designers also updated the look of the car’s

The 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec

position lights, while the rear bumper was outfitted with new square exhaust pipes. The interior has been slightly redesigned as well and includes a next-generation multimedia system compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Similarly, a new A-Spec version takes the TLX’s already bold design to the next level with a more prominent grille, LED fog lights, larger exhaust pipes, gunmetal grey rims, a black rear spoiler and side skirts. The suspension and direction have both been reinforced, and wider 19-inch wheels were added to enhance the driving experience. The interior of the TLX A-Spec is also something to note thanks to new lavish seats available in light beige Alcantara suede or red leather. Under the hood, the TLX’s 4-cylinder

2.4-L production engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission. For optimal performance, a 3.5-L V6 model generating 290 horsepower (the 2.4-L outputs 206) is available as well. Equipped with a The Acura MDX Sport Hybrid 9-speed automatic transmission, the V6 version is the only one to offer Acura’s super hand- hatch, bumper and taillights have all been ling all-wheel drive (SH-AWD) capabilities. stylishly redesigned. The interior boasts a more luxurious finish, and the car itself promises an overall quieter drive. The MDX The MDX has also enjoyed several en- standard-issue MDX is equipped with a hancements this year. A new grille, Jewel 3.5-L V6 engine; however, a hybrid version Eye headlights and LED fog lights were (which combines a 3.0-L V6 and three elecadded to the front, while in the back, the tric motors) is available as an option.

MITSUBISHI celebrates its 100th anniversary Mitsubishi is one of Japan’s oldest car manufacturers. The first model to come out of its factory, the Type A, was released in 1917. Only 22 units of the car, which was based on the Fiat Tipo 3, were built between 1917 and 1921 using artisanal methods. Before the Second World War,

The Mitsubishi Mirage G4

in 1937, Mistubishi built a 4x4 vehicle destined for military use, the PX33. Following this release, it was only in 1970 that the manufacturer resumed its car-building activities. Mitsubishi fell into the hands of Nissan-Renault last year, ensuring a prosperous future for the brand thanks to a considerable decrease in research and development costs. Currently, the three-diamond brand is concentrating on polishing its existing models; however, it’s only a matter of time before Mitsubishi unveils one or more new models like the Eclipse Cross. Until then, the 2018 RVR has adopted a new grille, LED headlights and a redesigned rear bumper. Inside, the central console

The 2018 Mitsubishi RVR was reconfigured, while a 7-inch touchscreen was added to the dashboard. The standard-issue engine is a 2.0-L 4-cylinder developing 148 horsepower, while the 2.4-L version outputs 168 horsepower. Transmission-wise, only a CVT gearbox is currently offered with this model. The Outlander also received a makeover this year. Notable new features include an AWD command system, a heated steering

wheel and a multi-camera setup in addition to several driver assistance features like lane departure warning, forward-collision mitigation and blind spot alerts. In the urban car segment, the new Mirage boasts a few cosmetic changes to its grille, hood and bumpers. On board, the controls, steering wheel and seats have been refreshed. The engine is a 1.2-L 3-cylinder that can output up to 78 horsepower.


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Battery Old batteries should be replaced before winter begins. Without a strong, properly functioning battery, engines cannot turn over. Most batteries last between three and five years. However, extreme cold can compromise batteries, especially those that have been around awhile. Batteries are made up of acid and water, and cold temperatures can freeze the water, thereby affecting battery performance. According to AAA’s Automotive Research Center, at 32 F, the average battery loses 35 percent of its strength. Newer batteries can be protected by starting the vehicle each day to warm up and recharge the battery. Let the car run for at least 10 minutes if you cannot take an extended drive.

Preparing your vehicle for winter

Exterior maintenance Keeping a car waxed and sealed can help maintain a durable exterior finish. This includes not only the paint, but the rubber and vinyl parts of the car’s exterior. Winter is a good time to switch to a heavy-duty synthetic wax that can shield against water and road salts. High-quality sealants can be used on bumpers, trim and rubber door seals as added protection. Speak with an automotive retailer or even the car dealership if you are unsure which products will make your car’s parts most durable for winter weather. - News Canada

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Special Features - New on Wheels 2017  

i20171115065937930.pdf