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2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R Makes North American Debut


he new 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R originally made its first appearance back in June at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, but now it has been shown on North American soil for the first time in California as part of the Monterey Car Week. The car, which was shown in the exclusive AMG Green Hell Magno colour, features a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine that puts out 577 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque, which propels it from 0-60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. The engine will be paired to a 7-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT dual-clutch transmission and power will be put to the rear wheels. Tucked almost invisibly in the underbody in front of the engine of the GT R is a carbon component that weighs only about 2 kilograms that automatically moves downward by about 40mm and changes the airflow, which basically sucks the car onto the road and reduces the front axle lift by about 40 kg at 250 km/h. This can be felt by the driver in the steering, allowing it to be even more precise to steer when cornering at high speeds. The car, which was tested and developed at the Nurburgring, features many other amazing performance features such as an active air management system, AMG coil-over suspension, active rear-wheel steering, and AMG traction control, just to name a few.

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kilometres of range, when the all-new 2017 Bolt EV goes on sale later this year. The vehicle has a USA EPA-estimated range of 383 kilometres, which will give owners plenty of range for their daily driving needs, with plenty to spare. The production version of the Bolt EV was unveiled earlier this year and GM North America President Alan Batey was quoted as saying â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bolt EV is a game changer for the electric car segment and it will start to become available at Chevrolet dealerships later this year.â&#x20AC;? In addition to an outstanding electric range, the Bolt EV will offer plenty of cargo space, technology and the latest safety features. The new model will join the Volt and the Malibu Hybrid as the electric/hybrid offerings in the Chevrolet lineup.

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Dodge to Offer New Models for Challenger and Charger for 2017 Dodge recently revealed its plans to release new models for both the Challenger and Charger for the 2017 model year. The Challenger will see T/A models added to its lineup while the Charger will add in Daytona models. The Challenger T/A models build on the legacy of the original T/A models that were built for the Sports Car Club of America’s Trans Am racing Series in 1970, and will offer three track-capable models: Challenger T/A, T/A Plus, and the T/A 392. The base T/A and T/A Plus build off of the equipment offered on the Challenger R/T model and add in performance and appearance upgrades, while the T/A 392 features the 6.4-litre HEMI V8 engine with 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque. The Charger Daytona models were originally created in 1969 as a purpose-built production run for NASCAR, and the new models for 2017 build on that success. The Daytona models will be offered in a base model, which builds on the Charger R/T model, and the Daytona 392 model. Both models feature unique looks and performance upgrades that will help it stand out from the regular Charger models. In addition, the Challenger T/A and Charger Daytona models see all-new and limited production colour options called Green Go and revised Yellow Jacket.

Kia Unveils All-New Fourth Generation Rio Kia has recently revealed the all-new, fourth-generation Rio at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. It features a progressive new exterior and interior design, and is defined by straight lines and smooth surfacing, all of which contribute to giving the Rio a confident new look. The front of the Rio features Kia’s tiger-nose grille that is now thinner in height and wider across the front of the vehicle, while the integrated bi-function projection headlamps are also thinner and more sculpted than the outgoing model. The rear part of the new Rio is now more upright and has rear taillights that will feature a new arrowshaped LED light signature. Inside of the updated model is where a modern new cabin design can be found that gives a wider appearance which increases the sense of space for occupants. The dashboard is now angled toward the driver and at the centre of it is a new infotainment system, a ‘floating’ HMI (human-machine interface) with a high-res touchscreen. The production for the new Rio will start towards the end of 2016.

Danny Thompson Sets New Land Speed Record on Mickey Thompson Tires Recently, during Speed Week at the Bonneville Salt Flats, Danny Thompson, who is the son of the legendary Mickey Thompson, set a new land speed record for a piston-powered vehicle in the Challenger 2 streamliner on Mickey Thompson Bonneville LSR tires. Thompson set a new AA/FS record with an incredible speed of 411.191 mph (661.748 km/h) that was backed up with a run of 402.348 mph, and finished with an official average of 406.769 mph, which is a significant margin over the previous record of 392.503 mph. The Mickey Thompson Bonneville LSR tires that were used are a prototype nylon-constructed tire with banded steel and just 1/32-inch of tread rubber, weighing in at 13 lbs. The record comes 56 years after Danny’s father Mickey became the first American to exceed 400 mph on the salt. On the 50th anniversary of that run, Danny removed the Challenger 2 from storage and began the difficult process of restoring the streamliner, which took him several years.

the next evolution of Cadillac design as it previews the design and technical ideas driving the next phase of the company’s ongoing expansion. The Escala, which is Spanish for scale, is a concept for a larger, more elite and expressive companion to the recently launched CT6 which is the brand’s new range-topping sedan. It is designed to be a driver’s car and a flagship sedan and features an expansive lift-back design emphasizing the car’s considerable scale and versatility, and measures at 210.5 inches in overall length, which is six inches longer than the current CT6. The Escala features a new and evolved face of Cadillac design that will be appearing on production models soon. Inside of the concept are an array of three curved OLED screens that are layered in front of the driver with the back sides of them wrapped in leather and embossed with the Cadillac script. Under the hood of the Escala is a new 4.2-litre twin-turbo V8 engine which is a prototype of a new system in development for future Cadillac models.

Volkswagen’s 2017 Golf Alltrack is Ready for Adventure Volkwagen is set to release the 2017 Golf Alltrack, which is based on the Golf Sportwagen and takes that model’s practicality and fun factor and pairs it to the capabilities of 4Motion all-wheel drive

Cadillac’s Escala Concept Previews Future Design Direction Cadillac’s latest concept vehicle, called the Escala, was on display at the recent Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and showcased

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and rugged exterior styling. The ride height for the Alltrack has been increased 0.6-inches and the redesigned bumper, underbody guard and a matte-aluminum low-profile radiator grille that extends into the headlights greatly increase the rugged look. Additional exterior changes from the Sportwagen include 17-inch aluminum-alloy (18-inch Canyon on the SEL model) and a new rear bumper that also boasts silver underbody protection. Inside of the Alltrack is the same spacious interior found in the SportWagen but with a few notable differences meant to help it stand out. V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces are standard equipment across the line as are heatable front seats. Under the Alltrackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hood is the 1.8-litre TSI engine that sees output rated at 170 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque, which begins at just 1,600 rpm. The engine is paired with a six-speed DSG dual-clutch manumatic transmission, but a six-speed manual transmission will be available in early 2017.

All-New 2017 Mazda6 Makes Global Debut Mazda Canada recently introduced the 2017 Mazda6, which sees premium refinements and updates in a few areas to help it remain as one of the more popular midsize sedans. The Mazda6 will received the all-new G-Vectoring Control (GVC) which is the first in a series of new SKYACTIV-Vehicle Dynamics technologies that provide integrated control of the engine, transmission, chassis and body. The GVC system allows drivers to maintain better control of their vehicles which has been designed to deduce the need for steering corrections, and allows the 6 to continue to be regarded as one of the best-handling vehicles in its segment. Also new for 2017 is greatly enhanced sound insulation which was achieved by using improved door seals, tighter tolerance between panels, thicker front glass, and sound insulation materials used on the underbody, rear console, headliner and doors. The entry-level Mazda6 GX now comes with a standard wide-angle rearview camera, the mid-level GS gains a standard navigation system, and the top of the line GT models get a new full-colour Active Driving heads-up display, just

to name a few features. All models are powered by a 184-horsepower, 2.5-litre SKYACTIV-G engine paired to either an automatic or manual transmission.

Audi Updates A3 Model Line Audi has decided to refresh the entire A3 model lineup for the 2017 model year with improvements that include a redesigned exterior and an expanded suite of driver assistance systems and increased technology offerings. All models will received a new front fascia for 2017 that includes a wider Singleframe grille and a new headlight design that give the models a sportier and more aggressive appearance. Also adding to the aggressive appearance is new lower front bumper styling and rear bumper with diffuser insert design and new wheel designs such as the 18-inch 5-arm dynamic design wheels that are exclusive to the S3 model. Inside, the A3 model line has also been updated with available updated MMI touch with handwriting-recognition technology that includes a simplified function-key layout with two touch-keys for horizontal menu control logic. 2017 Audi S3


Also new on the technology side of things is the available Connect PRIME and Connect PLUS features with PRIME offering services such as Google Earth, myAudi Destinations, and Audi Semi-Dynamic Route Guidance with INRIX XD Traffic and information services, while PLUS brings the power of 4G LTE to the vehicle’s built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.

B.C. was well worth it, when general contractor and partner Trevor Seibert fired up his stock car and headed out onto the fresh pavement for the first laps on Canada’s newest track at the beginning of September. By Labour Day weekend, ace instructor Richard Spenard was ready to begin training the seven founding members, and will continue the training of the nearly 200 other members until the end of October. While this training is underway, there is still much to be done before the Grand Opening next spring. With everything that Tesla Model S P100D to be is not asphalt or concrete currently being dirt and sand, there is One of the Fastest Accelerating much planting that will be done so the land is green come spring. An administration building must be built in the paddock. The acCars Ever Made cess road needs widening. The list goes on and on, but the main job is complete – there is a great new track in B.C. that is drawing Tesla has recently announced the release of the Model S P100D rave reviews from the driving professionals that have experienced that features a new 100kWh battery that increases the range to an it already. Area 27 is finally a reality. estimated 507 km (315 miles), and also claims that it will become the third fastest accelerating production car ever produced behind only the Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder. When in Ludicrous mode, Tesla claims the Model S P100D will go from 0-60 mph in an astonishing 2.5 seconds, which would make it the current fastest accelerating production car, as the LaFerrari and Porsche 918 are no longer made brand new. The larger battery pack will also be available on the Model X which will make the world’s quickest SUV even faster with a 0-60 mph time of just 2.9 seconds in Ludicrous mode and a range of 465 km (289 miles). This is especially impressive if you consider the fact that both vehicles will be able to reach speed that quickly while still having the capacity to carry around tons of passengers and cargo. The Model S P100D will start at $168,500 in Canada, while the Model X with the same battery comes in at $170,300.

Area 27 Track Completed It was a long haul from concept to reality, but all the time and effort put into the new Area 27 track near Oliver, 10 CARS PLUS MAGAZINE OCT/NOV 2016


Everyday Supercar

Story and photos by Gerry Frechette


hen is a turbocharged Porsche 911 not called a Porsche 911 Turbo? For four decades, the 911 Turbo has been the top-of-the-line for Porsche’s iconic car. But what is this, then? A regular 911 Carrera with twin turbochargers? How can that be? Well, believe it – all 991.2 (second version of the latest generation) Carreras, in basic and “S” trim, are now turbocharged. The new engines, thankfully still with six cylinders, are smaller, 3.0 litres versus the normally aspirated 3.4 and 3.8 units from before, but generate more power and torque.

The Carrera 4S we drove has 420 hp (versus 400 before) and 368 lb-ft of torque (325 before). These are significant gains, but do they come with any compromise in the expected 911 driving experience? Not at all. Certainly, by the numbers, the increase in power and especially torque has made for an even quicker 911, with Porsche claiming sub-4 second times to 100 km/h, 11-second quarter miles at 120 mph, and a top end north of 180 mph, for what that is worth. The key change is that maximum torque, previously at 5,600 rpm, now comes in as low as 1,700 rpm, thanks to the turbos. In easy driving around town, or cruising up a hill on rural highways at 100 km/h, it is something to see the gear indicator say “7” and the engine being happy about it. With turbos, one might expect some hesitation or lag at lower rpms, but there was none that we noticed. They are small and well-managed electronically with a new anti-lag system, and all you notice is an almost imperceptible low whistle sound that all turbos emit. We were not surprised, or disappointed, to see that our tester had the 7-speed PDK twin-clutch manumatic transmission on board. We’ve come to really enjoy the quick shifting, up or down, of this unit, and the ease of driving in urban traffic. At least a fullmanual box is still available for the true purists, but the PDK is quicker in all measurable acceleration, and even more so with the launch control that is part of the Sport Chrono package. If that is not enough, PDK


to create a Porsche that is unique. We think that many buyers will choose the equipment that made our tester into perhaps the most high-performance Carrera you can get. Primary among those, for significance and price ($7,780) is the Sport Package (as if the regular car is not-so-sporty) that includes the aforementioned Sport Chrono package, sport mirrors, sport steering wheel (with a new control wheel under the right thumb to select driving mode), and sport exhaust (with two modes, both with that marvellous raspy sound with wastegate pops and gurgles added in), and the most important feature for handling, Rear Axle Steering. At slow speeds, it makes the car turn in quicker, and at higher speeds, it indelivers almost ten percent better fuel efficiency in the city, with equal highway efficiency. Add that to the estimated 12-percent improvement just from the new engine alone, and you get a reasonable 8.5L/100 km at 110 km/h. The 911â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all-wheel drive system is really an on-demand one, primarily a rear-drive set-up that directs power to the front when traction is needed. Obviously, loose surfaces is one such time, but so is exiting a slower corner with heavy throttle. It is all transparent, of course, but in the end, the added weight is worth having great traction. So, those are the basic specifications of the 911 C4S, but from there, the extensive (and expensive) options list can be used

Base MSRP: ............................................................... $126,100 Price as tested: . ...................................................... $152,055 Type of vehicle: ................Rear-engined, AWD sports coupe. Engine: ..............3.0L twin-turbo DOHC 24-valve flat-6-cylinder Power: ....................................................... 420 hp @ 6,500 rpm Torque: .........................................368 lb-ft @ 1,700-5,000 rpm Transmission: ..................................7-speed PDK manumatic Curb weight: ............................................... 1,510 kg / 3,332 lb Tires: .............................. 245/35 ZR20 front, 305/30 ZR20 rear Fuel consumption (city, hwy, com): 11.0 | 8.5 | 9.9 L/100 km


creases stability. While we didn’t have a non-rear steer 911 to try for comparison, we can say that one so equipped handles on the proverbial rails. At every part of a turn, the 911 is composed, balanced and communicative, in a way that drivers of some other so-called performance cars just can’t imagine. The other option, a bit more of a bargain at $1,020, is the PASM Sport Suspension, which lowers the car 20 mm (nearly an inch). Combine that with the gorgeous $2,710 20-inch RS Spyder (the prototype race car from several years ago) wheels, and you have just a perfect stance, very reminiscent of another famous Porsche race car, the 911 GT1 from Le Mans, 20 years ago. On the other hand, with the seat only a few inches off the ground, getting in and out of the car is not for those who aren’t limber. Nor does the lowered ride height help while negotiating the imperfections of urban roadways, such as speed bumps, driveways, etc. A raising system for the front suspension is available to help gain back some clearance, and we wish our tester had had it. In any case, the 991.2 is little different from the 2016 model, just enough so that the owner will clearly be seen to have the latest version. The headlamps and taillights are revised, the rear getting a new light strip between the lamps. The rear deck lid and louvres are new, the latter now with slots that align ‘north-south.’ The infotainment interface is all-new and much improved. Oh, and the door handles are new. Some Porsche fans would call that a significant change. Obvi14 CARS PLUS MAGAZINE OCT/NOV 2016

ously, all this pales in comparison to the new engine, the biggest change since Porsche started to run water through them. But the essence of the 911 remains the same. It is a reliable, allweather everyday supercar, with a heritage that is not exceeded in the high-end market place. The Carrera 4S starts at $126K, and one equipped as ours was will set you back some $152K. For most people, that is a lot, but it is half or less what you will pay for an Italian or British exotic. On that level, and for those who know good value, it is a bargain. Just don’t call it a Turbo.


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Bully Dog BDX Flash Programmer Description: The BDX flash-and-go hand-held tuner combines sleek design with always-current functionality. Built-in Wi-Fi allows you to download the latest tunes and firmware, while a full-colour screen and push-button interface make it simple to track key data and adjust for peak horsepower and performance. Specifications: Flash-and-go functionality, push-button interface, full-colour LCD screen, onscreen virtual gauges, space for ten custom tunes, data logging and monitoring, reads and clears DTC codes, gas and diesel applications on single device, VIN Lock to limit use to one vehicle. Applications: Most popular vehicles supported. Website:

Bully Dog GT Platinum Gas Tuner Description: Bully Dog GT Platinum Gas tuners are four products in one: a vehicle engine tuner, monitor, gauge, and diagnostic device. They dramatically improve the utility of your vehicle by increasing horsepower and torque, improving fuel economy, and providing a comprehensive set of monitoring features and diagnostic functions. Specifications: Dyno-proven tunes for added horsepower and torque, full-colour screen with multiple colour themes, space for up ten tune files from your custom tuning dealer, Driving Coach for fuel-saving tips, reads and clears DTC codes, free updates via Internet, suction-cup dashboard mount included, daytime/nighttime driving modes, easy installation, more than 700 applications Applications: Most popular vehicles supported. Website:

DiabloSport inTune i2 Description: DiabloSport’s Performance Programmer boosts the power of your vehicle by providing it with a performance upgrade that allows for better throttle response, optimizes drivability and even adds some bottom-end horsepower. It comes pre-loaded with dyno-tested performance programs designed specifically for your vehicle. Specifications: Features new easy tune mode for simple installation, has Windows, Mac OSX and Linux connectivity, and OBD-II Data logging. Applications: Available for GM, Chrysler, Ford and Jeep applications. Website:

DiabloSport Trinity T1000 Description: DiabloSport’s Trinity T1000 is one of the most advanced devices of its kind and features full Re-flash/Reprogram capability, Advanced Data Acquisition and Customizable Gauges that are all displayed and controlled on a colour touch screen. It allows users to tune their car or truck to add additional horsepower, torque, throttle response and modify existing vehicle functions. Specifications: Dashboard programmer and car tuning software with preloaded tunes and supports 1000’s of vehicles. Applications: Available for a wide array of vehicles, visit website for complete listing. Website: OCT/NOV 2016 CARS Plus MAGAZINE 15

Edge Attitude CTS2 Description: Edge’s Attitude CTS2 features a sleek new look and not only monitors vital vehicle parameters but allows you to shift-on-the-fly by controlling the Juice module for maximum control and power. It features multiple gauge screen layouts and has a custom colour mixer for gauge arcs, needles and backgrounds. Specifications: Features HDMI-Style Plug for Power and linking EAS Accessories. Applications: Available for a wide array of vehicles, check website for complete listing. Website:

Hypertech Max Energy 2.0 Power Programmer Description: Hypertech’s Max Energy 2.0 Power Programmer optimizes engine tuning and delivers better fuel economy. It is able to recalibrate your speedometer/odometer when using larger non-stock tires or different rear axle ratios. Specifications: Maximizes horsepower, torque and performance. Applications: Works with all 2011-2014 Mustangs equipped with either the 3.7L V6 or 5.0L V8 with or without manual transmissions. Website:

JET Performance Programmer Plus Description: JET’s Performance Programmer Plus allows users to control and program their vehicle’s computer to match their driving style. The exclusive Tri-Power tuning allows you to program for performance using any grade of fuel, and gives you the ability to modify air and fuel ratios, ignition timing, shift points, shift firmness, speed limiter and rev limiter settings. Specifications: Programmer is also able to correct your speedometer, turn off ABS system trouble light and includes a built-in scan tool to read and clear diagnostic codes. Applications: Available for a wide array of vehicles, check website for complete listing. Website:

SCT X4 Flash Programmer Description: The X4 offers push-button performance and a large full-colour display, so firmer shifts, better response, and even increased fuel mileage are right there at your fingertips. Its street-tested, dyno-proven tunes boost horsepower, torque and drivability, while onscreen virtual gauges make it simple to monitor critical vehicle data. Specifications: Easy-to-use push-button interface, flash-and-go functionality, full-colour backlit display, on-screen virtual gauges, built-in Wi-Fi, preloaded Dyno-proven tunes, space for ten custom tunes, high-speed data logging and monitoring, reads and clears DTC codes, dual analog inputs. Applications: Most popular vehicles supported. Website:

Superchips F5 Flashpaq Description: Superchips Flashpaq F5 is an easy-to-use handheld tool that can add power and efficiency to your vehicle without having to turn a wrench. The user interface makes it easy to select your power level and achieve horsepower gain, drivability improvements and prevent unnecessary downshifting. Additionally it is able to adjust speedometers, speed and rev limiters and tunes shift points. Specifications: Features a high-definition 2.8-inch colour screen. Applications: Available for a wide array of vehicles, check website for complete listing. Website:





Slimming Down

Measuring in at 4,917 millimetres in length, 1,916 width and 1,745 height with the roof rails, it’s shorter and narrower than before — by 184 mm and 87 mm to be exact — making it nimbler, especially in an urban setting like the fairly tight airport parking area we initially departed from. As I mentioned at the beginning, the Acadia has lost a significant chunk of mass, due to the implementation of additional high-strength steel. “It’s lighter weight, produces better fuel economy, is more manoeuvrable, garage-able and more urban friendly for smaller driveways, smaller garages and smaller roads,” affirms Alger.

Story and photos by Benjamin Yong


he GMC Acadia has undergone a lot of changes entering its second generation. Case in point: the crossover has dropped a weight class, losing 700 pounds in the process, and is now competing in the mid-size segment as opposed to the previous full-size. The vehicle also gets a different set of looks, more safety features and two brand-new powertrains.

The overall footprint of the crossover may have shrunk, but interior room hasn’t been affected, meaning it caters to “outdoor enthusiasts who want more space for stuff than people,” he says. When all the rear seats are folded, there is 2,237 litres of cargo capacity ready for use. There’s even a nifty pull-out storage drawer behind the centre console to stash mobile devices or anything else you want hidden from prying eyes. That’s not to say the Acadia can’t haul passengers when the occasion calls for it. Up to seven-passenger seating remains an option, and the split-folding second row can tilt and slide forward on both sides providing quick and easy access to the third row. A neat industry-first function is the rear seat alert. Once each trip, if the rear door(s) are opened either 10 minutes before the vehicle is started or during, the system can audibly and visually remind the driver to check the back before leaving.

GMC invited us on a drive from Richmond to Whistler and back to get GMC has introduced two new engines to the lineup: a 2.5-litre foura sense of how much has changed for the Acadia in just one model cylinder Ecotec mill “designed for the person who really wants fuel year. The route wasn’t chosen arbitrarily, however, as venturing from economy,” and a 3.6-litre V6 “for people looking for performance and towing capability,” says Alger, adding fuel economy is still there, but a little lower down the priority list. The former produces 194 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque, standard on the base SLE, and the latter 310 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque found on the SLT, All Terrain and Denali. I only had the opportunity to drive the six-cylinder and passing on the highway was a joy with power instantly coming on tap with a push of the throttle. The engine features cylinder deactivation, so during cruising less gas is consumed — we hovered between 12 and 14 L/100 km in mixed city and highway conditions. The four-cylinder is reported to yield approximately 10.2 L/100 km in a similar environment. We didn’t get to test towing, but the V6 is rated with a 4,000-pound towing capacity. The Acadia is available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and a drive mode selector to alter the powertrain to better suit changing mood the city to the great outdoors is what many prospective customers will and road terrain. FWD offers Normal, Snow, Sport and Trailer/Tow settings, and AWD ditches Snow adding 2X4 and Off-Road. likely be doing often. “The roots of what Acadia is, is that it embraces the chaos of life and is Prices for the 2017 GMC Acadia start at MSRP $34,995 (SLE FWD), ready, willing and able to seek out everyday adventure. Big or small,” and tops out at $54,695 (Denali AWD). says GMC brand manager Mark Alger during a product presentation. “It’s been re-engineered for family adventure.” Though the exterior has been completely redesigned, you can definitely still see the family resemblance. The company says the outgoing version had a strong aesthetic influence from the truck world, whereas the 2017 is more aligned with the various sleek CUVs found in today’s marketplace. Former blocky headlights have been replaced with shapelier units that wrap around to the front fenders. Regular trims receive halogen projectors while the upper-level Denali gets HIDs, and all are complemented with signature LED DRLs tracing the outer edge of the housings. Not to be left out, the grille sports a curvier appearance than before, meeting up with the headlights on either side and outlined in chrome (the rugged All Terrain sports a dark aluminum theme). Filling the inside is a choice of triple slats or a cool polished 3-D mesh on Denalis. 18 CARS PLUS MAGAZINE OCT/NOV 2016

Hyundai Launches New Premium Genesis Brand

The Genesis name should sound familiar as Hyundai has been selling two models under that name for the better part of a decade - a sporty uch like its Japanese rivals Toyota and Nissan, Korean auto coupe and a luxurious five-passenger sedan, but production of these giant Hyundai has set its sights on the premium segment of the cars will soon come to an end, and the nameplate will no longer be automotive marketplace in an effort to give the company even more used under the Hyundai banner. influence and enhance its prestige. Under the hood of the G90 you will find either a twin-turbocharged To accomplish this, Hyundai plans to spin its Genesis nameplate into 3.3-litre V6 engine producing 365 horsepower and a healthy 376 lb-ft a standalone brand, complete with individual boutique dealerships of torque, or an optional 5.0-litre V8 (420 hp and 383 lb-ft). While the V8 offers plenty of grunt, the base engine seems to deliver its power and eventually, a very well-rounded lineup of models. to the pavement much quicker and features a very wide torque band. The first offering to be released is rolling into showrooms now. The This gives the car a sporty and athletic feel when driven with enthuG90 is a large executive sedan complete with all the luxury trappings, siasm, as the V6 and the smooth-shifting eight-speed transmission safety equipment and technological goodies that one expects in this react almost instantaneously to driver inputs. category, but it will soon be followed by a smaller G80 sedan. By 2021, Hyundai plans to offer as many as six Genesis models, including a Canadian G90 models will all feature Hyundai’s rear-biased H-Trac couple of utility vehicles, and no doubt, a slinky sports coupe. The all-wheel drive system, a move that will no doubt be appreciated end goal is to position the Genesis brand among the now dominant by consumers given our unpredictable weather and often inferior players in this segment, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, but to also best roads. all the luxury marques with regards to value, content and reliability. Overall, styling is conservative, but the car’s aerodynamically sculpted body lines give it a design which should help it to retain its appeal for many years to come. Hyundai calls this design language “Athletic Elegance.” The car is large in stature, and in fact, the G90 is longer than a Mercedes-Benz S-Class by 125 millimetres. However, the big sedan doesn’t feel bulky or awkward from behind the wheel, and the level of fit-and-finish is so exceptional, that one could argue that the G90 is setting a new standard for this segment. Story and photos by Russell Purcell


The interior of the car is very impressive, and it is evident that both the designers and product planners sought to create an environment that would coddle its inhabitants and stand as a real feast for the senses. The doctor-approved seats are wrapped in supple semi-ani20 CARS PLUS MAGAZINE OCT/NOV 2016

safety aids which includes systems like autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, active blind spot detection, lane keep assist and Hyundaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s innovative Driver Attention Alert. Hyundai also plans to revolutionize the ownership experience, as the Genesis brand will eventually be sold in small boutique settings, rather than through a traditional dealership model. Genesis products will also come with five years of complementary service which includes home pickup and delivery for any service or repair, as well as the use of a courtesy vehicle. The G90 flagship offers an impressive combination of power, poise and curb appeal and will be available starting in November with pricing expected to be in the mid-$85,000 range. line leather and there is an abundance of real wood trim throughout the tidy cabin, and technological marvels like the over-sized 12.3-inch LCD infotainment screen and Lexicon sound system (complete with 17 speakers) help enhance the luxurious ambiance. The cabin is extremely spacious and there is an abundance of head- and legroom in all seating positions. Power adjustability has been added to all four outboard seats, as have heating elements, while cooling fans up front help regulate front passenger comfort (also standard on rear seats in V8 cars). There are no fewer than nine airbags on board, as well as Smart Sense - an arsenal of the latest electronic



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and there should be no event where the two might ever be confused for one another. In fact, it‘s closer to being a baby M4 with a very ince the top-of-the-line variant of the 2-Series, the M2, was similar front fascia featuring the bigger sculpted front air intakes confirmed to be entering production, it has been called a lot of and a sleeker grille. things: heir to the 1M Coupe; the first real-deal M car in many years; a true driver’s car. After spending a week in one, I can confirm every Additional differences are wider, flared wheel arches and a different rear bumper cover housing an attached blacked-out lower diffuser description is accurate, and then some. and integrated quad tailpipes. The wheels also get an upgrade in a The M235i released earlier was a preview of sorts to what the M2 major way — they’re forged with a black chrome finish, measuring might eventually resemble, but the latter is much more aggressive 19-inches in diameter and nine inches width up front and an impressive ten inches at the back. Story and photos by Benjamin Yong


The interior is about the same you’d find in any other M vehicle, albeit a little more scaled down in accordance with the model’s lower position in the pecking order. For example, there is loads of a carbon-fibrewrap material covering various trim pieces rather than the real deal you might find in, say, an M6. No head-up display, either. As expected, there’s not a whole lot of cabin space. Surprisingly, though, the rear seats are actually usable (read: for adults and not exclusively small children). Once you fire up the motor, you won’t remember, or care, how the inside looks. Side note: a friend of mine who owns an M4 came along for a ride and pointed out a neat detail of how the start button is angled towards the driver, which reinforces the driver-focused nature of the car. 22 CARS PLUS MAGAZINE OCT/NOV 2016

While I didn’t get a chance to test this feature, there’s a launch control function designed to give the best possible acceleration from a standstill. When activated, the computer determines ideal engine speed and primes both clutches so maximum traction is delivered off the line, with minimum wheelspin, as soon as the throttle is engaged. Once moving, all upshifts are timed and executed at optimal revs, yielding a 0-to-100 km/h time of 4.3 seconds as opposed to 4.5 when using the six-speed. BMW has given the M2 gas-saving technology like Auto Start Stop, Brake Energy Regeneration and intelligent management of select components, allowing them to draw power only when required. The air conditioning compressor is disconnected unless in use, and the electric steering does not leech electricity when travelling in a straight line. No matter how hard I drove the vehicle, it still returned a combined city and highway fuel consumption of 11.5 L/100 km.

The 365-horsepower M TwinPower bi-turbo six roars to life, sending a fierce cackle surging through the sport exhaust. The best way to articulate in one syllable how this vehicle feels behind the wheel is raw. From the sound it makes throughout the entire rpm range, to how the perfect seating position makes you believe you’re in a The 2016 BMW M2 is available in dealerships now, but be aware that fighter jet. when you inquire about purchasing one, the waitlist may be long. The M2 doesn’t just share an exterior appearance with the M4, but internals as well, including pistons, crankshaft components and Base price (MSRP): ................................................... $64,900 high-performance spark plugs built to withstand hotter temperatures Type: ........................................two-door, four-passenger coupe generated by the higher-output engine. Layout: ........................................front engine, rear-wheel drive My press tester had the optional seven-speed M Double Clutch Engine: ........................................................... 3.0L twin-turbo I6 Transmission (DCT) rather than a standard six-speed manual Transmission: ........................7-speed dual-clutch manumatic gearbox. I usually prefer a stick shift, although the DCT and its lightning quick shifts were almost enough to make me switch sides. Power: ....................................................... 365 hp @ 6,000 rpm The system has predictive rev matching that works by detecting Torque: .................................................... 343 lb-ft @ 1,400 rpm the current rpms, accelerator position and velocity, so the entire Curb weight: ............................................................... 1,565 kg process is smooth and takes place in fractions of a second. Dialling in Sport mode will cause gears to be held longer when you’re Brakes: ................................................. front/rear disc with ABS attacking a windy road, not to mention make the exhaust note even Fuel Consumption (L/100km, combined city/hwy): .........11.5 more glorious.


TEST FLEET New for 2016: The Mazda MX-5 is completely redesigned for 2016 and is 200 lbs. lighter than the outgoing model despite gaining modern new equipment.


Segment Competitors: Fiat 124 Spider, Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ, Hyundai Genesis Coupe The Skinny: The MX-5 may be new for 2016 but it still carries on the same mantra as the original model did when it was introduced back in 1989 which is a 2-seat roadster that is incredibly fun, lightweight, and simple. The 2016 model is no different and truly was a blast. Pros: Something we all loved was the short throw shifter. Cons: Any large or tall person will have a tough time finding a comfortable driving position. The Verdict: We see no reason why the MX-5 won’t continue to be one of the most fun driving experiences you can have and a reasonable cost certainly helps.

Price: . ..................................................................... $35,300 (MSRP) Engine: ..................... SKYACTIV-G 2.0L DOHC 16-valve 4-cyldiner Trans: ....................................................................... 6-speed manual Power: .............................................................. 155 hp @ 6,000 rpm Torque: ........................................................... 148 lb-ft @ 4,600 rpm Curb Weight: . ...................................................2,332 lbs./ 1,058 kg Fuel Consumption: (L/100km – City/Hwy) ......................... 8.8/6.9


New for 2017: The Kia Sportage has been completely redesigned for the 2017 model year and now features a bold new look, more room in the back seat, and improved technology features. Segment Competitors: Mazda CX-5, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Cherokee, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, Volkswagen Tiguan, Nissan Rogue, Chevrolet Equinox, Mitsubishi RVR The Skinny: The small crossover SUV segment is one of the most populated segments in the industry with just about every manufacturer offering an example, which makes it incredibly tough to differentiate yourself from the rest. We believe Kia has done a good job of doing that by giving the Sportage a sharp new look, tons of great standard features, and very good drivability.

Price: . ..................................................................... $27,995 (MSRP) Engine: .................................. 2.4L DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder Trans: ............................................................................ 6-speed auto Power: .............................................................. 181 hp @ 6,000 rpm Torque: ........................................................... 175 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm Curb Weight: . ...................................................3,305 lbs./ 1,499 kg Fuel Consumption: (L/100km – City/Hwy) ....................... 10.4/8.0 New for 2016: The Audi A3 e-tron is a completely new model for 2016

Pros: Very comfortable ride in highway situations. Cons: The non-turbocharged models feel somewhat lacking in power. The Verdict: The Sportage stands out more than ever in its ever-crowded segment with a quirky yet bold new look, great amenity features, and fun-to-drive nature.


Segment Competitors: Chevrolet Volt, Cadillac ELR, Ford C-Max, Toyota Prius V, Lexus CT, Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid, Mercedes C350 Plug-in Hybrid The Skinny: The Audi A3 e-tron gives you everything you’d expect out of a typical Audi but adds in the efficiency of a plugin hybrid. The turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and dual clutch transmission provide plenty of fun factor, while the electric motor allows you to either travel 26 km on all-electric power or use it in combination with the hybrid mode. Pros: Despite boasting hybrid technology that isn’t all that familiar to Audi fans, the A3 was still pretty fun to drive. Cons: The all-electric range is a tad underwhelming. The Verdict: The A3 e-tron is an ideal solution for those in the market for an Audi, but who want a little more efficiency without sacrificing much performance 24 CARS PLUS MAGAZINE OCT/NOV 2016

Price: $50,185 (as tested) Engine: 1.4 turbocharged DOHC 16-valve I4 w/75kW Electric Motor Trans: 6-speed S tronic automatic Power: 204 hp @ 5,000-6,000 rpm (combined) Torque: 258 lb-ft @ 1,600-4,500 rpm Curb Weight: 3,616 lbs./ 1,640 kg Fuel Consumption: (L/100km – City/Hwy) 6.0/5.7


New for 2017: The Escape received a mid-cycle refresh for 2017 that includes a revised exterior with a new front grille, a modified 2.0L EcoBoost engine and the integration of the Sync 3 system. Segment Competitors: Mazda CX-5, Kia Sportage, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Cherokee, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, Volkswagen Tiguan, Nissan Rogue, Chevrolet Equinox, Mitsubishi RVR The Skinny: The Escape is part of a very crowded segment and this 2017 version continues to build on the success it has enjoyed over the years. It features a classy and sophisticated appearance and is packed full of the latest and greatest technology features, all while providing a very smooth ride.

Price: . ............................................................... $31,006 (MSRP) Engine: . .........................................2.0L Twin-Scroll Ecoboost I-4 Trans: ............................................6-speed SelectShift automatic Power: ........................................................ 245 hp @ 5,500 rpm Torque: . .................................................... 275 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm Curb Weight: . ..............................................3,763 lbs./1,707 kg Fuel Consumption: (L/100km – City/Hwy) . .................. 10.6/9.4 New for 2016: Redesigned and with much improvement. Solid fabric top and plenty of technology stuffed into a surprisingly roomy small package.

Pros: The Sync 3 system is a huge upgrade over the previous version. Cons: The available hands-free power liftgate is sometimes not the easiest to activate. The Verdict: The compact crossover SUV segment has seen a lot of new competition over the years and while some may very well be very capable, if you’re looking for a sure thing, look no further than the Ford Escape.


Segment Competitors: Fiat 500 Convertible, Mazda MX-5, VW Beetle Convertible. The Skinny: The Mini finds itself in a segment with only a few competitors. The only true competitor is the MX-5 and the Mini adds a couple of extra seats. Pros: Surprising how much room there is even with the top up. Improved soft top that opens halfway sort of like a sunroof and has a rain warning to let you know it’s time to close up. Cons: Struggle to see the traffic light with the low roofline. Although secure, the trunk is a bit small and hard to access. The Verdict: The best in its small class of competitors. Loaded with features and primed for the sun; it doesn’t disappoint all of the Mini fans in the audience. Maybe not the best performance, but overall great style.

Price: .............................................................................. $42,230 Engine: . .....................................2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder Trans: ................................................................. 6-speed manual Power: ................................................... 189 @ 4,700-6,000 rpm Torque: ..................................................... 207 lb-ft @ 1,250 rpm Curb Weight: . ................................................2,985 lb / 1,354 kg Fuel Consumption: (L/100km – City/Hwy) . ................ 10.0 / 7.0


New for 2017: Redesigned and with much improvement over the previous XTS. Segment Competitors: Acura RDX, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Infiniti Q50, Jaguar F-Pace, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Lexus RX, Lincoln MKX, Mercedes GLC-Class, Porsche Macan, Volvo XC60, Volvo XC70 The Skinny: The Cadillac crossover is much improved, but still in tough in a very competitive category. Quick, but not as quick as Q5 or X3. Pros: Wonderful styling with a very clean interior design and strong front end that says Cadillac. Real wood and brushed metal complement the suede and leather. Rear seats that slide forward and back to give you a little extra legroom is a nice touch.

Price: . ............................................................................. $75,235 Engine: . .............................................................. 3.6L DI VVT V6 Trans: .............................................................8-Speed Automatic Power: ......................................................... 310 hp @ 6600 rpm Torque: . ..................................................... 271 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm Curb Weight: . ................................................4,356 lb / 1,975 kg Fuel Consumption: (L/100km – City/Hwy) . ................ 12.9 / 8.6

Cons: Great power from the 310-hp V6, but the 8-speed transmission struggles to shift smoothly under harder driving. The electronic shifter is a challenge to get accustomed to. The Verdict: A dramatic improvement over the predecessor XTS. Easy to use infotainment system with the Cadillac goods like CarPlay and WiFi. Certainly not the best in the category, but it does have appeal to those liking bold Cadillac style. Complementing the exterior is a wonderfully simple and elegant interior design. OCT/NOV 2016 CARS Plus MAGAZINE 25


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Base price (MSRP): .......................................... $26,990 Price as tested: . ........... $28,560 before freight and fees Type: ............................... Four passenger, compact coupe Layout: ............................................... Front-engine, FWD Engine: ..................1.8L, turbocharged inline four-cylinder Power: .............................................. 170 hp @ 4,800 rpm Torque: . ..........................................184 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm Transmission: .................................... 6-speed automatic Brakes: ................................................... Four-wheel disc. Warranty: ............................................4-year / 80,000 km Fuel consumption (L/100km): ......City 9.6 ; Highway 7.0 The product planning folks over at Volkswagen have decided to broaden car will hustle to 100 km/h in about 7.5 seconds. the model range of their recently revised Beetle offering, and with the arrival of the bold Beetle Dune model, I suspect the stalwart German While the Beetle Dune may not be the off-road marvel you were auto maker might lure some new buyers into company showrooms. dreaming of, its wide track, capable suspension (strut-type front and multi-link rear), and communicative speed-sensitive steering help give This is good news, particularly after the diesel debacle that hammered the car a stable feel when driven enthusiastically into corners. The disc the VW name and left the company’s reputation a little bruised and brakes are firm, and fade free, and Electronic Stability Control and a full battered. complement of other electronic nannies will keep things in check. The Dune is a special-edition Beetle that has been designed to serve as a reminder to folks that the iconic little runabout used to be a favourite with imaginative owners who sought to give their cars a little extra personality. Early Beetles provided a solid foundation for the mechanically inclined to create their own rolling masterpieces, many of which took on a “Baja” theme evoking the look of off-road racers, and reflected the carefree beach culture lifestyle. To accomplish this, the all-new Beetle Dune features extended fenders, unique front and rear fascias, and a wider track. All of this new attitude is suspended on oversized 18-inch signature Canyon alloy wheels that give the car 0.4 inches of extra ground clearance over that of other Beetle variants. The end result is the car has the aggressive all-wheel drive look of a crossover, but remains a front-wheel drive vehicle. Many, including myself, will feel that this is unfortunate, as VW’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system is well sorted and would really help make this car truly special. However, I suspect that the decision was made to retain a two-wheel drive platform to keep costs down and reduce maintenance.

The interior is attractive, and with many of the panels painted to match the car’s exterior, there is a retro feel that works to make it very appealing to the eye. Supportive, manually-adjustable leather /leatherette bucket seats with contrasting Curry stitching greet the driver and front passenger, while the tidy rear compartment features two seats best suited for nimble smaller adults and children. All the car’s controls fall readily to both hand and eye, and simplicity is the recipe for success in this department, leaving the dash and console uncluttered and very functional. Our car was fitted with the optional technology package which includes Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, satellite navigation, and the Discover Media radio and Fender Premium Audio System. This is a $1,570 upgrade that seems like a bargain when compared to similar offerings in the same segment. Visibility isn’t great rearward, but there is a backup camera concealed within the rear VW badge that swings into action as soon as reverse gear is engaged, and the dash-mounted monitor is well-placed up high on the centre stack. Excellent power-operated mirrors and bumpermounted proximity sensors (front and rear) will help take most of the stress out of manoeuvring the Dune in confined spaces.

The car’s styling is bold enough to give it plenty of curb appeal, and our tester attracted lots of attention due to its concept-worthy Sandstorm Other standard equipment includes upmarket niceties such as BiYellow metallic paint. Dune models can also be ordered in either Onyx Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, LED tail lamps, White or Deep Black. fog lights, Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity, heated front seats, heated washer nozzles, a panoramic sunroof, and a body-coloured Motivation for the Dune comes from a turbocharged 1.8-litre, inline four- rear spoiler. cylinder engine that produces a healthy 170 horsepower (@ 6,200 rpm) and 184 lb-ft of torque (@ 1,500 - 4,750 rpm). This peppy performer is The Beetle Dune provides budget conscious consumers with a well mated to a six-speed automatic with manual shift capabilities, although equipped, nicely priced and very unique looking car that proved enno shift paddles are offered. The rate of acceleration is decent, as the tertaining to drive.





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Audi A8 L

BMW 750Li

Cadillac CT6


The Skinny: Now two years into its run, this top-of-the-line full-size premium four-door hybrid from Acura comes with all-wheel drive and a powertrain consisting of a gasoline engine and three electric motors mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Price Range: $65,490 to $69,990 Engine and Transmission: 3.5-litre V6 with three electric motors/seven-speed dual-clutch automatic Drivetrain: all-wheel drive Power Numbers (horsepower/torque): 377 (net)/377 (net) Technology: torque-vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, Amplitude Reactive Dampers, Acura Head-Up Display System, Jewel Eye LED headlights, 14-speaker Krell stereo, AcuraLink cloud-based connected car system

The Skinny: Undergoing a facelift in 2014, the long-wheelbase version of Audi’s flagship sedan is 130 millimetres longer than the standard A8, providing the ultimate in interior comfort. Price Range: $111,100 to $169,000 Engine and Transmission: 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 or 6.3-litre W12 / eight-speed automatic Drivetrain: all-wheel drive Power Numbers (horsepower/torque): 450 @ 5,100 rpm / 444 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm or 500 @ 6,200 rpm / 463 lb-ft @ 4,750 rpm Technology: Quattro permanent all-wheel drive, sport differential, air suspension, Audi connect, Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System, Matrix LED headlights, rear seat entertainment, night vision assistant

The Skinny: Redesigned for 2016, the sixth-generation 7 Series is lighter, more luxurious and boasts better driving dynamics. Measuring 5,250 millimetres in length, 1,120 width and 480 in height, it’s the roomiest vehicle ever built by BMW. Price Range: $117,900 Engine and Transmission: 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 / eight-speed automatic Drivetrain: all-wheel drive Power Numbers (horsepower/torque): 445 @ 5,500 rpm / 480 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm Technology: gesture control, wireless charging, BMW Display Key with remote control parking, BMW Touch Command tablet, BMW Laserlight LED headlights, front/rear massage seats The Skinny: Cadillac unveiled the all-new CT6 this year — marking the brand’s return to the prestige luxury segment — which rides on an advanced chassis constructed with 11 different materials and is available with a choice of three powerplants. Price Range: $61,695 to $99,670 Engine and Transmission: 2.0-litre turbocharged four cylinder, 3.6-litre V6 or 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 / eight-speed automatic transmission Drivetrain: rear-wheel drive (2.0-litre only) or all-wheel drive Power Numbers (horsepower/torque): 265 @ 5,500 rpm / 295 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm, 335 @ 6,800 rpm / 284 lb-ft @ 5,300 rpm, 404 @ 5,700 rpm / 400 lb-ft @ 2,500 rpm Technology: Front/rear reclining massage seats, rear seat entertainment with dual retracting 10-inch screens, 34-speaker Bose Panaray stereo, rear camera mirror, OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot

Chrysler 300 Platinum

Genesis G90

Infiniti Q70L

Jaguar XJL

Kia K900

The Skinny: An upgraded Uconnect infotainment system, now integrating an 8.4-inch pinch-and-swipe-capable touchscreen as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility, makes its debut. Price Range: $47,895 Engine and Transmission: 5.7-litre V8 / eight-speed automatic Drivetrain: all-wheel drive Power Numbers (horsepower/torque): 363 @ 5,200 rpm / 394 lb-ft @ 4,200 rpm Technology: adaptive bi-xenon HID auto-levelling headlights, heated/cooled front cup holders, 19-speaker Harman Kardon stereo with GreenEdge amplifier, touring suspension

The Skinny: The G90 is the initial offering by the Genesis luxury brand that has split off from the Hyundai nameplate and is advertised to have best-in-class noise, vibration and harshness reduction and the first application of Genesis Adaptive Control Suspension. Price Range: TBA Engine and Transmission: 3.3-litre twin-turbocharged V6 or 5.0-litre V8 / eight-speed automatic Drivetrain: rear- or all-wheel drive Power Numbers (horsepower/torque): 365 @ 6,000 rpm / 376 lb-ft @ 1,300 rpm, 420 @ 6,000 rpm / 383 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm Technology: Smart Posture Caring System with 22-way adjustable electric driver’s seat (14-way passenger), 12.3-inch high-definition wide-screen display, Lexicon stereo with Quantum Logic surround sound, Genesis Adaptive Control Suspension The Skinny: A carry-over year for the extended-wheelbase Q70 executive sedan, the L has a full 143 millimetres of extra leg room over the conventional Q70 that was last refreshed in 2015. Price Range: $64,300 to $68,800 Engine and Transmission: 3.7-litre V6 or 5.6-litre V8 / seven-speed automatic Drivetrain: rear- or all-wheel drive Power Numbers (horsepower/torque): 330 @ 7,000 rpm / 270 lb-ft @ 5,200 rpm, 416 @ 6,000 rpm / 414 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm Technology: rear power outlet, power rear door cinchers, Active Trace Control System, Infiniti Connection telematics, 10-speaker two-channel Bose stereo, Adaptive Shift Control with Downshift Rev Matching The Skinny: all grades of the flagship XJ, including the long-wheelbase variant, receive both exterior and interior updates for 2016 including full LED headlights, J-Blade daytime running lights and quilted seating surfaces. Price Range: $99,000 Engine and Transmission: 3.0-litre supercharged V6 / eight-speed automatic Drivetrain: all-wheel drive Power Numbers (horsepower/torque): 340 @ 6,500 rpm / 332 lb-ft @ 3,500 rpm Technology: Jaguar InControl Touch Pro infotainment system, 17-speaker 825watt Meridian surround sound stereo, All-Surface Progress Control, adaptive LED headlights, rear seat entertainment with dual hideaway 10.2-inch high-definition screens. The Skinny: the latest big story for Kia’s full-size K900 involves the addition of a new 3.8-litre V6 mill, coinciding with a light inside-and-out touch-up seeing modifications to the grille, rear bumper, wheels, navigation and more. Price Range: $49,995 to $70,195 Engine and Transmission: 3.8-litre V6 or 5.0-litre V8 / eight-speed automatic Drivetrain: rear-wheel drive Power Numbers (horsepower/torque): 311 @ 6,000 rpm / 293 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm, 420 @ 6,400 rpm / 376 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm Technology: UVO Luxury Services, LED headlights with Dynamic Bending Lights, soft-hue LED interior illumination, 16-way adjustable electric driver’s seat with power head restraints, head-up display, 12-channel 17-speaker Lexicon stereo, smart trunk OCT/NOV 2016 CARS Plus MAGAZINE 29

Lexus LS 460 L The Skinny: No major changes have been made to the range-topping Lexus LS 460 L for 2016. Price Range: $128,850 Engine and Transmission: 4.6-litre V8 / eight-speed automatic Drivetrain: all-wheel drive Power Numbers (horsepower/torque): 360 @ 6,400 rpm / 347 lb-ft @ 4,100 rpm Technology: Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system, 19-speaker 450-watt Mark Levinson Reference surround sound stereo, Lexus Remote Touch interface, water-repellent front door glass

Lincoln Continental

Mercedes-Benz S 550 4Matic

Porsche Panamera

Volvo S90


The Skinny: the Lincoln Continental has been given a total makeover and is highlighted by an exclusive 3.0-litre bi-turbo engine producing a projected 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. Price Range: TBA Engine and Transmission: 3.7-litre V6, 2.7-litre twin-turbocharged V6 or 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 / six-speed automatic transmission Drivetrain: front- or all-wheel drive Power Numbers (horsepower/torque): 305 @ 6,500 rpm / 280 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm, 335 @ 5,700 rpm / 380 lb-ft @ 3,500 rpm, 400 @ 5,750 rpm/ 400 lb-ft @ 2,750 Technology: E-latch hidden door handles, Dynamic Torque Vectoring, 30-way adjustable electric Perfect Position Seats with front/rear massage function, 19speaker Revel Ultima stereo, Vista Roof

The Skinny: Mercedes-Benz’s feature-heavy flagship returns to the lineup chock full of serious creature comforts such as aromatherapy and “hot stone” massage seats. Price Range: $110,700 Engine and Transmission: 4.7-litre twin-turbocharged V8 / seven-speed automatic Drivetrain: all-wheel drive Power Numbers (horsepower/torque): 449 @ 5,250 rpm / 516 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm Technology: Magic Body Control active suspension, 16-way adjustable electric front seats with “hot stone” massage function, heated armrests and doors, multizone colour ambient cabin lighting, Air Balance aromatherapy The Skinny: a lither-looking second-generation Porsche Panamera was unveiled in early summer that will be driven by one of two new bi-turbo engines up to 16 percent more fuel-efficient than before. Price Range: TBA Engine and Transmission: 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 or 4.0-litre twinturbocharged V8 / eight-speed dual-clutch manumatic Drivetrain: all-wheel drive Power Numbers (horsepower/torque): 440 @ 5,650 rpm/405 lb-ft @ 1,750 rpm, 550 @ 5,750 rpm/568 lb-ft @ 1,960 rpm Technology: Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) II, three-chamber air suspension, 4D Chassis Control, Porsche Advanced Cockpit infotainment system, Porsche Communication Management connectivity

The Skinny: Following the success of the XC90, Volvo is introducing its sedan counterpart in the S90, which borrows styling cues from the crossover like the “Thor’s Hammer” LED daytime running lights. Price Range: $56,900 to $63,000 Engine and Transmission: 2.0-litre turbocharged and supercharged four cylinder / eight-speed automatic Drivetrain: all-wheel drive Power Numbers (horsepower/torque): 316 @ 5,400 rpm / 295 lb-ft @ 2,200 rpm Technology: Sensus infotainment system, Rear Air Suspension, Active Chassis, cooled glove box, Bowers and Wilkins Premium Sound Audio, head-up display, 12.3-inch full graphical instrument cluster

New Fun Tire from BFGoodrich

This tire uses locking 3D active sipe technology to provide better stability and increased wet/snow performance. It does this with sipes that lock together under cornering and allow water to move into the tread block in wet or snowy conditions. BFG also introduces Aqua-Flume™ technology that adds to the allseason traction and wet weather capability. The fun factor comes from the ETEC (Equal Tension Containment) System™. BFG uses this technology to optimize the tire footprint during cornering and high-speed manoeuvres. g-Wedge™ sidewall stabilizer maintains comfortable ride quality, while still giving you wonderful steering response. The features are throughout the tread so that the performance remains consistent throughout the life of the tire.

The BFGoodrich® Advantage™ T/A® Sport is available in 54 sizes ranging from 15-inch to 18-inch for most common passenger cars and SUVs. With a 110,000-km treadwear warranty and great all-season his fall, BFGoodrich offers a new all-season tire that is designed to performance, this tire is a strong contender if you need to replace your make everyday driving fun. The BFGoodrich® Advantage™ T/A® tires before the roads turn for the worse. With over a 100-year history Sport is now available at authorized dealers, as our Canadian weather of making quality performance tires; BFG has combined experience changes to those days that require some good traction. and technology to make a capable tire. Story by LJ Koch, photos courtesy of BFGoodrich




suite of driver assistance technologies. Stylish 19-inch alloy wheels and a unique grille treatment help set this model apart. The Platinum can be ordered fitted with the company’s 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine or in either of the two hybrid options. The second new offering is the Sport model which is sure to enthrall those individuals who demand big power and dynamic handling. The Fusion Sport gets the 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine and benefits from the surefooted traction of its standard all-wheel drive system, as well as continuously variable damping.

More refined, better value Story by Russell Purcell, photos courtesy of Ford

Sport appearance upgrades include larger air intakes, a black mesh grille, 19-inch rims and a rear deck spoiler. Oversized quad exhaust tips emit a healthy bark with each blip of the throttle, especially when the car is operated in sport mode. The Fusion’s exterior and interior continue to evolve for all trim levels, and the latest updates help give the car’s distinctive front end a more aggressive look, while new lighting (LED headlights and signature lights) further enhance the Fusion’s curb appeal.

The passenger cabin of a Ford Fusion is a very comfortable place he Ford Fusion has long been a strong seller for Ford, and Ca- to be, and the Ford design team has managed to improve ergonadians have embraced the stylish mid-size sedan as it offers a nomics, the overall look and feel of the trim and materials used in level of comfort, performance and refinement usually reserved for construction, and even managed to increase usable storage space by an impressive 40-percent. The latter includes a clever “media bin” situated on the console to provide a place for your devices which is complete with both a 12-Volt port and a USB input.


Subtle revisions to the dash and centre stack help reduce clutter, but also allow for the more intuitive use of controls, including an all-new rotary gear selector dial. A new touch-screen infotainment interface is on board (SYNC3 - which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), as are a whole host of driver-assistance technologies if you so choose (adaptive cruise control, stop-and-go technology, and park assist). There is also a lane-keeping system and innovations like pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection on the menu. Time behind the wheel of the two new offerings revealed that the car handles exceptionally well and ride and comfort are class standards. The Fusion’s large greenhouse offers terrific visibility, and the amount of road, engine and wind noise that manages to invade the cabin is minimal. much more expensive models, as well as a wide array of engine Having two distinct hybrid offerings of the same model available is choices and available all-wheel-drive. pretty unusual, but the more environmentally conscious consumer will relish the choice. The Fusion Energi can operate for up to 35 The Fusion was thoroughly redesigned for model year 2013, but kilometres on electric power alone, and its lithium-ion battery can 2017 sees the arrival of further updates to keep the car current, be recharged fully in as little as 2.5-hours. Both hybrid models can fresh and atop consumer wish lists. also achieve speeds as high as 135-km/hr without engaging the Atkinson-Cycle gasoline engine at all. The product planners at the Ford Motor Company believe in choice, so there are no less than four engine options available for the Fusion, as well as both a hybrid and a plug-n Energi hybrid. The entry offering is a 2.5-litre four-cylinder (175 hp /175 lb.-ft.), but there are also three EcoBoost turbo offerings- 1.5-litre (181/185), 2.0-litre (240 /270), and a 2.7-litre (325/350). All are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, but paddle shifters are reserved for those cars equipped with the two larger displacement EcoBoost engines. Both hybrid offerings sport CVT units for efficiency. There are two new trim levels to pique customer interest - Platinum and Sport, and both help the Fusion stand out from its many rivals in this very crowded segment. The Platinum package outfits the car with such up-market niceties as quilted leather seating (heated and cooled) with matching door inserts, a leather wrapped steering wheel, real wood trim, and a full 32 CARS PLUS MAGAZINE OCT/NOV 2016


by Jordan Allan

Price as tested: . ............................................... $43,410 Type: ......................... five-door, five-passenger hatchback Layout: ................................................ front engine, AWD Engine: ........................ 2.0L TSI turbocharged 16-valve I4 Transmission: ....................... 6-speed DSG (dual-clutch) Power: .............................................. 292 hp @ 5,400 rpm Torque: . ..........................................280 lb-ft @ 1,900 rpm Curb weight: . .................................................... 1,515 kg Fuel Consumption (L/100km, city/hwy): ............ 10.4/7.9 olkswagen has carried an excellent reputation when it comes to hot V hatchbacks, ever since the original Mk1 GTI first debuted back in 1979. Since then, the German automaker has rolled out its popular and

ible! The 2.0 TSI turbocharged engine putting 292 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels through the VW 4Motion all-wheel drive system felt as if it was producing much more than that. VW advertises sporty GTI version of the Golf with every new generation, and further built a 0-60 mph time of just 4.5 seconds in the DSG dual-clutch transmison that success when it introduced the high-performance Golf R32 Mk4 sion version, which our tester was, and while I wasn’t able to get the in 2002. This version produced more power than ever before seen in a stop watch out and time myself, I will say that it felt incredibly fast upon acceleration, especially when using launch control. Golf and put power to all four wheels through VW’s 4Motion system. Although 292 horsepower is nothing to shake a stick at, the truly great component of driving this car is the way it handles. The sport-tuned suspension, dynamic chassis control system, and the 4Motion all-wheel drive system allowed the R to accurately feel like it was on rails, and I will go on record as saying that this is probably the best handling car I’ve The Golf R shares many of its appearance characteristics with the had the pleasure to drive, this side of a Porsche. tamer GTI but adds “R” design grille, bumpers and side skirts and a great looking set of 19-inch Cadiz alloy wheels. If you are a car, or more The DSG transmission provided lightning quick shifts as it always does, specifically Volkswagen, enthusiast you will be able to recognize the and the drive profile selector included a race mode which dialled up all Golf R from any of the other options in the Golf lineup, but due to the components to run at their absolute limit. All of this is to say that, while overall similarities, it would definitely be safe to say that the R deserves driving in the right conditions, the R is able to tackle any corner you throw at it with relative ease and without any sense of panic. sleeper status. The tradition has since continued, with the Mk5 R32, Mk6 Golf R and finally the present day Mk7 Golf R. Having recently spent a week driving the newest iteration, I walked away from it even more impressed than I had imagined.

The Golf R starts at a price of $39,995 with our tester coming in at $43,410, and while you’d be tempted to say that is far too much for a hatchback Volkswagen, I’d caution that there are many things to consider. Firstly, the 5-door R offers the same practicality as any model in the Golf’s lineup and can even produce a smooth, sophisticated ride when using Eco or Comfort modes. Secondly, when you look at other cars of a similar ilk with this level of performance (say the BMW M2, Audi S3 and Ford Focus RS), it is priced mostly below other offerings, so it can actually be looked at as a bargain. And lastly, if fun is what you’re My main question regarding the Golf R was not about how it looked, but looking for in a car, the VW Golf R is an ideal option, and who can put how it drives, and I quickly found out the answer was simple - incred- a price on fun? The interior of the R uses the same formula as the outside by utilizing the strong base of the entire Golf lineup and adding subtle differences that do just enough to make it stand out. For instance, with any fast car you want seats that can firmly hold you in place but are also comfortable enough for long drives, and that has definitely been achieved with the unique “R” design Top Sport Seats in Vienna leather. Additionally you’ll notice some other R accents throughout the interior, but generally the original Golf design is maintained.


auto journalists were invited to take part. For some of us, it was the first chance to get behind the wheel of the two new models, kind of a sneak peak, if you will. They are both very important to the future of the brand, as they represent its entry into two of the world’s most popular automotive segments, the compact sport sedan (XE) and mid-size crossover (F-Pace). That our drives consisted of some 20-second forays through cones on a big patch of tarmac was perhaps not ideal, but we now know how nimble these cars are, at least. And of course, the invited guests got to drive the cars in a manner they seldom would on the street. As a bonus for everyone, a few of the cars available were the delectable F-Type Coupe powered by a supercharged V8, which added a different factor to negotiating the cones – tire-spinning power!

The Jaguar Experience Showing Off New Models and Training Technology

There was an aspect of this program that added a new and exciting dimension to it, and that was the “Smart Cone Challenge,” in which nine gates are set up on a patch of tarmac, each with green and blue lights on top of the cones which mark the gates. The task is to be driving your XE through the active gate with the green lights illuminated, while simultaneously looking for the next gate which has blue lights marking it. You never know which gate is going to light up next. The choice of gates is entirely random and done automatically, and the challenge is to smoothly drive through the green gate, while at the same time lining up your car properly for the blue gate, which could be totally behind the car and 100 feet away. Yes, you need eyes in the back of your head, as the saying goes. The car and its movement are completely

Story and photos by Gerry Frechette


here is almost no end to the various methods used by the world’s auto manufacturers to get their products description and exposure. As journalists, we well know they will put us in the seats of their vehicles anywhere in the world, if it gets them coverage in popular media. But more and more, the manufacturers are also wanting to put their customers, or those they feel might someday be a customer, in the seats of their vehicles for driving opportunities ranging from going down an urban street (like a dealer test drive) to exercises a bit more unusual to most average motorists. The latter was the case at the recent Jaguar Experience event near Vancouver, one of several in Canada this year in support of the launch of the new XE and F-Pace models, and just a small part of the worldwide “Art of Performance” program. While primarily an event for customers, we monitored by GPS and wi-fi, and the driver is scored on distance, time, and accuracy. Once the two-minute exercise is complete, a score report is generated, and through social media, compared with everyone in the group that day, and theoretically, everyone in the world who has driven in the “Smart Cone Challenge.” It was great fun, of course, but it also has greater implications as an important tool for driver training, and we hope to see more of this technology that Jaguar developed for its program. To unwind from all the driving, we were also given rides in various Range Rovers over the “mechanical off-road” apparatus set up at the event. To nobody’s surprise, these mountain goats on wheels had no problems climbing or descending these obstacles. It was a fun half-day of driving at the Jaguar Experience, and judging by all the smiles from the customers, one which was enjoyed greatly by them as well. 34 CARS PLUS MAGAZINE OCT/NOV 2016


















Bugatti Chiron

Audi A5 Story and Photos by Gerry Frechette


he 7th Annual Luxury & Supercar Weekend was held September 10-11 at Van Dusen Gardens in Vancouver, showcasing many exotic and classic cars, with special recognition for the 100th year of BMW and 80th year of Morgan.


Exotic cars filled a large portion of the gardens, led by the Canadian debut of the Bugatti Chiron, straight from Monterey, CA. Yours for $3.2 million Canadian. We’ve all seen the glowing reviews of the Singer Porsche, and now we have seen two of them in the flesh. Essentially, they are old 911s with modern running gear and interiors, and we’d sure like to drive one of those. The world’s foremost restorer of Mercedes 300SL Gullwings and Roadsters, Rudi Koniczek of Victoria, is retiring after bringing over 100 of the Acura NSX

classics back to life, and the show had a special display of several of them, to honour his accomplishments. The Best of Show award went to Garry Peters’ stunning 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet by Pininfarina, which was also displayed with an amazing collection of all the original brochures, manuals and tools that came with the car. For the first time at the Show, Adesa was on hand to auction off a number of exotic vehicles. One of them was the right to purchase the first Electra Meccanica SOLO electric urban car, to be produced soon, right here in Vancouver. The Show was even the site of a Canadian new car debut, as the classy Audi A5 Coupe was revealed. Two other new cars seen for the first time locally were the Acura NSX supercar and the Bentley Bentayga SUV. These are just a few of the highlights of Luxury & Supercar Weekend, which has become one of the top such shows in the country each year.



BUYERS’ GUIDE BFGoodrich – Winter Slalom® KSi

State-of-the-art looks and the ability to take you where you want to go throughout the winter make the BFGoodrich® Winter Slalom® KSI Key Snow & Ice the RIGHT tire for all types of cold weather adventures. The KSI features winter regenerating compounds, which are micro-pores that provide grip mechanism for continued traction on snow and ice. The optimized sipe configuration offers better block stability for improved handling and wear, plus enhanced cornering and braking on snow, ice, slush, wet and dry roads. More hydroplaning resistance and deep snow traction come from full lateral grooves and increased tread voids. BFG’s Etec System, or equal tension containment system, is available on most sizes, which basically provides a consistent footprint and maximum tread contact under any speed, giving you better control on the road no matter what the weather.

Bridgestone – Blizzak WS-80 Bridgestone engineered the Blizzak™ WS80™ so you can conquer the cold, snow and ice. With a suite of features that deliver trusty traction in all winter weather, it’s easy to see why Blizzak is ‘the official tire of winter.’™ Mighty Molecules are a new Hydrophilic Coating that reacts to the elements for confident stopping power on snow and ice. Advanced Multicell Compound® with Nano Pro-Tech® works at a molecular level to remain pliable in cold. New Cavity Shape distributes contact pressure uniformly across the entire footprint area for even wear and dry, ice and snow performance. Bite particles act like microscopic studs, providing confident road grip and braking on ice. 3D Zigzag Sipes create biting edges without sacrificing block stiffness. Increased block edges by 20 percent (compared to WS70) for better handling on snow and slush.

Continental – WinterContact SI Continental introduces the all new WinterContact SI with PolarPlus+ Technology for ultimate grip in snow, ice & wet conditions. Traction Grooves improve snow-on-snow traction and grip. Also features an Alignment Verification system with short sipes on both shoulders of the tire which visually alert the driver of any misalignment before the tires are ruined. Continental PolarPlus Technology introduces +Silane additives to the compound that enhance grip on slippery roads and reduce stopping distances.

Cooper Weather‑Master WSC™ The Weather-Master WSC is designed for superior winter performance. This studdable and directional design along with the high silica tread compound is ideally suited for the toughest of all winter conditions.

Firestone - Winterforce The Firestone Winterforce is “siped and studdable” for good winter performance. Its directional, computer-modelled tread design helps to deliver confident snow, wet and ice traction. The Firestone Winterforce is designed to deliver a quiet and comfortable ride to get you to your destination regardless of the weather conditions. Its directional tread pattern optimizes wet and dry performance, and its high-sipe density three-dimensional tread pattern makes for confident snow, ice and wet traction. Also being pinned for standard studs provides additional traction potential for severe conditions. OCT/NOV 2016 CARS Plus MAGAZINE 37

General – Altimax Arctic The Altimax Arctic has unique grooves and sipes, combined with a modern compound, offering high performance at low temperatures. Its innovative Quad-Tech Smart Tire Technology provides improved handling and exceptional traction on snow and ice. It also features a multi-angle sipe system with 270 degrees of sipes and biting edges that maximizes traction in any direction of travel. The directional tread pattern with its centre stability rib provides enhanced straight-line stability and water evacuation, while the Reactive Contour Technology reacts to different road conditions to maintain optimum contact with the road surfaces. And of course, its silica tread composite allows for cold-weather flexibility for increased snow and ice performance.

Goodyear – Ultra Grip Ice WRT The Ultra Grip Ice WRT stops shorter on ice versus its leading competitors, thanks to a specialized ice tread compound that offers enhanced traction on snow- and ice-covered roads from season to season, as well as its two-dimensional blades in the centre zone of the tire that provide increased stopping and starting power on ice and snow. Add to that the 3D TredLock technology blades in the shoulder that provide wet and winter traction by locking together for confident grip in the corners and a directional tread pattern that channels away water and slush. Hankook – I*Pike RS The new I*Pike RS from Hankook is the next generation of studdable winter tire, packed with advanced technologies to enhance performance and drivability. Some key design features include 3D grooves and sipes which offer efficient water evacuation and maximum braking and handling, innovative spuit holes which perform by absorbing and evacuating water from the tire`s contact patch, and an aggressive 2-in1 tread block design to provide increased snow traction. Hankook has also optimized the stud pin arrangement used in the design of this tire to include 16 stud rows, ensuring effective braking and handling on icy surfaces. A two-layered “Snow Tread Design” tread structure helps to secure the pins. And by placing the stud rows closer to the tire’s centre compared to conventional studdable tires, they are able to offer superior ice grip.

Kumho – WinterCraft ICE Wi31 An advanced new stud design gives the WinterCraft ICE Wi31 an exceptionally quiet hold on the ice and snow. The wide turbine studs provide excellent snow clearance, in a low profile design that cuts road noise dramatically. Excellent braking and acceleration on ice, through advanced stud design and placement. Enhanced winter grip from the 3D honeycomb sipes. Engineered for cold traction with a high-dispersion compound.

Michelin – X-ICE® Xi3™ The MICHELIN® X-ICE® Xi3™ tire provides ultimate winter confidence over many kilometres, enabling you and your loved ones to fully embrace winter even in the harshest conditions. This third generation X-ICE® winter tire provides the necessary traction to safely overcome extreme winter conditions featuring Cross Z Sipes™, Micro-Pumps, and the FleX-Ice™ compound. The MICHELIN® X-ICE® Xi3™ tire provides winter performance that lasts for 60,000 kilometres with Michelin MaxTouch Construction™ which features a unique contact patch shape - maximizing even and longer tread life. The MICHELIN® X-ICE® Xi3™ is also designed to be environmentally friendly to help reduce fuel consumption in addition to having excellent winter grip and long lasting tread life.

Nexen – WinGuard Sport Winter driving and long mileage performance are raised to the next level with the WinGuard Sport. Its high-density multi-sipe elevates grip for braking on icy and snowy roads, simultaneously increasing longevity. Snowy or dry traction and cornering are improved with the asymmetric tread. Large wide grooves effectively drain water for anti-hydroplaning performance.



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Nokian WR A4 Optimally combines high-performance handling and reliable winter grip. It offers balanced driving in rapidly changing weather conditions for sporty cars. Each tread block and sipe in the stylish tread pattern has a precise shape and role, and this can be felt in the excellent grip and handling properties. The stiff outer shoulder, the Centipede Siping in the centre area and the zone-optimized siping all form a controlled combination that allows the Nokian WR A4 to roll safely and comfortably in varying winter weather. The centre area is dominated by a sturdy longitudinal rib consisting of tread blocks with jagged sipes that resemble the footprints of a centipede. The staggered 3-dimensional Centipede Siping offers maximum contact surface and works with full effect at different turning angles, increasing grip on snow and slush and improving control. The rubber compound, which contains natural rubber, silica and canola oil, ensures excellent winter grip. This state-of-the-art compound innovation also improves driving stability and wear resistance. Canola oil provides tear strength. Tear strength makes the tyre extremely resistant to wear, impacts and punctures. The large amounts of natural rubber and rapeseed oil ensure that the excellent winter grip properties remain the same even as temperatures change and the kilometres add up. Extremely low rolling resistance results in low fuel consumption.

Pirelli – Ice Zero FR For those who drive in winter conditions looking for a high level of stability and control with superior driving comfort. The ICE ZERO™ FR is the studless solution of the Pirelli ICE ZERO™ collection: performance and control at top level. Specifically developed for owners of city/medium cars, premium sedans and SUV. High sipe density in the central area that increases the snow retention and the grip level. Specific sipes that quickly clean the surface from the water film generated by the ice under the tire. 3D sipe technology keeps the tread blocks stable also at higher speeds. Increased footprint and improved regular pressure distribution allows better traction and braking safety.

Rakla - SW606 Studdable V-shaped tread design delivers outstanding traction and braking performance on snow and icy roads. Stiff shoulder blocks deliver outstanding cornering stability and enhanced grips.

Toyo – Observe G3-ICE The Toyo Observe G3-ICE winter tire is designed for tough winter driving conditions, combining excellent winter performance with driving comfort. Equipped with Toyo’s Microbit studless tire technology and an advanced directional tread pattern, the Observe G3-ICE is ready to handle snow, ice or slush and offers superior ride comfort.

Uniroyal – Tiger Paw Ice & Snow II The recently redesigned Uniroyal Tiger Paw Ice & Snow II features a highly siped tread surface, deep tread grooves and a winter adapted tread compound which translates to dependable traction on ice, snow, slush and wet road conditions. Increased cold weather grip is a result of a winter polymer compound that maintains molecular adhesion and tread flexibility at low temperatures. Durashield Construction and a computer-optimized variable pitch tread aid in durability and reduced road noise. For enhanced ice traction, the tire is pinned for studs.

Yokohama – V905 Innovative Winter Performance: Introducing the V905, where advanced technologies combine to deliver confident handling for performance cars and SUVs throughout the winter – rain or shine, snow or slush. With an increased edge effect and all-new compound, the V905 will keep your car ready to grip the winter roads.


vices we can provide as well,” says Fields, prefacing a huge announcement. “We believe that the next decade is going to be defined by the automation of the automobile. In fact, we see autonomous vehicles having as significant an impact on society as Ford’s moving assembly line did more than 100 years ago. And that’s why we recently announced our intent to have a high volume, fully autonomous vehicle in commercial operation by 2021, in a ride hailing or ride sharing service,” he says. Think Uber, minus the driver. The so-called “level 4” cars, ones capable of 100-percent autopilot where the passenger never has to be prepared to take control, will also be devoid of traditional input devices like a steering wheel or gas/brake pedals.

Further with Ford

A five-year goal may seem ambitious, and Fields says in order to expedite development, they have enlisted the assistance of several start-ups, as well as doubling the workforce at the Palo Alto-based Research and Innovation Centre over the next 15 months. The initial launch is planned for densely populated urban centres, where transportation solutions are needed the most.

Fields addressed some other burning questions surrounding autonomous vehicles, such as how much they will cost to make and how they will look. He says he predicts prices for the cutting edge technology required to drop over the next half-decade, and cost is part of the reason the cars will first be available in a ride sharing capacity Story and photos by Benjamin Yong before they are made available for individual ownership later on. The f there’s one word to describe the automotive industry these days, 55-year-old, chuckling, then reassured the audience that Ford is not it’s uncertainty. Changing consumer attitudes, the meteoric evolu- in the business of designing aesthetically distasteful cars. tion of technology and both tech and car companies undergoing an One of biggest topics was saved for last: how the automaker expects to deal with emerging threats including Apple, Google and relative newcomer Tesla all working on self-driving automobiles of their own. Fields replied with a volley of answers, among them that Ford has already been involved in an autonomous vehicle program for more than 10 years; the manufacturer has been building large scale, affordable and high-quality products since the beginning of the 20th century; and being a globally-recognized and admired brand helps to attract customers and valued partners.


“We’re dedicated to putting autonomous vehicles on the road for millions of people. Not just those that can afford luxury cars,” he says.

identity crisis, are all contributing factors. The fourth annual Further With Ford conference, held at Ford’s headquarters in Dearborn, MI in September, dealt with precisely these trends. Ford CEO Mark Fields was the keynote speaker at the event, and once he came on stage, almost immediately zeroed in on the one issue on everyone’s minds — autonomous cars. “The world has moved from just owning vehicles to owning them and sharing them, and this is causing us to think very differently as a company. In fact, this is what’s driving us to rethink our entire business model because as [these] numbers show, it’s no longer just about how many vehicles that we can sell, it’s also about what serOCT/NOV 2016 CARS Plus MAGAZINE 41

Fiat Multipla Story and photos by Nigel Matthews, additional photo courtesy of Wikimedia

Having spent some time on the drawing board and in the hands of the engineers, the Fiat 600 was finally launched at the 1955 Geneva Motor Show. This small rear-engine car was powered by a 633-cc hrysler has often claimed that it invented the minivan. The engine that produced 22 horsepower. The body had two doors and modern front-wheel drive version has been hailed as one of the was capable of carrying four adults in reasonable comfort. In 1956, cleverest innovations of 20th century transportation - but Fiat beat the Fiat 600 known as the Multipla was launched. The station wagon or van version was basically a stretched version of the car. It shared Chrysler to it by at least 28 years. a number of common sheet metal panels and pieces of glass. Following World War II, the management at Fiat decided that Italy and the world needed a small, cheap-to-manufacture and inexpen- The Multipla was available in a number of seating or cargo configusive-to-purchase people mover. Fiat was certainly no stranger to rations. The 4/5-seater version was fitted with two bench seats that building small cars. The cute and lovable Fiat 500 Topolino built folded into a bed. The 6-seater had a non-adjustable front bench between 1936 until 1954 was one of the best-loved small cars of seat and four individual seats that folded completely flat into the floor to make a useful cargo van. Sorry Chrysler, there goes another of all time, perhaps the original MINI. your innovations!


There was also a Taxi version fitted with a single driver’s seat, a luggage platform next to the driver, a folding middle bench seat and a fixed bench seat in the back. In 1960, the Multipla received a larger 767 cc engine producing an additional 8 hp! Every bit helped. During the 13 year production run, 2.7 million examples were produced.

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PARTS STORE WeatherTech All-Weather Floor Mats

W e a t h erTech’s AllWeather Floor mats feature sculpted channels that are designed to trap water, road salt, mud or sand. They are made from a proprietary engineered odourless resin that ensures that mats will not curl, crack or harden in sub-zero temperatures. The mats boast anti-skid ridges to prevent shifting in your vehicle and come with a non-stick finish to make cleaning easier. Many of the front and rear mat applications are model-specific, while others are assigned as the best possible fit from the many shapes and sizes. For more information please go to

GE Nighthawk Xenon Headlamps

FXWheels FX 11 Series The new FX11 Series wheels from FX Wheels feature a one-piece cast aluminum construction to ensure strength and durability, and the multi-spoke design will immediately improve the look of your latemodel vehicle. With a load capacity of 1,600 – 1,800 lbs, they are ready to be used with a wide array of vehicles. They feature a conical seat lug style and are compatible with the TPMS systems found in a large number of vehicles. Available in a satin black or gloss black/machined finish, the wheels are available in 16-,17-, and 18-inch diameters in different offsets, bolt patterns and widths. For more information please go to

Airaid Jr. Kit for 2010-2014 Ford Mustang 5.0L

Airaid’s Jr. Kit for the 20102014 Ford MusThe Nighthawk tang with the Xenon headlamps 5.0L V8 engine from GE deliver up option is made to 120% more light to target the and HID-calibre ilrestrictive elelumination without ments of factory the costly hassle intake systems of converting to an to help boost actual HID system. horsepower and The lights meet DOT fuel economy. requirements and The stock intake are easily installed tube and the in just minutes. They paper filter are operate on standard replaced by a 12-volt power and Premium Directproduce more than Fit Replacement 15,000 candelas in Filter and a light intensity when Modular Intake they are compared to a regular standard halogen bulb. Available for many cars, trucks tube that helps straighten and improve clean air flow to the engine or SUVs, the lights will surely improve vision in nighttime driving for added throttle response and increased horsepower and torque. The kit is custom made to specifically fit each vehicle. situations. For more information please go to

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TECH: NEW PRODUCTS Surf City Garage Pro Rapid All-In-One Polish Kit

Forgeline Offering New CH3P Series Wheel for Maximum Street Style

Surf City Garage’s Pro Rapid All-In-One Polish features a unique blend of abrasives, waxes, and polymers that allow you to correct Forgeline Motor Sports have created the CH3P Premier Series mildly-scratched surfaces with the tangerine foam pad. The kit three-piece wheel that has been designed to accentuate Forgeline’s leaves your car with a high-gloss coating of protection and comes with Polymer Detail Spray, a Fine Grade Clay Bar, Rapid All-In-One Polish, Edgeless Microfibre Towels and a Tangerine Polishing Pad. It is available with either a 3-inch or 5-inch pad, and will greatly reduce the time it normally takes to polish your vehicle. For more information please go to

attention to detail and maximum style. The CH3P is a modular wheel that is engineered with a deep flat lip that creates a large diameter and a deep dish appearance. It is forged from 6061-T6 aluminum and boasts a five-spoke design that features intricate machining detail. The wheels are available in 18, 19, 20 and 22-inch diameters and are fully customizable in fitment and finish. For more information please go to

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Red Line’s 75W90 NS GL-5 Gear oil is designed for transmission and transaxles and will help to slow synchros for easier shifting across a broad temperature range. Used in Ferrari, Porsche and Subaru tranaxles the gear oil contains extreme pressure additives but lacks friction modifiers to balance slipperiness. It provides improved copper corrosion protection to help prolong synchro life and can also be used in clutchtype LSDs in racing for maximum lock up. For more information please go to

Heatshield Products Cobra Skin Exhaust Wrap

Eibach Pro-Kit Springs for All-New 2016 Ford Focus RS Heatshield Products Cobra Skin premium exhaust wrap utilizes an HPTC coating to give it maximum thermal resistance and insulation, and features a specially designed weave that allows for maximum flexibility and easier installation. The Cobra Skin has a modern deep-black carbon-fibre look that improves the look of any application. The material has been made to retain its colour and will keep exhaust gas temperatures high inside of the exhaust system, which increases scavenging affect and engine power.

Eibach is now offering its Pro-Kit Performance Springs for the allnew 2016 Ford Focus RS. The kit lowers the RS’s centre of gravity which reduces squat during acceleration, body roll in corners and excessive nose-dive under braking. Additionally, the kit reduces excessive fender-well clearance which improves the overall look of the car. When the springs are installed, the front is lowered 0.7-inches while the rear is lowered 1.1-inches. They also feature a proprietary spring design that is made to maintain excellent ride quality.

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PARTING SHOTS “Hi, I’ll get a large fries and a milkshake.” How does this even happen? This looks like just so much fun!

How does this keep happening?!

Wonder how far he got before he noticed.

This is actually pretty impressive, doesn’t look like there’s damage to the parked cars.

Parting Shots is where we share those photos that defy classification. If you’ve seen something four-wheeled (or otherwise) that you would like to share, please send it to 46 CARS PLUS MAGAZINE OCT/NOV 2016

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