Announced just last year, the all-new Jaguar I-PACE has already been named the European Car of the Year and the World Car of the Year, among other numerous accolades. Not bad for the brand’s first stab at an EV. Read on for our review.
How’s this for a few stats: 395 horsepower; 0-100 km/h in 4.8 seconds; 470 kilometre range.
There’s a lot of innovation that goes into every facet of modern automobile design. Here are just a few standouts.
This year, the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) chose the Montreal International Auto Show to announce its finalists for the Canadian Car of the Year program. The vehicles chosen, below, were among many 2018 models across multiple segments that have been thoroughly tested by nearly 100 journalists — scored on factors like performance, technology, fuel economy and much more — over the last several months. Here is more on some of the notable category winners.
Best City Car in Canada for 2018: Volkswagen e-Golf
It’s easy to see why the electric version of the legendary Golf was bestowed with this honour — a massive 35.8-kilowatt-hour battery gives the zero-emissions hatchback a 200-kilometre range, and the motor outputs 134 horsepower and 214 lb-ft of near-instant torque for guaranteed fun, fuel-free driving.
Best Small Car in Canada for 2018: Mazda3
The current-generation Mazda3, featuring the head-turning KODO design and efficient SKYACTIV engineering, has garnered no shortage of accolades, and now chalks up one more on the list. The agile car returns with a truly class-leading looking and feeling interior, full suite of i-ACTIVSENSE safety technologies and an affordable starting price tag of $15,900.
Best Large Car in Canada for 2018: Honda Accord
What a year for the ’18 Accord, already having been named the North American Car of the Year and now the Best Large Car in Canada. Rebuilt from the ground up, the sedan is lighter and more rigid than before, touts a more streamlined body shape, runs on a one of two turbocharged VTEC engines and introduces a 10-speed automatic transmission, which is a world’s first for a front-wheel drive vehicle.
Best Premium Sports-Performance Car in Canada for 2018: Jaguar F-TYPE
Anyone who has laid eyes on the beautiful Jaguar F-TYPE can tell the sports car is award winning without even having to do any research. To be specific, the coupe/roadster, available in both supercharged V6 and V8 form, has netted 160 awards worldwide since the original 2012 launch, according to the company. Small improvements have been made for the latest edition such as a new Touch Pro fast response infotainment system, full-LED headlights, refreshed front bumper and lightweight “slimline” seating.
Best Small Premium Utility Vehicle in Canada for 2018: Range Rover Velar
The forth member to join the Range Rover family, the Velar brings a level of elegance and minimalism never quite seen before from the brand (just look at those flush-deployable door handles). From a capability standpoint, however, it’s business as usual. The mid-size SUV boasts a 558-litre luggage compartment, Terrain Response 2 traction aids, Advanced Tow Assist functionality and a choice between a 180-horsepower diesel and 380 horsepower gasoline engine.
Considering an estimated one million battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids will be sold globally this year alone, it seems likely that they’re here to stay. Manufacturers are pouring resources into further development of the segment — Honda snuck in the Clarity plug-in before the New Year, and in 2018 there are several anticipated launches like the Jaguar I-PACE crossover and BMW X7 full-size SUV.
Governments around the world, facing pressure to lower emissions, have been onboard the electric bandwagon for quite a while now, some going as far as putting an expiry date on sales of gasoline-powered cars. As such, many, like the three places we’ve listed below, are serving up enticing incentives in the form of cash rebates to tempt consumers to switch over.
Turns out the Great White North is not a bad place to be for EV lovers. In B.C., the Clean Energy Vehicle Program means buyers can benefit from up to $5,000 off eligible models, which include favourites like the BMW i3, Hyundai IONIQ and Volkswagen e-Golf. In Quebec, it’s as much as $8,000 off a green set of wheels, and even people buying and installing home charging stations get a 50 per cent off break, to a maximum of $600. Those residing in Ontario receive a whopping total $14,000 discount on approved automobiles via the Electric Vehicle Incentive Program.
In the U.S. both federal and state governments offer financial assistance to lessen the blow of buying an EV that, particularly at full MSRP, can be quite prohibitive. The Internal Revenue Service provides a tax credit between $2,500 and $7,500 to lower the upfront purchase cost, the exact amount dependant on vehicle class and battery size. On top of that, certain states stack additional credits on top as well.
Through the plug-in car grant initiative introduced in 2011, our relatives in Europe can see 35 per cent of their EV price tag slashed, up to a £4,500 maximum, on the spot when purchasing an eligible auto. Similar to Quebec, a further grant of £500 was introduced in March for EV owners who install a dedicated charge point in the garage.
The luxury SUV debuts Intelligent Seat Fold technology allowing users to remotely change the interior seat configuration via an app.
It’s party time again down on Collection Drive in Langley this weekend, this time the public is invited down to the country’s first-ever luxury auto mall to welcome Jaguar Land Rover Langley to the block.
Written by: Auto Remarketing Canada Staff
LANGLEY, British Columbia –
OpenRoad Auto Group opened its 16th dealership with the unveiling of Jaguar Land Rover Langley earlier this month.
The new dealership is located in the Langley Auto Collection, the luxury auto mall where the dealer group owns and operates BMW Langley, MINI Langley, Infiniti Langley and Porsche Centre Langley, as well.
“We’ve been fortunate to have great success in Langley so far with all of our dealerships in the Langley Auto Collection,” said Christian Chia, president and chief executive officer of OpenRoad Auto Group. “We believe that Jaguar Land Rover Langley will be the perfect compliment to our dealership family and an ideal brand for the Fraser Valley’s urban suburban lifestyle. We’re really excited to finally open our doors and share our passion for these incredible cars and SUVs.”
The new 33,271-square-foot facility is open and ready to help customers with all of their new and pre-owned vehicle needs, the dealer group said.
OpenRoad will also be hosting a gala event for VIP guests at the new dealership this spring.
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Local celebrity, Todd Talbot, co-host of the popular TV show, “Love It or List It Vancouver” will drive the 2016 Jaguar F-TYPE, courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover Langley during the 2016 Diamond Rally Charity Challenge on Saturday, May 14 in support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Have you ever gotten in your car and driven off, only to find out later that you left something important behind like a bag or a set of keys? That might never happen again if you drive the updated Land Rover Discovery Sport, the world’s first compact SUV to introduce Bluetooth tracking.
Partnering with Tile — the US-based company that makes tiny Bluetooth-enabled tags you can slip, stick or hang almost anywhere — drivers and passengers can locate whatever is missing using the vehicle’s updated InControl Touch Pro infotainment system, now controlled via a larger 10.2-inch touchscreen. Simply tag something and then add it to an “Essentials” list inside the built-in app, which once launched will notify the occupants when the items aren’t present.
Even if something is lost somewhere inside the cabin, a 90-decibel alarm on the tag itself can be activated.
In addition to this technology, the 2017 Discovery Sport also receives a couple of exterior upgrade options. The Black Limited Edition features a Dynamic style grille, black Sport badging and comes in three different colours: Silicon Silver, Yulong White and Carpathian Grey. The Graphite Pack gives a Dark Atlas colour treatment to the grille and side vents, a Corris Grey contrasting coloured roof and Narvik Black side mirror covers.
Finishing off the changes to the SUV are three new safety systems. A Driver Condition Monitor alerts the driver with visual and audible warnings if the system detects signs of fatigue. The Intelligent Speed Limiter can read traffic signs for changes to the speed limit and prompts the driver to accept, at which point the vehicle will automatically slow down to the correct speed. Finally, Lane Keep Assist detects lane markings on the road and will induce gentle steering inputs to help keep everything centred, if necessary.