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2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI.
UPDATED FOR 2013: VW PASSAT: BIGGER, MORE FUEL EFFICIENT

Volkswagen unveiled the all-new, to be built in North America, 2012 Passat at the new state-of-the-art VW plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The plant will build 150,000 North American Passats, has a capacity for 250,000 vehicles and can be flipped to build twice that number.

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2013 Nissan Sentra
2013 Nissan Sentra.
NISSAN'S SEVENTH-GENERATION 2013 SENTRA

The Nissan Sentra has been available in Canada since 1982, with more than 320,000 units (rental and fleet) having been sold in those 30 years. Nissan Canada recently held a product preview drive for its seventh-generation 2013 Sentra compact sedan in and around Vancouver, British Columbia.

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CANADIAN CAR OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS
The 2013 Canadian Car of the Year is the Honda Accord Sedan, chosen by the Automobile Journalist Association of Canada (AJAC) and announced at the 2013 Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.

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2013 Audi A4
2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI.
VW ADDS DIESEL TO BEETLE LINEUP

For 2013, Volkswagen Canada adds the TDI Clean Diesel engine to the Beetle lineup that was redesigned for 2012. The 2.0 litre engine produces 236 foot/pounds of torque and 140 horsepower and is matched to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed DSG automatic transmission.

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2013 Audi A4
2013 Audi A4.
AUDI'S REDESIGNED SPORT SEDAN

Audi’s new eighth generation A4 has been redesigned for the 2013 model year. Many exterior changes including a revised single-frame grille, sharper defined bumpers, angled corners, new hood lines, and new bi-xenon headlights with LED strip daytime running lights (entry-level A4 quattro model offers bi-xenon headlights standard as well as headlight washers and LED taillights) characterize the redesign.

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2013 Chevrolet Trax
2013 Chevrolet Trax.
CHEVROLET MAKES TRAX

General Motors introduced its all-new Chevrolet small sport utility vehicle in Ottawa, Ontario just before Christmas. The weather co-operated fully as the region had just received a big helping of snow, allowing the Trax to be put to the test in that plentiful snow.

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B-Class offers a new 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine with ECO start/stop technology as standard with 208 horsepower and 258 foot/pounds of torque
The B-Class offers a new 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine with ECO start/stop technology as standard with 208 horsepower and 258 foot/pounds of torque.
MERCEDES-BENZ B-CLASS OFFERS MORE STANDARD EQUIPMENT

Mercedes-Benz Canada showed the second-generation B-Class hatchback vehicle in Miami, Florida. The B-Class, which is Mercedes entry-level model in Canada (it is not sold in the United States), fit in nicely on the streets of Miami Beach.

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Redesigned inside and out, the exterior of the Pathfinder is more aerodynamic with a drag co-efficient of 0.34.
Redesigned inside and out, the exterior of the Pathfinder is more aerodynamic with a drag co-efficient of 0.34.
NISSAN DEBUTS REDESIGNED PATHFINDER

Nissan Canada hosted a product preview drive for its new fourth-generation 2013 seven-passenger Pathfinder in Vancouver, taking the scenic route up to Squamish, British Columbia. The carefully chosen route, with many peaks and valleys, demonstrated Pathfinder’s capabilities.

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Jetta Hybrid offers a distinct dashboard with a hybrid-oriented setup including a ‘power meter’ that presents the level of driving efficiency. An ePower meter is included in the instrument cluster and provides additional information
Jetta Hybrid offers a distinct dashboard with a hybrid-oriented setup including a ‘power meter’ that presents the level of driving efficiency. An ePower meter is included in the instrument cluster and provides additional information.
VOLKSWAGEN LAUNCHES TURBOCHARGED HYBRID

Volkswagen Canada is enlarging its Jetta model range with the addition of the first ever turbocharged hybrid electric drive system. Launched at the Los Angeles International Auto Show, Jetta Hybrid will incorporate a 1.4 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine providing 150 horsepower and 184 foot/pounds of torque matched to a 27hp and 114 ft/lbs of torque electric motor mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG).

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Mercedes also used the opportunity to expose GL-Class, GLK-Class and M-Class, which were taken on a less “off road” route but one that did incorporate some slightly off road elements.
Mercedes also used the opportunity to expose GL-Class, GLK-Class and M-Class, which were taken on a less “off road” route but one that did incorporate some slightly off road elements.
MERCEDES-BENZ DISPLAYS OFF-ROADING CAPABILITY OF SUV LINE-UP

Off-roading is probably not the first thing you would associate with Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (aka Mosport). Instead, race cars, speed, perhaps even driver development would occur to you. However, Mercedes-Benz arranged for track staff to set up an off-road course within the bounds of the Park using access roads and walking paths. Mercedes used the opportunity to showcase the G-Class on the newly created “course.”

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ATS has options of a 2.5L inline-four engine, a 2.0L turbocharged inline-four engine, and a 3.6L V-6 engine, matched to six-speed automatic transmission (six-speed manual transmission available on turbo engine).
ATS has options of a 2.5L inline-four engine, a 2.0L turbocharged inline-four engine, and a 3.6L V-6 engine, matched to six-speed automatic transmission (six-speed manual transmission available on turbo engine)..
CADILLAC ATS: REFINED PERFORMANCE

Canadian journalists were invited to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (formerly known as Mosport) in Bowmanville, Ontario to drive GM’s compact luxury sport sedan, the Cadillac ATS. Here they were treated to fast laps on the Mosport track used most recently for the American Le Mans series.

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Subaru introduced XV at Blue Mountain in Collingwood, Ontario, with a drive route that included on and off-road portions
Subaru introduced XV at Blue Mountain in Collingwood, Ontario, with a drive route that included on and off-road portions.
SUBARU CROSSTREK: OFFROAD STYLE WITH GREAT ONROAD FUEL ECONOMY

Subaru launched Outback (based on Legacy) and Outback Sport (based on Impreza hatchback) back in 1994. Each model was given an off-road appearance and in the case of Outback, added off-road capability. The Outback Sport was discontinued in 2011 and Subaru is now unveiling the replacement in the form of XV CrossTrek, which is based on Impreza.

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Attendees also had an opportunity to test Sprinters’ handling capabilities on a special Sprinter fitted with outriggers to show off the adaptive ESP.
Attendees also had an opportunity to test Sprinters’ handling capabilities on a special Sprinter fitted with outriggers to show off the adaptive ESP.
MERCEDES-BENZ EXHIBITS UPFITTING OPTIONS FOR SPRINTER

Mercedes-Benz has been producing commercial vehicles for over 100 years. In today’s commercial vehicle world, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (along with Vito, Viano, and Vario) sold over 260,000 vans globally in 2011. In Canada, the Sprinter division reported 2,479 units sold, an increase of 58.2 per cent compared to sales in 2010.

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2013 RAM 1500
2013 RAM 1500.
2013 RAM 1500: REDUCED WEIGHT, BETTER FUEL ECONOMY

Launched in Nashville, Tennessee, RAM 1500 has been refreshed for the 2013 model year. The 2013 RAM 1500 has four new front grille designs (varies by model), front fascia and bumper (which displays a new fog light design), along with standard quad-headlamp or available projector headlamp, LED front turn signals and tall lamps, and reconfigured portrait-style badging.

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The 2013 Malibu is 51 millimetres wider and in has almost 113L more interior volume, along with increased shoulder and hip room.
The 2013 Malibu is 51 millimetres wider and in has almost 113L more interior volume, along with increased shoulder and hip room.
NEW GLOBAL 2013 CHEVROLET MALIBU INTRODUCED

Mid-size vehicles in Canada represent a significant numbers of fleet sales. In the 2012 Fact Book, statistics from R.L Polk showed Intermediate car registrations represented 42 per cent of 2011 fleet cars. The Chevrolet Malibu had the fourth most passenger car fleet registrations at 3,980 in 2011, and it is the longest running nameplate in the mid-size vehicle category (it debuted in 1964). Consequently, the recent launch of the all-new 2013 Malibu is important news for fleets.

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All-new Dodge Dart is offered with three engines, three transmissions, 12 exterior colours, 13 interior colour/trim combinations, seven wheels options and more.
All-new Dodge Dart is offered with three engines, three transmissions, 12 exterior colours, 13 interior colour/trim combinations, seven wheels options and more.
DODGE TARGETS A BULLSEYE WITH DART

Chrysler has revived the 1960s and ‘70s Dart name for their 2013 compact car. Replacing Caliber in the Dodge lineup, Dart is based on the Alfa Romeo Gilietta which is sold in world markets; Dart is currently available in dealerships. Dart is the first Chrysler vehicle to adopt Fiat architecture.

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New standard 3.7 litre V-6 engine outputting 305 horsepower and 280 foot-pounds of torque, or an optional twin-turbo 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 with 365 hp and 350 ft-lbs of torque, are each matched to a six-speed automatic transmission and have standard all-wheel drive.
New standard 3.7 litre V-6 engine outputs 305 horsepower and 280 foot-pounds of torque, the optional twin-turbo 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 with 365 hp and 350 ft-lbs of torque, each are matched to a six-speed automatic transmission and have standard all-wheel drive.
LINCOLN 2013 MKS: NEW TECHNOLOGIES, INCREASED POWER

Introduced as a 2009 model, Lincoln MKS showed its first major update as Lincoln Canada unveiled the new 2013 flagship sedan in Oakville, Ontario. MKS has new exterior styling, which include: new Lincoln grille, hood, front fenders, front and rear fascia, decklid, LED taillights, and HID headlamps. For the interior, an all-new instrument panel with MyLincoln Touch and new colour schemes highlight the changes.

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