by Chris Chase Electric vehicles are in vogue right now, with automakers and proponents of emissions-free driving touting them as the future of personal transportation. Right now, you can buy battery-powered models in the compact and mid-size car and crossover categories. Soon, however, pickup truck fans should also have a range of EV options to... Read More.
by Chris Chase Mazda, Toyota and Lexus make today’s most reliable vehicles, according to the results of Consumer Reports’ (CR) latest predicted reliability ranking, published in late November. This annual evaluation is based on data that CR collects in its survey of owners. Those drivers are asked to rate how satisfied they are with 17... Read More.
If you drive a late-model SUV from Honda, Lexus or Toyota, you’d better watch out. The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has compiled its annual list of the most stolen vehicles in Ontario and determined that popular models from those brands are among the ones most often stolen. Car thieves adapt to changing market conditions... Read More.
by Chris Chase Last month, J.D. Power released its 2020 initial quality study (IQS), the auto industry research firm’s annual snapshot of how happy new-vehicle buyers are with their purchases. Kia repeated its 2019 top-spot finish among mainstream brands, but this time in a tie with Dodge. While we’re not surprised to see Kia top... Read More.
There’s no doubt the main headline in the COVID-19 pandemic is the disease’s potential to cause serious illness and death among those who contract it. But running a close second is the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on the economy. There are few industries that are not suffering financially, and when businesses fall on hard times, so... Read More.
by Chris Chase The auto industry’s fast pace means every year brings new surprises to one of the most integral elements of Ontario’s economy. Lately, though, not all of those surprises have been good ones. Car manufacturers have begun shifting vehicle production away from Ontario, either to the United States or Mexico. Notable recent changes... Read More.
Car manufacturers spend a lot of time researching and planning the vehicles they think their buyers want. Most of the time, they get it right, but they occasionally wind up being very, very wrong and launch a car that languishes in showrooms. In some cases, a model comes along just as demand for its segment... Read More.
By Chris Chase Automotive Lease Guide (ALG) published its 2020 Canadian vehicle residual value awards in January, naming Toyota and Porsche its top brands for this model year. These annual awards recognize the vehicles that ALG’s industry watchers predict will hold their value best as they age; the company calculates residual value (also known as... Read More.
By Lori Straus Ice racing is exactly what it says: car racing on a track of ice. The Ontario finals take place every year starting in January in Minden, Ontario. Approximately 100 racers come out each weekend for a six-weekend stretch and compete in several classes. The CASC makes it easy for anyone interested in... Read More.
By Lori Straus The Canadian International AutoShow, aka the Toronto AutoShow, attracts 360,000 people annually to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. With over 650,000 ft.² of exhibits, displays, and attractions, the show includes 1,000+ cars, trucks, SUVs, concept cars, exotics, classics, muscle cars, fully electric, and autonomous vehicles. The auto show runs from February 14th-23rd,... Read More.