Automotive

The new V-6 turbo-diesel option costs about $2,000 more than the base 5.3-litre gasoline V-8, a fee that can easily be recouped in fuel savings. PHOTO: GENERAL MOTORS

Chevy’s big-and-tall carryall rules the road like no other rig in its class

In need of big space? The 2021 Chevrolet Suburban is impossible to ignore

  • Jan 1, 2022
The new V-6 turbo-diesel option costs about $2,000 more than the base 5.3-litre gasoline V-8, a fee that can easily be recouped in fuel savings. PHOTO: GENERAL MOTORS
An electric plug is connected to a BMW i8 vehicle during the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, Thursday February 16, 2017. Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says the government is looking to overhaul the rebate program for electric vehicles to more closely align with the kinds of cars Canadians actually want to buy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

Canada looks to retool EV rebate program to include more expensive SUVs, pickups

Program restricts rebates to new vehicles with a max base price of $45,000 and $55,000 for upgraded features

An electric plug is connected to a BMW i8 vehicle during the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, Thursday February 16, 2017. Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says the government is looking to overhaul the rebate program for electric vehicles to more closely align with the kinds of cars Canadians actually want to buy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch
All-wheel-drive models get a turbocharged 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine, and all models have a short 1.2-metre (four-foot) box. PHOTO: HYUNDAI

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz: Small-but-mighty hauler specializes in lighter duties

Meet Hyundai’s ‘Sport Adventure Vehicle’

  • Dec 20, 2021
All-wheel-drive models get a turbocharged 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine, and all models have a short 1.2-metre (four-foot) box. PHOTO: HYUNDAI
The 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine and three electric motors make 219 net horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque for the Toyota Venza. What that tells us is that the electric motors are mostly used for low-speed acceleration until the gasoline engine begins making useful power.

The 2021 Toyota Venza is a big deal

Previously, the Prius was the only Toyota model available only as a hybrid

  • Dec 10, 2021
The 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine and three electric motors make 219 net horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque for the Toyota Venza. What that tells us is that the electric motors are mostly used for low-speed acceleration until the gasoline engine begins making useful power.
A program in Victoria’s Camosun College is giving automotive technicians the skills the need to work on electric vehicles. (Photo courtesy of Camosun College)

Mandate to enforce EV sales quotas needed by end of next year: Guilbeault

Road transportation accounts for one-fifth of Canada’s total greenhouse-gas emissions

A program in Victoria’s Camosun College is giving automotive technicians the skills the need to work on electric vehicles. (Photo courtesy of Camosun College)
By 2030, about 95 per cent of new vehicles sold globally will be connected, up from around 50 per cent today, according to McKinsey & Company, meaning connectivity is here to stay.

Cyber security in the age of connected cars

A multi-faceted approach will help maintain the safety and security of vehicles and occupants

  • Dec 9, 2021
By 2030, about 95 per cent of new vehicles sold globally will be connected, up from around 50 per cent today, according to McKinsey & Company, meaning connectivity is here to stay.
The Aviator, which arrived for the 2020 model year, is built on the same rear-wheel-drive platform as the Ford Explorer.

2021 Lincoln Aviator

Lincoln flies high with its latest first-class utility vehicle

  • Nov 27, 2021
The Aviator, which arrived for the 2020 model year, is built on the same rear-wheel-drive platform as the Ford Explorer.
The 4 Series is first and foremost a two-door luxury cruiser. And with a base 255-horsepower four-cylinder engine, it is definitely a cruiser. The interior varies only slightly from that of the 3-Series sedan. PHOTO: BMW

2021 BMW 4 Series: Anonymity is definitely not one of its characteristics

BMW has thrown subtlety out the window with the next-generation 4-Series models…

  • Nov 19, 2021
The 4 Series is first and foremost a two-door luxury cruiser. And with a base 255-horsepower four-cylinder engine, it is definitely a cruiser. The interior varies only slightly from that of the 3-Series sedan. PHOTO: BMW
A new-design long-wheelbase Grand Cherokee appeared for 2021. The five-passenger model continued on and now the redesign has arrived. PHOTO: JEEP

The Auto Sleuth: The new Grand Cherokee, the return of the Integra name and more

Hot off the press news from the auto world!

  • Nov 15, 2021
A new-design long-wheelbase Grand Cherokee appeared for 2021. The five-passenger model continued on and now the redesign has arrived. PHOTO: JEEP
A 1932 Ford Deuce Coupe with an e-Crate powertrain. (canEV photo)

Vancouver Island company puts a unique jolt into classic car production

Electric engines can fit into standard engine mounts of popular hot rods

A 1932 Ford Deuce Coupe with an e-Crate powertrain. (canEV photo)
The wide rear pillar and the shorter section of side glass give the impression the Carnival is as much utility vehicle as minivan. That’s not the case, however, as the Carnival does not offer all-wheel-drive. PHOTO: KIA

Meet the 2022 Kia Carnival

Walking a fine line between minivan and utility vehicle

  • Nov 1, 2021
The wide rear pillar and the shorter section of side glass give the impression the Carnival is as much utility vehicle as minivan. That’s not the case, however, as the Carnival does not offer all-wheel-drive. PHOTO: KIA
Shawn Driver proudly stands next to his in Sooke shop. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)

Fast enough for you? Vancouver Island racer hits record speed of 468 km/h

High-speed driver Shawn Driver is breaking records, but still wants to go faster

Shawn Driver proudly stands next to his in Sooke shop. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)
Aside from some subtle exterior styling changes, the Legacy — redesigned for the 2020 model year — looks much like the previous model. Continuing with tradition, the base price includes all-wheel-drive. PHOTO: SUBARU

2021 Subaru Legacy: A four-sedan that out-Subarus other Subarus

Comfort, space and performance, with all-weather and all-road mastery

  • Oct 20, 2021
Aside from some subtle exterior styling changes, the Legacy — redesigned for the 2020 model year — looks much like the previous model. Continuing with tradition, the base price includes all-wheel-drive. PHOTO: SUBARU
Having made its official debut in July 2021, the Ghost is the most technologically advanced and the most successful Rolls-Royce model thus far in the company’s storied 116-year history. Alfonso Arnold photo

A joy forever: Rolls-Royce Ghost

Ghost is the most technologically advanced Rolls-Royce model thus far

  • Oct 6, 2021
Having made its official debut in July 2021, the Ghost is the most technologically advanced and the most successful Rolls-Royce model thus far in the company’s storied 116-year history. Alfonso Arnold photo
2020 Cadillac XT6 Sport offers space and style but without the extra expense of the Escalade.

2021 Cadillac XT6: More room, more seating and an enjoyable first-class ride

A Cadillac with three rows of seats, but without the Escalade’s hefty size or price

  • Oct 4, 2021
2020 Cadillac XT6 Sport offers space and style but without the extra expense of the Escalade.
Mercedes-Benz's GLB Class is one of six such utilities to wear the three-pointed star.

Introducing the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB

This compact utility vehicle could be just the right size for all but those seated in the third row

  • Sep 20, 2021
Mercedes-Benz's GLB Class is one of six such utilities to wear the three-pointed star.
The redesigned Toyota Tundra will have styling influenced by the Hilux pickup, pictured, that’s not sold in North America. PHOTO: TOYOTA

The Auto Sleuth: New Tundra and Mercedes C Class, GM re-designs and more

Hot-off-the-press news from the auto world

  • Sep 8, 2021
The redesigned Toyota Tundra will have styling influenced by the Hilux pickup, pictured, that’s not sold in North America. PHOTO: TOYOTA
The redesigned Envision is wider and longer, but that seems to benefit passengers as the cargo space has been slightly reduced. PHOTO: GENERAL MOTORS

Meet the 2021 Buick Envision

A midsize vehicle that gives Buick serious credibility as a builder of utility vehicles

  • Sep 6, 2021
The redesigned Envision is wider and longer, but that seems to benefit passengers as the cargo space has been slightly reduced. PHOTO: GENERAL MOTORS
The Kia EV6 will be available in three power levels, topping out at 576 horses. All-wheel-drive is optional, but standard for the highest power level. PHOTO: KIA

The Auto Sleuth: Kia’s EV6, surprises from the new Bronco, NASCAR news and more

Hot off the press news from the auto world!

  • Aug 24, 2021
The Kia EV6 will be available in three power levels, topping out at 576 horses. All-wheel-drive is optional, but standard for the highest power level. PHOTO: KIA
For a spirited driving experience, the Kona Electric doesn’t disappoint.

2021 Hyundai Kona Electric

It has range and power, and with the right rebates it has the price

  • Aug 20, 2021
For a spirited driving experience, the Kona Electric doesn’t disappoint.