DTP Auto Show Vancouver 2013 Pictures »

After a notable absence in 2012, DTP returned to Vancouver for 2013 with a show at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Visit Donnah Pham / Beyond.ca @ Driven 2013 Calgary »

Come visit Donnah Pham and Beyond.ca at Driven 2013 on May 11th!

Beyond.ca Presents Driven 2013 - May 11, 2013 »

On May 11, 2013 the Driven car show will be returning to the Olympic Oval for another year of amazing rides, models, and performers.

2013 SASC Winter Driver Training »

This weekend, the Southern Alberta Solosport Club (SASC) held their first Winter and Ice Driving School for the 2013 season and we were invited to check it out.

The 2013 North American International Auto Show »

The 2013 North American International Auto Show opens its doors to the public tomorrow, take a look at our coverage of all the debut vehicles!


Dodge Updates 2015 Charger
Posted on April 17th, 2014

After launching the new 2015 Dodge Challenger, Dodge rolled out the refreshed 2015 Dodge Charger featuring a whole host of updates including a new hood, fenders, front and rear fascias, front doors (this is a 4 door sports car remember?), LED fog lights, new wheels, and the signature LED “racetrack” taillights.

Taking a closer look up front, the new 2015 Dodge Charger gets an all-new crosshair grill, plenty of LEDs (fog lights, day time running lights, and turn signals) and new projector headlights. The front fascia has been sloped more aggressively to give it a meaner stance. The updated front-end follows the same design language found on the Dart and Durango.

Out back the C-pillar has been moved further back and combined with a shorter rear overhang gives the 2015 Charger more of a fastback look. A new three piece rear spoiler is integrated into the rear fenders and trunk lid and the rear “racetrack” LED ribbon taillights have been brought over from the Durango. The center high-mounted stop lamp is relocated from the top of the decklid to the roofline inside the back glass, allowing centering of the Charger’s backup camera.

The 2015 Dodge Charger SE and SXT can be fitted with Dodge’s innovative AWD system with front-axle disconnect which results in a fuel economy gain of about 5%. Dodge Charger’s innovative AWD system seamlessly transitions between RWD and AWD with no driver intervention. To better anticipate low-traction roadways, the Dodge Charger’s innovative AWD system automatically engages in cold weather, when slip is detected or when the windshield wipers are on in rainy or snowy conditions.

The new 2015 Dodge Charger will be available this fall.

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2015 Chevrolet Trax NYIAS
Posted on April 17th, 2014

Chevrolet also displayed their all-new Trax mini-suv.  The cute-ute has an available turbo eco-tec motor and available AWD.

Styling is corporate Chevrolet with the standard double grill and bow tie.  It looks like a bit of a squished Cruze to me.  The inside is room for its class and the double glove box is an interesting addition.  The upper one has a port for a music player like an iPod or the like. The button and the door itself felt a little flimsy to me and was made of hard plastic.

Like the Cruze, the Trax gets Siri integration, LTE OnStar and an available Wifi hotspot.  I think you have to subscribe to OnStar to take advantage of the hotspot.  Siri Eyesfree will read your text messages to you as you drive.

The Trax comes with “TapShift” but I didn’t see any evidence of paddles.  The rear hatch allows for 530 litres of storage, but for parents, you’ll have to put your stroller in upright or stick with an umbrella stroller.

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For the 25th birthday of the Miata, Mazda put together a huge number of historically significant Miata’s throughout it’s history at the New York International Auto Show. #14, #15, and #17, the world debut cars from the 1989 Chicago Auto Show are here, as well as #500,000 and #700,000 milestone cars. Many other Miatas dot its history, and Mazda has done a great job of rounding out the most interesting ones from the last 25 years.

Check out the massive 75 pic gallery after the jump.

In the introduction video for Dodge’s press conference to introduce the new 2015 Dodge Challenger and Chargers, a dozen or so centennials began by saying what they’ve learned over their lives. In a montage with some calm elevator music we were told that over their 100 years of life they have learned a lot. We were told to never lie, never cheat, always follow rules, and to open our eyes and enjoy life. Then the music changed. The burnouts began, and the smoke started. The montage continued and now we were told to break all the rules, drive fast, have fun and to live life! That definitely woke up some of the sleepy journalists in attendance as many broke out in laughter. There’s just something awesome about a 106 year old man hanging out the window of a Dodge Challenger flashing the horns.

To assist with the hooning, Dodge is now offering a new Scat Pack model with a 6.4L HEMI V8 that delivers a 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft punch to their competitors throats. Power is delivered through a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission. This results in a quarter mile time in the low 12s and a 0-60 time around 4.5 seconds. A special Scat Pack Appearance Group adds a unique Bumble Bee rear stripe, Gloss Black grille surround, HID headlamps and unique 20-by-9-inch forged lightweight Hyper Black II matte aluminum wheels. The interior features Scat Pack embroidered high-performance seats, premium embroidered floor mats, animated Scat Pack logo in the cluster, a high-performance steering wheel and premium Alpine-branded audio system with 276-watt amplifier.

To help hold the car still during some crazy burnouts, the car is equipped with brembo brakes and new 20″ wheels. Other new features include launch control and a three-mode electronic stability control with full-off capabilities. For those looking for a tamer Challenger, Dodge is still offering the 3.6L V6 with 305 horsepower and the 5.7L HEMI V8 that makes 375 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque that were offered with the current generation Challenger.

The 2015 Dodge Challenger design takes several cues from the classic 1971 Challenger including the split “race track” LED ribbon taillights and split grill. Up front four LED halos surround the projector headlights. HID headlights are also available. Also returning from the current Challenger is the iconic engine-mounted, fully functional cold-air induction Shaker hood available on the R/T and R/T Plus models.

The new 2015 Dodge Challenger will be available later this year, and the Scat Pack model will be available shortly after that.

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2015 Chevrolet Cruze NYIAS
Posted on April 17th, 2014

In New York, we ran into the Chevrolet Cruze. It has gone through a facelift and has be shorn with the corporate face that you see on the Malibu and Impala. Can’t say it is exciting, but it isn’t ugly either. It looks like a good compact economy car that would be suited to a student or someone who just graduated.

The interior is standard Chevrolet fair. Available is Siri integration, LTE OnStar and a Wifi hotspot.

A Diesel engine is available that GM claims is more efficient than the comparable VW TDI model.

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As the Mazda Miata turns 25 this year, Mazda is churning out a 25th Anniversary Edition to celebrate the occasion. The 25th Anniversary Edition revealed here in New York is based on the power retractable hard top model, and available with either manual or automatic transmissions. The only color available is Soul Red Metallic, and other details includes white leather upholstery and door trim, hand-finished decorative panel, Bilstein dampers, and black painted roof, A-pillars, and door mirrors.

Click through for more pics of the 25th Anniversary Miata.

2015 Subaru Outback NYIAS
Posted on April 17th, 2014

20 years ago, Subaru announced the original Outback here in New York.  They did an interesting reveal today to highlight the versatility of the Outback suggesting that you could go from the Mountains in the morning, to dinner and a show in the evening.  Subaru is trying to move the Outback upmarket. Standard are many features that you only see on higher end luxury vehicles.  It has dual color Eyesight cameras that mark the road and help keep you in your lane.  Rear radar for lane assist and cross traffic when backing out in a parking lot.

The newest model isn’t any larger than the outgoing one, but luxury features abound.  Air Conditioning and heated seats for rear passengers are now available.  A Logic 7 stereo should be pleasing to your ears.

Engines carry over from it’s Legacy brother and the front grill features active shutters.

Subaru is pinning it’s hopes on the Outback to help it increase overall sales and it targeting 460,000 units in the US alone.  Subaru sells over half of its worldwide production in the US.  People seem to love the versitility and practicality of the vehicles they sell.

From an aesthetic point of view, this Outback is probably one of the best looking.  The usual plastic cladding has been minimized.  It is lifted and looks more SUV like than the wagon it is based on.  This might be due to the fact that Subaru no longer sells the Legacy wagon in North America and is trying to fill the void.

The Outback should be released later this summer and pricing should be in line with the current model.

Pics after the jump.

Infiniti’s strategy over the past few years, including their new model nomenclature has always been tied back to the chinese market. Now with the refresh of their flagship sedan, the Q70 (formerly known as the M) they are adding a long wheel base model which Mercedes-Benz and BMW already do in the Chinese market but Infiniti will be offering the Q70L in all markets. Good news if you have a driver and want to relax in the back seat with your legs crossed.

The Q70L adds about 6 inches to the wheelbase most of which is used to extend rear leg room. The overall length of the car has been increased by about 7 inches. Infiniti did not bring a Q70L onto the show floor but showed one on the screen and with the lines on the car, I think it actually looks better than the regular Q70. In addition to the extra legroom, the Q70L adds rear auto-closure, rear heated seats, reading lamps for the rear passengers as well as dedicated 12V power outlets.

The facelifted Q70 adds new headlights and tailights with the usual LED treatments as well as the newer upper and lower grills already found on the Q50 as well as the just refreshed Infiniti QX80 that was also revealed today.

The new 2015 Q70 will be available in September and the Q70L will be available the following month in October. Pricing information will be announced closer to the arrival of the Q70 in showrooms.

Pictures of the 2015 Infiniti Q70 and Q70L

A refreshed Infiniti QX80 rolled out today at the New York Auto Show featuring some mild tweaks for the large SUV formerly known as the QX56 before the new Infiniti model naming change. Most of the changes are on the front end with some slightly restyled headlights and an updated grill based on the Q50 front end. The lower grill in the front fascia has been updated as well and the fog light housing has been updated as well. The headlights (both high and low beam), fog lights and turn signals are LED now.

Out back Infiniti has redesigned the rear bumper and made it bigger to help reduce any damage when loading or unloading recreational gear or bulky cargo. For those looking to dress up their QX80, two new wheels have been added to the collection. A set of 20″ wheels and a set of 22″ forged 14-spoke wheels. Also, for 2015 there are will be three new exterior colors to choose from: Hermosa Blue, Graphite Shadow and Majestic White.

Several new technologies have been added for 2015, starting with the Q50’s advanced High Beam Assist and Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW). The High Beam Assist headlight function, which is standard on all models, utilizes a forward camera to read oncoming or upcoming traffic and automatically dips the high beams to the low beam setting. The high beam setting is restored when the traffic is clear.

The Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW) system warns the driver of risks that lie beyond the driver’s field of view. It not only can sense the relative velocity and distance of a vehicle directly ahead, but also of a vehicle travelling in front of the preceding one. Also added are standard 3 Blink one-touch turn signals.

For 2015, the QX80 gets a new Limited Trim which adds even more to a fully loaded QX80. On the inside, if you normally fly in First Class (no, not that Business Class that peasants upgrade to) then you’ll feel at home in this ultra luxurious interior. Every surface is covered in suede or premium leather. Even the speaker grills are wrapped in leather. In case your friend’s don’t realize you’ve purchased the creme-de-la-creme of SUVs, the QX80 Limited also comes with a set of stainless steel lighted sills to remind them.

“The new QX80 Limited occupies a unique place in the luxury SUV market, offering an ultra-luxury interior in a 3-row/7-passenger contemporary platform,” said Infiniti Americas President Michael Bartsch. “Our new Limited answers the demand from QX80 owners for a vehicle that is more sophisticated but not over-the-top – and one that remains at its core pure Infiniti. It’s a combination that should also attract many new ultra-luxury buyers to the Infiniti brand.”

If you’re looking for more power with the refreshed QX80, you’re out of luck. Not even the Limited trim adds any performance enhancements. The same 5.6L V8 powerplant that produces 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque is under the hood providing a 8,500 pound towing capacity. The new QX80 will be for sale in September while QX80 Limited buyers will have to wait until December.

More Pictures of the QX80 and QX80 Limited

Out on the show floor, we spotted the 2015 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon.  They are both good looking trucks and I would say that if I was in the market for a mid-size truck, I would definitely add them to the list of trucks to check out.

It was easy to make a quick comparison of the Colorado to its full size sibling as they were right next to each other.  I really don’t understand this market.  These trucks aren’t really half size or mid-size.  They are 4/5 size.  The Colorado is 5.7 inches narrower and 17.4 inches shorter (Crew cab short box) compared to the  Silverado.  It the same height in 4×4 spec at 74 inches give or take.

Inside, you really feel that lack of width as you sit much closer to the passenger.  You have to be skinny if you want to sit in the middle of the back bench.  The extended cab version has all but useless rear seats.  The interior materials are acceptable in the Colorado, but nothing to write home about.  Many options will be available including dual screens for rear passengers (for those with kids).  They had no upscale models on the floor, so I can’t say if the 1% will like the leather and if the dash materials are upgraded.

There are 3 engines that are available, but the one most people are curious about, the diesel, still has no ratings at all.  The 2.5-litre 4 cylinder has 193 hp and 184 lb-ft.  The 3.6 V6 has 302hp and 270 lb-ft.

At a hair over 4000 lbs, the Colorado is 1200 lbs lighter than the Silverado.  It’s surprising as the Colorado looks as heavy as the Silverado.  I guess you could say that the Colorado is a Silverado that went on a diet and ended up with a smaller waist.

No towing specs yet.  Expected release is this fall.

More of the Colorado and Canyon after the jump.

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