The all-new 2012 Chevrolet Orlando, like other Chevrolet models recently launched in various market segments, doesn’t follow convention. Orlando’s design – part MPV, part crossover – breaks the rules of a historically conservative segment; it makes a statement and stands out from the crowd. Pricing on the 2012 Chevrolet Orlando begins at an MSRP of $19,995 for the LS model, $22,295 for the LT and $29,735 for the well equipped LTZ model.
Orlando demonstrates how innovative design can transform the once ordinary confines of the family vehicle to create a totally different experience for driver and passengers alike. That is made clear by a quick look at some of the vital statistics, starting with overall length. Orlando is remarkably compact for a vehicle that can transport up to seven people in comfort and it continues the transformation underway at Chevrolet, reaffirming the commitment to building refined, fuel-efficient vehicles using small-displacement, four-cylinder engines. It is expected to deliver the best fuel efficiency of any non-hybrid 7 passenger vehicle – including 10.1 L/100km in the city and 6.7 L/100km on the highway.
“The new Orlando builds on the transformation of Chevrolet’s fuel efficient and versatile product portfolio, offering a family-friendly vehicle in a key segment in the Canadian market,” said Kevin Williams, president and managing director of General Motors of Canada. “With its expected segment-leading fuel efficiency and standard 7-passenger seating, Orlando should be a popular choice with Canadian families.” More
First North American-produced Toyota Electric Vehicle to utilize existing RAV4 plant.
Tesla to Ship Powertrains from California
Woodstock, Ontario (August 5, 2011)—Toyota and Tesla Motors, Inc. (Tesla) confirmed today that their jointly-developed RAV4 electric vehicle will be built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, Inc. (TMMC) in Woodstock, Ontario beginning in 2012.
TMMC President, Brian Krinock, said “TMMC is going to be the first in North America to build a Toyota electric vehicle. Our team members are fully committed to building the finest, highest quality electric vehicle on the road.” More
Unprecedented coast-to-coast training and consumer events for all-new Range Rover Evoque creating buzz across Canada
MISSISSAUGA, ON, July 29, 2011 /CNW/ – Every Land Rover dealership across Canada will be involved in bringing the excitement of the all-new Range Rover Evoque to Canadian consumers. In addition to in-dealer training for dealerships, Land Rover locations will host consumer events from Victoria to St. John’s starting the end of July and winding up the end of September 2011.
“Never before have our dealers shown such enthusiasm for the arrival of a new vehicle,” said Lindsay Duffield, president of Jaguar Land Rover Canada. “Every dealer across Canada wanted to be involved in the training and launch events, and already we have seen that consumers are equally excited.” More
Oshawa, Ontario (Monday, January 31, 2011) – The Oshawa Assembly Plant today celebrated the start of regular production of the hotly-anticipated 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible in a ceremony with employees and invited guests.
“This is an exciting new chapter in the ongoing revival of the tremendously popular Chevrolet Camaro,” said Kevin Williams, president and managing director of GM of Canada. “The launch of the new convertible opens Camaro design and performance to a new set of enthusiastic customers, while further demonstrating the flexible capabilities of the award-winning Oshawa Assembly Plant.”
The Chevrolet Camaro Convertible is the second of three new vehicles being launched in Oshawa since last September, and two new shifts have been added to support this additional production.
“The entire team here at Oshawa Assembly is dedicated to bringing this stunning vehicle to market with outstanding quality,” stated Dan Hermer, plant manager at the Oshawa Assembly Plant.
“New product mandates like the Camaro Convertible are testaments to the calibre of the workforce in Oshawa,” added Chris Buckley, president of the Canadian Auto Workers Local 222.
Employees were joined by Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, to celebrate the milestone. Hendrick, a Camaro enthusiast who purchased the first 2010 Camaro Coupe that rolled off the line, has now also purchased the first Camaro Convertible available for public sale. In both cases, Rick Hendrick acquired the purchase rights through the Barrett-Jackson auction, with all proceeds benefitting local charities.
“I grew up loving the Chevrolet brand, and I’ve never raced anything else,” Hendrick said. “As a Chevy enthusiast, it’s been exciting to see the Camaro return as such a world-class, high-performance car. The folks in Oshawa make some of the best products on the road, so the opportunity to meet them and thank them for what they do is a real privilege.”
Dale Earnhardt Jr., a driver for Hendrick Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, was also present at the celebration and added, “Chevrolet has been a great partner on and off the track, and I’m very happy to be here on this special day. While I still enjoy my 1972 Camaro, I can’t wait to take home one of these awesome new convertibles.”
The 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible, with an MSRP starting at $33,995, will be on sale at local Chevrolet dealerships across Canada starting in February.
MISSISSAUGA, ON (January 18, 2011) – Infiniti Canada has recruited former racer Scott Goodyear as the driver and host in three new videos that will educate and entertain consumers on some of Infiniti’s newest and most exciting vehicles. In addition to over two decades of professional racing experience, in 2001 Scott Goodyear competed with an Infiniti powered Indy car, making him extremely knowledgeable about Infiniti performance.
The videos which debuted today feature the all-new Infiniti Performance Line™ G Coupe which will arrive in Canada in spring 2011. The 348-horsepower IPL G Coupe is the first vehicle in the Infiniti Performance Line™ offering a new level of premium performance for Infiniti vehicles, focusing not just on engine power and acceleration but on redefining total vehicle performance. The other videos in the series feature the all-new 2011 Infiniti QX56 and Infiniti M56.
“Scott is an esteemed Canadian race car driver who knows all about Infiniti’s inspired performance, so he was a natural partner in the creation of these dynamic videos,” says Wendy Durward, Director, Infiniti Canada. “His sophisticated driving skills allow us to showcase three all-new Infiniti models to their fullest capacity.”
The videos were filmed in Ontario at the Niagara Regional Airport, with the runways repurposed as a controlled driving environment laboratory, and on nearby roads in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The backdrop of beautiful fall colours highlighted the scenic landscape of Niagara making the videos vibrant and alive much like the vehicles featured.
MISSISSAUGA, ON (January 5, 2010) – Nissan Canada, Inc. (NCI) today announced two changes in senior leadership, effective January 6.
Mark McDade, currently Director of Marketing for the Nissan brand, is appointed to the newly created position of Director, Market Representation and Distribution. McDade, who has experience in both aspects of this new role, will be responsible for leading the enhancement of Nissan Canada’s dealer network to further improve Nissan’s market share growth in the country. In addition he will manage and continue to improve the vehicle distribution process to maximize Nissan Canada’s cash flow management and sales growth.
“Last year, Mark was instrumental in growing the Nissan brand in Canada through innovative Marketing efforts,” said Allen Childs, President, NCI. “He has also been a leader in our electric vehicle strategy as we prepare to bring the new Nissan LEAF to Canada by the end of 2011. We’re extremely excited to see how far he can take our business in his new role.”
Taking over as the new Director of Marketing at NCI is Judy Wheeler, who joins Nissan after more than 26 years in Sales, Marketing, Dealer Development and Product Planning with Chrysler in the U.S., Canada and Australia. Wheeler will now be responsible for Nissan Marketing efforts and vehicle sales incentive development.
“Over the past four years Nissan Canada has enjoyed some of its best sales in history, thanks to our great lineup of innovative vehicles and a growing network of dealers,” said Childs. “With Mark now applying his insights to our Market Representation efforts and the addition of Judy to our Nissan Marketing team, we will continue to benefit from experienced hands at the helm, bringing fresh perspectives and new ideas to the table. Both of these leadership changes will benefit our entire organization in 2011 and beyond.”
MISSISSAUGA, ON (January 4, 2011) – Nissan Canada Inc. (NCI) today released its December and 2010 annual sales figures, concluding another strong year and its second-highest annual sales in its history – up more than five per cent compared with 2009. Total 2010 sales for both the Nissan and Infiniti brands equaled 83,013 units. Of that, Nissan accounted for 74,780 units, while Infiniti ended the year with 8,233 units.
“The economic rebound in 2010 had a positive impact on the auto industry and this, along with our incredible product lineup across both brands, led to our second-best sales year,” said Allen Childs, President, Nissan Canada Inc. “Now, as we look forward to 2011, we are excited to be entering two new segments with our all new commercial and electric vehicles – both of which we are confident will be well-received by consumers, further contributing to our sales results.”
Nissan in 2010
Contributing to the Nissan brand’s 4.0 per cent increase from last year were its top-selling models such as Versa, Sentra and Altima which sold 15,743, 14,651 and 13,425 units respectively. The popular Rogue also sold 13,199 units, up more than 19 per cent over 2009, demonstrating its innovative styling and value within the crossover segment.
In 2010, Nissan Canada also introduced the all-new JUKE, which sold 825 units in less than three months after its Canadian introduction in October. Nissan’s larger vehicles also experienced a very positive year, with Frontier, Xterra, Pathfinder, Murano, Armada and Titan all increasing their sales considerably over 2009.
“Nissan has always led the way with innovative designs and cutting edge technology and 2010 was no exception as we created a new segment with our all-new Nissan JUKE sport-cross,” said Mark McDade, Director, Marketing, Nissan Canada Inc. “Also contributing to our success were the vehicles that got us here – the Altima, Sentra, Rogue and other Nissan vehicles that Canadians continue to choose to meet their driving needs.”
Infiniti in 2010
2010 Sales for Infiniti were up 16.3 per cent from 2009, with the brand enjoying year-over-year sales increases every month this year. The popular G family led the way with 4,408 units sold, up more than ten per cent from 2009. Also performing well were the Infiniti M and QX models, both of which received significant improvements this year which proved to be well-received, showing 153.5 and 63.6 per cent increases, respectively, over 2009.
“December marked Infiniti’s 14th consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth, which we can attribute to an exciting year of new products across the Infiniti lineup,” said Wendy Durward, Director, Infiniti Canada. “Our all-new M series, QX56 and G25 models, introduced in 2010, have taken luxury travel to new levels and with our new Infiniti Performance Line and M Hybrid on their way in 2011, there will be more opportunities than ever before to experience the Inspired Performance that Infiniti delivers.”
NCI in December
December 2010 sales for Nissan totaled 4,435 units, down 4.7 per cent from December 2009, while Infiniti accounted for 574 units, up 17.4 per cent over the same period last year.
Rogue led all Nissan models with 899 units sold, up nearly 30 per cent from December 2009, while Murano, Frontier and Pathfinder all showed strong year-over-year increases for the month.
For Infiniti, G led all sales with 327 units sold, up 39.7 per cent from the same period last year. M and QX also showed significant increases of 230.8 and 285.7 per cent over December 2009.
NCI 2010 HIGHLIGHTS
Ø Total NCI sales equaled 83,013 in 2010, up 5.1 cent over 2009 making this the second-highest sales year in the company’s history.
Ø Nissan’s 2010 sales were up 4.0 per cent over 2009 with 74,780 units sold – also the second-highest sales year for the Nissan brand.
Ø Infiniti’s 2010 sales were up 16.3 per cent over 2009 with 8,233 units sold, including 14 consecutive months of year-over-year increases dating back to November, 2009.
Ø The all-new JUKE, Nissan’s all-new sport cross-over introduced in late October, sold 825 units in 2010.
Ø Versa led the charge for Nissan in 2010 totaling 15,743 units sold while the G family was Infiniti’s top seller with 4,408 units sold.
Ø Truck sales enjoyed a strong momentum in 2010 with Frontier, Xterra, Pathfinder, Murano, Armada and Titan all registering increases in sales over 2009.
TORONTO, Jan. 4 /CNW/ – Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) reported December sales of 9,684 vehicles, bringing total 2010 sales to 171,972 Toyota, Lexus and Scion cars, trucks and SUVs, down 16.2% from a year earlier.
Countering that trend, as new models were introduced in 2010, each enjoyed significant sales success, including:
Highlights for Toyota in 2010 vs. 2009:
* 4Runner SUV up 314.7%
* Avalon full-size sedan up 79%
* Sienna minivan up 57%
* Highlander SUV sales up 48% in December 2010 vs. the same month in 2009
Highlights for Lexus in 2010 vs. 2009:
* HS 250h entry luxury hybrid sedan up 177%
* GX 460 luxury SUV up 159%
* IS C luxury convertible up 49.8%
Setting the stage for future gains in 2011, Toyota Canada will introduce 12 new and significantly refreshed models over the next 12 months.
Toyota sales in 2010
Toyota sold 8,665 cars, trucks and SUVs in the month of December to bring full year sales to 157,044, down 17% from 2009, while achieving the best year on record for Toyota trucks and Venza, up a combined 2.5%.
Lexus sales in 2010
Lexus sold 842 luxury cars and SUVs, to bring full year sales to a total of 14,249 in 2010, down 9.8% from a year earlier.
Scion sales in 2010
Scion Canada sold a total of 679 vehicles since this youth and lifestyle automotive brand launched in Canada at the end of September. This includes 177 vehicles in the month of December.
Effective immediately, price drop includes vehicles and options, making Porsche vehicles more accessible than ever before
MISSISSAUGA – January 4, 2011 — In recognition of the continuing strength of the Canadian dollar, Porsche Canada today announced a major price reduction, dropping base prices on all car lines by an average of $5,200.
The move comes on the heels of measures already introduced over the last year, which offer Canadian Porsche customers better value than ever before. Last spring, the company added standard equipment across the lineup, while reducing the prices of its sports car models. Value option packages, combining the most popular options at reduced prices, were also introduced.
“Porsche Canada has historically been the first to act decisively and responsively to currency fluctuations in the North American market,” said Joe Lawrence, Porsche Canada’s CEO. “Our status as an independent subsidiary since 2008 has greatly strengthened our voice in Stuttgart, allowing us to deliver unprecedented levels of value to Canadian Porsche buyers.”
Base prices lowered by as much as $17,500
Pricing at historically low levels puts Porsche ownership within reach of more Canadians than ever before. The 2011 Boxster, for example, now starts at only $54,900; a V6-powered Cayenne is $55,300; a Panamera is now $86,600, while the Panamera S drops $11,900 to $103,200. Porsche’s iconic 911 sports car now starts at $90,100. The flagship 911 Turbo S is now $183,400, $16,600 less than before.
“The reduction in base prices results from the continued and consistent strength of the Canadian dollar,” said Lawrence. “With this latest move, the relationship between Canadian and U.S. prices has improved by an average of 8% across the lineup. No competitive brand has Canadian prices so closely aligned, across the board, to U.S. prices.”
Option prices reduced by 16%
In addition to reducing the price of vehicles, Porsche also moved to reduce the price of its factory-installed options. Indeed, the new prices contribute an additional $2,500 reduction to the price of a vehicle equipped with average options. For instance, the price of a 7-speed PDK double-clutch transmission on Boxster or Cayman drops from $4,660 to $3,910, while a power tilt/slide moonroof on Cayenne is reduced from $1,630 to $1,370.
“Porsche is renowned for its extensive customization options,” said Lawrence. “By reducing the price of options, we give customers more opportunity to apply more customization features and build exactly the car they want.”
He added: “Reduced option pricing, in combination with two price reductions in the last three years, enhanced levels of standard equipment and value option packages, means that Canadian buyers have benefitted greatly from the strong Canadian dollar and our responsiveness to its appreciation.”
More standard equipment for Cayenne
In addition to prices reduced by up to $5,200, Cayenne SUVs sold in Canada will also come with additional equipment. Starting in January, a HomeLink universal garage door opener and rear side airbags will be fitted as standard. The combined effect of the extra equipment and the price adjustment results in an effective 6.6% decrease in the price of a base-model Cayenne.
Cayman R priced at $75,600
Porsche also announced today the price of the Cayman R, a hardcore, stripped-down version of the Cayman S featuring 10 more horsepower, 55 kg less weight, and several interior and exterior styling changes. At $75,600, its extra power and performance come at a small premium to the Cayman S. Standard features unique to the Cayman R include contrasting side stripes, mirrors and rear wing; colour-keyed interior trim, lightweight wheels, a special sport suspension system and a limited-slip rear differential. It goes on sale this Spring.