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.
MSRP starts at $15,450 for 2011 Toyota Corolla and $16,715 for 2011 Toyota Matrix
(TORONTO) – There’s a good reason the Toyota Corolla and the Toyota Matrix are perennial favourites with Canadian drivers: they deliver made-in-Canada quality, fuel efficiency and, for 2011, refreshed styling and new standard features including the Toyota Star Safety System™. Canadians count on the Toyota Corolla and Matrix for great value, and the 2011 model will continue to offer Canadians more for their hard-earned dollar, with the Corolla starting at $15,450 and the Matrix at $16,715.
“The 2011 Corolla and Matrix exemplify the new direction of Toyota by bringing together design, technology, performance and active safety features such as the Star Safety System,” said Warren Orton, Director at Toyota Canada Inc. “Every Corolla and Matrix sold in Canada is built here, and for 2011, Canadian drivers will enjoy even more features yet still benefit from the same incredible value customers seek in these models.”
The 2011 Toyota Corolla is all about value – Rethought, restyled and re-equipped offering new style, features and safety while keeping the same starting price for 2011
The Corolla remains one of the most trusted and popular vehicles, with over 1 million sold in Canada over more than 40 years. For 2011, Corolla builds on the features Canadians love, adding more than 300 new parts – a significant revision that builds of the strengths of Corolla’s heritage while addressing what we can do better at no extra cost to the customer. Some of these revisions include:
o Revised exterior features including headlamps, tail lamps, front grille, front and rear bumpers and trunk lid for more sophisticated, class-up curb appeal
o Updated interior form and function features including a new steering wheel with flat bottom adopted, upgraded audio system and redesigned instrument panel for a more sophisticated cabin appearance
o New 16-inch aluminum alloy wheel design on Corolla LE and S models
o New exterior colour options which include Sandy Beach Metallic and Nautical Blue Metallic
o Toyota’s Star Safety System as standard equipment, which includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA) enhancements, and Toyota’s Smart Stop Technology
With the addition of fresh options packages and à la carte features and accessories, Canadians have even more choice when it comes to selecting the comfort and convenience features that matter to them. Canadian drivers will welcome the mid-size feel and amenities of the Corolla, coupled with the nimbleness and efficiency that makes this compact so popular from coast to coast.
Significantly refreshed 2011 Toyota Matrix features enhanced style, performance and amenities starting at $16,715
The 2011 Toyota Matrix continues to set the standard for the compact crossover that’s big on versatility and right at home in Canadian winters. All models now feature enhanced amenities like steering wheel mounted audio controls, plus the Toyota Star Safety System as standard. Select models enjoy additional enhancements, like cruise control as standard on all all-wheel-drive models and fresh exterior styling cues on the popular Matrix XRS. In addition, new packages deliver bundles of options, such as fog lamps, power moon roofs, and upgraded audio systems making it easy for Canadians to customize their Matrix to suit their needs. For versatility, driving fun, remarkable efficiency and built-in-Canada quality, the Matrix delivers big value.
The 2011 Toyota Corolla and 2011 Toyota Matrix will be available for sale at Canadian Toyota Dealers in January, 2011.
TORONTO, ON – December 13, 2010 – Toyota Canada announced that it will conduct a voluntary Safety Recall involving approximately 12,600 2011 Model Year Sienna vehicles produced before early November 2010 to replace the stop lamp (brake light) switch bracket. When the parking brake is fully applied, the stop lamp switch bracket could, in limited circumstances, be deformed by the driver’s foot during parking brake operation due to the proximity of the stop lamp switch bracket to the parking brake pedal.
Depending on the amount of bracket deformation, this condition could cause the brake lights to remain on or, if the deformation is significant, the brakes could become partially engaged due to contact from the bracket, resulting in brake drag with associated brake noise, brake vibration, and/or illumination of the brake warning light. If this condition is not detected and the vehicle continues to be driven, braking effectiveness could be reduced.
No other Toyota or Lexus vehicles are involved in this recall, and Toyota is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this condition.
The stop lamp switch bracket is welded on to the left side of the brake pedal support assembly. The stop lamp switch provides a signal that indicates the brake pedal has been depressed and illuminates the brake lights.
Owners of the involved vehicles will receive an interim notification advising them of this recall by first class mail in the near future, along with instructions for what to do if they experience this condition and how to minimize the possibility of inadvertently contacting the stop lamp switch bracket while operating the parking brake. Toyota will also post this information on its website.
Owners will receive a second notice by first class mail in early 2011, once replacement parts become available, and asked to make an appointment with a Toyota dealer to have the remedy performed at no charge.
Toyota dealers will replace the brake pedal support assembly, which includes the stop lamp switch bracket, with a new one that has been redesigned to take into account the proximity of the component to the parking brake pedal.
Detailed information and answers to questions are available to customers at the Toyota Customer Interaction Centre at 1-888-TOYOTA-8. Additional vehicle safety information is available at www.toyota.ca
Mosport International Raceway announced its 2011 major event schedule today. The six-event line-up will once again feature the only Canadian stop for North America’s premiere sports car championship, the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) presented by Tequila Patrón, as well as two rounds for both the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and the Parts Canada Superbike Championship.
The Victoria Day SpeedFest will get Mosport’s 2011 season underway, May 20-22, with the return of two fan favourites – the sports cars of World Challenge (GT, GTS and Touring) and the SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series, which will feature a new multiple class format in 2011. Also running on the holiday long weekend will be the season opener for the Castrol Touring Cars, the Sundown Grand Prix and two new series to Mosport, the SCCA Pro Racing Spec Racer and SCCA Pro Racing Formula Enterprises.
2011 will see three of Mosport’s major events take place on new dates.
The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series will open their 2011 campaign with the Dickies 200 at Canada’s fastest half-mile paved oval, Mosport Speedway on May 28. The ALMS headlines Canada’s biggest sports car race of the year, the Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport, which moves one month earlier to July 21-24. National titles will be on the line when the country’s top motorcycle riders take to the 10-turn circuit in their season finale in the Parts Canada Superbike
Doubleheader Weekend on August 19-21.
The 32nd edition of the International Vintage Racing Festival (this year featuring the “Cars of Italy” and “Those Amazing Porsches”) and the Vortex Brake Pads 200 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race at the Mosport road course keep their traditional June dates, running the 17th-19th and 24th – 26th, respectively.
“Next season, our schedule features the best variety of top road racing in the country,” said Myles Brandt, president and general manager of Mosport International Raceway. “We have everything from exotic prototypes, GT cars, sports cars, historical vintage racers, to motorcycles.”
“We also look forward to showcasing Canada’s top race programs such as the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, Parts Canada Superbike Championship and the Castrol Canadian Touring Car Championship. Mosport will once again provide our fans with an entertaining season of professional motorsports at a great value.”
All major race events at Mosport include these value-added benefits with paid admission:
• kids 12 and under admitted free (with a paid adult admission)
• free access to the Race Team Paddock
• free access to the Mosport Motorsports Expo and Marketplace
• free access to the Saturday Night Stock Car Racing at Mosport Speedway
• free parking
Camping has always been a popular part of the Mosport experience with general camping (tents or pop-up trailers) and RV camping (motorhomes or hard-bodied trailers) available for all of Mosport’s major event weekends, starting with the unofficial kick-off to summer on the Victoria Day long weekend.
2011 Mosport Major Event Schedule
May 20-22 Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend
World Challenge (GT, GTS, Touring); SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am; Castrol Touring Car Championship; SCCA Pro Racing Spec Racer; SCCA Pro Racing Formula Enterprises; Sundown Grand Prix
May 28 Dickies 200 (at Mosport Speedway)
Season opener for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series at Canada’s fastest ½ mile paved oval
June 17-19 32nd Annual Int’l Vintage Racing Festival
This year’s features are the “Cars of Italy” and “Those Amazing Porsches”. Regular classes include Historic & Vintage Production; Sports Racers; Group 70+; Open Wheel
June 24-26 Vortex Brake Pads 200
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series; Castrol Touring Car Championship; Ontario Formula Ford Championship F1600; Porsche 944 Cup
July 21-24 Mobil 1 Presents The Grand Prix of Mosport
American Le Mans Series; Star Mazda Championship; Cooper Tires Prototype Lites; Patron GT3 Challenge; F2000 Championship; Castrol Touring Car Championship
August 19-21 Parts Canada Superbike Doubleheader Weekend
Parts Canada Superbike; Pro Sport Bike; Honda CBR125R Challenge; BMW Motorrad SummerFest
Oshawa, Ontario (Thursday, December 2, 2010) – Chevrolet announced today that Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto, Oshawa, Ottawa-Gatineau, Vancouver and Victoria will be the initial launch markets for the Chevrolet Volt in Canada. Arriving at Canadian dealerships in the second half of 2011, the Volt is an award-winning electric vehicle with extended range that offers Canadians the ability to dramatically reduce their vehicle greenhouse gas emissions.
“The Chevrolet Volt is a game-changer, offering consumers an electric vehicle without compromise,” said Kevin Williams, president and managing director of GM of Canada. “These seven cities represent some of our largest automotive markets in Canada, where customers and major fleet operators are known to be leaders in adopting groundbreaking environmental technologies.”
The initial Volt launch markets will play a key role in validating’ market readiness for electric vehicles in Canada, where relatively low-carbon electricity generation provides dramatic greenhouse gas benefits compared to conventionally-powered vehicles.
GM is also working with key utilities across the country to prepare each regional market in advance of the retail market deployment. It is anticipated that before the end of the 2012 model year, the Volt will be more broadly available for sale at dealerships nation-wide, although Volt-authorized service points will be available across Canada during the initial launch.
The Chevrolet Volt is the only electric vehicle that can operate under a full range of climates and driving conditions without limitations or driver concern of being stranded by a depleted battery. As the world’s first electric vehicle with extended range capability, the Volt has a total driving range of about 580 km. For the first 40 to 80 km, the Volt drives gas- and tailpipe-emissions-free using electricity stored in its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery. When the Volt’s battery runs low, a 1.4-litre gas-powered engine/generator seamlessly engages to extend the driving range about 500 km on a full tank.
The Volt has already garnered numerous awards in advance of its year-end launch in the U.S. Some of those awards include, but are not limited to:
AUTOMOBILE Magazine 2011 Automobile of the Year
Car and Driver 10Best
Green Car Journal’s 2011 Green Car of the Year
Motor Trend 2011 Car of the Year
The Volt was first shown as a concept in January, 2007 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. In June of that year, GM’s Board of Directors approved the start of product development for the Volt and the Voltec electric propulsion system.
In September, 2008, the production version of the Volt debuted during GM’s Centennial celebration. Today, the Volt is being produced at Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly, with the first US retail customer deliveries in December.
Canadian pricing will be announced closer to launch.
Customers interested in purchasing a Volt are encouraged to visit our website at www.chevrolet.ca where they can sign-up for regular product updates.
(TORONTO) – The Toyota Corolla, significantly refreshed for the 2011 model year, continues to raise the bar when it comes to safety, styling, fun-to-drive performance, fuel efficiency and proven value. In addition to a restyled, sportier exterior, Canadian drivers will also have the added confidence of Toyota’s Star Safety System, now standard on every 2011 Toyota, including Corolla.
“The Corolla remains one of the most trusted and popular vehicles, with over 1 million sold in Canada over more than 40 years. For 2011, Corolla builds on the features Canadians love, adding more than 300 new parts – a significant revision, given that the last full model change also added 1,000 new parts,” said Warren Orton, Director at Toyota Canada Inc. “Every Corolla sold in Canada is built in Canada; with 80 per cent of all Corollas sold here over the last 20 years still on the road today, the quality and reliability of this model speaks for itself.”
With the Star Safety System as standard, the 2011 Corolla delivers added peace of mind to Canadian drivers. Along with a choice of four front-wheel-drive models featuring an option of two engine sizes, manual or automatic transmissions, new convenience features and updated options packages for 2011 – there’s a Corolla for everyone.
Highlights for 2011
· All models are standard equipped with the Toyota Star Safety System, which includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA) enhancements, and Toyota’s Smart Stop Technology;
· All models feature a fresh look with redesigned headlamps, tail lamps, front grille, front and rear bumpers, and trunk lid;
· The Corolla S and Corolla XRS feature a redesigned flat-bottom steering wheel, an upgraded audio system with a Vacuum Fluorescent Display (VFD), integrated XM satellite radio, USB audio input and Bluetooth capability, a new combination meter design and gauges enhanced with chrome rings;
· The Corolla S and Corolla LE feature newly styled 16” wheels;
· In addition to the redesigned 16-inch wheels, the Corolla LE also receives new scuff plates and two fresh options packages adding new comfort and convenience choices, including heated cloth seats;
· Two new exterior colours – Sandy Beach Metallic and Nautical Blue Metallic.
Every Corolla is generously equipped with a suite of active and passive safety systems:
· All 2011 Toyota Corolla models come standard equipped with the Star Safety System™. This integration of active safety features is designed to protect occupants by helping drivers avoid accidents in the first place. The Star Safety System™ includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC),1 Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA)2 and Smart Stop Technology (SST).3
· The Corolla is engineered to absorb and disperse impact energy throughout the entire body structure, including front and rear crumple zones. Strengthened door beltline reinforcements help share the impact load, which in side impacts is also directed to the underbody.
· Disc brakes all around feature ventilated discs up front to shed heat effectively in all braking situations;
· All Corolla models are equipped with six standard airbags, including advanced front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, and front-and-rear side-curtain airbags. Seatbelt pretensioners retract the seat belt at the time of a frontal collision, and the dual-stage force limiter helps limit the seat belt force applied to the passenger’s chest. Front seats integrate active headrests. If the vehicle is struck from the rear with sufficient force, a cable-actuated mechanism in the active front headrest moves the headrest upward and forward to help limit the movement of the occupant’s head. The Corolla also features an energy-absorbing steering column.
Power and performance
Two engine sizes let Canadian drivers pick the performance they want and the efficiency they need.
The Toyota Corolla CE, Corolla LE and Corolla S are fitted with a powerful yet efficient 1.8L four-cylinder engine with Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (Dual VVT-i) that delivers 132 peak horsepower and up to 128 lb-ft of torque.
For even more driving fun, the Corolla XRS sports a 2.4L four-cylinder with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) that generates up to 158 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque.
Toyota engineers have enhanced both engines for performance and efficiency with systems such as the Direct Injection System (DIS) and Electronic Throttle Control System with intelligence (ETCS-i).
Three transmissions are offered, depending on model. A five-speed manual transmission features overdrive. A four-speed automatic and five-speed automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission (ECT) sport overdrive, while the five-speed also features a sequential multi-mode shifter. Available transmissions by model, with fuel efficiency (city/highway combined), are listed below:
· Corolla CE, Corolla S :: 1.8 L 4-cyl :: 5-speed manual :: 6.6 L / 100 KM
· Corolla CE, Corolla S, Corolla LE :: 1.8 L 4-cyl :: 4-speed auto ECT :: 6.8 L / 100 KM
· Corolla XRS :: 2.4 L 4-cyl :: 5-speed manual :: 8.2 L / 100 KM
· Corolla XRS :: 2.4 L 4-cyl :: 5-speed auto ECT :: 8.1 L / 100 KM
All Corolla models achieve a Tier 2 Bin 5 emissions rating.
Handling and control
Can a compact sedan be fun to drive? Absolutely, especially when sophisticated engineering and advanced technology deliver a driving experience.
Every Corolla features highly responsive Electric Power Steering, which uses a compact motor, speed reducer and torque sensor built into the steering column. The system varies the amount of assistance according to engine RPM and vehicle speed. The result is appropriate weight and responsiveness at higher speeds, and light effort at low speeds. Electric power steering reduces parasitic losses to the engine, thereby aiding fuel economy. It is also environmentally efficient, because it does not require hydraulic oil.
The smooth-riding Corolla is built around a stiff body structure that relies on high tensile-strength steel, gussets and cross members for its strength, rigidity and lightweight construction. Front suspension is composed of a compact, rigid L-arm-type MacPherson strut with a stabilizer bar. The Corolla’s torsion beam rear suspension employs a coil-over-shock arrangement that allows efficient packaging along with solid handling and excellent ride comfort. The Corolla XRS has an enhanced suspension with a front strut tower bar, and a rear that is sport tuned.
The Corolla’s design, created with input from styling studios in Turin, Italy, strikes a sporty profile. New 2011 exterior-design changes were made on the front bumper, radiator grille, front lower grille, headlamps, trunk lid, rear license garnish, rear combination lamp, rear bumper and reflex reflector. The Corolla provides room for five, and its 12.3 cu. ft. trunk rivals midsize cars’ trunks in capacity. The sporty profile is the result of pulling the A-pillar forward and the C-pillar rearward, which also enhances aerodynamic performance for optimal fuel efficiency.
Just above the dense mesh grille, an interlayer of anti-chipping coating is used to help minimize paint damage from stone chips. The side-view mirrors have increased in size for excellent visibility. The standard body kit on S the model adds a sporty look while also enhancing aerodynamics. The kit includes a front spoiler, rocker moldings, and upper and lower rear spoilers. Engine undercovers improve air management under the car on all models.
The 2011 Corolla features a number of new interior design features that enhance its distinctive style. A new seat color and pattern enhances Corolla’s contemporary looks, while the combination meter design on Corolla S and XRS models has been changed with the aim of enhancing clarity. The instrument panel upper and door trim upper color has been changed, revealing a sophisticated cabin appearance. A newly designed steering wheel on Corolla S and XRS models provides a sporty image.
The Corolla’s driving position and front seats are tailored to a wider range of driver heights. A standard tilt and telescope steering wheel in all models makes it easy for taller drivers to find a comfortable position.
A multi-information display presents a variety of information, including outside temperature, instant fuel economy, average fuel economy, average speed and travel distance.
The Corolla’s rear bench seat offers space and comfort for three adults. Careful attention to exhaust system routing provides a nearly flat rear floor, enhancing comfort for the middle passenger.
A variety of useable, easy-to-reach storage spaces provide convenience and usability inside the Corolla. These include centre console side pockets; a storage box above the usual glove box; front and rear door pockets that can safely hold 500 mL bottles; a console box with a large-capacity main tray and a smaller accessory tray; and a rear-seat centre armrest with an integral drink holder.
Generous comfort and convenience features, a choice of options packages
Every 2011 Corolla is well equipped with comfort, convenience and style amenities. All models feature: Audio systems with a CD player with MP3/WMA capability, auxiliary audio input jack, title display, digital signal processor, and more; a dust/pollen/odour filter and rear seat heater ducts; a 60/40 split fold-down rear seat; an instrument cluster featuring tachometer, outside temperature gauge, and digital clock; a tilting/telescoping steering column; dual vanity mirrors; and tinted glass; plenty of in-cabin storage, including opening door pockets, upper and lower glove box, retractable coat hooks and purse hanger, centre console storage pockets, front and rear door integrated bottle holders, a driver’s coin case compartment, door map pockets, side storage compartments in the trunk, front and rear cup-holders and more; a 12-volt accessory power outlet; dual power remote heated and foldable exterior mirrors; and more.
2011 Toyota Corolla CE
The 2011 Toyota Corolla CE features a four-speaker audio system; 15” steel wheels; front and rear splash guards, intermittent wipers, and more. Newly added for 2011 as part of the Toyota Star Safety System are VSC and Traction Control safety technologies.
· The Corolla CE may be ordered with the Convenience Package, which adds: Air conditioning, power door locks with keyless entry, a tire pressure monitoring system, and more.
· The Corolla CE may also be ordered with the Enhanced Convenience Package, which builds on the Convenience Package by adding power windows with driver’s side auto down function and cruise control.
2011 Toyota Corolla LE
New features for 2011 on the Corolla LE include redesigned 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels and scuff plates. The Upgrade and Premium packages are also newly created for 2011.
In addition, the 2011 Toyota Corolla LE features a six-speaker audio system; air conditioning; power door locks with keyless entry and key lockout protection; interior woodgrain trim; chrome vent knobs; a front passenger seat with seatback pocket; cruise control; a tire pressure monitoring system; front and rear splash guards, variable intermittent wipers, fog lamps, and more.
· The Corolla LE may be ordered with the Upgrade Package, which adds steering wheel-mounted audio controls, Bluetooth capability, integrated XM Satellite Radio, an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, and heated cloth front seats.
· The Corolla LE may also be ordered with the Premium Package, which builds on the Upgrade Package with the addition of the Toyota Smart Key system with push-button start; a power moon roof, automatic air conditioning, and an overhead console box.
2011 Toyota Corolla S
New features for 2011 on the Corolla S include: a VFD 6 speaker audio system with integrated XM satellite radio, USB audio input and Bluetooth capability; chrome rings on gauges; redesigned steering wheel with flat bottom; and new 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels.
In addition, the sporty 2011 Toyota Corolla S features steering wheel-mounted audio controls; sport front seats with sport fabric material; a leather-wrapped steering wheel; air conditioning; power door locks with keyless entry and key lockout protection; unique scuff plates; chrome vent knobs; cruise control; a tire pressure monitoring system; a full skirt package; black headlamp surround; rear spoiler; variable intermittent wipers; fog lamps; and more.
· The Corolla S may be ordered with the Moon Roof Package, which adds a power moon roof and overhead console box.
· The Corolla S may also be fitted with the Leather and Moon Roof Package, which builds on the Moon Roof Package with the addition of leather seat surfaces and heated front seats.
2011 Toyota Corolla XRS
New features for 2011 on the Corolla XRS include: a VFD 6 speaker audio system with integrated XM satellite radio, USB audio input and Bluetooth capability; chrome rings on gauges; and a new steering wheel design with flat bottom.
In addition, the performance-oriented 2011 Toyota Corolla also features a full range of amenities, including a steering wheel-mounted audio controls; sport front seats with sport fabric material; a leather-wrapped steering wheel; air conditioning; power door locks with keyless entry and key lockout protection; metallic dash accents; XRS scuff plates; an overhead console box; chrome vent knobs; cruise control; 17” aluminum alloy wheels with wheel locks; a tire pressure monitoring system; a full skirt package; power moon roof with sunshade; black headlamp surround; rear spoiler; variable intermittent wipers; fog lamps; and more.
· The Corolla XRS may be fitted with the Leather Package, which adds leather seat surfaces and heated front seats.
Pricing and availability:
The 2011 Toyota Corolla will be on sale at Toyota Dealers across Canada in early January, 2011. Pricing for the 2011 Toyota Corolla will be announced closer to launch.
It seems like Fall has come early in Ontario this year. During the 3rd week of August, the family here in The Garage spent some time in cottage country and noticed that the leaves had already begun to change. On Sunday this past week, when I finished up shooting the Drift Mania event at Mosport, I decided that it was warm enough to drive home with the top down. I was in for a real treat.
Sliding behind the wheel of the 2011 BMW 335i Cabriolet, I belted up and reached down to the center console and depressed the button that brings us to open sky mode. All 4 power windows lower themselves and then the folding hardtop begins its Transformer act, as it disappears beneath the rear deck. A quick stab of the ignition button and the 300 horsepower, twin turbo 6 rumbles to life with that distinct straight 6 growl. I shift the automatic shifter over into manual mode and roll away gently in first. Pulling out of the track, I lay firmly into the throttle and the back end steps out a little before the stability control reigns it in a bit.
As I head West, passing fields of drying corn and forests containing splashes of gold and orange, it occurs to me that this is what the 335i Cab was meant for. This is the essence of late summer cruising. Top down, enjoying the last warm days of summer with the Sirius satellite radio pumping out 1st Wave tunes. A speedy pace isn’t needed, because this experience is all about soaking in the countryside.
That isn’t to say that a speedy pace isn’t possible. With all those ponies on tap, the 335i has plenty of get up and go, it just doesn’t feel necessary. This is the same engine used in the rabid 135i, but thanks to its larger size and the automated roof the Cab weighs in at 560 pounds more than the little brother. That extra weight makes for an entirely different level of performance. One would suspect that the buyer looking for truly rapid transit would be looking at either the 135i or be drooling over an M car.
Our tester combined a rich Vermillion Red Metallic exterior with an exquisite interior wrapped in Oyster Dakota Leather. The combination looks spectacular, especially with the top down. The dash is set off by Bamboo Anthracite Trim which adds nicely to the elegant interior.
While the driving experience with the 335i Cab is wonderful, there are a few practicality issues that might affect the buying decisions of some consumers. Most European engineers still don’t understand North American coffee culture and the folks at BMW seem to be part of that crowd. The cup holders seem like an afterthought at best and aren’t large enough to hold a travel mug. The back seat would be fine if the driver and all three passengers were all under 5’6″, but with a 5’10″ driver, the left rear passenger had best have no legs. On the other hand, 95 pound Enzo found it quite comfortable and enjoyed the open air drive. With the space taken up by the roof and mechanism, the trunk is rather small. On one trip to the store, 3 bags of groceries filled the space.
All that being said, it is doubtful that most buyers will be using the 335i Cabriolet as their primary vehicle. As equipped, our tester rang in at $73,800 CDN. The consumer who can afford that likely also have another vehicle or two in the driveway that they can use to transport their clubs to the golf course in, which is a good thing because they aren’t going to fit in the Cab.
Then again, perhaps the smart owner will choose to leave their gear at the club, so they can decompress while experiencing the drive out to the country. With this car, the experience is what matters most.
November 15, 2010 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The Chrysler Brand is experiencing a rejuvenation, and product is at the heart of it, replacing its full lineup with either all-new or significantly improved vehicles in just the next few months. As a sign of that change, the recently introduced all-new Chrysler winged badge logo will rightfully adorn all this new metal as it rolls out to the public.
The Brand itself is further defining itself, as well.
“What Chrysler Brand will be, and what will make it unique, is that it will give people beautiful shapes, which would otherwise be out of reach. It will always deliver a bit more than the customer expects,” said Olivier Francois, Chrysler Brand President & CEO. “At every turn, Chrysler Brand and its vehicles will deliver what people deserve, not just what they expect. It will take appointments – design, technology, and engines, to name a few – that were borne for a few and deliver them to the masses.”
Vehicles like the all-new, next generation 2011 Chrysler 300.
The iconic flagship, which has been the most awarded vehicle in automobile industry history, will debut its much anticipated, all-new model later this year.
Expect more of the head-turning styling, acclaimed driving dynamics and an even more befitting interior when this vehicle comes to market.
Then there’s the Chrysler 200.
With so much change intended for the upcoming 2011 Chrysler 200 sedan, the Company was driven to bestow a new nameplate on the car, as it deserves its own space and identity in the mid-size sedan segment. The Chrysler 200 will provide drivers a beautifully inspired sedan that doesn’t compromise safety or practicality, while offering an extraordinary level of standard content, all at a surprising value.
Including elements from the 200C show car revealed in recent years on the auto show circuit, this vehicle will now compete head-to-head with the best of the mid-size segment, be it in looks, motoring excitement, refinement… what have you. A convertible version, one that is a true four-seat sedan, will follow.
The new Chrysler 200 sedan offers consumers exceptional craftsmanship inside and out, a refined and spirited driving experience, innovative technology, an abundance of standard safety features and an extraordinary level of standard content.
Virtually every system in the sedan is new or upgraded for 2011, giving the Chrysler 200 its own identity and space in the highly competitive mid-size sedan segment. Exterior and sheet metal upgrades include: front and rear fascias and fenders, a new grille featuring the new Chrysler brand winged badge, new hood, LED positioning light pipe in front headlamps, rear deck lid and exterior mirrors, new projector headlamps and fog lamps, new LED taillamps and an LED center high-mounted stoplight.
With the all-new interior for 2011, customers will step into a level of craftsmanship, content and comfort that is world-class. The all-new instrument panel, bezels, gauge face and new Chrysler steering wheel transform the driver’s seat into an elegant atmosphere. Upgraded seats with a new design that incorporates more cushion material and revised spring geometry, as well as new leather and cloth seating materials, envelop the driver and passenger.
The new 2011 Chrysler 200 provides drivers an agile, confident, handling performance in all driving situations, whether it’s commuting to work, a weekend adventure on twisty roads or going out with family and friends. Virtually every part of the suspension has been retuned or redesigned for 2011. A new and improved powertrain lineup also contributes to the new 200 sedan’s driving experience. The 2011 Chrysler 200 is offered with the proven 2.4-liter World Gas Engine or the available new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine which provides an even more exhilarating driving experience that offers customers the best of both worlds – best-in-class V-6 horsepower and exceptional fuel economy. The new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine produces 283 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, and is mated to the 62TE six-speed transmission.
The 200 sedan is an exciting alternative for customers that want style and substance, all at a surprising value.
Finally, though far from least, is the Chrysler Town & Country.
First, Chrysler created a segment (luxury) in the hotly contested minivan arena, after having introduced the first minivans U.S. consumers had ever seen some 25 years ago.
Next, it refused to rest on its laurels, and upped the ante once again. All the senses will be aroused by the 2011 Chrysler Town & Country minivan.
It is a beautifully inspired vehicle built with a craftsmanship, elegance and sophistication not found in other minivans. Additionally, the Town & Country provides the safety, security and driving dynamics consumers expect, with the innovative technology that keeps Walter P. Chrysler’s legacy of engineering innovations alive and well.
Town & Country remains true to the Chrysler Brand credo, including being attainable to all, rather than merely a select few.
The new 2011 Chrysler Town & Country minivan delivers great American design, innovative technology, unparalleled functionality and all the standard safety features a family aspires to have in a vehicle, at a surprising value.
For 2011, virtually every customer touch point was redesigned or re-engineered. From a suspension redesign that delivers an exhilarating driving performance, to a new powertrain with best-in-class horsepower and excellent fuel economy, to the new, exquisitely-crafted interior cabin with clever features a family appreciates, to the beautifully sleek new exterior design, thoughtful innovation was engineered in every aspect of the new Town & Country.
Chrysler Group continues its industry-leading innovation in the minivan segment with minivan-first features for 2011 including a heated steering wheel, new Stow ‘n Place™ roof rack system that allows roof bows to be stored in the rails when not in use, a new, integrated, super center console for first- and second-row passengers, and new fuel economizer mode that changes the transmission shift schedule, helping the driver maximize fuel efficiency
With exquisite styling, a beautifully crafted interior, more than 40 standard safety and technology features, smart, cutting-edge entertainment features and clever seating and storage options, the new Chrysler Town & Country delivers on the Chrysler promise to provide every owner a vehicle that satisfies their dreams.
It goes without saying that most auto writers drive a lot of different cars on a week to week basis. As a result, many tend to get a bit jaded when it comes to driving something new. It also means that a car has to be pretty special in some way to elevate it to a position on the personal wish list. My own list to date has consisted of 2 very different sports coupes, one from Japan and one from North America.
When I say different, I’m not kidding around. The Nissan 370Z has killer looks and the driving experience is everything one might want of the street or the track while the Mustang GT offers killer V8 grunt and growl yet adds in a touch of practicality. For a Dad with a flock of kids, the Mustang’s usable rear seats and decent sized trunk are most welcome. Both are 2 door coupes with in excess of 300 horsepower reaching the road through the rear wheels. The 135i follows the same pattern. Like the Mustang, it offers the functionality of a real back seat.
While I’m sure BMW didn’t have Mustang owners in mind when they penned the 1 series, certainly the 370Z was one of the prime targets. The truth is that the 135i falls squarely in between these two great cars on the road.
Our tester was stacked up with all of the package groupings that are available, which adds pretty much any creature comfort and gizmo known, with the possible exception of a navigation system. Perhaps most significant of the bunch are the M Sport package and the dual clutch transmission. The casual observer might be somewhat confused by the M Sport package, which does not turn the 1 into an actual M car, rather it gives a bit more of a sporty look with electronically adjustable sports seats, M badged trim and unique 18″ alloy wheels.
All the techno and comfort goodies are great, but the real star of the show here is the driving experience. At the heart is a 3.0 liter, twin cam, twin turbo straight 6 that generates 300 horsepower and and equal 300 lb/ft of torque and emanates that wonderful straight 6 growl that BMW’s are known for. As the rpm’s climb, that growl turns to a wail that stirs the soul. Rather than the stock 6 speed manual, our tester was equipped with a dual clutch transmission similar to the unit in use in the M3. In the past, I complained that BMW used shifter paddles in the 135 that worked in the opposite manner of the M3. BMW has now standardized their paddle locations and functions to the more intuitive style used in the M3.
As more manufacturers begin using DCT technology, I’ve become aware that the only time I actually use it in any of our testers is when we actually get the cars on a track. Around town, it is actually more enjoyable to leave them in auto mode. Not so in the 135i, as the shifts are so quick and crisp that I couldn’t wait to finger shift the beast. A nice side effect is the healthy blat that erupts from the pipes on hard acceleration shifts. One complaint some consumers have about DCT technology is the fact that they don’t usually shift as smoothly as a traditional automatic. In auto mode, the programmers have done a great job ensuring that up and downshifts are as smoothly or smoother than what some consumers are expecting.
Like the other two competitors, the 135i is an absolute blast to drive. The monstrous torque easily breaks the rear wheels loose at the whim of an exuberant driver and the computer nannies are calibrated to allow a bit of slip before reining things in. With a stab of the right pedal in pretty much any of the 7 gears, the 135i takes off like a scared cat. On a twisty back road, the taut chassis gobbles up the countryside while the driver pretends he is actually Hans Stuck lapping the Green Hell in a DTM M3.
The BMW starts at $43,000 which is in the same ballpark as the almost $42,000 370Z but is a healthy $12,000 more than the Mustang. The difference among all 3 cars is most easily noticed in the interior, where the fit and finish and quality of materials in the BMW truly is that far ahead of the pony car. The interior of the Zed is much closer, but still only seats 2 and doesn’t have much of a trunk.
There is that old cliche that variety is the spice of life. If that is true, then perhaps my short wish list is better with 3 cars rather than just 2. I wouldn’t want to take the other 2 off my list, but the 2011 135i has definitely taken over the top spot.
November 10, 2010 (Toronto) – The Honda Indy Toronto, taking place from July 8-10, will feature an exciting and diverse race schedule in 2011. In celebration of 25 years of racing on the streets of Toronto, Ontario’s single largest annual sporting event will feature the highest levels of Indy, stock, touring and, for the first time, exotic car racing.
The marquee attraction continues to be the IZOD IndyCar Series with its lineup of popular drivers including Dario Franchitti, series champion and winner of the 2010 Indy 500; Will Power, winner of the 2010 Honda Indy Toronto; Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon, past winners of the Indy 500; Marco Andretti, son of Michael Andretti, driver with the most wins in Toronto; Danica Patrick, as well as Graham Rahal, son of Bobby Rahal, winner of the inaugural Indy car race in Toronto in 1986.
“Fans appreciate diversity, accessibility and quality in our weekend schedule,” said Charlie Johnstone, vice president and general manager for Honda Indy Toronto. “We could not hope for a better lineup to celebrate 25 years of racing on the streets of Toronto.”
Returning races include the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, Firestone Indy Lights and the Acura Sports Car Challenge that will feature the Canadian Touring Car Championship. An exciting new addition will be the debut of the Ferrari Challenge, a unique racing series that allows Ferrari owners and enthusiasts to see the legendary cars in their natural environment – the race track. This is the first year the Toronto event has featured an exotic car race.
“The Ferrari Challenge is a premium series with universal appeal,” said Kim Green, co-owner of Green Savoree Toronto, ULC, promoters of the Honda Indy Toronto. “Its addition to our schedule speaks volumes to the prestige and heritage of this Toronto hallmark event.”