Every year, some models leave the market. It’s the nature of the automotive world. In many cases, we see these models go without much thought. Often, the model reaching the end of its cycle is no longer relevant, or it is simply replaced by another model that is more current. The departure of the Dodge Nitro after 2012 did not make anyone cry, nor did the removal of the Hyundai Equus from the lineup at the end of 2016.

However, with some models, farewells are harder to swallow. This is the case for the upcoming goodbye to the Jaguar F-Type at the end of this year.

Why say goodbye? And why sacrifice the model? It’s simple; Jaguar has been announcing for several years now that by 2025, it will be all-electric. There was no longer room for the sports car powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine. Its journey will have lasted just over 10 years. It was introduced in 2013 as a 2014 model. Over the years, we have seen a variety of versions, sometimes with a 6-cylinder engine, sometimes with a V8, and always with the choice of a coupe or convertible body style.

Apart from these characteristics, what made the F-Type stand out to everyone were its spectacular lines. While Jaguar has always struggled to offer reliable models, the British company has the secret to offering us cars with incredible designs.

And this is not just recent. If we go back in time to think about the sedans of the 80s, the beautiful XJS coupe (produced from 1975 to 1996), the incredible XJ from the 70s, not to mention the amazing creation that was the E-Type, sold from 1961 to 1974 and often identified as the most beautiful car in history. Even in the 50s, the company had a unique touch. And let’s not forget the legendary XK120, launched in 1948. The departing F-Type is a worthy successor to this legacy.

A collector’s item? The question to ask about the F-Type is whether it truly represents a future collector’s item. Its less than stellar reliability rating certainly does not work in its favor. However, remember that time heals all wounds. Today, many highly sought-after collectible cars were not popular during their initial sales period.

The same fate awaits the F-Type. Because it is disappearing, and moreover, because gasoline models are being phased out, the F-Type will become a highly sought-after piece in time.

For those looking to enjoy a model, I tend to recommend the used market to save a few thousand dollars. If, on the other hand, you want an F-Type as a collectible item for a potential investment, then a 2024 edition is the way to go.

On the menu
For its final lap, the Jaguar F-Type comes in four versions: 75 coupé, 75 convertible, R75 coupé, R75 convertible. Looking at the nomenclature a bit closer, you will see that we are referring to the P450 and P575 models. The first ones designate the 75 versions, with a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine a bit less powerful at 444 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque. With the P575 variants (R75), the performance of the same engine increases to 575 horsepower (thematically) and 516 pound-feet of torque. This allows for a 0-100 km/h time of just 3.7 seconds, rather than 4.6 seconds with the “base” engine. An eight-speed automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels, regardless of the variant.

Needless to say, any acceleration in the P575 is literally exhilarating. Moreover, the sound that reaches our ears makes the hair stand on end, causing a general thrill. And that’s the main reason we will miss the F-Type, why it’s hard to bid farewell. This car offers remarkable performance, exquisite design for the eyes, and gives us very beautiful emotions. Experiencing emotions behind the wheel of modern vehicles is increasingly rare. Certainly, the products offered to us today are of better quality than before but sometimes, everything is too perfect. The F-Type is not, but we don’t care.

Farewell, F-Type.

The text “Jaguar F-Type 2024: certains au revoir sont plus difficiles que d’autres” comes from L’Annuel de l’automobile – Actualité automobile.

The Carnival 2025 retains the standard V6 engine but offers a hybrid option.

The exterior design is closely related to the new Sorento.

The Carnival also includes Highway Driving Assist 2 and a new entertainment system for rear seats.

Kia unveiled the new Carnival 2025 at the Chicago Auto Show, adding an available hybrid powertrain, more technology, and a more modern design to its only minivan in North America.

The Carnival 2025 is the latest model from the manufacturer to receive an update, following the 3-row SUV Sorento in terms of design. At the front, the new Carnival features different headlights, vertically installed with a large amber turn signal/daytime running light element. The grille has also been revised to better match the brand’s SUVs and crossovers.

The side profile of the minivan remains mostly unchanged, and the rear receives new taillights adding a vertical element to the previously used horizontal light bar. New alloy wheel designs from 17 to 19 inches and paint colors complete the main exterior aesthetic changes of the Carnival 2025.

New technologies

Inside, the new minivan benefits from a completely redesigned dashboard that better integrates the panel including driver information and infotainment screens. Additionally, the entire center console has been reworked to include a new touch button bank under the central screen and a rotary shift lever, both inspired by the EV6.

The Carnival also receives the Connected Car Navigation Cockpit, Kia’s new embedded operating system capable of receiving updates over the Internet. This technology is said to be faster than what it replaces and allows drivers to access important controls with a simple screen swipe.

Passengers in the back will benefit from the new Connected Car Rear Cockpit entertainment system, featuring two 14.6-inch screens and the ability to stream content from online platforms.

Following the footsteps of other recent Kia models, the Carnival 2025 will also offer the Digital Key 2.0 system, allowing using a phone as a vehicle key and sending temporary keys via SMS.

To complement the infotainment and comfort technologies, the new “Hey Kia” voice command assistant system is added. According to Kia, this system is more advanced than most, allowing the driver and passengers to control features such as side windows or second-row VIP Lounge seats with an extendable footrest, solely with their voice.

Two powertrains

The biggest change for the Carnival 2025 is the addition of an available hybrid powertrain. The Carnival HEV will be equipped with a 1.6 L turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with a 54 kW electric motor. This combination will produce a total output of 242 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque, transmitted through a six-speed automatic transmission. Kia has not yet announced fuel consumption figures for this model.

The current 3.5 L V6 engine will remain the standard engine in the Carnival lineup, where it will be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission to deliver 287 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels.

In addition to its electrified powertrain, the Carnival HEV will be equipped with unique aerodynamic 17-inch alloy wheels, a three-level regenerative braking system, as well as E-Handling, E-Ride, and E-Evasive Steering Assist systems aimed at improving the hybrid model’s dynamic qualities.

Advanced driving assistance features

Kia has also included or made available several new driving assistance features in the Carnival 2025, such as the Highway Driving Assist 2 system, initially introduced by the EV6. This technology adds semi-autonomous lane change capabilities to the previous HDA system, which already combined adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist on marked highways. Forward collision avoidance has also been enhanced with the addition of intersection crossing, approaching lane change, side lane change, and evasive steering support to help drivers avoid more types of collisions.

Pricing and final specifications for the Kia Carnival 2025 in Canada are expected to be available later this year, before the model’s launch in our market.

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When looking for a vintage car, it’s always exciting to come across rarer vehicles. These offer a certain exclusivity, which is doubly fun when attending summer car shows.

The 1970 Ford Torino GT convertible we found is for sale and definitely falls into this category.

Torinos in general are rare on the roads. While you may come across some coupes, in the case of sedans, station wagons, and convertibles, we are talking about extremely rare bugs.

Therefore, when a model like this one appears for sale somewhere, it certainly catches attention.

The vehicle we spotted is located in Denison, Texas, and is owned by a dealer, Main Street Motors Denison. A quick look at their Facebook page reveals some interesting pieces for sale, such as a Plymouth Prowler or a recent generation Toyota FJ Cruiser.

As for the Torino, it still has its original engine, a 302 cubic inch V8 that offered 220 horsepower at the time. It was possible to opt for a 351 cubic inch V8 (with two-barrel carburetor) that offered 250 horsepower for a little more acceleration. For sharper performance, a version with a four-barrel carburetor was available, increasing power to 300 hp. For the ultimate power under the hood, the 429 cubic inch V8 Cobra was available with 360 hp.

The GT series was the top of the Torino family line. The model for sale comes with a three-speed Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission. This was a $201 option in 1970. The model came standard with a three-speed manual transmission, and an extra option was available for a fourth gear at an additional cost ($239 with the 351 cubic inch V8).

In addition to the regular Torino features, GT versions provided added luxury and equipment, including a hood with an air intake, chrome trim on the wheels, interior reading lights, extra carpets, more padded seats, GT logos, and 15-inch wheels.

Regarding the offered model, it is mentioned that the engine runs perfectly and the transmission shifts smoothly. The car even has air conditioning ($389 at that time) and power windows ($105). It was repainted a few years ago but is otherwise in original condition, appearing in good condition.

The seats have also been redone, and the convertible top is new. The odometer shows a mileage of 91,822 miles, which seems very authentic.

This Torino GT is offered at a price of $23,900, which is not bad considering it is a convertible and a model that was produced in only 3939 units. In 1970, the price for this version was $3,212.

Certainly, it makes you dream of summer.

Tucson, Arizona- The current Lexus GX has been largely forgotten by luxury SUV buyers in Canada. Lexus claims to have no problem selling all the GX models it puts on the market here, but that only amounted to just over 600 units last year, while Land Rover sold over 2,000 Defenders. In other words, I saw more previous generation GXs on the road in Arizona in three days than I have seen in the last three years on the roads of Quebec. This situation will change this year with the launch of the redesigned 2024 Lexus GX.

The rarity of the GX on our roads is not a reflection of the product’s quality. Introduced in its current form in 2013, the GX has always been known for its off-road capabilities and, of course, for Lexus’s renowned reliability. The Defender can only aspire to that level of reliability. Its robust V8 engine, if properly maintained, can last for decades, and its off-road capabilities have never been in doubt.

The issue was rather that when it comes to an SUV approaching $100,000, the competition is stiff. Buyers in this segment, especially those interested in a high-end luxury off-road-focused SUV, tend to want the latest model with the latest gadgets. That wasn’t the case with the last GX. The 2024 Lexus GX corrects this.

Everything is new in the 2024 Lexus GX

The GX is new in every way. It now comes with a brand new twin-turbo V6 powertrain, more powerful and with significantly higher torque compared to the outgoing V8. With 349 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, it surpasses the eight-cylinder by 48 horsepower and 150 pound-feet. Even though, for some, a V8 has no equal, this new engine is better in every way.

Not only is it smoother, but it also reacts much quicker than the outdated V8, while being considerably more efficient despite the new GX’s rather irregular aerodynamics. It can also tow up to 8,000 pounds in most GX versions, while the Overtrail model can tow up to 9,000 pounds. The new GX thus boasts the best towing capacity in its segment, which alone should attract a stream of curious potential buyers to Lexus dealerships.

The interior is also entirely new. However, if you have recently sat in another Lexus vehicle, you may find that there is nothing particularly standout in terms of design. The last GX had a massive and cluttered center console, with a ton of buttons here and there, which matched well with its adventurous and somewhat unrefined personality. It was also different from all other Lexus products. The GX loses some of that uniqueness with an interior style borrowed from the recently redesigned RX and the brand-new TX.

Nevertheless, there is nothing to fault in the layout, ergonomics, or user-friendliness of the Lexus multimedia system. From easy-to-use voice controls to large buttons and a massive screen, the infotainment system inside the GX is certainly easier to use than most other SUVs in the segment.

The space is ample for passengers in the front and middle rows, while the third row is surprisingly accommodating in terms of legroom and headroom. An adult can sit there and even spend a few hours without issue. Of course, this means that apart from a laptop bag, you won’t be able to bring much else with you. The cargo space behind the third row is indeed minuscule, with less than a foot of width between the third row and the standard power tailgate.

This tailgate, by the way, now opens traditionally, not sideways, which will delight all those who regularly parallel park in the city. On the other hand, if you fold down the third row, the GX confirms its versatility. Three-row models also have an additional ledge caused by the storage space for the sixth and seventh seats, and this space adds about 6 inches of extra height that you need to clear. The cargo space is already quite tall, so if you plan to regularly place bulky items there, it would be good to check if you will have any issues with that.

The only criticism one can make of the Lexus GX in terms of versatility is that the interior space is vast and generous. The seats are comfortable and the full range of the 2024 GX offers a multitude of equipment. Notable features include massaging seats, 22-inch wheels on the Executive version, and the 21-speaker Mark Levison audio system. Most GX models come with 7 seats as standard, while Overtrail off-road models have 5 seats.

The top-of-the-line Executive version features six seats, including two captain’s chairs in the middle row, with a cupholder between them. The good news is that this cupholder can be removed if needed, freeing up access to the third row.

Impressive off-road capabilities remain

Lexus tells us that there is a huge aftermarket market for used GX models over five years old. These models are modified by off-road enthusiasts to make them even more rugged and capable far off the beaten path. We believe them, and if we were to pick a used SUV to modify for the toughest off-road trails, we would probably choose a GX, if only for its reliability.

Off-roading has always been part of the GX’s mantra and DNA, and the new model is superbly capable when the road fades away. To say that we did intense off-roading with the GX would be an exaggeration. We did the usual off-camber bumps, sharp angle turns, and ridiculous climbs only in crawl mode, but the course was pre-built and certainly suited for the GX. I won’t fault Lexus for that, as there was really no point in having us climb up the Grand Canyon.

The GX, with its set of advanced off-road technologies, will be able to go just about anywhere a Defender or Mercedes-Benz G-Class will go. One of the highlights of this new technology is Lexus’s Electronic Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (E-KDSS). This is an enhanced version of the mechanical KDSS system offered in the last GX 470. However, the idea of the new electronic system is the same. When the system detects a loss of contact between a wheel and the ground, it activates and adjusts the stabilizer bars to ensure independent movement between the wheels and better control.

Unfortunately, as most owners will not take their GXs further than the dirt road leading to their lakeside cottage, this impressive off-road capability will be largely theoretical. Nevertheless, know that the new generation of GX, like the old one, does not force you to wonder for too long whether it can handle the terrain.

Impressive comfort on the road

What most potential GX buyers might find interesting is that this off-road capability does not compromise comfort and refinement as much as I would have thought. The Overtrail models are noticeably noisier, with tire rumblings constantly penetrating the cabin, and you will hear a constant flow of small rattles when going over bumps, which is the hallmark of any body-on-frame SUV.

However, I find that the GX is more refined than the Defender, which is also quite noisy and vibey. The GX also manages to better isolate the driver from road irregularities. Some of this comfort comes from the Adaptive Variable Suspension found in the top-of-the-line Executive version. Flawlessly, the AVS system does an excellent job of adapting to the road, controlling unwanted movements, and keeping refined what should be a rigid and uncomfortable SUV. The new GX is not an RX or a TX, but for a vehicle as rugged, the comfort is more than acceptable and even surprising.

As mentioned earlier, it is undeniable that the twin-turbo V6 outperforms the outgoing V8 in every way. It is much quieter, delivers power much more linearly with an exemplary torque curve that remains at its peak for almost 2,000 rpm. Additionally, the 9,000-pound towing capacity in Overtrail models (8,000 pounds in most GX models) is a clear selling point that will help Lexus move a significant number of GXs. No other luxury SUV in this segment can do better.

The previous generation Lexus GX had become a forgotten model rarely, if ever, seen on the road. On the other hand, the model had many admirers. What Lexus has managed to do with the 2024 model is to preserve the essence of what the GX has always represented, improving it with modern technologies, a much more refined engine, more interior comfort, and a style that doesn’t go unnoticed. Like the current GX, Lexus will sell all the units put on the market. The difference is that the demand will be much higher.

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At the 2024 Chicago Auto Show, a representative from Cadillac confirmed that the imposing Cadillac Escalade iQ will be getting even bigger. The luxury brand plans to add an extended version, the Escalade iQL, to the lineup of this large, fully electric luxury SUV. Although the launch date is not specified, Cadillac promises more information soon.

It is likely that the iQL will only arrive at dealerships after the launch of the standard Escalade iQ, expected for this summer. Visually, few changes are anticipated, with the iQL likely following the formula of the long-wheelbase gas-powered Escalade ESV.

The regular Escalade iQ is already a giant, measuring 5.7 meters in length with a wheelbase of 3.46 meters. This is over a foot longer than the gas-powered Escalade, which has a 3.06-meter wheelbase, and only a few centimeters shorter than the Escalade ESV. The iQ’s wheelbase is also about 5 centimeters longer than the ESV, making the Escalade iQL a true colossus on the road. More information is expected later this year, so stay tuned.

With information from Car and Driver

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Lexus Tops J.D. Power Reliability Ranking for the Second Consecutive Year

Lexus has retained the top spot in J.D. Power’s annual vehicle dependability survey for the second year in a row, after three years of ownership, even though long-term quality and reliability in the industry slightly declined after improving in 2023.

Toyota, ranked second, was the top-performing mass-market brand in terms of dependability, dethroning Kia, which held the title for three consecutive years. The average number of problems per 100 vehicles increased to 190 in the latest study, up from 186 in 2023, due to various challenges faced by automakers.

According to Frank Hanley, senior director of automotive benchmarking at J.D. Power, the average age of a vehicle on the road is 12 years, raising questions about the ability of these new technologies to meet customers’ needs in 12, let alone three years.

The survey also revealed that many cars assessed for dependability were built in 2020 and 2021, a period when the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted global production schedules, parts supply chains, and logistics.

Which is the most reliable brand? According to J.D. Power’s Vehicle Dependability Study, Lexus ranks first among luxury brands, while Toyota ranks first among mass-market brands.

J.D. Power’s Vehicle Dependability Study evaluates problems per 100 vehicles over a 12-month period reported by three-year-old vehicle owners.

At the top of the list, the Vehicle Dependability Study evaluates problems per 100 vehicles over a 12-month period reported by three-year-old vehicle owners. The survey queries owners about their experience in nine major areas including climate controls, driving assistance, driving experience, exterior, features/controls/displays, infotainment, interior, powertrain, and seats.

Infotainment technology again generates the most reported problems by owners, with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity topping the issues, followed by voice recognition software.

Electric vehicles also generate more problems than plug-in hybrids and gas vehicles, according to the survey. Tires are particularly problematic, with 39% of EV owners reporting having replaced their tires within three years of purchase, compared to only 20% of gas vehicle owners.

The survey also revealed an increase in problems related to driver assistance systems.

The Porsche 718 was ranked as the most reliable model in the industry, according to the survey. The Toyota C-HR and Lexus RX tied for the title last year.

Rising issues across all manufacturers J.D. Power stated that the number of problems reported by owners increased for nearly two-thirds of the brands evaluated. The brands showing the most significant improvement were Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, and Toyota.

While Lexus remained at the top, it reported two more problems on average than the previous year, with 135 problems per 100 vehicles. Kia, which won the award in 2022, dropped five places to eighth, with an average of 187 problems per 100 vehicles. Genesis, ranked second in last year’s survey, dropped to 16th place, with an average of 200 problems per 100 vehicles.

In 2022, the three Hyundai Motor brands – Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis – were among the top five. This year, only Kia is among the top ten, with Hyundai ranking 13th.

Hanley stated that 2021 was “a very important launch year for the three” brands. “One thing that we observe across the industry is that a [new vehicle launch] tends to increase issues,” added Hanley. “It’s not abnormal for anyone in the industry.”

General Motors took the 3rd and 4th spots with Buick and Chevrolet.

J.D. Power’s U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study in 2024, conducted from August to November 2023, is based on responses from 30,595 original owners of 2021 model-year cars and light trucks after three years of ownership.

The latest study includes responses from Tesla owners for the second time, with the EV manufacturer scoring 252 problems per 100 vehicles, up from 242 the previous year. Tesla remains unranked as the brand does not allow J.D. Power access to owner information in states where such authorization is required by law.

List of Most Reliable Companies

Lexus 135
Toyota 147
Buick 149
Chevrolet 174
Mini 174
Porsche 175
Mazda 185
Kia 187
BMW 190
Dodge 190
Jeep 190
Study average 190
Cadillac 196
Hyundai 198
Subaru 198
Nissan 199
Genesis 200
Ram 201
GMC 206
Honda 206
Acura 216
Mercedes-Benz 218
Infiniti 219
Ford 239
Volvo 245
Lincoln 251
Volkswagen 267
Land Rover 268
Audi 275
Chrysler 310
Tesla* 252

Most Reliable Model

1: Porsche 718

Top 3 Models by Segment

Compact Car

1: Toyota Corolla
2: Honda Civic
3: Toyota Prius

Luxury Compact Car

1: Lexus IS
2: BMW 4 Series
3: BMW 3 Series

Midsize Sedans

1: Toyota Camry
2: Chevrolet Malibu
3: Hyundai Sonata

Luxury Midsize

1: Lexus ES

Sports Cars

1: Porsche 718
2: Chevrolet Corvette

Compact SUV

1: Chevrolet Equinox
2: Buick Envision
3: Toyota RAV4

Luxury Compact SUV

1: Lexus NX
2: Cadillac XT4
3: Porsche Macan

Full-Size SUV

1: Chevrolet Tahoe

Midsize SUV

1: Toyota 4Runner
2: Jeep Grand Cherokee
3: Toyota Venza

Luxury Midsize SUV

1: Lexus RX
2: Lexus GX

Urban SUV

1: Buick Encore
2: Chevrolet Trax

Luxury Urban SUV

1: BMW X1
2: Volvo XC40

Midsize Crossovers

1: Chevrolet Traverse
2: Buick Enclave
3: Toyota Highlander

Luxury Midsize Crossovers

1: BMW X6
2: Porsche Cayenne
3: BMW X5

HD Trucks

1: Ford Super Duty
2: GMC Sierra HD
3: Chevrolet Silverado HD

Full-Size Trucks

1: Toyota Tundra
2: GMC Sierra
3: Chevrolet Silverado
4: Ram 1500

Midsize Trucks

1: Toyota Tacoma
2: Chevrolet Colorado
3: Ford Ranger

Vans

1: Kia Sedona
2: Toyota Sienna
3: Honda Odyssey

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Toyota recently unveiled a massive $1.3 billion investment in its Kentucky plant to strengthen the production of electrified vehicles. This injection of funds includes the creation of a new battery block production unit, powered by lithium-ion batteries from a plant located in North Carolina.

While the production timeline for the SUV was not specified, Toyota announced last year its intention to start production of a three-row electric SUV in the United States by 2025. The battery plant in North Carolina is also expected to be operational by this time.

The three-row electric SUV was showcased as a concept by Toyota at the end of 2021 when they announced their goal of launching 30 electric vehicles by 2030 under the Toyota and Lexus brands. Additionally, an electric Land Cruiser concept was revealed last year.

Lexus, Toyota’s luxury subsidiary, also plans to launch its own three-row electric SUV, potentially built alongside the Toyota model at the Kentucky plant, where Lexus’ ES is already produced.

The three-row electric SUV, which could be named TZ based on recent hints, could serve as an electric alternative to Lexus’ gasoline-powered TX SUV, set to be released for the 2024 model year. The TX, a midsize SUV with a third row of seats, seems to have its electric counterpart in the TZ project.

With this investment announcement, Toyota’s financial commitments to electrification in North America now total $17 billion since 2021, highlighting its growing commitment to the transition to electric mobility.

Automakers who oppose the electrification of the automobile often argue (incorrectly, when looking at the numbers) that buyers are simply not interested in purchasing an electric car. These manufacturers tend to somewhat reluctantly sell their own electric vehicles, and one such manufacturer, evidently, is Honda.

Unfortunately, one only needs to look at the retail price of its electrified vehicles to understand why Honda is not very excited about the electric shift. The best example is its CR-V, offered in a hybrid version with a starting retail price of $49,000, which is $12,000 above the base price of the gasoline-only CR-V. Given the price difference, it’s no surprise that the hybrid version is much less popular…

Considering its price, one might wonder if its dual-powertrain system delivers enough performance to justify the premium, or at the very least, if it has what it takes to make this small SUV, which is becoming less small, attractive enough to justify a price of around $50,000.

Opinions on this matter will be divided. On paper, it seems fairly straightforward. The base CR-V is powered by a 1.5-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine that generates 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque. The hybrid engine, which consists of an electric motor paired with a naturally aspirated 2-liter engine, produces a maximum power of 204 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque.

All CR-Vs have a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and electronically controlled all-wheel drive. The hybrid CR-V also features a selector with four drive modes (sport, normal, eco, and snow), which the other versions do not have.

The good news is that all CR-Vs run on regular gasoline, despite the turbo. Honda’s average fuel consumption is 8.4 liters per 100 kilometers for the gasoline models and 6.4 liters per 100 kilometers for the CR-V hybrid. Of course, in real life, it’s a bit different. Expect to consume closer to 9 to 10 liters per 100 kilometers driving the CR-V, and if you opt for the hybrid, it will be closer to 8 to 9 liters per 100 kilometers.

Therefore, if you are quick with mathematics, it can be said that the hybrid engine doesn’t offer much more and isn’t essentially worth the $12,000 extra it costs.

Of course, one would hope that the additional equipment on this version of the CR-V compensates for the premium, but here too, one is somewhat disappointed. It has wireless CarPlay and Android Auto, rather than USB connection, and a multimedia system with a 9-inch screen combined with 12 Bose speakers, instead of a system with 6 or 8 speakers.

The front seats are electrically adjustable in the hybrid, similar to the fully equipped EX-L version, and you can opt for perforated leather with very chic orange accents.

But nearly $50,000 for all that, in our humble opinion, is a steep price. Perhaps even too expensive for an SUV that is supposed to be a more or less entry-level model. One may remember the CR-V from another era when this model, along with the Toyota RAV4 and Suzuki Vitara, was one of the smallest family vehicles sold in Canada.

Who knows. But at $50,000, it’s understandable why the CR-V hybrid is not convincing anyone that electrification is worth it.

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There has been a lot of talk about artificial intelligence since the launch of the ChatGPT application in November 2022, which is capable of understanding and generating text or images in an automated way, and the automotive industry is not immune to this trend. These days, it’s Volkswagen’s turn to venture into this field.

The German group has announced the creation of an internal but relatively independent division called AI Lab, whose mandate will be to travel the world in search of the best AI application ideas for automobiles, and either develop these ideas itself or collaborate with other companies willing to do so.

At Volkswagen, AI is being applied in various ways in its vehicles. Obviously, the most prominent is the development of an advanced voice interface, something that will be implemented starting in 2025 in Europe on the Golf, for example. Volkswagen has decided to use ChatGPT as a voice assistant on board its small cars, and it has just been announced that Amazon’s Alexa voice command will soon be added to the multimedia system of its future vehicles.

It goes beyond that as well. Volkswagen believes that AI designed for automobiles could help prevent mechanical breakdowns by considering various factors to perform “preventive maintenance”, thus saving its customers valuable money. An AI adapted to the transportation system could also facilitate city navigation, for example by helping the driver anticipate the behavior of other vehicles, the traffic light patterns, and so on.

Finally, Volkswagen foresees that AI will make it easier to drive its electric vehicles by helping the driver naturally integrate moments and places for recharging the battery into their journeys.

Only time will tell what will come of this in the coming years. It cannot be said that Volkswagen has been particularly successful in software development in recent years, but the clear intention behind the creation of its AI Lab is to correct this situation.

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We see it less often on our roads than other brands, but the electric truck manufacturer Rivian continues to thrive. It must be said that the delivery of the first units of its R1S, a full-size all-electric SUV, and the R1T, the pickup truck based on the same platform, is taking longer than expected. However, this doesn’t stop Rivian from planning the arrival of a new model, the R2, which will be unveiled on March 7th.

This was announced by the management of Rivian on X, the social network formerly known as Twitter. The R2 will be more compact than the R1S, which should result in a more reasonable retail price. The announcement made a few days ago does not include any technical information, but we can deduce from statements made last summer by Rivian’s Chief Financial Officer that the R2 will be launched by 2026 at a retail price ranging from $40,000 to $60,000 USD, or approximately $55,000 to $80,000 CAD, depending on the current exchange rate.

By comparison, the current cost of the R1S is $78,000 USD, or $105,000 CAD. Therefore, we are talking about a smaller electric vehicle that will make the Rivian brand more accessible to the general public and, hopefully, ensure its long-term profitability. Despite the assistance received in recent years from Ford and Amazon, among others, Rivian is not yet profitable. There is no need to panic at the moment, but offering affordable electrified models is the key to success for Rivian, which seems to want to imitate Tesla’s strategy in its early days, but applied to the SUV and pickup truck market.

So far, we haven’t seen much of the R2, except for a covered prototype that had the overall shape of the R1S, but in a format comparable to that of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Rivian has also patented the name “R2T,” which suggests that a pickup truck version of this model might also appear.

We will learn more on March 7th. We will also be able to see if Rivian’s plan to eventually offer a range of six electric vehicles is still on track.

The text Rivian R2: un VUS électrique compact attendu le 7 mars comes from L’annuel de l’automobile – Actualité automobile