Ford released some details of the new 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor at the reveal in Bangkok on Wednesday (Feb. 7, 2018). No word on a North American version at this time, with Ford Thailand just saying that “the Ranger Raptor is set to turn heads throughout Asia Pacific and around the world.” However, the All-New 2019 Ranger for North America will be at the Canadian International AutoShow next week, so possibly we’ll get more information then.
Don’t miss the General Motors area of this year’s show because there’s plenty to see. ~ CHEVROLET Making its Canadian debut at CIAS, the all-new Silverado sets the course for the next century of Chevy Trucks with the most functional bed of any full-size truck. With a weight reduction of up to 450 pounds, it offers increased performance, along with a broad range of trims and engine/transmission combinations – including an all-new Duramax 3.0L inline-six diesel, to help each customer find their ideal truck.
The Chevy Volt is the first Chevrolet I’ve driven in probably 20 years. To say I’m not a Chevy Fan would be pretty accurate. Based on my past experience of owning a Camaro and Malibu, I’d quite happily have watched the brand disappear into oblivion. So why am I driving one? Well fortunately Chevrolet didn’t disappear because they are actually creating some good looking cars and they are at the forefront of the EV revolution with cars like the Volt and Bolt. The new Malibu is a good-looking car, as is the Cruze and I love the Colorado truck, so change is afoot at Chevrolet – time to check out the goods!
General Motors have been building electric vehicles [EVs] for quite some time – remember the EV1? GM produced and leased it out to only 660 people living mainly in California and Arizona, it survived from 1996 to 1999 before being recalled and destroyed. Why? There are plenty of theories out there, but aside from being hideously ugly and an advertised range of 70–100 miles that was actually closer to 60, it was never going to set the world on fire. Although not a raging success, GM showed up at the auto shows in 2002 with a completely different take on the EV, perhaps the most audacious concept car ever – the AUTOnomy. Remember that one? GM planned to change the way we purchased/leased our cars in the future. We would buy the skateboard or standard “autonomous” platform and shift out whatever body we wanted for any particular need/desire. You could have a sports car or a pickup truck, you just had to lift one off the platform and replace it with the other – the …
I’ve loved the look of the present generation Fusion sever since I laid eyes on it – when it’s approaching from the opposite direction it looks a lot like an Aston Martin from the front. However, for 2017 Ford has seen fit to re-style the Fusion to make it look more like a Ford. In addition to the new grill and front fascia it also gets LED headlights, tail lights and fog lights, along a new rear fascia and spiffy redesigned 17-inch wheels. Inside, there is now a rotary-style gear selector – very Jaguaresque, a longer armrest and improved access to the open storage area in the lower dashboard.
Welcome to the Full-Monty, Nitty-Gritty Detailed Version (good choice)… Comprehensive Day-To-Day Life With An EV This is NOT a road test of each vehicle, it’s just an overview of how-they-work in relation to each other – on a day-to-day basis. Each vehicle will have its own road test in a separate article.
Welcome to the Twitter Version… This is NOT a road test of each vehicle, it’s just an overview of how-they-work in relation to each other – on a day-to-day basis. Each vehicle will have its own road test in a separate article. Squirrel!!! Just kidding let’s go….
Last year a lot had been said in the media about EV’s and how many we’re going to see in the very near future. This year everything regarding EV’s has kicked up another notch with many manufacturers falling over each other trying to be the first with the best offerings to the public. Various governments have also stepped up and are
Over the decades I’ve driven every pickup truck available in North America. From beat-up work trucks to $70,000 luxury versions and everything in between – I even own one, but I’d never consider myself a “truck” person. I see the value in owning one because I use mine for what it was designed to do – haul stuff and tow trailers. So why did I book one to test? Well, Ford in their infinite wisdom cancelled the Ranger back in 2011 and won’t get around to building a new one until the 2019 model year. I love my Ranger, but if something ever happened to it, I couldn’t replace it (why Ford won’t import the one they already have around the world – only they know the answer to that). I do not need and will not buy, a full-size truck and the other similar Ranger-sized trucks haven’t impressed me – but will Chevrolet? Let’s find out…
When Jaguar announced the arrival of an SUV a couple of years ago, I thought – Oh no, please don’t do what everyone else is doing!!! Why would they do that?!! Then I saw the pictures… oh my… then I saw it in person at the auto show and I was smitten. Then I got to drive it… This isn’t just an SUV – this is a JAGUAR SUV – it’s an F-Type on stilts, but it drives like a sport car!