Whether on the road or track, history tends to repeat itself with Porsche. After attaining the highest podium position in the Canadian Black Book (CBB) “2021 Overall Brand Award – Luxury” for three…

Latest Canadian Black Book study shows Porsche maintains best retained value leadership

2021 Porsche Panamera GTS
The impressive Panamera four-door coupe has taken top spot for retained value in the Prestige Luxury Car class for eight years running.

Whether on the road or track, history tends to repeat itself with Porsche. After attaining the highest podium position in the Canadian Black Book (CBB) “2021 Overall Brand Award – Luxury” for three years in a row, the German performance brand once again secured top spot in the 2021 study.

While Porsche scores strongly within all the categories it competes in, the Panamera retained the highest percentage of any rival in the Prestige Luxury Car class, and has done so for eight years running. Likewise, the Macan, which took first in its Compact Luxury Crossover category once again, has held the position for three consecutive years, while the 911, dominating the Premium Sporty Car class, is enjoying its second year on top.

2021 Porsche Macan GTS
The superbly sporty Macan, shown here in GTS trim, has retained its value best amongst Compact Luxury Crossover competitors for three years in a row.

“We are honoured and delighted to accept the Overall Brand Award – Luxury as well as three model accolades from Canadian Black Book this year,” stated Marc Ouayoun, President and CEO, Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd. “Consumers have many available choices in the market and we welcome these recognitions, which provide an additional reason to consider the brand. These outstanding acknowledgments by the leading authority highlight strong value retentions which ultimately benefit the customer.”

To be clear, the CBB study ranks vehicles on the retained percentage of their manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) after four years. Retaining the highest value means ownership costs less when it comes time for resale or trade-in.

2021 Porsche 911 Cabriolet
The 911, a legend amongst sports cars, managed to earn best retained value in the Premium Sporty Car segment for two consecutive years.

To learn more about the latest Panamera, Macan and 911 models, which are now offered with factory leasing and financing rates from zero-percent, check out the 2021 Porsche Panamera Canada Prices page, the 2021 Porsche Macan Canada Prices page, and the 2022 and 2021 Porsche 911 Canada Prices pages on CarCostCanada, where you can see up-to-date pricing including trims and options, find out about available manufacturer rebates, access dealer invoice pricing that could save you thousands, and more.

Find out how a CarCostCanada membership can keep money in your wallet when you purchase your next new car, and be sure to download their free app from the Google Play Store or Apple Store, so you can have all of this critical info at your fingertips when you need it most.

Story credits: Trevor Hofmann

Photo credits: Porsche

Kia has gone from a lineup of smooth, sleek cars and utilities, to embracing an edgier, sportier design language that’s all about forward thought and has little to do with hanging onto the past. Just…

Kia reveals edgy new 2023 Sportage in its home market

2023 Kia Sportage
Kia is getting especially edgy with its upcoming Sportage, transforming today’s ovoid model into a dramatically angled piece of rolling modern art.

Kia has gone from a lineup of smooth, sleek cars and utilities, to embracing an edgier, sportier design language that’s all about forward thought and has little to do with hanging onto the past.

Just take a look at today’s K5 (née Optima) mid-size family sedan, or the premium-level Stinger sport sedan, not to mention the Seltos subcompact crossover SUV, the always funky Soul, all-new Sorento mid-size SUV, rugged looking Telluride full-size SUV, and the recently renewed Carnival (née Sedona) mid-size van, while the new K3 will soon mix it up in the compact sedan class when it replaces today’s Forte. Each new Kia design pushes the mainstream volume brand to sharper, wedgier extremes, and now it’s the Sportage compact crossover SUV’s turn to transform from ovoid to edgy.

2023 Kia Sportage
A narrow greenhouse makes the new Sportage looking long and low.

At first glance, the 2023 Sportage appears like Kia’s most aggressive attempt to push that design envelope yet. If the current Sportage seemed to pull inspiration from Porsche’s Cayenne when introduced in 2016, the creators of this fifth-generation SUV were tapping into the genes of Lamborghini’s Urus, or at least Audi’s RS Q8.

This makes sense considering the president and chief design officer of the entire Hyundai Motor Group is one Peter Schreyer, previously responsible for Audi’s TT (and A3, A4, A6, etc.), Volkswagen’s New Beetle (and Golf, Eos, etc.), a slew of Hyundai and Genesis models, plus everything Kia has put to market since 2008 when he took over the design department. No wonder Kia has been producing such great looking models over the past decade.

2023 Kia Sportage
The rear design is more conventional, but hardly boring.

The new Sportage is designed to turn heads, with a futuristic front fascia that’ll have you searching to find the headlights. They’re tiny LEDs in complex clusters set within two boomerang-shaped LED driving lights, both of which bookend the wide gloss-black grille positioned below a set of narrow, horizontal nostril-like openings. It’s a radical design that nevertheless should be pleasing to a large swath of SUV buyers that are currently wanting something sporty yet practical to trade up to from their less-appealing cars.

From profile, the new Sportage features a lot of side sculpting on the door panels, with a narrow greenhouse up top, for added visual length, and some really attractive detail around the lower rocker panels, giving the SUV an exposed structural look that lightens its overall presence.

2023 Kia Sportage
The headlamps are tiny LEDs integrated within a lighting cluster surrounded by large boomerang-shaped LED driving lights.

While the new Sportage looks more conventional from the rear, its body-wide taillight cluster lends to a feeling of width, with a thinness at its mid-section that almost makes it seem like it was stretched into place. All of that delicate detail is supported by a meaty rear bumper section that’s a visual extension from the just-noted blackened rockers, continuing upward to encompass two-thirds the SUV’s backside, and capped off by angular metal-look trim that mirrors a similar treatment on the aforementioned rockers and lower front fascia, the latter surrounding a set of LED fog lamps. The edgy treatment continues over to the sizeable alloy wheels, which are machine-finished with glossy black pockets in order to make them an intrinsic part of the design.

2023 Kia Sportage
Angular LED taillights are visually tied together by a narrow light strip at centre.

“Reinventing the Sportage gave our talented design teams a tremendous opportunity to do something new; to take inspiration from the recent brand relaunch and introduction of EV6 to inspire customers through modern and innovative SUV design,” said Karim Habib, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Design Center. “With the all-new Sportage, we didn’t simply want to take one step forward but instead move on to a different level in the SUV class.”

Kia’s new design language, which they call “Opposites United”, continues into the cabin where the uniquely shaped air vents and horizontal instrument panel trim combine like parentheses to highlight the massive dual-display primary gauge cluster and infotainment touchscreen within.

2023 Kia Sportage
The rear bumper gets some aggressive metallic design details to differentiate it from others in the segment.

The single-screen layout follows a driver display design that both Kia and the namesake brand of its parent company Hyundai have been utilizing in their most recent models, which incorporates some of the most advanced tech in the industry, particularly rear-facing camera monitors that automatically provide a rearward view down either side of the vehicle when using the turn signal.

A row of switchgear follows the horizontal theme just below, integrating a nicely organized dual-zone automatic climate control panel at the mid-point, while a gently sloping piano black lacquered centre console is filled with an engine start/stop button, a rotating gear selection controller, a drive mode selector, and various other driving related buttons to the left, plus switches for the heated and cooled front seats and heatable steering wheel rim to the right. A wireless charging pad is likely fitted under the lidded compartment just ahead of this cluster of controls, along with USB ports and other connectivity/charging interfaces for personal devices.

2023 Kia Sportage
A two-in-one driver display/infotainment touchscreen is visually held in place by a set of parentheses-shaped air vents.

“When you see the all-new Sportage in person, with its sleek but powerfully dynamic stance, and when you sit inside the detailed-oriented cabin with its beautifully detailed interior and first-class materials, you’ll see we have achieved those goals and set new benchmarks,” added Habib. “In the all-new Sportage, we believe you can see the future of our brand and our products.”

Kia hasn’t shown any other details, such as its front and rear seating or the cargo compartment, but capacities should be similar to the new Hyundai Tucson that shares its underpinnings, and that compact crossover SUV has grown in size from its predecessor, now measuring 4,605 mm (181.3 inches) from nose to tail, which makes it 155 mm (6.1 in) longer than before, with a 2,751 mm (108.3 in) wheelbase that’s grown by 86 mm (3.4 in), plus it’s around half an inch (12-13 mm) wider and taller than the SUV it replaces.

2023 Kia Sportage
Kia should continue to lead the compact SUV segment in features for money spent.

The Sportage has long shared mechanical components with the Tucson as well, so we can expect a version of the same 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine, which makes 190 horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque in the compact Hyundai. The Tucson utilizes an eight-speed automatic transmission across its entire trim line too, which should be the only gearbox used in the Sportage as well, while Hyundai’s compact SUV provides a front-wheel drive train in lower priced models, plus optional all-wheel drive.

We can expect more details closer to the new Sportage launch, which should take place sometime next year. All the usual trims should be available, as well as an off-road oriented X-Line version, plus a new hybrid-electric based on the latest 2022 Tucson Hybrid.

2023 Kia Sportage
The sloping lower console is filled with advanced driver controls, including a rotating dial for selecting gears.

For the time being, Kia is offering the latest 2022 Sportage with up to $750 in additional incentives, as well as $2,500 off of 2021 models, while CarCostCanada members are averaging savings of $2,361. Check their 2022 and 2021 Kia Sportage Canada Prices pages for all the details, including complete trim pricing with all available options and colours.

Also, learn how the CarCostCanada system works so you can save big on your next new vehicle purchase too, by accessing manufacturer rebate information, factory financing and leasing deals, and especially dealer invoice pricing. What’s more, remember to download the free CarCostCanada app from the Apple Store or Google Play Store, so you can have all of this valuable information on your device when you need it most.

Story by Trevor Hofmann

Photos by Kia

Buick just took the wraps off its refreshed 2022 Enclave, and fans of the brand should be pleased with what they see. There’s nothing revolutionary about the design, with most styling cues pulled from…

Buick shows off updated version of its 2022 Enclave three-row luxury crossover

2022 Buick Enclave Avenir
Buick has updated its Enclave for 2022, shown here in its top-line Avenir trim line.

Buick just took the wraps off its refreshed 2022 Enclave, and fans of the brand should be pleased with what they see. There’s nothing revolutionary about the design, with most styling cues pulled from its second-generation predecessor that arrived in 2017 as a 2018 model, and from the Chinese version that launched two years later for the 2020 mode year.

Fortunately, the outgoing Enclave was already an attractive crossover SUV, and the Chinese version even more so. Therefore, this mid-cycle makeover only grows the Enclave’s grille to give it even more premium presence, updates the headlamps and taillights for more fluid integration into the design, and sharpens the front and rear bumpers to add some visual width, resulting in even more premium appeal that Buick no doubt hopes will lure prospective buyers away from other brands’ three-row luxury SUV offerings.

2022 Buick Enclave Avenir
The 2022 Enclave’s reworked styling should be popular with Buick customers.

The only choices below $50k, which is currently the entry point of the three-row luxury SUV segment, include today’s $48,398 2021 Enclave and the $48,995 Infiniti QX60, but Acura’s $56,405 MDX, Cadillac’s $57,998 XT6, and Lexus’ $59,700 RX 350 L aren’t too far away. In fact, that’s similar pricing to an Enclave about halfway through its options list, while a fully equipped 2021 Enclave Avenir gets close to $70k, a price point that’s similarly positioned to the $64,500 Genesis GV80, $65,500 Land Rover Defender, $64,750 Volvo XC90, $68,600 Land Rover Discovery, $67,950 Audi Q7, and the $69,900 Lincoln Aviator. Just in case you were wondering, three-row alternatives from Mercedes-Benz and BMW are in an altogether different stratosphere, their GLS and X7 starting at $101,900 and $102,900 respectively.

2022 Buick Enclave Avenir
The Enclave’s interior is mostly carryover, but plenty of new tech has been added.

Back down to earth, the updated Enclave’s new standard suite of advanced driving assistance and safety technologies, dubbed Driver Confidence Plus, features forward collision warning plus automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring and lane departure warning with lane keeping assist, rear parking assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and finally automatic high beam assistance.

The Enclave’s sole powertrain offering remains a 310 horsepower 3.6-litre V6 mated to an advanced nine-speed automatic transmission and optional all-wheel drive (the base Essence AWD starts $3,000 higher, at $51,398), while top-line Avenir trim features an adaptive suspension.

CarCostCanada is currently showing up to $1,000 in additional incentives off of today’s 2021 Enclave, with its members saving an average of $2,625 at the time of purchase. To find out how you can save thousands when buying your next new vehicle, make sure to learn how to access dealer invoice pricing, and remember to download the free CarCostCanada app so you can have every member benefit right at your fingertips.

Story by Trevor Hofmann

Photos by Buick

Porsche’s new Taycan is one of the most technologically advanced electric vehicles available today, but that doesn’t mean non-engineering folk need to stay in the dark about how it works. Fortunately,…

Bill Nye The Science Guy stars in fun and informative Porsche Taycan technology video series

Bill Nye The Science Guy explains Porsche Taycan tech
Bill Nye The Science Guy finds a fun way to explain some unique Porsche Taycan technologies.

Porsche’s new Taycan is one of the most technologically advanced electric vehicles available today, but that doesn’t mean non-engineering folk need to stay in the dark about how it works.

Fortunately, Porsche hired Bill Nye The Science Guy, a popular TV personality, to explain the science behind the tech, resulting in a five-part short video series. The episodes, which run from just under one minute to a-minute-and-a-half long, focus in on those technologies that separate the Taycan from key competitors, such as the model’s 800-volt battery, innovative aerodynamics, regenerative braking, two-speed transmission, and repeatable performance.

Named “Bill Nye Explains The All-Electric Taycan,” the YouTube series is filmed at the Porsche Experience Center in Los Angeles, California. The zany host helps clarify subject matter that would likely be difficult to understand for most viewers. He uses simple terms and silly antics, resulting in an entertaining series that’s fun for all ages.

Bill Nye The Science Guy explains Porsche Taycan tech
It might look like science class, but it’s certainly more enjoyable than we remember high school being.

The Taycan only arrived on the electric scene last year, but it’s already available in two body unique styles and four separate trims, the latter including the 4, 4S, Turbo and Turbo S.

The low-slung Taycan four-door coupe is available in three of the four trims, including 4S, Turbo and Turbo S, whereas the new Taycan Cross Turismo can also be had as a base model. What’s more, the Cross Turismo can be optioned out with an Off-road Design package that increases its ride height, and adds beefier, more aggressive styling upgrades.

Bill Nye The Science Guy explains Porsche Taycan tech
Check out the videos below for a fun way to learn about EV tech.

Top-tier Taycan Turbo S trim is capable of accelerating from standstill to 100 km/h in a mere 2.8 seconds, due to its 750-horsepower twin-electric-motor power unit, while standard all-wheel drive means that all four tires maintain adhesion to the road no matter the surface below or surrounding conditions.

Porsche is currently offering the 2021 Taycan with factory leasing and financing rates from zero-percent, so make sure to link through to CarCostCanada to learn more. Take note that CarCostCanada also provides its members with dealer invoice pricing that could save you thousands off your next new vehicle purchase, so find out how their system works, and be sure to download their free app from the Google Play Store or Apple Store while you’re at it.

Now, sit back and enjoy the five quick videos.

Bill Nye Explains the All-Electric Taycan: Two-Speed Transmission (1:11):

Bill Nye Explains the All-Electric Taycan: 800 Volts (1:17):

Bill Nye Explains the All-Electric Taycan: Regenerative Braking (0:52):

Bill Nye Explains the All-Electric Taycan: Aerodynamics (1:14):

Bill Nye Explains the All-Electric Taycan: Repeat Performance (1:34):

Story credits: Trevor Hofmann

Photo credits: Porsche

Genesis is successfully growing its lineup with a fresh, new design language and some entirely new core models, the sharp looking 2022 GV70 just the latest to enter the fray. With an all-inclusive price…

Genesis reveals pricing and trim details for new 2022 GV70 compact SUV

2022 Genesis GV70
The new GV70 looks like a smaller, sportier version of the mid-size GV80, so it should find favour with compact luxury SUV buyers.

Genesis is successfully growing its lineup with a fresh, new design language and some entirely new core models, the sharp looking 2022 GV70 just the latest to enter the fray. With an all-inclusive price of $49,000 including freight and delivery fees (or $49,150 all-in as shown on GV70’s retail website landing page), the new GV70 is not the least expensive nor the priciest in the burgeoning compact luxury SUV market segment, which is now some 16 competitors strong.

In fact, the new GV70 places ninth in the compact premium crossover affordability index, near the mid-point, although not all of its competitors include destination, delivery fees and the $100 A/C tax in their advertised prices. After factoring in the latter (and using an average of $2,500 for those brands that made it difficult to locate this information on their retail websites), the GV70’s pricing proved more competitive with a ranking of seventh most affordable.

2022 Genesis GV70
Despite its slim SUV-coupe-like profile, Genesis promises a roomy interior.

On that note, the GV70’s lower priced alternatives include the $44,298 Cadillac XT5 (plus $2,500 in fees for a total of $46,798), $44,505 Acura RDX (plus $2,475 in fees for a total of $46,980), $44,600 Lexus NX (couldn’t locate their fees so adding $2,500 for $47,100), $45,495 Infiniti QX50 (plus $2,220 for $47,415), $45,200 Lincoln Corsair (plus $2,250 for $47,450), and $46,550 Audi Q5 (plus $2,395 for $48,945) (note that dealer administration fees and other costs weren’t always shown by some manufacturers, with all the Japanese brands being most difficult to source such information from).

Allowing eight brands to advertise lower pricing in such a highly competitive market is a bold move for Genesis, albeit possibly a calculated one, in that its mid-pack price placement could move potential perceptions of its brand identity and therefore equity away from becoming a value-packed alternative to more established rivals, like parent company Hyundai’s namesake brand was long seen amongst mainstream volume sector consumers. Instead, causing its clientele to pay for perceived quality means that Genesis might immediately be respected as a true challenger that’s capable of going head-to-head against Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Volvo, Lexus, Land Rover, and the like. The alternative is to join Cadillac and Acura, which are often forced to sell on price despite the quality of their offerings.

2022 Genesis GV70
The compact GV70 will be ideal for narrow city streets.

Speaking of the latter collection of competitors, the new GV70’s $49,150 window sticker is positioned just under the $48,500 Volvo XC60 after adding its fees (plus $2,615 for $51,115 in total), as well as Land Rover’s $49,900 Discovery Sport (plus $2,726 in fees for $52,626), as well as the identically priced $49,900 Mercedes-Benz GLC (not shown on retail site so adding $2,500 for $52,400), while the BMW X3 starts at $52,550 (plus $2,245 for $$54,795), the Tesla Model Y at $55,000 including its $1,300 freight fee, although the least expensive Performance model currently offered on their retail site goes for $69,990), the Alfa Romeo Stelvio at $55,190 (plus fees ranging from $1,995 to $2,695 for a maximum base price of $57,885), the Porsche Macan at $57,800 (plus $1,600 for $59,400), the Jaguar F-Pace at $60,350 (plus $2,826 for $63,126), and finally Land Rover’s Range Rover Velar at $63,500 (plus $2,826 for $66,326).

2022 Genesis GV70
Expect strong acceleration from the GV70’s base 300-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and 375-hp optional turbo-V6.

The $20k price gap from easiest on the wallet to arguably most revered and priced accordingly is a wide chasm for compact luxury SUV buyers to cross, but it should be noted that any one of the compact luxury utilities named gets close to the vaunted Velar’s starting point when loaded up with options, with even the cheapest on this list going well beyond. Additionally, some in this group feature more equipment in their various base trims than others, not to mention stronger performance, greater interior room, and the list goes on.

For just under $50k including fees, the new GV70 2.5T Select AWD comes standard with Quad LED headlamps, LED taillights, 18-inch alloy wheels, proximity keyless entry with pushbutton ignition and remote engine start, fingerprint authentication, an 8.0-inch LCD digital instrument cluster, a large 14.5-inch HD multimedia display featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, GPS navigation, wireless device charging, 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with powered lumbar, an eight-way powered front passenger seat, heatable front seats, rear occupant alert, a proximity-activated hands-free tailgate, and more.

2022 Genesis GV70
Genesis digitally launched the GV70 last fall.

In addition, the GV70’s standard Highway Driving Assist II driver assistance and safety technology suite includes High Beam Assist, Lane Follow Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist, and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist.

As is usually the case in this class, all-wheel drive is standard, the GV70 including Terrain Mode Select as well, while the powertrain consists of a 2.5-litre turbocharged inline four-cylinder with 300 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque at the lower end of the pricing spectrum, or a 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 with 375 horsepower and 391 lb-ft of torque when a desire for power trumps one’s need for fuel-efficiency. Both engines are gasoline-powered, but keep in mind that Genesis recently launched an all-electric G80 mid-size luxury sedan, so an electric option may be on the not-too-distant horizon. As it is, an efficient eight-speed automatic transmission comes standard, complete with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.

2022 Genesis GV70
The GV70’s sleek lines should be appealing to most compact SUV buyers.

Standard colours include Uyuni White, Vik Black, Himalayan Gray, Savile Silver, Adriatic Blue, Cardiff Green, Barossa Burgundy, and Mauna Red, with the base interior only available in Obsidian Black with “artificial leather” upholstery (Genesis may want to consider a more appealing name for its leatherette).

For $55,500 including freight and fees, the 2022 GV70 2.5T Advanced AWD adds 19-inch alloys, power-folding side mirrors with puddle lamps, a powered tilt and telescopic steering column, genuine leather seat upholstery (in Obsidian Black, Vanilla Beige, Havana Brown/Ocean Wave, Pine Grove/Ocean Wave, and Slate Gray/Velvet Burgundy, depending on the exterior colour), a powered panoramic glass sunroof, ventilated front seats, heatable rear outboard seats, and a fully automatic rear climate control system, while $59,000 Advanced Plus trim antes up with a driver’s head-up display (HUD), a Surround View parking monitor, a Blind-Spot View Monitor (BVM), an 18-speaker Lexicon premium audio upgrade, manual rear side sunshades, and a household-style 110-volt AC power outlet in the rear cargo area.

2022 Genesis GV70
The GV70 offers up a uniquely attractive interior design.

Moving up to the $63,000 GV70 2.5T Prestige AWD adds a Sport Appearance package with alloy foot pedals, special Nappa leather upholstery with suede inserts (in Obsidian Black, Sevilla Red or Ultramarine Blue, depending on exterior colours), a suede-like Microfibre headliner, a power-extendable driver’s seat lower cushion and powered side bolsters, Smart Posture Care, Parking Collision Avoidance-Assist Rear (PCA-R), and
Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA).

2022 Genesis GV70
Important for the premium sector, Genesis offers the GV70 with plenty of interior colour themes.

The $68,500 GV70 3.5T Sport AWD trim line combines previously-mentioned 2.5T Advanced AWD equipment with the larger, more potent engine, plus some of the just-noted Prestige items such as the Sport Appearance package, alloy pedals, HUD, power seat cushion extension, bolsters and Smart Posture Care, Lexicon sound system, and 115-volt power outlet, as well as 21-inch alloy wheels, unique aluminum sports trim, upgraded monobloc brakes, an upgraded Electronic Control Suspension with Road Preview, and Sport leather seating.

Lastly, GV70 3.5T Sport Plus AWD trim adds an electronic limited slip differential, a larger 12.3inch 3D TFT LCD digital instrument cluster, carbon fibre interior trim, softer Nappa leather upholstery with stitched quilting (in all the same colours as the Prestige and Sport), a Microfibre headliner, and laminated acoustic rear door glass, as well as the aforementioned surround parking monitor, BVM, PCA-R, RSPA, and rear sunshades for $75,500, which incidentally is a price point this segment’s most affordable Cadillac XT5 reaches when fully optioned, as do most others.

2022 Genesis GV70
An 8.0-inch LCD digital instrument cluster comes standard, while a larger 12.3-inch 3D TFT display is included in top-line 3.5T Sport Plus AWD trim.

Clearly defining the GV70 from any other SUV in the class is Genesis’ new “Crest Grille” and “two-lined” fore and aft “Quad Lamps”, which will be brand-wide when the second-generation G70 sport-luxury sedan arrives alongside the GV70 SUV this summer. The two distinctive design characteristics are said to have been inspired by the brand’s signature winged emblem, while the GV70’s “Beauty of Openness” interior design theme isn’t so specific about its origins, but looks inviting just the same. Genesis claims it was inspired from Korean architecture, and provides “maximum comfort and convenience” plus a “driver-oriented” layout. The look is certainly unique, particularly the ovoid steering wheel hub and even more distinctively surfboard-shaped cluster of controls to the left and right of the driver, while everything appears very upscale.

The first-ever Genesis GV70 presents customers with a bold and dynamic crossover offering,” said Mark Del Rosso, President & CEO of Genesis Motor North America. “With its distinct exterior design, powerful stance and refined performance, GV70 perfectly blends athleticism and refined driving performance with the versatility of an SUV that only Genesis can offer.”

2022 Genesis GV70
A 14.5-inch HD multimedia display comes standard, featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, a navigation system, and more.

Along with the premium finishings, alluring design, bevy of features and strong performance, plus (lest we forget) the inclusive delivery and destination fees, Genesis provides its owners with an especially pampering at-home/work valet pick-up and drop-off concierge service, complete with a complimentary courtesy vehicle, when complimentary scheduled maintenance or any other repair is required during the first five years of ownership, or the GV70’s first 100,000 kilometres of travel.

Additionally, GV70 buyers benefit from Genesis Connected Services with map updates and more for the extent of the SUV’s five-year comprehensive warranty (with an unlimited km extension for map updates and roadside service). The five-year or 100,000-km comprehensive warranty is an entire year longer, and an average of 20,000 km greater than most others’ comprehensive coverage in this class, plus two years or 40,000 km more than most rival powertrain warranties.

Despite the depth of competition in the compact luxury SUV segment, we expect Genesis to do well with its GV70, just like it has with the compact G70 sedan, the mid-size G80 sedan, and the recently launched GV80 mid-size SUV. Its flagship G90 luxury sedan is a slower seller, but an inability to sell large numbers of full-size four-doors is hardly an uncommon issue amongst premium players in Canada or most other markets, other than with Mercedes and its segment-dominant S-Class, and to a lesser extent BMW’s 7 Series. Flagship sedans are more about image, their existence in a given luxury brand’s lineup providing higher levels of overall credibility, but compact luxury SUVs are far more important to a brand’s bottom line, because they normally become instant bestsellers. The GV70 should be no different for Genesis.

Story credits: Trevor Hofmann

Photo credits: Genesis

After Porsche’s intelligent choice to enter the electric vehicle market with a practical four-door coupe, and following the Taycan up with an even roomier Cross Turismo version, which even offers crossover…

New virtual and physical prototypes of upcoming Macan EV revealed

2023 Porsche Macan EV Prototype
Porsche has been running laps in new Macan EV prototypes at its Weissach development centre.

After Porsche’s intelligent choice to enter the electric vehicle market with a practical four-door coupe, and following the Taycan up with an even roomier Cross Turismo version, which even offers crossover SUV-like design elements and an off-road package, the performance-oriented brand will soon be anteing up with a full EV version of its best-selling Macan compact luxury SUV, and thanks to some early photos and info, we’re starting to catch a glimpse of what we can expect.

The all-electric Macan, as Porsche refers to it, is planned for a 2023 launch, which allows plenty of time to get it right. So far the German brand has been digitally and physically testing it on the proving grounds of its Weissach Development Centre, but now it’s about to enter the public domain wearing camouflage to hide its second-gen Macan body panels.

“Testing in a real-life environment is now getting underway – one of the most important milestones in the development process,” said Michael Steiner, Member of the Executive Board, Research and Development, at Porsche AG.

2023 Porsche Macan EV Prototype
Two camouflaged prototypes of the new Macan EV can be seen here with Michael Steiner, Member of Porsche’s Executive Board, Research and Development.

Porsche is targeting 3,000,000 km of global testing in all types of conditions before the new Macan EV arrives in dealerships, and that doesn’t even include the “countless” virtual km the model has accumulated before and since the prototypes shown in the accompanying photos started hot lapping the proving ground’s track.

Developing the electric SUV digitally saves money and time, plus of course it minimizes environmental impacts. Instead of running actual prototypes, a digital computational model replicates the types of true-to-life “properties, systems and power units of a vehicle to a high degree of accuracy,” stated a Porsche press release. Porsche utilized 20 digital prototypes to simulate various development categories, such as aerodynamics, energy management, operation and acoustics.

“We regularly collate the data from the various departments and use it to build up a complete, virtual vehicle that is as detailed as possible,” commented Andreas Huber, manager for digital prototypes at Porsche, and one of the first aerodynamics engineers to ever work with digital prototypes. “This allows previously undiscovered design conflicts to be swiftly identified and resolved.”

2023 Porsche Macan EV Prototype
Porsche uses digital Macan EV prototypes to create and refine the physical prototypes, and vice versa uses the data derived from the physical SUVs to enhance its digital prototypes.

Lowering aerodynamic drag will help the all-electric Macan achieve its EV range targets. Even small flow enhancements can make a big difference.

“We started with a flow-around model when the project first started about four years ago,” said Thomas Wiegand, Director of aerodynamics development.

Porsche’s team of engineers use simulations to fine-tune every surface of the SUV, with particular attention paid to the various air ducts used for cooling. These calculations help the engineering team arrange each component to optimize efficiencies, while also providing the necessary data used for estimating variances in real-world temperatures. In fact, Porsche claims the new testing procedures allow for a very precise simulation of both aerodynamics and thermodynamics.

“The digital world is indispensable to the development of the all-electric Macan,” continued Wiegand.

Back to air ducts and cooling, the Macan EV’s motive electric system incorporates a totally different cooling and temperature control concept than the conventionally-powered version of the SUV. To clarify, the various internal combustion engines in the regular Macan need 90- to 120-degree (Celsius) temperature range, while the new electrically-powered model’s power unit electronics and high-voltage battery require a temperature window between 20 and 70 degrees.

2023 Porsche Macan EV Prototype
Some of the initial Macan EV running prototypes were made by hand.

Also unique to the EV, where a combustion engine might increase its temperature when starting and stopping in heavy traffic, a battery-powered vehicle requires the most cooling during high-power charging, especially in warm weather. Porsche is overcoming this problem by calculating and digitally optimizing “position, flow and temperature” with the same virtual prototypes noted earlier.

The use of virtual prototypes can start early in a vehicle’s developmental stages. Porsche has created a wholly new driver interface for its second-generation Macan, which of course features a revised driver display. Once ready for testing, Porsche brought it to life in a “seat box” capable of simulating the driving environment.

“Simulation allows us to assess displays, operating procedures and the changing influences during a journey from the driver’s point of view,” says Fabian Klausmann of the Driver Experience development department. “Here, the ‘test drivers’ are not just the specialists themselves but also non-experts. This allows all interaction between driver and vehicle to be studied down to the last detail, enabling selective optimization even before the first physical cockpit has been built.”

2023 Porsche Macan EV Prototype
Porsche uses a “seat box” to recreate the all-electric Macan’s driving environment.

The first physical Macan EV prototypes were created out of the information garnered from the digital prototypes, at which point those running examples provided yet more data back to the digital prototypes. This allowed Porsche’s engineers to continually update both digital and physical prototypes, refining each element of the SUV along the way.

“Endurance testing on closed-off testing facilities and public roads in real-life conditions is still indispensable to ensure that the vehicle structure, operational stability and reliability of hardware, software and all functions meet our high-quality standards,” added Steiner.

The all-electric Macan continues to undergo a demanding test program, in which it endures climate extremes and all types of topographical conditions. This includes the real-world charging and conditioning of its high-voltage battery, with a focus on everyday reliability plus segment-leading performance.

“Like the Taycan, the all-electric Macan, with its 800-volt architecture, will offer typical Porsche E-Performance,” continued Steiner, citing development goals like the model’s long-distance range, high-performance fast charging, and targeted best-in-class performance. “The all-electric Macan will be the sportiest model in its segment.”

2023 Porsche Macan EV Prototype
The first physical all-electric Macan prototypes are seen here leaving the Porsche development centre in Weissach, wearing camouflage to disguise their generation-2 body panels.

The Macan EV must be as efficient as possible, after all, which is why it will be first in Porsche’s lineup to utilize the new Premium Platform Electric (PPE) architecture. Nevertheless, being that most Macan buyers will continue choosing a conventional internal combustion engine over the electric alternative for the time being, especially in markets where consumers aren’t penalized for doing so, gasoline-powered models will continue.

“In Europe, demand for electric vehicles continues to rise, but the pace of change varies considerably across the world,” said Steiner. “That’s why we’re going to launch another attractive conventionally-powered successor to the current Macan in the course of 2021.”

A new second-generation Macan will be launched later this year, with a full assortment of gasoline-powered engines to choose from. The Macan EV will follow, but only after its digital and physical prototypes have accumulated millions of km in tests.

Until then, the current 2021 Macan starts at $57,800 and can be had with factory leasing and financing rates from zero percent. Make sure to check out every available trim, configure the ones you’re interested in with every option and colour, and then use the CarCostCanada system to maximize your savings via dealer invoice pricing, which can save you thousands when negotiating your best deal. Find out how the CarCostCanada system works, and be sure to download the free CarCostCanada app at the Apple Store or Google Play Store too, so you can have all of their money-saving info at your fingertips when you need it most.

Story credits: Trevor Hofmann

Photo credits: Porsche

It’s been nearly a decade since Nissan launched its car-based Pathfinder crossover, representing a risky move that replaced three generations of body-on-frame SUV predecessors, as well as the Quest…

Redesigned 2022 Nissan Pathfinder rolls off production line

2022 Nissan Pathfinder
Nissan just started production of its 2022 Pathfinder, a completely redesigned model that will hit Canadian showrooms this summer.

It’s been nearly a decade since Nissan launched its car-based Pathfinder crossover, representing a risky move that replaced three generations of body-on-frame SUV predecessors, as well as the Quest minivan that faded away five years later, but it proved positive for sales. Now those awaiting its replacement before trading up can take heart, because the all-new fifth-gen Pathfinder just started rolling off the automaker’s Smyrna, Tennessee assembly line.

“Start of production of the new Pathfinder marks another major milestone in our Nissan NEXT momentum story,” said Jeff Younginer, Vice President, Nissan Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant. “The Smyrna plant team is thrilled to put the newest version of this iconic vehicle on the road for customers.”

2022 Nissan Pathfinder
The 2022 Pathfinder is almost entirely new, keeping its 3.5-litre V6 yet boasting an all-new shape and fully updated interior.

The new Pathfinder, which has been built in the Nashville suburb since 2004, pulls its sole 3.5-litre direct-injection V6 engine from Nissan’s Decherd Powertrain Plant in Decherd, Tennessee, located about an hour south on Interstate 24. The drivetrain’s all-new nine-speed automatic transmission, on the other hand, hails from ZF’s production plant in Gray Court, South Carolina, but would-be buyers hoping for greater performance will likely be more interested to know that it’s not the continuously variable transmission (CVT) from the outgoing model.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder
The new Pathfinder receives Nissan’s Intelligent AWD system as standard in Canada once again.

The new nine-speed auto should provide quicker, more engaging shifts when performing passing manoeuvres or managing the three-row mid-size SUV through fast-paced corners, while Nissan promises smooth operation as well. Additionally, standard Intelligent 4WD with a seven-position Drive and Terrain Mode Selector means Canadian buyers will enjoy optimal traction year-round. This is especially important off the line thanks to the powertrain’s strong 284 horsepower, the torquey V6 partially responsible for the new SUV’s impressive 6,000-pound (2,721-kg) maximum towing capacity.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder
The new Pathfinder’s interior receives improvements in refinement, larger, modernized electronic displays, and much more.

Along with wholly renewed styling that should appeal to Nissan’s many truck buyers thanks to plenty of sharp angles and rugged details, the bigger and broader version of its trademark “U” shaped grille especially notable, a completely redesigned interior provides seating for up to eight, new available second-row captain’s chairs (which reduce seating to seven), plus an optional 10.8-inch head-up display that projects key info onto the windscreen ahead of the driver, a large 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, and the brand’s ProPilot Assist semi-self-driving capability with Navi-Link, while the Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite of advanced driver assistive systems comes standard.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder
Second-row captain’s chairs will be optional for 2022.

The new 2022 Pathfinder will start showing up in Nissan Canada dealer showrooms this summer, although those wanting to take advantage of especially good savings may want to consider the outgoing 2020 Pathfinder which utilizes the same V6 engine. Nissan is currently offering up to $7,000 in additional incentives when purchasing a 2020 model, and new zero-mileage examples are still available being that no 2021 version was produced. Be sure to check out CarCostCanada for all the details, and remember to download their free app so you can access timely info on available factory rebates, manufacturer financing and leasing deals, and dealer invoice pricing that could save you thousands on any new car, truck or SUV.

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Hyundai Motor’s premium Genesis brand will be introduced to European markets this summer, starting with two mid-size luxury models, the G80 four-door sedan and GV80 two-row crossover SUV. Genesis Motor,…

Genesis luxury brand will arrive in Europe this summer

2022 Genesis G80 EV
The upcoming 2022 Electrified G80 will be one of the first vehicles to wear Genesis branding in Europe.

Hyundai Motor’s premium Genesis brand will be introduced to European markets this summer, starting with two mid-size luxury models, the G80 four-door sedan and GV80 two-row crossover SUV.

Genesis Motor, which initiated sales in 2015, is currently sold in South Korea, the United States, Canada, China, Russia, the Middle East, and Australia. After its launch into Europe, which was delayed due to the global health crisis, it will be introduced to other markets in Asia.

Genesis chose to launch its G80 first in Europe because a new plug-in electric version will be part of the lineup for 2022.

2021 Genesis GV80
In a wholly intelligent decision, the South Korean luxury brand’s initial European launch will include its new GV80 mid-size SUV.

“The Electrified G80 will be the first all-electric Genesis to arrive in Europe,” stated Genesis Motor Europe in a press release. “A further two battery electric cars will follow, providing European customers with a choice of three Genesis zero-emission cars within the first year.”

Shortly after the initial two mid-size models arrive in European dealerships for June, Genesis will introduce its smaller G70 sedan and GV70 crossover SUV, the latter being an entirely new model within each of the brand’s markets this year.

Genesis has enjoyed generally positive reviews and luxury market acceptance in most markets, particularly those in North America, arguably achieving greater perceived prestige than some of its Japanese competitors that have been struggling to make their marks since the 1980s.

2021 Genesis G70
The G70 has yet to receive Genesis’ new grille design.

For instance, Genesis hit the market with a full-size luxury sedan, the G90, complete with potent V6 and V8 powertrains, while Honda’s Acura brand and Nissan’s Infiniti marque have discontinued their full-size luxury sedans after poor sales, the former brand’s RLX cancelled last year, and the latter having nixed its Q45 way back in 2006. Likewise, Infiniti discontinued its mid-size Q70 and long-wheelbase Q70L in 2019, its compact Q50 now being the only four-door sedan model available.

Genesis has a compact four-door of its own to compete with the Q50, Acura’s TLX, and a whole host of other challengers including BMW’s 3 Series, Mercedes’ C-Class, Audi’s A4, and the list goes on, while the brand promises a sports coupe will join the fray soon.

2022 Genesis GV70
The all-new GV70 crossover will join the G70 sport sedan soon after the G80 and GV80 debut.

In fact, Genesis showed off a stunningly beautiful new sports coupe prototype this year, dubbed X Concept. What’s more, according to reports the brand trademarked the names GT60, GT70, GT80, and GT90 in 2017, some of which will more than likely provide competition to the BMW 4 and 8 Series models, Mercedes C- and E-Class coupes, the Audi A5 and A7, Infiniti Q60, and others, while four-door coupes and convertibles will probably be part of the automaker’s GT line as well.

Even more important to the brand’s sales growth, the aforementioned mid-size SUV will soon be joined by the GV70 compact crossover SUV, which appears ready to do battle against BMW’s X3, Mercedes’ GLC, Audi’s Q5 and others, including Acura’s RDX, Infiniti’s QX50, and Lexus’ NX.

2021 Genesis X Concept
This year’s X Concept depicts what a future “GT” coupe model might look like.

The latter brand is probably Genesis’ most targeted rival, being that it’s easily had the greatest success of the three Japanese luxury vehicle brands introduced in the 1980s. Toyota’s premium contender continues to offer a full-size luxury sedan, the LS, a market segment that’s still important from a prestige standpoint, as well as competitive models in most of the key luxury categories.

It’s difficult to guess how the various European markets will accept Hyundai’s luxury brand, but if Genesis can come close to duplicating the growth it’s experienced in North American markets, the brand’s leadership should be satisfied. Sales more than doubled from January through March of 2021 when compared to the same quarter last year, while Q1 year-over-year deliveries in its South Korean home market were up 165 percent. Genesis has only been available in China since last month, so time will only tell how Chinese buyers respond.

2021 Genesis G90
The full-size G90 flagship luxury sedan shows how serious Genesis is about garnering respect amongst premium buyers.

Canadian Genesis sales grew from 229 units in Q1 of 2020 to 628 sales in the same three months of 2021, representing 174 percent year-over-year growth. This beat the previous quarter’s YoY increase of 171 percent, but Q4 sales totalled a whopping 935 units, which was the best three-month stretch yet for the fledgling brand.

Of course, manufacturer incentives always help to spur on sales, and right now Genesis is offering zero-percent factory leasing and financing rates across the entire line. What’s more, CarCostCanada members are saving an average of $2,666 on the 2021 Genesis G70, plus saving an average of $10,000 when purchasing the 2021 G90.

CarCostCanada provides its members with otherwise hard to get dealer invoice pricing, which means they have a massive advantage when negotiating a fair price. Find out how it all works now, and also make sure to download the free CarCostCanada app from the Google Play Store or Apple Store, so you too can have all of this important info at hand when it comes time for you to buy your next vehicle.

 

Story credits: Trevor Hofmann

Photo credits: Genesis