The Canadian International Auto Show media preview featured 41 “New to Canada” vehicle premieres and for the first time ever a “World Premiere”, which was video cast globally, of the 2018 Hyundai Accent.”

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New cash incentives for purchase now make it possible to buy all-electric vehicles for a discount of up to $11,000.

This means the popular Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus Electric can be bought for a sticker price well under $30,000 for those prepared to scrap their old bangers.

For the 2016 model year, LEAF adds a number of significant enhancements – beginning with a new 30 kWh battery for LEAF SV and LEAF SL models that delivers an EPA-estimated driving range of 107 miles* on a fully charged battery. The range of a LEAF S model is 84 miles, giving buyers a choice in affordability and range.

For the 2016 model year, LEAF adds a number of significant enhancements – beginning with a new 30 kWh battery for LEAF SV and LEAF SL models that delivers an EPA-estimated driving range of 107 miles* on a fully charged battery. The range of a LEAF S model is 84 miles, giving buyers a choice in affordability and range.

2017 Bolt EV

The game changer came when the BC SCRAP-IT Program announced it will offer an incentive of $6,000 for anybody who turns in their beater for scrap and purchases a qualifying new electric vehicle. That’s double the current incentive of $3,000, which now will be made available to buyers of used EVs.

This combines with the BC Government’s CEVfoBC program, which discounts EV purchases by $5,000.

“The goal of this incentive is to remove older high polluting vehicles from our roads in order to

lower exhaust pollutants across the province,” says Dennis Rogoza, BC SCRAP-IT Program CEO. “Ultimately, through programs like these, greenhouse gas emissions in our province will be dramatically reduced.”

SCRAP-IT’s voluntary early retirement vehicle program is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to reduce smog exhaust emissions across the province. All scrapped vehicles and their components are permanently and properly recycled. To date, the BC SCRAP-IT Program has removed more than 40,000 polluting vehicles across the province.

The technologically advanced new EVs offer huge fuel saving costs but few could be bought for less than $30,000 so it was hard for them to compete against miserly motors costing sometimes $10,000 or more less.

All three trim levels of the LEAF, which starts at $33,998 (before incentives), have an average range of 172 kilometres on a full charge. The Ford Focus Electric has the best price point at $31,998 and a range of around !20 km/h.

Last week, Chevrolet Canada began deliveries of the first Bolt EVs to Canadian customers. It has the heftier price tag of $42,795 but it’s EPA-estimated 383 kilometres of range on a full charge will tempt some to quit their expensive gas habit.

SCRAP-IT will also have a booth at the Vancouver International Auto Show,

March 28 – April 2 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. For more details about the BC SCRAP-IT program’s incentives and information, visit scrapit.ca.

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PULL QUOTE: “There was a parade of new sport/crossover utes from virtually all manufacturers, all scrambling to get a share of this hot market segment.”

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“Underneath a cloak of secrecy was truly a force to be reckoned with: the Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition.”

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The Sentra NISMO has mined the goodies from the performance department to bring their motorsports expertise to a wider audience.

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You won’t mistake the 2017 Rogue for anything else, it is still very much the shape that helped it become Nissan’s best-selling utility vehicle.

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Any carmaker wanting to hold its own among the stiff competition in this class must continually up their game and Nissan has brought a convincing cavalcade of tech and packaging to the fray.

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People who do enjoy a pickup as a niche-truck, fashion statement shouldn’t despair over the new attention to making the Titan into a working vehicle

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Nissan has unveiled the world’s first Solid Oxide Fuel-Cell (SOFC)-powered prototype vehicle that runs on bio-ethanol electric power.

Nissan president and CEO Carlos Ghosn said: “The e-Bio Fuel-Cell offers eco-friendly transportation and creates opportunities for regional energy production…all the while supporting the existing infrastructure. In the future, the e-Bio Fuel-Cell will become even more user-friendly.

Ethanol-blended water is easier and safer to handle than most other fuels. Without the need to create new infrastructure, it has great potential to drive market growth.”

In this latest zero-emission development, the e-Bio Fuel-Cell prototype vehicle runs on 100-percent ethanol to charge a 24kWh battery that enables a cruising range of more than 600km. The Nissan prototype was introduced in Brazil during the Olympics and it will stay there for further field tests on public roads in the South American country.

The powertrain is clean, highly efficient, easy to supply, and it runs on 100-percent ethanol or ethanol-blended water. Its carbon-neutral emissions are as clean as the atmosphere, which will be the part of natural carbon cycle. Also, the e-Bio Fuel-Cell offers the brisk acceleration and silent driving of an EV, along with its low-running costs, while boasting the driving range of a gasoline-engine vehicle.

Bio-ethanol fuels are mainly sourced from sugarcane and corn. These fuels are widely available in countries in North and South America, which feature widely established infrastructure. Due to the easy availability of ethanol and low combustibility of ethanol-blended water, the system is not heavily dependent or restricted by the existing charging infrastructure, making it easy to introduce to the market.

In the future, people may only need to stop by small retail stores to buy fuel off the shelf.

Nissan has unveiled the working prototype of its futuristic BladeGlider, combining zero-emissions with high-performance in a sports car design.

The two vehicles, developed from concept cars first shown at the Tokyo Auto Show in 2013, arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the Olympic Games to symbolize future green technologies and tying in with environmental theme of the tournament.

Carlos Ghosn, president and chief executive officer, said:
“These prototypes epitomize Nissan’s drive to expand its Intelligent Mobility philosophy, where driving pleasure combines with environmental responsibility. It’s the electric vehicle for car lovers.”

The debut confirms Nissan’s commitment to the development of zero-emission vehicles and new automotive technologies including autonomous drive systems and connectivity. Nissan already sells the world’s highest-volume zero-emission car, the LEAF, and is pioneering
Intelligent Mobility systems that will be deployed in a range of vehicles over coming years.

With the Bladeglider, Nissan’s vision was for an agile, efficient EV that would
provide new dimensions of driving fun and excitement – a car that would “glide,”
thanks to the near-silent performance of its electric powertrain and aerodynamic
shape.

The demonstration models feature an advanced chassis configuration with a narrow
front track and wider rear track for optimum aerodynamic efficiency and handling
stability.

High-waisted, rear-hinged dihedral doors provide a unique entry and exit to the
cabin. The open roof of Nissan BladeGlider is reinforced with an integrated roll-over
protection structure, mimicking an open-topped race car with the yet offering the safety of a coupe.

Wheel-mounted controls for systems feed into an advanced display showing speed, state of battery charge, regeneration mode and torque map. Flanking the central display are two screens, with the images of rear-view cameras mounted just behind the front wheels. An alternative to door-mounted mirrors, this dual screen design improves aerodynamic efficiency.

The driver sits in arrowhead formation slightly in front of two passengers, who enjoy extended legroom.

Power is 100 percent electric, with exceptional powertrain performance delivered by
Nissan’s technical partner for the project, the UK-based Williams
Advanced Engineering. Maximum speed of the demonstration models is in excess of
190 km/h, with 0-100 km/h taking less than five seconds. The rear wheels’ drive is provided by two 130kW electric motors – one for each wheel. The system features torque vectoring, so if the car starts to understeer, it automatically sends more torque to the outside wheel to restore the handling balance.

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