Toronto Auto Show Wrap-up

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SUVs and more SUVs

Auto shows will tell you a lot about the state of the new vehicle market and what the manufacturers are thinking.  The recently concluded Toronto Auto Show is a case in point.

On one end of the market,  large and full-size SUVs are still industry darlings. Volkswagen featured a refreshed Atlas.  GMC debuted a new Yukon.  Similarly, Chevrolet revealed a new Suburban and Tahoe, and Cadillac showcased their new Escalade. Land Rover has a new Defender. 

Then, looking at the industry from a carbon consumption point of view, Hyundai showed its Vision T plug-in hybrid concept. Also an SUV. Audi debuted its e-Tron Sportback, for those who want an electric SUV in a less boxy shape. Kia brought a refreshed Niro PHEV. You guessed it, an SUV.

Is there any room for cars anymore?

There's still room for sedans

On the sedan front, Nissan is bringing back the Versa in a sharp new body that borrows its styling cues from the Maxima. In addition, Cadillac is building out its sedan lineup with their ATS replacement, the CT4.

The trickle-down effect of safety and connectivity features continues. Versa, in the USA SV trim level, comes with automatic emergency braking, rear automatic braking, rear cross traffic alert, as well as blind spot warning, lane departure warning and auto-dimming high beams. So what’s a manufacturer to do to differentiate their vehicles these days?

Screens abound

Screens. Lots of them. Big ones, too.  For instance, you’ll see new screens in the Kia Niro and in just about every new Mercedes-Benz. The Ford Explorer ST’s screen rivals that of a Tesla. Not to be outdone, the new Audi Q5 e’s screen appears to float above the dashboard.

Add some colour to your motoring life

Aesthetically, two-tone exteriors and interiors add some visual flair. We’re seeing more contrasting stitch colours on seats. 2020 Chevrolet Equinox has a slash of red on its special edition Redline wheels. The Cadillac CT4 has a cinnamon red leather interior to contrast with the black on CT4-V model. Chevrolet Trailblazer has a contrasting roof colour available.

Look for more of these trends as the next big auto show in New York rolls out next month. More SUVs. More EV SUVs. More variations on interior trims and colours. Contrasting exterior finishes. Visually, it’s an exciting time for the car business.

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