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At the end of 2021, almost 80,000 ZEVs were registered in B.C., the province reported. Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer

BC tops in North America for ZEV uptake

Zero-emission vehicles represented 13 per cent of all new light-duty vehicle sales…

At the end of 2021, almost 80,000 ZEVs were registered in B.C., the province reported. Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer
The upcoming Lexus RZ 450e tall hatchback will be based on the LF-Z Electrified concept model, pictured, that was shown in early 2021. PHOTO: LEXUS

The Auto Sleuth: Electric news from Lexus, Hyundai & Tesla, Toyota’s hot hatch + more

Hot off the press news from the auto world

  • Mar 28, 2022
The upcoming Lexus RZ 450e tall hatchback will be based on the LF-Z Electrified concept model, pictured, that was shown in early 2021. PHOTO: LEXUS
Stu Dancey, from Langley Chrysler, shows of the all new Wagoneer. The dealership is hosting a celebration introducing the much anticipated new ride April 6.

Get to know the all-new Wagoneer: No wood panelling, but still iconic

April 6 Langley Chrysler event showcases vehicle’s comfort, tech and modern style

  • Mar 28, 2022
Stu Dancey, from Langley Chrysler, shows of the all new Wagoneer. The dealership is hosting a celebration introducing the much anticipated new ride April 6.
Although redesigned, it will take real fans of the GTI to readily notice the differences. Note that there is no base Golf model for the 2022; only the GTI and the R make the cut. PHOTO: VOLKSWAGEN

2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI: Company credited for inventing the hot hatch turns up the heat

Hot-hatch crowd should be pleased one of its all-time favourites lives on

  • Mar 23, 2022
Although redesigned, it will take real fans of the GTI to readily notice the differences. Note that there is no base Golf model for the 2022; only the GTI and the R make the cut. PHOTO: VOLKSWAGEN
Gas prices are on the minds of vehicle drivers these days. (File photo)

10 ways to reduce your fuel bill

Some options to help you pay less at the pumps

Gas prices are on the minds of vehicle drivers these days. (File photo)
With a bit of dust on the 2022 Tucson, you can easily see the two diagonal cut lines in the doors. The dust also shows that you can take the Tucson off the asphalt, although this would likely be a better experience with the optional all-wheel-drive. PHOTO: HYUNDAI

2022 Hyundai Tucson: All-purpose wagon makes gains in style and stature

Bolder-looking, with a size that now one-ups most of the competition

  • Mar 11, 2022
With a bit of dust on the 2022 Tucson, you can easily see the two diagonal cut lines in the doors. The dust also shows that you can take the Tucson off the asphalt, although this would likely be a better experience with the optional all-wheel-drive. PHOTO: HYUNDAI
The new Land Rover Range Rover has an incredibly smooth body and a base turbocharged six-cylinder engine with 48-volt electric assist. PHOTO: LAND ROVER

The Auto Sleuth: 2022 Land Rover Range Rover; 4-seater Mercedes-AMG SL + more

Hot off the press news from the auto world

  • Feb 27, 2022
The new Land Rover Range Rover has an incredibly smooth body and a base turbocharged six-cylinder engine with 48-volt electric assist. PHOTO: LAND ROVER
The fact the Tundra has survived with very little change since the 2014 model year might not prove the truck was ahead of its time, but it has certainly stood the test of time. PHOTO: TOYOTA

Meet the 2021 Toyota Tundra

Hands-down a better choice for most people than any utility vehicle

  • Feb 20, 2022
The fact the Tundra has survived with very little change since the 2014 model year might not prove the truck was ahead of its time, but it has certainly stood the test of time. PHOTO: TOYOTA
The Chicago Auto Show is back for a 10-day run and electric vehicles will be taking centre stage, with everything from an indoor EV test track to a slew of new model debuts.

The atmosphere’s electric at this year’s Chicago Auto Show

By Robert Channick, Chicago Tribune The Chicago Auto Show is back at…

The Chicago Auto Show is back for a 10-day run and electric vehicles will be taking centre stage, with everything from an indoor EV test track to a slew of new model debuts.
The Lexus IS is a beautiful machine that should really be considered a functional sports car since it has four doors. And, frankly, high-riding crossovers can’t compete in this performance arena unless they are very expensive. PHOTO: LEXUS

2021 Lexus IS: Stunning looks, sharp handling and a new engine

Vehicle is among the more reasonably priced and one of the most fun to drive

  • Feb 2, 2022
The Lexus IS is a beautiful machine that should really be considered a functional sports car since it has four doors. And, frankly, high-riding crossovers can’t compete in this performance arena unless they are very expensive. PHOTO: LEXUS
Indications are the production Volkswagen ID Buzz electric van will stay fairly true to the concept, pictured. PHOTO: VOLKSWAGEN

The Auto Sleuth: The buzz on the Buzz, Bentley adds a second hybrid and more

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  • Jan 24, 2022
Indications are the production Volkswagen ID Buzz electric van will stay fairly true to the concept, pictured. PHOTO: VOLKSWAGEN
According to the Province, B.C. is leading the country in transitioning to EVs with more than 60,000 light-duty EVs on the road. Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror file photo

Funding helps promote electric vehicle uptake in B.C.

Community groups and local governments throughout B.C. can receive funding through the…

  • Jan 20, 2022
According to the Province, B.C. is leading the country in transitioning to EVs with more than 60,000 light-duty EVs on the road. Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror file photo
Lee Brandt, A Langley-based crane operator who grew up in Milner will make his television show debut with History TV Canada’s new series, Lost Car Rescue. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Crane, planes and automobiles star in History Network’s Lost Car Rescue

Rescuing classic cars requires more than a love for the classics and…

Lee Brandt, A Langley-based crane operator who grew up in Milner will make his television show debut with History TV Canada’s new series, Lost Car Rescue. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
The Taos is 24 centimetres shorter than the Tiguan and the distance between the front and rear wheels 10 centimetress less. PHOTO: VOLKSWAGEN

Meet the 2022 Volkswagen Taos

The newcomer to VW’s utility-vehicle lineup is small, but it has big boots to fill

  • Jan 14, 2022
The Taos is 24 centimetres shorter than the Tiguan and the distance between the front and rear wheels 10 centimetress less. PHOTO: VOLKSWAGEN
A multi-vehicle collision involving trucks and cars killed one person and closed the Trans-Canada Highway between Salmon Arm and Sicamous Saturday, Jan. 8. The road remains closed in both directions Sunday. (@desiprotruckerpb09 photo)

UPDATE: One man killed in Trans-Canada Highway multi-vehicle collision in Shuswap

Highway 1 remains closed between Salmon Arm and Sicamous; detours available

A multi-vehicle collision involving trucks and cars killed one person and closed the Trans-Canada Highway between Salmon Arm and Sicamous Saturday, Jan. 8. The road remains closed in both directions Sunday. (@desiprotruckerpb09 photo)
The Corvette Z06 is wider than the standard Corvette, which makes room for wider tires while increasing the size of the side ducts that feed the engine. PHOTO: CHEVROLET

The Corvette Z06, a trio of new Mazdas, redesigned Tacoma + more

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  • Jan 6, 2022
The Corvette Z06 is wider than the standard Corvette, which makes room for wider tires while increasing the size of the side ducts that feed the engine. PHOTO: CHEVROLET
The new V-6 turbo-diesel option costs about $2,000 more than the base 5.3-litre gasoline V-8, a fee that can easily be recouped in fuel savings. PHOTO: GENERAL MOTORS

Chevy’s big-and-tall carryall rules the road like no other rig in its class

In need of big space? The 2021 Chevrolet Suburban is impossible to ignore

  • Jan 1, 2022
The new V-6 turbo-diesel option costs about $2,000 more than the base 5.3-litre gasoline V-8, a fee that can easily be recouped in fuel savings. PHOTO: GENERAL MOTORS
An electric plug is connected to a BMW i8 vehicle during the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, Thursday February 16, 2017. Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says the government is looking to overhaul the rebate program for electric vehicles to more closely align with the kinds of cars Canadians actually want to buy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

Canada looks to retool EV rebate program to include more expensive SUVs, pickups

Program restricts rebates to new vehicles with a max base price of $45,000 and $55,000 for upgraded features

An electric plug is connected to a BMW i8 vehicle during the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, Thursday February 16, 2017. Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says the government is looking to overhaul the rebate program for electric vehicles to more closely align with the kinds of cars Canadians actually want to buy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch
All-wheel-drive models get a turbocharged 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine, and all models have a short 1.2-metre (four-foot) box. PHOTO: HYUNDAI

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz: Small-but-mighty hauler specializes in lighter duties

Meet Hyundai’s ‘Sport Adventure Vehicle’

  • Dec 20, 2021
All-wheel-drive models get a turbocharged 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine, and all models have a short 1.2-metre (four-foot) box. PHOTO: HYUNDAI
The 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine and three electric motors make 219 net horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque for the Toyota Venza. What that tells us is that the electric motors are mostly used for low-speed acceleration until the gasoline engine begins making useful power.

The 2021 Toyota Venza is a big deal

Previously, the Prius was the only Toyota model available only as a hybrid

  • Dec 10, 2021
The 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine and three electric motors make 219 net horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque for the Toyota Venza. What that tells us is that the electric motors are mostly used for low-speed acceleration until the gasoline engine begins making useful power.
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