We are reaching that time again when the temperature dips below 7°C. If you’re in the know, you can identify that number being the special temperature threshold to determine when you put on your winter tires.
Most Canadians understand when to put on winter tires, but there are still those Canadians who aren’t sure when to take that plunge. Global warming has made that decision more difficult to determine what weather is on the horizon. We no longer can wait until November 15th to change our summer or all-season tires like clockwork. We actually need to follow the weather reports and follow through when we see the temperature stay below 7°C.
The good people at Canadian Tire have gone one-step further to help those drivers figure out what time is best to switch over to winter tires. They’ve teamed up with a leading rubber Research & Development organization called ARTIS to develop as they call it – “a temperature-sensitive, colour-change all-season concept tire.” It’s a mouthful name for now, but I’m sure when this concept becomes reality they will name it something more catchy.
On hand to explain the tire concept was Dr. Joe Hallett, Commercial Manager at ARTIS, who’s also in charge of this tire project. He went through the motions on explaining how all-season tires harden and lose its tread below 7°C; while winter tires possess flexible tread allowing you to drive, brake and handle closer to normal road conditions attacking that snow, sludge and ice.
The concept that ARTIS is creating on behalf of Canadian Tire will have a white rubber sidewall strip on an all-season tire that can determine the temperature outside and if it’s below 7°C that white colour turns to blue.
“Our team at ARTIS took a particular interest in this project as it presented an idea we believe no one had considered before Canadian Tire,” stated Dr. Joe Hallett, Commercial Manager, ARTIS. “Canadian Tire is one of few leaders in delivering the message of winter driving safety. As a father of young children, I share their desire to communicate how important it is to use winter tires. Through an extensive Research & Development process, we have created a concept that could help to change our thinking.”
It’s kind of an idiot-proof concept to help consumers out. Is it needed? Not really. Is it cool? Sure. Would different colour tires cause a distraction on the road? Possibly, but who knows how it will look when ready.
It’s early days and still in the concept stage, but it’s nice to see that Canadian Tire is trying their best to look out for the safety of their consumers. There’s no timetable as of yet and it seems this concept won’t be in production for some time. When more information comes out – we will let you know.
NEW YORK, NY – The Lincoln Motor Company’s reinvention takes a major step forward today with the unveiling of the all-new 2015 Lincoln MKC small premium utility vehicle.
The Lincoln MKC is a unique creation from the ground up with an assortment of first-in-class features. Its all-new 2.3-litre EcoBoost® engine offers a blend of performance and fuel efficiency while its ingeniously implemented wrap-around liftgate is an example of masterful customer convenience.
The luxurious interior embraces driver and passengers alike, and its new and innovative technology personalizes the MKC ownership experience. Lincoln MKC is the second all-new Lincoln in as many years as the brand continues its reinvention.
“Lincoln MKC is a perfect blend of inspired automotive design and dynamic driving performance in a segment that has grown in popularity in recent years,” said Jim Farley, executive vice president of Ford global marketing, sales and service and Lincoln. “As a challenger luxury brand, entering this segment is a natural next step for us. MKC will do more than just compete – it can change the way people think about Lincoln.”
Building the right vehicle at the right time
Lincoln MKC – first introduced as a concept vehicle at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit – represents a critical milestone in the company’s plan to expand its lineup.
Arriving on the heels of the all-new and successful 2013 Lincoln MKZ sedan, MKC becomes the second new vehicle in the brand’s plans to introduce four new luxury vehicles by 2016.
MKC gives Lincoln a compelling offering in the small premium utility vehicle segment, which is the fastest-growing part of the luxury market – up nearly 14 percent since 2012 and more than 130 percent since 2009in Canada. The segment growth is being driven by new luxury buyers who are coming into affluence, as well as by current luxury owners who are moving from larger vehicles to smaller ones as their life desires change.
With MKC, Lincoln continues its move toward targeting a younger, more diverse customer. The vehicle also positions Lincoln to resonate with drivers in desirable markets on the east and west coasts.
Designed to inspire inside and out
The Lincoln design team faced the dual challenge of creating a standout vehicle in a competitive field, while further refining the Lincoln design DNA that started with the 2013 MKZ. From its signature split-wing grille to its uniquely crafted, hands-free wraparound liftgate, the Lincoln DNA is evident.
“Our design team worked tirelessly to create a vehicle that attracts new customers to the brand while meeting the expectations of longtime Lincoln drivers,” said Max Wolff, Lincoln design director. “The execution of the new liftgate is a prime example of how a premium design element can create a better customer experience.”
MKC presents a sleek, sculpted body that helps it stand out among peers. Its high beltline and low shoulders create a sturdy, athletic presence, while features such as soft exterior lighting and an available Panoramic Vista glass roof give the vehicle a luxurious, sophisticated personality.
The unique design also carries through to the interior, where craftsmanship and high-tech combine to offer a warm, luxurious environment. An architecturally unique instrument panel showcases Lincoln’s signature push-button gear shifter and provides an open, inviting interior space. Plush leathers with French stitching, and standard Bridge of Weir leather and real wood trim accentuate MKC’s elegance and grace.
“We gave attention to every detail to convey a stylish, fashion-oriented vehicle,” said Soo Kang, Lincoln interior design chief. “Our use of colors, materials, stitching – every detail was considered to create an overall luxurious experience.”
To be more consistent with the Lincoln driving experience, an all-new Lincoln steering wheel debuts on MKC and will be available on all future Lincoln vehicles. This highly tactile leather-wrapped wheel provides better feeling and control and becomes another element of the brand’s dynamics DNA directly in contact with the driver’s hands.
The enhanced THX® II Certified Audio System, an industry-first featuring THX-distributed bass technology and 14 right-, center- and left-slot speaker assemblies, is available. As the cabin fills with the crystal-clear sounds the stereo delivers, MKC’s class-leading low noise, vibration and harshness levels keep road noise out.
SYNC® with MyLincoln Touch™ enables drivers to personalize MKC by using voice-activated commands or simple touch controls on the class-exclusive 8-inch touch screen. Knobs and buttons on the center console provide an additional and easy access to control air conditioning and sound system.
Lincoln luxury meets dynamic performance
When equipped with the all-new 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine, MKC offers a projected 275 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 300 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,000 rpm, according to preliminary test data. In addition to increased power, the engine’s improved NVH rating provides MKC a premium and refined powertrain. Class-exclusive Active Grille Shutters help improve MKC fuel efficiency at highway speeds.
MKC comes standard with a 2.0-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder turbocharged engine, projected to produce 240 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 270 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,000 rpm, according to preliminary test data. This makes Lincoln MKC an all-EcoBoost vehicle.
Lincoln Drive Control, standard on MKC, allows drivers to select from sport, comfort and normal drive modes to cater to their driving mood through a Continuously Controlled Damping system. CCD constantly monitors the road up to 50 times per second and adjusts the vehicle’s suspension accordingly, providing a smoother ride with improved handling.
MKC also comes standard with Intelligent All-Wheel Drive and 18-inch wheels. Drivers can upgrade to 19-inch wheels for an even sportier look.
“The width of MKC’s track has been set to allow the designers the freedom to create a more-planted stance for the vehicle, and it provided engineers the opportunity to minimize body roll and give the vehicle a more sporty feel,” said Lisa Drake, MKC chief engineer.
Technology provides protection, confidence
MKC uses advanced technology such as collision warning with brake support, a Lane-Keeping System and driver assist to help drivers avoid common accidents. The collision warning system alerts the driver if it detects a potential front-end crash. The system issues an audible alert in the cabin, a visual alert on the windshield and automatic brake assist sensitivity.
MKC introduces class-exclusive park-out assist technology, a feature that enhances the vehicle’s active park assist capabilities. Where active park assist helps guide drivers into tight parallel parking situations, park-out assist steers drivers out of tight parking spots.
The vehicle’s Lane-Keeping System uses rearview mirror-mounted cameras to identify lane markers and help drivers avoid unintentionally straying from their lane. Dashboard-mounted cameras monitor driver alertness. If the system detects a driver’s alertness level dropping below a given threshold, a warning is issued via a chime and a pop-up message appears on the left-hand cluster screen.
MKC also offers a Blind Spot Information System, which continuously monitors the vehicle’s blind spots with radar sensors, and class-exclusive cross-traffic alert, which detects traffic as the vehicle backs from a parking space.
Driver confidence and safety is furthered by the inclusion of seven standard airbags, including a class-exclusive driver’s knee airbag. In 5,000 virtual and real-world crash tests, MKC performed remarkably under a variety of circumstances.
Experience Lincoln’s uniquely warm reception
MKC will greet owners with exclusive Approach Detection, which senses when an owner is near and responds by illuminating “welcome mats” on the ground next to both front doors. Simultaneously, headlamps, taillamps and door handles glow with soft lighting tuned to complement the vehicle’s exterior color.
MKC will be the first Lincoln to have always-on built-in connectivity, allowing owners to utilize a smartphone app to control the vehicle. With the MyLincoln Mobile™ app, MKC owners can start, lock, unlock and locate the vehicle..
Drivers also can use the app to place a call for roadside assistance, monitor the vehicle’s fuel level, check tire pressure and battery status, and program engine start times to allow the vehicle to heat or cool to comfortable levels.
Lincoln MKC production is slated to begin in the second quarter of 2014 at Louisville Assembly Plant in Louisville, Ky. Vehicles are due in showrooms next summer.
In what can only be described as an “American Idol” style of reveal, we are slowly learning the fate of the 58 vehicles attempting to become the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada’s (AJAC) cars and utility vehicles of the year.
It used to be a three-part process where AJAC members tested and scored the vehicles, which was followed by the reveal of the winners on the Thursday of TestFest. Then we would wait until the Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto in February to find out the overall winners for Canadian Car of the Year (CCOTY).
The reveal system has changed to four parts that saw the testing and scoring of the vehicles at TestFest; followed by the announcement of the top three in each category in November; the winners of those categories gets revealed in December; and finally the overall CCOTY winners are announced.
Today, AJAC revealed that second part, the top three in each category and now the remaining 36 vehicles and their respective companies will have to wait until December 3rd to see if they won their respective categories.
In total, there are 12 groups that range from Small Cars (under $21K) to Sports - Performance (over $50K) to Pickup Trucks. Scoring was conducted by close to 80 AJAC members based on styling, occupant environment, performance and vehicle dynamics. Those results were tabulated by the international accounting firm KPMG through a scoring system that puts into account the price of each vehicle entered.
There were a few surprises and some nice showings by some of the manufacturers. Kia led the way with all five of their vehicles passing the first cut; while Mercedes-Benz saw four of their seven vehicles still alive. Mazda’s confidence heading into TestFest was backed-up by having all three of their entered vehicles make it through; while the Toyota/Lexus group (3), Honda/Acura group (3), Nissan/Infiniti group (2) and BMW (2) had all of their vehicles survive as well.
It wasn’t all rosy for some as Mitsubishi, Lincoln, Buick and Land Rover were shut out of the next round. General Motors had the most vehicles entered and fared well if you take away the results of Buick vehicles. While, the Jaguar/Land Rover group are only left with the Jaguar XJ XJR in the Prestige category after entering five vehicles.
Here’s a list of all the 2014 CCOTY candidates still in contention. The category winners will be revealed on December 3rd at the Toronto Congress Centre. Stay tuned for more information as it comes and if you’re looking for more details about the whole TestFest and CCOTY process, go to www.ajac.ca.
TOP THREE FINALISTS
Small Car (under $21K)
Nissan Versa Note
Small Car (over $21K)
Ford Fiesta ST
Kia Forte Sedan
Family Car (under $30K)
Family Car (over $30K)
Honda Accord Hybrid
Luxury Car (under $50K)
Lexus IS 350
Mercedes-Benz CLA 250
Luxury Car (over $50K)
Infiniti Q50 Hybrid
Sports - Performance (over $50K)
BMW 4 Series Coupe
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Prestige Car (over $75K)
Jaguar XJ XJR
Mercedes-Benz S 550
SUV/CUV (under $35K)
Subaru Forester XT
SUV/CUV ($35K to $60K)
Hyundai Santa Fe XL
Mercedes-Benz GLK 250 BlueTEC
SUV/CUV (over $60K)
Mercedes-Benz GL 350 BlueTEC
Dodge Ram 1500
We recently posted a piece about the hottest girls in automotive racing, and you guys loved it! We haven’t seen traffic like that on our website in a while. So going along with that theme, we decided we’d post this little experiment about a couple of guys trying to pick up girls with a brand new Ferrari 458. Apparently, women care less about who’s behind the wheel and more about what the wheels are.
TORONTO, ON - Canadian auto and truck sales last month were up 7.4 per cent from a year ago, according to data Friday compiled from DesRosiers Automotive Consultants.
Light vehicle sales totalled 145,460 for the month, up from 135,476 in October 2012 as Ford led the way with a gain of more than 10 per cent.
The U.S. automaker sold 22,635 vehicles for the month, up from 20,561 a year ago.
"We are proud to have achieved the best month of sales on record in more than 15 years," Ford Canada president and chief executive Dianne Craig said in a statement.
Canadian auto sales have set a torrid pace so far this year.
According to DesRosiers, the industry has sold 1,496,216 light vehicles through the first 10 months of the year, up 3.8 per cent from 1,441,014 a year ago.
"It may be getting a little repetitive but the Canadian automotive market once more set records last month," DesRosiers said in a commentary on the results.
"Sales of trucks have been strong all year and this trend continued in October with 81,292 units sold (up 9.6 per cent). What has really pushed the market on in the last couple of months has been a return to growth in the passenger car market."
Car sales were up 4.7 per cent in October 2013 to 64,168.
General Motors, which posted a nearly 10 per cent gain, was second in October as it said sales jumped across all four of its brands, Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac for the month that included an extra selling day than last year.
The automaker sold 20,503 vehicles last month, compared with 18,651 in October 2012.
Chrysler rounded out the top 3 with sales of 18,007, up from 17,333 a year ago.
Meanwhile, Japanese automaker Toyota Canada Inc. said it saw an uptick of 3.5 per cent in sales of its cars and trucks in October, helped by its popular RAV4 sport utility vehicles.
Toyota sales totalled 15,593, while its Lexus brand climbed 5.9 per cent from a year ago to 1,609. Scion sales amounted to 392.
Honda Canada reported that last month was its best October in monthly sales since 2002.
It saw combined sales from its Honda and luxury segment Acura, climb to 15,302, a jump from 14 per cent from October 2012 sales. Honda sales were up 19 per cent over the last year, coming in at 13,770 units while Acura sales were down 19 per cent, to 1,532 units.
"Honda Canada Inc. surpassed an eleven-year-old October monthly sales record this month, which was bolstered by double digit growth of Honda Automobile Division's small cars, Fit and Civic," said Dave Gardner, vice-president of sales and marketing, Honda Canada Inc.
TOKYO - Toyota's global sales for the first nine months of the year reached 7.41 million vehicles, little changed from the previous year but outpacing General Motors to keep its lead as the world's top-selling automaker.
Detroit-based GM said earlier this month that its global sales for January through September totalled 7.25 million vehicles, up 4.6 per cent from a year earlier.
Toyota's vehicle sales for the first three quarters inched up 0.1 per cent.
Germany's Volkswagen AG sold just over 7 million vehicles worldwide during the nine months, making it a close third. Volkswagen's global sales increased almost 5 per cent during that period from last year.
Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday that it sold about 2.5 million cars, trucks and buses in the July-September quarter, led by overseas growth.
GM had the global sales throne for seven decades before losing the title to Toyota in 2008. GM retook the crown in 2011, when Toyota's plants were slowed by an earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan that damaged suppliers of parts.
Toyota has since recovered and was at the top again last year.
Although the maker of the Camry sedan, Prius hybrid and Lexus luxury models is likely to stay the top selling automaker for the whole year, competition with GM and VW remains intense.
GM and VW are growing in China, but Toyota's sales have suffered there because of anti-Japanese sentiment that flared up last year over territorial disputes.
Toyota's growth came largely from strong sales in the U.S., where its Camry, Corolla and Tundra were popular, the company said.
Toyota's nine-month sales number includes heavy trucks made by its group company Hino Motors, which sold 119,000 vehicles, up nearly 3 per cent from the previous year.
The competition gets even tighter when such models, not in GM's lineup, are excluded from Toyota's tally.
When you think cars and sports sponsorships the first thing that might pop into your head is the relationship between Honda Canada and MLB’s Toronto Blue Jays, which has lasted for 30 years. Ford Canada has also participated in the sponsorship game with the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers, as well as the NBA’s sole-Canadian franchise, the Toronto Raptors. And we can’t leave off General Motors and their relationship with the Vancouver Canucks, their arena used to be named GM Place.
Well there’s one more car company to throw into that pool and that’s Kia Canada and their relationship with Toronto’s MLS team, Toronto FC. Yes, the little South Korean company that could. To be clear, they are actually not so little any more thanks to being the world’s fastest growing automaker. They currently sit in the eighth position when it comes to sales in Canada, ahead of big names such as Mazda, Volkswagen and Subaru.
Kia Canada’s relationship with Toronto FC (TFC) dates back to 2007, TFC’s expansion year. They were named an official automotive partner and have been actively promoting their products with TFC fans during home games. Recently in 2012, Kia Canada stepped up their partnership with TFC by acquiring the naming rights to TFC’s Training Ground and Academy Program. It’s the only Canadian automotive company to have their name on a building that’s not affiliated with the manufacturer’s own facility or dealership.
A large group of automotive journalists were provided an opportunity to visit these new facilities and hear about Kia’s marketing approach, oh yeah, and test out a bunch of their 2014 vehicles including the Soul, Forte and Sorento. What media event doesn’t include that?
The main attraction was the 2014 Kia Soul that starts at $18,595 and will go on sale this December. The new Soul gets a makeover from the world-renowned German designer Peter Schreyer, who is the Chief Design Officer for both Hyundai and Kia. His touches are hard to miss and has elevated the unique Soul into a modern and hip urban hatch with this aggressive new look.
We drove the vehicles for a short period of time, but the focus was clearly on the officially named Toronto Football Club Kia Training Ground and Academy. It's located on 14-acres of land at Downsview Park, in the North end of Toronto, also known as North York. We were provided a tour of this facility and you really need one, as it’s impressive and it better be after $21-million was invested in it by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment.
We had a quick session in the player’s meeting room to learn more about Kia. That was followed by a look at the three full-size outdoor grass soccer fields, the fitness and conditioning rooms and the lunch room that has an added focus towards healthy eating. There were some rooms in-between, but who could really keep track?
According to the Shawn Jeffers, the Assistant Athletic Therapist and Strength and Conditioning Specialist at Toronto FC, “the TFC facility is the best in North America and rivals many of the elite European soccer clubs.” Players are amazed by the facilities when they arrive as it’s all first-class. It got me thinking that perhaps they players are pampered too much based on their historic dreadful results, but that’s another story for another day.
What we quickly learned was that these facilities were not just for the TFC first-team players, but for the second team and developmental players in their Academy. It was built to provide a facility that could build-up soccer in Canada and develop the next generation of players that will hopefully down the road suit up for TFC and their nation.
Kia Canada’s marketing plan involves a lot of active sports marketing and soccer seems to be where they focus most of their attention. Further to being involved with TFC, they are also partners with two other Canadian MLS clubs, the Vancouver WhiteCaps FC and the Montreal Impact. And if that isn’t enough they also sponsor the UEFA European Championships.
Sports marketing is only the tip of their affiliations as the list is as long as one of their soccer fields. This grassroots marketing movement that Kia started has allowed them to elevate their game by acquiring the naming rights to TFC’s world-class training facility. In return, Kia has seen a major boost to its brand recognition. There’s plenty of competition out there, but Kia has made it a plan to focus on producing top quality products at reasonable prices and in doing so are hoping to up there brand’s value from $2.7-billion to $6-billion by 2016. That’s a big jump for any company and an aggressive claim from Kia. I’m not sure they will reach their goal, but if they can increase its value to even $5-billion that would be impressive and the way Kia’s been growing – I wouldn’t bet against it.
Still think Canucks are the most modest people around? Think again. An international study of more than 10,000 drivers from 10 countries for the classified website Kijiji places more Canadian drivers in the category of "Image Seekers" than any of the report's other driver personas, and above the global average in this category.
The Kijiji report categorizes Canadian and international drivers among seven different personas based on driver habits and opinions, as follows:
- Image Seekers (27 per cent) - brand, design and styling are more important than among other personas. Global average: 23 per cent
- Reliability/Efficiency Seekers (22 per cent) - brand is less of a priority, but reliability, efficiency, and running costs matter. Global average: 22 per cent
- Performance Seekers (17 per cent) - handling and power are higher up on the list of priorities. Global average: 17 per cent
- Necessity Drivers (19 per cent) - say a car is just a tool to get from A to B. Global average: 17 per cent
- Risk Takers (five per cent) - parks carelessly, more likely to drink and drive. Global average: 11 per cent
- Cautious Drivers (five per cent) - rarely has accidents or damages their car. Global average: four per cent
- Accident Prone (five per cent) - despite less obvious risk taking they are still prone to accidents. Global average: six per cent
"When it comes to Canadian drivers, Image Seekers have overtaken Efficiency Seekers, though many stereotypically modest Canadian traits continue on the road," says Scott Neil, Head of Autos, Kijiji Canada. "Luckily, as Canada's largest automotive listing website, Kijiji has cars of every make and model to suit all types of drivers."
While Image Seekers and Performance Seekers combined account for close to half (44 per cent) of Canadian drivers, as a nation, we are still understated when it comes to the cars we covet. When asked to list their "dream vehicle", Canadians gravitate to more modest luxury brands such as BMW (14 per cent), Mercedes-Benz (11 per cent), or Lexus (nine per cent) versus supercars like Lamborghini (six per cent), Ferrari (four per cent), or Rolls-Royce (four per cent).
Notwithstanding our tendency to value style slightly above substance, when it comes to colour, Canadians prefer classic, neutral tones over bright and bold. Sensible silver is the most popular car colour in Canada, preferred by 18 per cent of drivers, followed by basics blue and black (15 per cent each) and good old grey (14 per cent). Just 11 per cent of us opt for racy red.
As a nation, Canadians also approach car buying pragmatically, with nine out of 10 (89 per cent) acknowledging that a new car's value depreciates when driven off the lot.1 When it comes to new versus used vehicle purchases:
- Five out of six Canadians (83 per cent) have owned a used vehicle
- Sixty-three per cent of Canadians would buy a used vehicle because they feel that new cars are too expensive
- Three out of 10 Canadians (29 per cent) feel that used vehicles are just as good as new ones, and that new vehicles are not worth the extra money
- One in five Canadians (19 per cent) would buy a used car in order to get their particular dream vehicle
The Kijiji study also reveals that, once behind the wheel, Canadians are more careful and conscientious on the road compared to the global average:
- Just five per cent of Canadian drivers fall into the "Risk Takers" persona compared to 11 per cent of drivers globally
- While 17 per cent of Canadians report scraping or scratching their car in a minor accident over the last year, 21 per cent globally say they've had a fender bender
- Ten per cent of Canadian drivers admit to getting a speeding ticket over the last year compared to 16 per cent of the global population surveyed
TIPS ON BUYING A USED CAR ONLINE
"With over 250,000 Canadians actively selling their vehicles on Kijiji, our selection of local used car listings will get you where you need to go fast — whether you're seeking a Ford or a Ferrari," says Neil.
Kijiji's top tips for Canadians when buying a vehicle online:
- Know the History - Always ask the seller for a car's Used Vehicle Information Package (UVIP), CarProof Vehicle History Report, mileage, and repair history
- Inspect - Have a professional inspection done by a licensed technician to save money down the road, and look for potential issues with the tires, body or interior
- Test Drive - Don't buy a car before taking it for a test drive, preferably when the engine is cold. Try various speeds, different types of roads, parking and idling. Make sure all of the lights and electronics are working. Even a short test drive can help identify problems.
TORONTO - Canadian automakers say demand for cars and light trucks remained strong in September, with many of them reporting significant year-over-year sales increases on Tuesday.
Among the Big Three manufacturers, Ford Canada and Chrysler Canada both said saw improvements in vehicle sales last month, substantially so in the case of Ford.
"What is somewhat surprising is that September 2012 had also been a record month," according to a commentary by DesRosiers Automotive Consultants Inc.
"It is a lot easier to show significant improvements in the market when comparable data from previous years are weak. September had a very tough comparable month to beat, but blew past this quite easily."
DesRosiers said if vehicle sales continue at this pace, they could beat the all-time annual record of just over 1.7 million set in 2002.
Ford said it had the second-best September on record, as sales for its vehicles jumped 10 per cent last month compared with the same month a year earlier.
It said it sold 25,956 light vehicles in September, compared with 23,600 in the 2012 period.
The boost was attributed to a surge truck sales, including the F-Series, which saw its best September on record. Ford said it sold 20,237 trucks last month, an 8.8 per cent increase from 18,606 a year earlier.
It also reported strong sales of the Ford Fiesta, which increased by 64 per cent, while sales of the Fusion jumped by 20 per cent year-over-year. Sales of the Mustang climbed 10 per cent in the same period.
Chrysler Canada said it recorded its best sales for September in 13 years, with 19,858 cars and light trucks sold last month, up slightly from 19,555 in September 2012.
Still, the total marked the 46th consecutive month of year-over-year growth, the longest sales streak in the company's history, Chrysler said.
The gains were due to sales records for its Ram trucks and Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 models. Sales of its Town and Country minivan more than doubled to 454 sold in September, compared with 162 a year earlier.
The last of the Big Three, General Motors, reported a small decline last month, with 18,270 cars and trucks sold, compared with 18,756 in the same month a year earlier.
Meanwhile, many of the other automakers also reported higher sales in September.
Japanese car manufacturer Honda Canada saw sales of 12,449 vehicles last month, up 8.7 per cent from 11,457 in September 2012.
Honda said its Civic models continue to be its most popular cars, with 6,262 sold in September, an 8.3 per cent jump from 5,782 in the same period a year earlier.
"Strong September sales wrapped up the summer selling season and will help to continue our sales momentum through to the end of the year," Dave Gardner, vice-president of sales and marketing for Honda Canada Inc., said in a statement.
Its luxury division, Acura, also saw an increase of 4.2 per cent, as it sold 1,515 cars in September, compared with 1,454 in September 2012.
Toyota Canada also reported an uptick in September across its cars, trucks and Lexus luxury division.
Toyota had total sales last month of 15,688, up 2.7 per cent from 15,278 a year earlier, due to strong gains by its Corolla and RAV4 brands. Sales of Lexus vehicles were up 1.5 per cent in September to 1,580 sold in September of last year.
Nissan sales increased by 39 per cent last month, making it the company's best September on record, as it sold 8,564 vehicles across Canada.
Subaru Canada said September was also its best month ever, with its vehicle sales increasing by 23.2 per cent to 3,310 units. This compared with 2,686 units in September 2012.
Luxury brand Mercedes-Benz also saw its sales climb more than 20 per cent to 3,226 vehicles in September from 2,676 vehicles a year earlier.
But it wasn't all rosy news from the auto sector.
Mazda Canada said its vehicle sales fell by 16 per cent in September compared with a year earlier to 5,647. Its compact Mazda3 vehicles led September sales, with 3,310 sold, but were down more than 20 per cent from 4,278 sold in September 2012.
Kia Canada also saw its sales figures decline slightly in September compared with a year earlier. The automaker reported new vehicle sales of 6,833, down 2.8 per cent.
SEATTLE, WA - A fire that destroyed a Tesla electric car near Seattle began in the vehicle's battery pack, officials said Wednesday, creating challenges for firefighters who tried to put out the flames.
Company spokeswoman Liz Jarvis-Shean said the fire Tuesday was caused by a large metallic object hitting one of the battery pack's modules in the pricey Model S. The fire was contained to a small section at the front of the vehicle, she said, and no one was injured.
Shares of Tesla Motors Inc. fell more than 6 per cent Wednesday after an Internet video showed flames spewing from the vehicle, which Tesla has touted as the safest car in America.
The liquid-cooled 85 kilowatt-hour battery in the Tesla Model S is mounted below the passenger compartment floor and uses lithium-ion chemistry similar to the batteries in laptop computers and mobile phones. Investors and companies have been particularly sensitive to the batteries' fire risks, especially given issues in recent years involving the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid car and Boeing's new 787 plane.
In an incident report released under Washington state's public records law, firefighters wrote that they appeared to have Tuesday's fire under control, but the flames reignited. Crews found that water seemed to intensify the fire, so they began using a dry chemical extinguisher.
After dismantling the front end of the vehicle and puncturing holes in the battery pack, responders used a circular saw to cut an access hole in the front section to apply water to the battery, according to documents. Only then was the fire extinguished.
The incident happened as the Tesla's driver was travelling southbound on state Route 167 through the Seattle suburb of Kent, said Trooper Chris Webb of the Washington State Patrol. The driver said he believed he had struck some metal debris on the freeway, so he exited the highway and the vehicle became disabled.
The driver, who did not return a phone call seeking comment, told authorities he began to smell something burning and then the vehicle caught fire.
Firefighters arrived within 3 minutes of the first call. It's not clear from records how long the firefighting lasted, but crews remained on scene for 2 1/2 hours.
Tesla said the flames were contained to the front of the $70,000 vehicle due to its design and construction.
"This was not a spontaneous event," Jarvis-Shean said. "Every indication we have at this point is that the fire was a result of the collision and the damage sustained through that."
There was too much damage from the fire to see what damage debris may have caused, Webb said.
The automobile website Jalopnik.com posted photos of the blaze that it says were taken by a reader, along with a video.
Shares of Palo Alto, Calif.-based Tesla have risen more than 400 per cent this year. But some investors likely were alarmed that the fire could be an indication of a flaw in the company's battery packs, and Tesla shares fell $12.05 to $180.95 Wednesday.
Also contributing to the stock's decline was a rare analyst downgrade. R.W. Baird analyst Ben Kallo cut his rating on the stock from "Outperform" to "Neutral," telling investors that while he's still bullish on Tesla's long-term prospects, the company has "significant milestones" during the next 18 months that come with risk.
The company's battery system and the Model S itself have received rave reviews, including a top crash-test score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a tie for the highest auto rating ever recorded by Consumer Reports magazine.
But lithium-ion batteries have raised concerns in other vehicles.
Two years ago, battery fires broke out in three Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid cars after crash-testing, but NHTSA investigators determined that the Volt was no more risky than vehicles with conventional gasoline engines.
Officials from General Motors Co. and the government believed the fires were caused by coolant leaking from damaged plastic casing around the batteries after side-impact test crashes. At the time, they said there were no real-world fires in any Volts.
Still, the fires tarnished the Volt's reputation and cut into sales. Recently, though, sales have recovered. Sales are up about 3 per cent this year, with GM selling about 17,000 Volts through September.
Earlier this year, Boeing Co.'s worldwide fleet of 787s was grounded because lithium-ion batteries overheated or caught fire. Flights resumed four months later after a revamped battery system was installed.
Under normal circumstances, investigators from NHTSA, the government's auto safety watchdog, would travel to Washington state to investigate the Tesla crash. But with the partial government shutdown, NHTSA's field investigations have been suspended.