News Roundup: MX-30 Priced, Pink Porsches, Upgraded ProMaster

This week, Mazda prices the MX-30 EV, Porsche gives the Taycan some colourful upgrades, Ram makes the ProMaster a nicer place to work, and more

Evan Williams By: Evan Williams August 30, 2021

Mazda’s first EV is set to arrive in Quebec and British Columbia this fall. The short-range MX-30 crossover will offer 161 km estimated from its 35.5 kWh battery pack and will ring the till at $42,150 before destination. That’s the price for the GS trim, which will offer an 8.8-inch display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It will also come with i-Activesense driver assistance like radar cruise, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and pedestrian detection. Heated seats and wheel are standard as is LED lighting. The GT trim adds more driver assistance features as well as Bose audio, 360-degree camera, and leatherette seating for $47,150.

Porsche is upgrading the Taycan EV for 2022 with communications enhancements, self-parking, and more green (as well as every other colour) choices. Refinements to the driveline will allow for a longer real-world range, Porsche says, though it hasn’t sought out new official estimates. Thermal management changes allow for fast-charging earlier and at higher levels of charge to help top it up more quickly. Remote Park Assist will allow the driver to remotely park the car from outside, using their smartphone to control the process. Android Auto has been added to the infotainment system which also has enhanced language understanding. Lastly, with Paint to Sample and Paint to Sample Plus, Taycan buyers can order their car in literally any paint colour imaginable, including classic Porsche hues like the Rubystone Red shown in the photo.

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Ram has updated the ProMaster van by giving it more driver assistance features as well as a new gearbox. It’s unchanged on the outside, but a new 7.0-inch touchscreen replaces the old infotainment inside. A 10.0-inch version is also offered, and both use Uconnect 5 which allows wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as OTA updates. New HVAC controls are also part of the updates as is a new steering wheel Ram says offers better ergonomics. Driver assist now includes a 360-degree camera, auto brights, adaptive cruise, front parking sensors, and lane-keep assist, joining automated emergency braking. A nine-speed automatic has replaced the previous six-speed and should offer better fuel efficiency as well as smoother operation. Lastly, Ram confirmed an electric version of the van is set to arrive for 2023 to face off against the Ford e-Transit.

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The Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services is looking to update the Motor Vehicle Dealers act for the first time since 2002. The ministry is looking to change the way that customers can interact with dealers and to “reduce burden” in the operations of dealers. Changes under consideration include changing the required disclosures for a lease or sale contract for dealers to make it easier for dealers. It would also change the act to allow dealers to “conduct business at a location outside of the place of business.” This would allow dealers to complete auto sales at the customer’s home or office, instead of requiring customers to complete the paperwork in-store. The ministry is also considering dealers advertising a vehicle “as-is” to include the cost of repairs required to pass inspection. The ministry is taking feedback on the proposals until September 17th.

Toyota announced last week that it had hit a new milestone for the Corolla. The model, which has long been the best-selling automotive nameplate in the world, has now topped 50 million sold. The car arrived in 1966 and is now in its 12th generation and 55 years of production. The Corolla arrived in Canada in 1969 and has since sold more than 1.6 million units here.

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