Quebec proposes stricter emission targets
The Province of Quebec is looking at tightening its existing zero-emissions vehicle mandates. Under the proposed new rules, automakers in that province would have to hit 50 percent ZEV sales more than a year earlier. Well ahead of both current provincial and proposed federal guidelines. Hitting 100 percent is still set for 2035, but the plan is to get to 91 percent by 2031. The new targets would come with new penalties, as well. Fines of $20,000 per non-ZEV unit instead of $5,000. Under the rules, automakers would be able to purchase credits from other automakers who have exceeded their target. Last year, around 12 percent of new vehicles sold in the Province were ZEVs.
Subaru has priced the all-new 2024 Impreza. The reworked AWD hatch will start from $26,795 in Canada, $3,500 more than last year. However, the 2024 is not available with a manual transmission, accounting for much of that base price hike. It also comes standard with Subaru's EyeSight driver assistance suite. Touring is $29,995 and comes with a larger single-screen center display. It also adds a heated leather wheel. RS includes a 2.5L 182 hp boxer-four for $31,795, and at the top of the line is the Canada-only Sport-tech trim which includes navigation and DriverFocus distraction mitigation for $34,795.
Improved Mach-E, orders open
Ford is reopening orders for the Mustang Mach-E electric SUV, and the next batch will get some serious upgrades and even bigger price cuts. All standard-range models get a new battery that adds 4 kWh as well as 45 hp to the total on AWD models. The new battery can charge more quickly as well, taking five fewer minutes to go from 10 to 80 percent. BlueCruise, the brand's hands-off driver assistant, will be included on all Mach-E models, but a subscription is required to use it. Premium Standard Range models see their prices cut by $3,000 for RWD and $2,250 for AWD respectively. The Premium Extended Range models get a massive $11,000 and $10,250 taken off of their MSRP, meaning that both should now qualify for federal incentives. Order books should be open again soon, and Ford says it has increased production.
Volvo XC40 recharge and C40 get more range
Volvo is increasing the range of its C40 Recharge and XC40 Recharge models by adding single-motor RWD variants for the first time in Canada. The single-motor vehicles get a new 248 hp permanent magnet motor and an 82 kWh battery pack. This gives the XC40 a range of 471 km and the sleeker C40 477 km. The new battery can charge at up to 200 kW. Twin Motor versions also get new motors that help boost range. The rear motor is now a 255 hp permanent magnet motor, while the front is a 147 hp motor that can be de-energized when not needed to save power. Twin Motor cars get their same 78 kWh and 150 kW fast charge battery from last year, but XC40 has 49 km more range and C40 has 51 km more, for a total of 408 and 413 km respectively.
2024 Lexus UX pricing
Lexus has priced the 2024 UX. Its smallest model sees small upgrades for 2024, including new headlights. All UX models are the UX 250h hybrid again this year, delivering 181 hp and an estimated 6.0 L/100 km combined. The 2024 UX starts with the Premium trim for $42,300 and extends through Luxury, F Sport Design, and F Sport Series 1 and Series 2. F Sport Series models get suspension and chassis upgrades like adaptive dampers as well as more sport-oriented cosmetic changes. The F Sport Series 2 tops the range at $51,800. The 2024 UX is at dealers now.
Bronco Trail App
Ford has launched a new off-road app. The Bronco Trail App for iOS and Android will only be available for Bronco owners. It includes 1,200 professionally curated trail maps covering the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Ford promises more trails to come. The app includes the capability to record drives, including waypoints and photos. It also has satellite imagery and topographic maps, as well as recommendations for trails where lowering tire pressures are needed. The app is free, but only for Bronco owners.