Crown Scion touts ar­rival of re­designed 2014 tC

Winnipeg Free Press - Section E - - AUTOS -

CROWN Scion ex­pects sales to take off in 2014, its sec­ond year of op­er­a­tion. Crown Toy­ota Scion opened for busi­ness last March, re­plac­ing the for­mer Sun­shine Toy­ota, at the Waver­ley Auto Mall.

“We’re ex­pect­ing strong sales through­out the spring and sum­mer,” sales rep Chris Wiebe said.

Help­ing to fuel those sales will be the re­cently-ar­rived 2014 Scion FRS and the com­pletely re­designed 2014 Scion tC.

Cit­ing the tC’s new front and rear ends, head­lights, LED ac­cent light­ing and rear LED tail lights, Wiebe said “the more ag­gres­sive styling is meant to ap­peal to a younger crowd. Scion is try­ing to ap­peal to the tuner mar­ket with the new tC.”

Un­der the hood, the 2.5 L four­cylin­der en­gine is vir­tu­ally un­changed from the 2013 model, pro­duc­ing 179 hp and 172 lb.-ft. of torque. The FWD sys­temis sim­i­lar to that found in a rally-style sports car, Wiebe noted.

In­side, the big news is a new 6.1-inch LCD touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment unit that is makes a de­but in the tC but is go­ing to be the stan­dard en­ter­tain­ment unit in all 2014 Scion mod­els.

The 2014 FRS, Wiebe said, has the same styling as last year’s in­tro­duc­tory model. The rear-wheel drive sports cars is pow­ered by a 2.0L four­cylin­der hor­i­zon­tally op­posed en­gine that puts out 200 hp and 151 lb.-ft. of torque.

Wiebe said the base price for the FRS is $26,450, while the new tC starts at $21,490 (plus freight and pdi).

“Both the tC and FRS are sell­ing re­ally well,” he added. “We’re go­ing to have trou­ble keep­ing them in stock.”

All-new 2014 In­finiti Q50

In­finiti’s 2014 Q50, which ar­rived in the Birch­wood In­finiti show­room late last year, is an all-new model that re­places the for­mer G37 sedan line. It also marks the be­gin­ning of In­finiti’s rebranding of its lineup, with “Q” des­ig­nat­ing sedans and “QX” des­ig­nat­ing SUVs.

“The Q50 has a new body style with a bolder-look­ing front end, smoother curves, no­tice­able char­ac­ter lines and avail­able 19-inch wheels,” said Birch­wood In­finiti sales man­ager Lee Ok­abe.

The new model is pow­ered by a 3.7L V6, and AWD is op­tional. A hy­brid model ar­rived at the same time as the gas ver­sion, boast­ing 354 hp com­pared to 328 hp in the gas en­gine.

Ok­abe cited a num­ber of new tech­no­log­i­cal fea­tures in the Q50, in­clud­ing op­tional Di­rect Adap­tive Steer­ing (stan­dard on the hy­brid), an all-elec­tric steer­ing sys­tem that al­lows for quicker re­sponses, im­proved steer­ing feel and four dif­fer­ent driver-se­lectable set­tings. There’s also Ac­tive Lane Con­trol, a new col­li­sion-preven­tion sys­tem and a twin-touch screen elec­tron­ics in­ter­face which, gives ac­cess to dif­fer­ent so­cial me­dia, dif­fer­ent points of in­ter­est and dif­fer­ent mu­sic sources.

The base Q50 comes with 17-inch al­loy wheels, au­to­matic LED head­lights, LED fog lights, key­less ig­ni­tion/en­try, cruise con­trol, dual-zone au­to­matic cli­mate con­trol, eight-way power front seats, leatherette up­hol­stery and a tiltand-tele­scop­ing steer­ing wheel. The Pre­mium trim adds a sun­roof, heated front seats, an auto-dim­ming rearview mir­ror, a 14-speaker Bose sound sys­tem and a mul­ti­me­dia mon­i­tor/dis­play.

The Sport trim adds a sport-tuned sus­pen­sion, 19-inch al­loy wheels with sum­mer per­for­mance tires, leather seat­ing, a sport driver seat with power lum­bar and ad­di­tional bol­ster ad­just­ments, alu­minum pedal trim and pad­dle shifters.

“A lot of our clients love the way the Q50 feels,” Ok­abe said. “It’s a quiet ride, very sporty and fun to drive. We can also cus­tom­ize and per­son­al­ize the ve­hi­cle for each in­di­vid­ual driver.”

The base price for the model is $37,500 for RWD and $43,400 for AWD. The hy­brid ver­sion has a start­ing cost of $47,000. 2014 Jetta fea­tures new en­gine The big change for Volk­swa­gen;s Jetta in 2014 is the re-in­tro­duc­tion of a 1.8L TDI (turbo di­rect in­jec­tion) en­gine, says Volk­swa­gen sales rep Kevin Har­tle.

The new en­gine, which re­places last year’s 2.5L 5-cylin­der pow­er­plant, makes for lighter weight, bet­ter fuel econ­omy and bet­ter torque.

Har­tle added that a new sus­pen­sion (the Mul­ti­Link In­de­pen­dent Sus­pen­sion Sys­tem) makes for a smoother, more com­fort­able ride and bet­ter han­dling.

The up­scale 2.0L tur­bod­iesel Jetta also has some up­grades, in­clud­ing heated mir­rors, power-ad­justable side view mir­rors and floor mats.

The new Jetta’s base price of $22,640 is un­changed from its pre­de­ces­sor, and the diesel model has been re­duced in price to $23,290 from $25,000-plus last year.

Har­tle added that Volk­swa­gen’s new 2014 Tiguan, which also re­cently ar­rived in the show­rooms, is lit­tle changed from last year.

On all Tiguan trims, driv­ers can opt for the Con­ve­nience Pack­age, which in­cludes Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity, roof rails and tinted win­dows. The R-Line Pack­age, only avail­able on the High­line trim, in­cludes body-coloured side skirts, black roof lines, a squared­bot­tom sport steer­ing wheel, pad­dle shifters and stain­less-steel ped­als.

The com­pletely re­designed 2014 Scion tC is packed with new fea­tures.

MY­RON LOVE

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