CIAS 2018: Service Bays of the Future

CIAS 2018: Service Bays of the Future
Electric vehicles featured prominently at this year’s Canadian International AutoShow. (Photos: Huw Evans)

We take a look at the latest new vehicles and technology to see what service providers can expect to be working on a decade from now.

It might not seem obvious, but for those in the aftermarket industry, new vehicle showcase events such as the Canadian International AutoShow can be a good opportunity to learn about the newest automotive technologies and the vehicles that incorporate them. Since these cars and technologies will likely last beyond the warranty period, analyzing them today can provide savvy service providers with ideas and plans to prepare working on them in the coming years.

CarCare Business attended this year’s CIAS and brings you a look at some aspects that might be of interest to aftermarket professionals as they prepare for the future, plus a look at some past technologies where automakers dared to be different in their quest for performance and fuel economy.

No filler cap or dipstick here. Could this be a common sight in your service bays a decade from now?
Honda’s CVCC technology allowed its vehicles to pass early emissions requirements while maximizing fuel economy without the need for an EGR system or catalytic converter. Shown is a 1978 Honda Civic.
Toyota’s i-TRIL concept could represent future urban mobility. It features an electric motor that powers the rear wheels, plus active lean technology that allows the front wheels to lean up to 10 degrees to maximize handling.
2014-vintage Jeep Cherokees are now starting to enter aftermarket service shops in significant numbers. The 2019 model features a new 2.0-litre direct-injection turbocharged engine with stop start technology and an enhanced 9-speed automatic transmission.
As automakers continue to try and meet fuel economy standards, expect 9 and 10-speed transmissions to proliferate.
Hyundai is aiming to make EVs more mainstream with its IONIQ range of hybrid and fully electric passenger cars that debuted as 2018 models.
Staying with pure electrics, Jaguar’s much touted I-PACE all-electric crossover also made its debut at CIAS 2018.
Coil over suspensions and stamped control arms are becoming more commonplace on today’s mainstream vehicles, even trucks like the 2018 F-150.
The compact Ford Ranger has been popular for decades. The next generation Ranger, which launches as a 2019 model will come exclusively with a 2.3-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder engine and 10-speed automatic.
Mazda celebrated 50 Years in Canada at CIAS. This car, Mazda’s Cosmo 110 S from the 1960s was powered by a 982cc Wankel rotary engine. Although powerful for their size and smooth, early rotaries suffered from excessive fuel consumption and reliability problems. Nonetheless, Mazda persisted and is today working on a next-generation rotary.

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