CIAS 2019: Technological Tour de Force

CIAS 2019: Technological Tour de Force
This year’s CIAS had something for everyone. (Photos: Huw Evans)

Alternative propulsion and vintage engineering were some of the highlights of this year’s Canadian International Auto Show.

Although new cars take centre stage at CIAS, delving a little deeper often reveals some fascinating insight into the world of technology behind today’s and tomorrow’s cars and trucks.

With the automotive industry continuing to focus on vehicle electrification as well as alternative forms of propulsion, this event can provide a great deal of interest for the automotive aftermarket in terms of the types of vehicles and technologies that service providers can expect to see in their service bays during the next decade.

Some highlights this year included a greater number of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, as well as a smattering of electric cars, advanced safety and telematics features, plus the latest generation of fuel-efficient internal combustion engines and multi-speed transmissions.

CarCare Business attended this year’s Canadian International Auto Show and here are some of the highlights we felt were of interest to the aftermarket.

Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV (seen here with Mitsubishi Motor Sales Canada President Tony Laframboise), is Canada’s best-selling plug-in hybrid, which means more than a few aftermarket service bays will likely see them in the coming years.
The Outlander PHEV uses two electric motors (one to drive the front wheels, the other to drive the rear), as well as a 2.0-litre gas engine that acts as a generator for the battery system and power source for the electric motors.
Hyundai’s Nexo was one of a number of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles on display at the show. Fuel cells are still seen as the next “big thing,” by some automakers.
At the complete opposite end of the technology spectrum was this 1967 Volkswagen Type 1 (Beetle) that appeared in the recent Transformers Bumblebee movie.
A Fiat engine, yes, but the current Spider uses Mazda MX-5 underpinnings. Joint ventures between OEMs seem to be the thing for sporty cars these days.
Ford displayed its redesigned 2020 Explorer at CIAS. Although it looks similar to its predecessor, it reverts back to rear-wheel drive architecture.
Ford is also offering a hybrid version of the new Explorer with a 3.3-litre V6 gas engine, and a liquid cooled battery pack mounted under the passenger seat.
Advanced 10-speed automatic transmissions like this one are becoming more common in regular passenger vehicles.
This 2.3-litre EcoBoost direct injected, turbocharged four-cylinder comes standard in the 2019 Ford Ranger. Expect see a lot of these in your service bays in the near future.
Toyota is another big proponent of fuel cell technology and had this Mirai on display at CIAS.
Advanced safety features will mean correct calibration is an increasingly important part of vehicle servicing and repair.
Diesel engines, like the new 3.0-litre Power Stroke Turbo unit available in Ford’s F-150 are becoming increasingly common in light duty pickups.
Not likely to be a common sight in your service bays, but in your home garage perhaps, a vintage Ford “Flathead” V8, with Offenhauser heads and a Roots type blower.
Modern muscle was on display, as evidenced by this 707 hp; 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat assembled in Brampton, Ont.

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