Welcome to our roundup of the biggest breaking stories on Driving.ca from the past week. Get carried away and be ready for the weekend, because it’s hard to keep up with a digital traffic jam.
Here’s what you missed while you were gone.
Detroit Auto Show Recap: A New Performance Mustang Model, A Bold EV, and More
It’s been three years since the last North American International Auto Show took place in downtown Detroit, so fans, journalists, creators and even the POTUS were excited to see what Motor City had to offer. The show itself wasn’t as glamorous or crowded by the public or the brands as in the past, but there were still some worthwhile hits and misses to check out?including the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT EV and the seventh-generation Mustang.
Ford threw a proper party to welcome the all-new pony car and invited a “Stampede” of owners from around the world to witness the unveiling. The brand even managed to pull a quick pull on the ever-attentive press and drop a new performance model, the 500 hp Dark Horsecompletely surprised. Check out that and the other highs and lows at the Detroit Auto Show from the links above.
Final call for EcoDiesel engine in Ram’s half-ton pickup
The driving has confirmed that Aries will be production discontinuation of the small displacement diesel engine in the Ram 1500 pickup trucks in January. The creator of Stellantis announced the cancellation after a 10-year run, but didn’t exactly justify it. Maybe they’ve lost interest in this part of the segment, or maybe they’re making room in the budget and lineup for other electrified options.
“Our Ram EcoDiesel V6 engine has delighted consumers with the highest torque of half a ton of diesel and the highest towing capacity, while being the first to exceed a range of more than 1,000 miles,” said Mike Koval Jr., Ram CEO at Stellantis in a prepared statement. “As we move rapidly into an electrified future, we wanted to celebrate this latest EcoDiesel milestone by offering our loyal light diesel enthusiasts one last chance to order the truck they love.”
Bottom line: if you want one, grab it while it’s good.
2024 Chevy Equinox EV with a Canadian price starting at about $35,000
The 2024 Equinox EV joins the Silverado EV and Blazer EV in Chevrolet’s all-electric portfolio, with styling to match its affiliate predecessors, and a Canadian price point of approximately $35,000 to make it an automatically intriguing option within the compact SUV segment.
The wheels come standard with 19 inches, with upgrades of 20 and 21 inches for the elevated LT and RS versions respectively. The exterior showcases Blazer-y lines, a full-width light bar and solid fascia, and a two-tone roof paint option available in some configurations.
Range for all standard FWD models, 1LT and up to the 3RS, is estimated to be between 400 and 480 miles, while power is paired with 210 horsepower and 242 lb-ft of torque. AWD models in all sizes will benefit from increased power with 290 horsepower and 346 lb-ft of torque, and a range of 450 km.
EPA issues $10 million in fines to US diesel truck tuning companies
A bit of happy news for anyone who has ever suffocated in a cloud of diesel fumes billowing from a truck modified to produce clouds of the nasty black stuff: the US Environmental Protection Agency has knocked down two Michigan-based tuning companies for making, selling and distributing ‘defeat devices’ for diesel emissions. The Oakland Press reports that Diesel Ops LLC and Orion Diesel LLC, both owned by the same person, violated the Clean Air Act and were charged last August, but were notified as early as 2013 that their actions were illegal.
The owner now faces a $455,925 civil fine for his failure to answer questions, plus an additional $1 million fine for trying to cover it up. Several other companies have been hit by similar legal action so far this year, bringing the fine to a total of $10 million.
Don’t call it an SUV: Purosangue is Ferrari’s first ever four-door sports car
As tempting as it may be to call it an SUV, the new 2023 Ferrari Purosangue is, in fact, the Italian automaker’s first 2+2 GT car, save for a concept designed by Enzo himself in 1980. on wide tires, and features a blistering 725 horses and 528 lb-ft from a 6.5-liter, naturally aspirated V12 mid-mounted and mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Do we already have your attention?
The Purosangue also has four identical seats, four-wheel steering borrowed from the 812 Competizione and no rear wiper. Ferrari has clearly hit something here, as the car already set a record for pre-orders before any images were shared. Models will arrive in Europe in the second quarter of 2023 and in North America in the fourth quarter. The European pricing is set at EUR 390,000 (approximately CAD $520,000).