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1. CHEVROLET SILVERADO

The pickup wars have evolved into a battle to see who can haul more with a lighter truck. Taking aim at the aluminum-bodied Ford F series, the Silverado aims to
do just that, weighing 205 kilograms less
than its predecessor. Chevy uses a mix of
materials for the new Silverado, including
lighter high-strength steel in the frame and
aluminum doors and hood. The truck bed
remains steel, though, so expect Chevrolet
to keep trumpeting that fact relative to the
F-150's aluminum bed. The Silverado was
Canada's fourth-highest selling truck in
2017, behind the F-150, Ram pickup and
the Chevy's sibling GMC Sierra.

2. FORD EDGE ST

A freshened Edge midsize utility vehicle
will have a performance variant, the ST,
that comes with a 335-horsepower 2.7-litre
V-6. The ST also gets a host of cosmetic changes, including a new front end and
a redesigned centre console. Labour leaders at Unifor have praised the refresh as a
good sign for the future of Ford's Oakville
Assembly plant, where it is assembled.

3. FORD RANGER

The company left the midsize pickup market eight years and now it wants back in.
Ford is gearing the Ranger - which will
be sold starting in 2019 and will be mostly made steel unlike its aluminum F-150
counterpart - toward younger buyers who
Ford says might want the functionality of
a pickup without the paying the price for a
full-size truck. Ford will have some catching up to do in a segment that has only
grown since it vacated, with top competition
coming from Chevrolet Colorado and GMC
Canyon pickups.

4. HYUNDAI VELOSTER

The Veloster has been revived on a new
platform, but it still has one door on the
driver side and two on the passenger side.
The hatchback's roofline is lower, giving it a sportier look. The base engine is a
147-horsepower 2.0-litre four cylinder, but
there's also a turbocharged model and a
new 275-horsepower "N" variant.

5. JEEP CHEROKEE

This midsize Jeep has been given an
extensive refresh for the 2019 model year.
The daytime running lights and LED headlights are now together in a single unit (the
headlights for the previous model were in
the bumper). A new 270-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder is optional,
while a nine-speed automatic transmission
is standard across the line.

6. KIA NIRO PLUG-IN HYBRID

The plug-in version of the Niro makes its
Canadian debut at CIAS with an electric
range of about 40 kilometres, according to
Kia. The company earlier this year debuted
an all-electric concept for the Niro, which
also comes in a gasoline-electric hybrid
variation.

7. KIA SORENTO

The refreshed 2019 Sorento has a "tighter, sharper" appearance, according to Kia
Canada. A host of technologies have been
added, including wireless phone charging,
lane-keeping assist and front-parking sensors. It will be available with the brand's
new eight-speed automatic transmission.

CIAS
TRUCKIN'
Toronto auto show debuts strike
the tone for changing buyer tastes

By JOHN IRWIN
TORONTO BUREAU

TORONTO - THE CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL
AutoShow (CIAS) has a history of giving dealers, executives and enthusiasts from around the country a
chance to get a feel for the vehicles they'll soon see on
the road.
This year's show - Feb. 16-25 - is no different, with
numerous vehicles making their Canadian debuts.

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