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GENESIS MINT CONCEPT:

2020 MERCEDES-BENZ GLB:

The automaker is adding another small
crossover this fall. The GLB, which uses
the same platform as the Mercedes-Benz
A-class sedan and hatchback, slots between
the compact GLA and less-compact GLC.
Perhaps surprisingly, the GLB has three
rows of seats to hold up to seven people.
A 221-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-litre
four-cylinder engine - also A-class-based
- connects to a seven-speed paddle-shift
automatic transmission.

This "lightweight runabout"
two-seater has too many odd features to make it to production -
such as the rear doorlets/access
panels that swing up - but some
specific elements could arrive for
future models. They include the
Mint's 350-kilowatt battery-electric system, which is claimed to
provide a 200-mile (320-kilometre)
range and can be recharged to 80
per cent capacity in less than 15
minutes.

2020 BMW 8-SERIES GRAN COUPE:

Joining the two-door 8-series coupe and convertible is a
four-door fastback model. The so-called Gran Coupe is nine
inches longer than the two-door, with most of the gain
between the front and rear wheels. The all-wheel-drive 850i
xDrive - the only version coming to North America - has
a 523-horsepower twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V-8.

FORD GT MK II:

Built by Markham, Ont.-based
engineering specialist Multimatic,
this track-only variation of the
Ford GT drops the variable suspension for a race system, and
replaces the active rear wing with
a much larger two-tier fixed unit.
A robust lower diffuser provides
greater lateral stability. Ford
says that with slick track tires,
better brakes and an uprated turbocharged V-6 - 700 horsepower
versus the stock 637 - the Mk II
"unleashes the full performance
potential of the Ford GT without
any artificial performance limitations dictated by racing sanctioning bodies." Multimatic will construct 45 Mk II models, starting at
US $1.2 million each. Ford Canada
quotes the standard GT at US
$500,000. - ANC

B y J E F F M E L N Y C H U K , E D I TO R - I N - C H I E F

Quebec dealership tests Ford's new N.A. retail model
BY AUTOMOTIVE NEWS CANADA

FORD MOTOR CO. IS OPENING ITS
first "smart lab" in North America,
in conjunction with
Desjardins Auto
Collection, at a Quebec
City mall. The intention
is to test new retail concepts as customers' digital-shopping preferences
evolve.
Modelled on a successful retail mall
concept developed by Ford dealers in
Turin, Italy, the smart labs are small
retail locations in high-traffic areas
near shops, restaurants and entertainment. Les Galeries de la Capitale
was chosen because the shopping mall
attracts more than 10 million people a
year.

These customers, says Ford, seem to
embrace a combination of online and
in-person shopping, can eye its products in an "engaging and relaxing environment," and test-drive
vehicles on nearby streets.
If they buy, the transaction
is handled by the host dealer.
The Quebec City launch
follows the opening of
a smart lab in Brussels,
Belgium, in May. Ford said it plans to
open four more by the end of the year.

DONATION BOOSTS HIGH-TECH LEARNING
HONDA CANADA IS BOLSTERING
Barrie, Ont.,-based Georgian College's
teaching capabilities through cash and
in-kind donations totaling more than
$1.8 million. Barrie is 110 kilometres
north of Toronto.
Honda said the five-year agreement
with Georgian, through the Honda
Canada Foundation, includes funding
for new equipment, research and development, collaborative program support
and new scholarships. Equipment to
be purchased over the next two years
will benefit 30 student programs at
Georgian's campuses in Barrie and
Owen Sound, Ont., accessible to up to
Ford's smart labs are set up in
high-traffic areas such as malls
to lure passing traffic into a
non-traditional new-vehicle retail
experience. P H O TO : F O R D C A N A D A

3,000 diploma and degree students.
Georgian College, which has 13,000
full-time students across seven campuses, touts itself as a leader in co-operative education whose graduates achieve
high rates of employment. Its curriculum includes a robust auto industry-oriented program.

TRAINING, HIRING FUEL EXPANSION
CALGARY-BASED PBS SYSTEMS HAS
opened a training and support facility
for its dealer-management software in
Milton, Ont., about 50 kilometres west
of downtown Toronto.
The 23,000-square-foot
(2,100-square-metre) facility, which
opened in early June, is designed to
help and educate PBS customers while
growing and developing the company's
business, the privately held firm said in
a statement.
PBS, which also has offices in
Dubuque, Iowa, and Fort Worth, Tex.,
said it plans to quadruple its Ontario
staff, now housed in leased space in
Mississauga, Ont., and provide extend-

To bolster its dealer-management
services, PBS Systems plans to
quadruple its Ontario customersupport staff. P H O TO : P B S S Y S T E M S

ed support hours to customers of its
Microsoft Windows-based dealer-management software.
More than 2,000 dealer rooftops in
North America are using PBS Systems'
software, the company said.

NEW FUNDS EXTEND B.C'S EV NETWORK
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS
spending $600,000 for a dozen Level
3 fast-charge stations in British
Columbia, the country's hottest province for EV sales. The B.C. government
is also contributing $300,000 toward
expanding the fast-charging network.
The federal money is being provided under Natural Resources
Canada's Vehicle and Alternative Fuel
Infrastructure Deployment Initiative,
whose objectives include creating a
coast-to-coast network of fast chargers.
The stations will be located in
the Okanagan (south central) and
Kootenay (southeast) regions, with two
at Kelowna airport in the southern
Okanagan Valley, about 400 kilometres
east of Vancouver. The investment is
being made via FortisBC, the province's
natural-gas and electric utility.
B.C. has about 1,300 240-volt Level 2
stations and 65 480-volt Level 3 units.
EV sales in the province doubled
during the first quarter of 2019 -
from the same period a year ago - to
more than 2,700, according to Electric
Mobility Canada. The growth outpaced
Quebec, the only other province with
an EV-incentive program. - ANC



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