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Thinking of a new vehicle? Stay up-to-date on the latest concepts, electric vehicles, capable off-roading trucks and SUVs, cars, and more—offering greater range, fuel efficiency, and safety technology. A selection of models as featured in the NCDA’s Signals publication shown below.

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2023 Mazda CX 50

2023 Mazda CX-50

Slotting in between Mazda’s mid-sized CX-5 and full-sized CX-9 SUVs is the new CX-50. Based on a shared platform as the CX-30, the CX-50 targets customers with outdoor lifestyles.

With more cargo space than the CX-5, the CX-50 is the first of three new Mazda SUVs coming by 2023. The CX-50 also has a higher towing capacity compared to the CX-5 at 3,500 lbs vs 2,000 lbs.

Two engine choices are offered, a base 187 hp 4-cyl engine and a much more powerful turbocharged version with 256 hp. Both are matched with a 6-speed auto. The up-level engine is much more enjoyable to drive thanks to its extra horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque.

A high level of active safety and driver assist tech is standard, including lane departure warning and assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, auto high beams, cross-traffic detection.

The 2023 Mazda CX-50 starts at $37,900, compared to the CX5’s $30,900.

2023 Kia Sportage

2023 Kia Sportage hybrid and plug-in hybrid

Kia’s fifth-generation Sportage is a big improvement over its predecessor. Also available in hybrid and plug-in hybrid models, the Sportage is 7.1 inches longer than before, boasting more legroom than the Toyota RAV4. The hybrid Sportage even has more cargo space than the popular Toyota RAV4 hybrid.

Riding on the same platform as the larger Kia Sorento midsize SUV, the Sportage has wild new styling that makes it stand out in a crowded marketplace.

Compared to the hybrid, the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Sportage swaps in a bigger 7.2-kWh battery pack for up to 55 kms of all-electric range. Thanks to its more powerful 67-kW electric motor, the PHEV is also quicker, producing up a combined 261 hp and 224 lb-ft of torque.

Inside, you’ll find vastly improved interior trimmings, the latest cabin tech, and Kia’s latest driver-assistance systems.

The 2023 Sportage starts at $28,595.

2022 Volvo C40 Recharge

2022 Volvo C40 Recharge

The C40 Recharge is Volvo’s first four-door coupe in SUV format and the first Volvo to be offered exclusively with a battery-electric powertrain. Aimed at other similarly styled SUV coupes, the C40 is the first C model from Volvo in over a decade.

The C40’s CMA platform and most of its mechanical bits is shared with the XC40 Recharge, the conventional SUV version of the C40. Like other four-door SUV coupes, the C40’s fastback design sacrifices some cargo hauling capacity for a more dramatic profile.

Powering this sharp Swedish ride is a set of front and rear motors producing an impressive 408 hp and 486 lb-ft of torque. 0-100 km/hr sprints flash by in a quick 4.7 seconds. The 78-kWh battery can charge from dead to 80 per cent in 40 mins with a 150 kW DC charger (the max the C40 can handle), and the estimated range is 364 km.

Inside, you’ll find a handsome albeit minimalistic interior, Volvo’s revamped infotainment system, and all of the latest active and passive safety systems.

The 2022 C40 Recharge starts at $59,950.

2022 Mercedes AMG GT53

2022 Mercedes-AMG GT53 4MATIC+ coupe

The GT four-door joins the Mercedes-AMG line-up as the flagship four-door coupe. As the third model exclusively developed by AMG, the GT-line of four-door coupes shares a platform with the E-Class wagon versus the two-door AMG GT supercar wearing the same name.

Designed to compete with equivalent BMW rivals, the M8 and M850i coupe, the 4-door AMG GT53 coupe combines style, performance, and presence. The GT’s low fastback roofline and less rear headroom is the price that customers will pay for the more exotic look.

Under the long hood is a sophisticated 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six that features a turbocharger, an intercooler, an electric supercharger, and a small electric turbo. The electric motor and supercharger effectively counteracts any turbo lag. This powertrain is good for a neck-snapping 429 hp and 0-100 km/hr runs in 4.1 seconds.

The GT53’s sporty adaptive suspension and standard all-wheel-drive delivers sport-car levels of grip along with flat responsive cornering.

Inside, there is a futuristic cabin design that is visually exciting, similar to the AMG GT supercar. The aggressively bolstered seats are comfortable though rear seat legroom is tight. The wide-centre console takes some getting used to but adds to the sporty cockpit feel.

The 2022 GT53 4MATIC+ Coupe starts at $123,900.

2022 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport

2022 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport

Can you believe that the Civic is now in its 11th generation? All-new for 2022, the Civic Hatchback is being built in the USA for the first time. By using new construction methods, Honda has been able to make the Civic lighter, stronger, more efficient, and more refined than its predecessors.

Although the Civic’s styling has become more sedate, borrowing many cues from its Accord big brother, the interior has been vastly improved. Indeed, the Civic Hatch boasts the largest back seat of any Civic so far.

Under the hood of the Sport and Sport Touring hatch is a snappy 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cyl engine making 180 hp. All trims levels of the hatch can be fitted with a CVT automatic or six-speed manual at no price premium.

Niceties inside include an expanded Honda Sensing suite of active safety features including lane keep assist and an improved adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist. Owners can also enjoy a Bose premium sound system and wireless Apple CarPlay.

The Civic Hatchback Sport starts at $32,150.

2022 Genesis G80 3.5T Sport

2022 Genesis G80 3.5T Sport and Sport Plus

With a striking front end grille, a distinctive yet elegant design, the redesigned Genesis G80 mid-sized luxury sedan is a formidable player that no longer plays backseat against the likes of the luxury German brands.

Based on an all-new platform shared with the GV80 SUV, the G80’s quiet and refined interior is packed with many standard features that you’d find optional in its German rivals.

The new G80 Sport gains a uniquely tuned adaptive suspension that is stiffer by up to 12 per cent. The Sport Plus trim adds rear-wheel-steering for even more agility, though the ride is still more smooth than sharp.

Although the base G80 is equipped with a 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cyl engine with 300 hp, the G80 3.5T Sport comes with a stronger 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 with 375 hp. All Genesis G80s sold in Canada are fitted with standard all-wheel-drive.

The G80 also offers a properly upscale interior showcasing soft-touch surfaces and rich-looking materials. Besides the large infotainment screen, multi-coloured ambient interior lighting and heads-up display expected in this segment, the G80 further delights with unexpected tech including as a 3D digital gauge cluster.

The 2022 Genesis G80 3.5T Sport at $76,000.

Helpful Consumer Resources

Discounts Available Through Your Insurance


The NCDA worked with ICBC to make vehicles equipped with factory-installed autonomous emergency braking (AEB) eligible for a 10% discount as AEB has been statistically shown to help prevent crashes. AEB is a safety feature that uses technology to anticipate when a vehicle is about to have a front-end collision and automatically engages the brakes without the driver’s action. The advanced safety technology discount applies to your basic and some optional coverages, as well as fleet and commercial non-fleet polices that meet the eligibility requirements.

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Questions Regarding BC Auto Industry Regulator


The Vehicle Sales Authority (VSA) is an independent, non-profit regulatory agency that oversees the retail sales of personal-use motor vehicles in British Columbia. The VSA licenses motor vehicle dealerships, salespeople, broker agents, broker agent representatives, and wholesalers. Additionally, the VSA provides licensing courses and continuing education for VSA licensees, offers consumer information and assistance, investigates consumer complaints and provides dispute resolution, and undertakes compliance action as needed.

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Vehicle Protection Matters!

Mechanical Breakdown Protection, often referred to as an extended warranty, is an option for consumers who want to avoid paying for costly unexpected vehicle repairs. Options are available for consumers buying a used vehicle or who want to extend the comprehensive coverage on a new vehicle. The best plans available offer complete protection, or what is known as exclusionary coverage, meaning that other than a defined list of exceptions, everything else is covered. They also include emergency roadside assistance, towing, trip interruption and rental vehicle benefits so you are never stranded as the result of a breakdown.

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Environmental Leadership by BC’s New Car Dealers

NCDA members are leaders in environmental and technological innovation. And the Association is pleased to administer the CleanBC Go Electric Program on behalf of the province of BC.

The Provincial Government set out a bold vision regarding electric vehicle (EV) adoption and that goal continues. This year, the NCDA is honoured to mark the ten-year anniversary of administering the EV purchase rebate program on behalf of the province, a period during which British Columbia has become a leader in EV sales in North America.

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Securing Your Vehicle from Theft


Have you secured your car with the 9PM routine? The Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team (IMPACT) based in Surrey, BC develops innovative strategies to reduce auto crime in British Columbia – and currently operates four major initiatives: the Bait Car program, Automated License Plate Recognition, the stolen vehicle Enforcement Team, and public awareness. IMPACT operates and manages the Bait Car Program for the Greater Vancouver area, Vancouver Island, the BC Interior, and the North; it’s the largest Bait Car fleet in North America.

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Class-Leading Vehicle History Reports


CARFAX Canada is Canada’s definitive source of automotive information, delivering vehicle history, appraisal and valuation. Drawing on billions of data records from thousands of unique sources, its products enable used vehicle buyers and sellers to make informed decisions. Formerly known as CARPROOF Corporation, CARFAX Canada is dedicated to transparency, and is trusted to provide impartial and comprehensive information to dealerships, vehicle manufacturers, consumers, major auctions, governments, insurance providers and police agencies.

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Helpful Vehicle Owner Tips

Thanks to our partners at Carfax Canada, this section of articles from Driving Insights is an information series designed to provide resources and help consumers with their vehicle purchase and ownership experience.

10 Tips for Buying Your First Car

Finding a vehicle that meets your needs, budget, and personal preferences requires research, time, and careful consideration.

Keeping Your Vehicle Safe

For some of the top vehicle safety tips including information on anti-theft devices, visit IMPACT and BC’s Bait Car Program.

Used Car Buying Guide

Thinking of buying a used car? This free, downloadable guide will give you all the information you need.

7 Easy Steps to Get Your Car Ready for Spring

You may be counting down the days until spring finally arrives, but just because you’re ready doesn’t mean your car is. We can help you get ready with these seven easy steps.

Preparing Your Vehicle For a Road Trip

Road trips are a fun, economical vacation option, but travelling in a vehicle that hasn’t been properly prepared for a long drive can lead to unexpected issues. Make sure this doesn’t happen on your trip with these tips.

Protect Your Car From Summer Heat

One of the great things about living in Canada is that we get to experience four distinct seasons, but each can take a different toll on your car. Learn to protect your vehicle from the summer heat with these tips!

What Items to Include in a Vehicle Emergency Roadside Kit

No matter how great your organizational and planning skills are, sometimes the unexpected happens. Be prepared for anything the road throws at you.

Canadian Road Trip Ideas

Looking to see more of Canada while sticking to a reasonable budget? Here are some Canadian road trip ideas originating in every provincial capital!

Prolong the Life of Your Vehicle

Regular vehicle maintenance is crucial to keeping your car running in top shape as long as possible. Click here for a list of things you can do on a monthly basis to help prolong the life of your vehicle!

Top 10 Ways to Avoid Used Car Fraud

If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is – unfortunately used car fraud is a problem in Canada and abroad. Learn ways to avoid it here.

Top Safety Factors You Should Consider When Buying a Car

Some drivers prioritize speed while others think cargo space is most important. Regardless of which feature is most important to you when choosing a vehicle, safety should always be on the list.

Avoid Winter Related Damage with Proper Winter Maintenance

As Canadians, we’re familiar with all the wonders and challenges of winter. Slippery roads can send you sliding, but they’re not the only hazards out there.

What is a Lien?

When you’re shopping for a used car, it’s important that you check the vehicle for an outstanding lien. A car lien is an interest in the car that the owner grants to another party, usually as security or collateral for a debt, until such debt has been discharged.

For more Vehicle Tips from CarFax, click here to visit their resource page

For additional information related to vehicle purchase and ownership, please contact the New Car Dealers Association of BC.

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