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AJAC announces the category winners for the 2023 Canadian Car of the Year

Every year, the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) narrow down their selection for their annual Car of the Year award by picking the winning vehicles in each of its 12 categories at the Montreal International Auto Show.

The overall winners for the Canadian Car and Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year awards are then revealed as part of the opening ceremonies for the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto in February.

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Fisker Ocean wins inaugural “THE ZEVAS” award at LA Auto Show

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The Fisker Ocean has won an inaugural THE ZEVAS zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) award, chosen at the Los Angeles Auto Show in conjunction with Electrify America.

The Fisker Ocean made its global debut at the 2021 LA Auto Show earlier this week. The Fisker Ocean won in the Crossover (US$50,000 and below) category.

The other finalist in the Crossover under $50,000 category were Alpha Motor Company Electric JAX, and the Ford Mustang Mach-E.

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All-electric BMW 5 Series photographed testing on public roads

Felix Page / Autocar »

Following the imminent arrival of the iX flagship SUV and i4 saloon, BMW will launch a further seven electric cars by 2025, with several core ICE models gaining EV derivatives in the same vein as the X3-based iX3. Prior to these images of the new ‘i5’, we’ve seen battery-powered prototypes of the next-generation 7 Series, the current 3 Series and the next-generation X1 crossover.

BMW has yet to specifically detail how it will vary its EV powertrain offering, but the current 5 Series uses the same CLAR architecture that underpins the ICE and EV versions of the new 4 Series, suggesting that its larger sibling will offer a similar powertrain line-up if it retains the platform.

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Some BMW i4 electric sedans are already sold out

Joel Patel, Cars Direct »

BMW introduced the all-electric i4 sedan earlier this June with the model entering into production earlier this month. While the i4 hasn’t been available for preorder that long, deliveries of both the i4 eDrive40 and M50 trims are sold out.

BMW’s preorder page for the i4 claims that the first deliveries of both trims, which are scheduled for June 2022, are already sold out. Consumers that didn’t put down a $1,500 refundable deposit on an i4 trim are looking at waiting until summer 2022 for the next batch of deliveries.

Pricing for the i4 eDrive40 trim starts at USD$56,395 with destination. The trim comes with one electric motor on the rear axle that produces 335 horsepower. The base model can travel roughly 300 miles on a single charge and can get to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds. The i4 M50 costs USD$66,895 but brings far more power. It features two electric motors for all-wheel drive and 536 hp. Range is expected to be around 245 miles while getting from zero to 60 mph takes just 3.7 seconds.

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BMW started production of the BMW i4 electric vehicle

The first series-produced BMW i4 has today rolled off the production lines at BMW Group Plant Munich. The company’s home plant now manufactures all drive variants on a single assembly line.

“For the plant and team, the launch of the BMW i4 is a milestone on the road to electric mobility,” said Milan Nedeljković, BMW AG Board Member for Production. “By 2023 more than half of all vehicles from our Munich facility will have an electrified drive. The majority will be fully electric. So Munich goes fully electric.”

Setting up production of the fully electric BMW i4 in the confines of the almost 100-year-old plant, the conversion and installation of systems proved particularly challenging.

The main difference between the BMW i4 and conventional architectures is the electric drive and high-voltage battery. About 90 percent of the existing systems in the Munich bodyshop can still be used for the new model.

Another highly complex area was the integration into assembly of the high-voltage battery. The battery pack is now bolted onto the body by a new, fully automated battery assembly system that works from below.

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