Once upon a time, Jaguar built a race car called the E-Type. Built between 1961 and 1974, the model has been ranked as one of the top sports cars of the 1960s and one of the "100 Most Beautiful Cars of All Time".
Now, with the introduction of the 2014 F-Type, Jaguar is hoping to recapture lightning in a bottle. The first models arrived at Jaguar Land Rover Volvo Winnipeg in early June, and the initial response is quite positive.
"A lot of people have been waiting for the F-Type to come in," said Matt Sarmatiuk, the dealership's general manager. "The F-Type is a beautiful-looking vehicle. It's Jaguar's only true sports car."
The aluminum-construction vehicles available in a choice of three engine types, Sarmatiuk noted. There are two versions of a new supercharged 3.0-litre V-6 -- the base 340-hp model and the F-Type S with 380 hp Then there's the Type V8 S with its 495-hp 5.0-litre, distinguished by a unique rear valance with dual tailpipes at each corner.
"The F-Type has large, ventilated brake discs for superior performance and Dynamic Mode for superior steering," ," Sarmatiuk said.
Standard features on all three model types include HID Xenon headlights with washers and LED signature lights, electronically-operated convertible roof, keyless start, an 8-inch colour touch-screen display, navigation system and 380-watt Meridian audio system with 10 speakers.
Prices for the F-Type range from the low-$80,000 mark to around $115,000. Quantities will be limited, so Sarmatiuk suggests prospective buyers should come into the dealership sooner rather than later.
Crown Toyota Scion official opening
About 200 people attended the June 20 official opening of the Dilawri Auto Group's new Crown Toyota Scion store, Manitoba's first Scion outlet. On hand to cut the ribbon were Ashok Dilawri (the Dilawri Group's founder and CEO), his wife Annu, Mayor Sam Katz, Dilawri Group President Glen Daman and Toyota Canada zone manager Steve Pedretti.
The new $12-million store, at the Manitoba Auto Mall on the west side of Waverley near Bishop Grandin, opened for business in early March. The 40,000-square-foot building replaces the Dilawri Group's 11-year-old, 17,000-square-foot Sunshine Toyota facility across Waverley from the new dealership.
The new store's showroom has room for 11 Toyota models and three Scion vehicles in a completely separate section. There are also 17 service bays.
The new facility was built with the environment in mind. The building is being heated geothermally and there's a fully self-contained, in-ground oil-retention system.
The dealership's EnviroLube oil-change express service includes machines for washing floor mats and vacuuming the interior, a laser machine for checking wheel alignment and a fully automated car wash. The entire process takes 25 minutes and no appointment is necessary.
The 10-year-old Scion brand, branch of Toyota, specializes in affordable models that owners can personalize with different accessories. The Scion models are intended to appeal to the younger buyer.
The Dilawri Group also includes Winnipeg Honda, Crown Acura, Crown Nissan, Automax (a pre-owned vehicle showroom), WAM Collision, D-Max (detailing centre) and GAS Performance (a specialty aftermarket and performance accessory showroom) at the Manitoba Auto Mall, as well as Crown Mazda on west Portage near the Perimeter and Crown Honda on north McPhillips.
Mercedes-Benz Winnipeg hosts fashion show
Mercedes-Benz Winnipeg's showroom was the venue for models of a different kind on June 18. Vehicles and sales reps' desks were temporarily relocated and the area transformed into a runway for the first Winnipeg stop of the three-year-old Mercedes Benz Start-Up competition for rising fashion designers.
Enjoying hor d'oeuvres prepared by Wasabi, about 375 guests cheered on three Winnipeg designers in the competition, Shelley Ediger, Eliza Faulkner and Lennard Taylor.
Faulkner was selected to go on to the Canadian finals in Toronto in October where she will be up against young designers from Calgary, Kitchener, Ontario and Laval, Quebec. The winner gets their own runway show in March, 2014, a spread in a major fashion magazine and help from an industry mentor to further their career.
"The goal of Mercedes Benz Start-Up is to uncover and nurture the next generation of Canadian fashion designers," said Robin Kay, president of the Fashion Design Council of Canada, the MC for the evening and one of the judges.
"Mercedes Benz Canada stands for classic design. Driving a Mercedes reflects lifestyle which fits well with fashion design."
Kal Tire celebrates 60th anniversary
On June 15, Winnipeg's five Kal Tire locations joined more than 240 outlets across Canada in celebrating the company's 60th anniversary.
The Brookside store hosted a barbecue and garage sale. Among the special guests in attendance were The Children's Hospital Foundation's Dr. Goodbear and up-and-coming hockey star Madison Bowey of the Western Hockey League's Kelowna Rockets and former member of the Winnipeg Blues of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.
There were hourly prize draws with Albert Veldkamp winning the big prize, a new set of tires.