Winnipeg Free Press: Autos Articles


BY . Jan 19 04:00 am

Sales Rep: Michael Downs

Dealership: Birchwood Kia West

No. of Years: Six months


Sporty sedan adds Sting to Kia's 2018 lineup

BY Myron Love  . Jan 19 04:00 am

Kia dealers have something new to offer in 2018.

Kia’s new Stinger, which debuted here in late December, is the manufacturer’s first entry in the performance vehicle category, says Birchwood Kia West sales rep Michael Downs.

“The Stinger is a fastback...

Ford Ranger re-emerges for 2019

BY Kelly Taylor. Jan 19 04:00 am

DETROIT — Better late than never, or better than ever?

This week, Ford took the wraps off the 2019 Ranger, its compact pickup truck that’s been available globally for years and hinted at for North America at every opportunity. Ford is hoping Ranger’s array...

Big Three keep on truckin' in Detroit

BY Willy Williamson Willy's Garage. Jan 19 04:00 am

DETROIT— Despite predictions electric and autonomous vehicles would dominate this year’s North American International Auto Show, if the buzz around the show was any indication, it was a trio of trucks from Detroit’s Big Three auto manufacturers, General Motors,...

Birchwood Group expands new car sales footprint

BY Myron Love . Jan 12 04:00 am

Hot on the heels of its acquisition of Steinbach Dodge Chrysler on Dec. 1, Birchwood Automotive Group has struck another deal to increase its footprint beyond Winnipeg.

Birchwood president Steve Chipman reports that on Jan. 1, Winnipeg’s largest auto group signed...

Dealer of the week

BY . Jan 12 04:00 am

Sales Rep: Matthew Russo

Dealership: Birchwood Chevrolet Buick GMC

No. of Years: Six months

Favourite Model: 2018 Chevrolet Equinox

Why: “I like the look of the Equinox,...

Off to Detroit for the international auto show

BY Willy Williamson Willy's Garage. Jan 12 04:00 am

Tomorrow morning I’ll be up bright and early for a flight to Detroit and what promises to be a whirlwind weekend, taking in all the sights and sounds at the North American International Auto Show.

Since 1965, the Detroit auto show has been held at Cobo Center, where...

Cadillac leads the way in vehicle communication

BY Jim KerrAuto Tech. Jan 05 04:00 am

It’s here. Cars can talk to each other! It is currently very limited — presently the only vehicles on the road able to communicate with each other are 2017 Cadillac CTS models built since March 2017 — but this is an important first step in improving safety for...

Murray Chevrolet teams up with Olympic swimmer

BY Myron Love. Jan 05 04:00 am

Murray Chevrolet has a proud history of supporting amateur athletes in our community, and is proud now to be sponsoring Chantal Van Landeghem.

Van Landeghem says she has been swimming since she was four years old and has been a member of the Canadian national team since...

Standing the test of time

BY Willy Williamson. Jan 05 04:00 am

The all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado — introduced at an event last month in Dallas, Texas — will be officially unveiled later this month at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

According to Chevrolet this debut occurs exactly 100 years after...

Dealerships find fast service results in happy customers

BY Myron Love. Dec 29 04:00 am

The recently completed renovations and expansions at both River City Ford and Vickar Community Chevrolet promise good news for customers looking for quick service for their vehicles.

“Customers are loving our new Express Service, Vickar Community Chevrolet service...

Province's dealers shift charitable efforts into high gear

BY Myron Love . Dec 22 04:00 am

Manitoba car dealers are once again bringing holiday cheer to thousands of families and individuals.

In Winnipeg, clients of the Christmas Cheer Board, the Salvation Army, Siloam Mission, Willow Place, 1JustCity, Agape Table and Winnipeg Harvest are all the beneficiaries...

Birchwood acquires Steinbach Dodge Chrysler

BY Myron Love. Dec 15 04:00 am

Steinbach Dodge Chrysler, one of Manitoba’s oldest Chrysler dealers, is under new ownership. As of Dec. 1, the 80-year-old Steinbach fixture has become the newest member of the Birchwood Auto Group.

The new acquisition brings the total number of brands under the Birchwood...

Birchwood introduces redesigned BMW X3

BY Myron Love . Dec 08 04:00 am

For the first time ever, Winnipeggers have two winning hockey teams to cheer for. But for the more than 400 guests who showed up at Bell MTS Place on Nov. 23, the redesigned BMW X3 stole the show.

Birchwood BMW hosted the soiree at ice level to celebrate the arrival of...

SUVs shaping up to be vehicles of 2018

BY Kelly Taylor. Dec 08 04:00 am

LOS ANGELES — Sport utility vehicles are taking over the world.

Or at least the automotive market.

On the first press day of the Los Angeles Auto Show, of the 11 automaker press conferences held, eight featured SUVs. Only four featured sedans, convertibles...

Colorado ZR2 a capable off-road pickup

BY Michel Deslauriers. Nov 30 18:39 pm

If you spend most of your weekends outside, hitting the trails and having fun going where very few vehicles can physically reach, then you probably already own some sort of off-road vehicle. An ATV or a dirt bike, perhaps, but also a Jeep Wrangler, a Toyota FJ Cruiser or a Nissan...

Lexus adds to its luxury-performance stable

BY Myron Love. Nov 24 04:00 am

Birchwood Lexus recently hosted an evening at the dealership for guests eager to meet two new stars in the Lexus galaxy.

The all-new LS500 sedan was just in the city for the day, reports Birchwood Lexus sales manager Tom Strange, as part of its introductory tour across Canada.


Mustang: a history of greatness

BY Willy WilliamsonWilly's Garage. Nov 24 04:00 am

First generation: 1965-73

The first production Mustang was unveiled April 17, 1964 at the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York. Although officially a 1965 model, Mustang fans refer to the early production versions as 1964 1/2 models due to the early...

Car of the Year awards open up this year

BY Haney Louka . Nov 03 04:00 am

Last week I joined about 70 automotive journalists from across the country in southern Ontario for the Canadian Car of the Year (CCOTY) testing. The annual event, dubbed TestFest, was put on by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) at the Canadian Tire Motorsport...

Kia Stinger for those who really like to drive

BY Myron Love . Nov 03 03:00 am

Kia’s new-for-2018 limited edition Stinger made a pit stop at Winnipeg Kia in late October, as part of the sport sedan’s introductory tour of Canada.

“A lot of people came in to have a look at the model while it was here,” Winnipeg Kia sales manager...