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Eric Le Francois

Eric Le Francois
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I am a retired owner of a 2011 BMW 323 with 178,000 km on the odometer, I keep my cars for a very long time. I get annoyed when I fill up and I want to buy an electric car for my grandchildren. I’m hesitating between the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Bolt. […] I ride about 14,000km a year and my trips rarely exceed 45km. Which of these two vehicles would be my best choice?

Anne Marie L

Of the two vehicles mentioned, the Chevrolet Bolt seems to be the best choice. However, you could also consider two other vehicles in the same price range: the electric Mini Cooper and the Mazda MX-30. Both vehicles offer significantly less range than the models you’re considering, but given the distance you’ll cover, they’re still worth considering. All these vehicles offer a comparable loading volume.

Soon ?


VW Golf R

I want to buy a Golf R within two years, do you think Volkswagen will market this model electrically? I need all-wheel drive given where I live, but I might as well consider a GTi if the R wasn’t offered in electric.

Francois C

The release of an electric vehicle intended for performance at Volkswagen will probably have to wait a little over two years. The German manufacturer is currently leading other projects (ID.Buzz and ID.Aero). According to our sources, Volkswagen is still developing a GTX version of its ID.3 electric sedan (not marketed in North America), also known by the codename ID.X. We currently know that a working prototype exists, but the German manufacturer has yet to give the green light to its commercialization.

forced to wait


Toyota RAV4 premium

Currently owners of a 2019 Kia Niro PHEV, we are camping enthusiasts and have had an Aliner A-frame tent trailer since last summer. Unfortunately, despite its light weight of 2000 lbs, the Kia prohibits towing with our vehicle. We are therefore looking for a new PHEV vehicle with a towing capacity of 2500 lbs. To stay within our budget, we’ve only found the RAV4 Prime, and there’s a 24-month wait. Do you have any other suggestions?

Caroline L

Unfortunately, there are no workarounds. No vehicle but the RAV4 Prime meets all of your criteria. And according to our information, the future Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Honda CR-V Hybrid will not be able to pull an equivalent load.

to transport bicycles


Hyundai Ioniq 5

I would like to know if it is possible to install a trailer hitch. [hitch] for bike carriers on long-distance model Ioniq 5 2022 with rear-wheel drive. My dealer doesn’t seem to know.

Yves G

For real ? However, Hyundai offers a number of accessories in this direction. Towbar package ($880.51) and bike rack (from $626.30).

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