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Our staff member answers questions from readers.

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Eric Le Francois

Eric Le Francois
special cooperation

A name on the list

Q: I placed a deposit on a Kia EV6 GT Line [la semaine dernière] and I hope to get it by December 2024. Would it be a good idea to also order a VinFast (without risk of losing the deposit) which is quite unknown in Canada so far? – Patrick F

A: You have every right as long as this product meets your needs and expectations. So far, VinFast’s campaign has lacked substance among the media (and influencers). It allows you to meet specific executives, visit the facilities and very briefly drive their products. An overview that does not allow to judge the performance (in the broadest sense of the word) let alone confirm the claims of the manufacturer. The latter promises the first deliveries of its products on Canadian territory from October.

5000 books to pull


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Audi Q7

Q: I have to change vehicles soon. I am looking for a vehicle with a towing capacity of at least 5000 lbs. I know the Audi Q7 has the ability, but is it a reliable vehicle? Do you have another suggestion? Reliability is my second criterion after towing capacity. – Richard N

A: The reliability of the Q7 is average compared to its direct competitors. Like the latter, this vehicle requires rigorous aftercare to achieve the best performance. In addition, these vehicles have an impressive amount of technology. These are not always reliable and often prove very expensive to repair. Given how important reliability is to you, we recommend you consider the Lexus LX600.

Electric rental


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Due to the accelerated technological development, it is now advisable to rent an electric vehicle instead of buying it.

Q: Given the ever-evolving electric car technology (better batteries, longer range, etc.), think — Peter F.

A: Due to the accelerated development of technology, caution is now advised instead of buying.

Questions more than answers


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Nissan Leaf

Q: I have a fully paid for 2017 Nissan Leaf with 70,000 km. I want to sell it on the used market and use the money to pay a down payment on a new electric car. The Leaf works very well and I’m looking for a similar model but with a longer range (the Leaf is around 100 miles in the summer). Given the current issues with vehicle availability, what do you propose as a solution? Note that I want to purchase a car that can be subsidized by both levels of government. — Francois M.

A: Ok, but how do you plan to transition between selling your current vehicle and buying your new one? The waiting time for an EV can easily reach two years at the time of writing. How high the subsidies will be at this point is difficult to predict. After five years of use, why does the autonomy of your Nissan seem insufficient to you today? Since your Leaf is fully paid for and has very little mileage, why not keep it to the end of its life? This will give you the opportunity to order a new electric vehicle in the coming months.

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