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On behalf of everyone at Quest, we wish you a happy Victoria Day long weekend! With summer just around the corner, it's the perfect opportunity to get in your car and enjoy the (hopefully) great weather. 

This month, we're featuring some of the best debuts from the New York Auto Show, including Lincoln's impressive-looking, new Navigator. And  we also have information on new MTO requirements when renewing or transferring plates, why the Honda CR-V was chosen as 's  Utility Vehicle of the Year, and the results of Canadian Black Book's best retained value awards. 

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Plates to be Denied to Drivers with Outstanding Fines
Starting May 1, Ontario's Ministry of Transportation will deny the purchase, attachment, renewal, or transfer of license plates for drivers with unpaid fines related to driving offences, including those under the Highway Traffic Act and Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act. Any outstanding fines will have to be paid at a Service Ontario location before a plate is purchased, attached, transferred, or renewed. 

What you need to know:

- All fines dating back to May 1, 2010 must be paid before a plate can be purchased, attached, transferred, or renewed. 

- Most unpaid fines are under $500, but some are significantly higher.

- Any customer with defaulted driver fines will also have a suspended driver's license. 

- A dealer can pay a fine on behalf of a customer, but only if the customer signs the applicable paper work. 

According to the Canadian Press, municipalities in the province are owed a collective $1.4 billion in unpaid fines for provincial offenses, including those under the HTA. Because it would be impossible to collect all unpaid fines -- some go back more than 50 years -- the policy is retroactive seven years. 
Most Significant Debuts from the New York Auto Show
Last month's auto show in the Big Apple had a number of automakers from around the world revealing their latest and greatest models. Dodge, Jeep, Hyundai, Honda, Subaru, Genesis, Toyota, and more each made news at the New York Auto Show, unveiling a wide diversity of vehicles. chose some of the best. 

2018 Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai engineers performed minor surgery on this family sedan, returning the chassis, adding new features, and bringing in a new eight-speed automatic transmission.

2018 Acura TLX
The new TLX gains a host of enhacemnts, including a new corporate grille. Drivers can choose from a 2.4-litre four-cylinder, or an up-level six-shooter engine with 290 hp.

Subaru Ascent Concept
This new Subaru concept is a three-row design study exclusive to North America. The Ascent is sized to compete with models like Ford's Explorer and the Nissan pathfinder.

Genesis GV80 Concept
Hyundai's upscale brand concept is motivated by a plug-in hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain and rolls on 23-inch wheels. Inside, there are plenty of luxury touches, like leather trimmings.

Infiniti QX80 Concept
The QX80 Monograph concept hints at what a next-gen SUV from Infiniti could look like. With graceful curves and a massive grille, it features gigantic 24-inch wheels and an underbody shield.

Toyota FT-4X Concept
Toyota's crossover concept targets Gen-Y urbanites with rugged styling and a versatile interior. The most unique feature is its double-jointed rear hatch that swings or lifts. 

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
With a supercharged V8 and more than 700 hp, the Trackhawk should be able to reach mile-a-minute velocity in 3.5 seconds and top out at around 180 mph. 

2018 Lincoln Navigator
Lincoln's first all-new Navigator in more than a decade, the swanky, full-size luxury SUV features a 450-hp twin-turbo V6 that's paired with an advanced 10-speed automatic transmission.

2018 Buick Enclave
Featuring an all-new body structure that provides seating for up to seven, the new Enclave is practical and premium. Buick also says it has more cargo room than top rivals, like the Audi Q7.

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon
The coolest, most impressive NYC reveal is also the fastest, with an 840-hp 6.2-L V8 engine -- which is enough to propel to 60 mph in just 2.3 seconds.

Audi Launches Sport Brand
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Audi picked the New York Auto Show to launch its new Audi Sport brand. Formerly known as Quattro GmbH, it gives the company a more recognizable umbrella for its range of everyday super cars.

The new name was inspired by the company's rich racing history, Back in the 1930s, the Silver Arrow cars from then Auto Union were winning on racetracks around the world.

Fifty years later, it was Quattro; the cars equipped with this permanent all-wheel drive cleaned up in everything from rally competitions to racetracks. Closer to home, it has been the exploits of the R18 and its astounding 13 victories at Le Mans that acts as the halo for all Audis. 

As it stands, Audi Sport's umbrella covers teh RS models, including the recently released 2018 TT RS and RS 3, along with the R8 supercar. 

But that is just the start -- in the next two years, Audi Sport will add a total of eight new models. The first will be the RS 5 coupe that's set to launch in 2018. It brings an all-new 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 that pushes 450 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Audi says the RS 5 races from rest to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds.

Subaru, Toyota, Porsche Top Retained Value Honours

Canadian Black Book has added a new wrinkle this year to its 10th annual Best Retained Value Awards. The company is now honouring overall brand winners, in addition to the individual model honourees. 

Taking the inaugural Overall Brand Award for Cars is Subaru, with Toyota taking Truck/SUV top honours, and Porsche earning the top spot for Luxury. 

Every year, CBB honours four-year-old vehicles in 20 categories that retained the highest percentages of MSRP. 

Above is the complete list of winners.

Taken from Joe Overby, Auto Remarketing Canada, March-April 2017
Honda CR-V Wins 2017 Utility Vehicle of the Year
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For the team at, choosing a Utility Vehicle of the Year winner is consistently challenging. This year's winner, the Honda CR-V, was pitted against strong contenders, including the Kia Sportage, Jaguar F-Pace, GMC Acadia, and the Audi Q7. But it was the CR-V that impressed the most during evaluations, with its combination of interior space and in-demand features providing plenty of reasons to like it.'s team of automotive experts put the contenders through their paces in the rain, snow, and dirt, in both urban and rural settings. The CR-V proved to be a well-rounded package that has been improved on all fronts to stay atop this increasingly competitive heap. 

The all-new 1.5-litre turbocharged engine makes 190 horsepower and 17 lb-ft of torque, which isn't enough to impress, but it manages to make the most of every drop of fuel. With its standard continuously variable transmission and revised independent suspension, the CR-V drives smoothly, with plenty of legroom in the second row and lots of cargo space. When it comes to technology, the CR-V boasts available adaptive cruise control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a standard backup camera. 

For, the CR-V has great value and is very efficient, making it perfect for busy families and active lifestyles.

What's the Real Benefit of Stop-Start Systems?
A newer piece of technology gaining popularity is the automated stop-start system. Like any other new technology, there are some questions from consumers on how the feature works, and a few myths out there that need to be dispelled.

Stop-start systems are designed to automatically shut a vehicle's engine down at idle to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy. They're almost always only used on vehicles with automatic transmissions. So, at a traffic light, or when you're in the drive-through line, when you come to a stop with the transmission still in drive, the engine will shut off and an indicator light will pop up on the instrument cluster to let you know the system is working. When you release the brake pedal to move forward, the engine will restart and you're off. 

Most of these systems are designed to stay off-line and not stop the engine if the transmission is in neutral or reverse, or if the engine isn't fully warmed up. They're also inoperative if the battery isn't at peak charge, such as during the first several kilometres of travel on a cold day. 

The reality of how much fuel you'll save with a stop-start system depends on your commute and how many stoplights or intersections you hit. When you consider that idling achieves exactly zero miles per gallon, any reduction in idle time will bring benefits. As to the myth that restarting an engine uses more fuel than idling, it doesn't apply to a modern fuel-injected engine that's fully warmed up. 

One of the biggest benefits from a stop-start system is the drop in vehicle emissions. As no gasoline or diesel engine in use today has an emission system that operates fully at idle, when you're stuck at a traffic light your auto's tailpipe is spewing a lot of hydrocarbons, carbon monoxides and nitrogen oxides along with other chemicals. 

Six Key Trends Driving the Auto Industry
During the past four decades, the change in the auto industry has been slow but steady. But n the past five years, the rate of change has accelerated. The Toronto Star has six trends impacting the industry. 

1. On-board Technologies: Emergency warning systems, video recorders, Apple CarPlay and GPS navigation systems are among the integrated technologies being manufactured into today's automobiles. Many of these on-board technologies are intended to enhance safety while many are information-based and will alert drivers when a technical or performance issue should be addressed.

2. Electrified Vehicles: Vehicles powered by hybrid, plug-in, battery-electric, and fuel-cell technologies have been slow to gain mass acceptance in Canada and the U.S., but that is expected to change over the next five years. Lower battery costs, a wider network of charging stations, and government incentives will make EVs a more viable transportation option for consumers.

3. Collaboration: The race is on for automakers to develop autonomous vehicles, GPS mapping systems, telematics, network security, and other functions. The key to success in these areas is collaboration. In the past two years, most major automakers have announced partnerships (or investments in) leading technology companies. Honda is working with Google, Volvo is working with Nvidia; GM has invested in Lyft, and Toyota has partnered with Microsoft. 

4. New Materials and Data Collection: Formula One racing has a long history of introducing new technologies into passenger vehicles. Braking systems, hybrid engines, lightweight carbon fibre materials and energy recovery systems were pioneered in Formula One cars and eventually became standard features. Even the collection of real-time data -- commonplace on race cars -- has been adoped by auto manufacturers to better understand how their products perform. 

5. A New Generation: Not only have car buyers become more savvy in how they purchase vehicles. Dealership employees have adapted to changing marketplace realities. A new, educated generation is entering the retail automotive workforce with incredible skills and ideas. This has enabled dealerships to better understand customers, communicate more effectively, and provide improved customer experiences. 

6. Brand Loyalty: Prior to the 1990s, brand loyalty in the auto sector was a given. If your parents drove a Ford or a Chevy, chances are you would drive the same. But increased competition has led to new innovations and brought about a level of parity in quality among automakers. With so many manufacturers offer so many well-engineered vehicles across so many segments, sticking with a single nameplate because of tradition is no longer a sure thing for car buyers. As a result, many consumers now base their car buying decisions on a range of items, such as auto reviews, consumer ratings, fuel economy, recommendations from friends, brand reputation, etc.