Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype

The Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype is set to make its North American debut on March 22, in advance of the 2016 New York International Auto Show.  This highly anticipated prototype showcases the aggressive styling of the 2017 Civic Hatchback, which is launching later this year.  This will be the third new variant of what is considered the sportiest Civic lineup ever, whose options include the 2016 Sedan and Coupe, as well as the upcoming Civic Si and radical Civic Type R.


The Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype’s looks are sporty and aggressive, with a major influence from European hatch styling.  It features Honda Turbo engine technology, the handy utility of a hatchback, and an impressive lineup of premium features and class-leading safety technology.


With the production model launching late in 2016, everyone in Civic Nation will be anxiously awaiting the return of an icon – the Civic Hatchback.

Stay tuned to Hamilton Auto Blog for more updates on the expanded Honda Civic lineup.  To view out current Civic inventory, please visit

Source: Honda Canada

The 2016 Honda Civic Coupe is coming soon…and we can’t wait!

The all-new 2016 Honda Civic Coupe made its Canadian debut at the Montreal International Auto Show, and it was a showstopper! The newest addition to the Civic lineup features an abundance of upgrades including a new sporty, sophisticated chassis and a roomier, quieter cabin. The Civic Coupe will arrive at Image Honda later this spring, joining the 2016 Civic Sedan.


Like its sedan counterpart, the Civic Coupe will feature two advanced new engines, including the first-ever 1.5L turbo engine for the Coupe, delivering more power, performance and fuel efficiency. The trim lines, from the well-equipped LX to the all-new Touring, receive significant upgrades to interior style, with soft-touch materials and high-grade finishes. Technology and safety are a priority, with standard and available features, including the Honda Sensing™ suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies as well as both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™.

“The Honda Civic Coupe has always represented uncompromising style and design in the lineup and the 10th generation is no exception,” said, Jean Marc Leclerc, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Honda Canada Inc. “With an all new look, new powertrains, and new technology, the Coupe will continue to satisfy enthusiasts who have come to expect the very best from the Civic badge.”

The 2016 Civic Coupe is the second in a series of new 10th-generation Civic models that Honda is launching over the course of 18 months, including the Civic Sedan, Civic Coupe, the 5-door hatchback and Civic Si performance variants. And for the first time in Canada, the radical new Civic Type-R will be available (can we all say “Squeeeee!” about that one – it will be AWESOME!).


The 2016 Civic Coupe sports the premium character of the 10th-generation Civic design, including the bold front fascia, fast-back profile and sharp-edged detailing. The new Coupe also benefits from a lower seating position, which amplifies the Coupe’s low and wide dynamic driving character. It also features an exclusive rear taillight design is distinctly C-shaped, with LED taillights across the full length of the rear deck lid.

The 2016 Civic Coupe’s sportier design does not come at the expense of passenger comfort, boasting 222L more interior space and 130 mm more rear legroom than the outgoing Coupe model. The new Civic Coupe interior has premium touches, with high-quality materials and high-contrast finishes. These include a new one-piece, soft-touch instrument panel with molded stitching; more premium seat fabrics; door inserts with real stitching; an LED shift indicator and LED overhead lighting; and for EX and higher trims, a leather shift lever boot.

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New standard equipment includes full-colour TFT centre meter, seven-inch Display Audio touchscreen, auto on/off headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, acoustic glass windshield, automatic climate control (dual-zone in upper trims), Electric Parking Brake with Brake Hold and Walk-Away auto door locks. New available features include Honda LED headlights, Remote engine start and rain-sensing wipers.

The 2016 Civic Coupe provides the latest in audio and connected-car technology, including more powerful audio systems; a standard new Android OS-based, 7-inch Display Audio touch screen interface; a wide selection of streaming audio options such as SiriusXM® and HD Radio™; and full compatibility with both Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® platforms. The Civic Coupe’s highest trim will also feature a new Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ developed in cooperation with the experts at Garmin.

Looking for power and fuel efficiency? The 2016 Civic Coupe delivers, with two more powerful and fuel-efficient powertrains. Lower trims receive a new 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC™ engine, with 158 horsepower and 138 lb.-ft. of torque and can also be equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission. Civic Coupe mid to highest trims are powered by a new 1.5-liter DOHC direct-injected TURBO – the first-ever turbocharged engine for Civic Coupe – putting out a peak 174 horsepower and 162 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is exclusively mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission with paddle shifters for the Canadian market.

Safety has always been Honda’s number one priority and the 2016 Civic Coupe is no exception.  It utilizes Honda’s next generation Advanced Compatibility Body Structure™ (ACE™) working in conjunction with advanced airbags and seatbelts to provide a high degree of safety performance. Utilizing these with the available new Honda Sensing™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, the 2016 Civic Coupe with Honda Sensing™ targets the highest available U.S. safety ratings – an NCAP 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The 2016 Honda Civic Coupe is set to arrive at Image Honda later this spring.  Follow Hamilton Auto Blog for more exciting details on Honda’s 2016 lineup.


The 2016 Honda Civic awarded “North American Car of the Year”

What an honour! The all-new 2016 Honda Civic was awarded the prestigious 2016 North American Car of the Year Award. This win is the second for the Civic model in the award’s history, following a win for the 2006 Civic a decade ago.

“The 10th generation Civic was developed and is built in North America, making this North American Car of the Year win even sweeter,” said Dave Gardner, Senior Vice President of Operations, Honda Canada Inc. “Being built at our facility in Alliston Ontario and the number one car for Canadians for 18 consecutive years has cemented Civic’s importance in Canada. We are delighted that automotive press has recognized the new levels of styling, performance, advanced technology, safety, and value that characterize the new Civic.”


Who is behind the North American Car of the Year Award?  It’s given by a group of 53 international automotive journalists and is very unique. Instead of being given by a single publication, radio or television station, it is given by automotive journalists from the United States and Canada. Presented each year at the opening of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, it recognizes the most outstanding car of the year based on factors including innovation, design, safety performance, handling, driver satisfaction and value.

Truly all-new, the 2016 Civic features dynamic and sporty exterior styling and a roomier, more sophisticated cabin. There are two advanced new engines including the first application of Honda turbo engine technology to Civic, as well as a host of new available premium features and technologies.


The 2016 Honda Civic offers buyers a wider range of options than ever before and we have plenty of sedans to choose from at Image Honda – click here to view our inventory.  Watch for the 2016 Honda Civic Coupe to arrive in our showroom later in 2016!


The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt’s styling sets the bar high for EVs

The Bolt. It just sounds exciting…electrifying…energizing…and exceptional. As Chevrolet’s first ground-up, long-range electric vehicle, the 2017 Bolt EV is a vehicle we at Queenston can’t wait to see go into production. Being a completely new concept for Chevy, the designers were given unprecedented freedom, resulting in a vehicle that crosses boundaries and challenges expectations in the electric vehicle (EV) segment.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

“We were given a blank canvas – a rare opportunity with a unique platform to recast EV design for customers across the spectrum,” said Stuart Norris, managing director of Design. “The team answered the challenge with a progressive design distinguished by dramatic graphics and exceptional passenger space.”

The Bolt EV’s styling centres on its unique proportion, which is driven by a flat battery pack mounted beneath the interior floor. The flat battery pack allows the Bolt to offer 5-passenger seating and 479 litres of cargo space behind the rear seat.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

“The flat-pack orientation offered the flexibility to make the most of the proportions while creating a clean, sculpted design,” said Norris. “This really opened up the interior and created a fantastic view from every seating position. All of this additional space gave us a lot of opportunities to play with creative design and storage solutions.”

The exterior features large windows and a steep windshield, emphasizing the interior’s spaciousness and bright airy feel. The Bolt offers a panoramic view from upright, SUV-like seating positions. The rear-window glass extends all the way to the license plate and integrates with LED taillights on the liftgate. By integrating the taillamps into the full-width liftgate, the Bolt EV’s has a wide opening that makes it easier to slide boxes and other items into the vehicle.  The LED headlamps wrap around the forward edge of the front fascia, and the signature Chevrolet dual-element grille has been revamped and is offered with two signature colours, harmonized with the exterior colour choices.

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The interior is fresh and bright, with signature-colour Electrification blue ambient lighting emanating from beneath metallic white decorative trim.  A “floating” instrument panel features a 10.2-inch-diagonal touchscreen which creates a horizontal feel to the interior, maximizing knee room and cross-vehicle spaciousness.  Additionally, a multipurpose, connected centre console features side-by-side cupholders, a wireless charging location and a sliding armrest covering a storage compartment large enough to store a tablet device.

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“The Bolt EV’s design elements are designed for everyday life and the space inside accommodates it all, whether you and your friends go shopping for the day or take off for the weekend,” said Norris. “Inside and out, this game-changing vehicle makes a dramatic statement with a distinctive identity that can only be a Chevy and challenges expectations for what an affordable EV can offer.”

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV goes into production in late 2016, landing in Queenston’s showroom sometime in 2017. View our full Chevrolet lineup at


2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback makes its debut!

Whoa, baby!  Debuting at the North American International Auto Show, the 2017 Cruze Hatchback is sharp, sporty and incredibly stylish. Using all the incredible technologies and dynamic driving attributes of the all-new 2016 Cruze sedan, the new hatchback is AWESOME. It will be fantastic to see a mid-size hatchback in Chevrolet’s lineup, giving us a more versatile and sporty option with the Cruze.

2017 cruze hatch

The Cruze Hatchback has the same, class-leading 106.3-inch wheelbase as the sedan model, but features a unique roof and rear-end, including wrap-around taillights and integrated rear spoiler on the liftgate. It offers 22.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat and with the rear seat folded, cargo space expands to 47.2 cubic feet.

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“The Cruze continues to set the tone for Chevrolet globally, it articulates the brand promise of offering cars with the latest technologies, more features and greater efficiency, performance and safety with fresh, distinctive styling,” said Alan Batey, president, General Motors North America and Global Chevrolet. “This is the perfect time to bring the Cruze Hatch to North America.”

The 2017 Cruze Hatch will be offered in LT and Premier trims, as well as with the RS package and will land in Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC’s showroom in Fall 2016 – we can’t wait!  Visit us at to view our full Chevrolet, Buick and GMC lineup.


Top Family-Friendly Kid-Haulers

It’s always sad to see summer come to an end, but with its end comes the start of a new season.  As families say goodbye to summer road trips and days at the beach, it’s back to school time for many.

With carpooling, after school activities, sports and the like, families will be spending a considerable amount of time in their vehicles.  In fact, an online poll taken by showed that a third spend more than an hour in their car on any given day. Needless to say, comfort and dependability are important features.

This year, put together a list with their “10 Best Top Family-Friendly Kid-Haulers” and we are happy to announce that both Honda & GM made the list.

Here are the vehicles that made the CarGuru’s List!

Midsize SUV

  • 2016 Chevrolet Traverse

2016 Chevrolet Traverse








  • 2015 Honda Odyssey








Large SUVs

  • 2016 Chevrolet Suburban

2016 chev suburban






We are excited to see that these vehicles made the list.  Visit us at Image Honda or Queenston to schedule your test drive today.  As always, make sure to follow Hamilton Auto Blog for the latest news and updates!


2016 GMC Sierra Reveal

There is a new look for the 2016 GMC Sierra, as it is “born from precision”. The new pickup will be arriving in showrooms across Canada this fall.

2016 SierraThe engineers and designers at GM have given the new 2016 Sierra an even more distinctive look. With new exterior styling and new lighting technologies, the Sierra will be a standout next to any competitor on the road! On the inside, you will experience luxury and design at its finest, along with technologies that meet your every need!

As you can see, this pickup is by far our most capable, comfortable and stylish truck yet.

Source: GM Canada