Okay, first of all, elephant in the room: Yes, the name is based on My Little Pony. Get over it.
Incorporated in 1986 in Halifax, Canada, the EMC was formed around the goal of proving that Canada could prove themselves a competitor in the global auto market. But the world’s economy had other ideas, and EMC faded away following Black Monday…until 2013, when a yet-to-be-identified private interest group revived the shell of a company and started producing car designs.
THE 2015 EMC LINEUP:
The EMC Magic is an interesting breed. Our not-quite-sedan, not-quite-hot-hatch is powered by a 4.0L turbocharged straight six making around 400 horsepower and good for 175MPH thanks to a six-speed sequential AWD gearbox. Inside, you’re treated to a leather interior, and 80’s style violet LCD gauges. The Magic is our dedicated tarmac rally car, designed to take on the Mitsubishi Evo and Subaru Impreza STi.
EMC Angel: For those who want a minivan, but still want to blend in amongst the hordes of crossovers. Loaded with enough safety features to make a Volvo look Chinese, the Angel is for the driver who always plays it safe. It’s green, too; the 2.6L twin-cam four-banger won’t get you a lot of power, but it’s good for 40mpg on the highway/motorway! But for those dads out there who are worried about their masculinity, don’t worry. It’s a turbo.
And boy, can this van take a beating. Most will be on the road long after their competition. Namely the Toyota Sienna and the Honda Odyssey. And best of all, a V6 is well on its way.
EMC’s foray into the muscle car market, the Barnstormer is for the older gentleman who always wanted a Dodge Charger or Chevrolet Corvette back in the 1960s, but just couldn’t find the money. Powered by a small-block V8 with a classic four-speed manual transmission (though a 5-speed is optional), the Barnstormer is designed to take on the new generation Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang. There is an Achilles’ heel to the Barnstormer: no entry-level trim. None of this toned-down, V6-with-an-automatic rental car grade nonsense.