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Automotive Affairs: The 2019 Lotus Evora 400
Lotus has a long history of making great sports cars that are a thrill to drive on the road and the track. Read more

Automotive Affairs: The 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
The 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara is worth the hype to drive around town, but be careful, as it can be an expensive vehicle to own. Read more

Automotive Affairs: The 2019 Mazda3 Sport GT - Compact in size, not features
It is hard to believe, but the Mazda3 is now in its fourth-generation model. Read more

Automotive Affairs: Jaguar XE 380 AWD S
The Jaguar XE has been around since the 2016 model year, but it is not a common sight. Read more

Automotive Affairs: The 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo - funky and fast
The very first Hyundai Veloster showed up in 2011 and it was a car that I was most looking forward to testing because it looked like nothing else in the market. Read more

Automotive Affairs: The 2019 Ford Edge ST
As promising as the 2019 Ford Edge ST sounds, it's not exactly the kind of car you'd want to drive on a daily basis. Read more

Automotive Affairs: The 2019 Toyota Avalon
What to get if you want something bigger and more luxurious than a Toyota Camry, but don't want to get into a premium brand vehicle such as the Lexus ES 350? Well, the answer since 1994 has been the Toyota Avalon. Read more

Automotive Affairs: The 2019 MINI Cooper
The current generation of the MINI Cooper has been with us for a number of years, but for 2019 it has received a few updates. Read more

The 2019 Jaguar F-Pace S
The Jaguar F-Pace has been with us since 2016, and it hasn't changed much at all. So, is it showing its age, or is it the automotive equivalent of Rekha or Christie Brinkley, forever timeless. Read more

The 2019 MINI Clubman All4
I initially wasn't a fan of the second-generation Clubman. But, something different happened this time around - read on to find out. Read more

Motoring: The 2019 Volvo V60 T6
After the recent success of the S90, V90, and XC90 models, Volvo recently turned their attention to updating the S60, V60, and XC60 models. Read more

Motoring: Top five cars of 2018
In 2018, I drove 63 new cars, and the following is a list of the five best - hint, they're all built for fun! Read more

Motoring: Practical and rare: The 2019 Volvo XC40 R-Design
The 2019 Volvo XC40 R-Design may not be the most exciting or cheapest vehicle, but being practical and rare might make someone interested in purchasing it. Read more

Motoring: Driving the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback
With many different cars to think about purchasing, the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback is certainly one to check out. Read more

The 2018 Ford Expedition: A fully enclosed F-150
Though the 2018 Ford Expedition is a better price range for most people, its sister car, the Lincoln Navigator is a smoother vehicle to purchase. Read more

A plug-in hybrid SUV: The 2019 Volvo XC60 T8
The Many believe that the future of motoring is going to be electric, but it is not that just yet. Read more

Motoring - A hybrid supercar: the 2018 Acura NSX
As far as automotive legends go, few cars can match the Acura NSX. It was the first Japanese sports car that could rightfully compete with the likes of Ferrari or Porsche. Read more

Motoring: Trying out the 2018 Lincoln Continental RSP
The 2018 Lincoln Continental RSP may not be the best car in the fuel department, but its style and smooth drive make it worth testing out. Read more

Motoring: A car that can do it all: The 2018 BMW M5
The 2018 BMW M5 has looks, speed and efficiency and is a car worth investing your time, money and energy in. Read more

Motoring - A tale of two Mustangs: A further look at two different models
If you are even remotely into cars, you know a little something about the Ford Mustang. Read more

Motoring: The 2019 Nissan 370Z NISMO is an attraction to cast your eyes upon Intramural
Styling, decent price range and an overall slick ride, the 2019 Nissan 370Z NISMO is a car that will draw your attention. Read more

Motoring: Examining the 2018 Genesis G70 3.3T Sport
Ever since Hyundai branched off Genesis as its separate, luxury brand, its offerings have been a bit familiar. Read more

Motoring - Luxury and durability: The 2018 Range Rover Velar P380
The Range Rover Velar P380, is the perfect car in terms of durability, style and reliability. Read more

Motoring: Luxurious and efficient: The 2018 Genesis G90
The G90 is a luxurious, efficient and powerful car that is suitable for both long and short drives. It’s a vehicle worth looking into. Read more

Motoring: The differences between hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric
The choices in hybrid-electric vehicles are expanding; so this week, we will look at three different examples, to see which is best. Read more

Motoring: A few setbacks won't stop the Stelvio TI Sport AWD from being a stellar vehicle
Alfa Romeo is one of the oldest Italian automotive brands and has a history rich with building great racing cars, and wonderful sports cars. Read more

Motoring: Luxurious quality over cost: The 2018 Lincoln Navigator
Most of you might not know, but Lincoln actually invented the large, premium SUV segment when it launched the original Navigator model back in 1998. Read more

Motoring - Not built for the highway: The 2018 Honda Fit
Honda has been offering their fit model for over a decade now, in Canada. It has sold well enough for the manufacturer to keep on offering it, and now, has just released an updated version of the third-generation model. Question is, is it any good? Read more

Motoring: Get an upgrade with the 2018 Jaguar XF S 35t AWD
These days, the Jaguar vehicles that have been dominating all the headlines are their crossovers, but where does that leave their sedans? Read more

A need for speed with the 2018 BMW M240i
The BMW 2 series has been on sale in Canada for about four years now, and is currently available in two body styles (coupe or cabriolet), and with three engine options. Read more

Motoring: Comparing 2018's Toyota Camry and Honda Accord
In the mid-size sedan segment, the fiercest rivalry is between the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord, and it has been this way for decades. Read more

Motoring: The 2018 Mazda CX-5 GT is a costly ride
It was almost a year ago, when I first got to drive the all-new, second generation model of the Mazda CX-5. Read more

Motoring: Mazda's Skyactiv-X the future of gasoline combustion engines
Mazda is a global company - its products are in just about every country on the planet. Mazda is mainstream - it does make lots of affordable vehicles that are bought by the masses. Read more

Motoring: Speed, comfort and class: Meet the 2018 Lexus NX300h
Toyota, along with its luxury division Lexus, makes more hybrid vehicles than any other manufacturer. In fact, some of their hybrid offerings aren't even offered for sale in Canada. Read more

Motoring: 2018 Mazda3 GS
Once upon a time, the Mazda3 was the second-best selling compact sedan in Canada - behind the ever popular Honda Civic. Nowadays, the Mazda3 has slipped a few spots in its ranking, mainly because a lot of Mazda customers are flocking to their other compact model, the smart, stylish, and capable CX-3 crossover.  Read more

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport: A family friendly performance car
The Hyundai Elantra is a fine compact sedan, in fact, it is one of the best. So, would the product improve even more, if more power was thrown into the recipe? Read more

The 2017 Honda Civic Si Sedan
This year, Honda has introduced a Type-R model of the Civic, which takes the crown as the new, highest performance variant of the Civic - more about which you'll read next week. Read more

Motoring - A new model with little upgrades: The 2017 Infiniti QX80 model may not be too different from its past, but still valid to try out
A new model with little upgrades: The 2017 Infiniti QX80 model may not be too different from its past, but still valid to try out. Read more

Motoring: Luxury and comfort: The 2018 Lexus LC 500 is a vehicle worth spending your money on
The 2018 Lexus LC 500 is a luxury car that's a real treat for its owners. With comfort, speed and great design, this car is surely one to test out. Read more

The 2018 Toyota C-HR is a luxurious and comfortable car to ride in
The 2018 Toyota C-HR is a luxury car with space, adjustability and comfort, though it isn't the fastest running car in the shop. The Interrobang took it for a spin to test it out for ourselves. Read more

The 2018 Jaguar F-TYPE 400 Sport is a great everyday vehicle to own
The Jaguar F-TYPE has been around for a few years now and over this time, many iterations of this model has hit the market. Now there is a new one for 2018. Read more

Positive features outweigh the high cost for the 2017 Honda Civic Type-R
When Honda first introduced the Civic back in 1972, it was the entry-level offering from this Japanese manufacturers. Over the years, the Civic has grown in size, performance and is now at a point where it has never been at before, at least in North America. Read more

Motoring: 2017 BMW 540i: A luxury vehicle with the price tag to match
The BMW 5 series has been around since 1972. Now, in its seventh generation, this model keeps getting more technologically advanced and more luxurious. Read more

Motoring: 2017 MINI Cooper S 5 Door Seven Edition: Size is no match for this mighty model
When the Mini was first introduced by the British Motor Corporation (BMC), in 1959, it was offered under two brands, Morris and Austin. Read more

Motoring: Experience a land yacht with the 2017 Dodge Charger SXT Rallye AWD
If car years are equivalent to dog years, then the platform for the current Dodge Charger is a senior citizen, having first hit the road in 2005. While the platform is old, and is showing its age a bit, it is still remarkably good for the job at hand. Read more

Motoring: 2017 MINI Cooper S Convertible: Strong in any type of weather
With the unseasonably warm and sunny winter we've had this year, one could quite easily live with a car that would be most suited for summer. Read more

Motoring: Diesel-powered Ranger Rover Sport is finally here
A couple of weeks ago, we looked at some diesel-powered sedan offerings from Jaguar. This week, let's look at another diesel-powered product from JLR, in the shape of a luxury SUV. Read more

Motoring: 2017 BMW 750Li: A private jet for the road
In the last decade, if you wanted a super-luxury sedan that spoiled you with supreme comfort, the answer was not the BMW 7 series. Read more

Motoring: A new diesel powered vehicle: 2017 Jaguar XE 20d and XF 20d
If you've been living in Europe for the past two decades, finding the word diesel next to the word Jaguar is quite common, but that has surely not been the case in North America. Read more

Motoring: 2017 Lincoln Continental: A luxury car that's worth the luxury price tag
When William (Bill) Ford Jr. took the reigns of the Ford Motor Company towards the end of 2001, among the first things he did was to axe the Continental model from Lincoln's line up. Read more

Motoring: 2017 Mazda CX-9 Signature
The last time I got to drive the all-new, second-generation model of the Mazda CX-9, it was during its launch event in the beautiful Okanagan Valley, back in May 2016. It was a beautiful setting, and the weather was just perfect. Read more

Everything you need with the 2017 BMW 650i Cabriolet xDrive
A few years ago, BMW Canada handed me the keys to an M6 Coupe, in the middle of a cold winter. This year, they handed me keys to a 650i Cabriolet in January. So, why test a convertible in winter? Well, BMW believes that all their cars are built to be used all year long, no matter what the climate. Read more

Motoring: 2017 Subaru Legacy 2.5 Touring: Car of the Year?
Back in 2015, the Automotive Journalist Association of Canada (AJAC) awarded the Subaru Legacy with their Car of the Year crown. That surprised many, because the Legacy model largely goes ignored these days. Read more

Motoring: The largest Mini around
I first reviewed the new Mini Clubman a few months ago, but that was in Cooper S form, which has quite a bit more power than the base model. Read more

Motoring: 2017 BMW 330e: The car of the future
Welcome to 2017. Let's kick off with what would have been considered, not so long ago, as the car of the future. The 2017 BMW 330e combines both an electric car and a conventional car. Read more

Motoring - 2017 Volvo S90 T6: Well worth the price
Last year, Volvo launched their much anticipated, second generation model of the XC90 SUV. This was the first among the new breed of Volvo products, and gave reviewers and consumers more than just a glimpse of what the future holds for Volvo. Read more

T'is the season for winter tires
Well folks, we're now into the winter season, and if you've lived in Canada for some time now, you'll know that messy weather is on its way. Read more

Motoring: Farewell to the BMW Z4
The arrival of cold weather is just around the corner so allow me to brighten up your forecast by reviewing a two-seat roadster from BMW. Read more

Motoring: General Motors day at CTMP
To showcase what's new in their showrooms for 2017, GM of Canada hosted an event to give the invited media an up close and personal look into their new offerings. Read more

Motoring: "I'm not like other vans, I'm a cool van"
It made one of the biggest splashes at this years' Detroit auto show (NAIAS) when it was unveiled, but is the product as good as the looks suggests? Time to take an in-depth look at the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. Read more

Motoring: 2017 Lincoln MKZ: Out with the old in with the new?
There is something oddly familiar about the 2017 Lincoln MKZ, partly because it isn't an all-new model, but also because its face seems to have some European influence. Read more

Motoring: The 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C: Built for fun and nothing else
The Alfa Romeo 4C is an Italian sports car that marks the return for this brand in Canada. Read more

Motoring: 2016 Fiat 500 Abarth: The cute, fun pocket-rocket
The current generation model of the Fiat 500 first showed up on the streets of Europe in 2007; although, it took a few years for it to make an appearance on North American roads. Read more

Motoring: Jaguar makes a splash in the CUV market
It is the CUV with the most uncreative name, and it boasts a first for its maker, I'm referring to the 2017 Jaguar F-Pace. Read more

Motoring: 2016 Lexus RC300 AWD F Sport proves less is more
If sometimes less is more, could even less be even more? The 2016 Lexus RC300 AWD F Sport is a cheaper alternative to its RC350 counterpart, but is the saved money really worth the downgrade? Read more

Motoring: The 2016 Mazda MX-5 with a twist
There's a reason Mazda MX-5 are a crowd favourite and with the option available to get this car as an automatic, there are few reasons to look in any other direction. Read more

Motoring: A rare pony car
This is no ordinary pony car, it is a limited edition Roush Mustang. This is a special car; it is a 2002 Roush Mustang Stage 3 supercharged, and it is one of just 44 cars made in this exact spec. Read more

Motoring: Space of a minivan, appearance of an SUV, introducing the 2016 Ford Explorer
The 2016 model of the Ford Explorer is not an all-new vehicle. However, it is a heavily revised version of the model that went on sale back in 2011. For 2016, the sheet metal has been revised. Park the 2016 model next to a 2011 model, and ... Read more

Motoring: Turning heads in the 2016 BMW
Earlier this month, BMW celebrated their 100th birthday. I thought this would be the best time to feature what I think is the best vehicle this German company has ever made; the i8 plug-in hybrid sports car. The i8 offers everything you&rs... Read more

Motoring: 2016 Jaguar XF, not for city drivers
The first XF model came on the scene back in 2007 and was the start of a new era at Jaguar. No longer would its family cars be given the classic look; the XF offered sleek, modern styling that was quite unconventional for this British manufact... Read more

Motoring: 2016 Mazda MX-5, much better in the winter
When I first drove the 2016 Mazda MX-5, the fourth generation model of this iconic Japanese sports car, back in the summer of 2015, I didn’t get along with it. I didn’t enjoy its speed and thought that its handling was mediocre.... Read more

2016 Toyota Tacoma: An active lifestyle vehicle
This is the 2016 Toyota Tacoma, which made its world debut about a year ago, and has been on sale for about six months now. The 2016 model is all new, and is only the third generation model of the Tacoma nameplate, which was first introduc... Read more

Motoring: Utility vehicle of the year?
Last week, at the Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS) in Toronto, the Automobile Journalist Association of Canada (AJAC) named the 2016 Mazda CX-3 as their Utility Vehicle of the Year. I did a list back in December 2015 naming the 15 b... Read more

Motoring: A Mazda masquerading as a Toyota
When is a Toyota not a Toyota? When it’s something else in reality, but wears a Toyota badge. In recent years, Toyota has shown that it likes to collaborate with other auto manufacturers to help bring new and better products to the ma... Read more

Motoring: Finally, a pick-up that is fun to drive
The Ford F-150 has been the best selling vehicle in North America since well before I was born, and I’m quite old now. The reason for its selling power has been one of constant evolution. Ford hasn’t just been standing around a... Read more

Motoring: 2016 Hyundai Genesis does everything but disappoint
Think of it as the end of a beginning. Last week, at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Hyundai made the North American debut of Genesis as a brand, not just a model. This has been a long time coming for Hyundai to... Read more

Motoring: Honda has faith in mid-sized sedan platform coupe
Coupes based on mid-size sedan platforms are a dying breed. Hence, there is no Toyota Solara or a Nissan Altima Coupe in new car showrooms anymore. Mitsubishi also abandoned their Eclipse model, and it has been a long time since Chevrolet last... Read more

Motoring: Riding in style, both inside and out
The marketplace is filled with cars built for different purposes: some are to excite, while others are to offer the utmost comfort. Few cars can blur the lines and be really good at more than one thing. The previous generation Acura TL SH-... Read more

Motoring: New Civic still a great compact car
For nearly the last two decades, the Honda Civic has been the best-selling car in Canada. It’s not hard to work out why, since the Civic has been an affordable, reliable and practical vehicle for those who want a compact car. Nationa... Read more

Motoring: An SUV that drives like a racecar
Land Rover’s Range Rover was the world’s first luxury SUV. It combined elegant styling with comfort, and was capable of going where other luxury vehicles couldn’t even dream of going. The latest offering from Range Rover ... Read more

Motoring: 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport
The Discovery name has been absent from Land Rover’s Canadian lineup for over a decade, but now the name is back on a new vehicle that is based on a Range Rover. Think of the 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport as a Range Rover Evoque, a... Read more

Motoring: VelociRally edition
The Hyundai Veloster has always been a car I've liked the concept of; however, its execution has been a bit lacking. I have always liked its styling and its quirky approach to practicality, but driving one has always been a letdown, es... Read more

Motoring: An SUV dressed up like a sedan
The automotive market place seems to be forever expanding, and customers are now demanding more from their vehicles than ever before. With the need to constantly invent new genres, Volvo decided to go in a direction that none of its compe... Read more

Motoring: The supercar club
The last time I was entrusted with the keys to a BMW M6 coupe, it was during the dead of winter back in 2013. While my tester wore proper winter tires, and proved that this car can be used every day in the harsh Canadian winter. The proble... Read more

Motoring: The all-American sports car
It would be fair to say that 2015 is the year of the Mustang. Not only did Ford unveil their new sixth-generation model of the Mustang for 2015, but I have also spent a good portion of the year in many various versions of this American spo... Read more

The 2016 Kia Optima
Some things are deserving of reinvention, while some just need to evolve. The city of Aspen, Colorado first saw settlers back in 1879. The people were drawn to this place due to its amazing topography. Over time, the city has evolved to in... Read more

Show off in the 2016 RAM Rebel
Canada is the second largest country in the world, so it's not surprising that Canadians prefer big vehicles. The most popular type of vehicle on our roads is the pickup truck. The Ford F-150 is the most common pickup truck, but competi... Read more

The 2015 BMW X6 M
When BMW first introduced the X6 model back in 2008–2009, people didn’t know what to think of it. It was comparable to an SUV, but not one that would be any good to off-road with. It was shaped like a coupe, but it was much bigg... Read more

2016 Scion iM: The economic hatchback
If you’ve been waiting for the third-generation model of the popular Toyota Matrix to show up, I’ve got bad news for you. Toyota has decided to kill off the Matrix and there is no comeback planned. However, you shouldn’t b... Read more

Motoring: 2015 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack Shaker 392
Ask any European about what the ingredients to make a sports car and they’ll likely tell you to make it light, sleek and give it some decent horsepower. Americans think a little differently. The typical American sports car is big, he... Read more

Motoring: Nissan 370Z the perfect car for speed-lovers
The Z-car is the oldest Japanese sports car and has been in continual production since its launch in 1969. The Z-car is older than the Nissan brand because when these cars were first introduced they were badged as Datsun. The reason it has... Read more

Motoring: The new 2016 Mazda MX-5
This test is what you’ve been waiting for. This test is what I’ve been waiting for. Question is, is the 2016 Mazda MX-5 worth the wait? If you’re a car enthusiast, you’re already well versed with the story of the Maz... Read more

Motoring: A look back in time
The Ferrari Testarossa was the second-most popular poster car in the 1980’s, right behind the Lamborghini Countach. One of its debuts was being the cover model of the October 1986 issue of Automobile Magazine; not only the first car maga... Read more

Motoring: Sorento: Affordable and luxury an oxymoron?
The original Kia Sorento was the first upmarket offering from this Korean manufacturer in North America. Being an entry-level luxury vehicle, the Sorento showed that the Korean manufacturers could play ball with just about anyone when it comes... Read more

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Motoring: Acura replaces TL and TSX with new TLX
The old saying goes, “Two heads are better than one.” However, Honda’s luxury arm, Acura, must think that one model is better than two because the company recently replaced its TSX and TL sedans with just one model and called ... Read more

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The best non-supercar Lexus to get your hands on
Since the birth of the Lexus brand in 1989, the Japanese luxury auto, which is owned by Toyota, has enjoyed a reputation of making comfortable and reliable vehicles. However, it also has a reputation for making boring vehicles that only appeal... Read more

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Sonata: The Ultimate family car
There was a time when the Sonata was Hyundai’s flagship model. If you wanted the best car made in South Korea, the Sonata is what you’d have bought. Things started to change when Hyundai started exploring the luxury car market ... Read more

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Motoring: Range Rover: Could it get any more luxurious?
It is no secret that I love Land Rover Range Rovers and the flagship model simply called the Range Rover. Confused? The main company is Land Rover, which also has Jaguar as a partner, and both these companies are owned by the Tata Motors ... Read more

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Motoring: Nauman's picks for pickup trucks
The new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and its 2015 GMC Canyon cousin are defined as midsize pickup trucks. But even the shortest versions are longer than the first generation Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck’s smallest version – and that ... Read more

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Motoring: There's a Mustang for everyone
What’s a more perfect time to report on a sleek, rear-wheel drive, sports coupe like the 2015 Ford than the middle of winter? This is a car I have been eager to get behind the wheel of, so when Ford offered it to me to take the car, ... Read more

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Motoring: Not a boxy family vehicle anymore
The Volvo V60 is a vehicle the North American market begged to get. When Volvo came out with this wagon, it was originally only intended for European and Asian markets. However, Volvo has some of the most loyal customers in the market, an... Read more

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Motoring: Battle of the big SUVs
The population of the world is growing, and cities are getting more crowded. The best way to get around is perhaps to have something small and nimble. However, everyone has different needs. If you live out of the mega city, you could justi... Read more

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Motoring: Mazda2 touching down (again) on Canadian soil
The first Mazda2 showed up in 1996 and was referred to as the Demio in its Japanese home market and the 121 in some other markets. This model never sold in Canada. The second-generation model showed up in 2002, and while it was still calle... Read more

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Motoring: A CUV worth driving
Some people think that the BMW X6 was a failure and a mistake, but they are wrong. Since the X6’s initial launch in 2008, BMW has sold over 260,000 units. These numbers must have impressed BMW’s management and accountants, so t... Read more

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Topic: 2015 Chrysler Town & Country
In 1983, Chrysler became the first North American manufacturer to introduce the modern minivan under the Plymouth and Dodge banner. While there were vans that hauled people around before, the new minivans were based on car platforms, so they r... Read more

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The 2014 BMW X5 xDrive50i
It was early on a Sunday morning. The sun had just come up, and what lay in front of me was a familiar two-lane black top, which was smooth and had no interrupting driveways. This empty stretch presented me the ideal opportunity to bury th... Read more

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Motoring: It could be the best -Chrysler 200C
The first generation model of the Chrysler 200 sedan – which debuted in 2010 – was nothing more than a refreshed version of the Chrysler Sebring sedan that had been in the market since 2006. With the name change, Chrysler made quite... Read more

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Motoring: Finally, a Camaro worth driving
When Chevrolet introduced the fifth-generation Camaro back in 2009, it was a car I wanted to love, but just couldn’t. While I thought it looked great, and had a promising drivetrain, many things about it were far from perfect. The in... Read more

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Vroom vroom: Nauman's Car of the Year
Last month, the Automobile Journalist Association of Canada (AJAC) held its annual car of the year testing in Niagara Falls. At this year’s competition, just about every auto manufacturer that sells new cars in Canada was present &nd... Read more

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Subaru WRX and STi: Toting families and groceries since 2001
Performance cars that can move your family and your groceries aren’t common, especially if you have less than $50,000 to spend. That all changed when Subaru started selling the Impreza WRX in Canada in 2001. This was a practical, sen... Read more

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Topic: 2015 BMW M3 and M4
Being a follow-up act is not easy, especially if it comes after what can only be described as perfection. That is exactly how I felt about the previous, E90/E92 series of the BMW M3 sedan and coupe. BMW did a masterful job with the fourth-gene... Read more

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Charity, a new Lamborghini and Heather Ballentine
The art of selling cars often requires some singing and dancing, but Lamborghini’s top sales specialist in Ontario takes it to a whole new level. On any workday, Heather Ballentine can be found selling exotic supercars at Grand Touri... Read more

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Kia Koupe - the little car that could
Entry-level coupes were all the rage back in the 1990’s. Almost every manufacturer offered them, with some – like Mazda – even offered two models to the buyers. Nowadays, things are quite different. Few car companies h... Read more

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Motoring: Jaguar's sultry coupes
In the automotive market these days, there is no shortage of the type of car designs that you might find appealing. My favourite type of design has always been the coupe – and by that, I don’t mean the four-door coupe sedans, or the... Read more

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Entry-level hatchbacks from Nissan and MINI
I wanted to point out an important milestone for me. It was on this week back in 1997, when my first article was published in the Interrobang. I have written about all manner of cars and thoroughly enjoyed it. Here’s hoping for another 1... Read more

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The Kia that's got soul
Last week, I wrote about the Kia Soul, a car I didn’t like much, but one I’m sure that will sell in big numbers. This week, I am reviewing another Kia, which is the polar opposite of the of the Soul – it’s called the K90... Read more

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Kia Soul is lacking something
How shall I put this… the 2014 Kia Soul lacks soul. It moves you – like it will get you from A to B – but it doesn’t move you emotionally. This is not the kind of vehicle that will pull you out of bed early on a Sunday ... Read more

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Driving a DIY kit car
Most people would be content with going in to a showroom and picking out a car that meets their needs. With the variety available in the market these days, you’d think that all the bases are covered, but for some, a car built in a ... Read more

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Stepping out of Ford's shadow
For the longest time, many people have thought of Lincoln as nothing more than a Ford product, with some extra chrome and nicer leather. For the most part, these people were correct in their thinking. However, Lincoln realized this, and ... Read more

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Motoring: BMW a great bang for your buck?
It was very early on a Sunday morning. The sun had just come up, and what sat in front of me was a familiar two-lane black top, which is quite smooth and has no interrupting driveways. While I always adhere to the laws of the road, this e... Read more

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Motoring: Short-lived Sonata worth it?
This week's story has a very short shelf life, allow me to explain why. Korean car firm Hyundai had launched an updated, nicely improved version of their popular Sonata sedan for the 2014 model year, just a few months ago. However, shortl... Read more

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Motoring: Be mine, 4-series
The BMW 3-series coupe and convertible are history. Nowadays, if you want a 3-series, you'll have to be content with either a sedan, a wagon or their new GT fastback model. The coupe and convertible models are now part of the 4-series bad... Read more

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Motoring: Family-friendly Fiat 500L
The Italian car firm Fiat has not only taken controlling share of Chrysler Corporation recently, it has also started selling cars under its own banner in the Canadian market. Fiat was reintroduced into the Canadian market just a few years ago... Read more

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Motoring: Truckin' around in the terrific Toyota Tundra
Full-size pickup trucks are typically a North American affair, as their size and thirst will not work in many other parts of the world — with the exception of the Middle East. It used to be that the only companies offering large pickup t... Read more

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Motoring: This well-priced car not a mirage – it's a Mirage
If you are looking for a cheap, city runabout, then this article will be of interest to you, because this week's car, the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage, can be yours from just $12,498. For that price (plus the usual delivery fees and taxes), you ... Read more

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Motoring: New Volvo S60 a snow leopard in wintry conditions
The current guise of the Volvo S60 has been with us for a number of years now, so it's about time it got a refresh. Thankfully, Volvo was thinking the exact same thing, and for 2014, they have tweaked the exterior and made a few changes in... Read more

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Motoring: Detroit houses hidden gems
The city of Detroit, Michigan, is bankrupt — but that doesn't mean it has nothing to offer. Look around and you'll see beautiful historic architecture, as well as state of the art modern facilities. Also, while there is no shortag... Read more

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Motoring: Civic is back in action
The last time Honda gave the world an all-new Civic was back in 2006; since then, the Japanese manufacturer has been evolving its globally popular model. However, for the 2012 model year, they got it a bit wrong. The 2012 update was seen by ma... Read more

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Motoring: Sorento impresses
Last year, Kia launched an updated version of the Sorento, and despite it going on sale in March 2013, it was labelled a 2014 model. I drove one at its launch event in Scottsdale, Arizona, and while I got an impression of it, I needed to spen... Read more

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Motoring: Co-rollin' into 2014
The last generation model of the Toyota Corolla was proof that not many people listen to auto journalists. Almost every review I know of had marked it as a dull appliance that offered nothing that would interest a car enthusiast. Truth is, man... Read more

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Motoring: Acura TL a car enthusiast's car
The current Acura TL has been with us more or less unchanged since the 2009 model year. As I'm writing this article, its replacement model is being showcased at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The new model will be c... Read more

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Motoring: Kia hopes to make mid-sized sedan its forte
Thanks to the downwards economy this past year, the compact car segment has had probably its best year ever. Instead of buying midsized sedans like the Nissan Altima and the Honda Accord, people bought cheaper cars like the Hyundai Elantra and... Read more

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Motoring: New Cruze Diesel a highway car
The Cruze has been with us since 2009, and it has done extremely well for Chevrolet. The reason the Cruze has been a sales success is because it was the first compact sedan from a North American manufacturer that wasn't rubbish.While the l... Read more

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Motoring: Lexus offers the sports sedan you want
The mission for the IS-series from Lexus was from the beginning to give the brand a youthful, enthusiastic image — after all, up to this point this luxury Japanese brand had a boring image. The very first IS-series arrived in the year 20... Read more

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Motoring: Makin' tracks in Chevvy's Trax
It's small, nimble, comfortable and practical; the latest offering by Chevrolet will surely prove to be a winner among those who are looking to buy their first SUV. The 2013 Chevrolet Trax is based on the platform of the Sonic hatchback, o... Read more

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Motoring: BMW Z4 will remind you of warmer days
We're about halfway through November, and since the arrival of cold weather is a given, so allow me to brighten up your forecast by reviewing a two-seat roadster from BMW. The second-generation Z4 has been with us for a number of years, a... Read more

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Motoring: Mustang Shelby GT500 muscles its way onto the road
The muscle car wars have made a comeback. This genre of automobiles started out in the 1960s, but due to rising fuel prices and ever tighter emission regulations, the muscle car almost vanished in the '80s and '90s. Thankfully though, ... Read more

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Motoring: Comparing the Acura RLX and MDX
Not many people know this, but Honda was the first among the Japanese brands to come up with a luxury division, named Acura. The brand got off to a great start with their initial models, the Integra and the Legend, being very well received by ... Read more

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Motoring: Mazda3 gives bang for your buck
The Mazda3 is kind of a big deal for its maker. This model has sold over 3.5 million units globally and currently constitutes roughly half of all its sales in Canada, and despite losing ground in the last year to some of its rivals, it still r... Read more

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Motoring: Adventure awaits in Ford's Explorer Sport
It is a common conception that once you have a big family, you either say goodbye to your fun car, or save up to have a second car, which can be of the type you can enjoy on days you can actually find some time to yourself. If you have a famil... Read more

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Motoring: Cadenza a surprise winner
The very first press car I got from Kia Canada was back in 2005, and it was their flagship model, the Amanti. The Amanti was an interesting car. It was Kia's first attempt at a luxury-esque car, and while its styling was quite derivative (... Read more

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Motoring: Accord-ing to Farooq, Accord HFP Coupe a fun drive
About two years ago, a new badge started showing up in Honda showrooms, and it read HFP. It was first found on the previous generation Accord coupe, and then also found its way to the Civic. But what are those three letters all about? HFP sta... Read more

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Motoring: The smooth, virtually silent Buick Verano
Remember the last generation Buick Skylark? If you do, General Motors would like for you to forget all about that as you approach the Buick Verano. This entry-level Buick model is based on the very popular Chevrolet Cruze, but is it just a Cr... Read more

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Motoring: Countryman, take me home
I have been a fan of Minis since the first time I drove one back in 2002. The rebirth of this iconic vehicle was done right, as the new model not only bore a styling resemblance to the original, but also was fun to drive, just like the origina... Read more

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Motoring: Let's talk about sports coupes
In my view, the best way to enjoy good weather is by driving around in a nice sports car. But which one is best? Today let's look at three entry-level sports coupes to find out where your money should be spent. The cars in question are the ... Read more

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Motoring: Supercharged up for summer
Over the last few years, whenever anyone would ask me about my favourite SUV, I would without hesitation say the big Range Rover Supercharged. No other SUV felt as good as the Range Rover Supercharged, nothing looked better, and nothing came ... Read more

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Motoring: BMW M6 Coupe may be the world's most perfect car
In the last eight months, I have been fortunate enough to test the new BMW M5 sedan and the M6 cabriolet, both of which proved that these new M-cars are performance forces that are setting new standards in their class. However, the one I was m... Read more

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Motoring: Comparing the Dart to the Veloster
If you are looking for a small, fun, family car that doesn't cost a fortune, then you should certainly take a closer look at what is being featured here today: the Dodge Dart Rallye and the Hyundai Veloster Turbo. At first glance, these tw... Read more

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Motoring: 2013 E300 not much of a winter car
If you were at the recent Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, you probably saw the new 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-class on display. The car featured here today is not that car. There are two reasons why I am not going to be talking about ne... Read more

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Motoring: Lamborghini concepts that should have been produced
The Lamborghini Gallardo has been with us for nearly a decade now, and it has gone down in history as the highest volume seller in the company's 50-year life. It is, however, no secret that its replacement is well under way. While there ha... Read more

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Motoring: Economical offerings
Let's face it, it's never fun to make repeated trips to the gas station, especially when it's really cold outside. What would help is to have fuelefficient cars, which will not only reduce the number of times you'll visit your ... Read more

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Motoring: Great cars you can buy now
February 15 to 24 is the Toronto International Auto Show, which will showcase many new models that you'll be able to buy later this year and next year. However, if you are buying a car right now, perhaps the following list will be of use to yo... Read more

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Motoring: Meandering in the Murano
When Nissan launched the original Murano in 2003, it gave the market something new, something we now all know as the crossover. Before the Murano, there were some vehicles that could have been called crossovers, but the manufacturers tried to ... Read more

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Motoring: Looking at the best production cars from 2013 NAIAS
With the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) having just wrapped up, this week let's take a look at the three best production cars on display at this year's show. In other words, if I could have taken three cars from the sho... Read more

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Motoring: Vroom, vrooming in some Volvos
It's that time of year again; the time when auto journalists and car enthusiasts flock to the mostly rundown city of Detroit, Michigan to attend the North American International Auto Show. I have been making this trek every year since 1998, an... Read more

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Motoring: Riding out the storm in the XV Crosstrek
With wintery weather in full swing now, this is the right time to talk about all-wheel drive (AWD) vehicles. While the cleanup crew does its best to clear up our roads of snow and ice, one cannot overlook the advantages of AWD vehicles and th... Read more

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Motoring: Comparing Nissan's 2013 offerings
Hello and welcome to 2013. I hope everyone has had a wonderful start to the new year, and I also hope many will be looking to buy a new car. I thought I should start the year off with a piece on two brand-new vehicles that are on sale right no... Read more

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Motoring: Escape the ordinary with Ford SUV
One of the bestselling compact SUVs in the Canadian market has been the Ford Escape, along with its old Mazda cousin, the Tribute. However, since Ford and Mazda are not as chummy as they once were, when time came to do their new small SUVs, th... Read more

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Motoring: Zipping along in the BMW M5
If you're looking for an everyday luxury sedan that offers you all the gadgets in the world, a BMW 5 Series is a good place to start. The current generation 5 Series (also known as F10) has been around for two years now, and has proven to be a... Read more

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Motoring: 2013 - Year of the Mustang
According to the Chinese calendar, 2013 is the year of the Snake. In reality, it should be the year of the Horse and Snake, because of what Ford has done for the Mustang in 2013. While for 2013 the Mustang is not all new, it has received som... Read more

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Motoring: Audi RS5 a whole lot of fun
Ask any Audi enthusiast and they will tell you that the two most important letters in their beloved brand's line-up are "R" and "S." They will also tell you that when these two letters are joined together, the end result will be extra special. ... Read more

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Motoring: Buzzing around in the BRZ
When I was in college, I drove around in a used Nissan 240SX. It was a front-engine, rear-wheel drive coupe that looked very good. It wasn't particularly fast, but it handled very well, so it was fun to drive. I miss that car even now and oft... Read more

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Motoring: Reimagining Volvo with the XC60 R-Design
Volvo is one of those manufacturers that are unfortunately misunderstood by many consumers. Ask anyone who is shopping for a new vehicle, and you can be certain that Volvo won't be mentioned right off the top of their head. Being a car company... Read more

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Motoring: Crosstrek delivers - what does that mean for sales?
I have come across many people who have told me point-blank that auto journalists don't know much about what makes a car suitable for the everyday buyer and hence our advice is useless. Looking at sales figures for certain cars proves that oft... Read more

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Motoring: Beamin' down the road in the BMW 328i
Since 1975, one of the bestselling entry-level luxury cars on the planet has been the BMW 3 Series. It manages to be successful because it offers most of the style, space and even the pace of much bigger luxury cars, but in a more compact, aff... Read more

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Motoring: Comparing coupes and convertibles
Back in 2003, Infiniti, which is Nissan's premium brand, did something that no one expected: they took the platform and drivetrain from the Nissan 350Z and modified it to their liking. Then they penned an incredibly pretty body onto this new, ... Read more

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Motoring: Taking a look at Chevrolet's new models
The last month has been quite a busy one, thanks to General Motors of Canada. I attended one of their launches in downtown Toronto, Ontario and another in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. What cars did they launch, and how are they? We'll sta... Read more

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Motoring: Luxurious 2013 Lexus ES350 not fun to drive
If you're in the market for a car that has all the luxuries and comfort of a full-size sedan, but at about half the price (and a bit smaller in size), then the new Lexus ES350 is the car for you. This new-for-2013 model has all the features yo... Read more

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Motoring: Looking at the luxurious Lexus GS450h
Japanese luxury car firm Lexus, which is the premium brand for Toyota, has had a few ups and downs in recent years. However, the brand is putting all the downs behind them as they look towards a bright future with brand-new models. One of thei... Read more

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Motoring: Panamera 4S combines sports car with family car
This is the Panamera, Porsche's first-ever production car to have four doors. While Porsche had experimented with such concepts back in the '70s and the '90s, they never got past the prototype stage. The problem with those earlier concepts was... Read more

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Motoring: Testing out some souped-up coupes
Entry-level sporty coupes are very important for manufacturers because they attract younger buyers. The manufacturer hopes that this will get the customer hooked onto their products, which will result in more sales down the road. The most popu... Read more

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Motoring: Pick up the Honda Ridgeline Sport pickup
When people think about Honda, they generally think of the Civic and Accord. While they are both fine automobiles, Honda does have other noteworthy products in its lineup. Take the Ridgeline, for instance. It is the first pickup truck from Ho... Read more

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Greatness in the stars for 2013 Ford Taurus
The first Ford Taurus showed up in 1985 (as a 1986 model) and proved to be an instant success. In just one year, Ford had sold over 200,000 Taurus cars, and by 1989 that number had surpassed over one million units sold. Ford had not seen this ... Read more

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Motoring: Comparing the Infiniti FX35 to the BMW X3
If you are in the market for a stylish, luxurious SUV that won't actually be used to go through a ravine or cut its way through a forest, then the new BMW X3 and updated Infiniti FX35 will be on your shopping list. But which is best? To fi... Read more

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Motoring: Skyactiv technology makes Mazda CX-5 a fine handling machine
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is one of the oldest, most renowned and among the most dangerous racetracks on the planet, and this was the place where Mazda choose to launch their new crossover, the CX-5. Now why would a car company launch a cross... Read more

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Motoring: Land Rover LR4 has its plusses
It has been over four years now since Ford sold Land Rover and Jaguar to the Indian car giant Tata Motors. The first new product to come out under the new owner is called the LR4 and it replaced the LR3. At first glance, the LR4 doesn't look ... Read more

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Motoring: New vs. old - The Acura TSX
There are good cars, and then there are not-so-good cars. The original Acura TSX was neither of those: it was a great car. I loved the willingness of its engine, and I also loved the way it handled. It was a proper driver's car and the sort of... Read more

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Motoring: Acura ZDX a whole lot of fun
First came the coupe, and then came the four-door coupe, but then something really unexpected happened: BMW came out with something that was a coupe SUV called the X6. No one else was expecting such a creation, and it seemed like no one else w... Read more

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Motoring: Not much velocity with the Hyundai Veloster
One of the cars I was most looking forward to testing was the Hyundai Veloster, and the main reason behind it is its looks. Just look at it; nothing in our market — especially for under $30,000 — looks this cool. It has a clever th... Read more

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Motoring: 2012 Subaru Impreza makes an impression
I have always liked the Subaru Impreza, mainly because it was a very unique offering in its category. For the longest time, it was the only all-wheel drive offering in its class, and it is the only one to offer all-wheel as standard. However, ... Read more

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Motoring: Mini is maximum fun
A few weeks ago I attended the 2012 North American International Auto Show. This week, I'll tell you about the car that took me there, the Mini Cooper S Coupe. This latest version of the Cooper model can be seen as a last hurrah for the curre... Read more

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Motoring: Altima far from ultimate driving experience
If you are in the market for a stylish, comfortable, spacious coupe that can seat four adults, and have less than $40,000 to spend, your choices limited, to be honest, especially if you prefer a frontwheel drive layout. Ford has nothing to off... Read more

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Motoring: Mixed reviews in the stars for new Ford Taurus
Ladies and gentleman, what you are looking at here is the Ford Taurus SHO. This is the top-ofthe- line version of what was once the best-selling car in North America. But times have changed, and the Taurus has grown in size and shrunk in popul... Read more

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Motoring: Ford Flex-es its power
If you have a big family, the vehicle on test this week will be of interest to you. As always, the cheap answer is to get a Dodge Grand Caravan, but if you are not hurting for money and are looking for something quite a bit more interesting, t... Read more

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Motoring: Ford works to Focus on the improvements
The last generation of the Ford Focus model sold in North America was, in a word, awful. It didn't look very good, had terribly uncomfortable seats and had the performance and handling of a UPS truck. Internally, Ford knew they were about to ... Read more

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Motoring: New CR-V a vast improvement
The last time I tested a Honda CR-V was a few years ago, and I was left feeling less than impressed by it. In fact, I called it a toaster on wheels. Fast forward to now and I was invited to try out the all-new 2012 CR-V in beautiful San Diego... Read more

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Motoring: Honda Accord no boring family sedan
Over the years, I have tested the Honda Accord many times, but apart from the one time when I tested the Accord Crosstour (now just called Crosstour), all my other tests have been of the Accord coupe. The reason for that is simple: I really l... Read more

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Motoring: Nissan completes its Quest to improve
In the world of the minivan, the Nissan Quest has made very little impact. The first generation was a bit too small, and the second-generation model looked weird and wasn't very nice to drive. However, what turned me off most about the Quest... Read more

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Motoring: HFP Accord gets a Canadian makeover
The current Honda Accord Coupe is a fine vehicle. It is well made, it looks good and, like all other Honda products, it is reliable. However, it has a problem, and a big one in my book: it just is not special enough. So, in search for a cure, ... Read more

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Motoring: Mazda3 GS a real pleasure to drive
The Mazda3 is a popular model for its maker, and there is a good reason why: it is easily one of the best new cars you can buy for under $20,000. For this reason, Mazda sells these by the bucket load. It makes up one-third of all Mazdas sold... Read more

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Motoring: BMW 650i Cabriolet vs. Jaguar XKR convertible
Summer might be over, so logically most people would rather look at SUVs for the climate ahead. I, on the other hand, think we should look at convertibles to remind us of the beautiful summer we had, and excite us about the summer to come next... Read more

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Motoring: Practical cars
Last week, we looked at new cars that cost under $20,000. This week, we will look at some more cars that cost just under $30,000. All these cars we are talking about today are family cars, so if you're looking for something practical, read on.... Read more

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Motoring: Quick tests of three economical cars
The last month has been very busy with car launches, and so there are lots of products to inform about. This week, rather than just one test, we will look at a few cars that we recently tested. 2012 Chevrolet Sonic We start off with the brand... Read more

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Motoring: Nissan's Versa-tile sedan
This current economic climate has changed buying habits among consumers; for instance, more people are now buying smaller cars than bigger, more expensive ones. One company thinks that buying smaller doesn't have to mean buying a cramped sar... Read more

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Motoring: BMW X1 the body of an SUV with the heart of a wagon
If you have been a fan of the BMW X5, but found it too big or too expensive for your needs, you probably went out and got yourself an X3. However, when BMW introduced the second-generation model of the X3, it had become almost as big as the... Read more

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Motoring: Jaguar heads in a new direction with the XF
There was a time when the best cars in the world were truly British. However, for the last few decades, the best cars have either been German or Japanese. Thankfully the Brits didn't just accept defeat and gave up — if anything, they a... Read more

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Motoring: Prowling the streets in the Jaguar XJL SS
If life has been treating you well financially, you may be in the position to buy a full-size luxury car. But which one to choose? Most people go out and buy either the Mercedes-Benz S-class or the BMW 7-series. Both these vehicles are fine... Read more

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Motoring: Hitting the road in the sporty S60
The four-door coupe segment is getting more and more popular. Mercedes-Benz started this trend nearly five years ago with the introduction of the CLS, and since then, VW, Audi and even Hyundai have gotten on with this styling trend. The l... Read more

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Motoring: Elantra small but mighty
Last week we looked at the Hyundai Sonata Turbo, a nice car that could have been even nicer. This week we are going to look at its smaller sibling, the new Elantra sedan. Like the old Sonata, I was a huge fan of the last generation Elantra ... Read more

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Motoring: Affordable fun in the turbo-charged Sonata
The Hyundai Sonata has been one of the longest standing models in Hyundai's line-up. For most of its life, the Sonata was their flagship model, a title that now belongs to their excellent Equus sedan. So the Sonata might have lost its crown... Read more

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Motoring: Clubman is Mini's middle child
The last time I tested the Clubman version of the Mini Cooper, it was the John Cooper Works version. That version had over 200 hp and was just about the most fun I have ever had in a car. This time, however, things are a little different. S... Read more

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Motoring: 2011 Ford Explorer more car than truck
Ford has been doing well in recent years. The quality and reliability of their cars have vastly improved, and they are now more focused towards creating world market cars, which is why the new Fiesta and the upcoming Focus will be pretty much ... Read more

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Motoring: Mazda RX8 still one of the best
The RX8 has been around for a very long time now - seven years, in fact. To give you some idea of how long ago this was, when the RX8 launched, Kelly Clarkson wasn't even a household name, and Britney Spears had not even gotten her first marri... Read more

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Motoring: Mazda brings zoom, zoom, zoom to 2012
Over the years, I have tested the Mazda5 on a couple of occasions, and had always liked it, but now for the 2012 model year, there is a new version featuring new styling and a new engine. Before we get into the gritty details, let's revisit ... Read more

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Motoring: Honda Odyssey has its perks
The Honda Odyssey has been around for a long time. The firstgeneration model went by almost unnoticed. It was a fine mini-van but it was perhaps too mini for North American tastes, and it only offered a four-cylinder engine, while the competit... Read more

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Motoring: Time is now to buy Eclipse Spyder
For some people, winter is the time to have fun, but for people like me who hate going out in the cold, we can't wait for it to be over. Winter also means putting the sports car away and driving something more practical, hopefully with all-w... Read more

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Motoring: Legacy is a winner
As years go, 2005 was a good one. It was the year I got to drive the incredible Porsche Carrera GT and the spectacular Mercedes- Benz SLR McLaren. I also got to live with a Porsche 911 Turbo for a month, and had so much access to a Dodge Viper... Read more

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Motoring: Cars from the 2011 Detroit Auto Show
By the time you read this, the 2011 North American International Auto Show, held annually in Detroit, Michigan, will have just wrapped up. If you didn't go, no worries — here are the 11 highlights of this year's show. 1. Lincoln MKX: W... Read more

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Motoring: Cruze-ing to the top
The Chevrolet Cruze is GM's new econo-car, and it has to be the most highly advertised car in the company's history. You can't miss its ads even if you tried. The ads are full of information about the car, how it is the most crash-tested car i... Read more

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Motoring: Kia Koup sounds wonderful
Regular readers would testify that I am a huge fan of the Kia Forte sedan, and its hatchback brother the Forte 5-door, but what about the sportier sibling, the two-door Koup? Last year I tested the EX version of the Koup, which comes with a ... Read more

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Motoring: Chrysler brands Ram
"My name is Ram and my tank is full" is the new slogan for the Ram pick-up truck. I think this is the worst slogan I have ever come across for any product, ever. Who came up with it and who at Chrysler approved it? I think it's due to such ter... Read more

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Motoring: Evo X versus STi an intriguing match up
Back in the 1960s, the Big Three American automakers were involved in a friendly competition called the Muscle-Car wars. The wars played contenders such as the Chevrolet Camaro against the Ford Mustang and the Dodge Challenger. While these ... Read more

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Motoring: A minivan that's not just for mommies
Back in the 1980s, a new fad was taking over the world, and it was called the minivan. While there have been vans in the market before, the new breed of vans was based on car platforms, which made them nice to drive, offering luxury like never... Read more

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Motoring: CRX enthusiasts can rejoice with the new CR-Z
In the course of any year, there are cars you want to drive, and there are cars you couldn't care less about driving. The new Honda CR-Z falls in the former category. This car is sort of a spiritual successor to the CRX, one of the most popu... Read more

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Motoring: Buick Regal reborn for North American market
For fans of American automobiles, Buick holds a special place. Back in the 1950s, Buick had some of the craziest and most beautiful concept cars like the Centurion and the Le Sabre. In 1973, Buick came out with a stylish new coupe called the... Read more

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Motoring: MAZDA2 has taken the long road to North America
There is an old saying that goes, “better late than never.” Mazda surely agrees with that statement as the MAZDA2 is finally on sale in Canada. While competitors like Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Hyundai have been selling cars in wh... Read more

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Motoring: Altima hybrid one of the best
With gas prices on the rise once again, people are asking more and more about hybrids. So it's time we looked at the Nissan Altima, a car I have no affections for. Would the hybrid version be any different? Like most hybrids, the Altima is p... Read more

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Motoring: Evora is one beauty
One of the most respected and admired names in the world of sports cars is Lotus. The company has been around since the 1950s, building race and street cars, and every model they have made has had enthusiasts following. I myself am a huge Lo... Read more

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Motoring: Mustang still has muscle
There are few constants in the auto industry. New models come and go, while the names and characters of cars get completely overturned. Case in point: the Chevrolet Impala's current model has nothing in common with the Impala models from my d... Read more

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Motoring: Tesla provides a jolt
Many of you may not have heard of Tesla, but trust me, this company will become a household name. Elon Musk, creator of PayPal, started the company. Though Musk can afford just about any car on the planet, he wanted to own a car company tha... Read more

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Motoring: BMW Cabriolet rules its class
Earlier this year, I tested the Lexus IS350C hardtop convertible and found it to be better than I was expecting. Surprised? I sure was. After all, most Toyota/Lexus products are about as entertaining as an algebra class. The IS350C turned o... Read more

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Motoring: Kizashi could have been better
Suzuki is one of those brands popular in Asia, but almost nonexistent in North America. Suzuki is hoping to change that with the introduction of their mid-size sedan, the Kizashi. The last time Suzuki had a mid-size sedan in the Canadian mark... Read more

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Motoring: BMW's Z4 sDrive35is nearly perfect
Recently I traveled to the American Le Mans Series race at Mosport International Raceway, north of Bowmanville, Ontario, and had the luxury of test driving two great cars. There was the monstrous Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, equipped with the... Read more

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Motoring: F150 a lot of truck
Ask anyone in North America to name the first pick-up truck that comes to mind and chances are, it'll be the Ford F-150. It has been the best-selling pick-up truck for 34 years and for 24 of those years it was the best-selling vehicle (tha... Read more

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Motoring: BMW X5M lacks the thrill of “M” class cars
Question: How can one differentiate a good BMW from a great one? The Answer: Just look for the “M” badge. “M” stands for Motorsport, and these cars are specially prepared by BMW's in-house motor sports division to ... Read more

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Motoring: Acura ZDX nice set of wheels, though impractical
This week I had the opportunity to test the Acura ZDX, which is an SUV that likes to pretend to be a sports coupe. Let's see how it fares. From a styling point of view, I think it's a home run. The ZDX looks great. Its design touches ... Read more

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Motoring: Lots to love about special edition Mini
The Mini has been around for 50 years now. While the original Mini was designed by Sir Alec Issigonis, the current Mini was styled by a team of BMW designers. To commemorate its 50th birthday, Mini decided to launch some special edition models... Read more

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Motoring: Toyota 4Runner best left for country roads
Before we get into details about the 2010 Toyota 4Runner, we should look into the year Toyota has had so far. 2010 will be remembered as the year Toyota would most want to forget. First came news about problems with accelerator pedals in most of the... Read more

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Motoring: XC60 a nice crossover
Volvo is one of those manufacturers that is unfortunately misunderstood by many consumers. Ask anyone who is shopping for a new vehicle, and you can be certain that Volvo won't be mentioned right off the top of their head. Being a car company th... Read more

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Motoring: Sportback Ralliart vs. Volkswagen Golf GTi
If you're in the market for a practical hatchback that can not only carry you and your daily shopping, plus has an alter ego to annoy supercars on winding roads, then look no further than the cars featured this week. Hot hatch enthusiasts know a... Read more

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Motoring: Top 5 at Canadian International Auto Show
Fiat 500: Since the Italian car firm Fiat took over Chrysler, many were wondering which European vehicle will be first to come across the Atlantic. Guess no more because the answer is the Fiat 500. This very chic little hatchback has already taken ... Read more

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Buick LaCrosse good effort by GM
You may have seen the TV commercial for the new Buick LaCrosse. The advert goes on about being compared to a new Lexus, Infiniti and Acura. So no prizes for guessing what GM engineers were aiming for. This is a monumental task, especially considering... Read more

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Motoring: Chevrolet Equinox has clever features
One of the most hotly contested products in the automotive market place is small SUVs. Not only are they just as stylish as full-size SUVs, they are quite practical too, plus some of these are very fuel-efficient. So they offer most of the hig... Read more

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Motoring: Ford Fusion hybrid justifies hype
Ford is getting a lot of positive press on the Fusion Hybrid. Recently it was named Motor Trend magazines Car of the Year, and it recently won the North American Car of the Year honours at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. So in order to see what all the ... Read more

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Motoring: Honda Crosstour impressive vehicle
The Honda Accord is one of the most familiar sights on the road. They have been on sale for about 34 years now, and ever since it hit the market, it slowly but surely started destroying the appeal of North American cars. Not only has it always been ... Read more

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Motoring: BMW X6 is a vehicle of many contrasts
Many people are aware of this tiny place called Dubai. This trading centre for the United Arab Emirates has over the years transformed itself to become a huge tourist attraction. The thing is, Dubai wasn't blessed with any natural beauty. It was... Read more

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Motoring: Kia Forte compact car with nice price
Thanks to the downwards economy this past year, the compact car segment has had one of its best year ever. Instead of buying mid-sized sedans like the Nissan Altima and the Honda Accord, people bought cheaper cars like the Hyundai Elantra and the Maz... Read more

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Motoring: One S for sexy, another for speed
Earlier this year, when I testdrove the new Chevrolet Camaro. Saying that I was less than impressed is more than an understatement. Maybe it was because the car I drove was the V6 model, or maybe because it was an automatic - either way, at th... Read more

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Motoring: Mazda's much improved flashy and full-tilt trifecta
More exotic, and with a sharper-looking derričre, ladies and gentleman, what you're seeing this week is Mazda's new speed3. While mechanically she hasn't changed much from the car she replaced, physically, her looks have been more than a ... Read more

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Motoring: Marvel in German engineering or a lot of flame without a fire?
It started in 1989. The BMW Z1, a funky two-seating roadster, with doors that opened by going down into its sills, was launched initially as a European-only import. As far as I know, the Z1 is the only car to have ever had such an unique door arrange... Read more

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Motoring: Infiniti G37S convertible: tempting option
Back in 2003, Infiniti, a premium brand of Nissan's, did something that no one was quite expecting. They took the platform and drivetrain of the Nissan 350Z, modified it to their liking, and then, jimmied it up to a new and incredibly pretty body... Read more

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Motoring: Sink your teeth into the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
When it comes to vehicle names, there have been some duds, and there have been some studs. For instance, I, personally, wouldn't drive around in a Chevrolet Aveo, because, in my view, the name is better suited to a bar of soap, than a vehicle. On... Read more

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Motoring: Ford Fusion: an ‘assimilated' achievement
If there has ever been a vehicle category in which the American car companies have never gotten anything right, in my view, it would have to be that of the mid-size sedan. While Chrysler delivered us the pathetic Sebring, GM only has the much-improve... Read more

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Motoring: Going topless tons of fun for everyone
Having just celebrated its 50th birthday, this is certainly a big year for BMW's Mini. In honour of this milestone, the Frankfurt Auto Show marked the launch of two new versions of this iconic car: the Mini Coupe and the Mini Roadster. For fans o... Read more

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Motoring: Acura RDX is still the one when it comes to utes
While the Acura RDX has been around for a few years, it is on the verge of getting a facelift. Though many competitors have stepped into the ring with ambitious models (some of which are really good indeed) in an attempt to give this car a run for it... Read more

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Motoring: Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback GTS and other North American hatchbacks sure to disappoint drivers
Once upon a time, saying you drove a hatchback was about as cool as wearing a sweater in the summer. However, since the mid-1980s, hatchbacks have grown in their popularity in Europe. And now, decades later, that trend is following suit in North Amer... Read more

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Motoring: Asian sensations offer everything in a sports car
If you are in the market for a sub-$50,000 performance car, you are spoilt for choices. You can get muscle-cars like the Chevy Camaro or the Ford Mustang, or grand touring coupes like the Mitsubishi Eclipse and the Honda Accord coupe. This sort of ... Read more

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Motoring: Genesis of a coupe with grand touring design
This week, I was intending on delivering the road test for the Toyota Venza, but honestly, I just can't bring myself to do it. The cars found in Kinder Surprise Eggs could beat the quality of the Venza! The Venza had lousy brakes, numb steering, ... Read more

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Motoring: Second generation Honda Insight reconsidered
Believe it or not, hybrids have been on sale in Canada for 10 years now, with the first hybrid ever to hit our market, of course being, the original Honda Insight. While at the time of its launch, its technology was considered groundbreaking in the a... Read more

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Motoring: Two SUVs you can afford in today's market
With our recent economic downturn still holding strong, many consumers are not just toying with the idea of downsizing, but in fact are forced to face the reality that their pockets are swimming in shallower waters these days. However, diminished dou... Read more

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Motoring: VW Passat CC: One “C” for Comfort, the other for Celerity
The last time I test-drove a Volkswagen Passat, it was miles away from the best automotive experience I've ever had. While I scored its engine and ride quality highly in comparison to similar models, its drive-by-wire throttle system was enough t... Read more

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Motoring: With a new name, BMW upgrades
Over the last few years, BMW has not changed much about their best selling model, probably because it didn't need much changing. However, for the 2009 model year, they have tweaked some things about it. The new sedan gets revised headlamps, a ne... Read more

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Motoring: Mitsubishi makes a great deal
A few weeks ago, I featured the Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart, which turned out to be one of the best cars I have ever come across. Everything about it was incredible, from the way it goes forward, to the way it goes around corners. I like it so much, ... Read more

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Motoring: Hyundai's Elantra upgrades has sedan on top
Earlier this year, Hyundai took top honours in the North American Car of the Year and AJAC Car of the Year with their luxurious Genesis sedan. As great as their new flagship is, we must not forget that the core business conducted by this car company... Read more

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Motoring: BMW makes SUV worthy
For most people, a vehicle that can hit 210-km/h and sprints from 0-100km/h in 7.4 seconds is very impressive. Most vehicles after all, cannot accomplish such performance numbers. To find an SUV that can achieve those figures is even more rare, so i... Read more

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Motoring: Suzuki misses the market
Suzuki has one of the smallest line-ups of any auto manufacturer. They have one sedan, two hatchbacks, one pick-up truck (thanks to the new Equator) and two SUV's. As far as their SUV's go, we have tested the Grand Vitara on these pages over... Read more

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Motoring: WRX265 and RalliArt battle to near draw in car face off
Earlier this month, I celebrated my birthday, and to make this occasion even better, I had not one, but two great cars to play with, the Mitsubishi Lancer RalliArt and the Subaru Impreza WRX265. Both car's design are inspired by their World Rall... Read more

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Motoring: Lots of power, but BMW X6's not perfect
We have all heard of, love at first sight. However at first sight, I didn't know what to make of the new BMW X6. In the world of cross-overs, SUV's and coupe-like sedans, the X6 manages to be something truly unique, it is in fact a coupe SUV... Read more

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Motoring: Despite quality, Ridgeline too pricey
When people think about Honda, they generally think of the Civic and Accord, and while they are both fine automobiles, Honda does have other noteworthy products in its lineup. Take this Ridgeline for instance. It is the first pick-up truck from Hond... Read more

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Motoring: Volvo a smart buy
Times are not the greatest at Volvo. Their cars are not exactly flying off the showroom floor and as a result, Volvo recently announced job cuts. It's hard to understand, considering they currently have the best looking hatchback in the market, ... Read more

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Motoring: Pontiac G8: “The car is perfect”
Last week you all read about the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, which was quite an amazing show. This week I will talk about the car that took me there, the Pontiac G8. This car is a product of General Motor's Australian division, Holden, where they ha... Read more

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Motoring: Auto show had nice revelations
Tough times have fallen on the American motor industry, its once powerful players have now been reduced to beg for a bailout from the government, which they got, but not for as much as they were hoping. So what most people are wondering, how would t... Read more

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Motoring: Mazda6 offers good bang for your buck
With the economy being in the sorry state it is in at the moment, more and more people are shying away from luxury cars. So what would you buy if you can't or don't want to buy a Lexus, Infiniti, Acura or BMW? Mazda might have the answer with th... Read more

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Motoring: Vitara tops Outlander
With gas prices soaring last year, people have certainly altered their buying habits. Gas might be cheap now, but who knows what they'll be in the summer. One thing you can always count on though is the Canadian winter, it will always be frigid ... Read more

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Motoring: Tacoma no Tundra, but affordable
The economy is hurting, property prices are dropping and people are finding it harder and harder to get loans. Fuel prices reached record highs in 2008 (even though they are much lower now), and analysts say that in 2009 they can go higher sti... Read more

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Motoring: Saab returning to its roots
If you are the sort of person who always likes to follow the beat of a different (unique) drummer, then Saab was your kind of car. However, over the last few years, they have tried to come out with models based on other manufacturers platforms, to h... Read more

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Motoring: Porsche still thrilling drivers with new 2009 line-up
Car companies usually throw parties for the launch of their new models, but Porsche has been throwing parties and events for the launch of their new gearbox. Yes, there is more to the 2009 Porsche 911 than just its new transmission, but it is its ne... Read more

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Motoring: Acura TSX doesn't add up to greatness
There are good cars, and then there are not so good cars. The original Acura TSX was neither of those, because it was a great car. I loved the willingness of its engine, and I also loved the way it handled. It was a proper driver's car and the s... Read more

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Motoring: Dodge Journey has its pluses
Timing is everything. That applies to everything in life, but probably the industry this applies to most is the automotive market. A few years back, when gas was relatively cheap and everyone was crazy about horsepower, Chrysler came out with the 30... Read more

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Motoring: BMW 1-series affordable luxury
Last week, I talked all about the new BMW M3 and the 650i coupe. Both were great cars, only one was greater than the other. However, this week I am here to tell you, that you don't have to be very rich to enjoy a great BMW, in fact you can get i... Read more

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Motoring: Different flavours of BMW coupes
There are some cars that are so boring to drive, like the new Ford Focus and the Ford Taurus that I would fall into a depression if I ever had to live with one. Thankfully, the cars we are talking about today have no such issues. Of the two BMW coup... Read more

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Motoring: Corolla a better buy than Matrix
Toyota is ‘The' largest car company in the world. It took over that title last year from GM and is showing no signs of handing it back. So how did Toyota become the biggest car company on the planet? Simple, by making some great small cars... Read more

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Motoring: Rogue delivers great price in good package
Due to current gas prices it is becoming increasingly more difficult to justify buying an SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) or a CUV (Crossover Utility Vehicle). However, not all such vehicles are bad on gas, if you look at the four cylinder offerings, so... Read more

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Motoring: New Civic Si impresses under the hood
With the way gas prices are, many people are predicting that it will result in the death of sportscars. People are turning their focus to efficiency over fun, after all most fun cars are also gas guzzlers. However, Honda believes it can offer you bo... Read more

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Motoring: Rovers ready for off roading
It's official now that all the paperwork is finally done, Land Rover and Jaguar are now owned by the Indian car firm Tata. But there are a couple of big questions that stand before us, like are these vehicles good enough to command their p... Read more

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Motoring: Infiniti gadgetry beyond impressive
If you are looking for the most advanced car on the planet, don't look at Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW or even Lexus. While they all have great technology in their vehicles, currently their efforts are made to look like school projects in front of... Read more

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Motoring: Mercedes makes real contender in Kompressor
When the original Mercedes-Benz SLK went on sale in 1997, I immediately fell in love with both the looks of the car and its clever folding hard-top roof, which back then was not offered by anyone else on the market (nowadays even Pontiac has a foldin... Read more

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Motoring: Saturn turning heads with new Euro look
Over the years if there was one brand I really didn't like, it was Saturn. Yes, while I appreciated the polymer panels that were dent resistant, and their friendly approach to car sales, the cars themselves were rubbish. Driving a Saturn was abo... Read more

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Motoring: Suzuki Crossover worth the price
Two months ago, I tested the Suzuki SX4 sedan and greatly enjoyed it. I liked it so much I called it my logical car of the year. Having bestowed it with that honour I was curious to find out if the hatchback version would be as good as the sedan. Th... Read more

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Motoring: Cadillac stacks up against foreign rivals
In the past, every time I got behind the wheel of a Cadillac, it left me feeling cold. However, back in 2006, when I spent a week with the Cadillac Escalade EXT, I got a warm fuzzy feeling from it. Not only did it look great, it was great to drive as... Read more

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Motoring: Liberty has nothing over Patriot
A few months ago, I had a go in the new Jeep Liberty. This vehicle is based on the Dodge Nitro SUV and thus I thought it would be fun to live with. After all, I did like the Nitro SLT. Despite sharing its platform with the Nitro, the Liberty felt ve... Read more

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Motoring: BMW 335Xi one powerful drive
It has been quite a March. In fact it has been quite a winter with a large amount of snowfall. Typically, in such weather, the worst type of car you could be driving around in is a sports coupe, unless of course if that sports coupe is from BMW, espe... Read more

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Motoring: Lexus driving green luxury
Exactly a month ago, I aged older by a year. While I am not the sort of person who likes to make a big fuss on his birthday, I do like treating myself to a nice car. Some notables from past birthdays include a Mercedes-Benz SL500 and an Audi S8. Thi... Read more

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Motoring: Highlander falls short for Toyota
Last year, Toyota became the largest manufacturers of cars in the world. It finally dethroned GM from for the title. So you would imagine that a company that builds and sells as many cars as Toyota does, it would know a thing or two about making goo... Read more

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Motoring: Audi R8 outclasses '07 class
As years go, 2007 was a good one. I got to drive many different cars and hence I can reliably make my personal list of the five best and worst cars from 2007. In the “best” category, in fifth place I'd put the Audi S6. This luxury se... Read more

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Motoring: Suzuki SX4 one
A few weeks ago I was driving around in a new Ford Taurus X and if you really want to know what I think of it, here it goes. It is a terrible, over priced and badly made vehicle. Case in point, where the dashboard meets the A-pillar has gaps big enou... Read more

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Motoring: Lancer has a lot to offer
If you are in the market for an affordable, practical car for under $20,000, your choices are endless. There are more cars from more manufacturers available in this price bracket now, and this week I will tell you about the new Mitsubishi Lancer. Ev... Read more

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Motoring: Volvo S80 makes luxurious splash
One of the nicest cars I drove last year was the Volvo S80 V8. It really is a brilliant machine and shows the world that Volvo has to be taken seriously in the luxury car segment. However, the reality is, that most of the people who would buy an S80... Read more

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Motoring: Subaru shines under the skin
Subaru is one of the most misunderstood manufacturers. Their cars are all very good indeed, but their sales have lacked compared to their competition. The problem with Subaru lies with their design department. Never have I seen a car company so bli... Read more

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Motoring: Big things in Mini package
It wasn't long ago when BMW bought the rights to the Mini-brand and shortly afterwards introduced the new Mini Cooper. Sold as a coupe or convertible, normally aspirated or supercharged, manual or automatic, this re-invented Mini was a huge sales... Read more

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Motoring: Honda makes impressive strides
The previous Honda Accord Coupe was a fine vehicle. It was well made, it looked good and it was reliable. However, it had a problem, and a big one in my book, it just wasn't exciting to drive. So has Honda cured that issue with the Accord Coupe... Read more

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Motoring: Ford still needs to make more strides
Ladies and gentleman, what you are looking at is the improved Ford Five Hundred. Yes, I know its badge says “Taurus” but that is like if I read a book on espionage and go have my name legally changed to James Bond. While I would have a ne... Read more

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Motoring: Audi and Porsche price fits budget
Let's get something straight right from the beginning: The Audi S5 and the Porsche Cayman S are not competitors. Yes, while both cars are German, both have two doors, both have deliciously powerful engines and are priced quite similarly, these tw... Read more

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Motoring: Di-D unavailable gem
This week I will tell you about two great Mitsubishi's, but only one of which you can buy in Canada. I am talking about Mitsubishi Colt Di-D and the Eclipse Spyder. I'll tell you about the Colt first. This pocket sized diesel powered hatchb... Read more

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Motoring: BMW 5-series top of luxury class
In the world of cool automotive slogans (Dodge = “Grab life by the horns”, Porsche = “There is no substitute”), BMW has perhaps the coolest slogan of “The Ultimate Driving Machine.” I have been distant from BMW... Read more

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Motoring: Ford Escape and Jeep Grand Cherokee latest green-ish machines
The Ford Escape and the Jeep Grand Cherokee are not direct competitors, after all the Grand Cherokee is quite a bit bigger, more luxurious and costs almost twice as much as the Escape. So why am I featuring them together? Well, both of these vehicl... Read more

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Motoring: Both Saturn Sky and Pontiac Solstice long on looks, short on substance
If you're looking for an affordable, two-seat roadster, your choices are very limited. For the longest time the only car to fit the bill was the Mazda MX-5. Now thankfully, two siblings have joined in to take a piece of that market. The cars I a... Read more

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Motoring: Crossfire Roadster beats out Audi TT by a hair
I know the summer is over. Soon we will wake up to cold winter mornings, and I am sure snow is not to far behind. So I bet you want to learn about what kind of vehicle you should be buying for our harsh winter climate. Well I have other ideas. I wa... Read more

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Motoring: Factory tuned Mazda's really go zoom zoom
My regular readers will no doubt know that I am a huge fan of both the Mazda MX-5 and the RX-8. Both cars are great to look at and a lot of fun to drive. So what could Mazda do to improve both cars? Simple, make them look even better and even more ... Read more

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Motoring: Volvo C30 proves there is more to a car than great looks
There was a time when I thought the worst crime in the automotive industry was to produce a great drivers car that was ugly and made from cheap plastics, Lancia Delta Integrale comes to mind. But I have now uncovered an even bigger crime, a gorgeous... Read more

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Motoring: Audi A4 Cabrio turn out to be one sweet ride
Sometimes life doesn't pan out quite the way you plan it. You see, I was supposed to be testing an Audi S4 Cabrio, the one with the grunt in its V8. I had booked it for a test and was counting down the days for when I'd be able to slip into ... Read more

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Motoring: Saleen Parnelli limited edition Stang not all it's revved up to be
For fans of the Ford Mustang, the Saleen name is synonymous, just like the name Parnelli Jones is to the world of motor racing. So what better way to celebrate both icons of Americana than to join the two. Ladies and gentleman, I give you the Saleen... Read more

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Motoring: Volvo S80 a lot of luxury for great price tag
If you are fortunate enough to be in the market to buy a $70,000 luxury car, your choices are endless. BMW will sell you a 535i, while Mercedes-Benz will try to allure you with the E350. Audi on the other hand has the brilliant A6 3.2 and Lexus has ... Read more

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Motoring: Pacifica big on comfort
If you were to give an award to the most overlooked vehicle in the market, the Pacifica would rank rather highly on that list. So is there a reason for it being so unpopular or is there more to it. Well this year I got to spend a lot of time with t... Read more

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Motoring: Tundra taking bite out of truck market
I have been told that I don't review trucks much, and they are right. In fact, in the last three years, the only pick-up truck I tested was the Cadillac Escalade EXT, which I know is not exactly a proper truck. The main reason I had not done tru... Read more

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Motoring: New car with classic muscle power
In today's world, all we seem to hear about on a daily basis is how we are destroying the planet. We hear about CO2 levels being on a record high in the last century, but I question, did we have accurate testing equipment a 100 years ago to know ... Read more

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2007 Mazdaspeed3 produces pure driver satisfaction
It is no secret that I typically like anything from Mazda. I like the way they look, and I like the way they drive. However, their in-house tuning division, aptly named Mazdaspeed, had never produced anything in the past that got my vote. I felt the... Read more

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Motoring: Crank up the tunes in this Lincoln
There are cars that are targeted towards the guys, and there are cars targeted towards to gals. So the question is, is the new cross-over from Lincoln, the 2007 MKX, gender specific or will both sexes find it appealing. Well I certainly find its lo... Read more

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Volvo XC90 a good selection for a SUV
In today's market, there is no shortage of new and appealing SUV's. So how good can an aging SUV be in this segment. After all, the Volvo XC90 has been with us for a long time, and while upon its unveiling it was lauded as the best in its ca... Read more

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Motoring: 2007 Nissan Quest improves upon past models
In the world of the minivan, the Nissan Quest has had made very little impact. The first generation was a bit too small, and when the new version came out a few years ago, some were turned off by its unusual styling. What turned me off about the Que... Read more

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Motoring: The new CR-V makes for a boring drive
Honda is a car company that typically always impresses. All their cars are not only well made, but they are also great to drive. The best example of that is the new Acura RD-X, a crossover SUV that drives like a sports car and is just brilliant in e... Read more

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Motoring: 2007 Audi S6 placed high on pedestal
People often ask me about who makes the best cars in the world. I tell them that the top three manufacturers are as follows: at number three is Subaru, at number two is Porsche and the top step goes to Audi. The reason I put Audi on such a pedestal ... Read more

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Motoring: Subaru Legacy GT improves with 2007 model
Anyone who knows me will verify that I love the Subaru Legacy GT. I often compare cars to it and often put it right at the very top. In other words, I think it is the best in its category and could hardly be improved on. Well Subaru sure thought it ... Read more

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Motoring: A lot of money for a lot of Lexus
In recent years I have tested quite a few Lexus vehicles, and while they were all very well built and had all imaginable options, none I can remember stirred my soul. Even the GS430 which I hoped would blow me away did nothing of the sort. So while ... Read more

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Motoring: Volkswagon Eos zooming straight to the head of the class
Some cars are easy to review because they are so bad you cannot stop complaining about them. From that point of view the Eos should be very hard to review because it is so good, all I want to tell you is this; if you have about $40,000 to spend on a ... Read more

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Motoring: Galant navigational system reminiscent of “Knight Rider”
The last time we featured the Mitsubishi Galant was about a year ago and it was the GTS model. While the car was fun to drive and looked quite interesting, it also wasn't hard to see why it wasn't a huge sales success. You see the Galant was ... Read more

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Motoring: Wrangler made better, worse on gas
In the world of cool vehicles, a proper Jeep has always been a very cool ride indeed. I love the purposefulness of the design, the ruggedness of its components and go anywhere ability that makes you feel invincible. However there has always been a p... Read more

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Motoring: Dodge Nitro should have been “Truck of the Year”
As a general rule, I don't like SUVs. I think they are normally a waste of space and they drink too much fuel. However, something I drove recently changed my mind, and it may seem like the most unlikely vehicle to do it. I am talking about the Dodge... Read more

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Motoring: VW GTi big on power
This is the hottest new hatchback in VW's lineup, but this is not a Golf GTi (while it is just that in the rest of the world) or a Rabbit GTi. Nope, for some reason I still cannot understand, this model is only referred to as a VW GTi in Canada.... Read more

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Motoring: Redesigned Aveo easy on the eye and pocket
In this world of cars, you have the good, the bad and the ugly. So what category will the Aveo fit among that broad spectrum. Well I lived with one for a week to find out just that. The Chevrolet Aveo sedan is somewhat new for 2007. I say somewhat ... Read more

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Motoring: Accord takes some getting used to
Over the years, I have come to expect certain things from Hondas. They are all well made, they hold their value very well in the market, and they are fun to drive. The Accord coupe however, only scores well on the first two points. Yes, the Accord ... Read more

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Motoring: Tiburon looks like a Ferrari, smells like a deal
The current generation of the Hyundai Tiburon has been with us for a few years now. When the press got hold of its official pictures, everyone called it a photocopy (from some angles) of the Ferrari 456GT. So, a $20,000-ish car (base price) that loo... Read more

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Motoring: Top up or down, Mazda MX-5 sport-errific
Some of you may remember that about a year ago, I tested the third generation Mazda MX-5 and I loved it. It looked great, it had a fantastic interior, loved the eagerness of the engine, but most of all, it handled like a dream. So it was easy for m... Read more

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Motoring: Dodge Calibur is cut below average
I have always hated CVT transmissions, always had and for what I thought, I would always will. So, when I learned the new Dodge Caliber is only available with a CVT automatic transmission (manual is also available, but all auto's are CVT units),... Read more

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Motoring: Spyder creeps up on design, down sport appeal
In the car testing game, there are cars I have to test for the interest of the public (minivans, wagons, etc.) and then there are cars I want to test for my personal interest. The Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder certainly falls in the latter category. Aft... Read more

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Motoring: New Mazda CX7 at top of SUVclass
There is no secret that I like Mazda cars. Pretty much everything they make is either good, or the best in its category in my view. However, all the cars I have tested from Mazda before have been new models of cars they had producing, so they had a ... Read more

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Motoring: Expensive car gets rave reviews
For many things we do on a regular basis, 78 minutes is enough time to do it in. For instance, 78 minutes more than enough time to spend on lunch. You can most certainly do your grocery shopping in that time or do your laundry. However, 78 minutes is... Read more

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Motoring: Despite flaws, Mustang still good with top down
If you are looking for the most American of all sports cars, the Mustang has to be it. While other muscle cars and pony cars have come and gone, the Mustang has been in constant production since mid 1964. Over the years, the car has had some heroic ... Read more

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Motoring: An impressive SUV model for Toyota
Although Toyota is not only one of the world most recognized brands, the company has quickly become the largest automaker in the world.

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Motoring: Acura RSX, say ‘Goodbye' to a perfect 10
Dear readers, I am afraid I have some very bad news this week. The Acura RSX is dead. This is bad news because anyone who has spent any time with this car will tell you it's one hulluva motorcar. OK, in all honesty, no one will or should miss t... Read more

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Motoring: First impression is best for Lexus GS430
With all the driving I had to do on the weekend, traveling from a wedding, a movie premiere and the Ferrari Rally, I wanted to have a luxury car to not only melt away the miles (sorry... kilometers), but also allow me to arrive in style.

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Motoring: Air-conditioned seats make Lincoln Zephyr a cool ride
This is the new Lincoln Zephyr, but not for long. After just one-year of sales, Lincoln has decided to change the name of this model to MkZ (Pronounced: Mark Zee, perhaps to entice modern day Zorro's into buying one).

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Touareg tips the scale as ultimate SUV
Volkswagen is a company that is known to produce affordable and fun cars for the average folk. In the past, VW products were a stepping-stone for someone who wants to get into German engineering. That is no longer the case since VW itself has some v... Read more

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Motoring: Little things don't add up to much on Mitsubishi Galant
The last time I spent time with the Mitsubishi Galant, things didn't go quite so well. The car, on top of a lot of noticeable drawbacks, did something that no press car has ever done to me, and that is break down.

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Lotus like rocket much better than the hype
This has been a long time coming. I have been reading about the Lotus Elise since the first version hit the European market about 10 years ago. The reviews were nothing but praise for this tiny car. Then, a handful of years later (2001), a new versi... Read more

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Nissan continues the Quest for a well-designed minivan
In the world of conventional, everyday vehicles, sometimes a complete oddball hits the market that makes everyone say, “What is that?” That was the sort of reaction created when the new Nissan Quest hit the market about two years ago. I... Read more

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New Volvo 560 offers reliability with a new, racier edge
Volvo is a name most people associate with safety, comfort and reliability, but not with style and passion. This became crystal clear to me the last time I had a conversation with some of my non-car industry friends. These friends said no matter how ... Read more

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Hybrid vehicles make the move to uber-luxury SUVs
There has been a trend in Hollywood regarding rich celebrities wanting to show they care about the planet, and thus drive around in hybrid vehicles. The most popular car of them all is the Toyota Prius. I drove the Prius and found it to be absolutel... Read more

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Mazda: a ‘Tribute' to a great car
When the Mazda Tribute was launched with its sister vehicle the Ford Escape quite a number of years ago, it was voted as the best SUV in its category. I drove the Tribute a few years ago, and also felt it was the best in its category. So now the qu... Read more

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2006 Acura TSX is more sports car than family sedan
You want to buy a nimble, good handling, high performance sports car like the Honda S2000, but what you really need is a family car. If you are stuck in this scenario, then the solution is the Acura TSX. This is really an eager little sports car tha... Read more

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Acura CSX: just a repackaged Civic with a bigger engine
The new Acura CSX is the replacement model for the 1.7 EL, a hugely successful car for the company. The question now is, will this new CSX do just as well, or better than its predecessor? Well, like the old 1.7 EL, the CSX is based on the Civic, in ... Read more

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A swift kick to the curb for new Suzuki economy car
I have often been accused of testing expensive fantasy cars that perhaps only a few can own. Not that I'm going to give up testing these exotic sports cars, but I do listen and for those who have asked me to test an econo-box, here it is. Cars d... Read more

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VW Beetle still “the People's Car”
Volkswagen is German for the Peoples Car, and when the first one came out after WWII, it sold by the bucketload. The original Beetle has had just about the longest production run of any car ever made. It was a huge success (obviously), especially wi... Read more

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Lexus sedan combines luxury with cutting-edge design
For quite a number of years there was nothing really new from Lexus; their last new vehicle was the RX330, which is essentially a revision of the older RX300. But all that has changed now, since in the last year Lexus has given us the new IS-sedan, ... Read more

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Subaru makes the ultimate Canadian winter vehicles
So, have you been enjoying your time out on the roads recently? With freezing temperatures and slippery conditions, driving these days is nothing but a nuisance. But if you own a Subaru, driving can be a joy. You don't even have to worry about w... Read more

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2006 Honda Civic: improving, but not quite there yet
In the past, I had never been excited about any Honda Civic. While good and reliable, they have never been very exciting. Until now. The 2006 Civic has arrived, and it looks great, inside and out. I bet the guy who designed the outside was a superca... Read more

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Audi A6 the thinking man's Mercedez
There are a few car brands that are near and dear to my heart. Audi, is one of them. Let me tell you why. When I was 14 and living in Saudi Arabia, I got a ride to school one morning in an Audi 5000CS. It was owned by an acquaintance, and he showed... Read more

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2006 Outlander will outlast other SUVs
The mini-sport ute market is very competitive sector in the market these days. With the price of gas going up all the time, people are now looking into smaller SUV's more than ever. One model that has been doing well in sales for quite some time... Read more

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Mazda MX5, formerly Miata, a sure thing in 2006
Well, here it is, the new 2006 Mazda MX5. Formally known as the Miata, this new roadster is set to take on the mantle of the previous two generations, and improve on it. So, have they cracked it? Is it any good? Well, I won't beat about the bus... Read more

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2006 Avalon: typical Toyota with some surprising extras
The Toyota Avalon has historically been one of those cars that never seem to get noticed. With the new model introduced this year, it marks the third generation for this model. However, ask anyone to name a Toyota sedan and they'll say Camry. Ask... Read more

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2006 Eclipse GT leaves the competition in the dark
It was about 10:00 on a Tuesday morning, and I was at the Mitsubishi head office picking up the new Eclipse. I had been looking forward to driving this car for long time; I had been following its progress since the concept car showed itself at the 2... Read more

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This dream car? Martin. Aston Martin.
As far as car names go, Aston Martin is the coolest of them all. It is so cool in fact, even James Bond chooses it as his company car. All this fame and coolness is just fine, but how are the cars? Is it just the name, or is there some substance Re... Read more

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Forester XT as impressive as a Porche?
If you are in the market for a new car and want a practical vehicle for everyday use, look closely at the Subaru Forester. If you are in the market for a practical vehicle for everyday use, but with eye opening performance, then look no further than... Read more

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2005 Mazda RX8 SE is definitely worth another test drive
This is the 2005 Mazda RX8 Special Edition. So what is so special about this RX8? Well, apart from the black cherry paint and the light biscuit interior, it is the same as any other RX8. So why are we bothering to feature it again? Well, if you ha... Read more

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Bentley Continental Flying Spur no rough ride, but tough on the wallet
This is it, the new Bentley Continental Flying Spur. No more static displays, no more exotic spotting, it is now here, in person, looking better than I ever expected it to be. And what's more, I have the keys to take it for a drive. You know I h... Read more

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Supercharged Saleen S281: Mustang of a car lover's dreams
This is it then, the meanest, baddest, loudest, maddest, most insane and scariest new Mustang you can buy in Canada today. It's called the Saleen S281, and the one I tested was the supercharged model. Instead of a normal Mustang GT's 300 hp ... Read more

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A smooth ride for a good price
If you are in the market for a small, affordable sport utility vehicle, you might want to check out the new Kia Sportage. The sportage used to be a very small and buzz-like, but it has grown up and gotten a lot quieter. Unlike the previous model, th... Read more

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Prius: the car of the future is here
If you visited an auto show about 25 years ago, you probably would have seen a car like the Toyota Prius. With a hybrid engine, touch screen audio controls, climate control and a satellite navigation system, this car would have gotten a lot of atten... Read more

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$70k will buy lots of luxuries, but ignores basic comfort
Ask anyone and they will tell you that $70,000 is a lot of money to spend on one car. The new Acura RL will cost you that much (more once you end up paying freight/PDI, admin, a/c tax, gas tax, and government taxes). So I wonder, is this car worth it... Read more

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With such high gas prices, hybrid is worth every penny
The criticism most people have about hybrid cars is that they cost too much over their gas-powered siblings, and the fuel savings don't justify the cost of ownership. Most of all, they say hybrids are not very powerful. The Honda Accord hybrid a... Read more

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Motoring: Mercedes Benz SLR gives you 600,000 reasons to smile
This is it folks, The Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR, the most expensive and outrageous Mercedes that you can buy. But exactly how outrageous is it? Here is the thing, just a few weeks ago, I had a go in a SL55 AMG, which is supposedly a Ferrari and Pors... Read more

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