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Now this is my kind of ride. All the seating roominess and active-lifestyle cargo capacity of an SUV combined with the lower ride-height and better handling of a sport wagon, not to mention drop-dead gorgeous styling, the A4 Allroad has it all. OK, Audi has raised its suspension beyond the regular A4 sedan and previous A4 Avant, this being an Allroad, which I might add was the name given to the coveted four-ringed brand's first crossover vehicle that entered the scene in '99 atop the larger A6 platform, a model that's still going strong in other markets, but the more compact D-segment A4...
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How do you make a very good thing better? In the auto sector's mid-size sedan segment just add a gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain and start collecting the kudos. It's obviously not so easy or every manufacturer would have done it, not to mention the many that tried and had limited to zero success would've instead been reaping rewards instead of lamenting losses. Wisely, Hyundai started slower than some of its rivals, its first attempt at a Sonata Hybrid arriving in February of 2011. The car did fairly well as far as HEVs go, Hyundai's advanced Blue Drive powertrain boasting pref...
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Take a look at the old MX-5 and then say hello to the new one. The only similarities include the two-seat, front-engine roadster profile and circular black rings of rubber filling each wheel cutout, plus Mazda's stylized "M" badge front and back. Yes, most every performance enthusiasts' favourite Japanese brand has just witnessed their beloved sports car transformed from yesteryear's retro ride to tomorrow's futuristic concept car in a single model year, but as folded, creased and sharply modernistic as the new MX-5 looks, it's actually more retrospective than you might think. What made t...
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I have to say the Yaris Sedan's downturned grouper fish face is growing on me, the subcompact four-door certainly delivering its own unique character in a class that hasn't always been so risky. Then again, the Yaris Hatchback this new four-door shares its name with is no staid and conservative wallflower either. Unlike the Yaris Hatchback, the new Yaris Sedan is the first Toyota I can remember that's not actually a Toyota behind that elaborate new nose. The closest we've seen to this is the Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ duo, the Scion known as Toyota GT86 in other markets, but this was a co...
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Every now and again you hear naysayers claiming that Hyundai is giving up on its Veloster, mid-2014 being particularly busy with such talk, but not only is it here again for 2016 in all of its wonderfully unorthodox glory, it's actually better than ever. To be fair with these prognosticators, the UK gave up on the car after 2013 and sales have been steadily falling here and in the US, our market's 2012 high of 5,741 units having fallen to 4,704 in 2013, 3,444 in 2014 and so far during the first 11 months of the 2015 calendar year Hyundai Canada has only sold 2,875, while south of the 49th...
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Who makes the boldest, toughest looking pickup trucks on earth? That depends on personal taste of course, but Toyota makes a good argument for being on top of that list with its latest Tundra. There's as much chrome on this truck's grille as a big-rig Freightliner. It wraps right overtop the front of the hood and all the way over to each combination headlamp before diving down to where the front bumper begins, a light metallic matte grey centre cap the only chrome relief, although it's bookended by circular fog lamp-enhanced chromed corners at both sides. Of course there are plenty of eng...
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Long, lean and now endowed with a much more committed take on Lexus' brand-wide spindle-shaped grille and accompanying front fascia, the refreshed 2016 ES 350 is an altogether more stylish and attractive mid-size sedan, or at least that's this journo's opinion. Lexus has given its once conservative mid-size front-driver the RC treatment, and I'm not talking Royal Commission or remote control but rather the Japanese brand's gorgeous new two-door sports coupe. I don't know about you, but I find it difficult to turn away from the ES' broader, deeper, polished nickel-rimmed and glossy black m...
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When I was a kid of 13 years the original 6 Series arrived at our local auto show where my dad and I ogled over it like two school kids checking out the pretty new girl that was way out of our league. Ok, creepily weird to contemplate a 'tweenager and 46-year old white-hair sizing up the same young woman, but you get my analogy. After spending too much time on the BMW show stand we wandered over to Porsche's section to learn more about the 924 we'd been reading about in PM and other buff mags, which believe it or not was more within my dad's financial reach, and finally ended up getting seri...
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I remember the first IS I drove almost exactly 15 years ago. That was way back in December of 2000, the car a first-year, first-generation 2001 IS 300 that I was particularly taken by. It wasn't the optional brownish orange, or bright yellow that was all the rage back then, electric blue, or any other notice-me hue, but rather a mild shade of metallic silver, yet it was brilliantly fun to drive, had one of the coolest chronograph watch-style primary gauge packages I'd seen to date, and was a bold new step for what was at that time a staid and conservative Lexus brand. I've reviewed six IS...
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The Q5 is mostly unchanged for 2016, but that certainly won't get in the way of this models popularity. It remains North America's most popular compact crossover SUV, not to mention the only four-ringed vehicle that leads its segment in sales. That's right, the Q5's record-breaking 7,862 Canadian deliveries in calendar year 2014 beat Acura's RDX by 1,305 units, Mercedes' GLK by 2,263 sales, BMW's X3 by 2,643, Infiniti's QX50 by 5,965, and Volvo's XC60 by 6,320 (the Q5 also sold 6,156 more units than the Range Rover Evoque, but the stylish Brit is a smaller vehicle that competes more direc...
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