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BMW didn't create the X6 to pad its bottom line. Like the Z4 roadster, 6 Series Coupe, Gran Coupe and Cabriolet, and new i8, not to mention all of its M-badged models, the X6 is a niche image building model that shines its halo across the rest of the brand's meat and potato vehicles, although to be fair to the Munich-base automaker its core models are more chateaubriand and truffled potato gratin than the usual commoner's stew. The X6 has had few challengers since it came into fruition in 1997, the rival most often mocked being Acura's ZDX, a vehicle I happened to really like for its bold...
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The A6 has long been a personal favourite, even when Audi dubbed it 5000. Of course, that car wasn't an A6, but it was the genesis of this mid-size Quattro-infused four-door, and a critically important car for the four-ringed German brand. That model was known as the 100 in other markets, an earlier version being the first car I ever bought with my own hard earned money. It was later renamed 100 here as well, the original turbocharged five-cylinder all-wheel drive S4 spinoff my personal favourite sport sedan of the era and a test drive I'll never forget, while the original Audi V8, based ...
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By the way Nissan has treated its Infiniti brand over its quarter-century existence, the now Hong Kong, China-based luxury division might have a case for child abandonment. The majority of its models, which for the most part were style, performance and technology leaders when devised, have been left to languish far past their various shelf lives, the parent automaker seemingly crossing its collective fingers in hopes that premium buyers will purchase their outdated products on traditional luxury features and price. Granted, Infiniti often offers best-in-class value, but you're not going to a...
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There are a lot of reasons why Toyota is number one in mid-size pickup truck sales, and while rugged good looks, capability, durability, reliability and owner satisfaction are indeed high up on the list, you can't discount its longevity in the marketplace either. The Taco, as fans like to call it, had its 20th birthday this year, arriving on the light truck scene in 1995, and that was after 20 years of Toyota truck brand building via the humbly named Pickup, while before that the HiLux filled the Japanese brand's compact trucklet gap back to 1969, the Stout from to '64, and of course the ...
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In case you were wondering, it takes a considerable amount of time and effort to test, research, and finally write a review on a given vehicle. And that doesn't even take into consideration the team needed to schedule, book, pick up, shuttle around and drop off the test car, source a location and then shoot a gallery of photos, the additional team required to edit those photos, size and optimize them for the web, edit the review, and finally file it to various print publishers while posting it to the content management system for online distribution ahead of promoting it via various social m...
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In case you're wondering whether anyone will notice that you spent a lot more for a JCW than mere mortals pay for a regular Cooper or Cooper S, don't worry. From it's bold red horizontal grille rib and unique badging, up to its gaping hood scoop and then down to its heavily ducted lower fascia, past its bulging fenders to unique optional machine-finished 18-inch five-spoke alloys with black painted pockets on 205/40 Pirelli Cinturatos framing standard JCW-branded glossy red four-piston fixed calipers that hover over massive dinner plate-sized ventilated discs, back up to a wing-like roo...
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MX-5 aside, the CX-3 is the sportiest looking new Mazda, but it's more Dakar rally raid than take it to the track on Sunday. It looks like it could go anywhere, although let's be clear, this isn't the intention. Rather, you'll look oh-so stylish pulling up to the ski hill in this subcompact SUV, and you'll get there using less fuel than the majority of snow slaying 4x4s. Its variation on Mazda's new corporate face might be the best yet. Its large and proud yet tasteful grille is almost stately, and certainly more premium than some luxury branded small CUVs, while its sharp and narrow comb...
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Think of the tC as the Corolla's sportier two-door sibling. A brother from another mother, albeit the same dad. The dad is Akio Toyoda, indirectly at least. He's the man responsible for injecting some much-needed life into a Toyota namesake brand that was too staid and conservative when he took over as president and CEO of TMC in June of 2009, and the rest, as they say, is history. Scion, which is largely made up of reworked Toyota products not available here, has been a direct benefactor. The tC preceded Toyoda's six-year legacy, if you can call half a dozen years of leadership a legacy....
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The Elantra remains as stylish as four-door compacts get, its curvaceous front fascia only upstaged by an even swoopier rear design, both bejeweled with beautifully detailed lighting elements normally found on much more expensive cars. My top-line Limited tester takes everything up a notch, with chrome ribs on the lower grille opening, more brightwork within its upgraded projection headlights, a touch more highlighting its LED side mirror turn signals, more chrome trimming the door handles, while stylish taillights hover over a chromed tailpipe poking through a cool matte-black diffuser-styl...
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The new HR-V enters the fastest growing segment in the auto industry, but don't worry Honda fans, as early sales results show that it's fully up to the task of competing in its subcompact SUV class. Despite three additional models joining this category for the 2016 model year alone, expanding the class to nine in total, the HR-V already ranks second in year-to-date Canadian sales as of September's close with 5,427 units down the road compared to 5,845 for the front-running Chevrolet Trax. I'm looking forward to seeing 2016 calendar year results, however, as the HR-V achieved this impressi...
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