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Bold Audi grille and massive 20-inch alloys make for a substantive presence for any well-to-do execs that already bought into the four-door coupe concept. Cars like the Aston Martin Rapide and Porsche Panamera are right at the top of this class, but that doesn't make the all-new 2012 Audi A7 any less desirable. I find it gorgeous. Its front end isn't all that different from other Audis, a good thing, but the rear design, with its sweptback C pillars and chiseled backside sporting angular taillights is oh-so '70s! And I'm referring to the good aspects of '70s design, not the white fl...
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Infiniti's M35h is a true hybrid sport sedan. (Photo: Trevor Hofmann, Canadian Auto Press) the Q45, a beautifully appointed full-size sport-luxury sedan that certainly offered impressive finishing and strong performance, but unorthodox styling made it a niche player in the brand-loyal F-segment, and despite numerous awards for the car itself as well as Infiniti overall, after three generations the "Q-ship" disappeared, leaving the unloved M45 as the brand's flagship sedan. The M descended from the original M30, a car that was followed up by the midsize I30 and J30 in the mid...
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A new aggressive GS 350 design is accompanied by serious performance with the F Sport package. (Photo: Lexus) the mellifluous resonance of its 306-horsepower 3.5-litre V6 fills the cabin with an intoxicatingly pleasing aria. The sound, absolutely reeking of high performance, instantly elevates the corners of your mouth, even as your eyes lower into the characteristic thousand-yard squint which always accompanies the level of concentration required to manage a car exuding this much potential. Flicking the steering wheel to avoid the first obstacle, you're rewarded with a significantly g...
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The Zoom-Zoom company, Mazda, has committed to the further development of the internal combustion engine, to combine the fun-to-drive personality Mazdas are known for, and the efficiencies expected by consumers and regulators. SKYACTIV is the name given to the  next-generation technologies whose purpose is to realize Mazda’s Sustainable Zoom-Zoom long-term vision for technology development. The biggest challenge to Mazda was in resolving seemingly mutually conflicting issues, such as increasing both fuel economy and torque. The engineers employed the breakthrough approach of tech...
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The City and Township of Langley have no shortage of interesting things to see, from one of the classic main streets in the Province, to numerous heritage houses, to the historic Fort Langley, making the area an ideal locale for a day of driving around seeing the sights. And what better car to do it in than the cheeky new Cooper S Coupe, the latest little runabout from MINI and conveniently now available for sale at MINI Langley? We did just that on a recent early fall day, and naturally enough, our tour started at the brand new store at the east end of the Bypass at Glover Road. From th...
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Scion was previously a U.S.-only brand created under the Toyota umbrella to target the rapidly expanding Y generation. The edgy Tiny Scion iQ is only slightly larger than a smart fortwo, but it seats four. (Photo: Scion) new division launched nationwide throughout the U.S. in 2004, after being available only in California through 2003. Toyota Canada (TCI) introduced Scion in select urban centers in the fall of 2010, including Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, and expanded into other cities throughout 2011 as part of its overall rollout. The 2012 Scion iQ slots in below the xD as Scion's...
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Fast and frugal, the M35h has recently set class records for both acceleration and fuel economy. (Photo: Infiniti) accelerating full hybrid vehicle. Now, the speedy hybrid is being praised for its fuel efficiency.   The M35h placed highest in its class at the 2011 ALD Automotive/Shell FuelSave MPG Marathon organized by the FleetWorld group. The two-day event, which marked its 10th anniversary this year, took place on motorways and minor roads in England. In all, 26 vehicles took part in the 596-km marathon. Over the course of its travels along the 596 km route, the M35h achieved a f...
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Stylish, luxurious and fuel efficient, the M35h hybrid is also known for stellar performance. (Photo: Infiniti) fuel economy, warranty protection and interior equipment. All are good measures, but nothing catches consumer attention quite like a Guinness World Record. The Infiniti M35h hybrid has recently been awarded a Guinness World Record as the world's fastest accelerating full hybrid vehicle. The feat was accomplished at the United Kingdom's Santa Pod Raceway which plays host to the FIA European Drag Racing Championships. Santa Pod is where the M35h completed a standard quarter...
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Ultra-small for sure, but the iQ is more practical, more fun to drive and arguably better looking than its rivals. (Photo: Scion) In May of 2011, a mere 492 copies of the smart fortwo were sold in the United States-down from a personal best of 2,695 in May of '08. The Scion iQ is directly comparable to the smart fortwo in size. With the single most recognizable micro car in the world selling so poorly in the U.S., it's a pretty safe bet the iQ will find itself paddling against the flow of the mainstream too. However, members of Scion's U.S. marketing team (we tested it there...
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Selling in near mythic numbers, Toyota's Prius represents the heartiest last laugh any auto manufacturer has enjoyed to date. It's easy to see the extra height and length the new "v" model adds to the Prius lineup. (Photo: Toyota) When Toyota introduced the first generation of the car back in 1997, naysayers decried it as a "science experiment," said it'd never make money, questioned the reliability of the concept, and openly scoffed at the Japanese brand for pursuing the project. These days, it's impossible to spend any time on the road without seeing the ubiquitous hatchbacked sedan's un...
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