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As far as four-door luxury sedans go, nothing shows you’ve arrived as adequately as a Rolls-Royce. Mercedes-Benz is well respected as a premium brand and its new Mercedes-Maybach S 600 a thoroughly impressive luxury car, but it loses out on cachet points due to three-pointed star siblings selling in the $30k range, these vying for the spotlight with Audi, BMW, Jaguar and even premium Japanese brands, whereas Rolls-Royce only has Bentley as a true ultra-premium competitor, and due to the greater portion of last century spent as the lesser brand under parent Rolls-Royce, Bentley has long ...
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No longer a series, the M3 is a lone four-door sedan for 2015, the coupe and convertible taking on the M4 designation like their non-M 4 Series brethren. For Bimmer purists, this is sacrilege. For performance enthusiasts who will just be glad a compact four-door variant is back in the M fold since its departure at the end of the 2011 model year, this is a moot point that matters about as much as whether 400-plus horsepower is made from a V8 or turbocharged six.​ Well, that last point might matter a bit more. For 2015 BMW has taken its M3 and M4 models back to their classic straight-six co...
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Frankly, I wasn't expecting to be impressed by the S5 Cabriolet I recently drove. Oh, don't get me wrong. I laid the accolades on pretty thick after a weeklong stint behind the wheel of a 2010 model that was done out in the same gorgeous hue of Sepang Blue Pearl paint, but that was five years ago and all we've seen since is a mild, albeit arguably effective mid-cycle makeover for the 2013 model year. Under the skin, ladies and gentlemen, the S5, like the A5 it's based on, is an eight-year-old design, the automotive equivalent of an octogenarian in people years. I hate to admit it, but I love...
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Infiniti replaced its much loved and much lauded G37 with the all-new Q50 in late 2013 as a 2014 model, and we covered a number of trim levels. The first one I drove and reviewed was a Q50 Hybrid, while my colleague followed that one up with a Q50 AWD Premium and I followed him up with a different slant on the same car. It took us until February of this year to get my 2015 Q50 3.7 AWD review published, and here we are again with a very nicely equipped 2015 Q50 3.7 AWD Limited Edition. In case you're curious, Infiniti's Canadian division offers the conventionally powered Q50 in five trim l...
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I was only two years old when Toyota launched its first car in Canada, and while 50 years sounds like a long time it certainly goes by quickly. That car wasn't a RAV4, the popular crossover SUV having only come to market 21 years ago in 1994, but rather a number of JDM cars including the Corona, Crown, 700 UP10 (Publica) and the now legendary Land Cruiser, some of which didn't necessarily fit our market-the Corolla, created for other markets in 1966, didn't show up here until 1969. The challenges Toyota and its fledgling dealers faced in 1965 were immense (my best friend's dad bought...
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Talk about staying power, the Audi Q7 is now in its 10th year without a major update yet sales are still strong. In 2007, the first full year the Q7 was sold into the North American markets, Canadians bought a total of 1,235 examples, but that number has steadily grown over the past eight years to 1,959 unit sales in 2014, whereas the first six months of 2015 have already seen 1,084 Q7s drive away from dealer showrooms. If Q7 sales could continue, and they won't because the last remaining examples will soon be sold before the model awaits a completely redesigned 2016 Q7 arriving early next n...
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Just one look at the Audi A6 and it's easy to see why it's become one of the most popular mid-size models in its premium class. It's not all that different in design from other Audi sedans, but for some reason the larger its cars get the more proportionally attractive they become. That's not to say its A3 or A4 aren't good looking in their own rights, they are and their sales reflect this, but the longer and wider A6, which has just been given a subtle yet effectively edgy facelift for 2016, allows a sharper version of Audi's trademark horizontally-ribbed hexagonal horseshoe-shaped Single...
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Are SUV sales slowing? That depends on how you look at it. Compared to a couple of decades ago the sales of traditional sport utilities are now much lower, the 4Runner reviewed here one of just a handful of body-on-frame 4x4s still available, yet the 4,022 Canadian-spec models sold last year represented the model's best volume in more than a decade, while Toyota's US division enjoyed even better per capita sales of 76,906 units during the same 12 months. What's more, this more than decent volume appears to be on an upswing for the first half of 2015 with 2,440 4Runners already down the road....
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The X5 hasn't changed since I reviewed it last year, which is a very good thing as far as I'm concerned. Its completely reworked frontal design with its beefier twin kidney grille, larger more unique 3 Series-inspired headlamp clusters and cleaner, uncluttered lower valance still looks fresh and particularly attractive, while its athletic profile appears longer and leaner thanks to matte black rocker cladding with unique body-colour inserts that visually thins out the design from front to back. Beautiful multi-spoke 19-inch alloys shod in Pirelli Scorpion rubber were fitted to my tester...
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I know I'm a bit weird. Maybe it's the pragmatically realistic yet passionately performance oriented DNA passed down from my Viennese father or possibly the fact that much of my formative years were spent in the back of a 1960 Pontiac Safari "Strato Chief" wagon that my dad personally spray painted avocado green, a car that for some misguided concept of awesomeness I thought was cool (at the time totally unaware that he'd traded in a '56 Chevy Belair to get it), but for some deep-rooted emotionally disfigured reason I have a penchant for station wagons. It's just the way my brain works (or d...
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