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Remaining unbiased in the automotive journalism profession is at times difficult, but it's paramount to delivering reviews that are credible and therefore useful to one's readers. Then again, our enthusiasm and personal perspective is what makes these reviews particularly helpful to new car buyers, not to mention occasionally entertaining, so there seems to be some allowance for opinionated lauding and diatribes alike, as long as we take into consideration that there's a butt for every seat as an old sales manager would constantly remind me way back in the '80s when I was selling cars. Anoth...
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The QX60 hasn't changed one iota since it's JX35 inception three years ago, other than the badges, which means it continues forward as a very good looking large crossover SUV. The model was one of the first to adopt Infiniti's more curvaceous and distinctive new trademark grille design that looks just as good fronting SUVs as it does sport sedans, on this model flanked by reptilian eye-like headlamp clusters that seem like they're staring you down even from the side view. No matter the trim level a nicely detailed lower fascia incorporates circular fog lamps with chrome bezels that imitat...
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I could never forget the first M3 I drove. No, not the original E30 M3 that I've unfortunately never set foot in, but rather one of the 45 numbered Euro-spec E36 M3 coupes BMW Canada imported for the 1994 model year, two years before the dumbed-down North American-spec 1997 E36 M3 arrived. The former had a high-revving 282 horsepower 3.0-litre inline-six connecting through to a five-speed manual transmission that was a dream to shift. The engine wailed like the proverbial banshee and the entire car felt so incredibly connected to the road, the controls so amazingly telepathic in their feedba...
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A couple of decades ago I was walking through a repo yard looking for something to buy and came upon a third-generation E34 with a 518i badge on its backside and 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine under its hood. At the time I couldn't fathom a mid-size sport-luxury car powered by such a tiny inline-four, this being a European grey-market import and therefore nothing I'd ever laid eyes on before, so I passed it by only to end up with a six-cylinder powered 528i of the same era. Strange to think that a couple of lifetimes later, or so it seems, I'd be behind the wheel of an identically named...
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[I love the look of the new 3. The elongated twin kidney grille, the way the curvaceous headlamp clusters bleed into that grille, the long, thin engine and brake cooling vent under the bumper finished off with two narrow strips of chrome garnish overtop neat circular fog lights. The car's profile looks sleek for a relatively upright four-door, the greenhouse finished in bright metal to highlight its classic Hofmeister-kinked rear quarter windows, and finally the rear end design capped off with two of the most attractive trademark L-shaped BMW taillights to come along in decades, a couple of ...
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This isn't just any BMW i8. Yes, possibly a very silly thing to say considering Bayerische Motoren Werke's super clean supercar is about as rare as exotics get in these parts and its technology more advanced than most anything else on the road, but this particular i8 is done out in a modernized version of classic BMW M-Motorsport racing livery and then wrapped with numbers, sponsorship decals and more as part of its entry into this year's Diamond Rally, a fundraising platform for various charities that saw 100-plus luxury and supercars traveling from Vancouver to Whistler, BC and back, ...
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To watch Audi's A4 evolve over the years has been a most interesting process. The lines have become evermore chiseled and angular, the grille larger, the lighting elements more detailed and LED infused, interior more luxurious and feature set more abundantly equipped, but the overall shape has remained just as singularly defined as this car's mission, to deliver premium five-passenger comfort and all-weather performance to luxury buyers with discriminating taste. Like all "compacts" within the luxury sedan sector the A4 has grown quite a bit since inception, now 183 mm (7.2 inches) longer...
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When Audi first unveiled its production Q5 at the 2008 Beijing auto show and later that year at the LA auto show there were only four compact luxury crossover SUVs to potentially compete against, but in less than a year when this smaller Q-ship hit the North American market it was up against six rivals. Now, half a dozen years and one facelift into its first generation the popular four-ringed model faces 10 compact premium challengers, three of which are entirely new this year. To say the compact luxury CUV segment is growing is a major understatement, it's bursting at the seams. This m...
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The last time Lexus made an ultra-powerful sports coupe its stratospheric price tag was close to $400,000 and its availability very limited. The 2012 LFA should more accurately be categorized as a supercar than a sports coupe, yet many of the highly coveted model's design cues and technologies can be seen in Lexus' latest super-coupe, the much more affordable RC F, which to some may look more appealing and dare I say even drive better than the LFA. The RC F bowed to much enthusiasm at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last year, but now that it's out here on the street...
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The idea of a luxury pickup would've been laughable decades ago, but not so anymore. Times change and today's light truck buyer is much more varied in wants and needs than those who stepped up to half-ton haulers in the previous millennium. Now there are at least as many families looking to trucks like this premium-level Tundra Limited for solving their multidimensional lifestyle challenges in style and comfort, as there are commercial users choosing more basic Tundras for hauling construction equipment, farming implements, or whatever business requirements a heavy-duty workhorse can be used...
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