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Just try to find a bolder, badder looking pickup truck. The Tundra's got more big rig presence than the Ram, at least since Toyota refreshed its second-generation design last year. Its grille is now larger than ever, pushing out so far to each side that its large LED infused headlight clusters seem somewhat small in comparison, while it butts right up against the rugged looking chrome-capped bumper just below and wraps all the way over the edge of the raised hood above, while tougher looking front and rear fenders meld into a revised rear end design featuring new taillights bookending a rewo...
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We've all got to celebrate brave designs in the auto industry, and Hyundai has had a number of them over the years. Some haven't exactly caught on with the masses while others have been mega hits, the Veloster straddling that line with fairly strong sales success for its compact coupe segment along with an ardent following of zealous believers. It's easy to see why some feel so passionate about it. It has the looks as well as something most sport coupes don't have, practicality. With a grille that could make an Audi feel inadequate, especially in my tester's top-line Turbo trim, beautiful...
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The newest Corolla is in its second year, but I still find myself saying "That's a Corolla?" every time I see one drive by. Recently it was me on the inside looking out, mind you, and believe me when I tell you that the view from this angle is at least as impressive as the popular car's exterior styling. Yes, the Corolla is ridiculously popular. Toyota Canada sold 48,881 Corollas last year, which was the third best year the car has had in the past 10. It's also the third bestselling compact in Canada, but it should be noted that it achieved its 2014 sales total with just with one four-doo...
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The sports coupe segment sells in relatively small numbers compared to four-door models from the same makers, but it's nevertheless important for raising brand awareness and street cred. This is evidenced by most every auto brand offering at least one two-door hardtop entry, with their sizes and prices varying dramatically. Some are compact front-drive models built off the backs of bread-and-butter four-door sedans or three- and five-door hatchbacks, the former including the now defunct Hyundai Elantra Coupe, best-selling Honda Civic Coupe, Kia Forte Koup and Scion tC (based on the Toyota...
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Lexus' IS lineup has included a sedan and retractable hardtop convertible for some time, but no fixed hardtop two-door model. And this while its premium competitors clean up in the personal sports coupe segment. Audi has its A5/S5 coupes, BMW its legendary 3 Series/M3 Coupe, which was recently renamed 4 Series/M4, not to mention a slightly smaller 2 Series two-door, and Mercedes-Benz added a C-Class Coupe to its lineup a few years back. Lexus' Japanese rival Infiniti has long offered the G35/G37 Coupe, now dubbed Q60, while Cadillac gives North American patriots (and other global patrons)...
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One of the best-looking minivans available, especially in sporty SE trim, Toyota found street cred with its third-generation 2011 Sienna when introduced in 2010. Now, four years later, it gets a mid-cycle upgrade for the 2015 model year. The old adage "if it ain't broke don't fix it" certainly applies to the Japanese brand's refreshed minivan, at least on the outside. Exterior styling enhancements are limited to a new headlamp cluster design, optionally infused with a thin strip of de rigueur LED running lights, as well as fashionably late mirror housing-integrated turn signals on top-tie...
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BMW fills more luxury and performance niches than any other automaker, which is no doubt a costly undertaking yet certifies the brand fulfills the individual desires and requirements of each and every client. Case in point is the unorthodox X6. Totally revised for 2015, with new styling that pulls cues from the recently updated X5, with a bolder front fascia featuring BMW's new signature headlight treatment that butts up against the outer portions of its revised twin kidney grille, more muscular flanks and a rounder rear end sporting more complicated LED taillights, while classy dark...
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There's no better looking crossover SUV on the market than Hyundai's Santa Fe Sport. With its striking three-slat chromed grille, stylish multi-angled combination headlamps, edgy integrated fog lights, cool aluminum-look front and rear protector-plate bumper inserts, rugged lower body cladding, gracefully upswept greenhouse, sporty rooftop spoiler and gorgeous taillights, it set a styling benchmark when this latest third-generation model debuted in the summer of 2012 as a 2013 model. Now, three years into its current lifecycle the Santa Fe still looks fresh and cutting-edge. This no doubt...
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In the automotive sector, attaching an "L" to a luxury sedan's backside normally designates a long-wheelbase version, and fortunately in this particular model naming process Infiniti isn't at all confusing. The new Q70L 5.6 AWD is a longer version of the mid-size Q70 four-door, the 150-mm (5.9-inch) stretch not only making the rear quarters more spacious but also adding stateliness to the car's overall design. The longer model's grandeur is appropriate for its role as a flagship luxury car, as is its liberal use of chrome. A thick rim of brightwork surrounding the big double-arch black me...
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  Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press I knew there was something Mediterranean about the Q3 as soon as I laid eyes on it. Somehow, to me at least, it seemed like the kind of vehicle I could see myself meandering through the crowded streets of Barcelona in, pulling up to a quaint bistro in Barceloneta before meeting up with amigos y amigas; casually cruising around Port Vell while checking out all the luxury yachts con mi amor; parking conspicuously near the Rambla del Mar to creatively capture a twosome selfie of the fabulous wooden stru...
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