Apr 29

Road Test – 2016 BMW X6 35i

BMW X6 35i, Road-Test.org, Iain Shankland

When the BMW X6 first came out it was crucified by the majority of auto journalists’ as an abomination, whereas I absolutely loved it. Fast forward several years and now there’s several CUV/SUV’s that look an awful lot like the X6 (a very similar thing happened with the BMW GT as well)… take a bow BMW – setting the trend that gets copied several years later by other manufactures. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 31

Ford Changed The World When He Gave Us The Model T – Tesla’s Going To Change It Back Again

Ford brought the Model T to the masses – Tesla plans to do the same…with the Model 3Road-Test.org

Tesla. What’s the first thing you think of when you read or hear that word?

For me, it was a very expensive electric car that the Hollywood gang loved to be seen-in – so they could tell us how to live our life and save the environment from their ivory tower. For that reason alone, I completely ignored the car and everything about it.

But I was wrong – so very wrong. What changed my mind? Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 17

Electric Vehicles – The Answer to Every Urban Commuter’s Prayers

…Or Are They?

Iain Shankland, Road-Test.org, Tesla StationAt this year’s Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS) the stand-out theme would have to be Electric Vehicles (EVs) – at least that’s where most of the manufacturers seem to be spending their time, energy and design money. And hey, there’s nothing wrong with electric vehicles – don’t get me wrong – but the fact that they’re being touted as an urban commuter – I’m not so sure about that.

Over the past few years I’ve written a couple of articles about EVs and hybrids – their pros and cons, and a lot of people have wondered why they haven’t really caught on. Well, it’s starting to look like the EV has gained enough momentum that it might actually dominate the market in the not too distant future. Manufacturers are all on board, sure there’s the odd hold-out like Mazda, but overall the manufacturers are fully committed to embracing electric – some are also looking at hydrogen and hybrid in tandem – or maybe they’re just hedging their bets. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 10

Chrysler Canada Announces Price Of All-New 2017 Pacifica

2017 Chrysler PacificaMarch 10, 2016 , Windsor, Ontario – The all-new, made-in-Canada 2017 Chrysler Pacifica delivers unparalleled levels of functionality, versatility, technology and bold styling – all from a starting MSRP of $43,995.

“FCA Canada has been the leading seller of minivans for 30-plus years while holding on to 70 per cent of the market share. With nearly 40 innovations not offered by any others in its class, the all-new Chrysler Pacifica is the new benchmark in the segment that we invented,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO, FCA Canada.  “The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica includes a price that is $1,200 lower than the outgoing Town & Country, with over $2,600 of additional see and sell content with standard leather-faced seats, heated front seats, remote start, hands-free communication and Keyless Enter ‘n Go with push-button start.” Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 09

Road Test: 2016 Jaguar F-TYPE S AWD COUPÉ

Iain Shankland, Jaguar F-TYPE S AWD, Road-Test.orgThe 2016 Jaguar F-TYPE S AWD COUPÉ can be summed up in one word: Purrrrrrfect. Seriously. When you’re driving this car and you’re a man: you’ll have to beat the women off with a stick, and if you’re a women… let’s just say you won’t be considered just a cougar – you’ll be a magnet.

If anyone ever says to you: “Money can’t buy happiness” – punch them in the throat and show them a picture of this car. Money can buy happiness and it’s called a Jaguar F-Type. This car is worth trading your soul for. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 02

2016 Mazda CX-9 Scores 35-Percent Improvement in Fuel Efficiency Over Predecessor

2016 Mazda CX-9, Road-Test.org

Torquey, Turbocharged and Efficient SKYACTIV Engine Contributes to CX-9’s 8.3 L/100 km NRCan-Estimated Highway Rating

RICHMOND HILL, ON, March 2, 2016 /CNW/ – Mazda Canada Inc. (MCI) today released Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) estimated fuel economy figures for its all-new 2016 Mazda CX-9 midsize, three-row crossover SUV. Certified at 10.5 city/8.3 highway/9.5 combined L/100 km, when equipped with front-wheel drive, the 2016 CX-9 is among the most-efficient vehicles of its size—and achieves those numbers without having to use an extra-cost hybrid or diesel powertrain. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 11

All-New 2017 Mazda CX-9 Makes Canadian Debut At CIAS

Road-Test.orgFebruary 11, 2016 – TORONTO, ON – At a press conference today at the 2016 Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, Mazda Canada will hold the Canadian debut of the all-new 2016 Mazda CX-9 7-passenger crossover. Also on display making regional debuts are the new 2016 MX-5 Sport Package and the Global Mazda MX-5 Cup race car. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 08

Maserati Debuts Bespoke Sport Sedans At 2016 Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS)

GHIBLI-1051-800, Maserati Debuts Bespoke Sport Sedans At 2016 Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS) #CIAS2016


Maserati demonstrates its commitment to the Canadian marketplace with an impressive array of its bold, signature sounding sport models on prominent display at this year’s Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS).

In 2015, Maserati established a direct presence in Canada with a newly formed entity, Maserati Canada Inc. With this move, the company better positions itself to best serve local partners and customers in the region, advancing to become a genuine automotive player across Canada. With the winning combination of Maserati’s quintessential drive, high performance, customization, signature sounding engine and superior handling in all weather conditions, Maserati is quickly becoming a well suited option for Canadian consumers. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 05

40 Vehicles To Get Canadian Launch At 2016 Canadian International AutoShow

Road-Test.org, #CIAS2016The count-down begins today…. In just one week it will be time to make the yearly pilgrimage to the 2016 Canadian International AutoShow (CIAS) in Toronto!!

We’ll be there on the 11th – Media Day, so watch for regular updates via our Twitter (@Road_Test) and our Facebook feed (www.facebook.com/RoadTest.org) using #CIAS2016.

Here’s a preview of what you can expect this year….. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 02

Road Test – 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport

Land Rover Discovery Sport, Iain Shankland, Road-Test.orgI really love the look of the 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport (all-new in 2015) – not to be confused with the LR4 or Evoque! When I saw it at the auto show last February I expected it to be expensive, but not so… I asked my wife what she thought the price was – she’s really good at getting the price within $1,000 in 99% of vehicles.

“Considering it’s a Land Rover: $80-100k” OK, but what do you think it should cost? “I think $60-80,000 would be acceptable with the options and trim level”

How ‘bout $50k the way it’s kitted out? Eyes bug out – I think she’s rather impressed!! But what about after a week – will we still be enamoured with it? Read the rest of this entry »

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