Mar 26


#KiaOptima #NYIAS

Instantly recognizable yet thoroughly fresh, Kia will introduce the all-new 2016 Optima at the upcoming New York Auto Show on April 1st at 1:20 PM.  Available with multiple engine choices, the all-new Optima features a more spacious interior, class-up premium features and a number of technologies not previously offered on Kia’s best-selling mid-size sedan.

Mar 02

Road Test: 2015 BMW 428i Gran Coupé

2015 BMW 428i Gran Coupé, Road-Test.orgFirst came the the BMW 4 Series Coupé and Convertible, and then the Gran Coupé – for those that wanted more than two doors and didn’t want a 3-series sedan (!?)… or GT.

Hmm that doesn’t make sense, but here we are.

According to BMW the “4 Series Gran Coupé combines the sleek look of a two-door coupé with the functionality provided by four-doors and expansive spaciousness, including a wide-access luggage compartment.” To you and I that means – it’s a 4-door hatchback. I know I’m getting old, but it don’t look like a 2-door coupe to me – it looks like a 4-door sedan with a bonus huge rear hatch that looks like a trunk not a hatch.

This raises some serious questions – most notably – WHY does this vehicle exist? Time for me to investigate. So off to Germany we went – to the home of high-speed autobahns… Time to see just what this thing is all about… Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 05

2015 Canadian International AutoShow – The AUTOEXOTICA VEHICLES

Don’t forget…. We’ll be tweeting live from the show – including pictures from the vehicle launches as well as other auto-related information/pictures. The Tweets will simultaneously be fed to our Facebook page if you’d rather follow us there.  Follow us on Twitter: @Road_Test or follow us on Facebook: using the hashtag: #cias2015

The following exotic vehicles will be on display at the 42nd edition of the Canadian International AutoShow:, @autoshowcanada, #CIAS2015

2015 MCLAREN 650S Coupe, 2015 650S Spider & a 2012 12C
Pfaff | McLaren is thrilled to be back at the 2015 Canadian International Auto Show for another successful year. Guests can look forward to seeing 3 McLaren models at this year’s show, including a 2015 650S Coupe, a 2015 650S Spider and a 2012 12C Coupe that features a custom MSO (McLaren Special Operations) front bumper. 

Evora Sports Racer
The Evora Sports Racer is available (Canada only) with the Supercharged 3.5 liter DOHC V6 VVTi 24-valve power train, and with either 6 speed manual or IPS transmission.  Loaded with optional extras and the 2+2 seating option as standard. The ‘Sports Pack’ provides switchable sports mode with sharper throttle response, increased rpm limit and sportier setting for Dynamic Performance Management (DPM), sports diffuser and cross-drilled brake discs. The ‘Tech Pack’ provides upgraded speakers and stereo system, DVD player, 7″ WVGA touch screen display, Bluetooth® mobile phone connection, USB connection for various iPod® models, MP3 players and memory sticks, tyre pressure monitoring, cruise control and rear parking sensors.  Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 03

Preview 2 – 2015 Canadian International AutoShow, @autoshowcanada, #CIAS2015, @cdnintlautoshow, Road-Test.orgCANADIAN VEHICLE PREMIERES
As promised, here are some more details of the vehicles you’ll see at the 2015 CIAS in Toronto running February 13-22, 2015. Tomorrow we’ll preview the AUTOEXOTICA VEHICLES from the show..

The following vehicle premieres will take place at the 42nd edition of the Canadian International AutoShow:

ACURA, @autoshowcanada, #CIAS2015

2016 Audi RS7
Dynamics in a new top form – Audi has honed the RS 7 Sportback. The large five-door coupé comes with new LED headlights and even more enhanced infotainment features. With 560 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, its 4.0 TFSI engine provides for an impressive driving performance.

2016 Audi TTS Coupe
A modern classic re-launched: Audi introduces the third generation of the TT to the road. The compact sports car captivates as a design icon with the driving dynamics of a genuine sports car and a revolutionary, fully digital cockpit. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 30

Preview – 2015 Canadian International Auto Show, @autoshowcanada, #CIAS2015,  @cdnintlautoshow,

Once again the Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS) is about to arrive in Toronto for 9 days, and we’ll be there for the Media Day on Thursday February 12th. Last year we tried something a little different and we’ll continue expanding on that again this year.

We’ll be tweeting live from the show – including pictures from the vehicle launches as well as other auto-related information/pictures. The Tweets will simultaneously be fed to our Facebook page if you’d rather follow us there.  Follow us on Twitter: @Road_Test or follow us on Facebook: using the hashtag: #cias2015

45 Canadian premieres
So what are we going to see at the show this year?
Here’s a quick overall view of the show… Next week we’ll expand and give you more details. This is going to be the best show yet!

The Canadian International AutoShow (CIAS) has been redefining “car shows” since 1974, bringing more dynamic, interactive content and an expanded lineup of spectacular new metal to Toronto every year.

The CIAS is the largest consumer show of any kind in Canada — in size and attendance, with more female visitors than any other show. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 13

The All-New FORD GT Supercar – Will Be Built Next Year

  • All-new Ford GT supercar sets new standards for Ford innovation through performance with advances in light-weighting, aerodynamics and ultra-efficient EcoBoost® engine
  • Ford GT features the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever – a new twin-turbocharged Ford EcoBoost V6 producing more than 600 horsepower!

Ford today unveiled the all-new GT, an ultra-high-performance supercar that serves as a technology showcase for top EcoBoost® performance, aerodynamics and lightweight carbon fiber construction.

The GT is one of more than 12 new Ford Performance vehicles coming by 2020. It joins Focus RS, F-150 Raptor, Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R in the growing Ford Performance lineup.

Beginning production late next year, the GT hits the road in select global markets to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ford GT race cars placing 1-2-3 at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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Jan 13

All-New 2016 Lincoln MKX Delivers Personal Luxury To Attract New Global Customers

Road-Test.orgDETROIT, Jan. 13, 2015 – The all-new 2016 Lincoln MKX, debuting today at the North American International Auto Show, is designed to attract a wide range of customers in the United States and beyond by more technology, engine choices and personalization options.

Lincoln MKX offers the first high-end Revel® audio system in a vehicle (an automotive first), and an available advanced 2.7-litre twin-turbocharged EcoBoost® V-6 engine, helps make this the most powerful, best-handling, quietest Lincoln MKX ever.

“We are focused on delivering engaging and refined luxury vehicles with innovative and thoughtful technologies.” said Kumar Galhotra, president of Lincoln. “The all-new Lincoln MKX reflects that focus.” Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 13

New 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel Makes A Statement At Detroit Auto Show

All-New 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel World Debut

All-New 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel World Debut

January 13, 2015 , Windsor, Ontario – The new 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel brings a one-of-a-kind off-road design to the full-size truck segment.

“Offering an off-road-style package on the Ram 1500 has been on our to-do list for some time but the right combination didn’t present itself until now,” said Bob Hegbloom, President and CEO — Ram Truck Brand, FCA US LLC. “The Rebel drops right into a core segment of the truck market with unique design cues and can-do attitude backed by Ram Truck engineering.”
New exterior design highlights
Rebel features an all-new grille with prominent billet silver “RAM” letter badge. Departing from the brand’s iconic “cross-hair” designs, the blacked-out Rebel grille tops a completely new black off-road front bumper design with a durable powder-coated surface, which incorporates a powder coated, billet silver skid plate, new front tow hooks and new LED fog lamps. Black bezel bi-functional projector headlamps with LED marker lights lie beneath an aluminum, twin-snorkel sport hood. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 12

All-New 2017 F-150 Raptor, Ford’s Ultimate Off-Road Performance Truck

© Drew Phillips

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor / © Drew Phillips

DETROIT, Jan. 12, 2015 – Ford, America’s truck leader, today introduced the all-new 2017 F-150 Raptor – the ultimate high-performance off-road pickup in the company’s line-up.

Ford has reengineered every part of the F-150 Raptor to make it the toughest, smartest, most capable off-roader – and more efficient than ever.

“When we created the first Raptor, we set out to prove vehicle performance isn’t just measured on the street or at the track – off-road can be even more fun,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “The original Raptor, plus enhancements on the all-new F-150 set the bar for us to make the all-new Raptor better in every way.” Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 12

Chrysler Canada – World Première: All-new 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

All-new 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Delivers Race-inspired Performance, Advanced Technologies, Seductive Italian Style, and now an Even More Exhilarating Driving Experience With Open-air Freedom

Production version of the all-new 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, revealed at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, will arrive at dealerships this summer

January 12, 2015 , Windsor, Ontario – Adding to the Alfa Romeo brand’s legendary racing history and the exciting experience of open-air motoring, the all-new 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider debuts with panoramic views complemented with a signature Alfa exhaust note, plus the essential sportiness of the award-winning 4C Coupe: handcrafted in Modena, Italy; ground-breaking and seductive Italian style; state-of-the-art Formula 1 inspired carbon fibre monocoque chassis that enables an incredible power-to-weight ratio; advanced technologies, including the all-aluminum 1750 cc turbocharged engine with direct-injection, dual intercoolers, and variable-valve timing that enable supercar-level performance. Read the rest of this entry »

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