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 »

Jan 29

Subaru’s Equipped With EyeSight Driver Assist System Had 60% Fewer Accidents

Road-Test.orgTokyo, January 26, 2016 – Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) today released a survey of traffic accidents resulting in injury or death that involved Subaru vehicles sold in Japan between fiscal years 2010 and 2014.

The survey reveals that vehicles equipped with the EyeSight driver assist system had 80% fewer front-to-rear crashes (rear-end collisions) Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 21

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine Named 2016 Luxury Green Car of the Year

ROCKLEIGH, NJ (January 21, 2016) – The all-new Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine, the world’s first seven passenger plug-in hybrid SUV, has been named Green Car Journal’s 2016 Luxury Green Car of the Year. The XC90 T8 offers a combined 400 horsepower by way of a two-liter turbocharged and supercharged gas engine in front and an electric motor at the rear. Together they deliver an EPA-rated 53 MPGe, making the all-wheel-drive XC90 T8 the world’s most powerful and efficient SUV. The luxury SUV has five different driving modes that deliver a range of performance and efficiency-enhancing characteristics. Using either a scroll wheel on the centre console or a touchscreen on the dashboard, drivers can choose from: Volvo XC90, Road-Test.orgHybrid: This is the default mode, suitable for everyday use. Here, the vehicle will automatically alternate between drawing power from the 2-litre, 4-cylinder Drive-E engine and the electric motor to deliver the best overall fuel consumption. Pure: In this mode, when the high-voltage battery is fully charged, it serves as the car’s sole energy source, powering the electric motor over the rear axle. The XC90 T8 has a range of more than 40km using just electricity, which covers the total distance many people drive in one day. And thanks to the regenerative braking system, this mode is super-efficient in the stop-and-go traffic of city environments. If more power is needed, the Drive-E combustion engine starts up automatically. Power: Here, drivers get the combined performance of the combustion engine and the electric motor. On start-up, the SUV takes advantage of the electric motor’s superior response and instant torque curve, while the combustion engine gets up to speed. This combination offers better torque at lower revs, equivalent to that of a large displacement engine like the V8. Volvo XC90, Road-Test.orgAWD: This mode offers constant all-wheel drive on demand. The advantage of being able to select AWD manually is that the driver can use it when needed, or choose to save energy for later. Save: If the battery is charged, this mode allows the driver to “freeze” the battery level and save it for later use with Pure Electric drive. On the other hand, if the battery is low, the driver can use the combustion engine to charge the battery to a certain level for later use with Pure Electric drive. “It is an honor to receive this award from Green Car Journal for the XC90 T8,” said Lex Kerssemakers, President and CEO, Volvo Car USA. “Volvo is committed to a vehicle electrification strategy that will make powerful and efficient plug-in hybrid powertrains available in more models, such as the S90 luxury sedan that goes on sale this year.” “The new Volvo XC90 T8 is a milestone luxury SUV offering the important features most desired by buyers who want it all,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com. “Its attractive new styling, welcome luxury appointments, seven passenger seating, and plug-in hybrid power deservedly earn its distinction as Green Car Journal’s 2016 Luxury Green Car of the Year™. “Volvo XC90, Road-Test.org

The all-new Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine, the world’s first seven passenger plug-in hybrid SUV, has been named Green Car Journal’s 2016 Luxury Green Car of the Year.

The XC90 T8 offers a combined 400 horsepower by way of a two-liter turbocharged and supercharged gas engine in front and an electric motor at the rear. Together they deliver an EPA-rated 53 MPGe, making the all-wheel-drive XC90 T8 the world’s most powerful and efficient SUV. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 18

Why Are So Many Auto Manufacturers Offering Electric Vehicles?

Road-Test.org, Electric Vehicles, Iain Shankland

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Almost every day now we’re seeing announcements of new electric vehicles arriving very soon. Although they’ve been around for a while now – the Chevrolet Volt is now entering its 2nd Generation, and the Nissan Leaf, which has been around since 2012 will be all-new for the 2017 model year. Ford have the Fusion, Focus and C-Max plug in/hybrid models and don’t forget the leader of hybrid cars/SUV – Toyota, as well as Tesla, Kia and now Hyundai.

It’s getting to the point that we’re going to have an abundance of electric vehicles to choose from in 2016 and 2017- and that’s a good thing. So why all this bombardment? Why are so many manufacturers jumping on the Electric Vehicle Bandwagon?

Range Anxiety
The biggest obstacle until now has been the limited range of electric vehicles. Who wants a car that only goes 84 miles (135 kms) – best-case-scenario (from Nissan) between a re-charge?! A re-charge that can take up to 20 hours when charged from 110/120 Volt outlet!! The Nissan Leaf is great if you never leave town, with its entirely useless 84 miles (135 kms) range (the EPA has it pegged at an even worse 75 miles/121 kms). If I left my house heading for Toronto – about 1 ½ hours away with bumper-to-bumper traffic I’d just about get there, but not home without a re-charge – talk about ‘range anxiety!! Nissan are touting the ‘NEW’ 2016 Leaf  will bump it to a “whopping” 107 miles (172 kms), so I’ll definitely reach Toronto, but still have to charge it to get home after spending the night in a hotel. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 12

Kia Telluride Concept Makes World Debut At NAIAS In Detroit

Kia Telluride Concept, Road-Test.org

Elegant and Sophisticated, the Kia Telluride Combines Breakthrough Technology, Rugged Beauty, and Functionality in a Full-Size Sport Utility Vehicle

DETROIT, Jan. 11, 2016 – Glimpsing a future that is grounded in reality but not bound by the present, Kia Motors America (KMA) today unveiled a cutting-edge vision for a full-size SUV at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).  The Telluride, a striking three-row, seven-passenger, luxury SUV concept features a modern and upright shape, muscular stance, and state-of-the-art technology to care for its occupants.  Purely conceptual, the Kia Telluride is based on an existing platform and reveals the brand’s interest in potentially offering a premium SUV positioned above the current hot-selling Sorento. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 11

The All-New 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Re-Invents Minivan Segment

Road-Test.orgJanuary 11, 2016 , Windsor, Ontario – As the original creator of the minivan more than 30 years ago, FCA US LLC has transformed the segment with firsts – notching 78 innovations through the first five minivan generations. With the introduction of the all-new Chrysler Pacifica, FCA US adds 37 minivan firsts to its portfolio for an unprecedented total of 115 innovations in the segment.

“The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is truly a no-compromises minivan, giving customers everything they need or want,” said Timothy Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands, FCA – North America. “We started from the ground up to design the most technologically advanced minivan, which offers bold styling, class-leading ride and handling, and unmatched fuel economy, with the Pacifica Hybrid delivering efficiency as good as 2.9 Le/100 km in city driving.

The all-new Chrysler Pacifica was thoughtfully designed and engineered to provide unsurpassed levels of comfort, convenience, technology and functionality, making it the perfect combination for modern families.” Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 09

IONIQ – A Leap Forward For Hybrid Vehicles As Hyundai Introduces The First Car With Three Electric Powertrains

Hyundai IONIQ, Road-Test.org

A world first: Electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid powertrains available in a single body type

 December 7, 2015 Hyundai Motor has announced the name of its advanced, alternative-fuel compact vehicle due for launch in 2016: the Hyundai IONIQ. The car will be available with electric, plug-in gasoline/electric hybrid, or gasoline/electric hybrid powertrain – the first car from any manufacturer to offer customers these three powertrain options in a single body type.

As part of Hyundai Motor’s ambition to chart the direction of future mobility, while enhancing the lives of its customers, the IONIQ responds to rapidly changing customer lifestyles by breaking the mold for hybrid vehicles. As the world’s first model to offer customers the choice of three powertrain options, the IONIQ combines class-leading fuel efficiency with a fun, responsive drive and attractive design, a unique mix not yet achieved by a hybrid vehicle. Read the rest of this entry »

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