Nov 19

All-new 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Delivers Italian Style to the Premium Mid-size Sedan Segment

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio,


  • Built in Italy, the all-new Giulia grouped together the best resources and talent within a highly focused team to deliver the highest levels of innovation and precision craftsmanship
  • The Giulia Quadrifoglio Delivers Class-leading 505 Horsepower, from the Ferrari-derived bi-turbo V-6, making the Giulia Quadrifoglio the most powerful Alfa Romeo production car ever!
  • 0-60 miles per hour (mph) in 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 191 mph, while cylinder deactivation reduces real-world fuel consumption by up to 15 percent
  • Record-setting 7:39 Nürburgring Lap Time – the Fastest Ever by a Four-door Production Sedan

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Nov 10

Toyota To Build RAV4s In Its Cambridge, Ontario Plant

2016 RAV4CAMBRIDGE, ON., November 10, 2015 – Toyota announced today that it will produce RAV4 vehicles in its Cambridge North Assembly plant starting in 2019. With Lexus RX in Cambridge, and Toyota RAV4 in Woodstock and Cambridge, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) will become a North American hub for sport utility vehicles. The company also announced that it will be adding hybrid RAV4 production.

“The RAV4 and the RAV4 hybrid are great products for TMMC,” commented Toyota Motor North America Chief Executive Officer Jim Lentz. “RAV4 is a leader in the fastest growing segment of the North American auto industry. We forecast that the segment will continue to demonstrate strong growth with the RAV4 being a major player.” Mr. Lentz also explained that “producing additional RAV4s, a more upscale, more complex, higher content vehicle, fits well with TMMC’s well-earned reputation for quality.”

To accommodate the change, the Cambridge North Plant will receive significant new investment, including the introduction of Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA). TNGA is an innovative, integrated approach to developing and building vehicles, involving new production equipment and new processes.  TMMC President, Brian Krinock explained that “with a new platform and the latest technology, TMMC will have the flexibility to respond to the evolving needs of the automotive marketplace.” He also said that “bringing TNGA to Canada will propel us to the next generation of automotive manufacturing and provide the basis for our longstanding commitment to employment stability.” Mr. Krinock also observed that “when we implement this project in 2019, we will have been making vehicles in Canada for thirty years. This investment will revitalize our plant and create the foundation for our future success.”

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. manufactures the Toyota Corolla, RAV4, Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h vehicles and is the first plant outside of Japan to build a Lexus vehicle. The company employs more than 8,000 Team Members at three manufacturing plants in Ontario, Canada.

Nov 06

Road Test: 2015 Ford Fusion Titanium Hybrid

Road Test, Iain ShanklandIt’s been a little while since I’ve taken a hybrid out for a test, so I thought I’d try out the 2015 Ford Fusion Titanium Hybrid while it’s still new and not ready for a re-design in the very near future.

Over the last 10 years I’ve had the opportunity to see a number of hybrid vehicles change and improve with each passing year. From the Toyota Prius, Escape and Highlander SUV hybrids to the mid-size Camry and Fusion – over the years they are considerably different from the hybrids we had just 3 years ago. While a number of manufacturers are looking at pure electric and hydrogen to propel vehicles of the future, the first kid on the block – the engine/electric motor/battery is by far the best combination because there are no unnecessary compromises like range and non-existent re-fueling stations.
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Sep 24

Road Test – 2015 Mercedes-Benz C400 4MATIC

2015 Mercedes-Benz C400 4MATIC ,, Iain ShanklandAfter years of procrastinating, I finally stopped by Oakville Mercedes-Benz to see my friend Steve Jones and take him up on his offer to go out on a test drive in one of his cars. I have no idea why I took so long to get around to it, but after today’s trip – it won’t be long before I’m back at his door begging for another test drive!! I let Steve chose the car, because after all who would better know about them than a top salesman and AMG Specialist? Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 10

Why Ford Is Getting a Bloody Nose And It’s Their Own Fault, Iain ShanklandFord have screwed up big-time, but based on recent rumours there may be hope for them – but at what cost? This week word has started to spread that Ford are going to build the New Ranger for the U.S. and Canada in 2018 – that’s 3 years before they START to build it. At best we can hope for a 2019 model in late 2018. In the meantime what is a person to do? Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 31

Mazda Takes Top Honours In The Car Guide’s Best Buy Awards

Mazda CX-3 [small]– Mazda MX-5 and Mazda CX-3 Win Both Car & SUV Of The Year Awards –

RICHMOND HILL, ON, Aug. 31, 2015 /CNW/ – The Mazda lineup received an unprecedented vote of confidence from The Car Guide (Le Guide de l’Auto), a prominent automobile publication in Quebec, as both Car of the Year and SUV of the Year were awarded to Mazda vehicles; the first time ever that a single manufacturer has taken home both of these awards given by The Car Guide in their annual Best Buys.

The award for Best New Car of the Year was given to the best-selling roadster of all time, the all-new 2016 Mazda MX-5, while the title of Best New SUV of the Year now belongs to the 2016 Mazda CX-3, the fun, go-anywhere crossover that’s perfect for any situation. Both vehicles also received Best Buy awards for their respective segments, which are Convertibles and Roadsters under $50,000, and Sub-compact SUVs. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 28

Bold new exterior design for next-generation Kia Sportage

2016 Kia Sportage, August 27, 2015 – Kia Motors has today revealed the first official exterior images of the all-new Kia Sportage, featuring an attractive new design. The all-new Sportage will make its global debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show on 15 September 2015.

Entering its fourth-generation, the all-new Kia Sportage features a bold, progressive design, with the vehicle’s designers creating a sense of power and agility from every angle. Echoing the contrast of smooth and sharp shapes found on some of the most iconic modern fighter jets, creating visual harmony out of the tension between sharp, defined feature lines and smooth surfacing. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 15

Road Test: 2015 Buick Verano

Road-Test.orgI’ve never been a big fan of Buick cars – or GM in general, even though I’ve owned a couple of Chevy’s (Camaro & Malibu) and a Saturn. My experience with the Chevrolet brand has been terrible, but I must admit I really liked our Saturn Vue. So why am I driving a Buick Verano? Quite by accident really – my wife’s car was in the shop for repairs and the dealership gave us a rental. Being a car guy – it’s never just a drive – everything is a test drive for me and so why not? Let’s give this car the full test treatment….

What Is It? 

  • Small-mid-size sedan
  • Buick are way off the mark by offering this as a luxury car
  • Up against similar cars like the Honda Civic and Ford Focus, this car is a true, fierce competitor

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Jul 09

Driverless Cars – 6 Problems They Have To Overcome

I’m completely against Autonomous cars and the theory behind them… after all, if you don’t want to drive – use a taxi!! Here are just 6 problems that have to be overcome before they become a reality in this infographic – check it out… Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 26

The 2016 Lexus IS – “A Whole Lot Of New”

 New engines, including a turbo. Additional standard equipment, including new F SPORT editions for all models

(TORONTO, ON – June 26, 2015) Get behind the wheel: The Lexus IS luxury sport sedan is the innovative sedan that delivers complete driving enjoyment. New for 2016, the Lexus IS is offered in an all-new line-up, with new engines and a whole lot

“From the moment you touch the throttle in the Lexus IS, you’ll know: This is it,” said Cyril Dimitris, Director, Lexus Canada. “When we introduced the current generation IS in 2014 it established a new benchmark for bold styling and track-proven dynamics that deliver maximum driving. Now, we’re making the IS even better, with more standard features and a fresh line-up of available upgrade packages.” Read the rest of this entry »

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