Oct 02

Road Test – 2017 Ford Fusion Energi SE

EV, Logo, Road Test Special, Iain Shankland, 2017 Ford EnergiI’ve loved the look of the present generation Fusion sever since I laid eyes on it – when it’s approaching from the opposite direction it looks a lot like an Aston Martin from the front. However, for 2017 Ford has seen fit to re-style the Fusion to make it look more like a Ford. In addition to the new grill and front fascia it also gets LED headlights, tail lights and fog lights, along a new rear fascia and spiffy redesigned 17-inch wheels. Inside, there is now a rotary-style gear selector – very Jaguaresque, a longer armrest and improved access to the open storage area in the lower dashboard. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 12

Road Test Special: Living With An Electric Vehicle – A Day-To-Day Comparison of Three Models (INTRODUCTION)

EV Charge Logo, Iain ShanklandLast year a lot had been said in the media about EV’s and how many we’re going to see in the very near future. This year everything regarding EV’s has kicked up another notch with many manufacturers falling over each other trying to be the first with the best offerings to the public.

Various governments have also stepped up and are fully committed to change the automotive landscape from traditional ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicles to EV’s (see descriptions of various EV’s below). The incentives vary from Read the rest of this entry »

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Aug 14

Road Test – 2017 Chevrolet Colorado LT 4×4

2017 Chevrolet Colorado LT, Iain Shankland, Road-Test.org, Iain ShanklandOver the decades I’ve driven every pickup truck available in North America. From beat-up work trucks to $70,000 luxury versions and everything in between – I even own one, but I’d never consider myself a “truck” person. I see the value in owning one because I use mine for what it was designed to do – haul stuff and tow trailers. So why did I book one to test? Well, Ford in their infinite wisdom cancelled the Ranger back in 2011 and won’t get around to building a new one until the 2019 model year. I love my Ranger, but if something ever happened to it, I couldn’t replace it (why Ford won’t import the one they already have around the world – only they know the answer to that). I do not need and will not buy, a full-size truck and the other similar Ranger-sized trucks haven’t impressed me – but will Chevrolet? Let’s find out… Read the rest of this entry »

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Jul 07

Road Test – 2017 Jaguar F-PACE R-Sport 35t

2017 Jaguar F-PACE R-Sport 35t, Iain Shankland, Road-Test.org, Jaguar F-PACE, Road TestWhen Jaguar announced the arrival of an SUV a couple of years ago, I thought – Oh no, please don’t do what everyone else is doing!!! Why would they do that?!! Then I saw the pictures… oh my… then I saw it in person at the auto show and I was smitten. Then I got to drive it… This isn’t just an SUV – this is a JAGUAR SUV – it’s an F-Type on stilts, but it drives like a sportscar! Read the rest of this entry »

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Jun 01

Road Test – 2017 Ford Focus ST

2017 Ford Focus ST, Road Test, Road-Test.org, Iain Shankland, @FordCanada, @BHGMediaFleetWhen I told my wife I’d booked a Focus ST for a week she asked me why I’d do that when we already drive our own Focus every day… was it any better? Considering its almost 100 hp more than our anaemic 2.0L engine and a whopping 124 additional lbs/ft of torque at a much lower 2,500 rpm instead of 4,600, I’d say it would be well worth taking the time to compare. After a week behind the wheel we’d agree – no it’s not any better – it’s a LOT better – with a caveat… Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 14

Road Test – 2017 BMW 340i Gran Turismo

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Back in 2010 we drove the 550i Gran Turismo and came away thoroughly impressed by every aspect of the car – especially its size compared the regular 5-series sedan – it felt more like a 7-series than a 5. This week we’re driving the new 2017 340i Gran Turismo and just like the 550i – it’s way bigger than the series size that it represents, so think of it more as a sportier 5-series than a 3-series. It’s interesting to note that the majority of BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo customers are new to the brand – so BMW are obviously doing something right and striking a chord with the buying public. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 18

Aston Martin’s Global Reveal Of The AM-RB 001 Comes With A Surprise

Road-Test.org, Concept Cars CIAS2017, Iain Shankland, Aston Martin-Red Bull AM-RB 001 TORONTO, Ont. – Aston Martin kicked off Media Preview Day (February 16, 2017) at the 2017 Canadian International AutoShow morning by unveiling the Aston Martin-Red Bull concept Hypercar AM-RB 001 for its first appearance in North America – and global auto show debut.

Dr. Andy Palmer, President and CEO of Aston Martin, also announced the luxury sports car maker will be partnering with Canadian firm Multimatic of Markham, ON to manufacture the AM-RB001 when it goes into production.

Road-Test.org, @autoshowcanada, #AutoShowOhCanada, #CIAS2017With lightweight construction paramount, the AM-RB 001’s MonoCell is constructed from carbon fibre by world-leading composite experts, Multimatic. A long-standing technology partner on projects such as One-77 and Aston Martin Vulcan, Multimatic will combine its unrivalled manufacturing experience with Red Bull Advanced Technologies’ knowledge gained from the design and build of ultra-competitive, championship-winning Formula One cars.

The unique and groundbreaking AM-RB 001, introduced in July at the Aston Martin headquarters in Gaydon, England, is an unprecedented fusion of form and function the likes of which has never before been seen in a road-legal vehicle.

Production of the AM-RB 001 will be strictly limited to only 150 cars, including prototypes and track-only versions. First deliveries will commence in 2019.


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Feb 17

Lexus Debuts A Trio Of Concepts At Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS) In Toronto

Including the hydrogen fuel cell-powered flagship sedan LF-FC, the UX luxury compact SUV, and the ergonomic marvel that is the Lexus Kinetic SeatLexus Debuts A Trio Of Concepts At CIAS, Road-Test.org, Iain Shankland

(TORONTO, ON – FEBRUARY 16, 2017) Three head-turning Concepts will make their Canadian debut in the Lexus exhibit at the Canadian International Auto Show – February 17-26, 2017 (CIAS) at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, proving that the relentless attention to detail, thoughtful engineering and amazing design are the future of luxury automobiles. Canadians attending the show won’t want to miss the LF-FC hydrogen fuel cell sedan, the UX compact SUV or the Kinetic Seat – a revolutionary concept that combats driver fatigue and introduces an entirely new level of comfort as they make their rounds on the Auto Show floor. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 17

2017 Mazda CX-5 Makes Canadian Debut In Toronto

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Powertrain lineup will include new 2.2L turbo-diesel engine

Yesterday Mazda Canada introduced the new 2017 Mazda CX-5 crossover to the Canadian market during a press conference at the Canadian International Auto Show. This second generation compact crossover features Mazda’s SKYACTIV Technology, an evolutionary KODO – Soul of Motion design theme, and will launch Mazda’s first passenger vehicle with a diesel engine in Canada in the fourth quarter of 2017. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 11

Auto Exotica Delivers World’s Best Showcase Of Elite Cars At 2017 Canadian International AutoShow

Fans Can Get Up Close To Rare Exotics At CIAS

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Bugatti Chiron-735

They’re some of the most jaw-dropping cars on the planet, but spotting them on the road is a rarity. That’s what makes getting up close to the stable of exclusive exotics on display at the 2017 Canadian International AutoShow such a riveting experience for car buffs.

Auto Exotica, presented by Castrol and the Globe and Mail, is a perennial favourite attraction at the show, allowing visitors to appreciate the beauty, style and artistry of dozens of the world’s most impressive cars all in one space. Read the rest of this entry »

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