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Aug 14

Road Test – 2017 Chevrolet Colorado LT 4×4

2017 Chevrolet Colorado LT, Iain Shankland,, 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 »


Feb 16

Florida Implements New Requirement for Canadian Drivers

International Driver’s Permits now required for Canadians driving in Florida


OTTAWA, Feb. 14, 2013 /CNW/ – The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) advises Canadians that the state of Florida has passed into law a requirement for all non U.S residents, including all Canadians, to carry a valid International Driver’s Permit (IDP) when driving their own vehicle or a rental vehicle in Florida.


State officials say the law was passed so that Florida law enforcement officials would not be faced with license documents in languages they could not read, but the law captures drivers from all countries, including Canada. The law now requires both a valid licence from the home country or province, and an IDP.


CAA has obtained the following official comment from the state of Florida regarding this change:

Effective January 1, 2013, section 322.04, Florida Statutes were amended to require foreign visitors who drive in Florida to obtain an International Driving Permit in addition to their valid home country driver license.

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Nov 16

Regulator Warns Consumers to Expect Flood Damaged Vehicles to Hit Ontario Marketplace

TORONTO, Nov. 15, 2012 /CNW/ – Ontario’s regulator of motor vehicle sales, OMVIC, is warning consumers to brace for an influx of storm and flood damaged vehicles in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.


Flood-damaged car. (Picture: AP)

“US authorities have told us it’s only a matter of time before some of these vehicles find their way onto the auction blocks; ultimately, some will be imported to Ontario” stated OMVIC Manager of Communications, Terry O’Keefe.


“There is a historical pattern to this” explained O’Keefe. “After Hurricane Katrina we saw many flood-damaged vehicles find their way to Ontario: While the total number of flooded vehicles in the US Northeast is not yet known, car buyers need to be vigilant. A flood damaged vehicle can be dangerous.”

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Nov 06

American Suzuki Motor to file for bankruptcy protection, Canadian operations untouched

Suzuki Canada Inc. will continue to sell vehicles in Canada despite the chapter 11 bankruptcy filing of its sister company American Suzuki Motor Corp. and the U.S. unit’s decision to stop selling cars in the United States.

“Suzuki Canada, including its automotive division, remains fully open for business in Canada and will be honouring all customer commitments,” Bill Porter, Suzuki Canada’s senior vice-president of sales and marketing said in a statement late Monday.

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Aug 10

New 2013 Lincoln MKS and MKT

New technologies on the 2013 Lincoln MKS and MKT deliver better handling, more power, and improved fuel economy along with more refinement and new technologies that help drivers reduce accident risks as well as providing an even more engaging driving experience – important new reasons to consider Lincoln’s newest vehicles.

Ford invited me to test drive these two new vehicles and I have to be honest and say they were extremely impressive. I’ve never been a big fan of Luxo-barge type vehicles – they are just too soft and mushy on the road unless you want to be asleep behind the wheel. The 2013 Lincoln MKS and MKT are unlike anything you’ll ever have driven in the past from Ford’s luxury division.

2013 Lincoln MKS

To drive the point home, we were encouraged to drive the 2012 MKS around a course that had lots of bends and twists, ensuring that we got a feel for the braking, steering and suspension in extreme circumstances. I got out of the 2012 more than impressed – I wouldn’t have guessed it could possibly handle that well.

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Jun 21

“IT’S HOT OUTSIDE!! Be smart and leave your best friend at home — NOT in the car!

The dog days of summer can be dangerous for dogs especially those dogs left inside hot cars.

Every year, countless dogs die after being locked in cars while their guardians work, visit, shop, or run other errands.

These tragic deaths are entirely preventable. Look at this chart to see just how quickly the temperature rises in your car….

Check out – share this message and help spread the word!”


Feb 03

2012 Acura ILX


Acura ILX

The Acura ILX Concept is a styling study of an all-new premium luxury compact sedan scheduled for launch in Canada in spring 2012. Positioned as the gateway to the Acura lineup, the ILX will feature three separate powertrains that include Acura’s first-ever gasoline-electric hybrid.

Acura NSX Concept

Representing the styling direction for the next generation of Acura’s super sports car, the Acura NSX concept makes its Canadian debut at this year’s Canadian International Auto Show.  The long-awaited NSX Concept is a mid-engine sports car and features Acura’s all-new, electronic “Sport Hybrid” Super Handling all-wheel-drive system.


Jan 28

2012 Canadian International Auto Show

Iain Shankland – Road Test  Editor,

It’s that time of year again… time for the Canadian International Auto Show [CIAS]. Whenever it arrives we know it’s only a matter of time before winter ends and spring begins!

This years’ 10-day event takes place from February 17th to the 26th, 2012.  As usual there are a number of concept vehicles, as well as North American and Canadian Premieres to entice everyone to drool alongside other gear-heads. We’ll be there for the media day on the 16th, so stay tuned for pictures (we might even take some video this year) of the launch events.

Every day for the next 19 days I’ll post some pictures of some of the new vehicles you can expect to see at the show. I hope you’ll enjoy them.


Here’s some information about the CIAS you may be interested in……

The 2012 Canadian International Auto Show marks its 39th edition.

Since 1974, the Canadian International AutoShow (CIAS) has been striving to redefine the typical automotive show.  Each year, the Show’s content has expanded and improved, with prize packages and promotions continuing to raise the level of excitement.

In its opening year, the show was held at the International Centre and attendance was 85,000.  This year we are expecting a crowd of more than 300,000.  Every year, the show brings exclusive premieres, celebrities, and designers to the City of Toronto.

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Jan 10

Road Test: 2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS

Text: Iain Shankland / Images: Iain Shankland/ Hyundai

I’ve never been a fan of budget-priced cars and have always done my best to stay away from them if I could afford a better one — even if it cost more money. That changed when I set my eyes on the all-new 2011 Hyundai Elantra. Even the ugliest of chicks will have construction workers doing a double-take, and whistling at her (car) when she drives by.

This is a looker from every angle. I have two questions:1) Why did it take so long for a budget-conscious vehicle to look this good, and 2) Until now, why have cheap/reasonably-priced cars been so ugly?

It doesn’t cost more money to design a good-looking car, so why are the Nissan Versa/Juke/Leaf so ugly that they give Stevie Wonder the shivers? How many people have become violently ill when a Citroen drives past? Don’t tell me it’s all about cost, because the smaller and cheaper all-new 2012 Hyundai Accent (coming soon) looks just as good as the Elantra!

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