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Jan 18

Kia Canada reveals all-new 2014 Forte compact sedan at Montreal International Auto Show

All-new 2014 Forte sedan offers upscale features, a sleek European-inspired design while being longer, lower and wider than the previous generation

2014 Forte sedan

2014 Forte sedan

MONTREAL, Jan. 17, 2013 – Kia Canada Inc. hosted the Canadian reveals of the all-new 2014 Forte compact sedan and the redesigned 2014 Sorento SUV at the Montreal International Auto Show. Both vehicle nameplates are an integral part of the Kia Canada product portfolio, accounting for over a third of the brand’s national sales.

 

The all-new 2014 Forte sedan blends definitive exterior styling, a refined modern interior and state-of-the-art technology with new levels of performance and safety.. it is expected to arrive at dealership across Canada in Spring 2013

 

“The all-new 2014 Forte and redesigned 2014 Sorento will provide Canadian’s two diverse products that continue to exceed our customers’ expectations in every way,” said Maria Soklis, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), Kia Canada Inc. “Both nameplates have historically been recurrent sales successes in the Kia Canada portfolio, and with the significant enhancements we expect these two world-class vehicles to continue to resonate with Canadians.”

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Jan 18

Kia Canada reveals refreshed 2014 Sorento Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) at Montreal International Auto Show

Redesigned 2014 Sorento Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) welcomes an all-new platform, powertrain, sophisticated styling cues and significant enhancements to ride, handling and comfort

2014 Kia Sorento

2014 Kia Sorento

MONTREAL, Jan. 17, 2013 – Kia Canada Inc. hosted the Canadian reveals of the all-new 2014 Forte compact sedan and the redesigned 2014 Sorento SUV at the Montreal International Auto Show. Both vehicle nameplates are an integral part of the Kia Canada product portfolio, accounting for over a third of the brand’s national sales

 

The 2014 Sorento SUV is expected to arrive at dealership across Canada in Spring 2013and brings with it more refinement, increased power and cutting-edge technology to the highly competitive crossover market.

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Nov 03

Road Test: 2011 Hyundai Tucson GLS AWD

Text: Iain Shankland /  Images: Iain Shankland, Hyundai

For the last year or so Hyundai have been on a bit of a tear with new models coming out every few months – each one significantly better looking than the model it replaces. The Santa Fe was the first model to get the new treatment followed by a completely new model line-up in the case of the Genesis Coupe and Sedan, followed by the all-new Sonata that has earned numerous awards around the world. More new vehicles are coming in the next few months, but this week’s Road Test is the highly anticipated small CUV, the Tucson.

It’s been a few years since I last drove the Tucson. Having a look back at my previous review, it was all the way back to 2006, so it’s long overdue for another look. Other than the much improved looks (I think the last model looked like a Boston Terrier), there are a number of significant changes for the 2011 model year. Where the previous model looked like it was designed and built using whatever was left lying on the floor, the new model is striking in how different it looks from any other CUV on the road today. Conceived and engineered at Hyundai’s new design centre in Frankfurt, the design, handling and ride are very European. The Tucson’s unique styling begins at the signature hexagonal grille, extends up through sculptured hood lines and back through a double shoulder line extending from headlight to tail lights.

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Apr 14

Road Test: 2011 Mazda MX-5 GT

Text / Images: Iain Shankland

In 1989 Mazda introduced the MX-5 to the world (or Miata as it was known in North America) and in one fell swoop gave us something we didn’t know was possible – an affordable, reliable and fun-to-drive roadster. Sure, we’ve had fun little, sporty, and even sometimes affordable roadsters in the past… but only in the traditional British and Italian sense… with continual break downs to the extent that the owner also had to learn to be a mechanic!

Over the years the MX-5 has changed visually, but never has it altered its original purpose – no wonder it’s still so popular with people of all ages and still stands out in a crowd – in fact I was quite surprised by how many people did a double-take when they saw it. Now in its third generation (as of the 2006 model year), has it become like so many other vehicles – overweight and a distant cousin of the original? According to Mazda, the MX-5 has earned the title of best-selling roadster in the world – a bold statement indeed!

Unlike many convertibles, the MX-5 is a purpose-built sports car – engineered from the ground up to be a pure sports car with a traditional front engine, rear wheel drive layout and a lightweight yet extremely rigid body. Features such as a perfect 50:50 weight distribution, nimble handling, a sport-tuned 4-wheel independent suspension and limited-slip differential give the MX-5 serious driving credentials along with its lively 2.0-litre engine and very quick rack and pinion steering. Combining all these ingredients should be a recipe for grin-inducing fun.

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Aug 27

Road Test: 2010 Kia Soul 4u SX

Text / Images: Iain Shankland

2010 Kia Soul 4u SX

Our summer quest for a new vehicle continues this week with the Kia Soul 4u SX. Although we drove the Soul a short while ago, we decided to re-visit it as a potential purchase after we saw the SX version at the auto show back in February of this year. I asked Kia if they would be kind enough to let me have it for an extended period of time – 3 weeks to see just how much we would like it.  They graciously agreed, but one of my fellow journalists did what we all fear when driving company cars.. he or she got in an accident rendering the vehicle unavailable for yours truly.  Fortunately that gave me the opportunity to drive the Sorento for two weeks and we thoroughly enjoyed that, but this left us with just one week to evaluate the Soul.

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Jul 29

Road Test: 2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited AWD

Text / Images: Iain Shankland

It’s been a couple of years since I last drove a RAV4, but to be honest I don’t remember a thing about it… Toyota gave it a redesign with numerous upgrades for the 2009 model year, so I thought I’d give it another go. Other than the re-design, there were two other situations that made it a perfect time to take the RAV4 out for a spin…

While I was arranging to get one for a test, Toyota were in the middle of a storm of bad press – it seemed like every day a new “failure” or “runaway vehicle” was being announced in newspapers, on TV and of course the internet. As I’ve mentioned before – I think it’s just a witch-hunt. People love to kick successful people/companies when the opportunity presents itself and this was no different. Audi went through it in the ’80’s and just barely survived in North America. Toyota have a stronger and bigger presence, but they will no doubt suffer a black eye for many years because of this.

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