Tag Archive: canada

Jul 01

It’s July in Toronto – It’s IndyCar Time!

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One of the highlights on the IndyCar Series circuit is the July stop in Toronto. Each year the race in Toronto turns out to be one of the most exciting on the calendar. There are always bumps, crashes and controversy, a driver can still win the race even if he starts from the back – and that’s why the fans love it. But wait, there’s more! That’s right, there’s 2inTO! 2014 marks the second year in a row that Toronto will host two, back-to-back IndyCar races that are part of a fantastic annual Canadian Summer Festival by the shores of Lake Ontario.

Having covered the Toronto Indy photographically for various media outlets since the year 2000 we were ready to experience it all from the other side of the fence. Last year (2013) we decided to cover the event from a fans perspective for our own website – TravelBloggers.ca. It was great to actually enjoy the festivities simply as real race fans – no early morning photographer’s meetings, no daily deadlines – just soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying the whole event – something we’d never experienced before.

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Oct 24

Road Test Special: Kia Open the Doors For An Exclusive Look At Cars And The Kia/Toronto FC Academy

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2013 KIA Soul /Toronto FC

Text: Iain Shankland
Images: Kia Canada / Iain Shankland

Recently I was invited to a special event at the Kia Toronto FC Academy training ground in Downsview – a suburb of Toronto. KIA were showing a select number of journalists’ an insider view of the $21 million training facility along with some new or upgraded Kia vehicles for 2014.

Kia is scheduled to have 47 new or completely redesigned models between 2014 and 2017. Along with a first-look at the newly redesigned Forte 5 and Soul, we also got a look at the mid-cycle refresh of the popular Optima. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jul 19

CAA Calls On Drivers To Exercise Caution During Summer Holiday Season

CAA logo2QUEBEC CITY, July 19, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ –  With thousands of Canadians set to hit the road over the next few weeks throughout Canada and the United States for the traditional two-week summer holiday period, CAA would like to remind everyone to drive safely, and keep in mind a number of important tips.

 Start off on the right foot
One of the keys to preparing for a long drive is to get plenty of rest beforehand. Since we all know that “slow and steady wins the race,” it’s better to plan the journey to include frequent stops (ideally every two hours) so that there is time to stretch your muscles, give the kids a break and get something to eat.

“Fatigue is the third-leading cause of death on Quebec’s roads,” stresses Yvon Lapointe, Director, Road Safety Education, CAA-Quebec. “Taking a break for a few minutes every couple of hours helps deal with fatigue and the accumulated stress of driving. As well, having a light snack during these breaks doesn’t cause the same sleepy feeling one often gets after eating a heavy meal.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Jan 25

2011 KIA SPORTAGE SX provides 2.0L Turbo! (274 horsepower / 269 pound-feet of torque?)

Sportage SX provides debut of 2.0L Turbo Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) producing power of a V6, while achieving outstanding fuel economy of a four-cylinder.
Starting at $36,995, the 2011 Kia Sportage SX exudes value for Canadians

MONTREAL, Jan. 13 /CNW/ – The all-new, completely redesigned 2011 Sportage lineup will be extended in late winter at Canadian dealer showrooms with the arrival of the all-new SX trim that features the all-new 2.0L Turbo Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) producing the power of a V6, while achieving the fuel economy of a four-cylinder engine. Starting at $36,995, the Sportage SX also offers additional standard equipment and design that distinguishes the Sportage even further from any other vehicle in the segment or on the road.

The all new Sportage SX showcases Kia’s remarkable styling, and offers enhanced driving performance, as well as an upscale and contemporary interior with an impressive array of standard technological features. “The addition of the SX package to the all-new 2011 Sportage further enhances our positive momentum on the vehicle while introducing a whole new dimension to both design and power including exception fuel economy”, said Robert Staffieri, Marketing Director of Kia Canada Inc. “The Sportage SX completes our powertrain offering for Canadians and the 2.0L Turbo GDI provides a high level of world-class technology. The Sportage is the first vehicle in Canada to debut this all-new flagship engine.”

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