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Jul 24

Distracted Drivers Texting And Facebooking – How Long Before One Of Them Kills You Or Someone You Love?

Texting While Driving, Road-Test.orgOn July 24, 2013 Toyota USA in conjunction with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) released the results of an extensive study with bone-chilling statistics.

The UMTRI/Toyota Teen Driver Distraction Study, the largest scientific survey of its kind, included teens (aged 16-18) and adults across America and in Houston, Texas.

According to Study:

  • 27% of Houston teens said they read a text or email every time they drive, 30% did so nation-wide
  • 24% respond to a text while driving, which is the same as the national average for teens.
  • 22% of Houston teens have extended conversations via text message while driving.
  • 67% of teens in Houston report using a cell phone while driving (hands-free and/or hand-held) and 83% percent of parents do the same. Read the rest of this entry »

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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Mar 17

Road Test: 2010 Mazda RX-8 R3

Text / Images: Iain Shankland

A number of years ago I drove the Mazda RX-8 and fell in love with it! It was my favourite car for well over a year before another came along and knocked it from the top spot on my list. From that point on I seemed to have a new “favourite” car on a very regular basis. So, what made the RX-8 so great that it held the top spot for so long, yet no other car has been my favourite for any more than a couple of months? If I drove it again today would I be just as enamoured with it, or was it really just a passing fancy? We’re about to find out…..

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Feb 09

Road Test: 2010 Nissan 370Z Coupe – 40th Anniversary Edition

Text / Images: Iain Shankland

Last time out we drove the 370Z Roadster. This week I’ve got the Coupe – the 40th Anniversary Edition no less!  So is it much different? To be honest – it’s the same but different. The two are so close that this is more of a “Point-Out-The-Differences” type of a review. Where the two cars differ though, they are significant – so read on…..

As the Z has gone through its various upgrades and changes, it got bigger and heavier, but the 2010 version is actually shorter and lighter than last year’s model. They look almost identical, but the new one saves weight by using aluminum instead of steel for the hood, roof and doors.

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Jul 22

Road Test: 2010 BMW 550i Gran Turismo

Text: Iain Shankland / Images: Iain Shankland / BMW

2010 BMW Gran Turismo

 BMW are going into a whole new territory with the all-new 5 Series Gran Turismo. Instead of the familiar 4-door sedan, they are combining it with a genuine rear hatch to make it a 5-door luxury sedan. This may not seem too out of place in Europe, but in North America hatchbacks are never popular – something I just can’t fathom for the life of me.  That said, the Gran Turismo also offers a more traditional trunk/boot opening in addition to the full size hatch – I don’t know how well it will go over, but I think BMW are on to something here – it works superbly.

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