Tag Archive: Mazda3

Aug 31

Mazda Takes Top Honours In The Car Guide’s Best Buy Awards

Mazda CX-3 [small]– Mazda MX-5 and Mazda CX-3 Win Both Car & SUV Of The Year Awards –

RICHMOND HILL, ON, Aug. 31, 2015 /CNW/ – The Mazda lineup received an unprecedented vote of confidence from The Car Guide (Le Guide de l’Auto), a prominent automobile publication in Quebec, as both Car of the Year and SUV of the Year were awarded to Mazda vehicles; the first time ever that a single manufacturer has taken home both of these awards given by The Car Guide in their annual Best Buys.

The award for Best New Car of the Year was given to the best-selling roadster of all time, the all-new 2016 Mazda MX-5, while the title of Best New SUV of the Year now belongs to the 2016 Mazda CX-3, the fun, go-anywhere crossover that’s perfect for any situation. Both vehicles also received Best Buy awards for their respective segments, which are Convertibles and Roadsters under $50,000, and Sub-compact SUVs. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jan 16

Montreal Auto Show announcements and pictures

There was a lot of excitement in Montreal today

All-new 2015 Subaru WRX Makes Canadian Debut. 2015 Nissan Micra debuts at 2014 Montreal Auto Show. Mazda3 wins 2014 ‘Best of the Best’ Award from Canadian Automotive Jury. Acura Unveils the 2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD. Honda reveals all-new 2014 Civic Si Coupe. Double win for Infiniti. Kia Canada reveals all-new 2014 Kia Forte 5-Door and Forte Koup. The Electric Circuit welcomes its 1500th member, Jacques Duval.

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Feb 07

Road Test: 2013Ford Focus SE

Text / Images: Iain Shankland

01 Ford Focus 2013

 

It’s been a number of years since I last drove the Ford Focus. For 2012 we got an all-new model based on the same platform the Europeans have – a first, because we’ve always been at least one step behind them since the initial model came out in 2001. While we got the “completely new” 2001 Focus, the Europeans were already moving on to the 2nd generation of its development in 2002. Now, after much anticipation we’re on par with the Focus development – was it worth the wait? Let’s find out….

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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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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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Mar 10

2010 Kia Soul “4u+”

Text & Images: Iain Shankland

2010 Kia Soul

When my wife first laid her eyes on the Kia Soul at the auto show, right then and there she wanted one. I was intrigued, but not overly thrilled at owning one (I don’t have a vehicle of my own – that’s what road test vehicles are for). To stop my ears from bleeding because of my wife’s incessant nagging, I asked the Kia PR department for one to test at the earliest possible moment. That time has now arrived.

I wasn’t enamored with the Soul’s mediocre 142 horsepower (106 Kw) and the look is certainly “different.” I am however, interested in any vehicle that can be purchased at such a reasonable price and wanted to know how useful it could be. Within just a few minutes of driving it, my whole attitude towards it changed. The only “cheap” part of this vehicle is its price – everything else is better than you’d expect from a vehicle with a base price of just $15,495 Cdn.

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