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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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Sep 30

Road Test: 2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited & Sonata 2.0T Limited

Text / Images: Iain Shankland

It’s been said that it costs the same amount of money to create and build an ugly car as it does to produce a beautiful one and certainly Hyundai designers have taken it to heart (unfortunately somebody forgot to memo Citroen). In a world of bland econoboxes that can barely register a pulse, let alone raise it to excitement levels, Hyundai are doing their bit to clean up the automotive landscape.

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Sep 03

Road Test: 2011 Suzuki Kizashi SX

Text / Images: Iain Shankland

It’s been a number of years since I last drove a Suzuki vehicle – too long in fact. I’ve always been a fan of Suzuki vehicles because they are always well built and well equipped – and they typically cost a lot less than other Japanese vehicles. Many moons ago (1987) when I was a driving instructor I leased one, and my students absolutely loved it.

But Suzuki is just a little car company and don’t make many cars – right? Wrong! Suzuki is the NINTH (9th) largest auto manufacturer in the world – they’ve been around for more than 100 years, they’ve got the Number 1 best-selling car in Japan and have a 50 per cent market share in India. I talked to one car dealer several years ago that sold Suzuki’s side-by-side with Volvo’s. He hated the Suzuki’s because they never came back for warranty work. The Volvo’s kept the dealership doors open because of all the warranty work!

In late spring 2010 Suzuki decided to shake things up a bit in the automotive landscape when they launched the Kizashi. They’ve always had small cars and small to mid-sized SUV’s – but until now they’ve never competed in the mid-size sedan arena – at least in North America they haven’t. It’s a tough segment with perennial best-sellers like Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Mazda6, Nissan Altima, Hyundai Sonata and the Ford Fusion  constantly beating each other up for the “Best-Selling” title. It’s a tough and competitive segment of the market where mediocrity is severely punished, and where glory results in the spoils of huge sales and bigger profits.

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Jul 15

Road Test: 2010 Ford Fusion SEL

Text / Images: Iain Shankland

2010 Ford Fusion

It’s been a number of years since I last drove a Fusion. For the 2010 model year Ford have re-designed it from the ground up, so it was definitely time to put the new one through its paces.  I liked the first version, but didn’t exactly love it. This new one is certainly a real looker and turned heads everywhere we went. Like a woman – looks can be deceiving… so how does it stack up when under close scrutiny? Keep reading to find out….

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