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Sep 12

Road Test Special: Living With An Electric Vehicle – A Day-To-Day Comparison of Three Models (INTRODUCTION)

EV Charge Logo, Iain ShanklandLast year a lot had been said in the media about EV’s and how many we’re going to see in the very near future. This year everything regarding EV’s has kicked up another notch with many manufacturers falling over each other trying to be the first with the best offerings to the public.

Various governments have also stepped up and are fully committed to change the automotive landscape from traditional ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicles to EV’s (see descriptions of various EV’s below). The incentives vary from Read the rest of this entry »


Feb 05

2015 Canadian International AutoShow – The AUTOEXOTICA VEHICLES

Don’t forget…. We’ll be tweeting live from the show – including pictures from the vehicle launches as well as other auto-related information/pictures. The Tweets will simultaneously be fed to our Facebook page if you’d rather follow us there.  Follow us on Twitter: @Road_Test or follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/RoadTest.org using the hashtag: #cias2015

The following exotic vehicles will be on display at the 42nd edition of the Canadian International AutoShow:

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2015 MCLAREN 650S Coupe, 2015 650S Spider & a 2012 12C
Pfaff | McLaren is thrilled to be back at the 2015 Canadian International Auto Show for another successful year. Guests can look forward to seeing 3 McLaren models at this year’s show, including a 2015 650S Coupe, a 2015 650S Spider and a 2012 12C Coupe that features a custom MSO (McLaren Special Operations) front bumper. 

Evora Sports Racer
The Evora Sports Racer is available (Canada only) with the Supercharged 3.5 liter DOHC V6 VVTi 24-valve power train, and with either 6 speed manual or IPS transmission.  Loaded with optional extras and the 2+2 seating option as standard. The ‘Sports Pack’ provides switchable sports mode with sharper throttle response, increased rpm limit and sportier setting for Dynamic Performance Management (DPM), sports diffuser and cross-drilled brake discs. The ‘Tech Pack’ provides upgraded speakers and stereo system, DVD player, 7″ WVGA touch screen display, Bluetooth® mobile phone connection, USB connection for various iPod® models, MP3 players and memory sticks, tyre pressure monitoring, cruise control and rear parking sensors.  Read the rest of this entry »


Feb 03

Preview 2 – 2015 Canadian International AutoShow

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As promised, here are some more details of the vehicles you’ll see at the 2015 CIAS in Toronto running February 13-22, 2015. Tomorrow we’ll preview the AUTOEXOTICA VEHICLES from the show..

The following vehicle premieres will take place at the 42nd edition of the Canadian International AutoShow:

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2016 Audi RS7
Dynamics in a new top form – Audi has honed the RS 7 Sportback. The large five-door coupé comes with new LED headlights and even more enhanced infotainment features. With 560 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, its 4.0 TFSI engine provides for an impressive driving performance.

2016 Audi TTS Coupe
A modern classic re-launched: Audi introduces the third generation of the TT to the road. The compact sports car captivates as a design icon with the driving dynamics of a genuine sports car and a revolutionary, fully digital cockpit. Read the rest of this entry »


Jan 30

Preview – 2015 Canadian International Auto Show

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Once again the Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS) is about to arrive in Toronto for 9 days, and we’ll be there for the Media Day on Thursday February 12th. Last year we tried something a little different and we’ll continue expanding on that again this year.

We’ll be tweeting live from the show – including pictures from the vehicle launches as well as other auto-related information/pictures. The Tweets will simultaneously be fed to our Facebook page if you’d rather follow us there.  Follow us on Twitter: @Road_Test or follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/RoadTest.org using the hashtag: #cias2015

45 Canadian premieres
So what are we going to see at the show this year?
Here’s a quick overall view of the show… Next week we’ll expand and give you more details. This is going to be the best show yet!

The Canadian International AutoShow (CIAS) has been redefining “car shows” since 1974, bringing more dynamic, interactive content and an expanded lineup of spectacular new metal to Toronto every year.

The CIAS is the largest consumer show of any kind in Canada — in size and attendance, with more female visitors than any other show. Read the rest of this entry »


Jan 13

New 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel Makes A Statement At Detroit Auto Show

All-New 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel World Debut

All-New 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel World Debut

January 13, 2015 , Windsor, Ontario – The new 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel brings a one-of-a-kind off-road design to the full-size truck segment.

“Offering an off-road-style package on the Ram 1500 has been on our to-do list for some time but the right combination didn’t present itself until now,” said Bob Hegbloom, President and CEO — Ram Truck Brand, FCA US LLC. “The Rebel drops right into a core segment of the truck market with unique design cues and can-do attitude backed by Ram Truck engineering.”
New exterior design highlights
Rebel features an all-new grille with prominent billet silver “RAM” letter badge. Departing from the brand’s iconic “cross-hair” designs, the blacked-out Rebel grille tops a completely new black off-road front bumper design with a durable powder-coated surface, which incorporates a powder coated, billet silver skid plate, new front tow hooks and new LED fog lamps. Black bezel bi-functional projector headlamps with LED marker lights lie beneath an aluminum, twin-snorkel sport hood. Read the rest of this entry »


Nov 21

Road & Travel Magazine Name The 2015 KIA K900 ‘INTERNATIONAL CAR OF THE YEAR’

2015 KIA K900

Kia claims unprecedented third consecutive ICOTY victory with new flagship sedan

K900 Recognized for Distinctive Design, Advanced Technology and Unmatched Luxury

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 20, 2014 – In conjunction with the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, Road & Travel Magazine (RTM) has named the 2015 Kia K900 as its International Car of the Year. The K900’s stunning design combined with luxurious amenities, impressive performance and great value propelled the Kia brand to an unprecedented third consecutive win of the prestigious ICOTY award. The ICOTY jurors honored Kia’s Cadenza premium sedan last year and the best-selling Optima midsize sedan in 2012.

“Since arriving in the U.S. market 20 years ago, Kia has repeatedly defied conventional industry thinking, and the K900 is our boldest move yet, making a significant leap forward for the brand and bringing new and affluent customers into our retail showrooms,” said Michael Sprague, executive vice president of marketing & communications, KMA. “To win the prestigious ICOTY award three years running is a clear indication that our products consistently offer a world-class balance of design, amenities, luxury and value for today’s discerning car buyers.” Read the rest of this entry »


Nov 20

New 2016 Ford Explorer Revealed at L.A. Auto Show

New Look, Engine and Premium Platinum Series
image005LOS ANGELES, Nov. 19, 2014 – The new 2016 Ford Explorer is ready for adventure with a fresh look, more innovations than ever, a bigger EcoBoost® engine option, and a new Platinum series that elevates the features and style of Ford’s iconic sport utility vehicle.

The new Explorer will go on sale next year, in time to celebrate the nameplate’s 25th anniversary.

“The new Explorer combines great looks, seating for seven and ready-for-anything capability – a proven formula that has made it an SUV icon,” said Joe Hinrichs, executive vice president and president, The Americas, Ford Motor Company. “From the very start in developing the sixth-generation model, we listened carefully to customers to really understand what they wanted in a new Explorer, and we responded with enhancements across the line up, which now includes a premium Platinum series.” Read the rest of this entry »


Nov 20



Three engine choices: 2.4-liter inline-4 GDI – 185 h.p. / 3.3-liter V6 GDI – 290 h.p. / new turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 GDI – 240 h.p.

All three engines use an electronically controlled six-speed automatic gearbox featuring Sportmatic shifting

Larger than the outgoing model in nearly every way

LOS ANGELES, NOVEMBER 19, 2014 – With its roads and freeways as the foundation of driving adventures encompassing sunny surf-side beaches, rugged snow-covered mountains, starkly beautiful deserts,  Kia Motors America (KMA) chose Los Angeles for the North American debut of the all-new 2016 Sorento CUV.

Kia’s design and engineering teams focused on a stronger body structure, delivering premium-grade NVH reduction and providing the driving confidence to enable the active lifestyle CUV owners covet. Sorento buyers have their choice of three engines, including a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder, the silky smooth 3.3-liter V6 and an improved 2.4-liter normally aspirated inline-4. Standard premium features and luxurious amenities will be available across five trim levels – L, LX, EX, SX and SXL – when U.S. sales begin in the first quarter of 2015.  Pricing will be announced closer to Sorento’s launch date. Read the rest of this entry »


Nov 14

Mazda Launches Unlimited Mileage Warranty in Canada

New warranty lets owners drive as much as they want, as far as they want…

MAZDA, Road-test.org, flagworld.com/roadtestsRICHMOND HILL, ON, Nov. 13, 2014 /CNW/ – Mazda Canada Inc. announced today a new Unlimited Mileage Warranty, eliminating the distance limitations on their factory warranty coverage allowing owners to drive as much, or as far, as they want.

The Unlimited Mileage Warranty becomes the new standard factory warranty on all Mazda vehicles starting with the 2015 model year. The basic warranty for Mazda vehicles covers all parts found to be factory defective for 3 years, regardless of the number of kilometers driven. Additional warranties cover Powertrain components for a period of 5 years, unlimited mileage; body sheet metal perforation for 7 years, unlimited mileage; and roadside assistance for 3 years, unlimited mileage.

“Mazda’s focus is on long-term customer satisfaction,” said Kory Koreeda, president of Mazda Canada Inc. “By offering our customers an Unlimited Mileage Warranty, we believe it will enhance their ownership experience by alleviating concerns such as kilometre limitations, repair costs and resale value.”

The Unlimited Mileage Warranty will be retroactive to all customers who have already purchased a 2015 model year Mazda vehicle, and is fully transferable to subsequent owners.

“An Unlimited Mileage Warranty fits perfectly with our brand,” said David Klan, Senior Director of Sales, Marketing and Regional Operations. “Mazda is a company that always challenges traditional conventions to make improvements. Driving enjoyment is essential to Mazda; it’s in our DNA, and every car we make. So offering a different kind of warranty that doesn’t restrict customers from enjoying their vehicle and driving as much, or as far, as they want is an ideal fit.”

Category Current Coverage New Unlimited Coverage
Service Adjustments 12 months/20,000 km 12 months/unlimited distance
New Vehicle Basic Warranty Coverage 36 months/80,000 km 36 months/unlimited distance
Roadside Assistance 36 months/unlimited distance 36 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain Warranty 60 months/ 100,000 km 60 months/unlimited distance
Anti-Perforation Warranty 84 months/160,000 km 84 months/unlimited distance
Original Equipment Battery 36 months/80,000 km 36 months/unlimited distance
Emissions Defect 96 months/128,000 km 96 months/128,000 km
Safety Restraint 60 months/100,000 km 60 months/unlimited distance

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Mar 25

Volvo Canada officially unveils the 2015 V60 Sportswagon


2015 model unveiled at VIAS features world-first Cyclist Detection active safety technology

 VANCOUVER, B.C. (March 25, 2014) – Volvo Cars of Canada Corp. President and CEO Marc Engelen unveiled the exciting new 2015 Volvo V60 Sportswagon to media at the Vancouver International Auto Show today. Available at Volvo Canada retailers now at a starting MSRP of $39,800, the new-to-Canada V60 has already garnered an overwhelmingly positive reaction from consumers and automotive media alike. 2015 Volvo V60, Road-Test.org

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