Tag Archive: Toyota

Mar 17

Electric Vehicles – The Answer to Every Urban Commuter’s Prayers

…Or Are They?

Iain Shankland, Road-Test.org, Tesla StationAt this year’s Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS) the stand-out theme would have to be Electric Vehicles (EVs) – at least that’s where most of the manufacturers seem to be spending their time, energy and design money. And hey, there’s nothing wrong with electric vehicles – don’t get me wrong – but the fact that they’re being touted as an urban commuter – I’m not so sure about that.

Over the past few years I’ve written a couple of articles about EVs and hybrids – their pros and cons, and a lot of people have wondered why they haven’t really caught on. Well, it’s starting to look like the EV has gained enough momentum that it might actually dominate the market in the not too distant future. Manufacturers are all on board, sure there’s the odd hold-out like Mazda, but overall the manufacturers are fully committed to embracing electric – some are also looking at hydrogen and hybrid in tandem – or maybe they’re just hedging their bets. Read the rest of this entry »


Nov 20



Lexus today unveiled its striking new production-ready RC coupe at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, scheduled for launch in 2014. The RC raises Lexus’ profile with a broader audience, injecting emotional appeal into the Lexus DNA which has become well known for build quality, refinement and reliability.

RC is part of a ride and handling revolution at Lexus, which started with GS and continued with the new IS. It is a stand-alone model, rather than a two-door derivative of a sedan. Based on the GS platform, the coupe differs in all dimensions from the GS and IS lines.

The aggressively styled coupe will be available with two powertrains: 3.5L V6 teamed with an eight-speed sequential transmission and 2.5L hybrid system. Read the rest of this entry »


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 »

Apr 01

Car Makers Sharpen Their Crayons For April Fools Day

With another April Fools day in the record books it’s time to review what kind of pranks the auto makers have been getting up to. It’s funny to see the extremes they’ll go to just to prove they actually have a sense of humour. Here are our favourites from this year.

First up, the runner up for the best 2013 April Fool’s prank by an Automaker ….


BMW April Fools, road-test.org

With a royal baby due this summer, BMW proudly announced the launch of the limited edition BMW P.R.A.M. (Postnatal Royal Auto Mobile). Available in Princess Pink or Royal Blue. The soft-top convertible has been designed using our EfficientDynamics technology. With two or four-wheel-drive, it rides as smoothly on a polo field as it does down The Mall and comes with air conditioning and built-in extendable flagpoles as standard. For those who are ‘too posh to push’ this masterpiece of motherhood even comes fitted with N.A.P.P.I.E. (Nanny-Assisting Petrol-Powered Injection Engine).

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Mar 23

Japanese Study: One In Three Electric Vehicle (EV) Owners Would Not Buy Another

About one-third of EV (electric vehicle) owners in Japan say they may not buy another one, according to a new report from researcher McKinsey and Co. They found that about one in three electric-vehicle buyers felt “seduced” by the prospects of low energy costs, attractive subsidies and good test-drives, but became less enthusiastic about electric vehicles when faced with issues like higher electric bills and lack of charging stations.

2012 Ford Focus Electric

Dave Sullivan, manager of product analysis at AutoPacific Inc., said it’s “not a surprise” some Japanese consumers won’t buy another electric vehicle: “EVs are looked at more like a piece of technology and they don’t age well. Mobile phones get obsolete quickly and EVs appear to suffer a similar fate, leaving consumers feeling like they have tape deck when all of the cool kids have an iPod.”

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Aug 12

Road Test: 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 GT

Text / Images: Iain Shankland

Over the past ten years or so, Hyundai have been proving they are a force to be reckoned with. Many nay-sayers thought Hyundai could never go up against sports cars like the iconic Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger and Chevy Camaro – while at the same time taking on the likes of a Nissan 370Z, Infiniti G37 and Mazda RX-8 … well, it’s time to think again! With the Genesis Coupe V-6 GT, Hyundai have hit the bulls-eye and anyone dismissing this as a Tiburon update with “all show and no go” – be warned – this is a serious sports car.

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