QUICK CAR REVIEW: The Brief: 2017 Dodge Durango R/T

2017 Dodge Durango

The one you want in your driveway In a world of cookie-cutter, polite and responsible means of family transportation, one three-row crossover/SUV stands out as the bad boy, anti-conformist, don’t-give-a-damn alternative. And I love it for all of that. FCA’s taken a very different approach to motoring where passion for the automobile gets a front row seat concentrating on design, driving pleasure and fun. I’ve used this example on a number of occasions and I ...

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FIRST REVIEW: 2017 Mercedes GLC Coupe

Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe

There’s much to think about when buying a new car. From budget, to needs and emotions – all of these must fall into place in order to make the right choice. As most of you shop crossovers, some OEMs decided a few years back to increase their offering in the “truck” segment. Much like cars, a CUV can be offered in a number of configurations. While the convertible iteration has not quite caught on, the ...

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NEW CAR: The 2017 Nissan Qashqai will be the most affordable SUV in its segment

Unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in January, the 2017 Nissan Qashqai will be offered starting at $ 19,998 when it hits the market this June. The Qashqai, which will be aimed squarely at the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, Toyota C-HR, Fiat 500x and Jeep Renegade in the red hot subcompact SUV segment, already has the advantage of being the most affordable model in the segment if we ignore automaker discounts. Powered by a 2.0-liter, ...

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CAR NEWS: Volkswagen TDI owner? Here are your options

If you are one of the 105,000 Volkswagen TDI owners in Canada, you will be happy to know that as of April 28, you will finally be able to return your vehicle to Volkswagen, exchange it for another VW model, or wait until a repair is approved to make the emission system compliant with environmental standards. You will also receive a cash payment that will vary between $ 5,100 and $ 8,000 depending on your ...

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Top 10 best automotive interiors according to WardsAuto

Mazda CX-9

American publication WardsAuto unveiled its seventh annual top 10 interiors list this week. If expensive luxury cars occupy a good chunk of the list, there is also room for more wallet-friendly models. More so than last year, that’s for sure. WardsAuto’s editorial team trades the models during the year and each member evaluates the interior of a particular model according to a series of criteria ranging from ergonomics to the quality of the materials, craftsmanship, ...

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QUICK CAR REVIEW: 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

Truckin’ good times  Did you know that Toyota’s been doing the truck thing for more than 80 years? Did you know that Land Rover will be celebrating their 70th anniversary next year? From a certain point of view, Toyota and Land Rover are on equal footing when it comes to ruck heritage and building legendary offroaders. Obviously, Toyota’s more the affordable variant and with less technology but in many respects, this ensures longevity and reliability, ...

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New York 2017: the Infiniti QX80 Monograph concept

concept Infiniti QX80 Monograph

The QX80 Monograph concept showcases a potential design direction that Infiniti’s next mega SUV might look like. From the pictures, and seeing it in person, we can almost point out the few elements that won’t make it to production. In other words, it almost looks as though it’s ready to roll off the assembly line. Although the QX80 Monograph is only a concept, a number of visual styling cues are familiar, and a number more ...

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FIRST REVIEW: 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Volkswagen was a little late to the modern SUV party. Back in the day, from 1968 to 1983, they had the Type 181, also known as the “Thing” but this is not exactly the type of SUV we’re talking about. The compact Tiguan showed up in 2009 preceded by the Touareg in 2004 but despite both these players, the lack of a 3-row ute was evident. You’re more than likely aware that utility vehicles are ...

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Jeep Quicksand Concept: a Hemi in a Wrangler

Jeep Quicksand

The Jeep Wrangler is not a model that changes radically from one version or generation to another, at least when talking about the production model. That said, Jeep likes to periodically develop concepts that can sometimes be quite eccentric, for example the Jeep Quicksand Concept. Developed as part of the 51st edition of the Easter Jeep Safari, the Quicksand is part of a batch of five concepts specially developed for the event by Jeep. Every ...

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QUICK CAR REVIEW: 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

2017 Toyota RAV4

I heard this saying just recently and I’ve no idea if it’s an actual thing but once I had an image in my mind, I quickly drew a parallel with the RAV4 Hybrid. For starters, the expression reads worse than it is so, well; don’t read into it too much. Our beloved (?) Queen is a person of some importance, much like the RAV4. Toyota was among the first OEMs to venture into the small ...

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