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A chat with RAM Man, Jim Morrison

This year is turning out to be the year of the truck. Between the return of the Ford Ranger, following a facelift on the F-150 for the 2018 model year, and the unveilings of the all-new Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra, without forgetting the entirely rejigged RAM 1500, truck lovers and the North American automotive media have lots to get excited about. The Canadian International Auto Show, held every year in Toronto, is the biggest ...

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Volkswagen 4MOTION; Tackling climate and roads

AWD (4WD and 4X4) drivetrains were once limited to trucks, and the very rare Jensen, AMC, Subaru or Audi cars. Nearly 40 years have passed since the American Motor Corporation introduced the Eagle, or what is essentially the first production “car” to offer four-wheel drive. While a handful of carmakers picked up on the technology, most considered it too costly and bulky to offer on a large scale. The last decade has seen an incredible ...

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First Road Test: 2019 Infiniti QX50

The luxury compact SUV segment is one of the most important niches in the automotive industry, and automakers know it. To be successful as a luxury brand, you need a successful luxury compact utility vehicle, plain and simple. The big German three sit at the top, but other manufacturers like Infiniti are trying hard to get their slice of the pie. Part of wanting to seduce consumers is developing unique and innovative technologies. Technologies like ...

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The Ferrari of utility vehicles

Ferrari SUV

We all know it’s coming. In fact, so inevitable is a Ferrari SUV that the fabled supercar brand’s future could be in jeopardy, at least that’s what a few specialized European car websites think. While Ferrari could survive without an SUV, Lamborghini’s decision to launch the insane Urus is what will have sealed the deal in our opinion. Picture your typical mom and dad Lamborghini/Ferrari shopper looking to buy a car for their first born. ...

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NEW CAR: The new Rolls-Royce Cullinan

Rolls-Royce

That’s the name that will adorn Rolls-Royce’s all-new “high-sided” luxury vehicle, or RR speak for SUV. Details are very scarce, but it has been revealed that the testing on the new “Effortless, Everywhere” luxury vehicle was completed in the deserts of Africa and the Middle East, the Arctic Circle, and canyons of North America. It was announced three years ago that Rolls-Royce was going to create their own utility vehicle. With the Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus ...

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REVIEW: 2018 Ford F-150 Platinum

2018 Ford F-150 Platinum

For years, truck makers have been improving upon the daily usability of their products. Companies like Ford and General Motors picked up on the fact that a large portion of their customers were relying on their trucks for more than just work. They also realized that many were looking to spend far more money for more equipment and convenience. Today, truck people can deck out their mules with as much kit as can be found ...

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AJAC 2018 car of the year finalists announced

The big Canadian Auto Show, held in Toronto, is only about a week away. It seems that every day, another showcase, or related attraction is announced. It should turn out to be quite the event this year! This time, it’s the Automobile Journalist Association of Canada’s 2018 Canadian Car of the Year and Utility Vehicle of the Year finalists that are revealed. This year’s process was different from the past where all new vehicles available ...

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First road test 2018 Jaguar E-PACE

2018 Jaguar E-PACE

Have you ever wondered why the name PACE? Mr. Jaguar, aka Sir William Lyons, was known to use “Grace, Pace and Space” when describing his cars. Now you know. The F-PACE’s success set Jaguar designers and R&D departments on fire and it’s easy to see why. In only two short years, the midsize SUV became the brand’s best-seller, and by an incredible margin. It has, in no uncertain terms, turned the company around. In no ...

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First road test 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The small and midsize AWD crossover segments are completely on fire. The trend towards right-sizing and fuel economy are big driving factors as are versatility, room, and that all-important commanding driving position. What if I told you that Mitsubishi is, on paper, the greatest of them all? The 2018 Outlander PHEV is all of the above on top of being reasonably affordable and covered by an excellent warranty. What more is there to say? Everyone ...

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5 cars that saved their manufacturer

Manufacturers experience a wide range of ups and downs over the years, but very few every reach a point where their very survival is questioned. Others are not so lucky, though. The difference between success and bankruptcy often depends on a single model, a vehicle so well designed that it manages to pull an automaker out of trouble all by itself. Here are five vehicles that essentially saved their company, or at least allowed the ...

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