QUICK CAR REVIEW: 2017 Nissan Rogue

2017 Nissan Rogue SL

Why so popular? Behold, the current best-selling compact crossover in North America. Now that is a HUGE statement. Between the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, there was no way any other would-be wee-CUV could ever break through this impenetrable trifecta. Boom, it’s done. The question is why? And well, how? The more mileage I put on the Rogue, an SL with Platinum package, the more it all became clear. This compact, yet big, ...

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CAR NEWS: VW Dieselgate 2.0?

We’ve all read the headlines stating that Volkswagen was caught lying about emissions in late 2015. Specifically, their TDI engines were equipped with a cheating device that knew when to keep things clean, as in when being tested, and when not to, as in when the owner was doing his or her thing. This planned mistake cost VW many billions of dollars and the scandal is coming to an end in North America. However, it ...

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CAR NEWS: Michelin’s Vision Concept tire of the future

Michelin’s Vision Concept tire of the future

Some of you may have spotted a tractor or even a golf cart with some strange looking tires and wheels. Instead of the conventional tire on wheel, what you likely witnessed is one of Michelin’s may Tweel applications. The Tweel is essentially a single piece tire and wheel assembly (hence t-wheel) that requires no air, or valve for that matter and thus no maintenance. In other words, you can’t get a flat. For the moment, ...

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NEW CAR: New Kia Stonic compact CUV

Kia Stonic

When nearly all major players in the automobile industry introduce a brand new compact crossover in only a few years, you know something’s up. This segment is one of the, if not the fastest growing in the car business at the moment and there’s no slowdown to the expansion in sight. According to some, sales could could increase a hundred fold by 2020. The latest to join the party is Kia and its new Stonic. ...

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2017 Volvo V90 XC

And here I thought it was perfect… Take a moment to fully soak in what car this is: The powertrain, the colour, the size, and the brand. These are essentially all the necessary ingredients to make me loose my mind. Essentially, I did loose it when the keys were handed to me. My senses returned shortly thereafter if only to fully appreciate how far the Swedish-cum-Chinese brand has come in a very short time. The ...

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TECH: Apple Tackles Distracted Driving with IOS 11 “Do Not Disturb While Driving”

Do Not Disturb

Apple’s attempt to combat the danger that presents itself while using your phone while driving has resulted in a new feature to be introduced in its IOS 11 operating system. The feature, entitled “Do Not Disturb While Driving”, has a host of features with the goal of preventing drivers from accessing their phones while driving. The feature does exactly what it sounds like. It blocks the driver from receiving any notifications while driving. By using ...

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QUICK CAR REVIEW: 2017 Volkswagen Touareg Execline

2017 VW Touareg

The other crossover Volkswagen’s Touareg’s been around far longer than most think. It arrived almost exactly 14 years ago and has more or less lived in obscurity since. Although Volkswagens are generally touted for the common folk, the Touareg was and is aimed at a slightly richer clientele. This has limited its appeal, which makes it a semi rare sight. Despite its higher price tag and dismal reliability record early on, the Touareg was and ...

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CAR NEWS: Buy a new car entirely online? It’s now possible

Conférence CH

The automotive industry has always lagged behind other retail industries, particularly in digital development. For example, it is possible to buy just about everything online except a car. A dealer located near Montreal would like to see that change, and yesterday announced the addition of an online module that allows the user to complete a transaction from beginning to end entirely online, and thus buy a vehicle without ever visiting the dealership. The retailer in ...

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LIST: 2017 J.D. Power Canadian Auto Lenders Study Reveals BMW Financial Services as #1

J.D. Power Finance Satisfaction Study

From January through February 2017, approximately 3,750 finance provider evaluations took place across two segments from new-vehicle dealerships in Canada. The study has been designed to evaluate auto lenders in two categories. The first category being captive, where lender that is owned by a or is directly affiliated with a manufacturer. The second category is non-captive where an independent lending institution is evaluated. Of the criteria being measured, captive finance providers are evaluated on dealer ...

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CAR NEWS: 2017 BMW 5 Series Earns IIHS “Top Safety Pick +”

BMW 5 Series

The 2017 BMW 5 Series has earned the IIHS’s award for Top Safety Pick +. Earning good and superior ratings on accident prevention systems and headlights, the BMW 5 Series was presented this award for its performance in five different crash tests. The long list of security and performance updates including Dynamic Damper Control with Adaptive Mode and Integral Active Steering, BMW’s intelligent all-wheel drive system, Advanced Driver Assistant Systems and Parking Assistance Systems to ...

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