Category: New Cars

2016 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid part of Porsche’s e-mobility programme

Porsche’s commitment to e-mobility extends well into the next decade and beyond, according to Porsche Canada President and CEO Alexander Pollich. At a recent information session in Ottawa, Mr. Pollich confirmed that Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) and Plug-in Hybrid vehicles (PHVs) will be available throughout the full Porsche model line by the mid-2020s. Currently touring …

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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander ES Touring

The Mitsubishi Outlander is bigger and better this year, I drove the Outlander ES Touring Edition, which, at $29,698, is the top-level four-cylinder Outlander. You get all-wheel drive, 18-inch alloy wheels, sunroof, premium audio with rear-view camera,, fog lamps, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, Sirius satellite radio, silver painted roof rails, leather upholstery and (new for 2016) …

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2014 Lexus CT200h: Looks fast, drives smart

The Lexus CT200h is a compact four-door sport wagon based on Toyota’s ultra-reliable Prius architecture. Lexus, is Toyota’s luxury brand, and the “h” in CT200h means “hybrid,” so this could be a good combination! The CT200h was introduced in 2010 as a 2011 model, and while it has been updated since then, it’s remained fundamentally …

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Beam me up, Subie! XV Crosstrek gets hybridized

So, are you Crosstrekker or Crosstrekkie? The thought occurred to me one morning in as I was boldly going. True, the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek does not possess warp drive, which would have come in handy while stuck in traffic. But it’s now available with hybrid drive, which could also be useful. So, you know….Engage! …

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2014 Mitsubishi Mirage – You can do better

The Mirage is Mitsubishi’s subcompact urban commuter and grocery-getter. It’s tiny, but it’s got four doors, can accommodate four adults and still has room for luggage behind the rear seat. Powered by a 74 horsepower, 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine, the Mirage is rated at 5.3/4.4 L/100 km, city/highway fuel consumption. It’s very cheap to run, in …

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2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S — Luxury Snowmobile

It was nice to get into a Porsche again. This is a company whose vehicles offer a singular combination of prestige, history and superior quality. They’re the real deal, in my opinion. The Cayenne is Porsche’s big SUV. Controversial when introduced over a decade ago (it’s a Porsche SUV, after all), it now represents the …

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2015 Chrysler 200: All new and much improved

Louisville, Kentucky It’s nice to see Chrysler coming along. For a while, there, the company was flying dangerously close to the ground and a crash-landing seemed imminent. But what a difference a few years make, along with an Italian company (Fiat) led by a Canadian, no less! Well, Italian-Canadian… The Chrysler 200 is the first …

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2014 Bentley Flying Spur

Recently I had the opportunity to take a 2014 Bentley Flying Spur for a test drive in Montreal. It got me thinking about Bentley cars, the company, and its very long history. Bentley is,nas you may know, now owned by Volkswagen and has been since 1998. After 15 years, shock, horror, dismay and general skepticism …

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2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

Most Porsche reviews I’ve written go something like this: saw it, drove it, loved it, you should get one. This piece will largely follow the pattern, so if you want to skip straight to the Porsche website to spec out yours, it’s Porsche.ca. One thing, though: this particular test car costs $139,800, which — and …

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2014 BMW 328d

New to the Canadian market this model year, the 2014 BMW 328d offers no surprises when it comes to design, equipment and quality associated with this luxury brand. The big news is under the hood, where the familiar gasoline engine is replaced with a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged diesel. Common in Europe for many years (over …

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