Archive for December, 2012

2012 Chevrolet Orlando LT – Only in Canada, you say? Pity!

2012 Chevrolet Orlando LT – Only in Canada, you say?  Pity!

Check out Chevrolet’s website (www.chevrolet.com) to get information on the new 2012 Orlando and you find . . .  nothing.  What?  Ooops.  That’s because www.chevrolet.com is the URL for Chevrolet’s American website, and the Orlando is a Canadian-market-only offering. That’s right.  We penny-pinching Canadians like our vehicles on average one […]

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2012 Lexus RX350 – Loads of luxury with little commitment

2012 Lexus RX350 – Loads of luxury with little commitment

Driving “Her Majesty” (aka Ingrid, my wife) to work on the first day the 2012 Lexus RX350 AWD sport-ute is in our possession is a revelation.  As an avowed ‘car guy’, I love efficient, high performance vehicles, SUVs are neither fuel efficient nor sporty.  I admit to having held a […]

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2012 Toyota Camry LE – The benchmark mid-size family sedan gets re-engineered

2012 Toyota Camry LE – The benchmark mid-size family sedan gets re-engineered

Your life is frantic.  As far as you’re concerned, cars are expensive and a necessary evil of modern living.  You don’t like cars, and perhaps you even begrudge having to own one.  Cars hold as much interest for you as next year’s designer colours on snow blowers.  It that profile […]

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2012 Jaguar XF Portfolio – you can almost smell the sherry-infused pipe tobbaco

2012 Jaguar XF Portfolio – you can almost smell the sherry-infused pipe tobbaco

Jaguar is an iconic luxury marque that evokes images of Old World finery – timeless style, powerful engines and interiors crafted with rich leather and burled walnut.  Just thinking about “Jaguar” cars and you can almost catch a lingering whiff of sherry infused pipe tobacco. Jaguar offers a very different […]

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2012 Audi TT RS – All-weather streetfighter perfect for Canada

2012 Audi TT RS – All-weather streetfighter perfect for Canada

I’d like to believe in Karma, that cosmic principle of reward and punishment.  Simply stated – ‘what goes around, comes around’, and if you’ve led a good life, you will be rewarded. Let’s say you’ve done all the ‘right’ things in life.  You attended university and now you’ve got a […]

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2012 Porsche Cayman R – The Ultimate Track Weapon?

2012 Porsche Cayman R – The Ultimate Track Weapon?

Maximum performance.  Race ready.  That pretty much sums up Porsche’s Cayman R.  In the proverbial knife fight metaphor, the Cayman R wouldn’t just be a gun, it’d be a laser-guided missile. To create the R, Porsche put the Cayman on an extreme diet and beefed it up with some special […]

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GarageShots – new premium hot rod magazine hits the streets

Hot rod enthusiasts have treasured magazines that showcase the hobby ever since building the four-wheel beauties took off in the 1950s.  Hot rod magazines are a valuable repository of ‘build’ ideas, allowing the reader to scrutinize every square inch of chrome, study the flow of every body line and visualize […]

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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan – Best in Class Driving Fun

2012 Volkswagen Tiguan – Best in Class Driving Fun

Volkswagen’s Tiguan was first introduced to Canadians in 2008.  Now, approaching the end of its production cycle, the German compact SUV receives useful upgrades for 2012 – the front end is ‘freshened’ with a new quartet of horizontal chrome strips, giving the Tiguan a fresh ‘face’ that’s now consistent across […]

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2012 Porsche 911 Carrera 4

2012 Porsche 911 Carrera 4

Here’s the note I sent to one newspaper automotive section editor about the Porsche 911 Carrera 4. Dear Editor: Let me start by apologizing.  Your stern warnings to stop filing ‘gushy-gooey’ car reviews are still ringing in my ears.  Really.  As a “car person”, you know it takes dedicated nit […]

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2012 Buick Regal e-Assist

2012 Buick Regal e-Assist

In 2010 when General Motors first launched the then all-new Regal, Buick won accolades for producing a class-leading mid-size sedan.  When I tested the full-production model last year, I was totally impressed with Regal and unreservedly declared it one of the top ten cars I’d tested in 2011. If you […]

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