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2018 Audi A4 2.0 TFSI quattro in Utah

2018 Audi A4 2.0 TFSI quattro in Utah

 

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The 2018 “See the U.S. Desert” Road Trip. 7,674 km of touring perfection in the 2018 Audi A4

The 2018 “See the U.S. Desert” Road Trip.  7,674 km of touring perfection in the 2018 Audi A4

My wife Ingrid has for years yearned to see the United States desert.  Personally, I’ve never had a good stereotype image of the American deserts, with most of my impressions gleaned from Hollywood western movies. The desert? Just a bunch of sand punctuated regularly with unusual looking cacti, right? Boy, was […]

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Inside Jaguar: Making a Million Pound Car. Now showing on Netflix

Inside Jaguar:  Making a Million Pound Car.  Now showing on Netflix

The E-type Jaguar (aka Jaguar XKE in North America) is considered by many hardcore auto enthusiasts to be THE most beautiful car ever produced.  Period. While that may be debatable, there’s no arguing the E-type is a beautiful sportscar, one that would makes grown men weak-kneed when viewed in the metal. […]

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Fuel consumption update – 2018 Audi A4 2.0 quattro

Fuel consumption update – 2018 Audi A4 2.0 quattro

We’ve had our 2018 Audi A4 for some 4 months now.  With 4,450 km on the odometer since acquiring the car in October, the Audi’s 2.0-litre DOHC turbocharged 252 horsepower 4-cylinder engine mated to a 7-speed DCT automatic transmission continues to impress. The fuel economy for a turbocharged 4-cylinder fulltime […]

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McLaren – documentary on Netflix covers life of Bruce McLaren, founder of McLaren Race Cars

McLaren – documentary on Netflix covers life of Bruce McLaren, founder of McLaren Race Cars

McLaren, a 2017 documentary film about the life of New Zealand race car driver and designer, has recently appeared on Netfilx. I’ve got a strong, personal attachment to McLaren race cars.  As a teenager growing up in Calgary, my group of buddies were hard core car guys, and specifically, we […]

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Extreme winter driving highway fuel economy – 2018 Audi A4

Extreme winter driving highway fuel economy – 2018 Audi A4

We spent Christmas in Calgary and returned to Edmonton in extreme winter driving conditions, -23.5 degrees Celsius. Our 2018 Audi A4 2.0-litre turbocharged all-wheel-drive sedan transported us in comfort and security. Impressively (given the extreme cold temperatures combined with about 25 km of city driving before hitting the highway), the […]

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2018 Police Vehicle Testing – your complete guide to performance statistics

2018 Police Vehicle Testing – your complete guide to performance statistics

I have this special ‘thing’ for police cars. Here in North America, police vehicles are typically big and rugged.  Everything is ‘heavy duty’ to meet the demands of policing, which means long periods of idling to full blown, pedal-to-the-medal high speeds where rapid response is critical. Each year, the Michigan […]

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2018 Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Quattro – City fuel mileage

2018 Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Quattro – City fuel mileage

Our most recent fuel economy results continue to be satisfying. In city driving, our 2018 Audi A4 TFSI Quattro, equipped with a 2.0-litre turbocharged 252 horsepower engine, 7-speed DCT automatic transmission and full-time all-wheel-drive has returned 9.4 l/100 km (or 30.0 Imp mpg on premium unleaded fuel) in city driving.  […]

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2018 Audi A4 2.0 TSI – Real world fuel economy, 45.7 Imp mpg, outstanding!

2018 Audi A4 2.0 TSI – Real world fuel economy, 45.7 Imp mpg, outstanding!

Last weekend we had the opportunity to take our first highway trip in our 2018 Audi A4 2.0 TSI Quattro. The A4 exceeded our expectations on the highway.  As befitting a premium compact sport sedan, the car cabin was luxuriously quiet with zero wind noise, and even fitted with Dunlop […]

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Tapson Garage Mat – keeping the garage floor clean and dry

Tapson Garage Mat – keeping the garage floor clean and dry

We’re just starting our second winter in our new to us house.  Like many old(er) homes (ours was built in 1986), the slope of the garage floor isn’t perfect. Water and snow melt pools slightly at the right entrance corner of the garage.  What to do? My neat freak buddy, […]

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