Cars

2019 Audi preview gala

2019 Audi preview gala

Edmonton’s Southgate Audi hosted a gala preview last night of selected 2019 models.  The much anticipated, all-new for 2019 flagship SUV Audi Q8 took centre stage, with the German company’s ‘big’ 2019 luxury sedans – top of the range A8L (long wheelbase), sporty 5-door A7 and mid-size A6 sharing the […]

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Ferrari of Alberta hosts demo day for a lucky few

Ferrari of Alberta hosts demo day for a lucky few

It’s 2-degrees Celsius and there are snowflakes in the air.  It’s really cold. But a lucky few invited guests have congregated at a private facility to test drive two new Ferraris – a mid-engine 488 and front engine Portofino. Carlo Galasso, dealer principal of Ferrari of Alberta, is our gracious […]

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Old warhorse gets put to pasture – joins permanent collection of the Reynolds-Alberta Museum

Old warhorse gets put to pasture – joins permanent collection of the Reynolds-Alberta Museum

On Friday, June 29, 2018, our family’s 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300D was loaded into a trailer, to join the permanent automobile collection of the renown Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin, Alberta. George Yip, my Dad, bought the car new at Lone Star Mercedes-Benz in Calgary in 1983, and the Mercedes has been […]

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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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