Cars

First fuel mileage report – 2018 Audi A4

First fuel mileage report – 2018 Audi A4

We’ve just run our new 2018 Audi A4 through its first tank of fuel. (Caveats:  The A4 was delivered with a ‘full’ tank of fuel, but we don’t know how ‘full’ it really was.  Our standard operating procedure when refuelling cars for fuel consumption testing is to fill the tank […]

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Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D winter tires

Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D winter tires

  We opted to have our 2018 Audi A4 quattro fitted for winter when we picked it up a couple of weeks ago. Instead of the optional very low profile, ultra high performance 245/35R19s intended for maximum (summer) grip, we bought Audi Canada’s winter tire mounted on OEM Audi 17-in. […]

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Our 2018 Audi A4 Quattro ‘Technik’ arrives

Our 2018 Audi A4 Quattro ‘Technik’ arrives

The 2018 Audi A4 Quattro ‘Technik’ has arrived.  It replaces our trusty 2014 Subaru WRX, which departed in July. Here are a few more photos. Our first impressions are nothing less than pure enjoyment.  The car is quiet, the suspension superbly compliant, and the 7-speed DCT automatic transmission is ‘invisible’ […]

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2018 Audi A4 gets PDI’d

2018 Audi A4 gets PDI’d

Our 2018 Audi A4 Technik has arrived and receiving its Pre-delivery Inspection. Audi OEM 17-in. winter wheels and Dunlop performance winter tires (Audi Canada’s winter tire package) will be installed prior to delivery.  We’ll have to wait until Spring to review the A4’s handling and ride comfort with the optional […]

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0-100 kph on banana peels?? Subaru markets the ’18 WRX with ‘atypical’ acceleration videos

0-100 kph on banana peels??  Subaru markets the ’18 WRX with ‘atypical’ acceleration videos

The clever marketing mavens at Subaru have with 6 fun videos, showing the 2018 Subaru WRX’s superb all-wheel-drive capabilities in a unique fashion. The 6 short videos show the sporty WRX doing 1-100 kph acceleration runs on ‘atypical’ surfaces:  Banana peels; runway foam; ‘road from hell’; wet asphalt; powder; and […]

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Southgate Audi’s Sport Tour test drive

Southgate Audi’s Sport Tour test drive
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Farewell – our 2015 Subaru WRX moves on out

Farewell – our 2015 Subaru WRX moves on out

After three years, we’ve traded our 2015 Subaru WRX with CVT automatic transmission for a new, 2018 compact sport sedan. The WRX has served us well.  We’ve loved it’s turbocharged 2.0-litre 268 horsepower flat-four engine, superlative ‘Symmetrical’ all-wheel-drive, outstanding fuel economy, and sportscar level handling. After 3 years of ownership […]

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Guess the supercar!

Guess the supercar!

Name the supercar! We were recently invited to a private viewing of this rare and exotic supercar. Hint 1:  This rare supercar is still in production under the same name in 2017 Hint 2:  The engine is a supercharged V8, mounted rear mid-ship Hint 3:  This road version was inspired […]

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Calgary Porsche opens 23-car showroom at new location

Calgary Porsche opens 23-car showroom at new location

When I visited Calgary a few days ago, my good friend Gary suggested we drop into Porsche Calgary’s new facility. Gary owns a gorgeous Porsche Carrera 4S, dark green with a tan interior, and bought the iconic German sports car from this dealership at their old location. The new showroom […]

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Abstract: The Art of Design. Netflix documentary provides insight into design, one episode on autos

Abstract:  The Art of Design.  Netflix documentary provides insight into design, one episode on autos

Did you ever wonder how design decisions are made when it comes to styling new cars? The art of automotive design has always intrigued me. How is it that some automotive companies and their in-house designers can produce cars that are not only beautiful when they first hit the showroom […]

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