Post Tagged with: "2012"

2012 Mercedes-Benz E300 4Matic – E-class value leader
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2012 Mercedes-Benz E300 4Matic – E-class value leader

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan is the cornerstone of the German luxury automobile manufacturer’s world wide range of vehicles.  The solid, upright, mid-size E-Class sedan has long been THE vehicle most people associate with the Mercedes-Benz brand, particularly in North America where consumers see the company as strictly a luxury premium […]

Audi R8 GT – Drive the Supercar, feel like superman!
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Audi R8 GT – Drive the Supercar, feel like superman!

Now I know what it’s like to be popular.  I mean, REALLY popular, in the way Santa Claus is on December 24th or Brad Pitt is when he drops in to a Tupperware party. I went from a ‘zero’ (an auto writer) to a ‘hero’ just by letting a few […]

2012 911 Carrera S – The best Porsche for Canada
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2012 911 Carrera S – The best Porsche for Canada

Arguably, the Porsche 911 is the best sports car in the world.  That comes from decades of engineering refinement and a healthy dose of development gleaned from years of racing. What the 911 Carrera S delivers is an absolute driving perfection – superbly weighted steering that can snap the car […]

2012 Mitsubishi Lancer AWC – an all-wheel-drive sedan in dire need of marketing campaign
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2012 Mitsubishi Lancer AWC – an all-wheel-drive sedan in dire need of marketing campaign

At the height of summer it’s tough to be reminded that we endure some of the harshest winter driving conditions on planet.  For years I’ve been a self-professed evangelist for the advantages of all-wheel-drive vehicles, and never tire of insisting that once you drive an all-wheel-drive car in winter, you’ll […]

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2012 Lexus ES350 – worry-free luxury. What’s not to like?

When news of the arrival of the 2012 Lexus ES350 sedan spread through my gang of car enthusiast pals and family, one of my sharp-witted friends quipped, “Sure can’t have too much of a boring car, can we?”  That comment may be a bit harsh, but the truth is all […]

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2012 Buick Verano – luxury in small package

When the new Buick Regal mid-size sedan came our way for testing, it was truly impressive and I quickly rated it one of the best cars tested in 2010.  With the launch of Verano, I wondered if Buick’s newest offering could possibly match the Regal’s impressive debut.  After all, the […]

2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid – ‘green’ performance sedan or white elephant?
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2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid – ‘green’ performance sedan or white elephant?

Think “Hybrid” and you’ll likely think “green” and “Toyota Prius.”  Think “Porsche” and you’ll likely think “racing” and “raw performance.”  But think “Hybrid Porsche” and it boggles the mind.  For an old school sportscar enthusiast like me, Hybrid Porsche is an oxymoron of the highest order. But let’s not jump […]

2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI –  our favourite diesel wows us again
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2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI – our favourite diesel wows us again

After the first corner that leads from my driveway, I gush, “I LOVE this car!”  Ingrid, my wife and the VIP I’m chauffeuring to the office, shoots back, “How can you say that?  You haven’t even driven this car for twenty seconds!” “I can tell, even after one corner . […]

2012 Toyota Yaris LE – Good things come in small packages
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2012 Toyota Yaris LE – Good things come in small packages

I love the sub-compact class of cars.  Allow me to pontificate for a moment, but small cars like our 2012 Toyota Yaris, Ford Fiesta and Hyundai Accent are really what most Canadians ought to be driving. Sub-compact cars’ are superstars at delivering outstanding fuel economy and their ability to slip […]

2012 Mazda CX-9 –  The thinking driver’s BMW X5
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2012 Mazda CX-9 – The thinking driver’s BMW X5

Once in a while, an automobile manufacturer gets it ‘right’ the first time, and the 2012 Mazda CX-9 is a great example of that.  Mazda’s full-size crossover SUV was launched in 2007, and the 2012 version, which is at the end of its life cycle, is much the same vehicle, […]