Entry-level Tucson delivers on a tight budget

The Tucson was Hyundai’s first vehicle to receive the company’s fluidic sculpture styling, and the first of its CUVs to be designed in Europe. For 2014, flowing lines, sculpted hood creases, swept-back projector headlamps and aggressive lower air intakes highlight the Tucson’s athletic first impression.

By Neil Moore, Metroland Media - Who doesn’t enjoy a little pampering? When it comes to motoring, today’s vehicles offer comforts and amenities that would have been unheard of a couple of decades ago – even for those with six-figure budgets. Indeed, cars that can park and almost drive themselves are nice – some offering heated and cooled, power-adjustable leather seats; multiple-zone climate control; heated steering wheel, and audio … [Read more...]

Kia enters luxury segment with K900 sedan

Kia’s 2015 flagship is the K900 premium luxury sedan that features ride quality and technology that rivals its competitors. The K900 will be sold at 34 Kia Premium dealers across the country with enhanced customer service.

Story and photos by Jim Robinson, Metroland Media - NEWPORT BEACH, CA: “I defy you,” the Kia Canada product guy said, “to ride in the back of this car blindfolded and tell me it’s not a Mercedes.” He was talking about the 2015 Kia K900, the Korean brand’s first foray into the premium luxury sedan segment. Frankly, such a car would have been unthinkable just a decade ago. But that was then and this is now and the K900 is ready, … [Read more...]

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Nissan's Sports Sedan Concept was a real head-turner at the show.

by Neil Moore, Metroland Media - The Canadian International AutoShow (CIAS) is a yearly must-attend for gearheads. But the thousands who flock to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, just after Valentine’s Day, aren’t all necessarily enamoured with all things automotive. Many, like my wife, have little interest in automobiles, but are drawn here whenever there’s a hint that someday soon they’ll be replacing the family jalopy. Would-be … [Read more...]

Nissan Rogue a star in winter weather

Muscular wheel arches and flowing character lines give the Nissan Rogue a more sophisticated look for 2014.  (photo: NIssan Canada)

By Neil Moore, Metroland Media - I couldn’t have asked for crappier weather. Snow pounded the big glass panes at Montreal-Trudeau airport, where I awaited the arrival of my fellow journalists enroute to the 2014 Nissan Rogue preview in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec. Their flights were delayed, thanks to equally abysmal weather in Toronto, but VIA rail – the more civilized way to travel – got me here refreshed, and on time. I hoped my luck … [Read more...]

Hyundai Equus challenges the luxury status quo

The 2014 Equus (Ultimate shown) is Hyundai’s entry into the exclusive premium luxury sedan segment boasting the size and sophistication of its competitors, but at a substantially lower price.

Story and photos by Jim Robinson, Metroland Media - “What you do mean, you’ve never driven an Equus before?” asked Hyundai Canada’s super diligent PR man. It got me to thinking that, after all the Hyundai vehicles I’ve piloted over the past 25 years, how did I miss the Equus, the brand’s first foray into the luxury sedan segment? I concluded it may have flown under my radar which, in turn, might be the case for many. So I booked one as … [Read more...]

Large Gran Turismo still pleases 3 Series fans

The local car wash seems the best place for pictures in the midst of a sloppy winter and a 2014 BMW 335i Gran Turismo strikes a handsome pose in Arctic White. With enlarged dimensions for interior roominess, coupe-like lines and styling, the new GT blends the best of all worlds for touring comfort and family traveling.

Story and photos by Rob Beintema, Metroland Media - Good design always seems inevitable in retrospect. And we can always trust BMW to take the best elements of different stylings and vehicular characteristics, in order to tailor them into a new and unique flavour of premium performance. Recently, BMW Canada introduced the 2014 Gran Turismo, a new touring machine within the 3 Series lineup, blending the dynamics of sport sedan … [Read more...]

Toyota gets it right with Corolla makeover

The 11th-generation Corolla has been facelifted for 2014. Its new slippery body shape is both aerodynamic and handsome with attention paid to airflow management. Pronounced wheel arches pushed to the corners, and special ‘sport’ front and rear fascia, give it an athletic stance.

Story and photos by Neil Moore, Metroland Media - We’ve had a few Toyotas in our family, and my wife, having recently owned a Camry, has always admired the reputation of its smaller sibling. She’s just never liked the look. And who could blame her? Despite Corolla’s legendary reliability and build quality, styling has always looked a bit stale. With every new model release, I always found the design language a generation or two behind … [Read more...]

Jeep Sahara at home in winter chill

Jeep Unlimited Sahara 2014-main

Story and photos by Rob Beintema, Metroland Media - My Jeep Wrangler test vehicle seemed somehow out of sorts in its snowy setting. It really should have been pictured in a place reflecting its Sahara model namesake, perhaps between desert dunes with its boxy outline shimmering in heat waves rising off the sand, parched palms in the distance, an unwavering sun beating down from above. But the yellowish Dune colour, instead of acting as … [Read more...]

Canada’s car show season starts in Montreal

Mitsubishi is testing Canadians on their opinion of the Mirage G4 sub-compact. It was unveiled at the Montreal Auto Show by company president and CEO, Kenichiro “Kenny” Yamamoto who said public input will be a deciding factor if the car will be sold here.

By Jim Robinson, Metroland Media - MONTREAL: The 2014 Salon International de l’auto de Montreal is not only the first Canadian car show of the year, but also gives show goers a good idea of what they will see in Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and other centres. The Montreal Auto Show ends January 26. Because the Montreal always happens during the same time as Detroit, Canada’s automakers have to scramble to display something new … [Read more...]

Roomy Altima 3.5 delivers big on performance

The fifth-generation 2014 Altima is a roomy, five-passenger sedan that is available with a thrifty 2.5-litre inline four, or still fuel-efficient 3.5-litre V6 that pumps out a solid 270 horses. (photo – Nissan Canada)

By Neil Moore, Metroland Media - The 2014 Nissan Altima is one handsome ride, but that hasn’t always been the case. I remember the jellybean styling of their first- and second-generation models, starting around 1993. Talk about bland. Back then, the Altima was more a large compact than a mid-size sedan, and like many similar cars of the day, was a bit underpowered and tough to find in a mall parking lot where so many competitors … [Read more...]