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  1. First Drives The 2015 Soul EV is Kia's first foray into electric cars for the North American market. 2015 Kia Soul EV: Kia’s Soul Goes Gas-Free

    Kia is the latest automaker to enter the zero-emissions playground with the introduction of the 2015 Soul EV. The non-electric Soul, which was redesigned for 2014, is a cute city car, so it makes a natural platform for Kia’s first all-electric car in Canada. Electrifying a soul Kia has done … Full story

    Rating : 4.5/5

    Filed in: Kia | Soul

  2. First Drives 2016 Audi TT - In action on the Ascari Race Resort circuit in Ronda, Spain. 2016 Audi TT: A Close Encounter of the Third Kind

    The original TT was a milestone in Audi’s history. When the TT concept car was unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1995, it showed that the brand from Ingolstadt was now a major player in terms of automobile design and the rest, as they say, is history. With the … Full story

    Rating : 4.0/5

    Filed in: Audi | TT

  3. First Drives The MINI 5 door's front treatment is the same as the regular 3 door Cooper. 2015 MINI 5 door: Not to be Confused with the next Clubman...

    When we received the invitation from BMW (MINI belongs to BMW, everyone knows that!) for the MINI 5 door, the invitation actually read: “The new MINI 5 door (not to be confused with the next generation Clubman, which is a little farther off) represents…” When an automaker goes this far … Full story

    Rating : 4.0/5

    Filed in: MINI | 5-Door

  4. First Drives 2015 Ford Mustang GT Coupe - A nice blend of heritage cues and more modern styling 2015 Ford Mustang - A Brave New World

    Ever since it first arrived on the scene, the Mustang has been Ford’s halo car and a very successful model for the blue oval, with 9 million units sold in the last 50 years. There’s no denying the mystique that is associated with the original pony car but, with sports … Full story

    Rating : 4.0/5

    Filed in: Ford | Mustang

  5. First Drives It's also important to point out what the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C is not, and that's 'accessible.' 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C: Live And Direct

    There are a couple of ways to re-introduce yourself to the Canadian market if you're an Italian automaker that's been sitting on the sidelines across the Atlantic for most of the past two decades.  If you're Fiat, for example, you can attempt to appeal to the masses by way of … Full story

    Rating : 4.5/5

    Filed in: Alfa Romeo | 4C

  6. First Drives Derek Jenkins, Director of Design, presenting the new 2016 Mazda MX-5. 2016 Mazda MX-5: More Distinctive and Deluxe

    Following months of speculation and rumours, the new, fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 was unveiled at three simultaneous events held in Tokyo, Barcelona and Monterey. To celebrate the newest edition of the world’s most popular roadster, Mazda organized a private event in Monterey with Duran Duran, the group that topped the charts … Full story

    Filed in: Mazda | MX-5

  7. First Drives The 2015 Jetta features a new grille and optional xenon headlights. 2015 Volkswagen Jetta: More Than a Simple Restyling

    The Volkswagen Jetta has a new look for 2015. Why, you ask? In part, it’s to give it a more “premium” appeal, but the real reason is that the Jetta’s monocoque structure was revised to make it compliant with the latest passenger protection standards in case of a collision. The … Full story

    Rating : 4.0/5

    Filed in: Volkswagen | Jetta

  8. First Drives 2015 Honda Fit 2015 Honda Fit: A Master Class in Packaging

    The new third-generation Honda Fit, also known as the Jazz in Asia and Europe, will hit the Canadian market in September 2014 as the 2015 model, nine months after its unveiling at the Detroit Auto Show in January. This marks the beginning of a new era for the Fit since … Full story

    Rating : 4.0/5

    Filed in: Honda | Fit

  9. First Drives The Cayman GTS enjoying some high-speed turns on the Laguna Seca circuit. 2015 Porsche Boxster and Cayman GTS: Impressive Variations

    When Porsche builds a series of models, it does so very carefully. Kind of like building a house. Every time one is fully revamped, the Zuffenhausen brand first introduces the regular model, which acts as the foundation of the structure. Next comes a more powerful S version with extra equipment. Full story

    Filed in: Porsche | Boxster | Cayman

  10. First Drives Like so many of the once-bustling towns located this close to the Arctic Circle the GMC Yukon finds itself at the edge of a receding frontier. Coming Home: Driving The 2015 GMC Yukon Through The Yukon Territory

    Seemingly, you’d have to be more than a little crazy to hurtle a two-ton SUV up and down a 60 kilometre Yukon mountain mining road so steep that there’s simply nowhere to even attach a guard rail.  And yet I found myself doing exactly that this past week behind the … Full story

    Rating : 4.0/5

    Filed in: GMC | Yukon

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