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  1. First Drives 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA 45AMG Edition 1 in action on mountain roads north of Malaga, Spain 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 and GLA 45AMG - Two versions, no waiting...

    In the race to get ahead in the premium segment, carmakers have to compete at every level and in every market niche. While the idea of luxury compact crossovers seemed like a very novel one just a few years ago, we now have some serious newcomers entering the fray to … Full story

    Rating : 4.0/5

    Filed in: Mercedes-Benz | Classe GLA

  2. First Drives This third generation of the MINI has evolved significantly compared to the previous generation. 2014 MINI Cooper: Decreasingly English!

    As a car whose parents come from different backgrounds, the MINI Cooper has come a long way since its reincarnation in 2002. Its ancestor, the first MINI Cooper, was a pure Brit, but the second vehicle of the same name became increasingly German after the brand was purchased by BMW—which … Full story

    Filed in: MINI | Classic

  3. First Drives 2014 Nissan Rogue on the Mecaglisse circuit 2014 Nissan Rogue - Dashing Through the Snow in a 170 Horsepower Sleigh

    The Nissan Rogue has been the best-selling vehicle for Nissan Canada in the recent past, but its overall sales numbers were not close to those of the segment-leading Honda CR-V and Toyota Rav4. That was then, this is now. With the new 2014 Rogue, Nissan has high hopes that it … Full story

    Rating : 4.0/5

    Filed in: Nissan | Rogue

  4. First Drives The front bumper has been modified to give the car a more dynamic look. 2014 Honda Civic Coupe: Little Details That Go a Long Way

    Honda is very proud of the Civic’s success on the Canadian market. Not only is this compact revered for its overall value, it’s Canada’s top-selling vehicle for the 16th consecutive year. It goes without saying that Honda is doing whatever it can to hold onto this title. When the new … Full story

    Rating : 4.0/5

    Filed in: Honda | Civic

  5. First Drives The new Toyota Highlander is 3 cm lower than the old one. 2014 Toyota Highlander: Built for Comfort

    Carmel, California. When it first hit the market 12 long years ago, the Toyota Highlander struck me as a happy medium between a real SUV and a wagon. But since then, that role has been assigned to the Venza. In a way, it was also a toned-down version of the … Full story

    Rating : 4.0/5

    Filed in: Toyota | Highlander

  6. First Drives The 2015 Subaru WRX is finally worthy of a mainstream audience.  2015 Subaru WRX: All Grown Up

    The 2015 Subaru WRX proves that growing up doesn’t have to mean turning your back on your roots.  Long the first choice of Canadian sport compact enthusiasts attracted by its turbocharged, all-wheel drive performance and affordable pricing, the Subaru WRX has managed to stay competitive in a rapidly escalating arms … Full story

    Rating : 4.5/5

    Filed in: Subaru | WRX

  7. First Drives The new CTS is longer and lower than the old one. 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport: 420 Reasons to be Happy

    The new Cadillac CTS is all grown up. Since its launch in 2002, this sedan has been targeting clients interested in the BMW 3 and 5 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C- and E-Class. Last year’s arrival of the new compact ATS, which is attacking luxury compacts (BMW 3 Series and … Full story

    Rating : 4.5/5

    Filed in: Cadillac | CTS

  8. First Drives 2016 Nissan GT-R NISMO - Trunk-mounted Carbon rear wing 2015 Nissan GT-R and 2016 Nissan GT-R Nismo - The Latest Evolution

    When the GT-R first arrived on the North American scene in 2008, it caused an incredible shockwave in the high-performance car world by offering power and speed that put it squarely in supercar territory but at a sports car price point. Over the years, the price has gone up significantly … Full story

    Filed in: Nissan | GT-R

  9. First Drives The 2015 Audi S3 sedan should quickly become an object of desire. 2015 Audi S3 Sedan and A3 Cabriolet: New Kids On The Block

    After a few tentative years spent testing the subcompact waters in Canada with the A3 hatchback, Audi has elected to dive in head-first.  Starting in the 2015 model year, the A3 line-up will drop the hatch but expand to include not only the Audi A3 sedan, but also cabriolet and … Full story

    Filed in: Audi | A3

  10. First Drives Chevrolet Spark EV: The Poor Man’s Tesla

    If ever there was a poorly named car, it’s the Chevrolet Spark. Sadly, the EV version of this vehicle is in dire need of some spark of its own. Already available on the Canadian marketplace with a thermal engine, this sub-compact from GM will soon be gliding into showrooms on … Full story

    Filed in: Chevrolet | Spark

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