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  1. First Drives 2016 Audi TT 2016 Audi TT: Audi’s Tantalising, Topless TT Twins

    A brief, daylong interlude in Majorca, Spain, promised to be a welcome break from the frigid grip of winter in Canada. The fleeting journey to the Balearic Islands was made even sweeter because I was going to test drive a convertible roadster, which is always a treat, especially when the … Full story

    Rating : 4.0/5

    Filed in: Audi | TT

  2. First Drives It's hard not to feel as though the Golf R is more of a GT car sized-down than merely a still-faster version of the GTI. 2015 Volkswagen Golf R: GT, Not GTI

    The 2015 Volkswagen Golf R isn't just the most powerful version of the popular compact hatchback to be loosed on Canadian streets, but it's also the most refined. Depending on your point of view, this is either a good or a bad thing: gone is the rawness of Golf R's … Full story

    Rating : 4.0/5

    Filed in: Volkswagen | Golf R

  3. First Drives Out on the rural roads surrounding Austin the extra kilos were imperceptible. 2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible: Still Fun, Even Topless

    There’s something reassuring about BMW’s commitment to building open-top automobiles. Despite the relatively insignificant percentage of the overall market that convertible sales represent, it’s been more than two decades since a model year went by without at least one attractive and fun sun-loving model in the German brand’s line-up. The … Full story

    Rating : 4.0/5

    Filed in: BMW | 2 Series

  4. First Drives 2016 Mazda MX-5 2016 Mazda MX-5: The Wait Is Over!

    The wait is over. Direct from Barcelona, Spain, behold our first impressions of the world’s most anticipated sports car: the Mazda MX-5. Exclusive to The Car Guide, the program included test driving a rare prototype of Mazda’s new Roadster and the MX-5. The first is powered by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder … Full story

    Rating : 4.5/5

    Filed in: Mazda | MX-5

  5. First Drives The X6 M’s formula has proven to be a durable one that taps into the spirit of speed obsessed badge-connoisseurs. 2015 BMW X6 M: Reality Distortion Field

    There exists a small sliver of the automotive market that absolutely always wants to be driving the fastest, most powerful version of whatever vehicle strikes their fancy. Be it a rocket-powered school bus or a rider mower outfitted with a turbocharger, these devotees to benchmarks like torque, top speed, and … Full story

    Rating : 3.5/5

    Filed in: BMW | X6

  6. First Drives The Renegade’s style includes the Jeep family’s dominant traits. 2015 Jeep Renegade: Small, But Still A Jeep

    The ultra-compact SUV segment is set to see the most growth this year and welcome the largest number of new models. These scaled-down SUVs may look like they were left in the dryer too long, but they are an exciting choice compared to subcompact cars. Their practicality, unique design and … Full story

    Rating : 4.0/5

    Filed in: Jeep | Renegade

  7. First Drives 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport: Built For Versatility

    Following the makeover that began with the Range Rover Evoque and then the Range Rover, Land Rover is continuing to revitalize its line-up. This time it’s with the Discovery Sport, the vehicle replacing the LR2 in Canada. Going forward, Land Rover is focussing on three main lines. The Range Rover … Full story

    Rating : 4.0/5

    Filed in: Land Rover | Discovery

  8. First Drives Mercedes-Benz has decided to integrate the Maybach brand into the S-Class line. Mercedes-Maybach S600: Change In Strategy

    A lot of people were taken by surprise when Mercedes announced the return of Maybach, the Stuttgart-based brand’s swankiest label. That’s because most of us thought Maybach was dead and buried following a catastrophic introduction. The brand was launched amid much pomp and circumstance at the 1997 Tokyo Auto Show. Full story

    Rating : 4.5/5

    Filed in: Mercedes-Benz | S Class

  9. First Drives 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: Almost Outruns Its Shadow

    Pahrump, Nevada – The new Corvette Z06 makes us think of Clint Eastwood’s nameless cowboy in the Sergio Leone movies, re-armed with the massive Magnum .44 wielded by the hero of Dirty Harry. This Chevy is the American product that grunts “Go ahead, make my day”, the unforgettable line associated … Full story

    Rating : 5.0/5

    Filed in: Chevrolet | Corvette

  10. First Drives DC Compétition’s Talisman. Talisman: Daniel Campagna’s New Sports Car

    SANAIR, Saint-Pie-de-Bagot – Daniel Campagna has been keeping a low profile since he left the firm that still bears his name and that continues to build his most well-known creation, the T-Rex. That was nine years ago, and he’s been working hard ever since. Creative juices don’t just stop flowing … Full story

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