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First DrivesPolestar 1: A Plug-in Hybrid Shooting Star
SAN FRANCISCO, California— Some engineers and designers must have erupted with joy when they were asked to develop Polestar’s first vehicle as a standalone brand, operating under the stewarding of Volvo and China’s Geely. They would have generous resources at their disposal, not to mention the creative freedom to do …
Classic CarsHow Much for This 1951 Ford Country Squire Woody Wagon?
The Ford Country Squire was the Blue Oval’s premium station wagon distinguished primarily by its external woodgrain panels. Unless you’re a fan, you might be surprised that it produced seven generations from the 1950 to 1991 model years. Today, as you know, wagons are nowhere near as popular as they …
First Drives2020 Audi RS Q8: Green Hell’s Fastest SUV
Nürburgring Nordschleife, Germany— Somewhere between the famous Pflanzgarten and Schwalbenschwanz bends, the new Audi RS Q8 goes up in the air as Frank Stippler jumps the rumble strip at the apex of a left turn sitting on a ridge. Strapped to the passenger seat next to him, I’m extremely impressed …
Test Drives2019 Kia Niro EV: An Electric Car Worthy of More Attention
Since the launch of the Nissan LEAF in 2011, affordable electric vehicles offering zero range anxiety have become more and more popular. One of them is the Kia Niro EV, the third member of the Niro lineup following the hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants. Originally launched for the 2017 model …
Spotlight onPolestar 1: We're About to Drive a 619-hp Plug-in Hybrid Marvel
It’s no coincidence that The Car Guide is in San Francisco, California to test drive the all-new Polestar 1. This is the Swedish brand’s first-ever vehicle, a plug-in hybrid grand touring coupe, and it comes from an automaker ( Volvo ) that hopes to bust the traditional car ownership model …

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ElectricChevrolet’s New Electric SUV Debuts… for China
We’ve been promised by General Motors an electric SUV that’s bigger and more practical than the Chevrolet Bolt EV . Here it is! The catch? It’s only going to be sold in China. The Menlo EV is Chevrolet’s first fully electric vehicle in Asia’s largest market and it features the …
BuzzHere’s How to Get a Manual Toyota Supra… With 1,000 Hp
European Auto Group, which is based in Texas but specializes in the repair, restoration and customization of European cars from all makes and models, has a unique project that involves the very Japanese and automatic-only 2020 Toyota GR Supra . Many fans were disappointed when the car’s chief engineer confirmed …
NewsRefreshed Mitsubishi Mirage is Going to be Sold in Canada
As previously reported, Mitsubishi is dropping the Mirage G4 sedan in Canada , leaving the future of the Mirage hatchback up in the air. Sales of sub-compact cars are largely affected by the rise in popularity of small crossovers like the Hyundai Kona , Mazda CX-3 and Nissan Kicks .
ElectricThe Mercedes-Benz G-Class, of All SUVs, is Going Electric
The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is by far one of the oldest and most iconic SUVs on the planet. The all-new model introduced for 2019 came 40 years after the original made its debut. According to Daimler's Head of Digital Transformation, Sascha Pallenberg, the automaker did consider putting an end to the …
NewsCanada's Downward Car Sales Trend is Far From Over
After annual new-car sales hit two million units for the first time in 2017, they are now on a downward trend and may not return to the two-million mark until 2026, according to a new market analysis by LMC Automotive. Jeff Schuster, president, Americas Operation and Global Forecasting for the …
SEMAThis Custom Dodge Charger Has AWD and 1,525 Horsepower
If you like the AWD variant of the Dodge Charger for its all-season performance, but find the 292-horsepower V6 too modest, here’s something that will blow you away. The tuning specialists at SpeedKore Performance, together with exhaust system manufacturer Magnaflow, took an AWD-equipped Charger Enforcer police car and replaced the …
NewsAlfa Romeo Giulia, Stelvio to Receive Key Upgrades for 2020
After launching new limited-edition 2019 NRING models to honour Alfa Romeo’s century-old racing success and its unique connection to the famous Nürburgring in Germany, the Italian brand is planning a series of upgrades to its two most popular models for 2020. Generally speaking, these changes will enhance styling, technology and …
New ModelsThe 444-hp BMW M2 CS is Coming to Canada
BMW’s M division is launching an exclusive and limited-run special edition of the 2 Series for the first time. And the great news about that is Canadians will be able to order one. Following the lead of the outgoing M3 CS and M4 CS , the new BMW M2 CS …
NewsThe Car Guide's Best Buys for 2020
The Car Guide recently invited representatives from all the major automakers in Canada to its annual awards ceremony. Nearly 30 different trophies were handed throughout the night in recognition of the most deserving cars and trucks of the year. The event, hosted by our own Gabriel Gélinas, was also an …
ElectricTesla’s Electric Pickup Has an Official Launch Date
We now know precisely when and where the highly anticipated Tesla pickup will make its global debut. Referring to it as “Cybertruck,” CEO Elon Musk has just tweeted that the event will take place on November 21 near the SpaceX rocket factory. That’s three days before the start of the …

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Test Drives2019 Ford Mustang EcoBoost: The Sound of Reason
When we daydream about owning a Ford Mustang, the soundtrack of our momentary escape from reality involves an octet of pistons singing in unison. Not a quartet. We might be misjudging people, but a Mustang without a V8 engine isn’t an object of desire, and more a compromise for what …
Test Drives2020 Ram Power Wagon: The Mean Workhorse
WHISTLER, British Columbia— When FCA introduced the all-new 2019 Ram Heavy Duty at the Detroit Auto Show last year, the numbers were quite impressive: up to 1,000 pound-feet of torque with the Cummins turbo-diesel engine and a maximum towing capacity of 35,100 pounds. However, Ford announced last week that its …
Test Drives2019 Mercedes-Benz G 550: As Desirable As Ever
There are a few cars and trucks on the market that have achieved such a level of admiration and desirability, that only a major screwup from the manufacturer could tank its sales. The Porsche 911 has reached this level, and so has the Jeep Wrangler . Here’s another one: the …
Test Drives2019 Acura MDX: Not Showing all its Cards
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Test Drives2019 Honda CR-V: (Almost) a No-brainer
The compact SUV segment is killing the traditional automobile as consumers are trading in their sedans for these high-riding, versatile and—for the most part—all-wheel drive vehicles. So far in 2019, the Honda CR-V is the second best-selling utility vehicle in Canada, ahead of the Nissan Rogue , the Ford Escape …
Test Drives2019 Range Rover Velar: Fashion Statement
Is it ironic that the most expensive models in Land Rover’s lineup in Canada are the ones that sell the most? As luxury-vehicle buyers strongly value brand perception, it’s only normal that the Range Rover line of SUVs enjoys greater success than the “regular” Land Rover models. Since last year, …
Test Drives2020 Hyundai Palisade: Standing Tall
In the U.S. and Canada, about 1.5 million midsize, three-row SUVs are sold each year. That’s a important segment not just in size, but in profitability, and everyone obviously wants in. Hyundai does too, and it recently introduced the 2020 Palisade. Oh, it’s not the brand’s first effort to produce …
Test Drives2020 Hyundai Elantra: Still Good Enough for Bronze
The Hyundai Elantra is one of the most popular cars in Canada. And for good reason. Despite a drop of about 9 percent last year, it still sold more than 41,000 units. Korea’s finest compact ranks third in the country behind only the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. The quality …

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2020 Audi RS Q8: Green Hell’s Fastest SUV
Mechanically speaking, the Audi RS Q8 shares its twin-turbocharged V8 engine with the RS 7 and RS 6 Avant . It produces 590 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque."Because someday it will be my turn to drive this super Audi SUV and tackle the Green Hell…" These are the words …
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Light on the 2019 Mazda MX-5 by Gabriel Gélinas
This introductory video, led by automotive journalist Gabriel Gélinas, is a perfect example of why the Mazda MX-5 won the best-buy title in the convertible segment of the 2020 Auto Guide... Whether with her soft roof on the standard model or remote-controlled hardtop in the MX-5 RF grand touring version, …
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Focus on the Mazda 3 with Gabriel Gélinas
The Mazda 3 wins the Best Buy Award in its category in the 2020 Auto Guide. It has an athletic look, and the addition of the optional all-wheel-drive makes this compact a great upgrade to the Quebec market. Here is a car to discover under the keen eye of journalist …
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2020 Mazda CX-30
Described as a new core model, the CX-30 slots between the diminutive (too small for some) CX-3 and the popular CX-5 . It embodies the latest evolution of Mazda’s KODO design language, with a particularly sexy hood line and rear section, while adding sizable cladding around the wheel arches for …
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Audi Q4 e-tron concept
Smaller than the e-tron quattro , the new Q4 e-tron Concept features a long wheelbase that maximizes interior room. In terms of size, it stands at 4.59 metres long, 1.90 metres wide and 1.61 metres tall. During the press conference, Audi president and CEO Bram Schott announced that the Q4 …
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