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MechanicalMercedes-AMG Project One: An F1 for the road
Never before have we come so close to driving a street-legal Formula 1 car on Canadian roads. The mad geniuses at AMG, the high-performance division of Mercedes-Benz, are working behind closed doors on a new hypercar codenamed “Project One.” From what we can gather, this will be a real F1 …
MechanicalUsed Vehicles: are Clunkers Really a Good Deal?
We’ve all heard the story about the neighbour’s cousin’s brother-in-law who bought an ancient car for $500 that was rusted all over and reeked of oil and fumes—and drove it for almost two years without a problem. Unfortunately, not all clunker stories have a happy ending. People with a very …
MechanicalAnti-Lock Brakes: Are They Any Good in Winter?
If your vehicle is even remotely recent, it probably has an anti-lock braking system (ABS). Professional drivers have differing opinions on ABSs, to the point that very few sports cars feature these systems. And yet, they play an essential role in our everyday driving. So how exactly do they work?
Mechanical2016 Toyota Avalon: Simple and Engineered for Quietness
Oh, the Toyota Avalon! What is there to say about this car, other than it’s supremely comfortable and almost devoid of personality? That said, comfort is a pretty big deciding factor for a lot of folks shopping for a car. And comfort goes hand and hand with a quiet ride.
MechanicalFull Inspection: The Massive 2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV
Looking to attract a younger and more dynamic group of buyers, Cadillac is breathing new life into its lineup. The traditional brand has updated the exterior of its vehicles and equipped them with the latest technologies. We recently inspected Cadillac’s most recent vehicle, the 2015 Escalade ESV, and the exercise …
MechanicalThe mini Micra goes to the Garage for its Entrance Exam
Nissan has resuscitated its little Micra this year and The Car Guide wanted to learn more about this blast from the past. To keep the starting price under $10,000, Nissan undoubtedly had to make some compromises, so we enlisted the help of the mechanics at Garage Nicolas Demers to examine …
MechanicalUp Close and Personal with the 2014 Jaguar F-Type
If there’s one car out there that really turns heads these days, it’s undoubtedly the Jaguar F-Type. A worthy successor to the equally superb E-Type unveiled in 1961, the F-Type comes in coupe and roadster versions. Jaguar entrusted us with the roadster for the purposes of this article. There are …
MechanicalThe Jeep Cherokee Heads to the Garage
The Cherokee is most recent Jeep to hit the market, and everyone seems to have an opinion about it. People either love its style or hate it, especially the front section, which is not as Jeep-like as in the past. But this time we were more concerned about the contents …
MechanicalThe Mitsubishi Mirage Under the Microscope
Since its North American debut, the Mitsubishi Mirage has been the subject of a lot talk—and heated debate! While its body shape is not unpleasant, a closer look reveals all the shortcuts the manufacturer took to produce the car at a low cost. Shortcuts like that are okay, but only …
MechanicalInspecting the 2014 Mazda Mazda3
What do you do when it’s -30 degrees Celsius outside? You call the garage, of course! Don’t get me wrong, the 2014 Mazda3 I was test driving was running smoothly, but I wanted to get a better view of what makes it tick. So, I called my friend Ghyslain from …
MechanicalThe Mechanicals of the 2015 Mustang
Horsepower Unleashed – Motivating the All-New Ford Mustang · 5.0-litre V8 anchors the all-new Ford Mustang lineup with power and torque fit for the iconic brand · New 2.3-litre EcoBoost® brings turbocharging to Mustang with exceptional power and torque and projected class-leading fuel efficiency · Manual transmissions provide smoother shifting, …
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