First Drives

First Drives2011 Chevrolet Volt: An unexpected success
When Chevrolet unveiled the Volt concept car at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show, most of the people present were sufficiently incredulous. Everyone knew that this manufacturer was facing serious financial trouble (a situation which degenerated into bankruptcy in 2009), and chances seemed fairly slim that this electrically powered vehicle would …
First Drives2011 Nissan Leaf: 100% pure electric
Franklin, Tennessee. Having graced certain American markets already, the Nissan Leaf is set to hit Canadian roads in fall 2011. I had the chance to try the production model of this car, which does everything in its power to make you forget that it "fuels up" on electrons only. Throughout …
First Drives2011 Infiniti G25, the most affordable Infiniti!4.0/5
For 2011, Infiniti is introducing two new additions to its G line-up – one at either end of the spectrum. The G Coupe IPL takes the top position in terms of performance and sportivity, while the new entry-level model is the G25. The G25 puts Infiniti in a better position …
First Drives2011 Kia Forte5: A sedan with a bigger trunk
Not so long ago, Kia replaced the Spectra with a pretty sedan, the Forte. Since then and only since then have the words "pretty" and "Kia" been allowed in the same sentence. Next, the Korean brand launched the aptly named Forte Koup, a coupe derived from the sedan. And following …
First DrivesToyota Prius Plug-In: Where hybrid meets the future
When cars were first developed, and for several decades following, people were a little unsure about what type of fuel to use. Electricity, steam and gas were all in the running until about 1910. At that point, gas won out for several reasons (ease of transport, energy output, autonomy) and …
First Drives2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS in 10 questions
The CLS made its debut in 2003 and was an instant hit. People loved its uniquely elegant silhouette. Mercedes-Benz dared to try something new with a four-door coupe, with this audacity came tremendous success. The manufacturer has since sold 170,000 units, which is nothing to scoff at for a car …
First DrivesAllard J2X MKII: Rarely seen, never forgotten!
Roger Allard, a fan of 1950s British cars, took a trip to England to acquire an Austin-Healey 100S. To find out more about this car, he tried to find some literature on the subject, and in doing so he came across a book on a car brand called... Allard! Intrigued, …
First Drives2011 Chevrolet Cruze: GM keeps its word4.0/5
When Chevrolet was experiencing serious commercial and financial difficulties last year, its leaders kept talking about the Cruze. As though this car would help them get back on their feet. However, when the Cruze was unveiled at the 2008 Paris Auto Show, I must admit that I wasn’t very impressed.
First Drives2011 Audi A7 Sportback: Great car, hot looks
Audi is on a mission with new models. After redesigning the luxurious A8 at the beginning of the summer and releasing the new A1 in September – not to mention the various sportier versions of current models – Audi has just unveiled the new A7 Sportback, a five-door luxury hatchback.
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