First Drives

First DrivesVolkswagen Jetta: Finally able to take on the competition!4.0/5
In its quest to become the world’s biggest automaker by 2018, Volkswagen has to act now to position some of its products for optimal results. This strategy means establishing itself firmly on the American market, where the Jetta has always been very successful (unlike in Europe, where the Golf has …
First Drives2011 Kia Sportage: All the ingredients!4.5/5
For many years, Kia has been trying to become a manufacturer that has more than just low-priced cars. But no matter what the Korean manufacturer does, if their products aren’t up to snuff, there’s no way they can reach this objective. Fresh off the recent introduction of several interesting new …
First Drives2011 smart, new generation or new trend?
When we went to Germany to try the new S-Class AMG, Mercedes-Benz decided to double our fun by taking us to the Düsseldorf region so that we could try out the new 2011 smart, which the manufacturer says represents a new generation. While it may be true that the European …
First Drives2011 Buick Regal, great personality and road handling4.5/5
When General Motors underwent restructuring last year, many believed that the Buick division would be sacrificed. Not only did it have few models to offer, but its sales were less-than-stellar compared to the Pontiac division. Indeed, people were surprised when Pontiac was laid to rest while Buick was given the …
First Drives2011 Toyota Avalon: Refreshed and rejuvenated3.5/5
For years, the Toyota Avalon has been considered a fad car appealing only to those seeking comfort and reliability. Something of an overpriced Camry. Facing modest sales figures – fewer than 500 units a year in Canada – Toyota management decided to massage a little youth into this big sedan, …
First DrivesThe 2011 Volvo S60: New blood, at last!4.0/5
It’s not easy to compete in the entry-level luxury sedan segment with vehicles like the BMW 3 Series, the Audi A4, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, not to mention Lexus’ IS and Infiniti’s G. But that’s precisely what the Volvo S60 has set out to accomplish, and I must say that the …
First DrivesThe 2011 Volkswagen Jetta: It’s not a Golf anymore!
The new 2011 Jetta was unveiled in New York City’s Times Square in front of an interested crowd and plenty of automobile journalists from all over the world. It was a coming out party of sorts for this model. Until now, the Jetta was derived from the Golf, but after …
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