First Drives

First Drives2011 Ford Mustang: The 5.0 is back!4.0/5
Forty-five years later and with nine million units sold, the Ford Mustang is one of the most recognized cars on the market. But for a little more than a year, sales have been slipping. The reason? Some very serious competition has edged into this segment with the Chevrolet Camaro, the …
First DrivesOn the trail of the Carrera Panamericana with the AMG SLS
The Carrera Panamericana, made up of 8 stages and spanning 3,100 kilometres from Tuxtla Guttierez in Chiapas to Ciudad Juarez in northern Mexico, is a gruelling and now legendary race. In 1950, Mexico’s Transport Minister dreamed up this insane event to celebrate the completion of the highway linking Mexico from …
First DrivesThe 2011 Audi R8 Spyder, a multi-sensory experience
As soon as Audi unveiled the first version of the R8 Sports Coupe, compliments flooded in for the vehicle, which was even named Canadian Car of the Year by AJAC. In fact, I have yet to meet someone who thinks this car is unattractive or undesirable. Then the V10 version …
First DrivesChevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell: An Olympic-calibre vehicle!
During the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, people from around the world came together in beautiful Vancouver to celebrate culture and sport – and yes, even cars. Respecting the pure spirit of the Games – and of course taking advantage of the world spotlight – several automobile manufacturers brought their …
First Drives2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty: Built tough4.5/5
Long before the automobile crisis began, several manufacturers had already made cuts in new vehicle development. Chrysler haven’t been launching many new vehicles. Ford, on the other hand, has taken the opportunity to introduce several new models. The new Taurus immediately comes to mind, as do the Flex EcoBoost, Transit …
First DrivesThe 2011 Audi A8: Sportier!
Malaga, Spain – Audi’s approach in the luxury car market has always been conservative, favouring a less typical style. This helped the A8 fly under the radar without attracting too much attention, unlike the 7 Series or the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Basically, the simple A8 was the luxury car of choice …
First DrivesThe Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet, true to tradition
After unveiling the new generation of its popular E-Class Sedan, Mercedes-Benz went to work on the Coupe and introduced it last summer. Now, as we wait for the wagon’s impending arrival to North America, the firm from Stuttgart, Germany, is presenting the Cabriolet. For Mercedes-Benz, this new convertible is the …
First DrivesChevrolet Volt: Get a charge out of it!
At the 2007 Detroit Auto Show, Chevrolet unveiled the Volt, a new kind of hybrid car. Indeed, after noticing that most people travel no more than 65 km (40 miles) per day, mainly to go to work and back, the brass at Chevrolet conceived an electric car that could be …
First DrivesThe 2011 Hyundai Sonata, ain’t she pretty!4.5/5
During the recent launch of the 2010 Hyundai Tucson, I mentioned that this Korean manufacturer has had the wind in its sails for quite some time. Recession? What recession? With its share of the market practically doubling in the last year, Hyundai is now part of that club of automobile …
First DrivesMitsubishi Outlander: Growth in spite of everything
It was barely 24 months ago now, in 2008, when the Mitsubishi Outlander finished first in Le Guide de l’auto comparison of no less than eleven compact SUVs. But two years in the auto industry is enough to be left in the dust by new arrivals. As any skier will …
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