First Drives

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 …
First DrivesThe 2011 BMW 335is: The return of the "s" designation
Estoril, Portugal - In the language of BMW, the new 335is coupe and cabriolet mean the return of the "s" designation, which is part of a "Life Cycle Impulse" – basically an update – for the 3 Series. Geared for performance, these two models will be sold exclusively in North …
First Drives2011 BMW 5 Series: The 6th generation
Estoril, Portugal – The 2011 model year marks the beginning of the sixth generation of the BMW 5 Series that will arrive in Canada in March 2010 with the 535i and 550i models. Since the arrival of the 5 Series in 1972, BMW has sold more than 5.5 million of …
First Drives2010 Nissan Leaf: The future is electric
Los Angeles, California. - It’s a sign of the times. Automobile manufacturers are leaving the racetrack and heading full speed into the race for environmentally friendly technologies. They know all too well that the first to sell zero-emission vehicles will be graciously rewarded by the public, which now seems ready …
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