First Drives

First Drives2010 Porsche Panamera: Audacity
The author of In Praise of Folly, Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus (Erasmus of Rotterdam to his friends), perhaps said it best when he wrote, “Fortune favours the fool, the audacious and those who are not afraid to say: ‘The die has been cast.’ Wisdom, on the contrary, makes men timid.” This …
First Drives2010 Ford Taurus and Taurus SHO: A break with the past
You must admit that Ford’s been making progress for several years now. We’re finally seeing the tangible results of the recovery plan in the quality of the new vehicles, and the 2010 Taurus is no exception. Those who still believe that Ford products aren’t competitive compared to others should go …
First DrivesMercedes-Benz S400 HYBRID: Instead of an S-Class CDI...
Although Mercedes-Benz is very often on the cutting edge, there’s at least one area where the Stuttgart-based company has lagged behind somewhat: hybrid engines. To respond to the increasing market demands and, of course, to keep up appearances, Mercedes has just unveiled the S400 HYBRID. Although diesel engines (God knows …
First Drives2010 Kia Forte: Happy trails to the Spectra!
The compact car segment remains one of the most competitive and includes interesting vehicles like the Mazda3 and the Honda Civic. The Korean manufacturer Kia was attempting to rival the heavyweights with the Spectra, a nice, but aging model that was nowhere near the level of its rivals. For 2009, …
First DrivesGain Momentum with the 2010 Ford Fusion
Times are tough for two thirds of American car manufacturers. The other third, Ford, seems to be coping much better. Over the last few years, product quality at the “Blue Oval” has significantly improved, though it has yet to be perfected. Ford’s reliability has also made some big strides, as …
First DrivesThe 2010 Porsche 911 GT3: The real 911…
Hohenstein-Ödenwaldstetten, Germany – Over the years, the Porsche 911 has evolved to the point that today it comes in a wide range of models, including the one that expresses the spirit and philosophy of this mythic car more than the rest: the GT3. The engineers in Porsche’s racing department, who …
First Drives2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe: First the sedan, now the coupe
When Hyundai launched its luxury rear-wheel-drive sedan at the beginning of 2009, no one at the manufacturer would have expected it to gain such recognition, as it took home both Canadian Car of the Year and North American Car of the Year honours. Not too shabby for a manufacturer that …
First Drives2009 Nissan cube, breaking the mould!
In a time when vehicles often share elements and look alike, some people are particularly partial to out-of-the-ordinary lines. Unique personality and unusual style have become prized characteristics, and thus vehicle design is a great way to garner attention. While consumers have a range of unique vehicles to choose from, …
First Drives2009 BMW Z4: More than just a quick peek in the trunk
Over the decades, BMW has produced some exceptional sports cars, from the 328 that emerged victorious in the Mille Miglia open-road race to the 400-hp Z8. However, the Z3 and the first Z4, launched in 2003, have won over a much broader fan base. This spring, the Bavarian manufacturer is …
First DrivesChevrolet Camaro 2010: A sport coupe born…and reborn
It probably isn’t the best time to introduce the Camaro on the market as the current economic situation isn’t exactly putting people in the mood to celebrate. But isn’t it nice to focus on a product and not on the economic climate? After hearing all the buzz about this new …
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