First Drives

First DrivesAt the garage with the Nissan GT-R!
Much has been written about the Nissan GT-R, to say the least. While testing the sports car over a few days last summer, we brought it to Garage Roch Lavallée et Fils in Granby for a more thorough inspection. The findings were interesting and sometimes surprising… Under the hood Right …
First Drives2008 Ford Fusion SE – Are you serious?
Those three words were my neighbour’s response when I told him that I was pleasantly surprised with the Ford Fusion that I was testing this week. In fact, when I told him that it was one of the most underrated cars on the road, he approached the vehicle to give …
First Drives2009 Volvo XC60: Right place, right time
To say that Volvo sales in North America could be better would be an understatement. In fact, in recent years, sales have regressed quite simply because what the manufacturer was offering did not respond to major market trends. But with the new XC60, Volvo thinks it has hit the target …
First DrivesThe Mazda RX-8 2009, pleasure…and more pleasure!
As you probably already know, the RX-8 is not Mazda’s most popular vehicle. In fact, it’s now their least popular model, with only 659 units sold last year. While we obviously can’t expect to move as many RX-8s as the ever-popular Mazda3 or Tribute, in my humble opinion, sales of …
First DrivesMitsubishi Lancer 2008, seriously competitive
The Lancer and its sportier version the Ralliart have been Mitsubishi’s best sellers over the last few years, and now Mitsubishi is offering an all-new version of this compact sedan for 2008. The last car in class to hit me with such a great first impression was the Mazda3. The …
First DrivesMitsubishi Eclipse 2009: It's about the looks!
I remember back when you couldn’t buy the Eclipse in Canada. It was one of those mythical vehicles, to the extent that some sport coupe aficionados had practically created a sacred cult in its honour. Its equivalent here was a Chrysler import called the Eagle Talon. In those days, the …
First DrivesAudi A6 2009, true to its heritage
The Audi A6, with us now for four years and counting, has undergone slight mechanical and aesthetic changes for 2009 in an effort to remain atop the European bestsellers list. At first glance you’ll notice the addition of LED lighting technology, which serves the dual purpose of acting as daytime …
First DrivesPorsche Cayenne 2008 , more spicy !
We all remember the stir the Cayenne created when it was introduced in 2003. People wondered why Porsche, known for its sports cars, was getting into SUVs. But for Porsche, just like any other company, money speaks louder than ideals. And disappointed purists should know that thanks to the Cayenne, …
First DrivesNissan Altima, all new !
Nissan’s Revival Plan is still in full swing, as witnessed by the simultaneous launch of two key vehicles: the subcompact Sentra and the Altima in the midsize sedan category. The Altima has been Nissan’s top seller since its previous incarnation was introduced in 2002, carving out a niche for itself …
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