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Special EventsLexus AWD Event Pits Hybrid Tech Against Gasoline
The inline six-cylinder engine hits the rev limiter and the studded rear tires cut through the ice as the 2001 Lexus IS I’m driving drifts around the track in beautiful fashion. This car along with 14 other IS models on site all belong to my friend and colleague Russ Bond, …
Special EventsHere’s How GM Puts Vehicles Through Cold-weather Testing
General Motors invited The Car Guide to a virtual presentation of its cold-weather proving grounds in Kapuskasing, Ontario. The 242-acre facility is nearly 50 years old—it opened in 1973, more than 30 years after the automaker started testing military vehicles for the government in the middle of World War II.
Special EventsSubaru Winter Experience: Mad Fun on Sheer Ice
EAGLE RIVER, Wisconsin— It’s a shame the Subaru Winter Experience is not offered in Canada. We bet you’d have a blast, too. Imagine spending one, two or three full days driving Subaru BRZ and WRX STI models equipped with studded tires through various courses on a frozen lake. You could …
Special Events2020 Porsche Ice Experience: 443 Horsepower on Slick Ice
The Car Guide was recently invited to Circuit Mécaglisse about an hour north of Montreal to put the new 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S and Carrera 4S to the test on an icy track. As you may know, the sports-car manufacturer offers customers the opportunity to take part in advanced …
Special EventsMercedes-AMG Winter Sporting: Pure Fun in the Snow
Mercedes-Benz recently invited The Car Guide to Gimli, Manitoba for the Canadian edition of the AMG Winter Sporting. AMG, of course, is the German automaker’s performance division, known for hosting various events and activities for employees, dealer reps and customers wishing to hone their driving skills on a track. It’s …
Special EventsNissan LEAF NISMO RC: The Future of Cars is Anything but Boring
A few days after the Global Climate Strike, the renowned Circuit Mont-Tremblant hosted its annual Fall Classic, which is a large gathering of performance enthusiasts and definitely not the place to be if you’re a Mother Nature advocate. That being said, Tremblant did its part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions …
Special Events2020 Porsche Taycan: Assembly Begins
ZUFFENHAUSEN, Germany – Production of the Taycan sports sedan has officially begun. Following the numerous speeches from representatives of the company in addition to municipal and regional leaders, the new Porsche’s assembly line started working on customer cars, with first deliveries scheduled for the U.S. market, followed by Europe and …
Special Events1990 Lexus LS 400: The Game Changer
LIBERIA, Costa Rica – Lexus is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2019, and it invited journalists from around the globe to Costa Rica, where we had the opportunity to get some seat time in a few vintage Lexus models alongside a couple of 2020 models, including the Lexus RX and …
Special Events30 Years of Lexus
LIBERIA, Costa Rica – As the Japanese automobile manufacturers expanded their business globally in the 1980s, they grabbed a stranglehold of the small-car market in North America. Three of those automakers decided to build on that success and aim to redefine the luxury-car market. Honda was first, creating the Acura …
Special EventsGoodbye Volkswagen Beetle, Hello Future
Nearly everybody has a Volkswagen Beetle story to tell. A survey has never been done to our knowledge in Canada, but we’re quite convinced that a the very least, a third of us have an uncle, a parent or someone close that can tell you about their experience with the …
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