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2017 Kia Soul Turbo; don’t dis the Soul

2017 Kia Soul Turbo

The Kia Soul hit our roads running back in 2009 as a 2010 model year and despite its unusual looks, it quickly caught on. You only have to sit for a few minutes at a busy intersection to realize how well received this quirky car-cum-crossover really is. The multiple trims, powertrains and special editions have kept the Soul in the ...

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Genesis GV80 Fuel Cell Concept

Genesis QV80

In what may turn out to be one of the very few true surprises of the 2017 edition of the Ney York Auto Show, Genesis has unveiled a car that isn’t really surprise at the same time. Allow me to explain. The GV80 is a luxury SUV. To stay in the car business these days, an SUV is a must. ...

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The Brief: 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

2017 Toyota RAV4

I heard this saying just recently and I’ve no idea if it’s an actual thing but once I had an image in my mind, I quickly drew a parallel with the RAV4 Hybrid. For starters, the expression reads worse than it is so, well; don’t read into it too much. Our beloved (?) Queen is a person of some importance, ...

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The Brief: 2017 Toyota Highlander SE AWD

2017 Toyota Highlander

I’m not exactly sure what’s going with Toyota transmissions these days but as I write these lines, I’m already on my next product from the Japanese giant and it’s major flaw is located between the engine and drive wheels. And it’s the same with this Highlander. Toyota’s 3-row large midsize CUV has been a safe bet since it hit the ...

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2017 Mazda Adventure Rally: Giving back can be devilishly fun

Mazda Rally 2017

Many corporations, big and small, implicate themselves in charitable events. They generally involve cookouts, trials or sporting events. None that I know of revolve around a highly competitive, four-day long driving event with countless challenges, time constraints and fantastic cars. This is not called the Adventure Rally for nothing. In 2013, Mazda launched what was to become a nearly annual ...

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First road test 2017 Mazda CX-5: a premium crossover for all

2017 Mazda CX-5

The rate of speed at which the automotive industry is evolving is plain scary. Car manufacturers have established model update schedules that make basketball game action seem slow and odds are, when rushing, something is bound to be cocked up. The CX-5 has recently become the bestselling Mazda in Canada so one false move could be catastrophic for the Japanese ...

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