Automotive, Car Reviews

Lexus Unleashes a Beast

It’s a lean, mean driving machine, yet it comes from a company whose name is more associated with luxury than sports.

By Jim Bray - Sunday, November 23, 2008 - Full Story

Saab 93 Aero – Euro Fighter

While the name Saab is also associated with cool jet fighters such as the Gripen, when it comes to the Saab 9-3 Aero sedan, the Swedish manufacturer’s automotive offerings are far more down to earth.

By Jim Bray - Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - Full Story

Toyota Canada Inc. achieves new sales milestone surpassing 2007 sales record with two months to go

TORONTO, Nov. 3 /CNW/ - Canadian drivers choose Canadian-made Toyota and Lexus vehicles allowing Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) to surpass its 2007 record sales performance in October. Sales of Toyota and Lexus cars and trucks totalled 15,843 over the past month - up 9.4% from October 2007 to set a year-to-date total of 201,614. That surpasses 2007’s record-setting 201,326 vehicles sold, with two months still to go in the year.

By Guest Column - Monday, November 3, 2008 - Full Story

Ford Flexes its Marketing Muscles with New Crossover

It’s big, it’s boxy, it’s flexible! It’s the new Flex, Ford’s latest entry into the increasingly crowded crossover market

By Jim Bray - Friday, October 31, 2008 - Full Story

Subaru’s Enduring Legacy Delivers a Strong Statement

Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary describes Legacy as, among other things, “anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor”.

By Jim Bray - Sunday, October 19, 2008 - Full Story

Pickin’ and Grinnin’? How about Truckin’ and Vannin’

There are utility vehicles and there are utility vehicles. Some, like the Ford Explorer Sport Trac are part pickup truck and part SUV. Others, like Ford’s Taurus X, are part SUV and part minivan.

By Jim Bray - Thursday, October 9, 2008 - Full Story

Pontiac’s Compact Crossover Gives Good Vibes

Pontiac’s little wagon is back, with new looks, new features and new power. It’s a nice car, too, roomy and reasonably fun to drive.

By Jim Bray - Monday, September 29, 2008 - Full Story

Porsche Boxsters – Fun, Fast and Easy to Drive

My name is Jim and I’m a Porscheholic.

By Jim Bray - Monday, September 29, 2008 - Full Story

TSX – Acura’s Bad Boy Goes Good

It sports a new set of clothes and a grown up demeanor, but is the TSX still Acura’s bad boy, the little sedan with attitude?

By Jim Bray - Wednesday, August 27, 2008 - Full Story

Photo Radar Gadget and Plastic Work Seat Make Life Worth Living

Whether high tech or low tech, there’s a gadget for just about every occasion these days. It seems that, wherever there’s a need perceived, there’s an inventor who wants to fill it.

By Jim Bray - Wednesday, August 27, 2008 - Full Story

Volkswagen GTI – Upgrades Your “Zip” Code

Volkswagen’s zippy little GTI is back, a sporty hatchback that’s fun to drive yet practical as well.

By Jim Bray - Tuesday, August 19, 2008 - Full Story

Car Enthusiasts Converge for Classic Ford Fiesta

They called it a “T Party,” and that description suited the event to, well, a T.

By Jim Bray - Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - Full Story

Chevy’s Little Red Wagon Appeals to the Inner Child

It’s wonderful when utility and fun combine in a vehicle. And combine they do in the HHR SS, the “abnormally aspirated” version of Chevy’s little utility wagon.

By Jim Bray - Saturday, July 26, 2008 - Full Story

Subaru Forester a Clear Cut Choice

My favorite Subaru is back, with a new set of clothes and fresh make-up for the 2009 model year. But are the changes enough to keep the Forester in the hunt for consumers’ small SUV dollars?

Toyota Sequoia – Surprisingly Capable and Civilized Brute

Talk about a vehicle with an appropriate name!

Toyota’s Sequoia is an immense motor vehicle, a “full sized SUV” that seems about the mass of an Airbus A380, it’s large enough to haul a family of eight and a lot of their stuff. It also makes a heckuva statement on the road. 

Saturn’s Looking for a Few Astra-Nuts

The Saturn Astra, according to a radio commercial in my neck of the woods, is the top selling car in Europe.

Really? It’s certainly not a “disAstra”, but the bestselling car of any sold in all of Europe? I don’t get it.

Mercedes Takes Drivers Around the Benz

Take some world class cars from one of Germany’s top marques, add a day on a road course race track learning and honing your driving skills, and what do you have?

Ford Sharpens its Focus

It has just about everything you could ask for, including the kitschy Sync.

By Jim Bray - Saturday, June 14, 2008 - Full Story

Springtime for GM in Foothills Country

With the grass finally rizzing in my area, it’s safe for companies that make outdoors-oriented stuff to show off some of their latest wares without worrying excessively about getting snowed out.

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue – Say Goodbye to Productivity

If you’re a car nut and you buy this game, forget about getting any work done. You might as well start looking up marriage counselors in the phone book, too.

And this isn’t even the full game!