Skoda Roomster Scout road test
By Tim Saunders Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Room is a necessity for families.
You don’t appreciate this until you become a parent. Thankfully, Skoda realises this and its Roomster, which reminds me of a Pope mobile thanks to the styling at the rear, has bags of space (up to a cavernous 1,780 litres – quite something for a small MPV). Its seats have 20 configurations so that no matter what you’re transporting the optimum amount of room can be utilised. For instance, if bicycles are being carried then perhaps one of the rear seats might be removed but if rubbish is being taken to the tip then the whole lot can be taken out.Kia tweaks the Sorento SUV
By Jim Bray Thursday, November 14, 2013
It may not look on the surface like it’s undergone major changes, but Kia says its 2014 Sorento is over 80 percent new or redesigned significantly from the 2013 model. And that’s a lot! The changes make the SUV/crossover an even more interesting choice than before - and the “old” Sorento was no slouch.Jaguar XKR a real snarling beast
By Jim Bray Thursday, November 7, 2013
Talk about a car that speaks for itself! Here’s one that roars!
Thanks to voice technology, many cars have the ability to speak, but their vocabulary is limited to whatever has been programmed in, and it probably has little to do with the car’s actual performance on the road.TestFest ferrets out the best of the 2014’s
By Jim Bray Thursday, October 31, 2013
Niagara Falls, Ontario - What’s the best new 2014 vehicle sold in Canada?Citroen C1 Connexion road test
By Tim Saunders Wednesday, October 16, 2013
“Now, this is a snazzy little car,” says my wife Caroline as we sit in the Citroen C1 Connexion.
I can see why she instantly warms to it because it is a very girlie car with its lipstick red wing mirrors and door handles and its striking black finish. No sooner have I started driving it and another model exactly the same passes me with a young lady driving it. Unashamed I carry on regardless of the lipstick red edged rev counter, speedometer and door trim…
Engine technology on the road to meeting emissions standards
By American Chemical Society Wednesday, October 16, 2013
An engine design appearing under the hoods of many new cars and light trucks today is close to meeting the latest pollution standards that will require vehicles to emit fewer harmful particles over their lifetimes, scientists are reporting. The new study on emissions from gasoline direct injection (GDI) technology appears in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology.Mini Countryman a mad ride
By Jim Bray Friday, September 27, 2013
Is the Mini Countryman as angry a car as it looks? Well, no. But what is? After all, this Mini looks pretty mad.Peugeot 508 road test
By Tim Saunders Wednesday, September 18, 2013
A panoramic glass roof is a necessity.
Only the other week I tested the Mazda CX-5 and bemoaned how dark the interior was compared to the Nissan Qashqai. The reason was that the Mazda lacked the expansive glass roof of its competitor making it really dull even on a bright summer’s day.BMW X1 xDrive35i – a powerful, un-SUV-like ride
By Jim Bray Thursday, September 12, 2013
Up the engine size in BMWs X1 “sports activity vehicle,” and you have a “crossover” that feels a lot like the kind of “ultimate driving machine” on which the German manufacturer prides itself. And how can that be a bad thing?Kia Rondo a happy hauler
By Jim Bray Thursday, August 8, 2013
Korean carmakers are really on a roll, and if this brand new Kia Rondo is any indication, it doesn’t look as if it will end any time soon.
Mercedes driving course helps teach safe driving techniques – and more
By Jim Bray Thursday, August 1, 2013
What did the driver of the German car say when he wrapped it around a light pole?
“That’s the way the Mercedes bends!”June sales cap positive first half auto sales for 2013
By News on the Net Wednesday, July 3, 2013
TORONTO – June auto sales of 171,608 units capped a strong first half of 2013 in which sales of light duty vehicles were up 2.2% (883,667 units) while sales for the month of June were up marginally by 1.3% compared to a year ago. Following on sales increases of 9% in April and 5% in May, the June numbers contributed to a strong spring selling seasons. At the current pace, 2013 has an opportunity to represent one of the best years ever for light duty vehicle sales in Canada, and is tracking with reach of the record 1.73 million units sold in 2002.Suzuki Grand Vitara road test
By Tim Saunders Wednesday, July 3, 2013
The word ‘grand’ is slowly creeping into motoring parlance. Only recently I tested the Chrysler Grand Voyager, which was certainly a large and capable people mover. So now I find myself confronted by another big vehicle, this time in the guise of the Suzuki Grand Vitara. It’s not as cumbersome as the Chrysler but the Japanese manufacturer uses the adjective to distinguish this large five-door model from the smaller three-door.New diesels are greenest: how does 600 + miles between fill-ups sound?
By Guest Column Thursday, June 20, 2013
FREDERICK, Md. — Are we there yet? With summer knocking at the door, many Americans are contemplating an old-fashioned hit-the-open-road summer family driving vacation.
But the pinch of higher gasoline prices and fast-aging cars in driveways means the first stop for many vacationers might be a car dealership.
By Jim Bray Friday, June 14, 2013
Vancouver, B.C. – It sports a brand new set of clothes, a slimmer footprint and new technology. And it’s one of the few small utes you can still get with seating for seven and V6 power.Next 15 Columns - >>