Automotive

WhatFinger

Subaru Climbs back into the three-row market with Ascent

Subaru Climbs back into the three-row market with Ascent
Consumers looking for a three row SUV/Crossover have a new choice in Subaru’s latest new model.

By Jim Bray - Sunday, December 16, 2018 - Full Story

The new Porsche 911: more powerful, faster, digital

The new Porsche 911: more powerful, faster, digital
Toronto. Sensation in Los Angeles: the Porsche 911 is now entering the eighth generation. The new 911 celebrated its world premiere on the eve of the L.A. Auto Show. It continues to set the standard when it comes to exclusive sportiness.

By News on the Net -- Porsche Cars Canada- Monday, December 10, 2018 - Full Story

Paving the way for more efficient hydrogen cars


Hydrogen-powered vehicles emit only water vapor from their tailpipes, offering a cleaner alternative to fossil-fuel-based transportation. But for hydrogen cars to become mainstream, scientists need to develop more efficient hydrogen-storage systems.

By American Chemical Society - Friday, December 7, 2018 - Full Story

Buying a used car? Here’s Part Two of some tips on how to negotiate

Buying a used car? Here's Part Two of some tips on how to negotiate
Last week, I wrote part one of this series on buying a vehicle, outlining some of the things you can and should do before going to the dealer or private seller. This week, I’ll outline a few dickering/haggling tips that I’ve used successfully for vehicle purchases (and other things) that might help you in your quest for new wheels.

By Jim Bray - Friday, November 30, 2018 - Full Story

Buying a used car? Here are some buying and negotiating tips that might help you

Buying a used car? Here are some buying and negotiating tips that might help you
Buying a vehicle can be an intimidating and frustrating experience, but if you keep your wits about you and refuse to be frustrated and/or intimidated you can negotiate a deal that could save you thousands of dollars.

By Jim Bray - Sunday, November 25, 2018 - Full Story

Lexus gives its venerable ES 350 a terrific update for 2019

Lexus gives its venerable ES 350 a terrific update for 2019
It was one of the two original Lexus models first introduced at the end of the 1980’s, when Toyota and Nissan both had the audacity to take on the European luxury marques head to head. Now, it’s just one of many Lexus offerings but, as it has always been, the ES 350 is a really nice car – and it’s even quite affordable in this niche.

By Jim Bray - Sunday, November 18, 2018 - Full Story

Cars could be powered by water with new Israeli technology

Cars could be powered by water with new Israeli technology
Could cars someday run on water, not oil? Australian-Israeli startup Electriq-Global is giving a wet thumbs-up to a new fuel technology that extracts hydrogen from water and turns that hydrogen into electricity to power the vehicle.

By ISRAEL21c - Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - Full Story

Acura RLX soldiers on bravely and quite nicely

Acura RLX soldiers on bravely and quite nicelyAcura’s biggest and most powerful sedan is a very nice ride.  I’m not sure that’s enough to make the car stand out in a niche full of really nice luxury sedans, though.

Still, you get a lot of niceness for your after-tax disposable income.

By Jim Bray - Saturday, November 10, 2018 - Full Story

Mazda enhances its big CX-9 for 2019

Mazda enhances its big CX-9 for 2019
Mazda’s largest bundle of joy goes into the 2019 model year with some new tweaks the company thinks will make this three row SUV/Crossover even more compelling than before.

By Jim Bray - Saturday, November 3, 2018 - Full Story

Ford’s Explorer makes visiting Canada’s capital less unpleasant

Ford's Explorer makes visiting Canada's capital less unpleasant
Ford’s “fuller sized” SUV/Crossover, the Explorer, continues to be a compelling vehicle for people looking for a well-appointed ride that can handle up to seven people.

The Explorer, which was really one of the first so-called SUV’s, isn’t all-new for 2018, but it soldiers on as a solid and capable vehicle that also offers good off-road performance, as well as most, if not all, of today’s popular vehicle/connectivity/entertainment technology.

By Jim Bray - Sunday, October 21, 2018 - Full Story

Mitsubishi’s small SUV tries to Eclipse its many competitors

Mitsubishi's small SUV tries to Eclipse its many competitors
Mitsubishi’s new Eclipse Cross SUV is the Japanese automaker’s entry into the entry level compact SUV market, a niche currently occupied by such other Japanese models as the Honda HR-V, Toyota C-HR, Mazda CX-3 and Nissan Qashqai. How does it stack up compared to that competition?

By Jim Bray - Friday, October 12, 2018 - Full Story

Kia’s sporty Stinger is definitely no stinker

Kia's sporty Stinger is definitely no stinker
Kia’s new sporty flagship is a nice four door hatchback – a sports sedan that isn’t quite a sedan but which looks, acts, and (even better!) drives like a sports sedan.

By Jim Bray - Sunday, October 7, 2018 - Full Story

Mazda’s little bundle of joy powers up for 2019

Mazda's little bundle of joy powers up for 2019
It’s amazing how the simple shot of oomph Mazda has added to its wonderful little MX-5 gives its driver an even bigger shot of adrenaline.

Yet there it is:  a car that has always been a joy to drive, yet has never been accused of being over powered, still isn’t overpowered - but it’s powered enough, and for this reviewer that’s the best news since the demise of the turbocharged Mazdaspeed Miata of years gone by.

By Jim Bray - Monday, October 1, 2018 - Full Story

Goodwood Festival of Speed July 2018

Goodwood Festival of Speed July 2018

Since 1993, the Goodwood Festival of Speed has drawn thousands of motorsport and automotive fans from around the world. Quite unlike any other motoring event, the Festival of Speed is spread across thousands of acres of the country manor Goodwood estate under the guidance of the Duke of Richmond. This 3-day festival is the quintessential celebration of all things two and four-wheeled and showcases the past, present, and future of motoring. Auto manufacturers represent their brands with huge mobile structures in which visitors can see and touch their current and future vehicle offerings.

By Brian Smith - Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - Full Story

Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV puts in a plug for green driving

Outlander PHEV leads the plug-in hybrid segment with more plug-in hybrids
Mitsubishi has unleashed its plug-in hybrid version of the Outlander and I have to admit it’s the nicest Mitsubishi SUV I’ve driven to date.

By Jim Bray - Thursday, August 30, 2018 - Full Story

Armor All collection can help keep cars fresh with no sweat

Armor All collection
I’ve just washed my car from top to bottom without using water, a pail, or a hose. Or by using someone else’s efforts on my behalf, or someone else’s washing facility.  It was really cool!

By Jim Bray - Monday, August 13, 2018 - Full Story

Long Lexus RX lets you add passengers

Long Lexus RX lets you add passengers
Lexus’ top selling SUV, the RX series, has received a boost for the 2018 model year in a move that instantly makes it competitive with three row luxury people haulers.

It, as you probably guessed, is the RX 350 L, the L indicating that the vehicle has been stretched a few inches (about four, in fact) to allow for the installation of a third-row bench. It isn’t a third row like you’ll find in a minivan, but it’s in line with some of the competitors whose Steerage class seating is more of the “emergency-public-transit-alternative-type” of vehicle.

By Jim Bray - Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - Full Story

Synthetic suede gives high-end cars that luxury feel

Synthetic suede gives high-end cars that luxury feel
Leather car seats were once synonymous with luxury, but these days, synthetic suede is becoming the material of choice for high-end automobiles. With increased affluence worldwide, and the growing popularity of car-sharing and luxury-driving services, business is booming for manufacturers of synthetic suede. Among these companies, Japanese firms sit snugly in the driver’s seat, reports an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society.

By American Chemical Society - Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - Full Story

Harleycans—(on the vroom side)

Harleycans

In my (much) younger years and on another continent, I was interested in motorbikes, like any other young male then. I even got my biking-license, requiring an actual “field test” (in the city) with all kinds of turns, etc. Of course, that was entirely separate from getting my car-driving license.

By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser - Monday, July 30, 2018 - Full Story

Mazda CX-3 AWD: an entry level SUV that’s fun

Mazda CX-3 AWDCompact SUV’s are a dime a dozen, but if you’re looking for one that’s not only capable, roomy and efficient, but is fun to drive as well,  the list gets decidedly shorter.

Small and fun SUV’s are available, but most of the lower end ones I’ve driven – the mainstream stuff from mainstream companies such as Toyota, Honda, Kia, Hyundai and the like – seem to focus more on the “UV” (Utility Vehicle) than the “S” (Sport), which is perhaps why the term “crossover” has become so popular.



{paginate} {pagination_links} {/pagination_links} {/paginate}{/exp:channel:entries}