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  • Kia's learned a new language - For the past few years, Kia has signed on the father of the Audi TT and VW’s New Beetle, German designer Peter Schreyer. Schreyer has been responsible for the fate of Kia’s design studio. The 2011 Forte is based on the same platform under the Hyundai Elantra. And like Hyundai, Kia has “got the religion” about styling – that styling is just as crucial to success, as is technology-based stuff.

    (french only) 2011 Kia Forte 5 Road test video

    Kia's learned a new language - For the past few years, Kia has signed on the father of the Audi TT and VW’s New Beetle, German designer Peter Schreyer. Schreyer has been responsible for the fate of Kia’s design studio. The 2011 Forte is based on the same platform under the Hyundai Elantra. And like Hyundai, Kia has “got the religion” about styling – that styling is just as crucial to success, as is technology-based stuff. Apr 18, 2011
  • Turns out, you don't really need the turbo - Those comfortable with the Clubman’s size, styling and quirky interior should find that it hits the mark where elevated levels of character, uniqueness and efficient, premium, fun-to-drive attitude are concerned. Turbocharged or not.

    2011 MINI Cooper Clubman road-test video

    Turns out, you don't really need the turbo - Those comfortable with the Clubman’s size, styling and quirky interior should find that it hits the mark where elevated levels of character, uniqueness and efficient, premium, fun-to-drive attitude are concerned. Turbocharged or not. Apr 12, 2011
  • The changing demands of today’s new car shoppers are resulting in more and more genre-busting models like the BMW 535i Gran Turismo. One of the Bavarian brand’s latest model lines, this cruiser lives as a mishmash of car, crossover and wagon.

    2011 BMW 535i xDrive Gran Turismo road test video

    The changing demands of today’s new car shoppers are resulting in more and more genre-busting models like the BMW 535i Gran Turismo. One of the Bavarian brand’s latest model lines, this cruiser lives as a mishmash of car, crossover and wagon. Apr 6, 2011
  • Beefy on the inside, beefy on the outside - Its profile, its looks, leave no one indifferent. Although this truck is undeniably Chevy, it’s the Traverse’s overall competence and ultimate versatility that will enable it to carve out a niche for itself.

    (french only) 2011 Chevrolet Traverse 2LT road-test video

    Beefy on the inside, beefy on the outside - Its profile, its looks, leave no one indifferent. Although this truck is undeniably Chevy, it’s the Traverse’s overall competence and ultimate versatility that will enable it to carve out a niche for itself. Mar 31, 2011
  • Jukeazoid - According to Nissan’s Senior Vice President of Design and Chief Creative Officer, Shiro Nakamura, the Juke’s strange visage is a combination of elements from different vehicle types.

    2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD road test video

    Jukeazoid - According to Nissan’s Senior Vice President of Design and Chief Creative Officer, Shiro Nakamura, the Juke’s strange visage is a combination of elements from different vehicle types. Mar 7, 2011
  • Confident and thrifty - The Highlander is the biggest crossover in Toyota’s lineup. Its hybrid variant uses a 3.5L gasoline V6 teamed up with an electric drive system which includes batteries, a generator and an electric motor. All power is created on board, and both electricity and old-fashioned internal combustion switch or combine efforts to drive the vehicle, depending on the situation.

    2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid video road-test

    Confident and thrifty - The Highlander is the biggest crossover in Toyota’s lineup. Its hybrid variant uses a 3.5L gasoline V6 teamed up with an electric drive system which includes batteries, a generator and an electric motor. All power is created on board, and both electricity and old-fashioned internal combustion switch or combine efforts to drive the vehicle, depending on the situation. Feb 24, 2011
  • You need to drive this - The new S60 is intended to be the most dynamic Volvo product ever. It’s a whole new ballgame for the Swedish manufacturer that’s intended to steal some thunder away from sport sedan heavy-hitters.

    2011 Volvo S60 road test video

    You need to drive this - The new S60 is intended to be the most dynamic Volvo product ever. It’s a whole new ballgame for the Swedish manufacturer that’s intended to steal some thunder away from sport sedan heavy-hitters. Jan 27, 2011
  • Impressive - Through a complete overhaul and engineering assault, Jeep’s turned their 2011 Grand Cherokee into what’s arguably the best Jeep yet.

    2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee road-test video

    Impressive - Through a complete overhaul and engineering assault, Jeep’s turned their 2011 Grand Cherokee into what’s arguably the best Jeep yet. Jan 24, 2011
  • Ford has really stood out as one of the brands striving to make auto shows a more entertaining place to visit. Its booth at the 2011 NAIAS was perhaps the most enticing of the entire show floor: lots of new models, a rolling road, Mustang Boss 302 test-drives, games and simulators, Ken Block's Fiesta WRC, an electric race car track, many lovely women and a convertible C-Max hanging from a wall.

    Video of the Ford booth at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show

    Ford has really stood out as one of the brands striving to make auto shows a more entertaining place to visit. Its booth at the 2011 NAIAS was perhaps the most enticing of the entire show floor: lots of new models, a rolling road, Mustang Boss 302 test-drives, games and simulators, Ken Block's Fiesta WRC, an electric race car track, many lovely women and a convertible C-Max hanging from a wall. Jan 18, 2011
  • Subaru’s ambitious plans for the latest Legacy include ensuring Canadian shoppers after a sensible sedan will include it in their mental model checklist. To help with the job, the latest and most ambitious Legacy has been softened, up-sized, up-kitted and up-styled for its fight with North America’s mainstream metal. It’s now bigger, roomier, more honestly-priced and comfortable than ever. Subaru says it’s also more fuel efficient and just as quick as the outgoing model, despite its extra heft.

    2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT road test video

    Subaru’s ambitious plans for the latest Legacy include ensuring Canadian shoppers after a sensible sedan will include it in their mental model checklist. To help with the job, the latest and most ambitious Legacy has been softened, up-sized, up-kitted and up-styled for its fight with North America’s mainstream metal. It’s now bigger, roomier, more honestly-priced and comfortable than ever. Subaru says it’s also more fuel efficient and just as quick as the outgoing model, despite its extra heft. Dec 19, 2010
  • Special badging and some unique cosmetic touches set the 335is apart from the standard model on which it’s based. These include a blacked-out grille, special wheels and a fog-lamp delete.

    2011 BMW 335is Coupe road test video

    Special badging and some unique cosmetic touches set the 335is apart from the standard model on which it’s based. These include a blacked-out grille, special wheels and a fog-lamp delete. Dec 5, 2010
  • Sporty and surprisingly fun to drive - The premise for the 2 was a simple one: build a car aimed to impress those shoppers who find the scene’s other ‘budget-cars’ boring to look at and unexciting drive.

    2011 Mazda2 Yozora video road-test

    Sporty and surprisingly fun to drive - The premise for the 2 was a simple one: build a car aimed to impress those shoppers who find the scene’s other ‘budget-cars’ boring to look at and unexciting drive. Dec 2, 2010
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