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  • Mercedes-Benz introduces its new GLE lineup of mid-size SUVs, including rakish Coupe

    KITZBUEHEL, Austria -- It's a gloomy morning, torn straight from the pages of Tolkien's Middle Earth. Looming overhead, the Tyrolean peaks are reduced to mere outlines by skeins of grey mist; the twisted pine trunks alongside us are slick and black with dew.Shivering, I press the seat heater button, noting …

    July 3, 2015

  • Revamped Chevrolet Tahoe bold and beautiful

    It seemed like a long time coming, but Chevrolet has finally got around to modernizing its popular Tahoe sport utility vehicle. Despite the age of the Tahoe and its larger Suburban sibling, these two behemoths still account for the majority of full-sized SUV sales, so this model refresh will no …

    June 26, 2015

  • New 1.8-litre engine proves FRUGALITY NEEDN'T BE BORING
    Fun, but not fuelish

    So much fun, so little fuel.As we've seen from cars such as the Honda Fit or Mitsubishi Mirage, getting a car with fuel consumption below the eight litres per 100 kilometre range isn't impossible.Getting it in a car that's an absolute joy to drive? That's a bit more challenging.Then along …

    June 19, 2015

  • Beemer SUV goes from zero to "Problem, officer?" in no time

    Here's the dilemma: Given the option of choosing a wickedly quick SUV or a high-performance wagon, which makes more sense? And if opting for the former, shouldn't said SUV look as outrageous as it is fast?That was the question I wrestled with while doing a poor job resisting the urge …

    June 19, 2015

  • Tiny roadster defies gravity with size, lightness
    Itsy, bitsy SPIDER

    CARMEL VALLEY, Calif. - Two hundred and thirty-seven horsepower does not sound like a lot. Your neighbour's Odyssey rivals that. You don't lie awake at night daydreaming about 237 horsepower. Nor is this the kind of power that will land you on the shoulder of the highway with an unhappy …

    June 19, 2015

  • Couple chooses to ignore North America's crossover craze
    Wagon wheels

    As the third-century theologian and philosopher Saint Augustine reportedly said, "The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page." The same could be applied to this month's Dear John letter writers.Michael Benoit and his wife, Jillian, are former federal civil servants who have recently …

    June 12, 2015

  • CHEVROLET TRAX perfectly suited for getting from A to B
    Refined runabout

    Canadian consumers have long had a hunger for small cars and SUVs, and General Motors has filled a hole in its lineup with a compact utility vehicle that was originally designed for the European market.The Trax is being marketed as an affordable small crossover to compete against the likes of …

    June 12, 2015

  • Big pickup is an expensive beast, but a comfortable and luxurious one
    Back in BLACK

    Man, am I in over my head. As you can see, my tester this week is a big truck. From stem to stern it measures some 6,030 millimetres. Put it on a scale, and you won't get much change from 2,500 kilograms. And, if my 86-year-old dad's creaking limbs are …

    June 12, 2015

  • Nissan keeps the 'four-door sports car' mantra alive with the stylish and upscale Maxima
    Family fighter JET

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- If I recall correctly, my first reaction to the 2016 Nissan Maxima's surprise appearance during a Super Bowl ad went something along the lines of "Gah!" That quick glimpse made me think of a Mazda6 that had been crossed with a prism.But then Nissan really doesn't make …

    June 12, 2015

  • Shedding weight turns MX-5 into a road-hugging masterpiece
    Droptop on a diet

    HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- The fog that greets almost every day in Los Angeles is starting to burn away as we pull onto California 101, hinting at a SoCal scorcher to come.Sure enough, within an hour, my driving companion, Antoine Joubert from L'Annuel de l'automobile, and I are digging out the …

    June 5, 2015