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What I think: 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

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The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas marks a turning point for this German company in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal that rocked it in late 2015. The Atlas is an all-new large SUV that shows VW is serious about turning its fortunes around by focusing its efforts on SUVs and crossovers that can compete in North America, where there is a seemingly endless appetite for such vehicles.

Read my review at Autotrader.ca

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Posted by on January 3, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

What I think: 2018 Honda Accord

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The family sedan faces an uncertain future, but Honda thinks it can extend the life of this segment with the latest version of its Accord. This is as new as new gets for an existing model these days: along with updated styling, the well-known Accord also has a pair of new turbocharged engines.

Read my review at Autofocus.ca.

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

What I think: 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

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The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan marks the second generation of the German brand’s compact crossover. It’s a strong effort that adds a lot more space — including an available third row of seating — but between styling that doesn’t catch the eye and a boring engine, I’m not sure they’ve done enough to make it stand out against more popular cars like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.

Read my review at Autofocus.ca.

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

What I think: 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid

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The Kia Optima Hybrid is a comfortable and efficient car, but it faces two hurdles. One is that family sedans like this are falling out of favour. Another is that there are already a number of more sophisticated electrified cars like plug-in hybrids and full electrics on the market now — and more set to arrive soon. This gas-electric version of the Optima finds itself in the unenviable position of being outclassed in a class of car that’s on its way out.

Read my review at Autotrader.ca.

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

What I think: 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT

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The 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT is a handsome little car that brings a dose of style to entry-level end of this South Korean automaker’s lineup. Overall, it’s a well-done compact hatchback, but if you don’t ante up for the turbocharged Sport trim, you have to make do with an uninspiring suspension that makes the car feel cheap and unsophisticated in highway driving.

Read my review at Autotrader.ca.

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

How a butler is improving Ford’s customer service

Recently, I had afternoon tea with a butler. He was hired by Ford of Canada to help the company improve the customer experience at its dealership service departments. Have a look at my story here, at Driving.ca.

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Reviewed: Toyota Camry and Honda Accord Hybrid

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2014 Toyota Camry

2014 Toyota Camry

First, have a look at my Autofocus.ca review of the 2014 Toyota Camry, a big comfortable sedan that, despite having been last redesigned in 2012, still feels current among today’s crop of mid-size sedans.

Meanwhile, the Accord Hybrid, also reviewed at Autofocus.ca, signals Honda’s renewed commitment to hybrid vehicles, with a new gas-electric powertrain that kicks the company’s old integrated motor assist (IMA) system back to the dark ages, where it belongs.

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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