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FIRST DRIVE: Refreshed 2018 Infiniti Q50 sport sedan

A mild refresh for the 2018 Q50 keeps it competitive with its sporty Japanese and German competitors so the choice comes down to one’s personal taste.


FIRST DRIVE: Refreshed 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

About 6,500 parts have been revamped for the new model, with the greatest improvements coming in its semi-autonomous driving abilities.


FIRST LOOK: 2018 Mercedes-Maybach S650 and Pullman

In addition to the limo-like S650 model there is a Pullman version that is a true stretch limo, with options that include bullet and bomb-proofing.


2018 Smart car goes all-electric in North America

Ten years on from its introduction, the fourth-generation Smart EV illustrates the evolution of electric-vehicle technology over a decade.


Cadillac CT6 Plug-in Hybrid: We answer the question, “Why?”

The CT6 Plug-in is built at General Motors’ plant in Shanghai and its major market will be China, which is a main reason for its existence.


We preview the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek on its home turf

More-comfortable, more-capable 2018 Crosstrek should prove popular with those who want all-wheel drive without the size of a Forester or Outback.


Cross-country convertible road trip celebrates Canada 150

We visited all 10 provincial capitals in six days on our cross-country tour of Canada driving Mercedes-Benz’s lineup of convertibles.


Is Toyota's new 2018 C-HR cutting edge or over the edge?

With its polarizing out-there styling, lack of some popular features and relatively high pricing the C-HR is in tough in a very competitive segment.


10 significant new motorcycles for 2017 (and one more)

All the motorcycle manufacturers have new bikes for 2017 – here are some of the most significant among them, and the reasons why. By Mark Richardson.


Mazda puts the adventure, and money, in ‘Adventure Rally’

Mazda Adventure Rally pitted 10 teams of Canadian auto journalists against each other to win $10,000 for their charity of choice. And we won! By Mark Richardson


BMW's new M2 takes on ‘Old Blighty’

Could it be that the ideal car for England’s winding lanes is German, specifically BMW’s sporty new M2?


Canadian engineering student finds dream job in Formula One

“If you work hard and you’re passionate about what you do, why would you not go far? Why would you not achieve big things?” – Felix Lamy.


All you need to know about the all-new 2017 Subaru Impreza

The 2017 Impreza is the fifth generation of Subaru’s popular compact car, and it’s almost entirely new, including its core platform.


Inside Toyota’s private American museum

Did you know that Toyota has its own museum in the U.S.A. filled with all its important cars? Neither did we until we got a chance to look inside.


Can the all-new 2017 Continental restore Lincoln’s lost glory?

The Lincoln Continental once reigned supreme atop the American luxury car hierarchy – with the emphasis on luxury – and that’s its mission again. By Mark Richardson


BMW previews its next 100 years

To mark its 100th anniversary, BMW created four concept vehicles that it sees as the future of its brands – and of transportation.


Radical rides from the 2016 Paris Motor Show

European manufacturers typically hold back their latest vehicles for the Paris or Frankfurt shows (in alternate years) and this year was no exception.


All you need to know about Kia’s surprising 2017 Cadenza

Roomy, comfortable, thoughtfully trimmed and feature-filled, with top-ranked quality as well, Kia’s new Cadenza is worthy of new consideration.


75 Years of Jeeps

What began as a jack-of-all-trades military vehicle, has become one of the most coveted brands in the world and the crown jewel of the FCA empire.


Everything you need to know about the new Buick LaCrosse

Most LaCrosse owners won’t care about the LaCrosse’s slick new engine; they want a smooth, quiet and comfortable ride, and the Buick delivers.

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