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Ford’s Focus is sharp in SE trim

 By Jim Bray

Ford is making a decent reputation for building quality vehicles these days - a far cry from when the domestics were fairly or unfairly accused of making junk - and a prime example why is the Focus. This “bread and butter car” competes in a very crowded market niche - everything but the kitchen sink, including the VW Jetta, the Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte,  Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic and many more - and it goes head to head with some pretty fine vehicles. Obviously, Ford’s work is cut out for it to get this car noticed in such as rapidly improving throng.

Motoring: VW Tiguan

 By Tim Saunders

Families need versatile vehicles.

To that end the Volkswagen Tiguan is an ideal solution. This sports utility vehicle shares similar looks to the larger Tourag.

Lexus RX 350 SPORTDESIGN ups its features and driving experience

 By Jim Bray

Lexus’ top-selling vehicle in Canada gets a new trim level name for 2015, one that should help make it an even more compelling vehicle than it is already. And it was a pretty compelling SUV/Crossover to begin with, comfortable and luxurious and with great resale value.

Toyota RAV4 worth a first - and second - look

 By Jim Bray

Writing about cars is a great gig. You not only get to drive a lot of the latest wheels, you get to drive some of them more than once, and that second chance to live with a car for a few days can change your initial opinion.

Mazda MX-5 still a blast - but at what cost?

 By Jim Bray

Mazda’s little bundle of joy has been putting smiles on enthusiasts’ faces for more than 20 years, and it’s still about the best iteration of the classic British sports car you can get without being left on the side of the road.

May Vehicle Sales Spring Industry Forward

 By News on the Net

TORONTO  – Auto sales in May advanced solidly by 5.7% in May compared to last year with 195,571 vehicles sold last month.  Year-to-date sales through May are 2.9% higher than last year.  While consumer confidence dipped 2.6 points in May, the confidence level was still 6.6 points higher than May 2013.  For a fifth straight month in 2014, vehicle sales were well ahead of the historical 5 year sales for the month of May with sales up almost 20% over the May average.

Motoring: Range Rover Evoque and Bubblebum

 By Tim Saunders

“That’s a girl’s off-roader,” says a fellow motoring hack, as he gives the Range Rover Evoque a cursory glance.

Kia sells its Soul in the name of profitability

 By Jim Bray

It might sound a bit silly if you’ve never seen “My Mother the Car,” but South Korean carmaker Kia really does have a soul in its product line, a little people hauler that offers a lot of fun, practicality and bang for the buck.

Lexus ES hybrid a pleasant and luxurious sedan

 By Jim Bray

If you’re looking for a four door car that gives you the reliability of Toyota’s Camry, but ups the luxury quotient substantially, you really should take a look at the Lexus ES.

Toyota’s Tacoma TRD offers fine utility; but “racing development”?

 By Jim Bray

Toyota made its name in pickup trucks and four wheel drive decades ago and the company hasn’t sat back on its laurels since then, with its Tacoma small pickup continuing the company’s history of offering excellent trucks that are virtually indestructible.

Toyota upgrades its Highlander gas and hybrid SUV

 By Jim Bray

The world’s largest carmaker has a brand new version of its popular Highlander for 2014, and it’s a very nice vehicle that differentiates itself well from the smaller Venza.

Road test: Bath artist’s Peugeot Symbol campervan

 By Tim Saunders

Campervans provide complete freedom and affordable holidays.

Mighty Panamera 4S a nice way to get around

 By Jim Bray

It may have a downsized engine this year, but the 2014 Porsche Panamera 4S is still one heckuva car, a GT cruiser par excellence.

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross

 By Tim Saunders

First impressions matter. In business it is that care and attention to appearance, dress and general conduct that makes a lasting impression.

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