A Legend Returns – The 2020 Toyota Supra Is Unveiled In World Premiere @NIAS2019

2020 Toyota Supra, Road-Test.org, Iain ShanklandTORONTO – JANUARY 14, 2019. In January 2019, the fifth-generation GR Supra, made its undisguised world debut at the North American International Auto Show (NIAS) in Detroit. Behind the new Supra is a 50+ year lineage of single Toyota sports and GT cars – ahead of it awaits the world’s great driving roads, some of which were used to develop this all-new Toyota.

The 2020 Supra goes on sale in the summer of 2019 with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $49,990. Continue reading

2018 BMW 440i Gran Coupé – Road Test

2018 BMW 440i Gran Coupé, Road-Test.org, Iain Shankland, #GermanyText & Images: Iain Shankland

BMW describes the new 4 Series Gran Coupé as follows; “combines the sleek look of a two-door coupé with the functionality provided by four-doors and expansive spaciousness, including a wide-access luggage compartment” – that pretty-much describes the car in a nutshell. There aren’t many (any?) people that would put the picture of a 4-door vehicle up on their wall to drool over, but a supercar or a coupe…that’s a different story.

BMW are providing the beautifully designed coupe worth drooling over, but adding 3 more doors for practical purposes… for people that WANT a coupe, but NEED a 4-door sedan/hatchback…the Gran Coupé… not to be confused with the 3 series Grand Turismo (GT) which is exactly the same, but different. Continue reading

L.A. Auto Show – All-New 2019 Kia Niro EV Crossover Utility Makes North American Debut

2019 Niro EV, Road-Test.org, Iain ShanklandLOS ANGELES, November 28, 2018 – The new Niro EV opens a world of new possibilities for consumers who love crossover characteristics but also want all the benefits electric vehicles have to offer. Not only can they have all the functionality of a traditional crossover, but they can have it while happily driving past filling stations.

When Kia designed and created the Niro, it was engineered to accommodate many different advanced electrified powertrains. First to arrive in 2016 was the hybrid, then in 2017 the Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV), and now a fully-electric powertrain. Continue reading

L.A. Auto Show – All-New 2020 Kia Soul EV Combines Soul-Ful Vibe With All-Electric Buzz

2020 Kia Soul EV, Road-Test.org, Iain ShanklandLOS ANGELES, November 28, 2018 – Kia Motors America (KMA) introduced the 2020 Soul, a completely new version of Kia’s beloved, award-winning and unconventional compact utility vehicle. In conjunction with that world-debut, the all-electric, battery-powered Soul EV was also unveiled. Just as quirky, fun-loving and crowd-pleasing, the Soul EV provides the opportunity for lovers of the Soul to drive without ever stopping for gas. Continue reading

2018 Hyundai Kona, Road-Test.org, Iain Shankland

2018 Hyundai Kona 2.0L & 1.6L Turbo – Road Test

2018 Hyundai Kona, Road-Test.org, Iain ShanklandText: Iain Shankland / Images: Hyundai

At this years’ AutoShow in Toronto my wife and I came away more than impressed with the entirely new Hyundai Kona, and when we heard it was going to be available as an EV we were even more excited that it could go to the top of our next future car list. We were drawn to the Kona at the show by the unique look and the incredible paint colour – Acid Yellow (Lime Twist in the U.S.). Continue reading

Ford Logo, Road-Test.org

Ford Confirms Plans To Kill All Sedans In North America

 ~ The announcement was made with little fanfare as it was tucked away in the company’s first quarter financial results. Buried underneath various statistics is a rather blunt statement that the company will “not invest in next generations of traditional Ford sedans for North America.” Models (already long-in-the-tooth) such as the Fusion, Fiesta and Taurus will be phased out over the next few years. The company will keep the Mustang and confirmed plans to launch the all-new Focus Active in North America next year.Iain Shankland, Road-Test.org

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