Media Day At The 2019 Canadian International AutoShow #CIAS2019

#CIAS2019, RoadTest.co, Iain ShanklandThe great thing about attending the AutoShow during the Press/Media Day is the lack of people, and the ability to get some good shots of vehicles without a million people getting into the shot and ruining it.

The show runs from Feb. 15-24, 2019 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North and South Buildings. You can purchase tickets online at www.autoshow.ca/tickets  Note: Tuesday, Feb. 19th is Super Tuesday and tickets are only $14

Here’s a collection of my pictures from the show… Continue reading

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Vehicles Making Their Canadian Debut At The Canadian International AutoShow (Part 2) #CIAS2019 @cdnintlautoshow

In Part 1: Horsepower & Speed we highlighted the powerful new vehicles at the show, be it supercars or pickup trucks. This time we’re focusing on the future of the automobile and transportation as we’ll come to know it.

Like it or not – EV’s are going to dominate all modes of transport in our future and that’s RoadTest.co, Iain Shankland, @cdnintlautoshow, #CIAS2019, #CanadianInternationalAutoShowfor the better.

Already China has cities that have ditched the diesel and run exclusively on electric buses… bye bye diesel fumes.

In the U.K. they are pressing forward with electric commuter trains and the infamous black cabs (taxis) are being muscled aside with the new EV variant.

Time to check out this years’ EV future and present vehicles. Continue reading

More Than 30 Vehicles Making Their Canadian Debut At The Canadian International AutoShow #CIAS2019 @cdnintlautoshow

RoadTest.co, Iain Shankland, @cdnintlautoshow, #CIAS2019, #CanadianInternationalAutoShowEvery year, the Canadian International AutoShow brings more than 1,000 new cars, trucks and SUVs in front of consumers, making it one of the best places for prospective consumers to begin shopping for their

This year, more than 30 vehicles will be making a Canadian or North American debut at the AutoShow, including passenger cars, SUVs, trucks, five concepts, racecars, electric vehicles and two all-electric racecars.

Also expected to make their Canadian debut in Toronto are undisclosed reveals from Toyota, Lexus, Nissan, Subaru and McLaren.

To get you revved up, we’re giving you a 2-part breakdown of the debuts…. Continue reading

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