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

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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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New Porsche Experience Centre At The Hockenheimring

Porsche Experience Centre @Hockenheimring, Iain Shankland, Road-Test.org[Rendering bird´s eye view Porsche Experience Centre Hockenheim]

Stuttgart.~ Another Porsche Experience Centre has been given the green light: The world’s seventh customer experience centre from the sports car manufacturer is due to be built at the Hockenheimring.

Over the next two years, a 176,000-square-metre area at the heart of the historic circuit will see the construction of a state-of-the-art building complex, a handling course, several driving dynamics areas and an off-road course. The work is due to start towards the middle of 2018, with the experience centre expected to be operational by the end of 2019. Porsche is implementing this project in collaboration with emodrom-group, the company responsible for the strategic development of the Hockenheimring. Continue reading

2018 CIAS, Road-Test.org, Iain Shankland, AutoExotica

Canadian International AutoShow Highlights: AutoExotica – Power & Passion #CIAS2018

2018 CIAS, Road-Test.org, Iain Shankland, AutoExotica While you’re in the North Building, take the escalators down to see AutoExotica – a collection of more than $100m worth of exotic cars, by far the most exotic and valuable collection of cars showcased anywhere in the country. Marques include: Lamborghini, Bentley, Rolls Royce, Aston Martin, McLaren, Bugatti and Pagani to name just a few…

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Road-Test.org, Iain Shankland, 2018 CIAS

Canadian International AutoShow Must-See Highlights – Art & The Automobile #CIAS2018

Road-Test.org, Iain Shankland, 2018 CIASTake a look back at some interesting historical autos in the Art & The Automobile exhibit located in the South Building. This gallery-inspired display features some of the most iconic automotive brands from motoring’s most glorious eras presented in conjunction with Cobble Beach Concours D’Elegance.

Among the timeless classics are: Thomas Flyer, Packard, Bentley Winged-B, 1953 Jaguar Growler, 1938 Alfa Romeo, 1939 Delahaye, 1956 Cadillac, 1965 Shelby Cobra and the 1971 Ferrari 365.

Location: South Building, Level 700, room 718 Continue reading