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That’s A Wrap! The Latest Automotive News From Around The Web – April 15, 2021

Highlights from this week include: Zoom Zombies behind the wheel; An EV battery battle comes to an end; China leads the world in EV options; Tesla now lets you buy it’s cheapest car online in Canada; VW are back in the news and it’s good news; David Beckham gets free cars from Maserati; the Mustang is the world’s best-selling sports car – again; there’s a chip shortage (not the kind you eat); and Honda launches the all new Civic and more…

Honda Civic Celebrates 17 Years as Canada’s Best-Selling Passenger Car

MARKHAM, ON (January 5, 2015) – With sales of 66,057 units in 2014, the Honda Civic outsold its closest competitor by more than 15,000 units to retain its position as Canada’s best-selling passenger car for the 17th consecutive year. This remarkable feat is a testament to the durability, quality and reliability that Canadians have come to expect from Honda and the delicate balance of safety, fuel efficiency and fun-to-drive attributes that Civic delivers, year after year. “We truly value the trust that our customers put in us when they buy a Civic,” said Dave Gardner, vice president of sales and marketing, Honda Canada Inc. “Nearly every Civic sold in Canada is built for Canadians, by Canadians, right here in our Ontario manufacturing facility. 

Hybrid Vehicles – How Do They Work And Should I Buy One? – Road Test Special

~ 2011 Honda CR-Z hybrid In 2006 I had the opportunity to Road Test my first two hybrid vehicles – the Ford Escape and the Toyota Camry. I wasn’t sure what to expect, other than good gas mileage and a very quiet engine. That was a long time ago and hybrids have come a long way since then with numerous manufacturers throwing their hat into the fuel-savings ring. Each time I get the opportunity to drive a hybrid, my main goal is to learn if they actually sipped fuel as promised, or whether all the hype is just another game of smoke and mirrors that tree huggers have become so adept at feeding the general public by way of the media. I always get numerous questions come my way from friends, family and complete strangers. Most are somewhat confused about what exactly a hybrid is, and that got me to thinking – how many other people are confused about them? So, with my readers in mind, here is a brief explanation and summary of my experience …

2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS – Road Test

I’ve never been a fan of budget-priced cars and have always done my best to stay away from them if I could afford a better one — even if it cost more money. That changed when I set my eyes on the all-new 2011 Hyundai Elantra. Even the ugliest of chicks will have construction workers doing a double-take, and whistling at her (car) when she drives by. This is a looker from every angle. I have two questions:1) Why did it take so long for a budget-conscious vehicle to look this good, and 2) Until now, why have cheap/reasonably-priced cars been so ugly? It doesn’t cost more money to design a good-looking car, so why are the Nissan Versa/Juke/Leaf so ugly that they give Stevie Wonder the shivers? How many people have become violently ill when a Citroen drives past? Don’t tell me it’s all about cost, because the smaller and cheaper all-new 2012 Hyundai Accent (coming soon) looks just as good as the Elantra!

2009 Mitsubishi Lancer DE – Road Test

The Mitsubishi Lancer was last redesigned for the 2001 model year, so needless to say it was long overdue for a facelift. Not a moment too soon, with 2008 came the all-new model, and it’s a looker. Based on the 2005 Concept-X show car, many of its features were retained for the actual version available to the public. While not as sexy as the top range GTS, the base model preserves 99% of the good looks that make this compact car stand out in the crowd. It’s also got far more content and safety features than you’d expect in a car in this class and price bracket. In a sea of “blah” generic econoboxes, the Lancer gets people’s heads twisting for a second-glance.

2008 MINI Cooper S + 2008 John Cooper Works Edition – Road Test

Having grown up in the UK for the most part, the Mini has always been an integral part of the road-scape for me. Although it had a bit of a cult following over here in North America, there were numerous versions of the Mini in Britain and Europe. From the familiar and traditional 2-door version to a station wagon (Clubman), to a panel van version and a pickup – the mini was everywhere. The Post Office had what seemed like millions of them and they seemed to be standard issue for every traveling salesman. And let’s not forget the movie “The Italian Job” – it just wouldn’t have been the same if they’d used VW Beetles, would it?

2008 Hyundai Elantra – Road Test

Like clockwork Hyundai introduces a new Elantra every four years. With each new model the appearance changes significantly, as do quality levels and size. The fourth-generation Elantra is no different – it’s bigger than not only the previous generation, but also bigger inside than all of its competition. According to Hyundai its interior space is bigger than the Honda Civic, the Toyota Corolla and even the Acura TL. It’s so roomy the EPA has classified it as a mid-sized car – think Camry, Accord etc. with the price-point of a compact. When I booked the Elantra for a road test I was only interested in the manual transmission, however I was convinced to test the automatic for a week as well. During previous automatic versus manual comparison runs I’ve found the vehicles to be substantially different vehicles, so with that said, this week’s Road Test is another two for one review.

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2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid – Road Test

Toyota’s latest generation of the highly successful Camry sedan is not only the best looking Camry ever, but it’s also available as a hybrid in addition to the usual 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder models. Along with the Honda Accord, the Camry has dominated the mid-size sedan market for a number of years, with other manufacturers popping in and out as number 2 or 3 on the sales charts for any given year. My last hybrid Road Test was a Ford Escape and apart from the silence of the electric motor, it wasn’t that different from the traditional gasoline version.