The world’s fastest production car, the Koenigsegg Agera RS supercar, is headlining more than three dozen new cars and trucks that will be making their first appearance in Canada at this year’s Canadian International AutoShow. The sleek Agera RS will be seen for the first time in Canada, with the majority of new premieres unveiled over 20 presentations being made during Media Preview Day (February 15th) at the downtown Metro Toronto Convention Centre, site of the AutoShow. The show opens to the public at noon on Friday, February 16th and runs daily until Sunday, Feb. 25. Here are the vehicles being launched (photo under each reveal):
With another April Fools day in the record books, it’s time to review what kind of pranks the automakers have been getting up to. It’s funny to see the extremes they’ll go to just to prove they actually have a sense of humour. Here are our favourites from this year. First up, the runner up for the best 2013 April Fool’s prank by an Automaker… BWM P.R.A.M. With a royal baby due this summer, BMW proudly announced the launch of the limited edition BMW P.R.A.M. (Postnatal Royal Auto Mobile). Available in Princess Pink or Royal Blue. The soft-top convertible has been designed using our EfficientDynamics technology. With two or four-wheel-drive, it rides as smoothly on a polo field as it does down The Mall and comes with air conditioning and built-in extendable flagpoles as standard. For those who are ‘too posh to push’ this masterpiece of motherhood even comes fitted with N.A.P.P.I.E. (Nanny-Assisting Petrol-Powered Injection Engine).
Our summer quest for a new vehicle continues this week with the Kia Soul 4u SX. Although we drove the Soul a short while ago, we decided to re-visit it as a potential purchase after we saw the SX version at the auto show back in February of this year. I asked Kia if they would be kind enough to let me have it for an extended period of time – 3 weeks to see just how much we would like it. They graciously agreed, but one of my fellow journalists did what we all fear when driving company cars.. he or she got in an accident rendering the vehicle unavailable for yours truly. Fortunately, that gave me the opportunity to drive the Sorento for two weeks and we thoroughly enjoyed that, but this left us with just one week to evaluate the Soul.
If I could sum up the VW New Beetle convertible in one word, it would have to be: Surprising! When I looked at something and considered it odd… it made sense later. When I thought I wasn’t going to like something… it surprised me and I changed my mind. When I saw all the standard features on the car and then looked at the price… I was surprised yet again.
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?
I had the opportunity to test the Sebring convertible back in April of 2006 while we were in California and came away quite impressed by a vehicle that was well past its sell-by date. The biggest surprise for me was the fact that so many people asked me what it was! I got plenty of compliments for a car that was not only a little bland, but wasn’t even an exotic. Go figure. Anyway, when Chrysler announced that the all-new Sebring sedan would be arriving later that year, my first thoughts were of the all-new convertible that would naturally follow.
Nostalgia is running rampant in the 21st century, and clever car manufacturers are cashing in. The New Beetle is the 4th “Retro” vehicle I’ve had the opportunity of Road Testing this past year (the others being Dodge Charger, Chrysler PT Cruiser and Ford Mustang). Each car/manufacturer/designer has been unique in their representation of the roots of the particular vehicle they’ve set out to reproduce, and Volkswagen’s New Beetle is no different. Although it’s more modern looking than the original, it has plenty of original Beetle charm and a few new interesting quirks thrown into the mix.
The Mazda MX-5 is a familiar site in my neck of the woods, but this particular one got more than average attention with plenty of people staring and taking a second-glance at it. The MX-5 – or Miata – has been around since 1989, yet many people – including Mazda owners – asked me what this car was! When Mazda re-designed the 3rd generation of the MX-5 at the end of 2005, I thought the changes were barely microscopic. Yes, it was better looking, but it would have taken a keen eye to spot the differences.
It’s been a number of years since I last drove a Volkswagen. I’ve always liked them but never really had the urge to put my hands in my pocket and pay for one. I always found another car to lust after with my own money. I know several people that actually own one or more, and they are very passionate about their love of the brand/car. They usually don’t settle for one – there’s usually another one to replace the last and it happens perpetually. For the sake of journalism, I had to find out what the big deal was/is with Volkswagen. Why this cult-like mentality?