Land Rover Defender Works V8 - 70th Edition,, Iain Shankland

Defender Lives On: Land Rover Launches V8 Edition To Celebrate 70th Anniversary

Land Rover Defender Works V8 - 70th Edition,, Iain ShanklandRyton-on-Dunsmore, UK – 17 January 2018 – Land Rover today announces a limited-edition high-performance version of the iconic Defender, with a Limited run of up to 150 Collector’s Edition badged V8-powered examples, re-engineered to celebrate the Land Rover marque’s 70th anniversary in 2018.

The Defender Works V8 pays homage to the early high-powered engines in both the Series III Stage 1 V8 from 1979 and subsequent Defenders including the 50th Anniversary Edition, which are highly sought after by enthusiasts and collectors today. Continue reading

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GM Canada Announces Some Must-See Vehicles At This Years’ Canadian International Auto Show (#CIAS2018) In Toronto

Don’t miss the General Motors area of this year’s show because there’s plenty to see.


Making its Canadian debut at CIAS, the all-new Silverado sets the course for the next century of Chevy Trucks with the most functional bed of any full-size truck. With a weight reduction of up to 450 pounds, it offers increased performance, along with a broad range of trims and engine/transmission combinations – including an all-new Duramax 3.0L inline-six diesel, to help each customer find their ideal truck., Iain Shankland, #CIAS2018

The all-new 2019 Silverado RST (new trim for 2019)

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World Debut Of All-New 2019 Kia Forte Sedan Announced Ahead Of North American International Auto Show

RENDERINGS OF ALL-NEW 2019 FORTE,, Iain Shankland(SEOUL) January 11, 2018 – Ahead of the global debut of the all-new 2019 Kia Forte sedan at the upcoming North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Kia Motors today revealed design renderings of the compact sedan.  While the third-generation Forte retains its sporty and youthful image, it has graduated with a more sophisticated appearance thanks to a number of sleek and dynamic styling cues inspired by the Stinger fastback sport sedan. What is most noticeable is that the Forte has evolved from a cab-forward design to one that is decidedly swept-back. Continue reading

Canadian International AutoShow [CIAS] To Offer Electric Vehicle Test Drives

The Canadian International AutoShow, in keeping with its 2018 theme of The New Movement, will offer free electric vehicle test drives to anyone attending this year’s show – Feb. 16-25 at the downtown Metro Toronto Convention Centre – as long as they are 21 and have a valid driver’s license.

Eight manufacturers of EVs – Nissan, BMW, Fiat-Chrysler, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Hyundai and Volvo – will display cars like the Nissan Leaf and the BMW i3 in the EVolution Zone.  General Motors and Ford (along with the previous eight) will offer up cars for test drives in nearby special sections in both the convention centre’s North and South Buildings.     As well as the Leaf and the i3, other EVs available to test will include the Chevrolet Volt and Bolt, the Outlander PHEV, the Honda Clarity, the Volvo XC40, the Hyundai IONIQ and the Ford Focus Electric. Continue reading

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2017 Chevrolet Volt – Road Test

2017 Chevrolet Volt, Iain Shankland,, EV, PHEVThe Chevy Volt is the first Chevrolet I’ve driven in probably 20 years. To say I’m not a Chevy Fan would be pretty accurate.  Based on my past experience of owning a Camaro and Malibu, I’d quite happily have watched the brand disappear into oblivion. So why am I driving one? Well fortunately Chevrolet didn’t disappear because they are actually creating some good looking cars and they are at the forefront of the EV revolution with cars like the Volt and Bolt. The new Malibu is a good-looking car, as is the Cruze and I love the Colorado truck, so change is afoot at Chevrolet – time to check out the goods! Continue reading

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt Premium – Road Test

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General Motors have been building electric vehicles [EVs] for quite some time – remember the EV1? GM produced and leased it out to only 660 people living mainly in California and Arizona, it survived from 1996 to 1999 before being recalled and destroyed. Why? There are plenty of theories out there, but aside from being hideously ugly and an advertised range of 70–100 miles that was actually closer to 60, it was never going to set the world on fire.

Although not a raging success, GM showed up at the auto shows in 2002 with a completely different take on the EV, perhaps the most audacious concept car ever – the AUTOnomy. Remember that one?

GM planned to change the way we purchased/leased our cars in the future. We would buy the skateboard or standard “autonomous” platform and shift out whatever body we wanted for any particular need/desire. You could have a sports car or a pickup truck, you just had to lift one off the platform and replace it with the other – the steering and braking would be accomplished through “drive-by-wire” electronic controls. Continue reading