Monthly Archives: October 2010

Success with dealer SMART solutions

“We are extremely pleased with the results we’ve seen…dealer SMART solutions is a turn-key solution that actually works!” says Michael Carmichael, City Buick’s Dealer Operator. “We’ve seen a dramatic increase in the number of leads for every department since integrating … Continue reading

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2011 Infiniti G25

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Ever since Infiniti launched its G-series line-up, it has not only been winning numerous awards by the motoring press, but also has won the hearts of many buyers.

Part of the reason it has done so well is by offering variety. You can buy the G-series as either a sedan, a coupe or a folding hard-top convertible. You also get to choose between a manual or automatic gearbox, plus the choice between rear-wheel drive or intelligent all-wheel drive. Continue reading

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2003-2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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In the summertime, there’s a guy up the street from me who regularly drives past my house in a late 1960s or early ’70s Mercedes-Benz 230. It’s a gorgeous car, and looks to be in mint condition. That 230 model (W114 series, 1968-1976) is one of many Mercedes models that can be found in the E-Class family tree, Mercedes’ mid-sized cars.
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2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 4MATIC Wagon

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Unbeknownst to most North Americans, station wagons are cool. Europeans, who are less caught up in the SUV/CUV thing, seem to know this. Why else would there be such critters as the BMW M5 Touring, Audi RS6 Avant, Audi S4 Avant, Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon and Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon running about over there? Not to mention numerous diesel-sipping wagons from a host of manufacturers. Continue reading

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2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 7

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With BMW’s ActiveHybrid 7 L, you get everything you’d expect from a 7 Series BMW, and a little less.

A little less fuel consumption, that is. Rated at 12.0/8.1 L/100 km, city/highway, this full-size luxury sedan betters its non-hybrid 750Li sibling by about 15 per cent in fuel economy; the 750Li returning an estimated 14.8/9.3 L/100 km, city/highway. Continue reading

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2011 Infiniti QX56

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My kids couldn’t decide whether our 2011 Infiniti QX56 tester was a beluga or a hippo.

This is no slight against Infiniti’s all-new super-size-me $73,000 SUV that, despite my prejudice against such things, impressed the heck out of me. It’s more a comment on how Infiniti’s organically flowing design signature and low-slung xenon headlights bestow upon this seven- (or eight-) seat behemoth the countenance of a large and lovable aquatic mammal. A definite improvement over the outgoing and ungainly 2010 model of which this 2011 is marginally lower, wider and longer, and carries the same price tag. Continue reading

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2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS

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It’s no easy feat to compete in the midsize sedan market these days, a segment crowded with numerous worthy contenders. Hyundai has always been a player here with its Sonata, but for 2011, it enters with a redesigned model that’s quite a departure from what it was previously, both in its sleek new styling and with the unusual offering of only one engine, and a four-cylinder at that.
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