Monthly Archives: January 2011

2006-2011 Hyundai Accent

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Hyundai’s history in the subcompact segment started in the mid-1980s, with the introduction of the Excel. The 1995 model year brought with it an all-new subcompact, the Accent, which was redesigned into its third generation in 2006. This review picks up on that third-generation model as Hyundai prepares the fourth-gen, 2012 model for its introduction.
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2011 Porsche Cayenne S & Cayenne Turbo

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If I had to come up with the ultimate definition of a “hard sell,” I’m guessing it was the day that someone stood before the bigwigs at Porsche and suggested they build an SUV. Of course you know the rest of the story: the Cayenne skyrocketed to success and still remains the company’s best-selling model in Canada.
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2001-2007 Dodge Caravan

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What’s the deal with minivans? Many people seem to think they’re terminally uncool, yet these people-movers still sell pretty well despite the surging market for seven-seat SUVs and crossovers. Of particular interest is the continuing success of Chrysler’s minivans. The former Chrysler Corporation arguably invented the minivan back in the early ’80s, when these family haulers quickly became more popular than leg warmers and frizzy hair.
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2011 Jeep Wrangler

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming – While driving a 2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited over public roads at highway speeds, I was able to carry on a conversation with the other two passengers without having to yell. Or even raise my voice.
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2011 Volvo S60

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Having spent my life as little sister to an advertising executive, I know a bit about that industry, including the importance of a catchphrase that will hopefully stick in the minds of consumers. The one a certain Swedish automaker has chosen for its new S60 is that it’s the “Naughty Volvo.” This is just plain silly, because if this all-new sedan belongs on any list, it definitely ends up on the side of “nice.”
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Honda Civic – still going strong

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Miami Beach, Florida – You may be asking yourself why CanadianDriver is doing a piece on a five-year-old design. Or perhaps, you’re asking yourself that other burning question: where is the new Honda Civic? You wouldn’t be the only one to ask these questions. The first person to ask me was a U.S. Customs official at the border, after ensuring I wasn’t carrying any fresh fruit with me.
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2008-2011 Ford Focus

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The Ford Focus was something of a sensation when it first went on sale here in 1999. Bred in Europe, it was an instant hit for its edgy styling and sharp handling. The same enthusiasts who were so keen on the original were disappointed when a second-generation Focus was launched in Europe in 2004 , but never made it here.
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