Tag Archives: Mike Goetz

Audi R8 5.2L V10

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When introduced to the press-day crowd at the Toronto auto show, the new Audi R8 5.2 at centre stage had its throttle blipped several times — and it was good. The 5.2-litre V10 not only sounds good, it should go “real good” too, owing to the 525 horses on tap. Continue reading

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Honda Insight

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The iconic Honda Insight makes a return, but this time, with a new mission. The original Insight was all about pushing the boundaries of fuel efficiently. The 2010 Insight, however, is about affordability and getting more people into dedicated hybrids.

When it goes on sale this April, it will be priced below Civic. The automaker wants to sell 200,000 units a year, with 90,000 allocated to the U.S. and 10,000 to Canada.

The five-passenger Insight is not much smaller than a Civic, but narrower. Styling echoes Clarity, Honda’s fuel-cell vehicle that is already on limited sale in the U.S. Continue reading

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BlueSport concept returns VW to populist roadster roots

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One of the few genuine surprises at Detroit was the world premier of the Volkswagen Concept BlueSport, a mid-engine, minimalist roadster. BlueSport was created to forward several propositions; that a fun-to-drive car can be made in a sustainable format; that a compact roadster is equally suited to thrive in both urban and “winding road” settings; that VW’s design language will return to simple and emotional shapes. Continue reading

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Toyota Prius

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If you want to understand what the new-gen Toyota Prius is all about, just consider this: Toyota’s objective is to sell 400,000 units each year by 2010. This will make Prius one of Toyota’s top selling global vehicles, right alongside venerable nameplates, like Camry and Corolla. Can you say “mainstream?” Continue reading

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Lincoln MKT

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The Lincoln version of the Ford Flex crossover made its debut in Detroit. Like the Flex, this new MKT is assembled at Ford’s facility in Oakville, Ont. But, as you can see, it doesn’t look anything like the squared-off Flex. The rising beltline over the rear quarter is perhaps its most distinctive line, and helps give the vehicle a lot of character, particular when viewed from the rear (check out those wrap-around tail lamps!). Continue reading

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A test track yes, but not for speed

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A rather unique part of this year’s Detroit show is the indoor test track for trying out electric and hybrid vehicles. The speed limit is 10 mph. And it’s not too big. But it is beautifully landscaped, complete with two ponds. Continue reading

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Jaguar XFR

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Jaguar had a few things to growl about at Detroit. Most notable was the introduction of its all-new-from-the-ground-up 5.0-litre V8, which finds its way into both the new XF sedans and the XK coupes and convertibles. It purported to feature the world’s first spray-guided direct injection system. Naturally aspirated versions are good for 380 hp @ 3,500 rpm and 461 lb-ft of torque, from 2,500 to 5,500 rpm. Continue reading

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