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QUICK TAKE: Ford’s all-new 2018 Expedition

It has taken 20 years, but Ford has finally brought its largest SUV up to date and back into contention with its full-size competitors.

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18 key features that make the 2018 Mustang a standout

Here are some of the clever features that you might not think about, but make the 2018 Mustang really stand out from both its predecessors and competitors.

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The weird and the wonderful at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

There are some way-out-there concept cars at the Tokyo Motor Show, plus plenty of other weird and wonderful vehicles to peruse.

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FIRST DRIVE: Buick’s new 2018 Enclave is serenity on wheels

If there’s a single word to sum up the new Buick Enclave SUV, just released in its second generation, it would be “serene.”

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What’s new with the 2018 Subaru Legacy and Outback

The Legacy is now in its sixth generation and the Outback is in its fifth generation, but the CUV outsells the sedan by almost four to one.

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First Ride: Audi’s semi-autonomous A8

The new Audi A8 with Traffic Jam Pilot will take over completely in a traffic jam and let its driver watch a movie or just kick back behind the wheel.

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BMW’s and Canada’s electric-vehicle future

If Quebec’s ambitious EV regulations are successful, other governments will likely follow their example and automakers will have to be prepared.

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FIRST DRIVE: Mazda’s new Skyactiv-X technology

Mazda plans to put its Skyactiv-X ‘Homogenous Charge Compression Ignition’ (HCCI) engine into production by 2019.

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FIRST DRIVE: Refreshed 2018 Infiniti Q50 sport sedan

A mild refresh for the 2018 Q50 keeps it competitive with its sporty Japanese and German competitors so the choice comes down to one’s personal taste.

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FIRST DRIVE: Refreshed 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

About 6,500 parts have been revamped for the new model, with the greatest improvements coming in its semi-autonomous driving abilities.

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FIRST LOOK: 2018 Mercedes-Maybach S650 and Pullman

In addition to the limo-like S650 model there is a Pullman version that is a true stretch limo, with options that include bullet and bomb-proofing.

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2018 Smart car goes all-electric in North America

Ten years on from its introduction, the fourth-generation Smart EV illustrates the evolution of electric-vehicle technology over a decade.

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Cadillac CT6 Plug-in Hybrid: We answer the question, “Why?”

The CT6 Plug-in is built at General Motors’ plant in Shanghai and its major market will be China, which is a main reason for its existence.

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We preview the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek on its home turf

More-comfortable, more-capable 2018 Crosstrek should prove popular with those who want all-wheel drive without the size of a Forester or Outback.

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Cross-country convertible road trip celebrates Canada 150

We visited all 10 provincial capitals in six days on our cross-country tour of Canada driving Mercedes-Benz’s lineup of convertibles.

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Is Toyota's new 2018 C-HR cutting edge or over the edge?

With its polarizing out-there styling, lack of some popular features and relatively high pricing the C-HR is in tough in a very competitive segment.

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10 significant new motorcycles for 2017 (and one more)

All the motorcycle manufacturers have new bikes for 2017 – here are some of the most significant among them, and the reasons why. By Mark Richardson.

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Mazda puts the adventure, and money, in ‘Adventure Rally’

Mazda Adventure Rally pitted 10 teams of Canadian auto journalists against each other to win $10,000 for their charity of choice. And we won! By Mark Richardson

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BMW's new M2 takes on ‘Old Blighty’

Could it be that the ideal car for England’s winding lanes is German, specifically BMW’s sporty new M2?

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Canadian engineering student finds dream job in Formula One

“If you work hard and you’re passionate about what you do, why would you not go far? Why would you not achieve big things?” – Felix Lamy.

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