Monthly Archives: August 2015

Winterizing Your Bike? Victory Thinks That’s Overrated

The idea here is that you could potentially leave your Victory stuck in ice for a few years and you’d still be able to drive away with it with minimum maintenance. 

Who’s Victory anyway? Don’t worry, if you have not heard of them yet; you will. The American motorcycle manufacturer’s place on the North American market has been getting exponentially bigger. Mostly known for their futuristic, alien-like designs that you either absolutely love or absolutely hate,  they were also the ones to pull the rug from under Harley-Davidson’s feet by launching their first electric motorcycle on the market, the Empulse TT. And now, they are back in the headlines with their 2002 V92tc cruiser that was on display in Sweden’s Ice Hotel. Oh, right; it was frozen in solid ice for four years and is still in perfect working order.

2015 Ford Fiesta ST – The Go-Kart on Steroids. Yes, It’s Cliché

2015 Ford Fiesta ST

And she’ll have fun, fun, fun till her daddy takes the ST away. Isn’t that how the song goes? If not, I am taking the liberty to adapt it because the 2015 Ford Fiesta ST totally deserves it. Don’t tell the Beach Boys. 

When I said I was picking up that little red 2015 Ford Fiesta ST parked right there, everyone had the same reaction: “Oh you’re going to have so much fun.” Either that or “I haven’t driven it yet.” I was pretty confident I was in for a treat because that’s what I enjoy driving the most: agile, nervous, little cars. Plus, I hadn’t touched a manual transmission in over a month, since I had left my own personal car behind to take on my role as a journalist with the difficult, difficult task of testing a different car every week. Someone’s got to do the dirty work. And after a series of automatic transmissions and CVTs, going back to a three-pedal setup felt like I was a junkie getting a free pass to her chemically-induced nirvana. Or should I say mechanically-induced.

The New C-Class Coupé – Here It Is

With CLAs and GLAs moping up all that demographic that couldn’t get into Mercedes before, the once-entry Merc now makes a gushing impression.

The W205 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has been around for a while now, and it looks good. Damn good. Makes you feel like you don’t have to have tons of money to get the looker of the family. The new S-Class Coupé is another example with its beautiful profile and striking rear headlight design. Well, now you can have both.

Gallery – GM 17th Annual Show & Shine

You like pictures? You like cars? You like pictures of cars? This gallery is for you!

On August 7, GM hosted their 17th annual Show & Shine event at their St. Catharines plant, in Ontario. It was the occasion for GM owners to put their more and less recent piece of automotive history on display. From very humble beginnings, with only seven cars registered, the event gained momentum and this year’s edition received no less than 380 subscriptions. The open air exhibit was also the occasion for the manufacturer to premier the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro on Canadian soil. Here’s a peek at the historical marvels seen at the show.

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Finally Unveiled in Canada

2016 Chevrolet Camaro

After a much awaited unveiling in Detroit back in May, Canada finally got its local unveiling of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro. The event took place at GM’s plant in St. Catharines, in Ontario, where the Camaro’s small block V8 engine will be produced. The car was presented during the annual Show & Shine and received the attention worthy of its legacy.

Close to 400 vehicles from all walks of life showed up at GM’s 17th Show & Shine annual event. It was quite a clash of the generations, where fifth generation Camaros were sharing the spotlight with late 60s Corvettes and Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine. And at the center of all this time-travelling marvel was the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, the sixth generation of one of America’s most notorious muscle cars.

Porsche Cayman GT$ – Yeah, I’m Not Fixing That Typo

Damn it, the oblivious guy in front of me grabbed the GT3 RS! What’s the 2nd best car in this line?

Oooh, it’s a Cayman GT4. At least this way I’ll get the stick. Whoa, that’s a big wing. I can’t see a thing behind me. Oh well, I shouldn’t have to reverse. Adjust the mirrors…Whoa, everything around me is so soft. There is Alcantara EVERYWHERE!

Mazda’s Interesting Mini-Minivan Just Got Chopped in the States

It is always sad to see a car that at least some people liked go.

Mazda has decided that the <20,000 sales for the 6-seat, sliding door Mazda3 with extra space in the U.S. was a good opportunity to pull the model out. Luckily, sales are still good in Canada so we get to keep the Mazda5, yay!

2015 Buick Verano: The Anti-Sports Sedan?

Because sometimes you want to drive, and sometimes you just want to get there.

I’ve heard many people question the existence of Buick since 2008. The reply is always “well, they’re big in China, so GM needs them”. Which has always seemed to be a bit of a disservice to Buick. Buick sells more cars than Audi, Acura, and Infiniti, and comes surprisingly close to beating VW. They aren’t doing too badly here. I also hear “Buick doesn’t know what they want to be.” Well, after spending 5 weeks in a 2015 Verano, I’m going to have to disagree. I would say that Buick knows exactly what they are, and they do a pretty good job of being Buick.