A nightcap in France with a former Audi boss facing jail time

What, you might ask, is it like to enjoy cigars and brandy on a warm, summer night in Le Mans, France — a nightcap with a man accused of crimes that could land him in jail for five years. The offences? Fraud and false advertising. The accused is Bavarian Rupert Stadler. Before I tell you …

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Nissan Leaf EV: 2020 version is good, but used Leaf deals are attractive, too

Which is the better buy, a new 2020 Nissan Leaf or an older one, say, pre-2018? The answers here.

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EVs are cheap to own, operate, but the pricy ones get all the buzz

The new Porsche Taycan Turbo EV (electric vehicle) starts at $174,000, which is more than four times the average transaction price for a new car in Canada (about $38,000). Whew. Yes, the Taycan is an EV for the gilded one per cent. And there are other high-priced, full-on battery cars, such as Tesla’s Model X …

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Mazda puts the Germans firmly in its sights with 2021 Mazda3 Turbo

Jay Chen peppers his conversation with references to the turbocharging death spiral, charge scavenging, the flapper door, and high and mild intentions of A-pedal impressions – A pedal as in accelerator pedal. His colleague, Dave Coleman, also digs into the horse-and-rider metaphor. It serves to describe what he, a veteran Mazda Motor vehicle dynamics engineer, …

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To LEAF or to LEAF: the question is, new or used?

As I tucked behind the wheel of a 2020 Nissan LEAF, a $52,898 electric vehicle (EV), I mumbled two questions to myself: Why did Nissan bother to leap ahead of the EV competition 10 years ago, only to stay in a holding pattern for the rest of the decade and allow Tesla to zoom past …

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