VW’s excellent Golf is something of a miracle

In a world staggered by upheaval, with global economies slowing, car sales on the decline, and a pall of uncertainty weighing on consumer actions and tastes, along comes Volkswagen with six-month results that defy expectations and shame rivals. Why did Volkswagen AG’s revenue grow by 4.9 per cent compared with the first half of 2018? …

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Ranger pickup may be too much of a good thing

In early 2011, I found myself quizzing a car company boss by the name of Mark Fields, who then was responsible for Ford’s business in Canada, the United States, Mexico and South America. At the time, I wanted to know why Ford had chosen to expunge the pint-sized Ranger pickup from its lineup in Canada …

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The electrification of VW raises questions about Golf GTI future

Thomas Ulbrich, Volkswagen’s head of electric vehicles, tells us, “There will be 70 new fully electric VWs by 2028; an investment of 30 billion (euros) in e-mobility by 2023; 22 million EV sales for the VW Group by 2028…The future is electric.” So, here’s a question for VW: What about the gasoline cars, most specifically …

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2019 Mazda3 Sport GT: superb

My expectations were pushed to extraordinary heights at the very first glance. The 2019 Mazda3 Sport GT, painted in a rich, blood-red metallic with just a hint of orange, took my breath away. Mazda calls this colour “Soul Red Crystal Metallic” and it’s an extra $450. Gorgeous. It’s the sort of eye-catching look you’d expect …

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Has Mazda missed the chance to become the Japanese BMW?

For the better part of two decades, Mazda has timorously tried to reinvent itself as the Japanese BMW. Mazda’s caution has brought disappointing and even worrisome outcomes, though I admire the honesty of the effort. Let’s be very clear. Mazda is a pipsqueak automaker with a lineup of quite affordable cars and SUVs (sport-utility vehicles) …

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