2018 Hyundai Accent: skip the small SUV and save $6,000 or more with this hatchback

Hyundai’s Accent hatchback is a delight. It is handsome, entertaining, functional and completely modern, with flip-and-fold-flat rear seating and a lively and thrifty 130-horsepower four-banger (with direct fuel injection). The recently reinvented Accent is a tidy runabout with lots of features: colour touchscreen with rear-view camera; stability and traction control; six airbags; and, power windows …

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2018 M-B S560 Cabriolet: six-figure hedonistic grandeur

Let’s see now. We have Bentley’s Continental GT, nice and new and glitzy. And then there is Aston Martin’s DB11. So very sexy and rare. But in the world of quite amazing cars of a very personal and thoroughly hedonistic nature, we shouldn’t overlook Mercedes-Benz’ new 2018 S-Class coupe and convertible. To do so would …

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2018 Genesis 3.3T Sport: time for the Germans and Japanese to worry

On a dreary, drizzly evening in Seoul, South Korea, I found myself at a dinner with a small group of very senior Hyundai Motor leaders. The mood amongst them was at first celebratory, then nostalgic and quite emotional. Over Korean barbeque washed down with beers and wine, and followed by nightcaps of Johnny  Walker Black, …

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid: brilliant. But pointless?

When at a loss for words and wisdom, it’s never a bad thing to turn to Confucius, who said: “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” Then in the 20th century, noted management guru Tom Peters had a different view: “If you’re not confused, you’re not paying attention.” Life in the …

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Review: there’s the Mazda3 Sport GT and then there’s VW’s Golf

On a dewy Sunday morning – early, early – I grabbed the keys to a new Mazda3 Sport GT hatchback and smiled. “I’m gonna enjoy this,” I murmured to no one but myself. And then it was up the Sea-to-Sky Highway, a Slinky-like stretch that runs along the fjords of West Vancouver to Squamish, then …

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