Where to begin? In late 2012 I started looking for a replacement for my C63. We purchased the C63 before having a child and had run into space issues on numerous occasions. This included a lack of space in the trunk, or a lack of room for passengers in the back seat due to the car seat configuration. It was doable, just not ideal. A minivan or an SUV would be a logical choice for a family, but neither are sporty in any sense of the word.
I have always had a soft spot for wagons. A C63 wagon would be the ultimate car, but alas, neither MB Canada nor MB USA bring the car to North America.
So back to late 2012. I was in Lonestar and they had a pre-facelift E63 wagon in the showroom. It was a colour that I liked and had the performance package (550 hp). I was very tempted to get it as it was in stock and my itch for a new car was needing a scratch. However, I had heard that the W212 was due for a refresh that the schedule for it had been moved up a year. The first year of the refresh is usually the best model to buy. Manufacturers have usually worked out all the bugs, you get a “fresh” face and bum that will last a few years before the next model comes out. I had also read rumours that the refreshed E class AMG was going AWD. For Calgary winters, AWD makes the experience that much better. I had a 2005 Subaru STi and missed the off the line performance.
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I’m considered a minority when it comes to tires. I use winter tires in the winter, and performance summer tires in the summer. While people like myself make up of a very small percentage of drivers, most of our readers will agree that my summer tire choice is overkill for the average driver, and can be much better served by using all-season tires. Granted, performance summer tires will give you an edge at high lateral loads in dry weather, but realistically, those kind of tire performances are really not possible (or legal) in everyday driving.
With that being said, the number of people that rely on all-season tires are staggering. In the US, most passenger cars are fitted from the factory with all-seasons, and 97.5% of replacement tires are all seasons. While the numbers in Canada are lower due to drivers choosing to use winter tires in the winter (not to mention mandating winter tires in some provinces), the fact remains that all-season tires are the de facto standard in North America.
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For this year’s Super Bowl, Audi has conceived a never-before-seen creature to show the frightening consequences of bringing compromise into the world. The commercial highlights the all-new Audi A3 and celebrates the uncompromised spirit that led to the A3’s unrivaled technology and performance.
Watch Audi’s 2014 Super Bowl Commercial
When Johnny Galecki happens upon an attractive young woman driving the same “Nice” Hyundai Elantra as him, sparks, pavement, cars and even Richard Lewis fly.
Watch the 2014 Hyundai Super Bowl Commercial
An unsuspecting couple meets Morpheus at a valet stand. He presents them with two choices: a red key or a blue key. Should they choose wisely, they’ll never look at luxury—or Kia—the same again.
Watch the 2014 Kia Super Bowl Commercial
In the 2014 Super Bowl commercial from Volkswagen, watch as a father tells his daughter that every time a Volkswagen hits 100,000 miles, a German Engineer gets his wings. Learn more about the Power of German Engineering and Volkswagen vehicles with more than 100,000 miles.
Watch the 2014 Volkswagen Super Bowl Commercial
Have you ever wondered why in Hollywood movies, all the villains are played by Brits? Jaguar wants to introduce you to the latest British villian with their 2014 Super Bowl Commercial. It’s #GoodToBeBad
Watch Jaguar’s F-Type Coupe 2014 Super Bowl Commercial
Room for a whole flock of chickens, Terry Crews, a grand piano and the Muppets, but no room for boring. Sing along and see the all-new Toyota Highlander in the roomiest Big Game Ad of all time. At least, that’s Toyota’s take on the ad. What do you think? Is the car maker known for making boring cars really building an “un-boring” car?
Watch the Toyota Super Bowl Commercial Here
The CLA45 is an interesting vehicle, poised as an entry level 4 door sports
sedan coupe yet styled much like the CLS coupe in the higher end of the Mercedes-Benz lineup, it’s an expensive looking vehicle for very little money. Starting at $49k, it’s a bargain for an AMG, but unlike the others, it’s outfitted with a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine instead of the mighty V8’s of its bigger brothers. So how does the baby AMG stack up?
With 355hp under the hood and fitted with 4matic AWD, the CLA45 is no slouch. Using the launch control “Race Start” mode, there is no struggle for traction, the car launches without much drama, rocketing to 60mph in a scant 4.5 seconds. Even though the 4matic system is really a front biased setup, the AMG wizards have done wonders to this setup, unlike its competitors. There is not a hint of torque steer as it puts all the power to the ground.
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We wrote about the Winter Driver Training put on by SASC last year on the frozen ice of Ghost Lake, and this year the spots are filling up fast. If you have never participated in anything like this, I highly recommend it. The skills and confidence you will pick up will help tremendously with your winter driving. The organizers have let us know of a few spots that are still left on the following days.
Sunday, Jan 26, 2014:
Click here to register for Jan 26 event
Sunday, Feb 9, 2014:
Click here to register for Feb 9 event
*update* The event is completely booked up!