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.
Read the rest of this post »
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.
Read the rest of this post »
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!
As the Detroit North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) winds down, we look back at our favorite job as bloggers, photographing the beautiful models and booth professionals that grace the show floor at each event. This year, however, was the first time where I found most of the girls on the floor to be camera shy. At some booths, such as VW, the girls were borderline rude. The girls at Porsche continue to be elusive, and is a recurring theme that they do not want their pictures taken whatsoever.
So with that being said, here’s our much smaller than usual gallery of the booth professionals that work so hard at the shows, looking beautiful, and providing us with product knowledge for our work. Big shout out to the girls at Audi, who are always super friendly, professional, and most of all, sexy as hell. Enjoy!
Click through for the Gallery