Angelo DiCicco, GTA manager for Young Drivers of Canada
Winter driving in Canada can be a white-knuckle experience for motorists who don’t know how to safely handle slippery roadways, freeways and parking lots.
While the spring season is not all that far away, winter conditions persist and drivers braving the colder-than-usual weather this year still need to exercise caution.
In order to get some tips to help drivers make it through the tail end of another winter driving season, Carpages.ca recently reached out to Angelo DiCicco, GTA manager for Young Drivers of Canada. DiCicco, as can be seen below, has plenty to say about how to stay safe.
Behold what might be the best front-wheel-drive sports sedan there is.
Before it was all the rage to have World Cars and “One Market” marketing talk, Honda had an idea. Lets take the smaller, sportier European Accord, slather it with a bit of luxury and slap on an Acura badge. This might have been considered a risky move because our domestic market Accord, that while bigger in size, is pretty OK in its own right; sold OK, too. Acura cautiously pegged sales at a shade under 20,000 units for North America. Once buyers started sliding into the seats of TSX’s for test drives, a funny thing happened – they ended up selling almost double the original expectation.
The Cherokee’s looks may catch you off guard at first, but be sure to give this one a chance.
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited (photos by Dan Heyman)
The Jeep Cherokee may not look like any Jeep before it—especially from the front—but rest assured; this is a Jeep, through and through.
In fact, those crazy lights were much maligned when it premiered; we really thought Jeep had lost its marbles.
Where were the circular headlamps? There was a 7-slat grille, but why did it wrap over the top of the hood?
Get past all that, though, and you’ll find the Cherokee to be a capable SUV worthy of the Jeep name.
Photos by Dan Heyman
Woodbridge, ON – Young Drivers of Canada encourages drivers both new and old to attend winter refresher courses they offer.
“I strongly suggest people take a (winter) refresher whenever they get the chance,” said Angelo DiCicco, Director of the GTA region of Young Drivers. “We do 120,000 lessons a year, including 500 with corporate clients.”
With that in mind, YD recently held the first Winter Driving Challenge at Dynamic Tire in Woodbridge for media and lucky members of the public.
The 2014 Nissan Rogue (photos by Dan Heyman)
Mount Tremblant, QC — The Rogue is a crucial vehicle for Nissan. It’s part of the ever-expanding crossover segment and it’s the bestselling vehicle in the Nissan line-up. Perhaps most importantly, 40% of Rogue customers have replaced their Rogue with another.
So, Nissan had better get the remodeling of the Rogue right.
In that light, we were sent to Quebec’s gorgeous Laurentian region to put the all-new ’14 model through its paces on both the road and track.
X5, Act Three.
As the curtain lifts on BMW’s third generation X5, don’t feel bad if you have a hard time telling it apart from the outgoing model. No matter if you notice the changes or not, the X5 seeks to grab your attention. It’s easy on the eyes no matter what trim is selected, but our tester had the M Sport Line Package ($4,000) and was painted a slick Arctic White, allowing it to pack even more of a visual punch. There wasn’t anything wrong with the way the second generation looked, and thankfully they haven’t mucked up a good thing, choosing to gently evolve the styling. The most noticeable changes include a more statuesque grille, larger lights up front and out back and a slightly larger footprint overall. It works, even if the changes don’t immediately jump out at you.
Really, a diesel-powered Porsche? You bet.
The 2014 Porsche Cayenne Diesel
Not only is the Porsche Cayenne due for a refresh soon, but it will also have new in-house competition in the form of the new Macan. Porsche says their baby SUV will be a volume seller, beating out the Boxster, Panamera and the Cayenne, too.
A drive in the latest diesel model, however, shows that the hot-selling Porsche SUV still has plenty to give.
Where driving enthusiasm and carpool chauffeur duties intersect.
If you consider yourself a hard-core fan of the Muscle Car era, you might not want to continue reading.
That’s because the Honda Odyssey Touring you see here will accelerate faster, brake harder and shorter and will handle significantly better than the brutes that used to prowl the streets back in the day.
The 2015 Volvo S60 Polestar (photos by Dan Heyman)
Toronto, ON – You may never have heard of Polestar, but that’s likely to change if the Volvo S60 sedan and V60 sports wagon (see photo in gallery after the jump) Polestar models are any indication.
The company has been building Volvo race cars since the early ‘90s; most recently, they helped develop Volvo’s entrant in the Australian V8 Supercars series.
And now, they’re bringing their know-how to the showroom, starting with a debut at the 2014 Canadian International Auto Show.
The 2015 Audi S3 Sedan (photos by Dan Heyman)
Toronto, ON – Gracing the Audi stand at this year’s Canadian International Auto Show is the Audi S3. This is the first time we’ll see the smallest “S” car in Canada.
Power comes from a 300 horsepower turbo four-cylinder motor that also makes 280 lb.-ft. of torque. Dual fuel injection and new variable-valve lift, meanwhile, help increase fuel efficiency.
The squared-off trunk and glaring headlights are handsome, and the S3’s profile is squat and athletic. It’s a better look that the Mercedes CLA45 AMG, sure to be the S3’s main competition.