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The 2022 Benz S-Class boasts an unbelievable number of safety innovations

To maintain its position as the company’s flagship, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is receiving a host of new innovations aimed at making it safer and easier to drive — it all falls under the “Innovation by Intelligence” umbrella.First is the fully-active E-Active Body Control suspension — it has been given a healthy dose of smarts. While similar to the system introduced in the 2020 GLE, the focus is more about comfort and improving side impact safety. The advanced suspension setup should arrive in Canada in the 2022 S-Class.The air springs take the load of the vehicle and keep thing on the level while the active dampers, which are connected to a motor/pump by hydraulic lines, use a 48-volt architecture to change the damping forces and ride height. Mercedes-Benz says it delivers the ...
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First Look: 2021 Audi A3

Audi says it pioneered the premium compact segment when it first presented the A3 in 1996. Fast forward to today, and the latest A3 is now entering its fourth generation; this time around, the sedan — sadly, Canada will once again miss out on the smart hatchback variant — gets a bolder look, a smarter cabin with more technology, and a new powertrain with a stronger mild-hybrid system.The fresh look has bolder fender “blisters” that flank a large honeycomb grille with active elements and built-in ducts for brake cooling. It also features LED headlights and slick daytime running lights that change their appearance based on the model, the S-Line naturally getting the most expressive interpretation.Through the side, a strong shoulder line links the headlights to taillights. However,...
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First Look: 2022 Nissan Ariya

Was it worth the wait? That’s the big question surrounding the Nissan Ariya, the Japanese automaker’s all-electric crossover that was launched today during a virtual event at the Nissan Pavilion in Yokohama.Along with Tesla Motors, Nissan has been at the forefront of the global, decade-long EV charge with its affordable Leaf model, which as of this writing is closing in on the half-a-million sold mark. For fans of that model, and the automaker itself, it’s been a long, at times excruciating, wait for the next Nissan EV (and yes, there was the e-NV200 utility van during that span but it was only sold in limited markets). Much of that exasperation had to do with the fact that Nissan’s 10-year gap between EV models allowed a number of other automakers — hello Kia and Hyundai — to b...
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First Look: 2021 Ford Bronco

I haven’t driven it yet, but here’s my early verdict: The new Ford Bronco looks buckin’ cool.The Bronco was introduced for 1966 as a direct competitor to Jeep. Ford interviewed Jeep owners to see what they didn’t like about their vehicles, and engineered those improvements into the Bronco. Ford says it did the same this time, once again to try and out-wrangle the Wrangler.The original Bronco was later joined by the smaller Bronco II, and now alongside it is the milder Bronco Sport. The first Bronco also came as a pickup truck, but so far, there’s no official announcement of one to tackle Jeep’s Gladiator.The Sport hits showrooms later this year, while the bigger Bronco arrives in the spring of 2021, in two- or four-door configurations. You can reserve any of them right now for $...
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First Look: 2021 Bentley Bentayga

Ettore Bugatti, literally a maestro at creating some of the most stunning cars of the 1920s and ’30s, was no fan of rival W.O. Bentley’s large, plain-looking — but deceptively fast and quite robust — Le Mans-winning race cars. In fact, when asked his opinion, his reply was that they were “les camions les plus rapides du monde.” Translation? The fastest trucks in the world.A backhanded compliment to be sure, but also prescient, for some 90 years later Bentley actually does make the fastest production trucks in the world, though the Volkswagen Group-owned British automaker uses more glowing terms to describe its über-posh Bentayga — and, with more than 20,000 built since its launch nearly five years ago, its most successful model. In a case of sibling rivalry, the aptly named Bent...
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2021 Kia K5 packs wild styling, new tech — and AWD outside of Canada, for now

You know it as the Kia Optima, but the next-generation is going to be called the K5. In many other parts of the world, Kia’s product portfolio uses an alphanumeric badging system — the Forte is the K3, the Cadenza is the K7. The K5, which will be offered in LX, EX and GT-Line trims, arrives with a stunning style and the wherewithal needed to back up its salacious new looks.The exterior style adopts a Stinger-like profile, minus the liftback. This means a fastback four-door sedan with a coupe-like profile. Up front, the latest expression of Kia’s “tiger nose” grille is flanked by slim headlights that are underscored by LED daytime running lights. The large under-bumper air opening then suggests the K5 means business. Around the back, the use of a full-width taillight design adds ...