2009 Ford Flex SEL AWD Review

The minivan craze has abated, replaced largely by SUVs and CUVs; but the shine is fading on these family workhorses as well. Recognizing the creep of boredom, Ford performed a “re-think” of the segment and came up with the Flex; a fairly radical, somewhat nostalgic looking, six-seater featuring front-wheel-drive (FWD) and all-wheel-drive (AWD) configurations.

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BMW 7-Series and MINI E presented in Los Angeles

It’s obvious that BMW wants to demonstrate its mastery of green technology and is taking full advantage of the Los Angeles Auto Show to do so. Not only has the German manufacturer officially released pricing on its diesel vehicles destined for North America (the Canadian prices will be revealed in a few days), but it has also taken the opportunity to lift the veil on several new technologies, some of which, like the Mini E, are already almost reality.

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Nissan: make way for the 370Z and the Cube!

The Nissan 370Z is much anticipated by enthusiasts. More refined, closer to the older versions’ styling, namely the 240Z, it has been officially introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The elongated hood and backwards-flung cabin are symbolic of major changes for this sports car. The receding roof line completes its contemporary look. The front light clusters are reminiscent of those of the powerful GT-R launched last year.

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Volvo XC60’s City Safety minimizes collision risks

Imagine yourself moving slowly through rush-hour traffic. As you drive, you drip some coffee on your lap and look away for just a short moment. At the same time, the car suddenly stops in front of you. Bang!A moment’s inattention is all it takes to cause an accident. In fact Volvo research has demonstrated that 75% of all collisions occur below 30 km/h. And in half of the cases, drivers are simply distracted and fail to brake in time.

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2010 Mazda3 finally arrives

For Japanese manufacturer Mazda, the Los Angeles Auto Show is a true celebration. Having just taken back the reigns of its destiny by buying back 20% of Ford’s shares, the automaker is taking advantage of the California show to launch is most popular model, the Mazda3. And popular is quite an understatement. Worldwide, the Mazda3 represents 30% of the manufacturer’s total sales.

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2010 Ford Mustang finally unveiled

It was probably the star of the greatest number of rumours these past few months. But Ford has finally lifted the veil on the legendary Mustang in its 2010 incarnation at the Los Angeles Auto Show. However, the new Mustang left no one speechless. In fact, it is directly inspired from the actual model, very popular with enthusiasts. Though, according to the manufacturer, it boasts a more contemporary look but mostly a quality of finish and assembly that exceeds expectations.

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Volvo XC60’s City Safety minimizes collision risks (video)

Imagine yourself moving slowly through rush-hour traffic. As you drive, you drip some coffee on your lap and look away for just a short moment. At the same time, the car suddenly stops in front of you. Bang!A moment’s inattention is all it takes to cause an accident. In fact Volvo research has demonstrated that 75% of all collisions occur below 30 km/h. And in half of the cases, drivers are simply distracted and fail to brake in time.

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Audi meets diesel

The new Audi Q5 TDI emphasized the presence of the German manufacturer at the Los Angeles Auto Show. A compact crossover, the Q5 will hit dealerships equipped with a 240-hp V6 TDI engine that’s already proven itself. It’s small, but with styling modeled off the larger Q7, the Q5 also features the quattro all-wheel-drive system. The TDI version will join its gas-powered brother in the brand’s catalogue.

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Bentley Azure T: Class and More

Bentley continues to aim high with its cars. No one can find fault with their level of refinement, that’s for sure. And the brand hasn’t made an exception with its all-new Azure T presented at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Nothing truly original, however, despite the manufacturer’s claims. The Azure convertible takes up the design and finish of the current versions down to the last detail, those that ensured the vehicle’s success.

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Volvo XC60’s City Safety minimizes collision risks (video)

Imagine yourself moving slowly through rush-hour traffic. As you drive, you drip some coffee on your lap and look away for just a short moment. At the same time, the car suddenly stops in front of you. Bang!A moment’s inattention is all it takes to cause an accident. In fact Volvo research has demonstrated that 75% of all collisions occur below 30 km/h. And in half of the cases, drivers are simply distracted and fail to brake in time.

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