Honda Canada denies rumours that Civic Hybrid and Insight will be axed

News has been circulating around various automotive websites that Honda would discontinue the sale of the Civic Hybrid and the Insight due to slow sales. In a press release sent to the media last night, Honda Canada Public Relations Manager Richard Jacobs assures that the automaker will continue to provide these cars as long as there is a demand for them, and that the rumours are not founded.

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2011 Scion tC Preview

This fall, a new compact coupe will find its way onto the Canadian market. There aren’t many left, as only the Honda Civic and the Kia Forte Koup are left. The Chevrolet Cobalt will be a goner in a few weeks when it will be replaced by the sedan-only Cruze, and the two-door Focus coupe will be retired for 2011.

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2010 Honda Ridgeline EX-L NAVI Review

Yeah, I know, the Ridgeline has been around since 2006 and has not become the successful mid-size alternative pickup that Honda had hoped, but I’ve got a hunch that this might change sooner than later. You see, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time over the last few months behind the wheels of many a pickup, light and heavy duty, and have noticed that they are all heading in one direction: being more things to more people.

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Driven: 2011 Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible

Driven: 2011 Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible
2011 Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible - Driven - Automobile Magazine
Super, relatively speaking

It seems that everything you hear about the Supersports version of the 2011 Bentley Continental convertible concerns its 198-pound weight loss and 21 additional horsepower. Let’s put that in perspective: that weight loss on a 5300-pound car is, proportionally, the same as removing a bag of kitty litter from a Lotus Elise, and adding 21 horses to a team of 600 is like a Honda Civic gaining five horsepower. Is that something you’d really notice?

Photo Gallery: 2011 Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible – Driven – Automobile Magazine

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Porsche 918 Spyder Preview

And there it is ladies and gentlemen! The ultra-seductive, highly-desirable Porsche 918 Spyder! And it’s a hybrid! Yes, a hybrid. This car may very well redefine the hybrid: what it is, what it’s for and why it is. This car is as far removed from the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight as Pluto is from the Sun. Yet, this car is greener, in all senses of the word, than all subcompact cars you can purchase now in North America.

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2011 Mazda2 Touring

2011 Mazda2 Touring
2011 Mazda2 Touring - Editor's Notebook - Automobile Magazine
A great little hatch.

I drove both the automatic and manual Mazda 2 within days of each other and while both cars impressed me, the manual 2 is, in my mind, the much better package. On the highway, the four speed-auto runs out of gears causing revs to consistently stay up over 3000 rpms. The manual’s fifth gear is just enough to keep revs and noise down in the cabin. I was cruising at 80 mph on the highway and, unlike the 2 with the auto box, the manual car never sounded buzzy. In fact, the engine sounded remarkably at ease. Impressive. At this speed, even in fifth gear our Four Seasons Honda Fit’s 1.5-liter 4-culinder would have been deafening.

Photo Gallery: 2011 Mazda2 Touring – Editor’s Notebook – Automobile Magazine

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