What’s new at Auto123.com (video)

This week, Auto123.com features the following road tests: The Altima Hybrid, Nissan’s new mid-size « green » sedan. The Chevrolet Traverse, the new, ultimate versatile and affordable SUV. The Subaru Impreza WRX265, the Mitsubishi Lancer Rallyart’s new sporty competitor. And don’t miss the videos filmed by our journalists at the Montreal International Auto Show, such as the interview with the president of Ford Canada, David Mondragon.

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2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR- Four Seasons Update – January 2009

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR- Four Seasons Update – January 2009
2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR - Four Seasons Update - Automobile Magazine
Our 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has logged 16,289 miles during its six months in the Automobile Magazine test fleet. Has it won our editors’ hearts?

Our 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has logged 16,289 miles during its six months in the Automobile Magazine test fleet. Predictably, staffers spent some time lamenting the Evo’s SST transmission and keep wishing for a six-speed manual (as we usually do when we have a test vehicle with a DSG-style transmission). But when the snow started falling, Marc Noordeloos found a few kind words; “I’ve finally found a driving environment where I like the EVO’s dual-clutch gearbox; ‘rallying’ through the snow.” The rapid shifts allow the engine to stay in the sweet spot of its powerband and allow a driver to concentrate on the road.

Photo Gallery: 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR – Four Seasons Update – Automobile Magazine

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2009 Subaru Impreza WRX265 Review

Seems like mounting pressure from the expanding Mitsubishi Lancer lineup has managed to squeeze a tweaked-up WRX out of Subaru’s Impreza range. Perhaps Mitsubishi intended their 237 horsepower Lancer Ralliart to cut the WRX’s grass by offering more power and gadgets. Subaru’s ensuing defense play maintains power dominance in the ‘PlayStation’ car market, and gives shoppers a new sub-STI model called the “WRX 265” to consider. It doesn’t offer a twin-clutch gearbox or Super All Wheel Control, but it does have nearly 30 more horsepower to compensate.

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2009 Subaru Impreza WRX265 Review

Seems like mounting pressure from the expanding Mitsubishi Lancer lineup has managed to squeeze a tweaked-up WRX out of Subaru’s Impreza range. Perhaps Mitsubishi intended their 237 horsepower Lancer Ralliart to cut the WRX’s grass by offering more power and gadgets. Subaru’s ensuing defense play maintains power dominance in the ‘PlayStation’ car market, and gives shoppers a new sub-STI model called the “WRX 265” to consider. It doesn’t offer a twin-clutch gearbox or Super All Wheel Control, but it does have nearly 30 more horsepower to compensate.

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