Buying use: 2011 Golf GTI offers exceptional handling

The GTI is more than enough for most drivers

Buying use: 2011 Golf GTI offers exceptional handlingEssentially unchanged from 2010 to 2011, this generation of the Volkswagen Golf GTI model actually debuted in the fall of 2006. In the 2011 version of this hatchback, power is ably provided by a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that develops 200 horsepower and 207 foot-pounds of torque. Transmission choices are a six-speed manual or a…

Buying used: Golf GTI offers exceptional handling

Few competitors could keep up when things got interesting and the GTI was more than enough for most drivers

Buying used: Golf GTI offers exceptional handlingEssentially unchanged from 2010 to 2011, this generation of the Volkswagen Golf GTI actually debuted in the fall of 2006. Power was ably provided by a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that developed 200 horsepower and 207 foot-pounds of torque. Premium gas was required. Transmission choices were either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic with…

Alberta should be at the forefront of the shift to electric vehicles

We need a national mining strategy so Canada can supply the global market with the lithium needed for electric vehicle batteries

Alberta should be at the forefront of the shift to electric vehiclesPolitical pundits, politicians and talking heads in the media for the most part spend very little time watching for disruption and innovation in the marketplace. A global consensus has formed that oil as a form of transportation energy should become a stranded asset. Alberta’s vast lithium reserves mean the province can forget about yesterday and…

VW Rabbit still plenty of fun to drive

VW Rabbit still plenty of fun to driveThe Volkswagen Rabbit was the original hatchback pocket rocket when it was introduced to North American in 1974. It quickly morphed from sensible urban transport to a lively, performance-oriented corner-carver that was immediately popular with enthusiasts and racers around the world when the GTI was introduced two years later. Over the years, it has been…

Jetta GLI is a subdued masterpiece

In the economy market, this model has always been a cut above the rest

Jetta GLI is a subdued masterpieceCar buyers have plenty to choose from in the economy market segment. Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Hyundai, etc., all have tons of models available and, by and large, they’re pretty good. But one model has always been a cut above the rest when it comes to getting maximum bang for the buck – at least, as…

VW Arteon has all you need but not much more

This sport sedan has above-average handling and braking, and beautiful styling, but it's otherwise unremarkable

VW Arteon has all you need but not much moreBelieve it or not, one of the major hurdles faced by car manufacturers is what to name their products. After all the research and development, focus groups, engineering studies, clinics, workshops and roundtable discussions, you have to decide what to call the thing. And it’s extremely important – get it wrong and people stay away.…

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is still a cut above competition

If you’re in the market for a compact four-door at a reasonable price with exceptional performance, this is a good bet

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is still a cut above competitionNext to the Golf, the Jetta is Volkswagen’s longest-running model. Debuting in 1979, it’s been a mainstay for the company and has proven to be more than just a Golf with a trunk. For 2019, it’s on the receiving end of a variety of changes and improvements. And it’s still offered in three variations: Comfortline,…

VW Passat GT is more than a family sedan

In every way, it’s a mainstream family sedan and as comfortable and civilized as anything in this corner of the market – and it’s sporty

VW Passat GT is more than a family sedanAside from a minor – and welcome – blip with the CC version, Volkswagen’s Passat is arguably the most North American-flavoured model the company makes. It’s the company’s biggest sedan (for the time being), has the largest engine, has the most nondescript styling in VW’s entire lineup and is built in Chattanooga, Tenn. The aforementioned…

Beating the bushes for a winter beater?

Here are some choices if you're looking for something that's easy on gas, affordable, dependable and, if possible, good in the snow

Beating the bushes for a winter beater?With winter just around the corner, it might be time to start thinking about a beater. Something to get you through the nasty weather and salty roads while your ‘other’ car is nestled snugly in the garage. The parameters are straightforward – we’re looking for something that's easy on gas, affordable, dependable and, if possible, good…

Buying used: 2011 Volkswagen Touareg has power – and problems

When this redesign was first delivered, it received top marks. But there are lingering questions about reliability

Buying used: 2011 Volkswagen Touareg has power – and problemsAccording to Volkswagen, the 2011 Touareg got more than just a facelift. This, claimed the company, was a complete overhaul, from stem to stern. Bigger and more powerful than its predecessor while being some 195 kilograms lighter, it got a new turbo-diesel V6 engine as well, which joined a 280-horsepower V6 gas powerplant. A revised…