By John LeBlanc It’s been a while since an American automaker could offer a competitive entry-level luxury sports sedan. For the past four decades, if you were looking for a small, sporty four-door, the German brands Audi, BMW or Mercedes-Benz were more than likely at the top of your list. But now America’s biggest automaker, […]
Story and photos by John LeBlanc MUNICH, Germany — After a couple of days embedded in the annual GTI Wörthersee fan festival in Austria, it seemed all-too-appropriate to make my half-day return drive to my awaiting flight in Germany in what is known as the ultimate Volkswagen Golf, the R.
Story and photos by John LeBlanc Perhaps you’ve noticed the glut of subcompacts popping up on the Canadian new car market lately. Despite the continuing popularity of the next-size-up compact cars and crossovers, the desire to attract buyers who would normally shop used car lots and offer a vehicle to lower their corporate fleet fuel-consumption […]
Originally published in November, 2003 – By John LeBlanc It’s hard to ignore the seasonal signs of hibernation. Available daylight has become precious. Lawn furniture is overdue for storage, and you’ve probably already had to scrape frost from your windshield. I’m also reminded of the ritual of “putting away the ragtop for the winter.” Preparing […]
Story and photos by John LeBlanc Volkswagen has been continually updating its best-selling front-wheel-drive, five-passenger Jetta compact four-door sedan since the current generation went on-sale for 2011. And Jetta updates for 2015 are targeted at saving more at the fuel pumps, with a new, more fuel-efficient turbodiesel engine and subtle tweaks to its bodywork for […]keep looking »