Author: Andrew Ling

2018 Infiniti Q50 3.0T AWD Sport Review

If you didn’t already know, the Infiniti Q50 is the replacement for Infiniti’s highly successful G35 (later G37) sedans and coupes. With rear-wheel-drive, optional all-wheel-drive, and styling that set it apart from the traditionally conservative Japanese vehicles, the G35 proclaimed to the world that the guys at Infiniti were serious about competing with the BMW boys from Munich. Despite winning many auto review comparisons, the public voted with their wallets and the BMW 3-series sedan sales figures proved that the BMW cachet and the proof behind the Ultimate Driving Machine slogan was simply too great, too true. These days,...

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OpenRoad Auto Group acquires Mercedes-Benz Surrey

Mercedes-Benz Surrey, on 104th Avenue, has a new owner. OpenRoad Auto Group, B.C.’s largest automotive retail group, announced the acquisition of Mercedes-Benz Surrey on May 30th, 2018. This newest addition to the OpenRoad family is the company’s first Mercedes-Benz store. Formerly owned by Silverstar MB Inc, Mercedes-Benz Surrey first opened in 1999 on Fraser Highway and later moved to its current location at 15508 104 Avenue in Surrey in 2002. With over 1,200 associates representing 19 automotive brands at 23 locations in the Lower Mainland, OpenRoad Auto Group is one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, a CADA Laureate, and...

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2018 Volkswagen Golf R Review

The original flavoured hot hatch In the mid-1970s, a handful of European auto manufacturers began offering performance-orientated version of their small economical hatchbacks. Coupled upgrades in handling and performance but yet retaining much of the practicality of the hatchback design, these vehicles quickly became very popular amongst those who didn’t need or want a dedicated sports car as a daily driver. Volkswagen has a long and well-regarded history in this niche, starting with the arrival of their fun-to-drive hot hatch in the form of the VW Golf GTI. The boxy first-generation (Mk1) Golf was fitted with front wheel drive,...

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2018 BMW X1 review

Does BMW’s smallest SUV live up to its name? When the first-generation BMW X1 first made its debut, many wondered if the marketplace was ready for yet another BMW model, let alone another BMW Sports Activity Vehicle. When the second-generation X1 made its debut in Spring of 2015, BMW proudly announced that more than 730,000 units of the first-generation X1 had been sold globally. Therefore this provided irrefutable evidence that the world’s audience was indeed ready for yet another premium-badged compact utility vehicle in the marketplace. Overview Despite being the smallest BMW SUV, the BMW X1 treats the premium...

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2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring Review

2017 Honda Accord Touring Hybrid Did you know that Toyota wasn’t the first manufacturer to come out with a hybrid vehicle to the North American market? Before the start of the current millennium, in 1999, Honda snuck in the original Insight hybrid into the U.S. market, beating the Toyota Prius by just a few short months. However, as hard as they might have tried and in spite of arguably superior engineering, the “Prius” model name has reigned supreme, and Honda hybrids have not posed a serious threat to the Toyota brand. Back and better than before The Accord hybrid...

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Social Innovation Summit brings local and national experts to Surrey September 6

Published 7/15/2018 in Surrey604 Magazine

Nearly fifty local and national experts will gather at the Surrey Social Innovation Summit on September 6th to… read more ❯
A Day Trip From Surrey, The Garibaldi Lake Hike Is My First Big Hike Ever

Published 7/15/2018 in Surrey604 Magazine

Hiking today up Garibaldi Mountain, a potentially active volcano in Brackendale BC, was both a challenge and a thrill. At over 8,700 feet elevation, the 18 kilometre return climb is being hosted by two expert hikers. They say it is doable if we take breaks, and it is so beautiful that it’s worth the effort, and the hiking trail is only accessible from July… read more ❯
Catch the action at the 2018 Surrey Lifeguard Competition

Published 7/15/2018 in Surrey604 Magazine

The City of Surrey invites spectators to the Surrey Sport & Leisure Complex and Bear Creek Pool on Saturday, July 21 for the 2018… read more ❯
Surrey Fusion Festival set to welcome a record 53 cultural pavilions

Published 7/15/2018 in Surrey604 Magazine

Surrey, BC | Surrey Fusion Festival, presented by Coast Capital Savings, will introduce 14 new… read more ❯
KPU Civic Plaza Sign Installed in Surrey Civic Plaza

Published 7/10/2018 in Surrey604 Magazine

The transformation of Surrey’s downtown city centre is quickly gaining momentum.

Civic Plaza is leading the way with a flurry of recent grand openings for Civic Hotel, Dominion Bar + Kitchen, Prado Cafe and the first annual Dominion Day outdoor concert event. Today, we saw more changes as TDH Experiential Fabricators mounted a massive new sign for Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) Civic… read more ❯