Andrew Ling

Andrew Ling

Andrew is a proud car and tech geek who has worked in Surrey for over the last 10 years. He comes from a communications/marketing background and has worked for automotive-related companies such as Edmunds.com, BenzWorld.org since 1999. From track driving, to rally driving to autocross, he has done it all! When he’s not reading about the latest automotive news, he can be found outdoors snapping pictures at various events around town.
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[REVIEW} 2019 Dodge Ram Rebel Hemi V8

Getting pickup truck owners to convert brands is an immensely difficult task. Even General Motors has somewhat of that issue between its Chevy and GMC offerings, the Silverado and Sierra. Therefore you can imagine how much more of a hill it is to climb for other competing manufacturers. Pickup truck owners continue to wage bragging rights over stats such as towing capacity, horsepower, torque, and more. Often for many buyers, the final purchase decision still comes down to brand loyalty. Therefore, for manufacturers, it’s an all-out war as the designers crack their heads to conjure up the latest innovative storage solution, increasingly more luxurious interiors, and new technological toys to improve not only ride and handling, but day-to-day safety and usability as a work vehicle. What’s new? The second, third, and forth generation Rams all featured a front-end design inspired by a big-rig with its oversized front grille. Although this...
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[REVIEW] 2019 Infiniti Q60 3.0t Luxe Coupe

The Q60 is Infiniti’s stab at the premium sports coupe market. Based on the Infiniti Q50 sedan, it has only one Japanese rival, the Lexus RC coupe. However, the field is currently crowded by European rivals such as the Audi A5 coupe, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe, as well as the venerable BMW 4-Series. Infiniti has an uphill battle as these brands currently own the lion's share of the market partly due to their upscale reputations for heritage, quality, and sportiness. What’s the appeal? These days, increasing number of luxury auto manufacturers are offering their formerly rear-wheel-drive only coupes with all-wheel-drive variants. No longer does owning a sports coupe have to be an oxymoron to the word “winter”. Just swap out the all-season or summer tires for a set of good snow tires, and you are set to go for a Canadian winter. However, two door coupes still fall into the...
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[REVIEW] 2019 Jaguar XF S

A few years ago, Jaguar was still playing to its old-world aesthetics. The S-Type sedan played on the lavish chrome, the quad circular headlamps, and the traditional leaping Jaguar hood ornament that recalled the British firm’s heyday in the 1960’s. There was no doubt that driving it could make you feel like you borrowed your great uncle’s car. Exterior When the XF made it debut in late 2007, its utter rejection of retro design was something fresh, something new, and something the world hadn’t seen before from Jaguar. It was this shake up of some of the design vestiges of the 1950s and 1960s that arguably allowed the firm to move forward with its design language. The XF has now been in its second-generation platform since 2016. For model year 2019, it gets some improvements in exterior and interior trim, as well as technology, in order to keep it competitive...
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[NEWS] Cadillac Live: A new way for Canadians to shop for Cadillacs

The US is Canada’s biggest trading partner, and conversely, Canada is the US’s second biggest trading partner (behind China). Sharing the world’s longest land border at 8,893 kms, both our countries are literally joined at the hip physically, economically, and often politically. Generally speaking, Canadians have often taken the lead of our American friends when it comes to many matters. However when it comes to the next level of car shopping experience, GM Canada has chosen Canada, and specifically their Cadillac portfolio of luxury vehicles, to pilot an all new way to bring the showroom to consumers’ personal spaces where they can relax and ask questions in a low pressure situation. What is it Cadillac Live? Recent data from Google shows that most car buyers start their research online versus through a dealership visit. Moreover, in the retail sector, 74 per cent of people will likely switch brands if they...
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[REVIEW] 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate

South Korea is among the most advanced automobile-producing countries in the world today. Did you know that the automotive industry in South Korea is the 5th largest in the world when measured by automobile unit production and automobile export volume? Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Co. has grown into the Hyundai Motor Group, with more than two dozen auto-related subsidiaries and affiliates. Hyundai Motors − which employs 900,000 worldwide, has seven manufacturing bases outside of South Korea including Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, India, Russia, Turkey and the U.S. They sold a staggering 4.4 million vehicles globally in 2012. Their latest effort, the totally redesigned 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe, signals the South Korean auto industry’s coming of age stronger and clearer than ever. State of the Union The forth generation Santa Fe competes squarely in a marketplace now filled with other midsized crossover vehicles. These crossovers blur the line between...
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[REVIEW] 2019 Lincoln Continental

The “Continental” nameplate has long been associated with the best that Lincoln has to offer, but is it still the company's flagship? Introduced in 1939 as a personal vehicle of Edsel Ford, the only child of Henry Ford, the “Continental” name referred to the exterior of the coach-built convertible having been given European “continental” styling elements such as a rear-mounted spare tire. Produced for over 55 years across nearly eight decades, as of 2019, there have been ten generations of vehicles with the “Lincoln Continental” moniker. Within the company model line itself, the Continental hasn’t always been the flagship model having served several roles from its base model sedan to flagship sedan. There was even a short-lived Continental Division back in the mid-1950s. After 2002, Lincoln withdrew the Continental, replacing it with the MKS in 2009. But in 2017, after a 14 year absence, the nameplate was revived again, this...
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[REVIEW] 2019 Acura RDX Elite

The Acura RDX is among the most affordable compact-luxury crossovers. Mildly sporty and all-new for the 2019 model year, the RDX is a lot more stylized than its predecessor which was often overlooked in the world of compact SUVs. As much as Honda would like to admit it, the Acura nameplate still lacks the respect that Audi, BMW, Mercedes, and even Lexus have. Arguably, the company has to have its products stand out even more so than its rivals, which means ensuring superb build quality and advanced technology at more affordable prices. Is the latest RDX worthy of consideration? Does it have more charisma? That’s what we’re here to find out. Third time’s the charm? This third-generation RDX is all-new from the ground up. Based on an Acura-specific platform, the RDX is the first to be designed and engineered in America, with styling design conducted in Los Angeles, California at...
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[REVIEW] 2019 Lincoln Navigator

The new Navigator is big news for Lincoln, the luxury brand best known for warmed-over Fords until just a couple of years ago. For much of the 20th century, it was Ford versus GM, or Lincoln versus Cadillac. This Detroit rivalry was a big deal. It was not just about bragging rights, but it was also about national pride in and for the US of A. America was the leader of the free world, and therefore was also supposed to be the best of the best at building luxury cars. Today, things are a bit different. After a few years of stagnation, Lincoln is mounting its strongest offensive yet as the traditional luxury car segment evolves. The Navigator is not just the largest, most opulent, and most powerful Lincoln ever; it delivers what an American luxury vehicle arguably has to be in this day and age. And Lincoln has chosen...
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[REVIEW] 2019 BMW X2 M Sport

BMW has been a major player in the SUV sector ever since the company introduced the car-like X5 back in 1999. The X5 was one of the first SUVs to blend in the practicality of an SUV, the look and feel of a premium luxury vehicle, and handling of not just any car but one worthy of being associated with the “Ultimate Driving Machine”. The X5 was one of the gold standards that helped to redefine the SUV market over the last two decades or so, but will the X2 do the same? Probably not. Nonetheless,  it does help to broaden BMW’s offerings as consumers become more discerning, and the competition continues to be more plentiful and stiffer than ever. What is it? Yes, the X2 is a new name and yet another addition in the BMW range. The X2 is an interesting addition to BMW’s lineup in that it...
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[REVIEW] 2018 Mazda6 Signature

Since its debut in 2002, the Mazda6 has been the plucky alternative family sedan. Offered with a performance turbocharged engine, all-wheel-drive, and a manual gearbox as the sole transmission offering, the Mazda6 has been the hot-handling counterpoint to stalwarts like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. But fast forward to 2019. These days, virtually any sedan you can name off the top of your head is being overwhelmed in the marketplace by crossovers and SUVs. So what happens when you become the alternative to the alternative? Third time’s the charm Credit where it’s deserved to Mazda Canada for not giving up even though it has three successful SUVs in the form of the CX-3, CX-5, and CX-9. Yet if Mazda isn't giving up on the family sedan market, it is giving in somewhat to the desires of sedan consumers. For the third time in five model years, the Mazda 6...
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[REVIEW] 2019 Infiniti QX80

Can you remember when the iPhone 4S was released by Apple? It was shipped with iOS 5, which was the first introduction of a new automated voice control system called Siri. It was also the first introduction of iCloud. Why am I writing about the iPhone 4S and the introduction of Siri and iCloud? Because the year was 2011 and that was when Infiniti first introduced their full-sized body-on-frame QX56 luxo-SUV. Yup, it was actually that long ago...when Siri was first introduced to the world. Amazing! In 2016, the outgoing model actually accounted for about nine per cent of Infiniti’s global sales, with more than 20,708 units sold globally. Rebadged as the QX80 a few years ago, Infiniti’s largest vehicle rumbled along relatively unchanged. However, it received an exterior refresh for 2018 and yes is still one of the few big luxurious yachts still available to two up to 8,500...
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[REVIEW] 2019 Volkswagen Jetta

Fun fact. Did you know that the Jetta was originally created due to the tastes of North American customers? When the Volkswagen Golf was launched North America markets in 1979, it enjoyed considerable success. However, the company noticed that the hatchback design of the Golf didn’t appeal to American customers who still preferred the traditional three-box configuration of the sedan. Therefore, the solution was to have the Volkswagen stylists essentially graft a trunk onto the Golf’s tail so as to produce a larger saloon/sedan. In not too long of a duration, the Jetta became one of the best-selling European cars in the USA, Canada, and Mexico, and still remains popular in Europe. Sharing is Caring Volkswagen spent much of the (previous) sixth-generation Jetta’s era undoing the harm it did by decontenting the model back when it was last redesigned in 2011. Yes, prices were slashed, but it was done as...
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[REVIEW] 2018 Honda Civic Type R

“What’s the big deal about this car? It looks fast even when parked because of that crazy big wing”, says my neighbour, owner of a fully-loaded 2016 Honda Accord V6 Touring. He’s someone whom I’d like to think of as an example of the typical bread-and-butter Canadian Honda customer. There are Honda Civic fans and then there are JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) Honda Civic Type R fans. The Civic Type R has actually been around since 1997, originally based on the 6th generation Civic known as the EK9. Previous Type R’s were not available in North America, and the very first Civic Type R had a lot of bespoke go-fast bits such as a hand-ported engine, front limited slip differential, and a close ratio gearbox. The engine, known as the B16B, boasted one of the highest ratios of power output per litre at the time. The chassis was also different...
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[REVIEW] 2019 Honda Clarity Touring Plug-in Hybrid

You’ve probably heard the old adage before: “Don’t judge a book by its cover”, or “It’s what’s on the inside that counts”. Perhaps there is no other vehicle in the Honda line-up that resembles these statements other than the Honda Clarity. Looking like a vehicular muckbang between the cars in RoboCop, a Citreon SM, the first-generation Honda Insight hybrid, and the Honda Accord, the Clarity certainly won’t be mistaken for anything else on the road. What is it? The all-new Clarity series, led by the Clarity Plug-In, is at the forefront of Honda's initiative to bring electrified vehicle technology into the mainstream. The bigger picture here is they Honda is aiming for electrified vehicles to make up two-thirds of its global automobile sales by 2030. Those who still profess that true Japanese-built cars are higher in build quality will rejoice that all Clarity models are manufactured in Honda's Saitama factory...
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[REVIEW] 2018 BMW 640i GT

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s the BMW 6-Series GT. In all seriousness, the new BMW 6-Series GT is neither a sedan, a crossover, or an SUV. You may be wondering whether the 6 GT, which bears an immediate resemblance to the 5-Series, is just a stretched 5-Series. Or perhaps a shorter version of the flagship 7-Series. The answer is both. But as Aristotle said, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. What is it? The 640i Gran Turismo replaces the awkward ugly duckling that was the 5-Series Gran Turismo. That beast looked ungainly from almost every angle where as the 6 GT represents a quantum improvement in the looks department. Is it as eye catching as the 4-Series or 6-Series Gran Coupé? Perhaps not, as it does look slightly awkward still from some angles largely due to how practical it is. But more on that...
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