Monthly Archives: January 2015

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Deadmau5’s Partner Not Happy About Nyanborghini Purracan

Uh oh! Canadian DJ Deadmau5 has plans to replace his “Purrari” Ferrari 458 and his partner isn’t too pleased. Deadmau5’s Purrari hit the news last year when his sales listing was taken down by overzealous moderators, only to be picked up by autoTRADER.ca. Soon after that, Ferrari’s sense of humour department had a meltdown and…

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The WinterContact Si (stands for Snow and ice) is designed to offer superior grip in snow and slush and a quiet, fuel-saving ride on dry pavement. Its ice braking is superior to the outgoing Extreme Winter Contact, say Continental engineers.

Winter Tire Report: Continental WinterContact Si

People who know of Big Sky, Montana think of crisp mountain air, brilliant blue skies and pristine snow. Skiers are attracted to the location’s magnificent runs; auto journalists wondered how we were going to test Continental’s WinterContact Si there. Tags: continental, safety, slideshow, tire review, winter, winter driving, winter tire, winter tiresShare

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Today, a few machines go above and beyond to deliver a driving atmosphere that does just that: whether it’s by way of ultra-modern design, futuristic features or advanced interfaces. Here’s a closer look at some of our favourite rides with cabins that were once the stuff of science fiction. They might not be quite as slick as this 2006 Saab Aero X concept, but let’s see how close we’re getting.

The Best Futuristic Automotive Interiors

Owning an actual spaceship is a ridiculous idea. Largely, that’s because spaceships are difficult to park, conspicuous, and prohibitively pricey to fuel and insure. Plus, full-throttle operation vaporizes anything within a half-mile radius, and all of your fellow motorists will know you’re a great big geek. Tags: audi, bmw, cadillac, chrysler, design, kia, lincoln, porsche,…

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The world can be a dangerous, scary place sometimes. It’s gotten to the point where even the high-profile, high-paid and high-power elite among us can’t safely drive down the street anymore. Luckily for them, the automotive world has a solution.  Be they factory-direct passenger cars, highly modified aftermarket fit outs, or ground-up, all-out assault vehicles, these are some of the biggest, baddest and best of the world’s armoured vehicles.

Armoured Cars of the World

The world can be a dangerous, scary place sometimes. It’s gotten to the point where even the high-profile, high-paid and high-power elite among us can’t safely drive down the street anymore. Luckily for them, the automotive world has a solution. Be they factory-direct passenger cars, highly modified aftermarket fit outs, or ground-up, all-out assault vehicles,…

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Is this the moment, in 1977's the Spy Who Loved Me, when the Bond franchise jumped the shark? There's nothing wrong with the car, of course, but when Bond drives it into the lake, and the tires turn into fins, basically having the car transform into a submarine, it did become a little harder to suspend disbelief. I mean, it's only a short step from here to having him drive Optimus Prime.

James Bond’s Coolest Cars

For Daniel Craig’s next outing, set to be released in Nov. 2015, Aston Martin created a custom model in order to celebrate the golden anniversary of their relationship. There have been many Bond cars, but these are the coolest. Tags: 007, Aston Martin, bmw, db10, dbs, Ford, James Bond, lotus, marketing, movie, rolls royce, slideshow,…

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The Rebel uses a similar formula to the Power Wagon but in a light duty package. Slightly raised suspension, bigger tires, skid plates, and other off-road gear make this the truck you want to be in when travelling the road less taken.

Trucks Take Over Detroit Auto Show

If you go to the Detroit Auto Show this week and only look at the trucks, you might be mistaken for thinking it’s SEMA in Las Vegas instead. With the number of factory custom trucks with serious off-road capabilities and street-savvy style, Detroit has turned into the North American International Truck Show. The all-new Ford F-150…

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The engine under the hood is the same 5.0L found in the RC F and does arrive with a horsepower advantage over its Bavarian counterpart, yet it is down significantly when it comes to torque (the BMW M5 cranks out 479 lb-ft). Power is sent to the rear wheels by way of an eight-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting capabilities.

2015 North American International Auto Show Highlights: Day 2

Article and photos by Brendan McAleer and Mark Stevenson, additional photos courtesy of the manufacturers We couldn’t pack all the goodness of the North American International Auto Show into just one slideshow. And honestly, we’ve seen more new vehicles than we can shake a stick at, but these are the cream of the crop. These…

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Sweet mother of Ayrton Senna, here’s the production NSX, finally revealed. Three separate electric motors (one on the drivetrain and two up front) combine with a twin-turbocharged, longitudinally mounted V6 for a total power output that Acura claims is “North of 550 hp.” Helloooo.

2015 North American International Auto Show Highlights: Day 1

Article and photos by Brendan McAleer and Mark Stevenson, additional photos courtesy of the manufacturers Sure, January 1 was two weeks ago, but when you’re talking about cars, it’s the North American International Auto Show in Detroit that marks the beginning of a new year. Running now through to January 25, this is the show…

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Arguably one of the two most famous cars in TV history, the Batmobile was a modified version of a 1955 one-off concept car called the Lincoln Futura. Given a distinctive glossy paint job with cherry-red stripes – oh, and a rocket thruster on the back – it became a legend in its own time, and its popularity remains undiminished 40 years later. Two years ago it sold at auction for more than $4 million.

Top Picks: Iconic TV Cars

Oddly, when compiling a list of iconic TV cars, you realize that the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s provided numerous choices, but the last few years have been disappointingly barren… that means it’s time for a comeback! Tags: batman, cadillac, cartoon, chevrolet, Dodge, ferrari, Ford, GMC, lincoln, pontiac, slideshow, television, volkswagenShare

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2015 Chrysler 300

2015 Chrysler 300: 7 Things You Need to Know

Chrysler invited us to Austin, Texas to test the third-gen 2015 Chrysler 300. The brand’s full-size sedan soldiers on with the distinctive three-box profile that’s helped make the model one of the bestselling domestic full-size sedans of the last few years. Styling is one area that Chrysler got right from the beginning, so they didn’t…

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2014 Ford F-150 STX SuperCrew

Best-Selling Vehicles of 2014

Car sales have returned to record levels, with more Canadians buying all manner of new vehicles in 2014. This despite ever-tightening budgets, rising average MSRPs, and – at least until December – high fuel prices. Overall, Canadians were pretty boring, though, with few surprises in our choices for transportation. We start with the top five…

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