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Nissan and Italdesign Present a 710 Horsepower GT-R concept

The GT-R50 concept is the product of a special collaboration between Nissan and Italdesign to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Japanese racing car and the Italian firm. The result, spectacular in every respect, unveils a 3.8-litre V6 biturbo engine with 710 horsepower.

Tesla Asks Extra $2,500 From Those Who Booked a Model 3

Customers who reserved a Tesla Model 3 were informed by the company that they could now order their model, but that they had to submit another $2,500 to do so. This exercise required by Tesla aims to enable it to achieve it's promise of profitability by the end of this year.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto: Safer Than Manufacturer's Systems

The AAA organization conducted a study to see if the Apple CarPlay and Andoid Auto applications were more effective than those offered by the manufacturers. The results are clear; it takes less time to complete tasks with these popular apps than with similar systems offered by vehicle manufacturers.

BMW 1 Series Sedan Arrives in North America

The sedan version of the BMW 1 Series, a FWD model, will make a return to North America arriving in Mexico. The model, which shares its foundations with the MINI Cooper, will benefit from three and four cylinder engines. For now, we do not know if the United States and Canada are in the manufacturer's future plans.

EcoRun Final Results

It took a few hours for the Ecorun team to unravel all the data from the vehicles that participated in the event.

Ram Will Offer 2019 Ram 1500 Classic Edition

Ram will offer two generations of it's Ram pickup truck until the end of the year. The one we have known since 2009 will be renamed the 1500 Classic. These trucks will be offered at better prices and are intended primarily for commercial use. Production of these models will continue throughout the end of 2018.

Review of the 2018 Honda Civic Si

As a performance car, the 2018 Honda Civic Si has had some of its thunder stolen by the more explosive – some would say more dangerous as well! – Civic Type R. But you can drive the Civic Si all year, in all situations. We review the 2018 edition of a pocket rocket for “adults”.

Audi Recalls 139,000 A6 and A7

On some types of seats used, the module used to detect the presence of a passenger may not communicate well with the air bag deployment system. In the event of a mishap, the front passenger risks serious injury should a collision occur. Models A6 and A7, as well as their respective variants S6, S7 and RS7, are affected by the notice.

Review of the 2018 Mazda6

The prevailing winds currently buffeting the automotive industry are winds of change. Electric and hybrid mobility, autonomous driving, new safety technologies, uncertainty regarding diesel engines, toughening emissions standards, etc.: manufacturers have a lot of fast-changing variables to keep track of simultaneously.

2018 EcoRun, Day 3

On the third and last of 2018 EcoRun, we head onto a number of scenic secondary roads, which vacationers use to reach their favourite beach spots.

First Drive of the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace

The first electric Jaguar makes you reconsider your old assumptions. We took a first drive in the new 2019 Jaguar I-PACE in the gorgeous Algarve region of Portugal, and discovered an able, sporty electric SUV that does what you need it to, with style and verve.

2018 EcoRun, Day 2 The Sequel

For the afternoon stage of day 2 of our EcoRun, I’m scheduled to drive the new Chevrolet Bolt. But organizers see the battery did not get fully charged when plugged in at the station, and worry I might not make it to destination…

2018 EcoRun, Day 2

The 2018 EcoRun got under way for real this morning in the centre of Moncton, New Brunswick. The city’s mayor, Dawn Arnold, and the provincial minister of finance, Cathy Rodgers, were both on hand to wave the green flag in front of City Hall to signal the start of the run...

2018 EcoRun, Day 1

The seventh edition of the annual EcoRun sees a handful of journalists belonging to the AJAC (Automobile Journalists’ Association of Canada) put to the test some 20 vehicles labeled eco-friendly by their manufacturer. Day 1, destination Moncton!

Review of the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R

The most explosive of VW’s widely beloved Golf models, the Golf R gets a slight design tweak and some upgrades to the suspension and other mechanical components for 2018, but it still does what a Golf does best: Get you around, with a smile plastered on your face. Here’s our review.

Cadillac’s Super Cruise Self-Driving System, Explored

Whether you’re in favour or not, vehicles able to drive mostly autonomously are about to become a reality. We recently put Cadillac’s Super Cruise system to the test at a special event, and lived to tell the tale of an impressive, bug-free system, which works within certain well-defined limits.

Patent images of the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Surface Online

Images showing the Gran Coupe version of the upcoming new BMW 8 Series have been revealed online. The sketches are design registration by the Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property destined for the patent office. They reveal, among other things, that a convertible edition is in the works.

New 2019 Volvo S60 Makes Official Debut

Volvo today lifted the veil officially on its all-new 2019 Volvo S60 at the plant in South Carolina where the model will be assembled. According to the manufacturer, it will be one of the most exciting models the carmaker has ever produced…

The new 2019 Jeep Renegade, In Pictures

Discover newly published images of the new 2019 Jeep Renegade, in the incarnation that European consumers will be buying as of this fall. Still, we expect that the Renegade offered in North America will be pretty nearly identical.

Details Known for the 2019 Mazda MX-5

We now know more details regarding the new 2019 Mazda MX-5 roadster, which will be available to Canadian consumers this summer. Mazda says the new edition of its little convertible will offer more power and improved performance.

New 2019 Audi A1 Sportback Revealed

Audi releases first images of the new 2019 next-gen edition of its luxury pocket rocket, the Audi A1 Sportback, which is unfortunately not sold here even though we think it would a be great match for our small-car-loving Canadian market. Might this pint-sized, four-ringed city car eventually find its way here?

Cadillac Announces $175 M investment into future production of… sedans

The CT4 and CT5 sedans can’t come soon enough for Cadillac. These will be the replacements for the current ATS, CTS and XTS models in the carmaker’s lineup, and they will be built at the Grand River plant in Michigan. GM’s luxury division has just announced it is putting $175 million into modernizing that facility.

Toyota Will Make a 986-HP Supercar

986 horsepower in a street-legal production car. With the Toyota badge on it. The Japanese manufacturer has confirmed that it will develop a production car based on Toyota Gazoo Racing’s GR Super Sport concept, unveiled at the last Tokyo Auto Show.

BMW Unveils New 8 Series Coupe

20 years after it left the catalogue, the BMW 8 Series is making its return this year. The automaker has just released official images of the top-of-the-range 535-hp 8 Series M850i xDrive.

Review of the 2018 Ford Explorer Sport

Ford tinkers but doesn’t massively alter its Ford Explorer SUV for 2018. Can it withstand strong competition from its class rivals like the Jeep Grand Cherokee. We review one of the cornerstones of Ford’s new SUV/truck-focused lineup.

Gasoline Prices Driving Sales of Electric Cars in Canada

Since the start of 2018, sales of electric cars are on the rise, and a good part of the reason lies in the numbers currently displayed at gas stations. Perhaps the most dramatic example is the popular Nissan LEAF, which has already set a new record for annual sales… in just five months.

2019 Kia Sorento: First (Canadian) Drive

The 2019 Sorento is a spacious compact SUV that definitely offers more than do the others in its class. Given the generous list of standard equipment it comes with, and even though it’s not the most luxurious or sporty model in its category, it merits a spot on buyers’ short lists. We took it for a first drive.

2018 Nissan Kicks First Drive

With the arrival of the Kicks, Nissan adds to its offer and fills the gap left by the departure of the Juke. While the newcomer does not directly replace the one that left us, it delivers similar driving dynamics.

Volvo Teases early images of new 2019 S60

Early images of the upcoming new 2019 Volvo S60 have been posted online ahead of the official launch on June 20. The short video reveals a frontal view and an overhead shot of the model, which gets its official launch at the automaker’s assembly plant in South Carolina.

Future of the Lexus IS and GS sedans Unclear

Lexus has two aging sedans on its roster that are overdue for a refresh. But the ravages being wreaked on the sedan market by the SUV juggernaut means that Toyota’s luxury division is having to do some hard thinking about the future of its IS and GS models, which did so much to burnish the brand’s image.

Spontaneously Combusting Kias and Hyundais? NHTSA Inquiry Requested

The Center for Auto Safety, an independent American non-profit organization, has asked the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) to investigate reports of an unusually high number of spontaneous fires that have occurred in certain Hyundai models, notably the Sonata and Santa Fe, and some Kia models, specifically the Optima and Sorento.

GMC Presents the Graphite Editions of its 2019 Yukon

GMC has announced Graphite Editions of its upcoming 2019 Yukon SUV, set to hit the market this summer. They will benefit from esthetic and mechanical modifications to set them apart from the regular edition of the large utility model.

The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Will Get a Boost in Power

Mazda announced the changes it will be making for 2019 update of its Mazda MX-5, the current generation of which debuted in 2016. The changes announced by the company are for the Japanese edition of the model, but it is expected they will be repeated in the North American version.

Review of the 2018 BMW X3 M40i

We test out the 2018 BMW X3 M40i, an SUV, or we should say SAV (Sport Activity Vehicle), that comes about as close as an SUV can to delivering a sports car type of driving experience.

Tesla To Cut 9% of its Workforce

An internal email sent by Elon Musk brought more difficult news down on the heads of Tesla personnel today: some 3,300 salaried employees will lose their jobs at the company. The cuts represent 9% of the automaker’s total workforce.

Porsche Mission E to be Called Taycan

Porsche’s new all-electric supercar, known since its introduction as a concept as the Mission E, will take the name of Taycan when it rolls into dealerships next year. The new model will get two electric motors working simultaneously to deliver the equivalent of 600 hp.

Next BMW Z4 Gets Early Reveal

The BMW Z4 won’t get its official reveal until the fall, but early images have surfaced thanks to Dutch website Auto Week. The images show a product quite similar in look to the concept, although its lines have been softened.

Porsche Cayenne Will Get Coupe Version

A coupe version of the Cayenne will be added to the Porsche catalogue as of fall 2019. It will be performance-focused and offer variants delivering 440 and 550 hp. The model will be tasked with competing against the BMX X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe.

GM and Honda Announce Partnership to Develop New Batteries

GM and Honda are teaming together to work towards developing and building a new generation of batteries for electric vehicles. General Motors will handle production, while Honda, already well into the process of developing solid-state batteries, will be called on to share its expertise.

Review of the 2018 Mazda MX-5 RF

We spend two rejuvenating weeks with the brand-new 2018 Mazda MX-5 RF; the former Miata delivers excitement, driving pleasure and enjoyment of the open, early-summer air. Here’s our review!

2019 Acura RDX First Drive

Acura invited a few members of the automotive press to beautiful Vancouver Island take part in the Canadian launch of its new 2019 RDX, the compact SUV now on its third generation.

2019 Porsche Macan: First Details

Autocar magazine got hold of a pre-production version of the redesigned 2019 Porsche Macan, and came away impressed particularly by the Turbo variant, which gets a new powertrain delivering more power than available to the previous model.

$70 million for a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO

A buyer has just paid $70 million for a rare 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO, of which only 39 were produced, breaking the record for most money ever paid for a car. The previous record was $52 million, paid in 2013 to acquire another Ferrari 250 GTO.

A Second Image of the Future Model Y from Tesla

For its next trick, Tesla plans to produce a compact SUV, dubbed the Model Y, which could see the light of day in March 2019. Yesterday Elon Musk revealed a new teaser image and a few details of the vehicle during his company’s annual shareholders’ meeting.

Hyundai Presents Grandmaster SUV Concept

Hyundai will be introducing a full-size SUV next year, and it has just provided an advance look of that model with its presentation of the Grandmaster concept at the Busan auto show in South Korea.

Our future licence plates could be digital… and show ads

New digital licence plates will be tested in a pilot project in the city of Sacramento, California. The system can in theory display all sorts of information in addition to a vehicle’s licence plate number, such as Amber or weather alerts, public service messages, or even… ads. If approved, the plates would retail for $699.

2019 Jeep Renegade Unveiled in Turin

Jeep today unveiled its new 2019 Jeep Renegade at the Turin auto show. The small utility model retains its square format but benefits from several styling and design updates.

Review of the 2018 BMW X1

We review the 2018 BMW X1, runt of the company’s growing SUV/crossover litter. Small(ish) it may be, but its strong driving dynamics, user-friendly interior and good sightlines help the X1 hold its own against some mighty big guns in the category.

Best Family Cars in 2018? Here They Are!

Edmunds has teamed up with Parents Magazine to rate which vehicles models come out on top for serving families’ needs. Today they published their list of the top 10 family cars for 2018. Expecting a lot of utility models in there?

Rent a Porsche for an Hour, a Day or a Week

Porsche has just inaugurated a new program for short-term rentals of Porsche models, a first in Canada. The Porsche Drive program offers motorists in the Montreal region the possibility or renting a Porsche for as little as one hour or as much as one week.

Audi Finally Reveals the Whole Q8

We’ve had the sketches showing the front and rear sections. Now the new Audi Q8 goes Full Monty, via a series of photos that provide a full-in, 360 look of the SUV. In doing so Audi also reveals the future design signature the German automaker will be using.

Return of the Viper? Forget it… For Now

It wasn’t selling and therefore it wasn’t profitable. In a nutshell, this is why the Viper is gone and won’t be back in the near-term, according to Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, who put an end to rumours of the model being revived.

Redesigned Next-Gen Mazda3 Could Debut at LA Auto Show

The redesigned next generation of the Mazda3 could make its official debut this fall at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It’s expected that the new edition will closely resemble the Kai concept unveiled by the manufacturer last year in Japan.

Chrysler and Dodge Will Survive… For Now

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne announced on Friday that both Dodge and Chrysler have a future on the automotive market, but will be consigned to specific niches and must operate within set parameters… and budgets.

Alfa Romeo’s iconic 8C and GTV Models to be Reborn

The five-year plans presented by FCA late last week included a focus on developing the Alfa Romeo banner, starting with the reintroduction of two iconic models from the Italian brand, the 8C and the GTV, or Gran Turismo Veloce.

Review of the 2018 Mazda CX-9

We take a road trip with the family in the spacious and versatile new 2018 Mazda CX-9, a three row SUV whose standard features include some of that zoom-zoom spirit so unique to Mazda vehicles! Here’s our review.

Top 10 SUV Concepts that are fully electric… or almost!

Our Top 10 list of electric-powered SUVs still in concept form (but moving rapidly to production) illustrate an industry-wide transformation resulting from two major trends converging: the exploding popularity of utility models and the growth in electric-mobility technologies.

FCA Will Pour Billions into Electrifying its Vehicle Portfolio

Via its CEO Sergio Marchionne, FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) announced on Friday that it was undertaking a vast process of electrification of its products, and would be committing $10.5 billion USD to make it happen. By 2020, 30 models belonging to the company’s different banners will be electrified in some form or other.

Prices and details for the 2019 Acura RDX!

Fresh off its world premiere in March at the Vancouver and New York auto shows, the 2019 Acura RDX will arrive at Canadian dealerships this coming June 15. Today Honda Canada announced pricing and details for the SUV.

FCA Announces Five-Year Plans for Jeep, RAM, other Brands

Presenting his last major set of plans before his retirement next April, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne and his team outlined plans for Jeep, RAM, Maserati and Alfa Romeo, what he termed the brands that account for most of the company’s earnings. No mention of Chrysler or Fiat… yet.

Last Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Comes off Production Line

The very last Dodge Challenger SRT Demon to be built, and which was just completed at FCA’s assembly plant in Brampton, Ontario, will head straight for the auction house. It will be sold to the highest bidder in a package with the very last Dodge Viper, which rolled off the production line in August 2017.

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