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2016 Lincoln MKX spied in production form

Posted Dec 22nd 2014 2:00PM

Lincoln MKX spy shots

We're getting our first quality look at the next-generation Lincoln MKX in production guise thanks to these fresh spy shots, and they suggest styling that hews very closely to the concept from earlier this year.

Compared to the showcar, the headlights aren't quite as well integrated into the grille, but these LED units still attempt to nicely wrap the split-wing grille across the entire face of the vehicle. Beyond that, the two vehicles quite similar, though. The shape of the lower air dam is practically identical – just with some extra plastic for the production version. The hint of a character line running down the side also makes the resemblance easy to spot, despite this tester's polka-dot camouflage. At the rear, the taillights stretch across the hatch with integrated exhaust outlets below. Even the twin-spoke wheels are comparable to the concept.

Also, look carefully at these spy shots, and you can notice Lincoln apparently testing two different trims. One has LED headlights with front and rear parking sensors (pictured above), and the other shows projector lights with the sensors only at the rear.

The next-gen MKX will launch in 2015 and will be the first model in Lincoln's lineup to benefit from the deal with Harman to use its high-end Revel audio system. Check out the gallery to get a mildly camouflaged sneak preview of the company's future luxury crossover.

Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive

1964 Honda SM600 roadster gets elemental in Jay Leno's Garage

Posted Dec 22nd 2014 1:00PM

Honda has made a handful of sports cars in the past, with examples like the Acura NSX and Honda S2000 standing as noteworthy examples. But before either of them came along, there was the Honda S600. And Jay Leno has a beautiful example from 1964 in his garage for this latest video installment.

The inspiration for the new JDM S660, the original S600 came out in 1964 – which just happened to be the same year that Honda broke into Formula One. And you can hear that relationship when the dual-chain-drive 600cc inline-four revs up to its 9,500-rpm redline. It may not have had the power of contemporary British roadsters from MG and Triumph, but it had plenty of character.

When Leno got a hold of this one – a top spec SM model – he and his team took it apart nut and bolt, powder-coated the chassis, resprayed the body and put it all back together better than new. But you'll want to hear Jay tell the story himself in this fifteen-minute video clip.

News Source: Jay Leno's Garage via YouTube

2015 Aston Martin Vanquish

Posted Dec 22nd 2014 12:00PM

Driveline Updates Make For A Really Special Package, But Is That Enough?

There's something really special about an Aston Martin Vanquish. It's not my favorite model in the British automaker's range – I'm more of a Vantage guy, if I'm being choosy. But every time I drive one, I feel like I'm driving a piece of royalty, nevermind the US$300,000 price tag. It's stunning to look at, even in the rather drab shade of gray pictured here. It makes an absolutely killer noise, the free-breathing V12 firing from beneath the hood and out the back with a truly intoxicating sound. And from behind the wheel, it feels like a truly proper grand tourer. Well, almost.

The one major hiccup with the Vanquish I drove last year was its six-speed automatic transmission. In a word, it was awful. Really jarring shifts, delayed manual control through the paddles, and really, just a hugely misaligned piece of an otherwise excellent puzzle. So I was happy to hear that for 2015, Aston Martin had fitted a new, ZF-sourced, eight-speed unit – you know, the transmission being used by automakers like BMW, Jaguar, Audi, and many more. I normally have zero issues with this silky gearbox. But in the Vanquish, it wasn't smooth sailing like I expected – it feels like it still needs some final calibrations. But that doesn't make this car any less special.

Image Credit: Copyright 2014 Steven J. Ewing / AOL

2015 Dodge Challenger crash test results slip from last year's model

Posted Dec 22nd 2014 11:00AM

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released the results of its latest round of crash testing, announcing that the 2015 Dodge Challenger has netted a five-star overall crash rating. Of course, Chrysler won't want us to tell you this, but that NHTSA overall rating is not the whole story here.

As The Car Connection so astutely points out, five-star rating aside, the refreshed 2015 Challenger actually performed worse than when it was tested back in 2013. The V6-powered SXT model tested by NHTSA in this latest round of testing was only able to record a four-star rating in its frontal crash test, while it nailed a five-star rating in the side-impact test. The 2013 Challenger managed a five-star rating in the frontal test.

Of course, while this rating is a sign of overall good news for Challenger fans, the car, as TCC argues, has yet to be tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It'll be interesting to see if these NHTSA ratings translate to an IIHS Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick Plus.

Scroll down for the full press release from FCA.

News Source: Dodge, The Car Connection

Image Credit: Dodge

Meet the safest new cars of 2014

Posted Dec 22nd 2014 10:00AM

After looking at the this list of the Safest Crossovers and SUVs of 2014, the crash-rating experts at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has recenty released its list of Safest New Cars for 2014.

While the best way to survive a collision is clearly to avoid it altogether, this list features the world's safest small, midsize and luxury cars based on their respective IIHS crash test performance and safety rating results.

Click here to find out the safest new cars on the road.

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News Source: IIHS

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Montreal woman gets 90 days in jail for duck-stopping deaths

Posted Dec 22nd 2014 9:00AM

A woman who caused a fatal accident while stopping to rescue a flock of ducklings on a Canadian freeway has been sentenced to 90 days in jail. Her driving license was also suspended for 10 years and she'll be forced to perform 240 hours of community service.

Emma Czornobaj, 26, made headlines when she stopped her car in the left lane of a highway south of Montreal to rescue the waterfowl. She was found guilty of two counts of criminal negligence causing death after the motorcycle of 50-year-old André Roy crashed into her at anywhere between 100 to 120 kilometres per hour. Roy's daughter Jessica, who was riding on the back, was also killed in the incident.

While she faced up to 14 years in jail, Crown prosecutors were only seeking a nine-month sentence, along with the 240 hours of community service, the CBC reports. The 90-day sentence was a compromise.

Czornobaj is appealing the conviction.

News Source: CBC

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2016 Cadillac CTS-V arrives with 640 hp, 320-km/h top speed

Posted Dec 22nd 2014 8:00AM

Most Powerful Cadillac Ever Prepares To Storm Detroit Auto Show

Ask the company's executive team, and they'll tell you "this is the maximum Cadillac V-Series." It's the 2016 CTS-V sedan, and it packs the very best of what's possible at Cadillac. And the company says it doesn't think "anyone thought it was possible that we could push [the CTS-V] this far."

The big news is what's underhood: General Motors' supercharged, 6.2-litre LT4 V8, tuned to 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque. That's 10 hp and 20 lb-ft less than the monstrous Corvette Z06, and the result is the most powerful car Cadillac has ever produced. With rear-wheel drive, launch control and the eight-speed automatic transmission (sorry, folks – no more manual transmission here), Cadillac says the 2016 CTS-V will sprint to 60 miles per hour (96 km/h) in just 3.7 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 320 km/h (200 miles per hour).

Naturally, Cadillac's engineers say they have tuned the CTS-V to ensure it can put all that power to the ground with the most precision and poise possible. That starts with the excellent Magnetic Ride Control active damping system (with a claimed 40-percent increase in responsiveness)and a 25-per cent increase in structural stiffness that should improve overall handling and steering. What's more, a high-performance Brembo brake package comes standard, as do 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in seriously sticky Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires that will reportedly offer 1g in lateral acceleration.

News Source: Cadillac

Image Credit: Live photos copyright 2014 Steven J. Ewing / AOL

12 Awesome cars we loved driving this year

Posted Dec 21st 2014 8:00PM

Here at Autoblog Canada we get to jump behind the wheel of some amazing cars, trucks and pretty much anything awesome involving a few wheels and an engine. As we get set to say goodbye to yet another great year of test drives and car reviews, our team decided to round up the 12 Awesome Cars We Loved Driving in 2014.

Click on the respective photos below to see which dirty dozen had us wishing for more seat time and fighting over the keys.

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Hyundai's bizarre pooping robot baby pitches new Sonata

Posted Dec 21st 2014 6:00PM

Hyundai is taking auto advertising to some very odd places with its latest commercial, called Exobaby, and starring a computer-generated robo-toddler. And yes, robot babies still make a doodoo now and again, it seems. There are certainly some very weird auto ads out there, but Hyundai's new challenger is entering the ring with this absolutely bizarre Exobaby commercial for the latest Sonata.

Blending inspiration from the video game Mega Man, the classic 1970s TV show The Six Million Dollar Man and a waking nightmare, Exobaby falls very deeply into the uncanny valley. Its proportions and movement come off as just slightly distorted, and the result is a baby that's more creepy than cute for this ad. Things get even odder just a few seconds in when the robo-toddler poops.

Ostensibly, the Exobaby ad is supposed to show off all of the high-tech features on the Sonata, but many viewers are just going to be left trying to figure out what they're watching. If you need just over a minute of weird advertising to lift your day, then this Hyundai commercial must be seen.

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News Source: HyundaiWorldwide via YouTube

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