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Ford demonstrates Mustang's new Line Lock burnout feature

  • Ford demonstrates Mustang's new Line Lock burnout feature
  • Audi TT Offroad Concept packs 408 hybrid horsepower punch
  • Editors' Choice: Top Five 2014 New York Auto Show Debuts [w/video]
  • BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept is bold and beautiful in Beijing

Chris Harris explains why the world's best car is... the Citroën 2CV?

Posted Apr 22nd 2014 8:00PM

Screencap of Drive Channel's Chris Harris driving his favorite car, a Citroen 2CV

Most recently we've seen Chris Harris in the driver's seat of a Jaguar F-Type, a McLaren P1 prototype and a Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG. And outside the car, there was his indignation over the demonization of the Porsche Carrera GT after Paul Walker's death. So you might not expect him to say of a 1957 Citroën 2CV with all of 12 horsepower, "it's the antidote to all the modern stuff I drive."

That's only the beginning of the hosannas, Harris going on to call the runabout designed to carry two farmers and 50 kilograms of potatoes at 60 km/h "the most interesting car I have or ever will own." What?! Well, we could tell you why, but it sounds so much more distinguished when he does it. So you can watch him do so in the video below. Unsurprisingly, not a single drift was given that day.

News Source: Drive via YouTube

Petrolicious finds an oasis of Chevy SS models in the desert

Posted Apr 22nd 2014 7:00PM

1972 Chevelle SS

The things we are interested in while young often grow into passions later in life. Take Mark Lundquist for example, whose car collection is highlighted in a new video from Petrolicious. Out of high school in the late 1960s, he worked at a gas station and filled up many of the era's most prized muscle cars. He wanted one but couldn't afford it until years later after his kids went to college. Now, he finally has his dream collection, which includes two classic Chevrolet Super Sports.

First, there is a sleeper '65 Malibu SS with a fuel-injected 502-cubic-inch Chevy big block crate engine, making 502 horsepower and 567 pound-feet for torque hiding under the hood. The car might not scream out about its power at first glance, but it has enough muscle to hit Lundquist in the head with the sun visor whenever he gets on the throttle.

His other SS is a '72 Chevelle. He bought it bone stock with a 402-cubic-inch big block engine. Since the purchase, Lundquist redid the interior and had it painted, but he kept it otherwise as it left the factory. Both cars reside in a special garage full of automotive memorabilia in Joshua Tree, CA. If you're a fan of big 'ole American muscle, then scroll down to check out the video.

News Source: Petrolicious via YouTube

Beijing first to see next-gen Chevy Cruze

Posted Apr 22nd 2014 6:00PM

Chevy Cruze Chinese Market

Chevrolet may have just introduced a slight styling refresh and new tech for the North American Cruze at the New York Auto Show, but Shanghai GM, General Motor's Chinese joint venture partner, has gone a step further, unveiling an all-new generation of the popular compact at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show.

The Chinese-market Cruze has sleeker frontal styling with inspiration from the Chevy Tru 140S Concept. The headlights are more pointed and dip down into the two-tier grille. Overall, the sedan has more aggressive lines and a coupe-like roofline. Power for the new version is provided by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder or 1.4-litre, direct-injected turbocharged four, and Chinese buyers can choose among a seven-speed dual-clutch, six-speed manual or six-speed automated manual as gearbox options. GM Shanghai claims the latest model is good for a 14-21 per cent improvement in fuel economy.

Chevy authorities in China tell Autoblog Canada that North American customers will eventually get a new model based on this architecture, but it won't look exactly like what you see here – in fact, it will almost certainly ride on a longer wheelbase, among other changes.

Why introduce the model in Beijing? The Cruze has been a hot seller in China for years – GM has sold over one million units in the market – and the model has been on sale in the Middle Kingdom significantly longer than it has been available in North America. What's more, the C-segment cars like the Cruze are China's most popular vehicle type, enjoying nearly 50 per cent marketshare. Said another way, China's due for a new generation.

Scroll down for the more details in the press release.

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Image Credit: Live photos copyright 2014 Chris Paukert / AOL

Peugeot 2008 DKR aiming for Dakar, makes detour to Beijing

Posted Apr 22nd 2014 5:00PM

Peugeot 2008 DKR

Peugeot is no stranger to dirt-oriented motorsports, but with the 2008 DKR, the French automaker is striking out in a different direction than the rally stages of Europe. Instead, it has placed aim squarely on the notorious Dakar Rally, arguably one of the most grueling, demanding and dangerous (and longest) races on the planet.

The race has been dominated the past few years by the X-Raid team and its wildly modified Mini Countryman rally cars. Peugeot is aiming to change that, teaming with Red Bull (arch-rival of X-Raid's main sponsor, Monster Energy) and parking two-time World Rally champion Carlos Sainz in the driver's seat.

Like the Countryman, the 2008 has very, very little in common with its road-going cousin. For one, it's rear-wheel drive, unlike the production, front-drive 2008 (and the four-wheel-drive Countryman). Peugeot's reasoning, as we explained on our original post on the dune-busting racer was that larger tires could be fitted - 37-inch Michelins - while suspension travel could be increased substantially.

There's still no word on what sort of powerplant sits under the 2008 DKR's hood, but if the Countryman's 3.0-litre, turbodiesel six-pot is any indication, the DKR will likely be an oil burner.

Take a look up top for our full batch of images from the 2008 DKR's debut at the Beijing Motor Show, and then scroll down for the official press release, video and images from Peugeot

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Image Credit: Live images copyright 2014 Chris Paukert / AOL

Most expensive cars of the 2014 New York Auto Show

Posted Apr 22nd 2014 4:29PM

While the Nissan Micra has the honour of being the cheapest new car in Canada, it's always fun to see which cars are parked at the opposite end of the pricing spectrum. As we continue to sift through the hundreds of photos and dozens of new car debuts from the recent 2014 New York Auto Show, we've put together a short (but rather pricy) list of the most expensive cars spotted on display in the Big Apple.

Click here to countdown the five most expensive cars of the 2014 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) according to the WSJ's auto experts.

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A Fast Look at the 2014 New York Auto Show

News Source: WSJ via AOL On

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Ford Escort is ready to focus on the Chinese market

Posted Apr 22nd 2014 3:45PM

Ford Escort Concept

Ford officially revived the Escort name in China, showing of the new, four-door compact at the Beijing Motor Show. Painted in a stylish brown-bronze, the new sedan wears a number of global Ford styling cues while sharing its platform with the Ford Focus.

Power for the new model comes from a 1.5-litre four-cylinder, although Ford doesn't specify just how much power is on offer, simply saying that the fuel economy of the new mill will be "outstanding." It's unclear what transmission will be distributing the engine's power, although based on the images we've seen, the Escort will definitely offer a two-pedal setup.

The layout of the cabin is fairly clean, although as we mentioned in our initial post on the new Escort, it's a decidedly sparser environment than we've grown use to in NA-spec Fords of late. If anything, it's like a weird blend of current Ford switchgear with an overall look that reminds us of older Ford layouts. Still, it looks like a comfortable way of moving five people about without too much fuss. There's ample space both front and rear, and a rather spacious trunk.

Take a look above for our live images from Beijing, and then hop below for the official release and images from Ford.

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News Source: Live photos copyright 2014 Chris Paukert / AOL

Montreal sets new world record EV gathering with 431 vehicles

Posted Apr 22nd 2014 3:00PM

Electric Vehicle Association of Quebec 431 EV gathering

The Nissan Leaf models are the easiest to spot, since they dominate the foreground. But Tesla Model S EVs and Chevy Volt plug-in hybrids are represented as well. Look a little closer and you'll see a Ford Focus Electric and Mistubishi i EVs. And is that a Cadillac ELR we see? Yup!

Yes, it's kind of fun to take a good look at the picture above (click to enlarge), which was released by the Electric Vehicle Association of Quebec (AVEC) showing off the group's successful 431-EV gathering, which should set a new world record for most plug-in vehicles in one place at one time.

Previous records were the 225 Leafs Nissan collected at the Silverstone Formula Racetrack in the UK in late 2012, the 260.5 EVs that tooled around Oslo, Norway in September, 2013 and the 305 EVs that were part of the World Advanced Vehicle Expedition (WAVE) in Zurich earlier this year. The Montreal record has not yet been certified, but AVEC says it has submitted the event to Guinness and expects to hear back in a few months. Given the ever-increasing number of plug-in vehicles in the world, we suspect Europe will try and reclaim the crown before then.

Check out the Google-translated press release below (originally in French).

News Source: Autoblog Quebec, AVEQ via Green Car Congress

Image Credit: AVEQ

Infiniti all but certain to produce Q50 Eau Rouge [w/video]

Posted Apr 22nd 2014 2:15PM

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge prototype at Milbrook

These pages are full of projects that automakers have tried to get moving but never quite managed to. And Infiniti has had its fair share, particularly when it comes to high-performance models. It's tried to drum up excitement with the Infiniti Performance Line and with its partnerships with Red Bull Racing and its star driver, but models like the G37 IPL and FX Sebastian Vettel edition never amounted to a real challenge to the likes of Mercedes-AMG and BMW's M division. There was talk of a sedan version of the Nissan GT-R to wear an Infiniti badge, but those rumors amounted to even less. The Q50 Eau Rouge, however, could finally be the ticket.

The concept debuted at the Detroit Auto Show a few months ago without an engine (or at least not one we were made aware of) but with all manner of carbon-fiber aerodynamic components. It then rolled in to Geneva with the beating heart of the GT-R – a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 tuned to 560 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque – and arrived in Beijing earlier this week in an even more evolved form. And according to the chatter coming out of China (whose financial hub of Hong Kong, incidentally, serves as Infiniti's home base), it's all but certain to be approved for production.

"At this stage it would take more to stop the car getting made than to start things," says Auto Express, citing an unnamed source. The finished product would look much like the versions we've seen until now, and while it would be available in an array of colours, that metallic blood red could emerge as Infinit's signature performance colour.

The vehicle has been undergoing testing at the Milbrook Proving Ground in the UK where four-time world champion Vettel has been helping engineers refine the car, tweaking the suspension, aerodynamics and various components. Infiniti released a 30-second clip showing Seb behind the wheel a couple weeks ago, and has now released a slightly longer 50-second clip (included below) indicating that the Eau Rouge will be capable of reaching 100 km/h (62 miles per hour) in under four seconds. By that metric alone, the Eau Rouge would be quick enough to trounce not only a BMW M3, but also the bigger M5.

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News Source: Auto Express

Formula Drift 2014: The Canadian invasion kicks off in Long Beach

Posted Apr 22nd 2014 1:30PM

Formula Drift kicked off their 11th season in Long Beach, California earlier this month (click here for full results and highlights). For many of the drivers, Long Beach is one of the closest tracks with many of the drivers making Southern California their home including defending 2013 champion Michael Essa (Irvine, CA), 2-time Long Beach event winner Justin Pawlak (Covina, CA), 2011 Rookie of the year Odi Bakchis (Wrightwood, CA), and Long Beach native Kyle Mohan. For the rest of the field, their commute to Long Beach for the first event of the season often contains passing through customs as the roster of international drivers competing in Formula Drift is ever-growing. This year, three Canadian drivers were present in Long Beach for the first time ever, representing the growing contingent of Canadian drivers both in quantity and in skill.

Prior to the season, Mats Baribeau (above left) had the most accolades among the Canadian drivers. As the 2013 rookie of the year, Baribeau was back to prove that his freshman season wasn't a fluke. Historically, the winner of the ROTY award hasn't done very well in their sophomore effort, but Baribeau is looking to break that streak. Hailing from Brockville, Ontario and working as a goalie coach during the day, Baribeau turned the wheels of his Toyota MkII Chaser in Long Beach this year for the first time as last year the car simply wasn't ready in time for the first event of last season. Baribeau earned a respectable score of 78 for qualifying, which tied him for 15th overall but bumped him down to 17th based on the tiebreaker of having a lower style score. This put him up against Patrick Mordaunt. Unfortunately, the motor in Mordaunt's ARK Performance Hyundai Genesis expired in practice, giving Baribeau a quick pass to the Top 16. In the round of 16, Baribeau faced defending champion Michael Essa. While Barbeau had a contentious battle with Essa, it wasn't enough to overcome the Essa Autosport BMW M3. Overall, Baribeau impressed many and is off to a great start to his sophomore season... READ FULL STORY

News Source: Video: Jordan Hamelin via Dave Briggs: YouTube

Image Credit: Jacob Leveton