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Autoblog readers come clean with their own controversial automotive beliefs

  • Autoblog readers come clean with their own controversial automotive beliefs
  • 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 8AT
  • We cruised Woodward in the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat [w/video]
  • 2014 Audi R8 V8

Autoblog readers come clean with their own controversial automotive beliefs

Posted Aug 20th 2014 6:00PM

You Shared Your Unpopular Opinions And We Respond

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno - Season 20

A couple weeks back, the editors here at Autoblog sounded off with some of our own unpopular automotive opinions, voicing the controversial sentiments for which we often catch flak from other enthusiasts upon expression. Along with our own, we invited the Autoblog faithful to share their unpopular opinions. We were thrilled to see how many of you shared your own opinions – nearly 400 of you weighed in with thoughts of your own at last count.

The comments were so good, in fact, that we have gathered a bunch of the most interesting ones and are sharing them here (occasionally corrected for grammar, style, etc.), giving their authors their just reward for taking the time and effort to write out their thoughts. Scroll below to see some more unpopular opinions as well as our reaction to your thoughts. Perhaps you'll find you aren't so alone in thinking the Chrysler PT Cruiser wasn't all bad, or that the Nissan GT-R is overrated. Perhaps... READ MORE

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Car Sharing Comparison: Everything you need to know about AutoShare, Car2Go and Zipcar

Posted Aug 20th 2014 4:59PM

AutoShare, Zipcar, or Car2Go - which of these car-sharing services is the best one?

While some forms of car sharing have been around since the 1990s, the increasingly popular short-term car rental solution is indeed a growing trend and a great tool for people in large, urban cities. According to a study from Navigant Research, the number of carshare participants is expected to climb to more than 12 million by the end of the decade.

If you own a car and live in Toronto (or any other major city for that matter), you're likely no stranger to having to shell out exorbitant amounts of money for parking and also know the frustration of having to loop around, circling block after block just to find a parking spot. On top of parking costs, owning a car can be very expensive - factor in obscenely high Ontario insurance costs, equally obscene gas prices, increasing maintenance costs, and car payments - so much so that a growing majority of drivers who live in major cities across Canada choose to live car-free and rely on their trusty two feet, a bicycle, an expensive taxicab, or unreliable public transit to take them where they need to go.

But what do you do when you need to make a trip to the grocery store for more food than you can carry? Or what do you do when you need to make that torturous trip to Ikea - you can't exactly carry an armoire or the new unexpected love seat that you "just had to have" back downtown, can you?

Car-less drivers, meet your new BFFs - AutoShare, Zipcar, and Car2Go (in no particular order) are the three major car-sharing companies operating in Canada and we often get asked by our readers which of these three companies they should go with. The answer to that question really depends on several factors and so we've gone ahead and gathered the lowdown on all three major car share services and explore the pros and cons of each... READ MORE

Zipcars Vs Car2Go Car Sharing Comparison

First BMW i8 sells for $825,000, over five times its $145,000 base price

Posted Aug 20th 2014 4:00PM

BMW i3 Pebble Beach Auction Edition

Here are some numbers. The standard BMW i8 starts at starts at roughly $145,000 in Canada. The first i8 in North America were auctioned off at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance this past weekend and the auctioneers, Gooding & Company, said before the gavel was lifted the fist time that they expected the i8 with unique Frozen Grey Metallic and other upgrades to raise between $150,000 and $200,000 for the Pebble Beach Company Foundation. Turns out, the car eventually sold for USD$825,000 to an unnamed buyer.

Along with the honour of having the first 2015 BMW i8 on these shores, the special plug-in hybrid comes with Dalbergia Brown leather upholstery, a set of Louis Vuitton luggage and something called a "professional edition" charging station along with laser headlights (subject to regulator approval).

A number of other i8s were delivered to a few wealthy car shoppers who managed to make their way to Pebble Beach over the weekend, including automotive guru Roger Penske and Nest CEO Tony Fadell. The special edition was presented at the auction by Jay Leno and BMW North America president and CEO, Ludwig Willisch. You can't put a price on that. Just kidding. You can, and it's apparently $825,000.

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Thieves stealing copper from EV charging stations in Vancouver

Posted Aug 20th 2014 2:59PM

In Europe, most EV charging stations don't have a wire permanently attached. Unlike North America, European EV drivers need to carry a cable around with them. This is a bit of a hassle, but it's far easier than pulling up to an EVSE and finding the cable simply cut out. That's what's happening to some Level 2 EVSEs in Canada. We have no idea how widespread this problem is – and we note that this isn't the first we've heard about vandals attacking EV charging stations – but vandalizing charging stations sure seems like a needless setback to the EV community.

Transport Evolved reports that a number of EVSEs in and around Vancouver, BC have had their cords removed recently, likely for the valuable copper inside. The vandals hit the charging stations with bolt cutters and sometimes manage to attack the same station multiple times, since the station owners spend the money to fix the damage. Transport Evolved says that the high price for some of the copper ($4 Canadian per pound) means that stealing one EVSE cable can offer a "tidy profit." Street lights in the area have been targeted as well.

Charging Stations For Hybrid & Electric Cars Multiplying

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Acrobatic motorcyclist gets cut off and survives unreal crash caught on dashcam

Posted Aug 20th 2014 2:30PM

Russian Dashcam bike crash

Eastern Europe. Dashcams. They go together like vodka and more vodka. In today's installment, we have what is arguably one of the most remarkable crashes we've ever witnessed.

A car, in what may be Belarus, attempts to change lanes right at the unfortunate moment that a motorcyclist – who looks to be traveling way too fast – does the same. While the impact could have been far, far worse for all parties involved, the results are still enough to leave you wondering how the heck it happened like it did.

Take a look and see what we mean.

News Source: Kruszon1984 via YouTube

Dodge Viper to out-Hell the Hellcat with supercharged V10?

Posted Aug 20th 2014 2:00PM

2013 SRT Viper

The Viper wouldn't be the Viper if it wasn't the most powerful model under the Chrysler umbrella. But with the arrival of the Hellcat engine in the Dodge Charger and Challenger, the Viper has fallen behind in the bragging rights department: where the new supercharged V8 produces 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, the naturally aspirated V10 offers "only" 640 hp and 600 lb-ft – gargantuan output figures by almost any other standard, but crucially behind on the SRT power scale. Conner Avenue is going to have to do something about that.

Although the Hellcat's engine reportedly won't fit under the Viper's hood, SRT is now rumoured to have another trick up its sleeve: supercharge the existing V10. According to the Pentastar performance enthusiasts at, Chrysler has already taken delivery of the first such prototype engines so that it can begin the process of fitting it into an upgraded Viper.

The spooled ten-pot is tipped to produce around 800 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. More than that and the Viper's drivetrain, chassis and bodywork would have to be substantially reworked. Though beefier transmissions are available, fitting them would reportedly set off a domino-game of changes required to handle the added torque. Which may be something Chrysler would be prepared to do for the next-generation model, but in the meantime, 800 hp could prove enough to put the Viper back atop the Mopar performance ladder where it belongs, and give it an edge against the new Corvette Z06 to rekindle sales.

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2015 Subaru Legacy, Outback crash their way to IIHS Top Safety Pick+ ratings [w/video]

Posted Aug 20th 2014 1:30PM

Subaru Legacy

Subaru OutbackThe Subaru Legacy and Outback are the latest vehicles to be awarded the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's most prestigious safety title, Top Safety Pick+.

As we've explained many times before, this only applies vehicles that can score an "Acceptable" or "Good" rating on the five IIHS crash tests and earn at least a "Basic" rating for crash prevention systems.

In the Legacy's case, it totally aced IIHS's testing, earning "Good" scores on the small overlap, front moderate overlap, side impact, roof crush and rear impact tests, while also bringing home the top "Superior" rating for its optional EyeSight system.

According to IIHS, Subaru holds more Top Safety Pick titles than any other manufacturer, with seven vehicles earning the safety award. Of those, four of them are TSP+ vehicles.

Scroll down for video of the Legacy's small-overlap test, as well as press releases from both IIHS and Subaru.

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Ford begins testing right-hand-drive Mustang

Posted Aug 20th 2014 1:00PM

2015 Ford Mustang right-hand drive

Ford has officially kicked off testing of the right-hand-drive variant of its sixth-generation, 2015 Mustang, according to a statement issued by the company, which came with the above photo.

According to Ford, this will mark the first time a right-hand-drive 'Stang has traveled down the company's assembly line alongside its LHD brethren. It is far from the first of the legendary pony cars to feature its wheel on the wrong side, though, as converters in RHD markets across the globe have been making swaps for years.

Ford is planning on using the white, droptop Mustang for RHD development ahead of the car's arrival in the UK, Australia and South Africa, among other markets. Scroll down for the official press blast.

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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 8AT

Posted Aug 20th 2014 12:00PM

We Test The Advanced New 8-Speed Automatic To See How The Majority Live

If the world were populated exclusively with Autoblog commenters, Chevrolet probably wouldn't even offer an automatic transmission in its 2015 Corvette Stingray. Somehow the desire to drive with three pedals and the willingness to leave your two cents on a digital car review are inexorably linked.

But, of course, the comment section of our fair website is not the real world, exactly. The reality is that some 65 per cent of Corvette C7s sold so far have been equipped with two pedals. During the 2014 model year, that has meant that the almost universally lauded new Stingray has shipped mostly with a six-speed automatic that wasn't up to the technological standards of the rest of the car.

When we reviewed the C7 for the first time, our own Michael Harley had these, not-minced words to say about the existing 6AT:

"The traditional six-speed automatic seemed to extinguish the C7's performance edge. I found it softer, slower and more lethargic (even paddle-initiated shifts had annoying lag). Even though it was every bit as quick in terms of outright acceleration, the gearbox took much of the excitement out of the driving experience."

Clearly there was room to improve.

Thankfully, I can now report that the improvements have been made, and that the new, General Motors-designed Hydra-Matic 8L90 is up to the task of shifting one of the best sports cars in the world. Take heed, 65-per centers... READ MORE

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