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Top 10 stolen crossovers and SUVs

Posted Sep 19th 2014 3:00PM



Each year, automobile thefts costs Canadians close to $1 billion, including $542 million alone for insurers to fix or replace stolen vehicles. While versatile crossovers and SUVs continue to be in high demand with consumers, it seems they're just as equally popular among car thieves too.

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau report, compact crossovers are the most frequently stolen victims of thefts while the full-size/pickup class of SUVs were the least. How often your make and model of car is stolen can quickly become one of the biggest deciding factors used to set your insurance premium. Meaning, It's a good idea to find out if the vehicle you currently drive or one you've considered buying appears on our list of the Top 10 stolen crossovers and SUVs.

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News Source: National Insurance Crime Bureau

Peugeot Quartz Concept is sinister 500-hp hybrid crossover

Posted Sep 19th 2014 2:00PM

Peugeot Quartz Concept

Peugeot Quartz ConceptThe Peugeot family might be going back to their pepper mill business since losing a big stake in the company, but the automaker itself is still hard at work with a new concept for the Paris Motor Show. Its latest creation is the Peugeot Quartz that imagines a high-performance CUV with a 500-horsepower, hybrid drivetrain on tap.

To move this sporty-looking CUV, Peugeot fits it with the company's 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 270 hp and 243 pound-feet of torque with a six-speed automatic, then augments that with two electric motors that each produce 114 hp (85 kilowatts) to directly drive the front and rear axles. The automaker claims that the Quartz could go 48 kilometres (31 miles) on a purely electric charge. However in Race mode things get really interesting, and all three power units work together to motivate the concept.

With its long hood and sloping roof, the Quartz looks like a sports coupe that lifts weights. Its 23-inch wheels have composite flaps to direct airflow, and look massive. Up front, the concept is all business with a mesh grille and arching LED headlights. The subtle louvers hidden in the sides of the hood-bulge are an especially neat styling trick. Moving back from there, the red accents on the flanks actually disguise extending steps into the cabin.

Being a French car, it's almost a rule to have at least one truly weird design detail. For this one, it's the double rear spoilers mounted on the roof. They make the concept look like an excited dog just starting to perk up its ears.

The Quartz's interior is supposed to be reminiscent of the slightly porous texture of basalt rock, with a driver-focused, wrap-around cockpit. Much of it is covered in a "digitally woven" textile from recycled plastic bottles; the new technique allows the company to create large, complex patters with no cutting required, which means less waste. Scroll down to read the full announcement for this high-performance, hybrid CUV.

News Source: Peugeot

Porsche Macan Turbo vs Cayman GTS in track battle

Posted Sep 19th 2014 1:00PM

Porsche Macan vs. Porsche Cayman GTS

"Well this is stupid." On the surface, that was our reaction to this video, as well. Why would you compare the hottest Porsche Cayman with a crossover of any kind, even if it is the 400-horsepower Macan Turbo?

We're guessing because it'd be bloody good fun, as evidenced Auto Express's latest track battle. To be fair, there is some interesting stuff here. The two do have a similar starting price, separated by less than $4,000 here in the Canadian market. And, factoring in the Macan's hefty horsepower and torque advantages – 60 horsepower and 126 pound-feet – does make for a slightly interesting comparison.

We won't spoil the verdict, so check out the full video from Auto Express, and then let us know what you think in Comments.

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News Source: Auto Express via YouTube

2015 Ford Mustang GT [w/video]

Posted Sep 19th 2014 12:00PM

2015 Ford Mustang

At 50 years old, the object of fantasies, a tuner's dream, a movie star and more than nine million strong, it couldn't be truer to say that the Ford Mustang needs no introduction. This newest 2015 Mustang, however – making the biggest changes we've seen to the pony car since perhaps 1964.5 – is something Ford has been introducing all year long.

We went on a Deep Dive, covered the way it looks when it was revealed, detailed the engine specs, got a ride in the EcoBoost and listened to the V8, got rolling footage and watched it do a standard-feature burnout.

The only thing left to do? Drive it! Having now done so for a few hours around Los Angeles, what we can tell you is to forget everything you know about the Ford Mustang. This new car shames the old, redefines the model and gallops far ahead of anything else in the segment... READ FULL REVIEW

Man orders $20M-worth of Rolls-Royce Phantoms

Posted Sep 19th 2014 11:30AM

Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase order by Stephen Hung

Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase Louis XIII HotelThe term "luxury" gets thrown around a lot when speaking about vehicles that are actually somewhat affordable like BMWs and Cadillacs, but Rolls-Royce and hotel magnate Stephen Hung (above in the wild suit) are proving what real opulence really is with the largest single order from the fabled British marque, ever. Hung is purchasing 30 custom examples of the Phantom Extended Wheelbase (pictured right) for $20 million. To push the deal even further over the top, two of the Phantoms are the most expensive examples ever commissioned.

This assemblage of über-luxury sedans isn't for Hung's personal collection. Instead, the cars are going to be part of the fleet for the swanky hotel and casino that he's opening in Macau, China, in 2016 called the Louis XIII. According to The Washington Post, when the 200-room resort opens, the Louis XIII is supposed to be one of the most mind-blowing places in the world, including a suite that costs $110,000 a night.

When completed, the 30 cars will be in matching crimson red to echo the exterior of the hotel. That colour will be carried into the interior trim, as well, including the gauges, and the seats will have a checker board pattern. Each one will be outfitted with a bespoke clock from Graff Luxury Watches. The two most expensive Phantoms will get all of this attention, plus gold-plated trim covering the interior and exterior.

As this huge order suggests, Hung doesn't do anything on a small scale. If you need even more proof of that, Rolls-Royce isn't just providing him with the cars, the automaker is also helping to design the parking area to house them and training the staff to drive the special fleet. Scroll down to read the full announcement of this historic order.

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News Source: Rolls-Royce, The Washington Post

Image Credit: Rolls-Royce

New radar gun may inform police if you're texting

Posted Sep 19th 2014 11:00AM

SPEEDING CRACKDOWN

Typically, we don't really enjoy seeing radar-gun-wielding traffic cops. They have a tendency to ruin our day. But, a new sort of radar gun may have us quickly singing their praises. The Virginian-Pilot reports that there's a new tool that will be able to tell officers if a driver is texting rather than paying attention to the road. Oh yes, we like this idea... READ MORE

News Source: The Virginian-Pilot

Image Credit: Nell Redmond / AP

Harley-Davidson from Easy Rider expected to fetch $1.2M at auction

Posted Sep 19th 2014 10:00AM

Easy Rider Captain America Motorcycle auction

With the famous tag line, "A man went looking for America. And couldn't find it anywhere..." the 1969 movie Easy Rider has become one of the definitive on-screen expressions of the counter culture of the era. Starring Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper with a great guest role from Jack Nicholson, it told the story of disillusioned guys riding motorcycles through the America. Among the most iconic parts of the film was the customized Harley-Davidson chopper that Fonda's character rode. The bike dubbed Captain America is crossing the auction block in California and is expected to go for as much as $1.2 million, according to the auction house Profiles in History.

Fonda reportedly came up with the bike's famous combination of high handle bars, a fuel tank painted like the American flag and lots of chrome by himself, and had four of them built or the movie. Before Easy Rider was released the other three were reportedly stolen, according to former owner (and Grizzly Adams star) Dan Haggerty to ABC News. This one was not only ridden on film, but it was used in the crash sequence at the end of the movie.

When shooting was complete, Fonda gave the bike to Haggerty who had maintained the motorcycles on set during production. He restored it, and the chopper was eventually put it on display National Motorcycle Museum in Iowa. According to ABC News, Michael Eisenberg bought the famous motorcycle last year and has decided to sell it on again. It comes with signed letters of authenticity from the National Motorcycle Museum, Fonda and Haggerty verifying that this was the bike used in the film. Now, someone else gets a chance to own this historic piece of movie and motorcycle memorabilia.

Click here to get a full tour of the bike as this motorcycle icon gets set to hit the auction block.

News Source: ABC News

Image Credit: Profiles in History

Aussie policeman victim of explosive poo trap

Posted Sep 19th 2014 9:00AM

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My cousins lived next to a big cow pasture in Platteville, WI, when we were all kids. Those boys knew how to have a good time in the country, and when my brother and I came to visit one year, they divulged the fun that could be had by rigging cow patties (that's a pile of poo, for you city slickers) with little firecrackers. Push one in, up to the fuse, light it, and run as fast as you can.

Of course, eventually everyone ended up with at least a little poop on himself, which is why we played the game in the first place. Good times, but a bad example it seems...

Things weren't so jolly, familial or pastoral for an Austrian traffic officer recently, I imagine, when he was showered with doo-doo of indiscriminate origin in the course of duty.

Constable Gunther Maier "triggered" a fishing line found on the side of a Moeltal state highway, which was connected to a bucket filled with explosives and manure. The constable was about six and a half feet away from the brownie bomb when it detonated, and was lucky to escape the incident without injury, though he did end up "covered with manure."

A spokesman for the Austrian police said the bomber was most likely targeting police intentionally; with the bucket of BM found in an area know to be a speed trap. And, what's more, police aren't laughing off the matter, either – the individual responsible could potentially face criminal charges for his or her actions.

I doubt that my cousins were in Austria at the time of the incident, but I wouldn't be surprised if the culprit grew up on a farm...

News Source: UPI

Image Credit: Maurice Savage / Alamy

Ford previews new C-Max ahead of upcoming debut

Posted Sep 19th 2014 8:00AM

2015 Ford C-Max

Looking at a Ford Focus? These days you can get it as a five-door hatch, a four-door sedan, or... that's all. European buyers don't even get our sedan, but they do get a wagon. And while the three-door hatch, two-door coupe and two-door cabrio have long since ended production, buyers around the world can also get the company's larger C-Max. And now, like the Focus upon which it's based, Ford is preparing to roll out a new version.

The tall wagon (or small minivan, depending on your perspective) is being treated to what Ford says is "an extreme makeover." Details to accompany the teaser image above remain few and far between, but following the spy shots we recently posted, it looks destined for some of the same visual updates as Ford rolled out on the 2015 Focus, with "even more refinement, practicality and technology."

Like the Mercedes B-Class, which is only available Stateside as an EV, North American buyers can only get the C-Max in electrified form, either as the C-Max Hybrid or C-Max Energi. Overseas buyers, however, will be able to choose from a range of powertrain options and two wheelbase lengths – the longer of which boasts seven seats and the Grand C-Max name. (Remember when Chrysler did the same with its minivans?) Both are set to debut on September 17, so watch this space. After that, we'll expect to see it on display at the Paris Motor Show.

News Source: Ford

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