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HIGHLIGHTS: 2014 New York Auto Show

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Mazda reveals 25th anniversary edition MX-5 Miata alongside next-gen chassis

Posted Apr 17th 2014 2:00PM

2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition

Ford may be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Mustang this week, but it's not the only automaker with a sports car icon to fete at this year's New York Auto Show. Mazda is also celebrating the 25th anniversary of the MX-5 Miata with an array of 15 classic models. It's also showing off the chassis for the next MX-5, and unveiling a special 25th Anniversary Edition.

Next-gen Mazda MX-5 Skyactiv chassisThe special edition is based on the retractable hardtop model with either manual or automatic transmission, Bilstein shocks, a metallic red paint job with contrasting black roof and an off-white leather interior. Naturally, special badging can be found inside and out to set it apart from the record 940,000 other MX-5s sold to date, and just 100 examples will find their way to North American buyers.

Along with the two-tone special, Mazda is also showing off the new Skyactiv chassis and engine that'll underpin and power the upcoming next-generation MX-5 (as well as an as-yet-to-be-determined Fiat Group roadster if the two parties can work out their differences). With a lower centre of gravity that's also closer to the middle of the car, the new chassis promises even better balance and over a hundred kilograms of weight savings over the outgoing model. Check it all out in the press releases below.

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'Qashqai' name so hard to pronounce even Nissan is poking fun at it

Posted Apr 17th 2014 1:00PM

Nissan Qashkai

Here in Canada, there aren't a lot of vehicle names that are very difficult to pronounce. Maybe the Volkswagen Touareg might trip up a few people, but by and large, we've got it pretty easy. Our friends in Europe, though, have a bigger challenge, thanks to vehicles like the Nissan Qashqai. Yes, Qashqai.

Like the Touareg, the Qashqai draws its name from a nomadic people. While Nissan isn't making up words, then, it's still not an easy name to pronounce. Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson routinely calls it a kumquat, for example. But according to Nissan, though, it's pronounced "Cash'kai".

To get its point across as the second-gen Qashqai, the close cousin of the Nissan Rogue, prepares to launch in Australia, Nissan set up a little event at a coffee shop. Customers would place their orders, only to have the spelling of their names butchered rather badly. On the other side of the cup, there's a message from Nissan and the Qashqai.

It's not a bad little campaign, and for those that still have no idea how to pronounce the crossover's name, it's a handy little tutorial on how to do it correctly. Click here for the video.

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Toronto driver freaks out over her traffic ticket, hilarity ensues

Posted Apr 17th 2014 11:59AM



Last week, we brought you a guide on the best ways to get out of your traffic ticket, and earlier this week, we published a guide to the worst things you could possibly do at a police stop. Clearly, the driver of the BMW in the video below obviously hasn't read either of those two articles.

The short but hilarious clip all starts with dashcam footage recorded while sitting in typical Toronto traffic during an evening rush hour. No big deal, right? Wrong. All of a sudden, we see a 3 Series BMW barrel over a median on the left with York Regional Police in hot pursuit. The driver then decides to cut across all lanes of traffic and hop another curb before landing into the grassy on-ramp area of no-mans-land... But wait, it gets worse.

She proceeds to fling the torn up traffic ticket out of her sunroof into the 'air like she just don't care'. We won't spoil the rest of the hilarious video for you, but the combination of the soundtrack and the ridiculousness of this police chase will have you chuckling well through your lunch break. Ultimate road rage at its finest.

We had to watch the video a couple of times to get the full effect and it just got funnier and funnier every time we watched. While we don't condone this type of wild driving behaviour, it's undeniably entertaining! Click here to check out the video below and make sure to share the laughs with all your co-workers and friends for some fun-karma points.

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News Source: Andrei Glotov via YouTube

2015 BMW X4 is a budget friendly X6, starts at $46,300 in Canada

Posted Apr 17th 2014 11:00AM

2015 BMW X4

We won't argue that crossovers are hugely successful vehicles, with automakers working to provide functional CUVs in a wide range of sizes. But over at BMW, things are just getting out of hand, as evidenced by this new X4 "Sports Activity Coupe" that debuts here at the 2014 New York Auto Show.

BMW is seeing fit to offer vehicles in even the most niche of niches, and the X4 is no exception. Want proof? Have a look at the X4, and the compare it to the X3, the 3 Series Gran Turismo, the 3 Series Sport Wagon, and the 4 Series Gran Coupe. Aside from marginal differences in things like ground clearance and the exact slope of the hatchback, what, exactly, is the difference?

Like the other models we just mentioned, the X4 is powered by either a 2.0-litre turbo-four with 240 horsepower or a more powerful, 3.0-litre turbo-six with 300 horsepower, and unsurprisingly, power is sent to the ground exclusively via the company's xDrive all-wheel-drive system. An eight-speed automatic transmission is the sole gearbox available with either engine. All sounds very familiar, right?

Even the shape is familiar, the X4 looking like a smaller, less-functional X6. It's not exactly what we'd call pretty, and it certainly isn't cheap, either. Pricing for the X4 whatcha-mobile starts at $46,300 for the X4 xDrive28i. Six-cylinder power in the form of the X4 xDrive35i wlll run you $54,950, and considering BMW's extensive options list, we don't doubt that you'll easily be able to get one of these up into purely lavish territory.

Scroll down for BMW's official press blast, and check out our fresh crop of live images in the gallery above.

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News Source: BMW

Image Credit: Live photos copyright 2014 Drew Phillips / AOL

2015 Ford Focus sedan shows its fresh face in New York

Posted Apr 17th 2014 10:00AM

2015 Ford Focus Sedan

That handsome fellow you see above is the 2015 Ford Focus sedan. We liked the looks of the 2014 Focus, and the updates for 2015 only improve things to our eyes, with the adoption of the Aston Martin-inspired grille that has been permeating Ford's lineup these last few years. Sweeping, slightly bulbous headlamps join a revised, more demure lower grille opening to round out the styling updates up front. The rest of the car's look is just slightly massaged, including new taillamp clusters that look much like they did last year.

New for 2015 is the availability of Ford's 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost engine, mated exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission. There's also a new SE Sport Package that adds more aggressive suspension tuning, paddle shifters (when equipped with Ford's six-speed dual-clutch automatic) and a few body kit bits and pieces. Rounding out the mechanical changes are an updated electronic steering rack that promises better feel, suspension tweaks to make the ride more comfortable and some software updates designed to make the dual-clutch gearbox better behave itself.

In addition, inside there are a few interior upgrades, as well as some added comfort and safety tech that includes available blind-spot detection and lane-keeping assist, along with other more incremental changes that all add up to a better vehicle. We suggest you check out the official press release below for all the details, but not before scrolling through our image gallery of live shots above.

News Source: Ford

Image Credit: Live photos copyright 2014 Drew Phillips / AOL

2015 BMW Alpina B6 Gran Coupe challenges the M6 in New York

Posted Apr 17th 2014 9:00AM

BMW Alpina B6 Gran Coupe

Despite being a well-respected outfit for decades, Alpina remains something of a mystery to many North American BMW fans. In Europe, Alpina has established itself as a first-rate source for breathed-upon high-performance Bimmers, and it's looking to continue picking up traction on our shores. North America has received a handful of Alpina models through BMW factory channels, namely the 7-Series-based B7, and now we're getting another fast four-door with the debut of the BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe at today's 2014 New York Auto Show.

The B6 Gran Coupe stands as an interesting sibling to the factory's M6 Grand Coupe. Both are propelled by a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8, but the tunes are quite different. The Alpina produces 540 horsepower and 540 pound-feet of torque, which is 20 hp less than the M6, but with 40 lb-ft more torque. An eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive mean that the B6 is about half a second quicker to 60 miles per hour (96 km/h) than BMW's own creation. Plus, the B6 has an unrestricted top speed of 320 km/h (198 mph), making it one seriously rapid 6 Series Gran Coupe.

The sport sedan also wears other Alpina goodies like 20-inch versions of the brand's 21-spoke wheels and exclusive color options. The B6 Gran Coupe goes for US$118,225, and will be available through BMW dealers immediately after the auto show ends. More info about the B6 is in the release below.

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News Source: BMW

Image Credit: Michael Harley / AOL

2015 Volkswagen Jetta is new, we promise

Posted Apr 17th 2014 8:00AM

2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

Look closely, kids – you're staring at the face of a refreshed Volkswagen Jetta. Yeah, it's hard to tell, what with the only noticeable changes consisting of slightly updated headlamps and taillamps, and some other aerodynamic tweaks. But the big news for the 2015 Jetta is what you can't see.

For starters, there's a new version of Volkswagen's ever-excellent 2.0-litre TDI four-cylinder diesel engine. With 150 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque on tap, it isn't vastly different in terms of output, but the big gain here is fuel economy. Volkswagen claims that with the six-speed manual transmission, the 2015 Jetta TDI will achieve up to 5.2 L/100 km (45 miles per gallon) on the highway. And based on our experience with prior Jetta TDI models – our 2011 long-term car comes to mind – we don't think it'll be hard to crest 4.7 L/100 km (50 mpg) every now and then, while still being pretty great to drive. The rest of the Jetta range will still be powered by 1.8- and 2.0-litre turbocharged engines, and the Hybrid and GLI models carry over with LED lamps.

Other noticeable changes are found in the Jetta's cabin, where there's a wealth of new driver assistance technology. Beyond that, chrome trim is available on mid- and high-range models, and there's a new multifunction colour display. Nifty.

It might not look like much, but these updates to the compact Jetta should be enough to keep it fresh until the all-new model arrives in the not-too-distant future. Scroll down for more details in the official press blast.

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Ontario looks to liquidate its holdings in General Motors

Posted Apr 17th 2014 7:03AM



The late-80s and early-90s saw the Canadian government divest itself from some of its largest state-owned businesses (Crown Corporations) – particularly when it came to transport and energy companies. In a sweeping implementation of Thatcherism led by Conservative premier Brian Mulroney, Ottawa privatized aerospace companies Canadair and de Havilland in 1986, sold off Air Canada in 1988, liquidated its majority stake in Petro-Canada in 1991 and finished selling off its shares in CN (the Canadian National Railway Company) in 1995.

But after General Motors emerged from bankruptcy in 2010, the Canadian federal and Ontario provincial governments found themselves among the largest shareholders in one of the biggest automakers in the world. And so they remain today, but that's all about to change... READ FULL STORY

News Source: The Detroit News

Image Credit: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg via Getty Images

HIGHLIGHTS: 2014 New York Auto Show

Posted Apr 16th 2014 9:01PM

New York Auto Show

Live, from New York... Greetings from the basement of the Jacob Javits Center, where we're in the midst of the massive 2014 New York Auto Show. We still have another full day of coverage to bring you, but go ahead and click here to peruse through our roundup of Day One action to see what's been hot at the 2014 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) thus far.

Hit the jump to see the biggest highlights and new car debuts as they happen in New York. Also, click here for the latest live photos, updates and breaking news straight from the show floor.


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