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Montreal hosts world's largest electric vehicle gathering to set new record

  • Montreal hosts world's largest electric vehicle gathering to set new record
  • 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]

New Car2go Regional Access means carsharing between Canada and USA

Posted Apr 23rd 2014 5:45PM



The 13 various North American Car2go services are about to play together a lot nicer. With the new "Regional Access" plan, every North American Car2go member will be able to use his or her membership from one city in another. This was previously available within the US to US-based members who wanted to use their accounts in another US city, but now users in the three Canadian Car2go cities - Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver can too - and vice versa... READ FULL STORY

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W Motors Lykan Hypersport caught on the street

Posted Apr 23rd 2014 5:00PM

W Motors Lykan Hypersport

The W Motors Lykan Hypersport is a very perplexing supercar. Priced at an eye-popping US$3.4 million, it looks like a Lamborghini turned up to 11. However, for a car that costs more than a McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari combined, it doesn't scream about its performance once the engine is started.

The Lykan Hypersport does fill the requirement of supercars to offer insane features. When it announced the car, W Motors promised diamond-encrusted LED taillights and a holographic interior display. The first models will actually be built in Italy, but production will move to the Middle East later.

With a mid-mounted, twin-turbo, 3.7-litre flat-six with a claimed 740 horsepower and 708 pound-feet of torque, the Hypersport doesn't lack for power. Still, that is somewhat lower than the 750 hp and 737 lb-ft rating from our previous story about it – the facts are often fluid in the rare world of brand new hypercar makers. W Motors also claims it can reach 60 miles per hour (96 km/h) in 2.8 seconds and an alleged top speed of 385 km/h (239 mph).

The possible downside is that the company seems to have tuned the exhaust to actually be rather subdued. For as much as it costs, it should send a shiver down your spine the split-second it gets on the throttle, but the Hypersport just rumbles along. Scroll down to hear the supercar for yourself and see if it inspires a US$3.4 million purchase.

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News Source: W Motors, Marchettino via YouTube

Maserati surprises Manhattan with Centennial edition GranTurismo

Posted Apr 23rd 2014 4:01PM

Maserati GranTurismo MC Centennial Edition

The GranTurismo may be getting a little long in the proverbial tooth, but it hasn't quite been a century just yet. It has, however, been a hundred years since Maserati was originally founded, and to celebrate that milestone, the Modenese automaker has rolled in to the New York Auto Show this year with a pair of special editions. Available in either coupe or convertible form, the MC Centennial Editions arrived as a surprise just as the Alfieri concept was a month ago in Geneva, albeit somewhat less revolutionary.

The special editions are differentiated from any other by their paint scheme, special wheels, revamped interior and special badging throughout. Magma red and Inchiostro blue – the colours of the city of Bologna where the company was founded a century ago – are new to the Maserati catalogue, and come with a choice of wheel options with special logos at the centre. The interior colour is specified to complement the exterior with red, white or blue trim and carbon-fibre accents.

Power comes from the same 4.7-litre V8 as the GranTurismo MC Stradale or GranCabrio Sport, driving 454 horsepower to the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. That's said to be enough to propel either coupe or convertible to a top speed of 298 km/h (185 miles per hour), and comes coupled with Brembo brakes and MC sport suspension. Deliveries commence in July, but you can scope it out here in the gallery of live images from the show floor above, the galleries of stock images below and the press release below that.

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News Source: Maserati

Image Credit: Live photos copyright 2014 Drew Phillips / AOL

Gas prices jump up across Canada, but these fuel saving tips can help

Posted Apr 23rd 2014 3:00PM



Canadian drivers woke up to shocking gas prices across the country as overnight increases of up to nine cents per litre have many motorists outraged with little explanation as to why. While the summer season is a peak period for driving in Canada and we're accustom to fuel fluctuation this time of year, this unexpected gas price hike has many critics questioning its validity.

According to the website TomorrowsGasPriceToday.com, Montreal now has the distinction of being the most expensive city to buy gas in Canada at an average price of $1.53 (up over nine cents per litre overnight). Meanwhile, Vancouver drivers are dealing with the second-highest gas prices in Canada at an average of $1.51 a litre, leaving Toronto motorists with something to be thankful for at a comparatively cheap average of just $1.40 a litre. We're also seeing similar jumps at the pumps in Regina, Calgary and Edmonton of up four to five cents per litre.

While we can't change much about the rising cost of gas in Canada, we've put together these helpful gas-saving tips on ways to drastically improve your fuel economy. Long gone are the days when gas cost less than a dollar a litre; the last time the average price of regular gasoline dipped below the loonie was back in the summer of 2010.

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News Source: Kanetix.ca, tomorrowsgaspricetoday.com

Image Credit: Grant Hindsley / AP

Time to drool over the top secret supercar meet you've never heard of

Posted Apr 23rd 2014 2:00PM



Spotting a roaring pack of supercars or six-figure exotics out in public is a rare treat to the senses, but the folks at Supercar Driver recently took things to the next level at their annual top secret supercar meet in Europe.

Bringing together this many supercars all in one location is the stuff car enthusiasts (including us) can only dream of, with Lamborghini Aventadors, Audi R8s, McLaren 12Cs, Nissan GT-Rs by the dozen and some rarities like a Ferrari F40, brand new McLaren 650S Spider, and Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 for good measure.

Click here to flip through the impressive photo gallery of the top secret event captured by automotive photographer Matt Parker and the team at Supercar Driver, then let us know your favourite cars from the meet on our facebook page.

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News Source: supercardriver.com

Image Credit: Matt Parker, supercardriver.com, Matt Parker - Facebook

Icon 4x4 gets lavish short film treatment

Posted Apr 23rd 2014 12:58PM

Icon 4X4 Thriftmaster

Icon is one of the coolest American boutique vehicle builders around today, known in part for its talent of combining the looks of classic vehicles with modern powertrains and features to create something beautiful. A new video takes a sentimental look at the company's philosophy and at two of its more recent creations – the Thriftmaster truck and E-Flyer bicycle.

Icon sees itself as a company that is picking up the pieces of American style by making products the best they can possibly be. The two vehicles in the video show off that dedication. The E-Flyer is an electric bicycle with a 56-kilometre (35-mile) range and derestricted 56 km/h (35-mile-per-hour) top speed, and it's priced at the relatively affordable price of US$4,995.

The Thriftmaster is an even better expression of what the Icon does so well. While it looks like an old truck on the outside, a 5.3-litre V8 lurks under the hood with 315 horsepower or 435 hp in supercharged form. The pickup also packs all the modern conveniences like four-wheel disc brakes, navigation and on-board Wi-Fi. The company plans to build just five of them starting at US$220,000 each. Scroll down to watch the video and get a better understanding of how Icon goes about its business.

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News Source: William Bradford via Vimeo

2015 Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E

Posted Apr 23rd 2014 11:57AM

New Engine Makes S60 Quietly Competitive With German Rivals

2015 Volvo S60

For those not paying attention, Volvo has updated its S60 sedan range for 2015 with a new range of engines under the Drive-E label. Wearing the same T5 and T6 badges to note the relative levels of power under the hood, both engines are 2.0-litre four-cylinders, with the lesser being turbocharged and the greater being both supercharged and turbocharged.

Both Drive-E variants are currently only available in front-wheel-drive flavour, though Volvo will still happily sell you an S60 T5 AWD with the older 2.5-litre turbo five-cylinder, or a top-of-the-line S60 T6 with a turbo'd 3.0-litre six-cylinder and all the wheels turning.

The car I drove for a week is perhaps the most balanced version of the S60 range, with that exotic sounding twin-charged 2.0-litre mill planted happily in the attractively sloping nose. Provided you're not hung up on front-drive dynamics, the T6 Drive-E might be a solid candidate for your next premium small sedan shopping list, as well... READ FULL STORY

Image Credit: Copyright 2014 Seyth Miersma / AOL

Are you the next Porsche 911 GT3 RS or GT2?

Posted Apr 23rd 2014 11:00AM

Porsche 911 GT3 RS prototype

Porsche typically keeps to a suitably fast schedule when it comes to rolling out increasingly hard-core performance versions of the 911. After the 997 Carrera debuted in 2004, the GT3 version followed in 2006, and by the end of the 2007, Porsche had rolled out both the GT3 RS and GT2 versions. Then the facelifted 997.5 came out in 2008 and it was back to the start: the GT3 came in 2009, the GT3 RS and GT2 RS in 2010, and the GT3 RS 4.0 in 2011. But things have slowed down some with the latest 991 generation.

The new Carrera came in 2011 and the GT3 followed in 2012. By recent history's example, we should have at least two more hardcore models by now, but we don't. Maybe the engineers in Zuffenhausen have had their hands full fixing the spontaneous-combustion issues with the existing GT3, or maybe their attentions have been focused elsewhere altogether. But if these spy shots are anything to go by, it seems like they're back on the job.

Now we don't know if this prototype foreshadows a new GT3 RS or a GT2, but it sure looks more hard-core than the existing GT3 that many purists have derided as too soft, what with its automatic transmission and four-wheel steering.

What's the difference between a GT3, GT3 RS or GT2? We're glad you asked (even if you didn't). The GT3 is a more performance-focused version of the 911. The GT3 RS takes things a step further, but keeps the naturally aspirated engine. The GT2 packs twin turbochargers, like the 911 Turbo but without all-wheel drive. Porsche seems likely to do one or the other, and this could be either. But whichever it is – with the turbos or without, manual transmission or dual-clutch – it promises to be one of the most formidable performance machines on road or track.

Image Credit: CarPix

2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport officially announced for production

Posted Apr 23rd 2014 10:00AM

Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept

Land Rover unveiled its Discovery Vision concept (pictured above) at the New York Auto Show. Now the company has announced that the first vehicle to wear some of the concept's styling is going to be the new Discovery Sport. The Sport is the newest member of a whole new family of Disco models that LR has in the works.

Land Rover says that the Discovery Sport will go on sale as a premium compact SUV in 2015. The company claims in its release that: "This will be the most versatile and capable SUV in its segment and is the first expression of the Discovery Vision Concept unveiled here in New York." We don't have any images to go on just yet, aside from the concept car cues, but we do know the new model is likely to be a replacement for the aging LR2.

The Discovery Vision is a seven-passenger SUV concept is meant to show the general look of a whole family of new vehicles from Land Rover, including the smaller Sport. It's expected that a larger model will be used as a replacement for the current LR4/Discovery. Scroll down for video and LR's entire tease about the Discovery Sport.

News Source: Land Rover

Image Credit: Copyright 2014 Michael Harley / AOL

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