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Montreal woman gets 90 days in jail for duck-stopping deaths

Posted Dec 22nd 2014 9:00AM

A woman who caused a fatal accident while stopping to rescue a flock of ducklings on a Canadian freeway has been sentenced to 90 days in jail. Her driving license was also suspended for 10 years and she'll be forced to perform 240 hours of community service.

Emma Czornobaj, 26, made headlines when she stopped her car in the left lane of a highway south of Montreal to rescue the waterfowl. She was found guilty of two counts of criminal negligence causing death after the motorcycle of 50-year-old André Roy crashed into her at anywhere between 100 to 120 kilometres per hour. Roy's daughter Jessica, who was riding on the back, was also killed in the incident.

While she faced up to 14 years in jail, Crown prosecutors were only seeking a nine-month sentence, along with the 240 hours of community service, the CBC reports. The 90-day sentence was a compromise.

Czornobaj is appealing the conviction.

News Source: CBC

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2016 Cadillac CTS-V arrives with 640 hp, 320-km/h top speed

Posted Dec 22nd 2014 8:00AM

Most Powerful Cadillac Ever Prepares To Storm Detroit Auto Show

Ask the company's executive team, and they'll tell you "this is the maximum Cadillac V-Series." It's the 2016 CTS-V sedan, and it packs the very best of what's possible at Cadillac. And the company says it doesn't think "anyone thought it was possible that we could push [the CTS-V] this far."

The big news is what's underhood: General Motors' supercharged, 6.2-litre LT4 V8, tuned to 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque. That's 10 hp and 20 lb-ft less than the monstrous Corvette Z06, and the result is the most powerful car Cadillac has ever produced. With rear-wheel drive, launch control and the eight-speed automatic transmission (sorry, folks – no more manual transmission here), Cadillac says the 2016 CTS-V will sprint to 60 miles per hour (96 km/h) in just 3.7 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 320 km/h (200 miles per hour).

Naturally, Cadillac's engineers say they have tuned the CTS-V to ensure it can put all that power to the ground with the most precision and poise possible. That starts with the excellent Magnetic Ride Control active damping system (with a claimed 40-percent increase in responsiveness)and a 25-per cent increase in structural stiffness that should improve overall handling and steering. What's more, a high-performance Brembo brake package comes standard, as do 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in seriously sticky Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires that will reportedly offer 1g in lateral acceleration.

News Source: Cadillac

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12 Awesome cars we loved driving this year

Posted Dec 21st 2014 8:00PM

Here at Autoblog Canada we get to jump behind the wheel of some amazing cars, trucks and pretty much anything awesome involving a few wheels and an engine. As we get set to say goodbye to yet another great year of test drives and car reviews, our team decided to round up the 12 Awesome Cars We Loved Driving in 2014.

Click on the respective photos below to see which dirty dozen had us wishing for more seat time and fighting over the keys.

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Hyundai's bizarre pooping robot baby pitches new Sonata

Posted Dec 21st 2014 6:00PM

Hyundai is taking auto advertising to some very odd places with its latest commercial, called Exobaby, and starring a computer-generated robo-toddler. And yes, robot babies still make a doodoo now and again, it seems. There are certainly some very weird auto ads out there, but Hyundai's new challenger is entering the ring with this absolutely bizarre Exobaby commercial for the latest Sonata.

Blending inspiration from the video game Mega Man, the classic 1970s TV show The Six Million Dollar Man and a waking nightmare, Exobaby falls very deeply into the uncanny valley. Its proportions and movement come off as just slightly distorted, and the result is a baby that's more creepy than cute for this ad. Things get even odder just a few seconds in when the robo-toddler poops.

Ostensibly, the Exobaby ad is supposed to show off all of the high-tech features on the Sonata, but many viewers are just going to be left trying to figure out what they're watching. If you need just over a minute of weird advertising to lift your day, then this Hyundai commercial must be seen.

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News Source: HyundaiWorldwide via YouTube

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China's answer to Elon Musk seeks licence to build electric car

Posted Dec 21st 2014 4:00PM

With just under 7,000 electric vehicles capable of highway speeds sold in China in 2013 (versus over 200,000 slower models), the country's government plans a major investment of support behind its efficient auto industry in the near future. Including buying more of them for official purposes, the strategy includes issuing new automotive manufacturing licences to companies that want to build EVs but aren't currently automakers. At least one of these businesses believes that it can revolutionize the market with its vehicle.

Jia Yueting (pictured above) has a story that almost sounds like the Chinese counterpart to Elon Musk's. He was a young tech genius and at 41 years old has already taken at least two companies public.

Jia's current venture is Leshi Internet Information & Technology, a maker of web-enabled TVs, and according to Bloomberg his 44 per cent stake is worth about $2.3 billion. Now, his sights are set on succeeding in the auto industry.

Jia claims his EV is well under development and is promising next-gen technology that sounds hard to deliver on. According to Bloomberg, the vehicle would offer multiple touchscreens inside, autonomous driving and automatic parking – all for a reasonable price. He already reportedly has people working in Silicon Valley to develop the systems and has an investment in a battery company, as well. The next step is getting the government licence that potentially allows the dream to become a reality.

Even his Jia's model doesn't live up to its big promises, there are other companies in China wanting to build EVs. According to Bloomberg, Fisker owner Wanxiang is also applying for a manufacturing licence, and it already has ties to the industry as an automotive parts supplier with over $23 billion in annual revenue.

News Source: Bloomberg

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2015 Audi RS5 Coupe Sport is one of 75

Posted Dec 21st 2014 2:00PM

Audi has released a new limited edition of its V8-powered RS5, with the 2015 Sport edition. Limited to just 75 units and designed by the German manufacturers Exclusive customization team, the stylish RS5 starts at US$87,575.

That's nearly US$17,000 more than the standard RS5, although you might struggle to see why. The Sport adds beautiful 20-inch 5-V-spke wheels, along with plenty of nice leatherwork in the cabin. That includes the black-and-Crimson-Red Nappa leather seats, which feature an embossed RS logo in the seatback, as well as Crimson Red leather door inserts. Contrast stitching in the leather-wrapped wheel and shifter boot match the shade on the seats and door inserts.

Audi will paint the limited-edition RS5 in either Daytona Gray or Nardo Gray for no charge or, if you're willing to pay a bit more, you can chose from one of the shades from the manufacturer's Exclusive catalog. There's no mention of how much these custom hues will cost, though.

Beyond that, the RS5 Sport is the same thumper that's been on sale for several years, with a 4.2-litre, 450-horsepower V8 under the hood and a seven-speed, S-Tronic transmission dispatching power to a Quattro all-wheel-drive system.

News Source: Audi

Peter Max staring down $1M lawsuit over Corvette collection sale

Posted Dec 21st 2014 10:00AM

Pop artist Peter Max recently sold off his collection of 36 vintage Chevrolet Corvettes – one each from 1953 to 1989 ­– for an undisclosed amount. The new owners have already announced plans to restore some of them and auction the models off sometime soon. Up until then, the sports cars had been languishing in various garages around New York City for decades and were caked in dust and grime. However, Max's end of the transaction has just become more complicated, because two men are suing the artist claiming he employed them to complete the deal first.

The men allege that Max hired them to broker the sale of the 36 Corvettes in exchange for a 10-per cent commission, according to the New York Post. They claim to have emails and text messages proving the existence of the deal, and are taking Max to court for $1 million over the squabble.

The collection of Corvettes was amassed in 1989 as part of a prize package from the television network VH1, and Max bought the cars from the winner intending on using them for an art project. He never got around to it, though, and parked the sports cars around New York, until he finally sold them over the summer.

News Source: New York Post

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Heads continue to roll at Scuderia Ferrari

Posted Dec 21st 2014 8:00AM

It's a year of restructuring at Ferrari – especially when it comes to the Formula One department. Dissatisfied with the team's performance of late, parent company Fiat fired Ferrari's chairman, replaced its team principal twice and brought in another multiple world champion to replace the one it already had. But that's not the end of it.

Under the direction of new chairman Sergio Marchionne and team principal Maurizio Arrivabene, the Maranello-based outfit is undergoing a purge in its ranks. Ferrari has fired its veteran engineering director Pat Fry (pictured above at left), its chief designer Nicolas Tombazis (center) and its tire guru Hirohide Hamashima (whom the team picked up shortly after Bridgestone left the sport, not pictured).

In their places, Ferrari has named appropriate replacements, and has shuffled some additional staff around. F1 journalist Alberto Antonini, for example, has taken over the press office from Renato Bisignani who will now run the Scuderia's new commercial department. More vital, however, is James Allison, a longtime F1 engineer who previously worked for Ferrari for five years and returned from Lotus last year to take up position as the team's new technical director – too late to influence last season's chassis but now charged with developing next year's.

Whether the radical reshuffling of its staff will be enough to reverse the team's fortunes, nobody can say for certain at this point. But without a single grand prix victory this past season, things can hardly get any worse for what historically has been the most victorious team in all of motorsport.

News Source: Ferrari via Autosport [1], [2]