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Audi following Tesla with 450-kilometre EV family car

Posted Nov 27th 2014 4:00PM

The Audi R8 etron at the Silvretta Rally, front three-quarter view.

The press days are finished at the LA Auto Show, but things said there are still making news. While in California, Audi technical development chief Ulrich Hackenberg told reporters that his employer plans to release an electric car with a range of 450 kilometres (280 miles) "around 2017." Hackenberg wouldn't say what kind of car - or crossover, perhaps - it will be, but one report said it would be "a large car, fitting five large people with ample luggage space." Most observers expect it to be a sedan to take on the Tesla Model S.

It's no secret that Audi respects Tesla, and there have been hints that The House of Quattro is ready to really flex its progress-through-technology muscles in Tesla's direction. Audi will be applying lessons learned in the development of the coming R8 E-tron to the future electric car, after it managed to double the range of the electric sports car thanks to new battery technology to 450 kilometers (280 miles.)

This puts another tentative all-electric Audi in the mix and another Tesla competitor, after rumours of a possible electric Q8 from February of this year. If an electric Q8 does happen, it's expected to be a challenger to the Tesla Model X. And that might not be all: Bloomberg reported in June that Audi had "devised blueprints for several high-performance electric saloons and sport-utility vehicles."

News Source: AutoExpress

Mercedes AMG GT3 racecar due in 2016

Posted Nov 27th 2014 3:00PM

The 2016 Mercedes AMG GT S, front three-quarter view.

Our life with the Mercedes-AMG GT has only just begun, and a full life it looks like it will be. The latest in preposterous two-doors from AMG is launching in GT and GT S flavours, but a few more branches of the family tree are already planned: a racing entry for the FIA GT3 championship is scheduled to appear in 2016, giving the current SLS AMG GT3 another year to gobble up victories before it takes a drive across the Styx.

More exciting for those who only suit up on Sunday for church, whispers are that a we'll also get a streetable version of the race car - not called "GT3" because that alphanumeric is owned by Porsche, but definitely aimed at its Stuttgart rival. AMG boss Tobias Moers told Autocar the objective for that car is "more power, less weight, better aerodynamics and different suspension but the targets should be the power to weight ratio, drivability, lap time and tremendous feel." Those targets will be aided by a carbon fibre weight-loss regime of up to 220 pounds (100 kilograms) and more power - perhaps 550 horsepower - from the currently "very understressed" engine.

Supposing that still isn't enough for you, then the Black Series version should curl your toes, if you can wait until 2018 for it.

News Source: Top Gear

Image Credit: Copyright 2014 Seyth Miersma / AOL

Could Alfa Romeo's new midsize sedan be coming to Canada?

Posted Nov 27th 2014 2:00PM



As the calendar shifts, so do Alfa Romeo's plans. At the LA Auto Show, Harald Wester, head of Alfa Romeo, said the brand would unveil its second North American model – after the sporty Alfa Romeo 4C – next June, but he wouldn't identify the type of car. A report in Automotive News Europe (ANE), quoting sources, says that it will be a midsize sedan in the mold of the erstwhile Alfa Romeo 159 (pictured above) that was supposed to become the Giulia but now has a new brief and perhaps a new name.

"Giulia" should be familiar because we've been hearing about it for more than three years – in fact it was 2011 when it was thrown back on the drawing board for a complete redesign. Last year the plan – or the anonymously-sourced bits of the plan that we kept getting – were for the platform to go rear-wheel drive and do duty for both a BMW 3 Series and 5 Series competitor. ANE's latest intel is that the coming midsize sedan will be come in between the 3 Series and 5 Series – a strategy used by the original Cadillac CTS – slotting in beneath a "flagship sedan" that would fit between the 5 Series and 7 Series. That would appear to contradict a direct challenge to the entry-level segment's standard-bearer, and perhaps the BMW M3, too.

Those two Alfa sedans would be part of an eventual eight-model onslaught happening over the next four years, which is a new matrix compared to April of this year when that was reported to be six models over the next five years. ANE says work has started on three of them, a midsize SUV said to be the third. The push is to get Alfa to 400,000 annual sales – 100,000 more than the April target – with North America accounting for an ambitious 150,000 of that.

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"Innovative" dad creates dangerously impressive motocross swing

Posted Nov 27th 2014 1:00PM

Feast your eyes on the motoswing

You can make a swing out of just about anything: chain, rope, a plank of wood, even an old tire. But what if that tire is still attached to a motorized vehicle?

That's the question one enthusiastic father set out to answer when he hooked up a dirtbike to a rope and up to a tree in Burrillville, RI – a small town of 16,000 or so on the outskirts of Providence. What could go wrong?

While his answer may not be the smartest or the most responsible, it sure looks like fun and the fact that his kid uploaded and named the video "I come home and my dad is doing this, I swear he's a child!" had us laughing before we even hit play.

Let's just hope good old dad doesn't let the kids play on his homemade 'moto-swing', because this strikes us as one of those things that's just bound to end with a trip to the emergency room. Watch the video above to see the world's first and hopefully last 'motocross swing' in action.

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News Source: yosip1115 via YouTube

2016 Smart Forfour

Posted Nov 27th 2014 12:00PM

2016 Smart ForFour

The Fortwo always has been – and always will be – the prototypical Smart car. While it has been far and away the brand's best seller, it's not the only model to to wear the moniker. A decade ago, Smart rolled out the larger Forfour, but like the brand's other models that have come and gone, it wasn't much of a success. Now, Smart is back and taking another stab at it with the introduction of this all-new Forfour. And this time, we think it's in a much better position to succeed.

Where the previous model shared its underpinnings, production line and front-engined layout with the Mitsubishi Colt, the new Forfour was co-developed with – and will be produced alongside – the new Renault Twingo we drove recently. Like its predecessor (and its contemporary French cousin), the new Forfour is not presently earmarked to be offered in North America. But curiosity got the better of us when we were offered the chance to drive it back to back with the Fortwo upon their launch in Barcelona.

Image Credit: Copyright 2014 Noah Joseph / AOL

Hottest Selling Cars in Canada 2014

Posted Nov 27th 2014 11:00AM



It's been a busy year for the automotive industry in Canada, as consumers continue to fuel fairly strong new car sales across the country. While Canadian car shoppers are often considered cost-savvy compact car buyers (SEE: Most Affordable New Cars of 2014), it seems the growing popularity of crossover vehicles and much lower cost of gas these days has added more CUVs, SUVs and trucks to the list of Best Selling Cars in Canada.

While popular and proven models like the Ford F-150 and Honda Civic continue their reign supreme, you might be surprised to see a number of other makes and models included on the best-seller's list. We based our findings on all year-to-date sales data provided by manufacturers and monthly Canadian sales reports dated between January 2014 to the most recently released October 2014 sales figures.

Click here to countdown the 30 Hottest Selling Cars in Canada for 2014.

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Subaru launches STI-tuned Forester tS in Japan

Posted Nov 27th 2014 10:00AM

Subaru Forester tS

Subaru Forester tSSubaru Tecnica International, better known by its initials, STI, has finally unveiled its work at tuning the Forester into a higher performance machine. Unfortunately while tweaks to the suspension and styling are plentiful, it's not clear how much acceleration is going to improve from just a few minor upgrades to the powertrain.

All of the tS models come with a turbocharged, 2.0-litre four-cylinder and continuously variable transmission. STI fits new software to control the engine and gearbox, plus a cooler for the CVT, but Subaru doesn't say what effect this has on overall performance. The Sport Sharp driving mode has also been also re-tuned in the SI-Drive system.

However, the Forester tS should definitely be a better handler with a 0.6-inch (15-mm) drop for the suspension and STI parts for the strut tower brace and rear subframe support. The upgrade to forged 19-inch wheels from BBS and commensurately larger tires should help the CUV stick to the road better, too, and Brembo ventilated brake discs front and rear can bring things to a halt.

On the outside, the Forester tS wears some subtle updates with a cherry-red pinstripe running around the front grille and rear bumper. STI also fits a new front and rear spoiler, plus black mirrors provide a little contrast on each side. Inside, there are some new seats up front with a mix of black leather and Ultrasuede with red stitching and matching door panels.

We were hoping Subaru might let STI go wild on the Forester to create a higher-riding take on the WRX STI, but that didn't happen. The tS goes on sale in Japan on November 25 and is limited to just 300 units. Prices ring up at 4,027,778 yen before the country's consumption tax ($38,390). Scroll down for all the details about this hotted-up crossover.

News Source: Subaru

Uber Canada brings 'Important Benefits To Consumers' says Competition Bureau

Posted Nov 27th 2014 9:00AM



The Competition Bureau says municipalities should consider whether moves to ban digital dispatch services and ride-sharing applications (similar to some car sharing services) are necessary. In a commentary published on its website, the federal regulator said that municipalities should look to see if less restrictive regulations could address their concerns.

"The Competition Bureau is of the view that these innovative business models have the potential to offer important benefits to consumers through more competition, including lower prices, greater convenience and better service quality for a variety of reasons," the regulator said.

The comments follow a move by Toronto last week to seek a court injunction to force Uber Canada Inc. to stop operations in that city... READ FULL STORY

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News Source: The Canadian Press via The Huffington Post Canada

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Ferrari 458 Speciale vs Porsche 911 GT3 shows what Chris Harris does best

Posted Nov 26th 2014 8:00PM

Chris Harris on Cars with Ferrari 458 Speciale versus Porsche 911 GT3

After a brief trip behind a pay wall, British auto journalist Chris Harris is back posting videos for free online, and shorts like this one are the perfect example of why his return is so welcome. Showing up at the damp Anglesey Circuit on the Welsh coast with the Ferrari 458 Speciale and Porsche 911 GT3, Harris ostensibly aims to find the better model. However, the final result really succeeds in showcasing the fun to be had behind the wheels of both supercars, particularly when initiating huge slides around the track.

As Harris presents it, the vehicles get through the circuit in somewhat different ways The Ferrari is brash and "feels alive," as he puts it as it screams around the track. Alternatively, the Porsche is a bit more restrained, while still being able to show some emotion. In the end, it comes down to trying to get a controlled lap around Anglesey from this duo, but it's pretty clear that the times don't tell the whole story. If you're in the mood to watch two of the world's premiere supercars wag their tails in the wet, then this video cannot be missed.

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