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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. The driver of the BMW in the video below obviously hasn't read either of those two articles.

The short but hilarious clip starts with dashcam footage of gridlock traffic during the evening rush hour, somewhere around the Dufferin and 407 area, just north of the city. No big deal, right? 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 cuts across all lanes of traffic and hops another curb into the grassy on-ramp area of the grassy area of no-mans-land.

She proceeds to stop to wait for the police to catch up only to fling the torn up ticket out of her sunroof into the 'air like she just don't care'. We won't spoil the rest of the short video for you but the combination of the soundtrack and the ridiculousness of the police chase will have you chuckling through your lunch break. We had to watch the video a couple of times to get the full effect and every time we watch it, it gets funnier and funnier. While we don't condone this type of behaviour, it's undeniably entertaining!

Check the video out, below and make sure to share the laughs with all your co-workers and friends for fun-karma points.

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

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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.


New York Auto Show Hottest Concept Cars

SRT Viper TA adds Anodized Carbon Special Edition

Posted Apr 16th 2014 8:01PM

2015 SRT Viper TA Anodized Carbon Special Edition

Rare is good. Rare cars are very good. Rare Vipers are extra good. So what happens when you add a special edition to an already rare SRT Viper Time Attack? You get the Anodized Carbon Special Edition Viper TA.

SRT was already planning to offer 50 copies of the Anodized Carbon Special Editions, based on the GTS model. While that's pretty rare, the announcement that the last ten AC Vipers will be sold with the Time Attack equipment group makes it one of the most unique Vipers in quite some time.

The new models will wear a special dash plaque, in addition to their very special paint job. Metallic Matte Black paint covers the body, while Satin Black Vapor can be found on the exhausts, fuel door, brake ducts and rear bumper.

While the exterior does away with the TA's trademark orange paint, the interior still sports a bit of the retina-searing colour, thanks to the contrast stitching on the cabin's Alcantara trim.

Aside from these few aesthetic changes, this matte gray Viper is just as brutally quick as the TA we drove back in November. You can read all about that test here, or you could just scroll up and have a look at our live images of the Anodized Carbon Special Edition. SRT's press release and stock images are available below.

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Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition marks a day we never thought we'd see

Posted Apr 16th 2014 7:30PM

Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition

Alfa Romeo has been teasing its return to North America for years. Each time, it's seemingly been pushed back for one reason or another. The last time we had our Alfa fix fulfilled was when just a few hundred examples of the 8C Competizione crossed the pond late last decade. Now, though, it looks like finally Alfa will be coming back, showing this, the 4C Launch Edition, at the 2014 New York Auto Show.

By now, you should know the brief on the 4C – ultra-lightweight, mid-engined, turbocharged and with non-power-assisted steering. It's a driving instrument, and one we've admired from afar since it hit the European market.

The 4C Launch Edition is the opening volley of Alfa's North American return and adds a number of items to the already appealing sports car. The 500 Launch Editions will be limited to three colours - Alfa Red, Rosso Competizione or Madreperla White. It sports standard bi-xenon headlamps, which do away with the polarizing covers that highlighted European models. A carbon-fibre spoiler and mirror caps and unique forged wheels round out the changes for first NA-spec 4Cs.

The suspension is firmer, with performance-tuned shocks and stiffer front and rear sway bars. Meanwhile, a racing exhaust should help the turbocharged, four-cylinder engine make its presence known. It doesn't seem like the power output is changing thanks to the new exhaust, although we're expecting the 4C's already throaty warble will sound even better.

You can take a look up top for our full gallery of live images of the new 4C or you can scroll down and take a look at the official press release from Alfa Romeo. Then, hop into the Comments and let us know if you think of the latest Alfa to be sold in North America.

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