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2015 Ford Mustang Ecoboost Review

Posted Sep 23rd 2014 12:00PM

The New Steed For The New Breed

Amidst the great oil crisis of the early '80s, Ford unleashed the 1984 SVO Mustang upon the world as an alternative to the gas-guzzling 5.0. The SVO arrived on the scene with with a more advanced 2.3-litre 4-cylinder, intercooled and turbocharged motor boasting an underrated 175 bhp and 210 lb-ft. That 175 hp figure was more often than not proven to be on the low side once the car hit the dyno. For that model year, the V8 GT 5.0L was also pushing out 175 hp but with a slightly higher 245 lb-ft of torque available.

Along with the advanced fuel-injected turbo motor, the SVO shipped with 4-wheel disc brakes, a Ford Traktion-Lok Differential (LSD), a quicker ratio steering rack, 16-inch aluminum wheels, a modified front suspension geometry setup and a complete Koni suspension system featuring tuned adjustable shocks and struts. The resulting cost of the SVO was thousands more than the V8 GT model and as awesome as it was, this was the sports car no Mustang owner wanted to pay for and as such, the SVO saw underwhelming sales and Ford axed it in 1986.

Now fast forward to 30 years later-it's 2014 and Ford have just unbridled the all-new 2015 Mustang-yet again offering up an advanced 2.3 L turbocharged motor, this time, in the form of the already proven Ecoboost series.

We spent the morning driving the GT around the canyons and streets of Los Angeles and we couldn't say enough good things about the new car. Since the Ecoboost and the GT models share the same chassis and running gear (minus 4 cylinders and plus one turbo), check out the first drive review of the GT here, then come back and get the breakdown on the Ecoboost variant.

Image Credit: Copyright 2014: Ronnie Fung / Drew Phillips / AOL

10 things to know before buying any car

Posted Sep 23rd 2014 11:30AM



Shopping for a new or used car shouldn't be a long and frustrating process many consumer often complain about. If you arm yourself with the right knowledge, tools and tips, you'll find it's fairly simple to quickly get through the car buying and avoid the pesky negotiation process without any major headaches or feeling you've been overcharged.

Our list of Top 10 things to know before buying any car looks at the most crucial steps that can get in the way. Click here to read through the quick check-list featuring some of the most important things to do before you walk into a car dealership.

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Man gets 4 DUIs in 30 hours in bid for World's Worst Driver

Posted Sep 23rd 2014 10:57AM

Man Charged With 4 DUIs In Less Than 2 Days

How? That is the dominant question on the minds of our Autoblog Canada staff after reading this astonishing tale out of Rhode Island. How did a man get arrested four times for driving under the influence in just 30 hours? How could he afford to have four vehicles impounded? And how could police let it get to the point that he'd have four arrests in such a short period?

53-year-old John Lourenco's alleged DUI spree began when he crashed a Dodge pickup into an SUV, causing minor injuries to the two children in the backseat. While we'd think that last fact would be enough to keep him behind bars until he could go before a judge, according to The Providence Journal, Lourenco was taken to the hospital – where he had to be restrained after trying to hurl a jar of urine at the staff – before being released to his parents.

Lourenco took a break overnight, probably to drink a bit more, before crashing a Chevrolet sedan at 7:00 AM the next morning. No one was injured this time around although Lourenco registered an impressive blood alcohol content of .220. That's nearly triple the legal limit in Rhode Island. Once again, he was released to his parents.

A mere four hours later, he was pulled over in a Plymouth Barracuda for driving erratically. He was taken to the hospital for yet another BAC test and was released to the staff's custody. With the first three crashes taking place in Cumberland, north of Providence, Lourenco took his talents south for his final act, engaging a dump truck with a tree. Yes, a dump truck. Into a tree.

This final crash led to minor injuries and yet another trip to the hospital. Following this last crash, police apparently took mercy on the sober drivers of Rhode Island and held the 53-year-old for court. Lourenco was arraigned and released last week on a $25,000 surety bond for the first three crashes. He'll be arraigned later this week on the dump truck incident.

News Source: The Providence Journal via Gawker

Image Credit: Susan Montoya Bryan / AP

Hyundai readying 708-hp Sonata for SEMA

Posted Sep 23rd 2014 10:00AM

Hyundai Sonata tuned by Bisimotor for Sema

For the past two years at the SEMA show, the folks at Bisimoto Engineering have taken one of Hyundai's models and tuned it up to levels of power previously unimaginable. It started in 2012 with a 600-horsepower Elantra GT, and they outdid themselves last year with a 1,000-hp Genesis Coupe. This year Bisimoto's tuners are teasing their latest wild creation by starting with a normal 2015 Sonata and turning the wick up to 708 hp thanks to a long list of engine mods.

The key in this massive injection of power is taking the regular 2.4-litre Theta-II four-cylinder engine and doing everything necessary so that it can actually withstand so much additional strain. That means introducing forged pistons and connecting rods and an improved valvetrain with new cams, plus a high-boost turbocharger to really up the ante. It's all then mated to a six-speed manual to get things rolling.

"After hundreds of hours of testing, failure analysis and prototyping, 18 new products will be engineered and produced in house to produce 708 horsepower from the Sonata," said Bisi Ezerioha, owner of Bisimoto Engineering in Hyundai's release.

While it might be pretty cool to find a 708-hp Sonata that looked completely stock at first glance, this is for the SEMA show after all, and it's all about showing off there. So in addition to the huge increase in horsepower, the Hyundai gets a complete aero upgrade, a coil-over suspension and a roll cage inside, in addition to other improvements. At the moment, only the rear of the car is being teased ahead of the November 4 reveal. Until we get to see more, scroll down to read Bisimoto's entire parts list to turn Sonata from a commuter into a racer.

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News Source: Hyundai

Hyundai swims against the current with new i20 Coupe

Posted Sep 23rd 2014 9:00AM

Hyundai i20 Coupe teaser

Coupefying hatchbacks is all the rage in the European market these days. Its what Opel and Vauxhall did with the latest Astra, and what Renault did with the Mégane, and now Hyundai is preparing to follow a similar formula, only in a smaller form.

While the i30 is the model with which Hyundai competes with the aforementioned Astra and Mégane, to say nothing of the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus, it's the smaller i20 – recently introduced in five-door form – which the Korean automaker plans to give the coupe treatment.

Previewed in the teaser image above, the upcoming new i20 Coupe will enter a somewhat shrinking market for three-door superminis. Though the VW Polo, Ford Fiesta, Peugeot 208 and Opel Corsa are still available with three portals, their forms are otherwise no more coupe-like than their five-door counterparts. (Mini has tried a similar approach with its Coupe, and Citroën has forked the C3 five-door and DS3 three-door, but those are decidedly more upscale offerings.) Alongside the Seat Ibiza, Hyundai is one of the few mainstream automakers offering three-door superminis significantly distinguished from its five-door versions.

In the case of the i20 Coupe, we're looking at a more rakish roofline, a pronounced rear spoiler, a wrap-around rear window and unique lighting modules. Expect the new i20 Coupe to be positioned slightly below the Veloster, but don't expect it to come to North America: like the five-door version, the i20 Coupe has been designed and developed in Europe for the European market.

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News Source: Hyundai

Nissan's Nismo celebrates 30th year with video retrospective

Posted Sep 22nd 2014 8:00PM

#23 Nissan R91CP in action during 1992 Rolex 24 at Daytona, FL.

Nismo, the motorsports and high-performance arm of Nissan, has a lot of racing success to celebrate in its history and possibly even bigger accomplishments to look forward to. The company is commemorating its 30th anniversary with a video looking back at its most important milestones from each year of its past.

Nismo's job first and foremost at its beginning was to excel at motorsports. It wasn't too long after the division was founded in 1984 that the company made its first of many attempts to take an overall victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It never quite succeeded in that goal, but still managed to do well in long-distance competition elsewhere. At the same time, Nismo was racking up wins in touring car races in Japan.

Eventually, the division's engineers started dipping their toes into tuning road cars, in addition to going racing. What began as something sporadic has become a growing part of the Nissan lineup with Nismo-branded models of the 370Z, Juke, Note in Europe and the GT-R.

After taking a little while off from the top class of endurance racing, Nismo is making its big return with the GT-R LM to challenge Audi, Porsche and Toyota at Le Mans in 2015. It's some very steep competition, but be sure to watch the video for a better understanding of why it is so important to Nissan's motorsports arm.

News Source: Nissan Newsroom via YouTube

Fiat 500X teased in creepy new video

Posted Sep 22nd 2014 7:00PM

Fiat 500X teaser video

Fiat is bringing a new variant of its 500 family to the 2014 Paris Motor Show, and as its debut approaches, the tempo of teaser releases is increasing. Earlier this month, we showed you heavily blurred video of the new 500X from a variety of angles. Today, we have a pretty strange spot that actually gives us some unobscured looks at the new compact crossover.

The odd teaser shows a woman on a swing in an abandoned city. If that's not odd enough, she's reciting the ABCs in the sort of sing-song manner generally reserved for possessed children in horror films. Then the 500X arrives.

While we do get a full look at the car's face, the majority of styling cues that we can see don't reveal much that we didn't know. The fascia isn't too dissimilar from the 500L, aside from its soft-road styling features, while the tail boasts a wide set of vertical taillights.

Take a look at the video and let us know what you think.

News Source: AleMcGir via YouTube, Carscoops

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2015 Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon to net up to 8.7L/100 km with 4-cylinder

Posted Sep 22nd 2014 6:00PM

2015 Chevrolet Colorado

Before even officially going on sale to customers, the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickup twins are already proving to be a success with dealer orders exceeding original projections. Now, there is even more good news for these siblings, with the fuel economy for their four-cylinder engines netting class-leading numbers and the 3.6-litre V6 getting segment-best payload ratings.

The 2.5-litre four-cylinder in the two trucks makes 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque, and in rear-wheel drive and six-speed manual trim it has a fuel usage rating of 12.4L/100 km (19 mpg) city, 9L/100 km (26 mpg) highway and 10.7L/100 km (22 mpg) combined. Opting for a two-wheel drive configuration with the six-speed automatic bumps those figures slightly to 11.8L/100 km (20 mpg) city, 8.7L/100 km (27 mpg) highway and 10.7L/100 km (22 mpg) combined. Finally, a four-wheel drive model with the automatic 'box carries a 12.4/9.4/11.2 (19/25/21) rating. Those numbers are a tick better here and there compared to what's offered by the optional V6.

The twins' major four-cylinder, midsize pickup rivals are the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier, but they're both getting somewhat long in the tooth. To compare fuel economy and power, a two-wheel drive Tacoma with its 2.7-litre four-cylinder is rated at 159 hp and 180 lb-ft, and achieves 11.2/9.4/10.6L/100 km (21/25/22 mpg). The Frontier with its 2.5-litre four-cylinder is good for 152 hp and 171 lb-ft, and carries 12.3/10.2/11.2L/100 km (19/23/21 mpg) figures.

The V6 payload ratings are also class leading, with the Colorado rated at 712 kilograms (1,590 pounds) and the Canyon at 734 kilograms (1,620 pounds). According to parent General Motors, the 13.6-kilogram (30-pound) deviation is due to different curb weights for the models.

The Colorado and Canyon are already on their way to dealers. Scroll down to read the full fuel economy announcement about these midsize trucks.

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Translogic 159: V2X Demonstrations at ITS World Congress

Posted Sep 22nd 2014 5:00PM

Vehicle-To-Infrastructure Communication Could Lead To Smarter, Safer Roadways

GM V2X

A few years ago, the hot term in car connectivity was V2V, or vehicle-to-vehicle communication. Now, another techy abbreviation has taken hold: V2X, or vehicle-to-anything-you-can-imagine.

We head to the ITS World Congress in Detroit, MI, to see how the cars of the future will communicate with each other, and the world around them, with demonstrations from Honda, GM and NXP.

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