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2015 BMW M3 squares off against Alpina D3 in gas vs. diesel throwdown

  • 2015 BMW M3 squares off against Alpina D3 in gas vs. diesel throwdown
  • HIGHLIGHTS: Importfest 2014 takes over downtown Toronto
  • 2016 Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Prototype [w/video]
  • Father-son team grows close by building tuned Porsche

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INKAS Armored builds first bulletproof Mercedes-Benz G63 Limousine in Toronto

Posted Jul 29th 2014 5:45PM



When it comes to security and protection inside your vehicle, the team at INKAS Armored Vehicle Manufacturing takes it far beyond common car alarms and petty car theft, as the Toronto-based company is known for creating highly advanced and fully customized bulletproof vehicles like the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG limo you see above.

As the first of its kind, this fully armored, (bullet and blast proof) stretched Mercedes-Benz G63 executive limousine features 60-inches of additional length and has been designed specifically to serve as a fully-functional executive mobile office too... READ MORE
Armored Cars Becoming Hollywood's New Must-Have

News Source: INKAS

Image Credit: INKAS

2014 Cadillac ELR

Posted Jul 29th 2014 12:00PM

Translogic 155: Cadillac ELR Plug-In Hybrid
For the past decade, Cadillac has been searching for ways to breathe life into its lineup of luxury sedans and SUVs. While it has enjoyed recent success with the CTS and Escalade, brand perception still skews older and stuffier than Caddy's German and Japanese counterparts.

Can the electrified Cadillac ELR shock the system and return a pulse to this storied American brand, or will the Chevy Volt-based plug-in price itself out of the market? Host Jonathon Buckley heads to Los Angeles to test the 2014 Cadillac ELR and you can click here to watch it all in the video above.

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Cellphone bans don't reduce accidents, research finds

Posted Jul 28th 2014 5:59PM

October 27, 2008 - A driver talks on his cell phone while smoking a cigarette and driving eastbound

"It was pretty clear to us that there was no compelling evidence of a decrease in accidents" – Daniel Kaffine

Common sense says that talking on a cellphone while driving is not a particularly safe thing to do. But recent studies have found banning cellphone use while behind the wheel is not leading to a decrease in accidents.

The results are somewhat surprising and have left researchers and regulators scratching their heads, as every province in Canada has a distracted driving (which includes using hand-held communication devices while driving) laws in place.

The most recent study, published this summer in the journal Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, analyzed California's cellphone ban for drivers in 2008. Researchers found the number of accidents only dropped from 66.7 per day to 65.2 per day, a statistically minor decline. The results were mirrored in many other major cities, including San Francisco, though Los Angeles did experience a slight decrease in accidents. Researchers looked at the six-month periods before and after the ban went into place on July 1, 2008.

"We went in there expecting to see something," Daniel Kaffine, one of the study's authors, told Autoblog Canada. "[But] it was pretty clear to us that there was no compelling evidence of a decrease in accidents."

Though offsetting for safety advocates, Kaffine's research is in line with other findings. The Highway Loss Data Institute, the research arm of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, studied insurance claims rates in 2009 and 2010 studies, and found no link that bans helped decrease crashes... READ MORE

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Image Credit: Pawel Dwulit/Toronto Star via Getty, AP Photo/Pat Sullivan

An open letter to every teen getting a driver's licence

Posted Jul 27th 2014 5:59PM

Legislature and You-Teen Drivers

Reid HollisterMy son Reid (pictured on the left, at right) would have turned 25 this month. I say would because he died, the driver in a one-car crash, at age 17, just 11 months after getting his driver's licence.

My son's death devastated our family and our community. After seven years, we don't cry as much as we used to, but we are left with painful wonder: what would Reid have been doing today if he had lived?

I start with my tragedy only to introduce myself as more interested in safe teen driving than the average parent. If my opening has made you roll your eyes, I ask you to give me a few hundred words of your time, based on my promise that the rest of this is about you, not me.

You may have heard of the famous prayer asking for the ability to accept what we cannot change, the courage to change what we can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Safe teen driving is similar. Let me explain... READ MORE
Timothy Hollister is an attorney and teen safety advocate. Author of Not So Fast: Parenting Your Teen Through Dangers of Driving, he has been a rational voice promoting better teen driving education and increased awareness of parents' role in keeping their children safe behind the wheel.

Image Credit: Gary S. Chapman / Marc Serota / Invision / Associated Press

Importfest 2014 brings top tuners to Toronto this weekend

Posted Jul 25th 2014 2:00PM



The aftermarket tuner car scene isn't quite what it used to be, but Importfest 2014 continues to prove why it's touted as "Canada's biggest, baddest car show" (where "bad" is meant to be good). Taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Saturday July 26 from 12pm-12am, this late night car show plans to take over the heart of Toronto's downtown core.

With roots dating back to 2001, Importfest organizer's have certainly earned some bragging rights over this show's long history with plenty of successful Toronto and Vancouver based events to show for it. Wondering just what kind of cars will turn up this year? Well, you'll have to check out our photo gallery from last year to get a first hand look at what to expect at Importfest 2014 and watch the preview video below for more.

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2015 Ford Expedition

Posted Jul 25th 2014 12:00PM

2015 Ford Expedition

While the tide of bigger-is-better SUVs has been in recession since, well, the recession, fullsize utes are still very much with us. Conservative creatures that have been loathe to evolve, fullsize SUVs nonetheless remain enduringly popular among large families, livery customers, and anyone with lots of friends, relatives, and toys to tug around. With respect to Toyota and Nissan, the only players that really matter in the segment are the new-for-2015 Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban, the GMC Yukon/Yukon XL, and this truck: the Ford Expedition, the latest evolution of which we just drove for the first time at a press preview in West Virginia.

Unlike the General Motors utilities, the standard Expedition and the long-wheelbase Expedition EL are not all-new, but rather are heavily refreshed versions of the same basic truck Ford started selling way back in 2007. The front fascia is where most of the exterior update happens for 2015, with a new three-bar grille design, halogen projector headlamps, and new bumper design with available LED foglamps. Despite all the new bits, the facelift breaks exactly zero ground in terms of design; in fact, it already looks dated, and will only look older once the macho 2015 F-150 bows later this year. Even less has changed out back, where the tailgate gets a wide chrome band spanning the taillamps and a new chrome exhaust tip. Other exterior changes are generally limited to colors and an all-new wheel lineup that includes a gleaming set of six-spoke 22-inch polished wheels on high-end models.

Speaking of high-end models, a new Platinum trim is positioned above the cowboy-spec King Ranch model for 2015. Both the Platinum and King Ranch get their own color combos and exterior trim finishes (satin metal for the Platinum, chrome everywhere and ginormous badges for the King Ranch) and posh, leather-lined interiors with their own aesthetic. The Expedition family also now includes a price-leading XL model, as well as XLT and Limited grades.

That's nice and all, but we didn't fly to Appalachia to ogle new headlights and caress leather seats. The real draw was to see how the Expedition fares after making the switch from its outgoing V8 to turbocharged V6 power, the only way it will come henceforth. The change makes sense on paper, given that the turbo six – the same engine found in the F-150 EcoBoost – simply trounces the old V8 with 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, compared to the outgoing 5.4's 310 hp and meager 365 lb-ft of torque. Notably, the EcoBoost V6 also outmuscles the 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque produced by the 5.3-litre base V8 in GM's portfolio, though it comes up shy of their forceful – and thirsty – optional 420-hp, 460 lb-ft 6.2-litre V8.

Image Credit: Copyright 2014 Steve Siler / AOL / Ford

Mall in China debuts bigger pink parking spots just for women

Posted Jul 25th 2014 9:00AM

AFP

A Chinese mall is in the spotlight after creating larger parking spots specifically designed for women. The ten pink outlined spaces, which are found at the Dashijiedaduhui -- "World Metropolis" - shopping centre in the northern city of Dalian, were drawn in after managers decided women were having difficulty getting into narrower spaces.

They are approximately 30 centimetres wider than normal, and bear the statement "respectfully reserved for women."

These spaces come on the heels of Chinese policemen offering undeniably skewed advice to female drivers last year, like not to panic if they suddenly can't find their way to their destination, or to release the handbrake before beginning to drive... READ MORE

News Source: Newsy via AOL On, The Huffington Post Canada

Image Credit: NBC / Newsy via AOL On, Johannes Eisele via Getty Images

Darth Vader and Superman watch as angry man breaks into cop car

Posted Jul 24th 2014 4:00PM

Darth Vader & Superman Watch as Man Breaks Into Cop Car

Superheroes and villains are a common sight along Hollywood Boulevard, but an angry man smashing a parked police car is not. Watch the video above as Darth Vader and Superman stumble upon a cop car smashing vandal in action. Could any superpowers or Vader's "force" halt the crime in progress?

After brazenly smashing the windows of the LAPD car
at one of the busiest intersections in Hollywood, the man was taken into custody by police. According to witnesses and video footage caught on camera by a KTLA photographer, the man was heard yelling "I love Jesus Christ" before he began smashing the windows of the parked patrol car near Hollywood and Highland in Los Angeles.

News Source: KTLA via AOL On

How Hollywood furthered our automotive obsession [w/videos]

Posted Jul 23rd 2014 1:01PM

Our Favourite Cars From The Big And Small Screens

Generally, General Lee

The car enthusiast's passion generally isn't founded in any single experience. It is a result of many influences, coming from places like our parents, our surrounding area's culture and, almost always, the media.

The automobile plays both major and minor roles in nearly every movie and TV show known to mankind. Today the editors at Autoblog, Autoblog Canada and AOL Autos are paying homage to a few of these, acknowledging the ones that stand out in our minds as having played a profound part in forming our ardor for all things automotive.

Head on past the jump to see the cars from the big and small screen for which our staff still pines. And make sure to tell us about your favorite movie/TV cars, in Comments.

Image Credit: Bruno_me - Flickr

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