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LISTED: Top 15 SUVs of 2015

Posted Oct 16th 2014 2:30PM



Motor Trend has announced the results of its 2015 SUV of the Year competition, and from a field that included some of our own personal favourites like the new Porsche Macan, Cadillac Escalade, Subaru Outback, Chevrolet Tahoe and BMW X5. But, the buff book has awarded the top spot to... wait for it... the 2015 Honda CR-V. If that result surprises you just a little, well, get to the back of the line.

The list looked at six different categories ranging from overall design to efficiency – both fuel economy and carbon footprint – to safety and value to pick its winner, singling out the refreshed Honda while paying particular praise to its new 2.4-litre Earth Dreams four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission. A tighter steering ratio was also cited as a big source of improvement.

"There was a lot of contentious debate," Motor Trend Technical Director Frank Markus told Autoblog, indicating that nearly half the judges approached the final round of voting with an eye towards the redesigned Jeep Cherokee. "This year's field included some pretty fancy and fast iron, but the thoughtful changes made by Honda to hone its best-seller entry in that crowded compact cross-over segment really did the trick."

What are your thoughts on Motor Trend's decision? Based on the full list of top 15 SUVs of 2015, would you have chosen the Honda CR-V? Click here to view the full list of contenders and finalists, then tell us what you think on our facebook page.

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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Named Best Midsize SUV

News Source: Motor Trend

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2015 Tesla Model D test drive

Posted Oct 15th 2014 3:00PM

Tesla D Test Drive
With so much hype around the new AWD Tesla Model D, we caught up with our friends at Engadget to take Tesla's new D electric car for a quick spin. Click on the video above to watch our test drive with the latest Tesla, as we take a much closer look at Elon's latest work.

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Everything you missed from the 2014 Paris Motor Show

Posted Oct 15th 2014 9:00AM

2014 Paris Auto Show Recap
If the concept of performance oriented luxury cars that are getting Greener leaves you surprised, don't feel bad. We had to do a double take as well after this year's 2014 Paris Motor Show.

Click here to view our full photo gallery and recap, then watch the video above for more.

Take our tightly cropped car pic challenge

Posted Oct 14th 2014 6:00PM



Need something stimulating to help you get through your Tuesday? Try out our Tightly Cropped Car Pic Challenge.

It's simple: we'll show you ten close-up pictures of vehicles (they're all recent, but can come from a variety of segments and markets) and you try to guess the make and model based on the small visual hint provided. Don't get cocky, though. Since we're well aware that the Autoblog readership is the best and most knowledgeable around, we've made sure this quiz is no cakewalk. The crops on the first seven cars are pretty generous, but they get tighter and more puzzling (we think) for the final three.

Head on through to tackle the challenge. Each image is linked to the full 'answer' pic, so you can click through after you've finished, or if you're just stumped. Feel free to share your results in Comments below, but just remember: even if we don't know if you cheated and peeked, you'll always know.

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Winter tires vs. all season: When and why to make the switch

Posted Oct 14th 2014 2:00PM



It's that time of year again, as we prepare for the winter driving season and many drivers debate when (and if) they should switch to winter tires. Automobile technology is changing and cars are performing better because of things like ABS brakes and traction control. Still, those features are only as good as the grip of the vehicle's tires, especially in cold and snowy conditions.

"When choosing the right tire for the winter season, the best all-season tire doesn't compare to the worst winter tire," says John Morin, service manager for Canadian Tire's West Toronto store.

The fact is, the term 'all-season' is really a misnomer when it comes to tires. They're consistently out-performed by dedicated winter tires that increase control and decrease the average stopping distance at 80 km/h by as much as 20 metres. Snow tires are identified by a mountain/snowflake symbol branded on the sidewall.

For those wondering when you should install your winter tires and officially make the switch, you should do so before temperatures begin to consistently dip into the single digits, as industry experts agree conventional all season tires don't perform properly below 7 degrees Celsius.

If you've been thinking about making the switch to winter tires before the snow, click here to read our handy guide to answer some of your common questions.

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WATCH: Huge 1,200lb pumpkin dropped 120 feet, crushes truck for Halloween

Posted Oct 14th 2014 11:00AM

Huge Pumpkin Dropped 120 Feet Onto Van

It's fall and Halloween season is here again and organizers of the Conneaut Lake Fall Pumpkin Fest (yes, it's a real thing) have found a creative way to celebrate, kicking off this time of year with a big bang. Click on the video above to watch a giant pumpkin weighing over 1,200 pounds smash the heck out of an old truck after being dropped from 120 feet up. The odd yet captivating tradition draws loud cheers from the festival crowd and it's easy to see why, as it's pretty entertaining to watch!

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GM files trademark application for 'Chevy Bolt'

Posted Oct 14th 2014 10:00AM

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Move over Chevy Volt, a little brother could possibly be on the way.

General Motors filed a trademark application for both 'Chevrolet Bolt' and 'Bolt' earlier this year, specifically for use as automobile names. Trademark filings often hold clues for upcoming models or new products from automakers, says
Manoli Katakis, editorial director of GM Authority, an independent news source covering the latest news from The General.

"It's really hard to tell what it could be at this point. It could be a word-play off the Volt, or it could be a concept of sorts," Katakis told Autoblog. "As we've seen with the trademarks of 'Stingray,' 'MyLink' and 'Z28,' it's usually a preliminary indicator that something is coming."

Trademarked names can also lead to dead ends. Car manufacturers can apply for trademarks and sit on them for years. A company has to demonstrate use once it is granted a trademark, but the company can then file extensions on proof of use. That's how Chevrolet got away with registering the name "Barracuda" two years ago, and more than a two-and-half years later, has filed four extensions to show use without building any new Barracudas. General Motors also holds on to a trademark for "Chevelle" 35 years after the last one rolled off the assembly line.

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Porsche boss admits Panamera's style is offputting

Posted Oct 13th 2014 6:00PM

2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo

"There have been some small mistakes and we will do it better. For example the design could be better." – Matthias Mueller.

The design of the Porsche Panamera has been divisive, to say the least. Pretty much any Porsche with four doors was going to draw the ire of enthusiasts, but the fast-back-style roofline, prominent curves and seemingly never-ending hood have particularly irked some brand loyalists.

Finally, Porsche's headman is admitting as much. Sort of.

Speaking to Australian auto news site Motoring.com.au, CEO Matthias Mueller said the appearance – inside and out – has missed the mark, and changes are coming for the redesign. "There have been some small mistakes and we will do it better," Mueller said. "For example the design could be better."

Porsche design chief Michael Mauer told the website that improvements have been made for the new model, and that it will have an even more dramatic roofline. "We have addressed certain things and I think it is more attractive, but if as a designer I was to tell you the successor generation doesn't look as good as the old one, then most likely I should look for another job," Mauer said.

News Source: Motoring.com.au

Image Credit: Porsche

Happy Thanksgiving! Autoblog Canada is thankful for...

Posted Oct 13th 2014 12:00PM

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Thanksgiving weekend is an important holiday for Canadians across the country. On one hand, this long weekend allows us to spend some quality time with our family and friends, and at the same time, allows us to pause and reflect on the aspects of our life that we're truly thankful for.

Being car enthusiasts, we here at Autoblog Canada have lots of automotive-related stuff to be happy about – writing about cars is a pretty sweet gig, and we're thankful every day for the daily opportunity to share our experiences and opinions with all of you. And while we all share a common love for the automotive industry, each of us at Autoblog Canada are very thankful for different aspects about the car industry as a whole.

Thus, in the spirit of the 2014 Thanksgiving holiday, we've compiled a list of the automotive stuff we're most thankful for. Give it a read, and tell us about the car-related things you give thanks for.

Click here to read about the automotive things we're thankful for this year. From all of us here at Autoblog Canada, have a safe, happy and healthy Thanksgiving everyone.
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