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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.

2014 Mercedes-Benz E350 Cabriolet

Posted Oct 11th 2014 12:00PM



The great all-arounder. A concept as familiar to sports fans as it is to automotive gearheads, as the expression sums up a person or thing that excels by way of diffuse – rather than concentrated – excellence. In the case of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet, this roomy luxury cruiser isn't meant to light 'em up and burn rubber as much as provide a rich, grand-scale, open-top driving experience... READ MORE

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SPOTLIGHT: The mid-engine Porsche backstory takes us to Laguna Seca

Posted Oct 9th 2014 12:00PM

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Mid-Engine Porsche Drive

As an automaker's identity evolves over years, its signature becomes defined by any number of factors – heritage (Mercedes-Benz), image (Lamborghini), or market share (Toyota). In the case of Porsche, it was an engineering quirk that forged the German company's most enduring character trait.

Porsche would not have survived – let alone, thrived – in today's saturated landscape had it not been for the 911, and that slope-tailed sports car wouldn't have sprung to life without its predecessor, the 356. While phenomenal success of those rear-engine icons built the company, forays into the mid-engine configuration have played a significant part in establishing the brand's identity.

The Mid-Engine Prototype Of Ferry Porsche's Dreams

Ferry Porsche couldn't find the sports car of his dreams, so he decided to build it himself.

Dr. Ferdinand "Ferry" Porsche once famously said that he couldn't find the sports car of his dreams, so he decided to build it himself. The product of that desire (and the first car he created) was the 356/1, a mid-engine, two-seat roadster prototype that exploited the obvious benefits of having the motor in the middle – mass centralization, a lower polar moment of inertia and balanced weight distribution.

One could say that the mid-engine layout was in Ferry's blood. His father was company founder Dr. Ing. Ferdinand Porsche, who collaborated on the fearsome mid-engine V12 and V16-powered Auto Union racecars. But following the 356/1, Ferry soon realized that his dream car's impractical layout might hamper its commercial success. Taking real world realities like rear seats, interior volume, and storage capacity into consideration, he moved the engine behind the rear axle with the 356/2 Gmünd coupe in 1948, which was followed by nearly two decades of 356s that culminated in 1965. The bubble-shaped 356 established the Porsche mystique and laid the groundwork for the car that would become the brand's calling card.

News Source: Copyright 2014 Basem Wasef / AOL | Porsche

Translogic 160: Detroit Bus Company

Posted Oct 6th 2014 6:00PM

Keeping The Motor City On The Move With Biofuel Buses

Detroit Bus Company

We've all heard the stories of Detroit's stretched city services failing its residents, but we hear less about the residents who have stepped up to fill the gaps for their community.

Meet Andy Didorosi, the 27-year-old founder of The Detroit Bus Company. Andy's colourful, graffiti-art-covered busses started by facilitating downtown barhopping, but now serve a higher calling by chartering Detroit kids to school through the Youth Transit Alliance. The well-loved busses may look vintage on the outside, but they run on green biofuels and utilize GPS tracking to meet the demands of modern public transportation.

Venturi revels in its EV history with new America

Posted Oct 4th 2014 1:00PM

Venturi America EV

Venturi almost always cooks up something fresh and a bit crazy for the Paris Motor Show, from the America EV dune buggy to the Eclectic, which lived up to its name. This year at the Mondial de l'Automobile, Venturi is showing off its latest vehicle – a new version of the America EV – as well as the body work for the VBB-3, also known as the Buckeye Bullet, as it takes a look back at 30 years of the company and a decade of working on electric vehicles.

Venturi stepped into the EV space during the 2004 Paris show with the Fetish. A decade later, the new America is a little bit "over the Model S," according to Thierry Apparu, the news and communication manager for Venturi Automobiles. This time around, the dune buggy has doors (well, "doors" sort of like what the Renault Twizy has), a new motor and an updated powertrain, which makes it faster and more powerful, Apparu said. It also comes with better range – around 155 miles (250 km) – thanks to a a 53-kWh battery pack. Take a closer look in our gallery above and get ready to hear more about the car in 2015.

The company will also celebrate the record the VBB-3 set on the salt flats earlier this year. It wasn't quite up to the speed that the engineering team wanted, but the sleek needle still set a specific FIA speed record (Category A Group VIII Class 8 for electric vehicles over 3.5 tons) with an average two-way speed of 212.615 miles per hour (340 km/h) over a flying mile.

Despite the history lesson, the company was also happy to talk about its plans for 2015, which Include a return to the Salt Flats and more work with it Formula E racing team, "because we want to win," Apparu said.

News Source: Venturi

Image Credit: Live photos copyright 2014 Drew Phillips / AOL

Top 20 'most-ticketed' cars on the road

Posted Oct 3rd 2014 12:30PM



Got a speeding ticket recently? A new study by Insurance.com claims your lead foot might not be the only thing to blame, as the specific car make and model you're driving could be part of the reason for those flashing lights.

Although the study sampled US vehicles that racked up the most traffic violations, many of the same makes and models are also sold right here in Canada too. While high performance cars like the Subaru WRX and Scion FR-S aren't surprising to see on the list, there are a few odd shockers including the long discontinued Toyota Supra, Mitsubishi 3000GT and (wait for it...) Mercury Topaz?! WHAT?!

While we'll remain very skeptical of the overall results being claimed here, Insurance.com explains that it based the study on 557,238 drivers who requested online insurance quotes from its service from January 1, 2013 to July 2014. To make it onto the list, a vehicle needed over 50 quotes, and in the end that left 526 models.

Click here to countdown the 'most ticketed' cars on the road according to Insurance.com and let us know what you think of the results on our Facebook page after watching the video below.

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News Source: Insurance.com, AOL

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6 easy ways to avoid expensive car repairs

Posted Oct 2nd 2014 3:01PM

Mechanic Laughing at Big Bill --- Image by � Richard Ransier/Corbis

Is your car making rumbling noises or mysteriously vibrating? Leaking essential fluids? Sending smoke signals? Are warning lights suddenly coming on? Well, they're all signs that you could be headed for some expensive car repair trouble, and if you're like most drivers, you could use some help self-diagnosing the source of such problems before they lead to breakdowns and expensive repairs.

First of all, get to know your car's personality – how it sounds and smells and moves – so that you'll know when something out of the ordinary occurs. If your vehicle was made after 1995, consider investing in an on-board diagnostics (OBD) reader. They can be had for around $200.00 at Canadian Tire or similar. That doesn't seem like too much when compared to a dealership charging you the same amount to even read one code. An OBD detects faults in the operation of all engine sensors and systems via the car's on-board computer, including catalytic converters. It provides a trouble code that will give you a clue to the nature of a problem.

Click here to read our handy checklist on how to identify common problems and avoid costly repairs that affect most cars.

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Top 10 cars for consumer complaints

Posted Sep 30th 2014 5:00PM



After listing the 20 worst used cars to avoid buying and Top 10 annoying things we hate about new cars, we're turning our attention to the used vehicles consumers complain about the most, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The cars, crossovers and SUVs featured on this Top 10 list earned the highest number of safety complaints from their respective owners. The findings are based on the number of complaints per 100k units sold between 2012-2013, as current 2014 models are still a bit too new to have registered an accurate number of consumer complaints at this time.

Click here to find out which Top 10 cars consumers complain about the most.

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News Source: NHTSA

Image Credit: AOL / Autoblog Canada

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