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Koenigsegg Agera One:1 ultra, super hypercar previewed ahead of Geneva

Posted Feb 9th 2014 10:01AM

Koenigsegg Agera One:1

The Koenigsegg Agera One:1 hypercar's name gives away its special power: a 1:1 horsepower-to-kilogram ratio. In other words, every single one of its 1,400 horsepower will have only 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) to move. Today, the first rendering of what the Agera One:1 will look like – complete with a rear wing of otherworldly size – appeared in a feature about the automaker published by The Wall Street Journal.

Some other details seem to have changed since reports surfaced about the car in October. For one, the WSJ claims the car's weight will be 1,340 kilograms, which suggests that power might be lower than the 1,400 figure earlier reported if the 1:1 ratios hold true. WSJ also reports that Koenigsegg will produce 100 copies of the Agera One:1, a much higher number than the original estimate of six.

All will be clear come March 4, though, when the car is officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. A sneak preview will also reportedly happen on February 26, which we'll do our best to crash to get you more details sooner.

And because we know you're wondering, the latest Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse has one unit of horsepower for every 1.66 kilograms of weight.

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Firefighter detained by cops for parking firetruck at crash scene

Posted Feb 6th 2014 2:59PM

Firefighter detained and cuffed by California Highway Patrol

An accident involving a car that had overturned while heading northbound on I-805 in Chula Vista, CA, took a strange turn on Tuesday when news cameras on the scene captured a police officer placing handcuffs on a firefighter and putting him in the back of a California Highway Patrol cruiser. Reports indicate that the officer had asked the firefighter to move his fire engine from the No. 1 lane on southbound I-805, and he refused.

A local news team was there to capture the firefighter's cuffing and detention and reports he was released about a half hour later. No formal statement has emerged from either the CHP or Chula Vista Fire Department, but both sides reportedly met yesterday to discuss the incident.

Hopefully they can work it out with a charity softball game or something – anything that convinces the public again our first responders are more interested in working together to help us at the scene of an emergency than arguing over parking. Scroll down to watch a video of the incident yourself.

2015 Chrysler 200 gets Bob Dylan voiceover in Super Bowl commercial

Posted Feb 3rd 2014 7:00PM

2015 Chrysler 200 American Import Super Bowl Commercial

One of the Super Bowl commercials from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles stars the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 midsize sedan. Aired during the game's third quarter, the spot followed the same formula for Super Bowl commercials that Chrysler has been using for years: a heart-tugging apologue about "American exceptionalism" delivered by an appropriately iconic domestic celebrity. This year, that figure is legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, who provides the voice over for this commercial that also introduces the brand's new tagline - American Import.

While you'd be forgiven for thinking based on the description above that Chrysler is beginning to phone in these Super Bowl ads, the words themselves are worth a listen, particularly the last few lines delivered by Dylan. Scroll below to watch American Import for yourself, and let us know if you think it lives up to the automaker's marketing efforts in past years.

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Maserati introduces Ghibli in new Super Bowl commercial

Posted Feb 3rd 2014 4:57PM

Maserati Ghibli Strike Super Bowl Commercial

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles aired three commercials during this year's Super Bowl, and the first spot was given to Maserarti during the first quarter of the big game. The 90-second car commercial was used by Maserati to introduce its new midsize Ghibli luxury sports sedan to a very captive North American audience.

Called Strike, the Ghibli commercial tells the familiar tale of the little guy who waits around for the world's giants to let down their guard. Click here to watch the spot yourself and let us know if it lives up to the high bar that Chrysler brands have set for themselves in past Super Bowls.

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Pick the best Super Bowl car commercials of 2014 [w/videos]

Posted Feb 3rd 2014 12:00PM



Super Bowl XLVIII wasn't much of a contest, but that doesn't mean the big budget car commercials can't duke it out with more ferocity than the lackluster battle between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks. Here we've assembled all of our favourite Super Bowl car commercials which debuted on television during Sunday night's big game.

This year there were 15 car commercials that premiered on television during the Super Bowl, same as last year, but a total of 12 car companies bought air time, which is up from nine last year. While Lincoln, Mercedes and Ram – all advertisers last year – decided to sit out this year's game, the usual suspects of Audi, Hyundai, Kia, Toyota, VW and our Big Three domestic automakers were joined by Jaguar, Maserati, Jeep and Honda.

Vote for your favourite car commercial of Super Bowl XLVIII below, and if you need to see them again to help you decide, just click here to watch. We've also included a few extra car-related commercials we liked as an added bonus.

Pick the best Super Bowl car commercial of 2014
Audi - "Doberhuahua"59 (14.4%)
Chevrolet - "Romance"11 (2.7%)
Chevrolet - "Life"11 (2.7%)
Chrysler - "American Import"39 (9.5%)
Ford - "Twice as Good"4 (1.0%)
Ford - "Nearly Double"13 (3.2%)
Honda - "#hugfest"16 (3.9%)
Hyundai - "Dad's Sixth Sense"20 (4.9%)
Hyundai - "Nice"5 (1.2%)
Jaguar - "Rendezvous"52 (12.7%)
Jeep - "Restless"6 (1.5%)
Kia - "The Truth"41 (10.0%)
Maserati - "Strike"62 (15.1%)
Toyota - Big Game ad starring Terry Crews and the Muppets25 (6.1%)
Volkswagen - "Wings"47 (11.4%)

Jeep Cherokee appears in Chrysler's second Super Bowl spot

Posted Feb 3rd 2014 11:00AM

2014 Jeep Cherokee Restless Super Bowl Commercial

The second of three spots produced by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for this year's Super Bowl featured the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee. Aired during the game's half time show, the minute-long Super Bowl commercial didn't strike as anything new or innovative from an automaker with a reputation for above average Super Bowl spots, but it did show the controversially styled Cherokee in the best light possible.

Called Restless, the commercial shows young, adventurous types doing the sorts of things that young, adventurous types do: surfing, skateboarding, cliff jumping, staring off into the sky with a pensive expression, etc. Click here to watch Restless for yourself and let us know on facebook if Jeep managed to hold your attention during half time.

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VW puts on Wings for its big Super Bowl spot

Posted Jan 28th 2014 2:59PM



Volkswagen is a Super Bowl commercial veteran, having paid a king's ransom for air time five years in a row now, and producing what was arguably the best ad of the game back in 2011 with The Force. Since then, however, the German brand hasn't quite risen to the same levels of giggle-inducing creativity. It's back, however, for Super Bowl XLVIII with a new spot that will air during the second quarter of the big game.

Called Wings, the commercial doesn't focus on any particular VW model, but rather the brand's new boast that it has the most vehicles on the road with over 100,000 miles (160,000 km). A VW-owning dad kicks off the commercial by telling his daughter that every time a Volkswagen hits 100,000 miles (160,000 km), a German engineer gets his wings. From there, we see the father's fib taken to its literal and quite funny conclusion.

Developed by the San Francisco-based Argonaut creative agency, the game day spot will exist beyond the boob tube as well, with engineers from the commercial appearing in other videos and gifs across VW's vast social sphere and a takeover of YouTube's masthead on February 3rd (the day after the game).

Is the ad good enough to supplant The Force as Volkswagen's best Super Bowl ad ever? Scroll below to watch for yourself and let us know on our Autoblog Canada Facebook page.

The List: The toughest red BMW - A Retrospective

Posted Dec 28th 2013 8:00PM



We can't help but use this time of year to look back at the days before and reminisce about friends who are no longer in our lives. For The List, Jessi and Patrick were often joined by a little, red BMW 3 Series that, at times, felt like a third host of the show. Having been bought used for just a thousand bucks, the red BMW proved to be surprisingly durable. Through jumps, dunks and monster trucks, it remained our little trooper 'till the very end, and on the way taught us all how important a faithful four-wheeled companion is to the life's work of completing one's automotive bucket list.

For our last episode of The List in 2013, we give you The Red BMW - A Retrospective.

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The List tackles Tail of the Dragon and its mind-blowing 318 tight turns

Posted Dec 12th 2013 1:00PM



After setting a world land speed record in a 50,000-horsepower jet car, we're bringing our hosts of The List, Jessi Combs and Patrick McIntyre back down to Earth with a to-do item more accessible for the common car enthusiast: drive the Tail of the Dragon.

If you're not yet in the know, the Tail of the Dragon is an 11-mile (17.7 km) stretch of US Route 129 that straddles Tennessee and North Carolina. This windy, forested route runs in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains and is known for one thing: curves, and lots of them.

The bulk of its estimated 318 turns are located in The Volunteer State, and the good ones are given names like Crud Corner, Hog Pen Bend and The Whip. Many a motorist and motorcyclist have overestimated their driving abilities here and paid a tax in body panels and pride, and the police now have such a presence that tickets are a rite of passage.

Still, the 'Dragon' comes up in any conversation about amazing places and roads to drive (dozens of you have written in and suggested we tackle it), so it's off to Tennessee we go to cross another major item off The List. Click here to watch and be sure to visit this article on the world's craziest and most dangerous roads too.

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