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Hottest Selling Cars in Canada 2014

Posted Nov 27th 2014 11:00AM



It's been a busy year for the automotive industry in Canada, as consumers continue to fuel fairly strong new car sales across the country. While Canadian car shoppers are often considered cost-savvy compact car buyers (SEE: Most Affordable New Cars of 2014), it seems the growing popularity of crossover vehicles and much lower cost of gas these days has added more CUVs, SUVs and trucks to the list of Best Selling Cars in Canada.

While popular and proven models like the Ford F-150 and Honda Civic continue their reign supreme, you might be surprised to see a number of other makes and models included on the best-seller's list. We based our findings on all year-to-date sales data provided by manufacturers and monthly Canadian sales reports dated between January 2014 to the most recently released October 2014 sales figures.

Click here to countdown the 30 Hottest Selling Cars in Canada for 2014.

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Top 15 cars plagued with recall problems

Posted Nov 24th 2014 2:00PM



New cars are clearly much more complex than they used to be and as a result, we're seeing a record setting number of vehicle recalls from manufacturers. With a staggering 52 million cars recalled so far this year and counting, we can't help but wonder if the endless stream of auto recalls by car manufacturers is the new norm we face moving forward.

In addition to the obvious safety concerns, automotive recalls also directly translate into more trips to the dealership, meaning lost time and inconvenience if your vehicle happens to be affected. Luckily, the number crunching and statistic gathering experts at iSeeCars.com have just released a study listing the Top 15 Cars with the Highest Average Number of Recalls and you might be surprised to find out recall plagued brands GM and Toyota aren't the only manufacturers on the list.

"Recalls are of course detrimental to the safety of the driver and the car's occupants, but they also represent a huge headache for consumers," said iSeeCars.com CEO Phong Ly. Each recall can lead to several hours of lost time. "It's a multi-step process," explained Ly. "You need to call to make an appointment with the dealer, then there's the driving to the dealership, waiting in line and waiting for the repair to be performed or for them to provide you a loaner car. Then you repeat the process again in reverse when the repair is complete." At an estimated average of three hours per recall, the hours lost range from 2.2 to 14.4 hours among the 35 car models studied.

Click here to find out the Top 15 Cars Plagued with Recalls that you should consider before you buy, as iSeeCars.com analyzed the 35 most widely available cars for sale from the 2007 to 2013 model years to determine which cars had the most number of recalls on average. Could the same advanced features and technology we love to have behind the wheel be fueling the vast increase in vehicle recalls and potential flaws?

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What You Need to Know About Car Recalls

News Source: iSeeCars.com

HIGHLIGHTS: Hottest concept cars at the 2014 LA Auto Show

Posted Nov 20th 2014 9:00PM



Although many of the outrageous concept cars and stunning prototypes displayed at the 2014 LA Auto Show may never make it to reality, the ideas, styling cues and key elements from each one often help influence the next generation of cars and technology set to hit the road.

Many manufacturers create their concepts cars specifically to gauge consumer feedback and overall reaction to the latest designs ideas, while also giving us a glimpse at new design direction and emerging technology.

Click here to see the hottest concept cars and event coverage from the 2014 LA Auto Show and get the inside scoop on each vehicle listed below.

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Audi A7 Sportback H-Tron Quattro packs plug-in hydrogen powertrain
Audi A7 Sportback H-Tron Quattro packs plug-in hydrogen powertrain

Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept still makes us swoon
Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept still makes us swoon

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Toyota Mirai offers promising tech, unfortunate looks

2015 Lexus LS gets tiny tweaks to try to keep up in LA
2015 Lexus LS gets tiny tweaks to try to keep up in LA

2015 Toyota Sienna goes overboard to promote a SpongeBob movie
2015 Toyota Sienna goes overboard to promote a SpongeBob movie

2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 PHEV offers the best of both worlds it's ready to conquer
2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 PHEV offers the best of both worlds it's ready to conquer

Galpin Auto Sports and Fisker turn the Mustang into a Rocket in LA
Galpin Auto Sports and Fisker turn the Mustang into a Rocket in LA

Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo could only work in a video game [w/video]
Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo could only work in a video game [w/video]

2015 Porsche 911 GTS widens your rear-engined choices
2015 Porsche 911 GTS widens your rear-engined choices

2015 Toyota Prius C is still colourful, still gets 4.4L/100km
2015 Toyota Prius C is still colourful, still gets 4.4L/100km

2015 Maserati Ghibli gets the lightest of updates [w/video]
2015 Maserati Ghibli gets the lightest of updates [w/video]

2015 Toyota Prius V gets updated looks and content
2015 Toyota Prius V gets updated looks and content

2016 Acura ILX, for better or worse
2016 Acura ILX, for better or worse

2016 Jaguar F-Type prowls the floor with new manual and AWD options
2016 Jaguar F-Type prowls the floor with new manual and AWD options

Volkswagen Golf R Sport Wagon ready to haul ass, and other stuff too
Volkswagen Golf R Sport Wagon ready to haul ass, and other stuff too

2015 Chrysler 300 swaggers into LA Auto Show [w/video]
2015 Chrysler 300 swaggers into LA Auto Show [w/video]

Scion iM Concept bows, production version confirmed for North America
Scion iM Concept bows, production version confirmed for North America

2015 Porsche Cayenne GTS proves performance is relative
2015 Porsche Cayenne GTS proves performance is relative

2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country rides in tall and rugged
2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country rides in tall and rugged

2015 Maserati Quattroporte gets the lightest possible updates
2015 Maserati Quattroporte gets the lightest possible updates

Chevy reveals diesel-powered Colorado ZR2 Concept [w/video]
Chevy reveals diesel-powered Colorado ZR2 Concept [w/video]

2015 Fiat 500X offers Italian Jeep Renegade spirit
2015 Fiat 500X offers Italian Jeep Renegade spirit

Lexus LF-C2 Concept shows polarizing looks are here to stay
Lexus LF-C2 Concept shows polarizing looks are here to stay

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a knight in white satin
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a knight in white satin

Bentley Grand Convertible is grand, is a convertible
Bentley Grand Convertible is grand, is a convertible

Audi R8 bids adieu with the 570-hp Competition in LA
Audi R8 bids adieu with the 570-hp Competition in LA

2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG S 4Matic stands out in the LA crowd
2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG S 4Matic stands out in the LA crowd

2015 Porsche Panamera Exclusive Series is a seriously quick way to spend $260k
2015 Porsche Panamera Exclusive Series is a seriously quick way to spend $260k

2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 is a silver arrow aimed at Bentley [w/video]
2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 is a silver arrow aimed at Bentley [w/video]

Chevy Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo concept blends the past and the future
Chevy Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo concept blends the past and the future

2016 Mazda6 gets fresh facelift in LA
2016 Mazda6 gets fresh facelift in LA

Witness the Prologue to Audi's design future [w/videos]
Witness the Prologue to Audi's design future [w/videos]

2016 BMW X6 M brings the power at LA Auto Show
2016 BMW X6 M brings the power at LA Auto Show

2016 Honda HR-V details and specs revealed
2016 Honda HR-V details and specs revealed

2016 BMW X5 M gets big and bold at LA Auto Show
2016 BMW X5 M gets big and bold at LA Auto Show

2016 Ford Explorer revealed with new 2.3-litre EcoBoost
2016 Ford Explorer revealed with new 2.3-litre EcoBoost

2016 Mazda CX-3 is the newest KODO designed crossover
2016 Mazda CX-3 is the newest KODO designed crossover

2016 Cadillac ATS-V blasts into LA Auto Show
2016 Cadillac ATS-V blasts into LA Auto Show

2015 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang is a lean, mean, Z/28-fighting machine [w/video]
2015 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang is a lean, mean, Z/28-fighting machine [w/video]

Honda HR-V debuts early before 2014 LA Auto Show
Honda HR-V debuts early before 2014 LA Auto Show

Image Credit: Autoblog Canada / Drew Phillips / Double Clutch / AOL

HIGHLIGHTS: 2014 LA Auto Show

Posted Nov 19th 2014 10:00PM



Here's what you can't miss at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, as we bring you the first look at a number of big reveals, outrageous concepts and highly anticipated new car debuts. Plus, a car show just wouldn't be a car show without our full photo gallery fresh from Media Day here in Los Angeles.

Click here to for our full highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show and scroll down for a closer look at each one, as the caliber of cars unveiled in the City of Angels will not disappoint. Enjoy.

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Audi A7 Sportback H-Tron Quattro packs plug-in hydrogen powertrain
Audi A7 Sportback H-Tron Quattro packs plug-in hydrogen powertrain

Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept still makes us swoon
Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept still makes us swoon

Toyota Mirai offers promising tech, unfortunate looks
Toyota Mirai offers promising tech, unfortunate looks

2015 Lexus LS gets tiny tweaks to try to keep up in LA
2015 Lexus LS gets tiny tweaks to try to keep up in LA

2015 Toyota Sienna goes overboard to promote a SpongeBob movie
2015 Toyota Sienna goes overboard to promote a SpongeBob movie

2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 PHEV offers the best of both worlds it's ready to conquer
2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 PHEV offers the best of both worlds it's ready to conquer

Galpin Auto Sports and Fisker turn the Mustang into a Rocket in LA
Galpin Auto Sports and Fisker turn the Mustang into a Rocket in LA

Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo could only work in a video game [w/video]
Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo could only work in a video game [w/video]

2015 Porsche 911 GTS widens your rear-engined choices
2015 Porsche 911 GTS widens your rear-engined choices

2015 Toyota Prius C is still colourful, still gets 4.4L/100km
2015 Toyota Prius C is still colourful, still gets 4.4L/100km

2015 Maserati Ghibli gets the lightest of updates [w/video]
2015 Maserati Ghibli gets the lightest of updates [w/video]

2015 Toyota Prius V gets updated looks and content
2015 Toyota Prius V gets updated looks and content

2016 Acura ILX, for better or worse
2016 Acura ILX, for better or worse

2016 Jaguar F-Type prowls the floor with new manual and AWD options
2016 Jaguar F-Type prowls the floor with new manual and AWD options

Volkswagen Golf R Sport Wagon ready to haul ass, and other stuff too
Volkswagen Golf R Sport Wagon ready to haul ass, and other stuff too

2015 Chrysler 300 swaggers into LA Auto Show [w/video]
2015 Chrysler 300 swaggers into LA Auto Show [w/video]

Scion iM Concept bows, production version confirmed for North America
Scion iM Concept bows, production version confirmed for North America

2015 Porsche Cayenne GTS proves performance is relative
2015 Porsche Cayenne GTS proves performance is relative

2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country rides in tall and rugged
2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country rides in tall and rugged

2015 Maserati Quattroporte gets the lightest possible updates
2015 Maserati Quattroporte gets the lightest possible updates

Chevy reveals diesel-powered Colorado ZR2 Concept [w/video]
Chevy reveals diesel-powered Colorado ZR2 Concept [w/video]

2015 Fiat 500X offers Italian Jeep Renegade spirit
2015 Fiat 500X offers Italian Jeep Renegade spirit

Lexus LF-C2 Concept shows polarizing looks are here to stay
Lexus LF-C2 Concept shows polarizing looks are here to stay

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a knight in white satin
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a knight in white satin

Bentley Grand Convertible is grand, is a convertible
Bentley Grand Convertible is grand, is a convertible

Audi R8 bids adieu with the 570-hp Competition in LA
Audi R8 bids adieu with the 570-hp Competition in LA

2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG S 4Matic stands out in the LA crowd
2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG S 4Matic stands out in the LA crowd

2015 Porsche Panamera Exclusive Series is a seriously quick way to spend $260k
2015 Porsche Panamera Exclusive Series is a seriously quick way to spend $260k

2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 is a silver arrow aimed at Bentley [w/video]
2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 is a silver arrow aimed at Bentley [w/video]

Chevy Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo concept blends the past and the future
Chevy Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo concept blends the past and the future

2016 Mazda6 gets fresh facelift in LA
2016 Mazda6 gets fresh facelift in LA

Witness the Prologue to Audi's design future [w/videos]
Witness the Prologue to Audi's design future [w/videos]

2016 BMW X6 M brings the power at LA Auto Show
2016 BMW X6 M brings the power at LA Auto Show

2016 Honda HR-V details and specs revealed
2016 Honda HR-V details and specs revealed

2016 BMW X5 M gets big and bold at LA Auto Show
2016 BMW X5 M gets big and bold at LA Auto Show

2016 Ford Explorer revealed with new 2.3-litre EcoBoost
2016 Ford Explorer revealed with new 2.3-litre EcoBoost

2016 Mazda CX-3 is the newest KODO designed crossover
2016 Mazda CX-3 is the newest KODO designed crossover

2016 Cadillac ATS-V blasts into LA Auto Show
2016 Cadillac ATS-V blasts into LA Auto Show

2015 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang is a lean, mean, Z/28-fighting machine [w/video]
2015 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang is a lean, mean, Z/28-fighting machine [w/video]

Honda HR-V debuts early before 2014 LA Auto Show
Honda HR-V debuts early before 2014 LA Auto Show


Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang | 2014 LA Auto Show

Image Credit: Copyright 2014 Double Clutch / AOL

Watch Nissan rescue and restore hilarious 1996 Maxima from Craigslist

Posted Nov 18th 2014 8:58PM



Nissan showed that it had a great sense of humour when it bought Luke Aker's beat-up 1996 Nissan Maxima GLE for US$1,400 less than a year ago, based solely on the quality of his hilarious tongue-in-cheek Craigslist ad and sales video.

Aker's trusty Nissan Maxima had been thoroughly driven, likely serving winter beater duty for quite some time. It needed a strap to keep its hood closed, had substantial front end damage, a missing turn signal and badly shredded leather seats. Of course, like Aker said in his ad, the car was still "fully loaded with an engine, wheels, tires and an automatic transmission." How could Nissan resist?!

After buying the car, Nissan let its fans decide what to do with it. The winning idea was to restore the car to its proper 1996-spec showroom condition and display it at Nissan North America headquarters in Franklin, TN (with Aker's original video playing nearby of course).

Following months of major reconstructive surgery, Nissan rejuvenated the vehicle back to its original condition and has responded to its previous owner's original Craigslist advertisement with a new tongue-in-cheek video of its own, highlighting the "finer points" of the near two-decade old 1996 Maxima. Based on this Maxima's current mint condition, we'd love to take this baby out for a spin sometime, so how about it @NissanUSA? After all, I'm proud to have been a former 4th generation 1996 Maxima owner myself back in high school.

Click here to watch the awesome videos on the full restoration and a clip Nissan's entitled as "Luxury Restored."

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Best and worst cars for short drivers

Posted Nov 17th 2014 2:00PM



Cars much like drivers come in all shapes and sizes, but finding the right vehicle to deliver the best visibility and comfort for your height can be much tougher than you think. We recently shared the list of best and worst cars for tall drivers, meaning this time around we're focused on the best and worst cars for short vertically challenged drivers according to a study by Consumer Reports.

Many shorter drivers know how hard it is to find the right vehicle that allows them to see out properly and easily adjust themselves comfortably when getting behind the wheel. Consumer Reports took a closer look at test scores of recently tested vehicles this year, rating them for seat comfort, driving position, access, and outward visibility based on their shortest tester being 5"1 in height. These suggestions could come in very handy when car shopping for a versatile vehicle all family members can safely and comfortably operate.

Click here to find out the best and worst cars for short drivers, as the list of worst cars for short drivers may surprise you (who'd have guessed small cars aren't necessarily better for smaller people?)

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Top 10 Coolest Cars At The 2014 Toronto Auto Show

News Source: Consumer Reports

Image Credit: Copyright Autoblog Canada / AOL, Lead Image: JOEL SAGET via Getty Images

Watch this upside-down truck flip out other drivers

Posted Nov 12th 2014 11:00AM



We've seen a fair share of car pranks over the years, but mechanic Rick Sullivan and his upside-down pick up truck (shown above) is one of the strangest sights yet. The incredible upside down truck was designed to look like a flipped-over vehicle, and well, the end result speaks for itself.

Car enthusiast and builder Rick Sullivan claims to have spent six months and roughly $6,000 to make the topsy-turvy creation, as he put it together from the parts of two separate vehicles. Best of all... It's fully drivable! Wonder if it would be able to beat this upside down Camaro race car?

Click here to watch this head over heels truck in action, as Sullivan hit the streets and explains the madness behind his project himself.

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Most stolen cars in Canada

Posted Nov 12th 2014 2:00AM



There are plenty of lists on which consumers love to see their vehicles, but the list of Most Stolen Cars is not one of them. Each year, automobile thefts costs Canadians close to $1 billion, and worst of all, this will lead to higher insurance premiums on the cars targeted by thieves.

To protect yourself from having your vehicle stolen, experts recommend using common sense when parking your car, equipping your vehicle with an alarm and immobilizing device and using your garage whenever possible. Vigilance and public awareness are also important a major way to curb car theft.

Click here to view the full list of the Most Stolen Cars in Canada based on the 2013 figures from Insurance Bureau of Canada and check out our list of the Most Frequently Stolen Crossovers / SUVs and the Top 10 Most Stolen Sports Cars from the National Insurance Crime Bureau. Find out if your car made the list.

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News Source: National Insurance Crime Bureau, Inurance Bureau of Canada, IBC Report

Image Credit: Peter Dazeley/Getty, AOL / Autoblog Canada

1991 BMW Z1

Posted Nov 8th 2014 12:00PM



Here at Autoblog Canada we love cars that come in all shapes and sizes, and the uber rare 1991 BMW Z1 you see before you might just be the coolest odd combination of "wow, what-the-heck-is-that" we've seen lately. Before we get to the part where we drive this bad boy with its top (and doors?!) down on the streets of Toronto, first, we'll need to go through a brief history lesson.

Built between 1989 and 1991, the plastic fantastic Z1 is among BMW's rarest automotive creations. Officially, 8,000 examples of the Z1 were made, with nearly 6,500 of them sold in Germany. No Z1s could be imported through normal channels to North America due primarily to the car's side-impact crash capabilities – or, more to the point, incapabilities. The 3,922-millimetre long BMW Z1 was built on a somewhat dedicated chassis using significant bits from the E30 325i.

Under full load (as we tested it here with driver, a passenger, all fluids and our camera gear loaded up), the 167-horsepower Z1 adds up to 1,452 kilos (3,200 pounds). While that may sound kind of heavy considering its dated 1991-era powerplant, you know what? It didn't much matter, because our time behind the wheel provided a totally unique driving experience... READ MORE

Image Credit: Copyright 2014 Ronnie Fung / AOL

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