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Top 10 signs your car needs repair

Posted Jan 28th 2015 1:30PM



Cars are complex machines which we rely on, but few things are as frustrating as experiencing unexpected car trouble when they fail us. If you've ever had a car leave you stranded, you know exactly what we mean. While it's usually best to leave auto repairs and troubleshooting to a professional mechanic, there are many common car problems you can actually avoid or anticipate yourself based on our list of Top 10 Signs Your Car Needs Repair.

Take a look through the list of tips based on things even a rookie driver can look out for. Hopefully this car advice can help you spot and stop car trouble before it becomes an expensive repair bill or leaves you at the mercy of a tow truck.

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2015 Autosport International Performance Car Show

Posted Jan 27th 2015 7:29PM


If you are interested in racing, chances that you know the British magazine Autosport. Each year the magazine organizes Autosport International, one of the biggest high performance and race car shows on the planet in the city of Birmingham, England. When talking about race cars, the range of vehicles displayed at 2015 Autosport International includes literally everything from the simple karts all the way to Formula 1.

The annual event is often called the largest motorsport show in Europe and this year's event celebrated 25 years of its existence. A total of 700 exhibitors, representing all sectors of motorsports filled over 1-million square feet of sprawling floor space at the National Exhibition Centre with rare race cars, performance parts and amazing car collections.

It goes without saying that the British are highly passionate about cars and auto racing, as UK enthusiasts are known for their highly respected automotive culture that's been passed from generation to generation across the entire car crazy country.

Click here to take a tour of the incredible cars and highlights we spotted at the show, as we obsessively cover Autosport International 2015 in our full photo gallery.

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HIGHLIGHTS: 2015 Montreal Auto Show

Posted Jan 16th 2015 3:59PM



The 2015 Montreal International Auto Show is officially underway at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, offering the first look at a record number of Canadian car premieres before the rest of the country gets to see them. If that isn't enough, Montreal is also home to the Canadian debut of the Quebec-built Magnum MK5, the all-new 2016 Mazda2, a number of jaw-dropping race cars and several impressive concept cars.

Hot on the heels of the media frenzy during this week's Detroit Auto Show, this event is the first opportunity for auto companies to present their upcoming products and prices specifically tailored towards Canadian consumers. The Quebec market is a vital region in terms of automotive sales and many manufacturers on hand have rolled out the red carpet in order to take centre stage and wow the car crazed audience in Montreal.

Click here to view our massive 500+ photo Montreal Auto Show gallery from media day, as the show opens to the public this weekend.

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2016 Mazda2 officially revealed ahead of Montreal Auto Show

Posted Jan 15th 2015 1:00PM



With the Detroit Auto Show still underway and dozens of new car debuts planned at the 2015 Montreal Auto Show this weekend, it seems Mazda Canada beat everyone to the punch by revealing the all-new 2016 Mazda2 at a private event last night in downtown Montreal. Naturally, we were on hand to bring you a closer look at the latest and most compact Kodo design yet.

Gone is the old round, cute and bubbly exterior, as the all-new 2016 Mazda2 offers a vast improvement and attractive implementation of the more chiseled lines seen throughout the current Mazda line-up. The familiar front-end finally fits in with the rest of the Japanese brand's Kodo designed family and offers unique exterior styling, something that's hard to find among the sea of similarly shaped subcompact cars.

The all-new Mazda2 also aims to offer an improved powertrain and platform from the previous model by fully adopting Skyactiv technology and engineering philosophy already applied to other popular models including the Mazda CX-5, Mazda6 and Mazda3.

Here in Canada, the 2016 Mazda2 will be powered by a lightweight direct-injection 1.5-litre Skyactiv-G gas engine, engineered to produce competitive fuel economy figures. The exact fuel consumption and horsepower numbers for the new Mazda2 have yet to be made official, but we've been assured this 1.5-litre has been tuned for more torque (and maybe more than the outgoing model's 100 horsepower).

As for transmissions, the 2016 Mazda2 will come in your choice of either a six-speed automatic Skyactiv-Drive (newly developed for use with a small displacement engine) or a welcomed six-speed manual Skyactiv-MT transmission.

Inside, the new Mazda2 features a fresh, linear look based on the heads-up cockpit concept that include an Active Driving Display, seven-inch center display and commander control, plus its Mazda Connect in-car infotainment system. An available navigation system uses data from SD cards, which can be purchased with the vehicle or separately.

While pricing details and trim levels have yet to be announced, one can expect it to land near the current $14,450 base price of the outgoing model. Stay tuned for more details and click here to view our live photo gallery from the event.

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2015 Montreal Auto Show: Sneak Preview

Posted Jan 14th 2015 3:15PM



With the Detroit Auto Show well underway this week, it's time to focus the spotlight on our home turf in Canada as the 2015 Montreal International Auto Show (MIAS) kicks off this weekend at the Palais des congrès de Montréal.

In addition to unveiling a long list of Canadian debuts and over 500 new cars, the Montreal Auto Show is also showcasing over 40 modified luxury and performance cars, plus the latest models from Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati, Porsche, Rolls-Royce and Bentley all under one roof!

While some cars are still tightly wrapped up in disguise before the big show opens its doors, it seems others leave much less to the imagination, like what looks our our boy, Pat Cyr's drift-ready Scion FR-S not-so-well 'hidden' under a (clear) plastic sheet. It's definitely rocking new livery for the 2015 season and we're excited to see it in its full glory this week. We're even more excited to watch Cyr take his racecraft to the next level in his journey to Formula Drift this year. Stay tuned for more on this!

Our French-Canadian crew at Autoblog Quebec have been gearing up to cover the annual Montreal Auto Show and somehow already grabbed a sneak peek at preparations and what's been going on inside.

Click here to view the cars we've spotted so far in our 2015 Montreal Auto Show Preview and get ready for our live coverage this weekend.

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Canadian survives insane Dakar Rally crash after 174 km/h fiery end-to-end rollover

Posted Jan 13th 2015 3:00PM



The Dakar Rally off-road race is known as a grueling, unforgiving and often dangerous event. While the 2015 Dakar Rally has already claimed the life of one racer this year, Calgary driver Matt Campbell and his team clearly cheated death after surviving a shocking crash in the remote desert of Bolivia.

The fiery Dakar crash was caught on video moments after a similar wreck took place with another racer in the same spot. Bystanders who'd been trying to help the previously flipped over truck can be seen running for their lives when Campbell and the El Martillo Racing truck suddenly come crashing into view at speeds of 174 km/h according to the race team's Facebook page.

"It's only by the grace of God they're still alive," said Judi Palmai, Campbell's executive assistant back in Calgary, where the 64-year-old is the CEO of Rocky Mountain Equipment.

The spectacular end-to-end rollover took place at a water crossing, where Campbell and co-driver Luis "Fito" Ramirez, along with navigator Nico Ambriz, were expecting a relatively shallow stream, but found the water cut 5 feet deep. Reports say the team tried to skim across the stream at high speed when the vehicle's nose struck deep water - sending the car into the fiery catapult.

"There was not much to do but hang on and resist the crash. The affectations are quite notable, the car was completely destroyed. Fortunately, in despite of the dramatically accident Matt, Nico and Fito did not suffer too many damages other than bruises to the hide and pride. Matt and Fito were moved immediately to medical centers to receive the proper attention no matter there was no visible wounds," reads the El Martillo team press release.

Click here to watch the incredible crash footage captured from different angles.

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HIGHLIGHTS: 2015 Tokyo Auto Salon

Posted Jan 10th 2015 4:00PM



Japanese car fans and aftermarket tuning enthusiasts rejoice, as we've got your 2015 Tokyo Auto Salon (TAS) fix in our mega gallery of JDM madness fresh from the show floor in Japan. As expected, nearly every tuner under the sun rolled out their own heavily modified versions of the most popular performance and luxury cars imaginable. From outrageous Liberty Walk widebody builds to classic JDM race cars, there's plenty of jaw dropping rides for gearheads to fawn over at the 2015 Tokyo Auto Salon.





The range of modification on hand was all over the map, ranging from elegant aerodynamic and styling upgrades, to full-on HKS and Top Secret decal-clad race and drift cars sporting a variety of engine upgrades with some cases of speculated power output stretching past 1,000 horsepower. Needless to say there was plenty of fender flared drift action going on inside Makuhari Messe's halls to keep onlookers entertained.



Click here to view some of the most interesting creations we found kicking around, including the incredible Nismo Nissan GT-R GT3, an impressive widebody BMW i8, a pair of fluorescent Porsche 911's, a JDM-inspired Dodge Challenger and Liberty Walk Porsche, plus every generation of GT-R you could dream of.

Hit the jump to view our full 100+ photo mega-gallery from the 2015 Tokyo Auto Salon.

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2015 Detroit Auto Show Preview

Posted Jan 10th 2015 12:00PM

(Jan 2015) Detroit, MI. North American International Auto Show

The 2015 Detroit Auto Show is a grand scale spectacle that all of us North American car enthusiasts know and love. The elaborate displays, impressive lighting effects, video screens and perfectly placed cars don't just happen overnight (well, it takes a few days at least), as planning a production of this size can quickly become a logistical nightmare with so many things coming together for the very first time.

That's why we wanted to share this behind the scenes gallery of the dedicated crews and manufacturers hard at work during the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, as they prepare to set the stage for another amazing year. Very few people know the actual amount of time and effort it takes to tirelessly transform the sprawling show floor space into the jaw-dropping displays we see each year in Detroit.

Click here for a rare look at what's involved as we preview the 2015 Detroit Auto Show and get ready for our official North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) coverage kicking off in a few days.

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Best scenic winter drives in Canada

Posted Jan 9th 2015 9:00AM



While most of us dread driving in winter weather, the snowy season can make for some of the most scenic road trips of the year. Canada is home to plenty of stunning places and picturesque roads well worth exploring during the snow-filled months.

From coast to coast, we've rounded up the best winter drives in Canada for our handy photo gallery. Click here to see our top picks and be sure to bundle up and drive safe if you plan to visit any of these scenic areas in person.

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