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Meet the most awesome cars in Jay Leno's Garage

Posted Nov 18th 2014 11:00AM



It's no secret Jay Leno has some seriously cool machinery in his garage. Leno's massive and diverse car collection spans from ridiculous jet-powered cars and bikes, to daily driven supercars, plus dozens of Smithsonian Museum-worthy vehicles. In fact, his car and motorcycle collection may just be the most important and comprehensive privately owned car collection out there.

His car collection is estimated to include roughly 150 pieces of amazing machinery (which you can see proudly displayed on Jay Leno's Garage Facebook page). It's one thing to be another rich guy with far too much money, but according to Business Insider, Leno himself, and a small team of mechanics maintain and have restored most of the vehicles themselves; this truly sets him apart from the run-of-the-mill car collector. What's even cooler about his collection is the fact that all his machines are licenced and street legal... Meaning he actually drives them!

Leno's passion for cars and bikes is palpable, infectious, even. The NBC-produced web series (and potentially new TV show), known as Jay Leno's Garage has risen to the top of YouTube's channels, according to the Wall Street Journal. That's a pretty serious achievement.

Click here to take a virtual tour of Jay Leno's most iconic, significant, and overall awesome dream cars found in his garage If you still want to see more of the denim dressed funnyman and his crazy car collection, head on over to Jay Leno's Garage on Facebook.

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LISTED: 20 of the coolest family cars

Posted Nov 15th 2014 7:55PM



There comes a time in most car enthusiasts' lives when it's time to switch the search parameters on your local classified car website from '2-door' to '4-door', 'wagon', 'SUV', 'Crossover', or perhaps the dreaded 'Van/Minivan' option (gasp!). Whether it's the ridiculous amount of demerit points you've racked up, or the addition of children into your life, culminating in the bigger car decision; there comes a time when your low-slung two-seater coupe is no longer the most practical vehicle, especially as your primary mode of transportation.

But fear not, as the addition of a couple more doors doesn't have to equal banishment from the world of fun, high-performance vehicles. The following list features 20 the coolest family friendly options we'd gladly drive, capable of hauling your family around town while still providing you with the performance you crave... Proving that there is life after coupes.

While some vehicles on our list include concept cars, like the Lamborghini Urus, and a few rare models only avaliable outside of North America, others like the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat can currently be purchased brand new from a dealership near you. We've included a wide gamut of our favourite family cars, some classic, some several years old, and others, like the ultra-rare Ferrari 456 GT Venice are nearly impossible to find.

Check them out in the gallery above and let us know in the Comments what other cars you think should be added to the list. There are far more than 20 awesome family haulers out there, so this is just a sample of 20 examples we find rad. As a bonus, we've added a video below of the 1,000+-hp Bisimoto-built Honda Odyssey doing a massive burnout, enjoy!

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2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe 2.0T MT

Posted Nov 14th 2014 11:59AM



There are certain car manufacturers, which, upon hearing their name, conjure up specific images and perceptions. While many car brands have portfolios so vast and varied from economy cars to luxury SUVs, making it impractical to typecast their brand, Cadillac is one of the brands that have long since held a certain image.

The Cadillac image (that needed to be shed) often had us picturing a surly white-haired gentleman shaking a fist or two in the air while he's blocking the passing lane on the highway in a slow-moving Cadillac Seville. Y'know, complete with a line up of cars stretching to the horizon behind him honking to no avail. Gone are those days. The new Cadillac brand is gearing up for a serious dogfight with names like Lexus, BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Infiniti and beyond (sorry, couldn't resist) on its hitlist.

Earlier this month we wrote a full review on the 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe. The review largely focused on the AWD 3.6-litre variant, so we figured we'd do the responsible thing for our readers and review the 2.0-litre RWD 6-speed manual model as well. If you haven't had a chance to read the full review of the ATS coupe yet, we'd suggest you do so and come back for our impressions on driving the 'base' model 2.0T equipped Caddy.

While a Cadillac of any sort with a manual gearbox is a pleasant surprise, a turbocharged RWD coupe with a 6-speed MT is even better! In 2001, if you had told me I'd be driving a 2-door, turbocharged, 6MT-equipped Caddy in 2014 that's has been built to compete with BMW or Audi, I'd have laughed out loud. I'd think it was awesome, but I'd also file that under riding a dragon in Westeros... READ MORE


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LISTED: 30 Worst DIY Car Repair Fails We've Ever Seen

Posted Nov 13th 2014 9:00AM



If you're anything like us and started tinkering with cars when you were still teenagers on a very low budget, you're certainly no stranger to inexpensive DIY car repairs or modifications. Doing things yourself (especially when dealing with older cars that aren't complex computers on wheels) can be a great source of pride and a good way to learn about automotive repairs in general.

But these folks, (pictured above) take DIY disasters to the next level and we've got the photos to prove it. Some of these are hilarious, but most of these are downright dangerous. There's a huge difference in making a DIY cold air box for an intake on your first 1992 Honda Civic and using Coke cans and zipties as part of your exhaust, a compact disc as a gas cap, or flashlights attached via bungee cords as headlights. If you need to resort to that, perhaps it's time to put the beers tools down.

Click here to check out these outrageous DIY repairs in our full photo gallery, and please don't try any of these at home.

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News Source: Odometer

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LISTED: Most annoying things people do while driving

Posted Nov 10th 2014 2:00PM



Like many of you, the Autoblog Canada team spends a lot of the time on the road. Meaning, we know there's no shortage of irritating things we all encounter on the road, whether you're painfully stuck sitting in traffic or even out on the open road. That's why this list of the most annoying things people do while driving is so universal, no matter who you are or where you drive.

The list compiled by Distractify (yes, we troll all sorts of sites of content, ain't it grand?) - with notes and comments by us - lists the top 12 most annoying things people do while driving. Many are not only annoying, but extremely dangerous and potentially puts other people in harm's way. Remember, while you may feel the sudden urge to teach these annoying driver's a lesson (SEE: Best Parking Fail Revenge Pranks), engaging in any manner of road rage just isn't worth it folks. We prefer the slow clap or the good ol' fist shake anyways... Anything more is just adding to the problem.

Click here to take a look at the top 12 most annoying things people do while driving or the full list below.

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News Source: Distractify

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HIGHLIGHTS: Hottest Cars of SEMA 2014

Posted Nov 7th 2014 3:00PM



Our SEMA coverage is winding down and we've brought you some of the hottest car debuts and concepts. Some of our favourites include Ken Block's retro 'Hoonicorn', the impossibly dead-sexy Vorsteiner BMW M4 GTRS4, and "we-want-one-right-now" 2015 Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5.

While showcasing some of the hottest OEM concepts from manufacturers and some special one-off builds, a large part of SEMA 2014 showcases some of the latest project cars from the biggest names in aftermarket tuning. It seems like Liberty Walk and Rocket Bunny are the most popular names this year, so we've compiled a large must-see gallery of our favourites performance cars for your viewing pleasure.

These jaw-dropping, wide booty body tuner cars are easily recognizable with their aggressive stance and gorgeous choice of wheels. Enough already, we'll let the pictures do the talking. Click here to check out the gallery for yourself.

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Chevrolet truck and SUV customs lean toward looks, style [w/video]
Chevrolet truck and SUV customs lean toward looks, style [w/video]

Mercedes previews midsize Metris van with SEMA customs
Mercedes previews midsize Metris van with SEMA customs

Jeep gives a trio of customs an encore showing at SEMA
Jeep gives a trio of customs an encore showing at SEMA

Toyota TRD Pro Chase Trucks are ready to hit the desert at SEMA
Toyota TRD Pro Chase Trucks are ready to hit the desert at SEMA

Dodge Charger R/T NHRA Funny Car is ready to burn rubber at SEMA [w/video]
Dodge Charger R/T NHRA Funny Car is ready to burn rubber at SEMA [w/video]

SLP revives Yenko name with supercharged 2015 427 Camaro
SLP revives Yenko name with supercharged 2015 427 Camaro

A crew of Chevrolet customs focus on style at SEMA [w/video]
A crew of Chevrolet customs focus on style at SEMA [w/video]

2015 Panoz Esperante Spyder GT is a roadgoing $200k catamaran
2015 Panoz Esperante Spyder GT is a roadgoing $200k catamaran

Chip Foose tastefully enhances his personal Ford GT
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2015 Mustang RTR Spec 5 Concept looks drift ready
2015 Mustang RTR Spec 5 Concept looks drift ready

Honda goes custom Fit with 9 project car debuts at SEMA 2014
Honda goes custom Fit with 9 project car debuts at SEMA 2014

Acura teams with Galpin to sport-up the 2015 TLX
Acura teams with Galpin to sport-up the 2015 TLX

Kia K900 with 650 hp debuts at SEMA
Kia K900 with 650 hp debuts at SEMA

Vorsteiner BMW M4 GTRS4 shows how to do a widebody at SEMA
Vorsteiner BMW M4 GTRS4 shows how to do a widebody at SEMA

Ken Block's 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR and CR Supercars Villain are retro done right
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Hyundai brings 1,000-hp Genesis Coupe to SEMA, and plenty more [w/video]
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Toyota Camry Dragster takes the phrase 'sleeper' to its logical extreme [w/video]
Toyota Camry Dragster takes the phrase 'sleeper' to its logical extreme [w/video]

2015 Jeep Renegade Riptide and Frostbite roll into SEMA
2015 Jeep Renegade Riptide and Frostbite roll into SEMA

Chevrolet Camaro SEMA send off features Special and Commemorative Editions
Chevrolet Camaro SEMA send off features Special and Commemorative Editions

Plethora of 2015 Ford F-150 customs runs the gamut at SEMA
Plethora of 2015 Ford F-150 customs runs the gamut at SEMA

Ring Brothers stun SEMA with 980-horsepower Chevy Chevelle
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Mazda previews 2016 Miata Global MX-5 Cup racer
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2015 Chevrolet COPO Camaro is the king of our quarter-mile dreams
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Scion FR-S show cars make a splash at SEMA 2014
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2015 King Cobra leads Ford Mustang SEMA invasion
2015 King Cobra leads Ford Mustang SEMA invasion

2015 Dodge Charger R/T NHRA Funny Car burns rubber into SEMA [w/video]
2015 Dodge Charger R/T NHRA Funny Car burns rubber into SEMA [w/video]

1971 Chevy Corvette Jimmie Johnson Concept is a modern classic [w/video]
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Tanner Foust Racing ENEOS RWB Beetle is more pumpkin than Porsche
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Chevrolet gives us a Sonic for show and one for go at SEMA 2014
Chevrolet gives us a Sonic for show and one for go at SEMA 2014


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Winter and snow tire laws in Canada - Do you need them or are all-seasons fine?

Posted Nov 4th 2014 12:59PM



It's that time of year again and the emails and messages are flooding in from all our readers about winter tires, all-season tires, all-weather tires, studded tires, tire chains, and the laws about using them in each respective province. You may remember an article we put out a few years ago addressing some of these questions in Canada, but we figure it's time for a quick refresher to notify you of the changes and updates to winter tire laws in your particular province (or territory).

It's no secret we're a huge proponent for the use of winter or snow tires in any province (save for you British Columbia lower mainland types that escape much of winter's wrath), and regardless of the law's requirements, we strongly urge you to still consider spending the extra money on a good set of winter tires. The peace of mind and the added safety and control is priceless, plus we've even outlined how to find the best deal on winter tires to suit your budget.

Click here to find out the winter tire laws near you, as we break down the current laws province by province, in alphabetical order. When referring to winter tires, we mean tires that meet all the performance requirements for snow traction and cold weather performance, according to Transport Canada. If unsure on your tires, look for this snowflake symbol on the sidewall to indicate they're winter rated tires... READ MORE

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Awesome car-themed pumpkins rev things up for Halloween

Posted Oct 29th 2014 11:00AM



We love Halloween at the Autoblog Canada office, in fact, we just got our costumes in order and preparations are well underway for our annual office pumpkin carving contest. The forces of creativity are strong around this time of year. Going all-out with your wacky costume ideas is one thing, but this awesome collection of car-themed Halloween pumpkin carvings from Car Crushing takes it to the next level.

Click here to check out a few of the amazing automotive-inspired pumpkins, as they include several recognizable cars including a Nissan GT-R (pictured above), Porsche GT3 RS, Mazda3, and even a retro Volkswagen Bus!

We've got the full car-themed pumpkin carving photo gallery here for your viewing pleasure and feel free to share your car carving skills with us too, by sending us photos of your car-related pumpkins. We'll gladly add them into the gallery.

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2014 Porsche 911 Pfaff Tuning GT3 Alternative

Posted Oct 24th 2014 12:00PM

Pfaff Tuning's 7MT GT3 Alternative - A True Driver's Car, Through and Through



Every once in a while, we get to drive what we call 'What-If Cars'. The kind of cars that pop into your head when you're lost in a "what kind of car would you buy if you won the lottery" daydream or embattled in the same conversation with your fellow gear heads. So when we got the offer from Pfaff Tuning to pick up their 2014 Porsche 911 'GT3 Alternative' - we did a quick inventory to check in with our internal 'What-If' garage to see if this monster was there, and yup, it's there alright, pretty damn close to the top we'd say.

Porsche's spartan 911 GT3 is undeniably a razor-sharp machine and the perfect trackday weapon, without a doubt on the dream car list of most gear heads, but it's missing the one thing we prize above almost everything else - a third pedal. Call us dinosaurs, call us luddites, call us anything you want, we won't judge you - as dizzyingly fast and efficient as Porsche's PDK transmission is, it will never provide the same experience as rowing your own gears... READ MORE
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