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Top 10 most expensive celebrity cars and surprising facts you didn't know

Posted Aug 28th 2014 10:59AM



While we don't ponder upon what celebrities do, say, buy, or wear on a regular basis, we are certainly curious about what they drive from time to time. Why does it matter you ask? It matters because some of these celebrities have virtually unlimited resources at their disposal and as gearheads, we're interested to know what people would buy if money were no object.

So without further ado, we present to you an updated list and photo gallery of the top 10 most expensive celebrity cars of 2014, which features a few of the same celebs listed from previous years along with some surprising facts like over half of the most expensive celebrity cars belong to Bugatti-driving rappers like Birdman, Flo Rida, Little Wayne and The Game (shocker!).

If you find some of these exotic car a little out of your price bracket, don't worry as our post on the top 5 affordable celebrity cars and top 10 celebrities who drive cheap, ugly cars is proof not every famous star cares about showing off with their car.

We won't spoil the list for you, but the gallery also lists the pertinent specs, customizations and prices of each car, so click here to check out it out.

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News Source: FinancesOnline

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Experts warn Canadian consumers of increasing car loan debt danger

Posted Aug 26th 2014 3:59PM



It's nearly impossible to drive around the city and miss the signs that are plastered over the front of every car dealership in town. Signs that advertise attractively low looking bi-weekly and monthly payments for a brand new car are everywhere these days, you merely need to open a web browser or magazine and be bombarded with more of the same.

While the sticker price of many of today's new mass market cars have come down slightly, the monthly payments have come down significantly more via the ability to stretch your payments out over ever increasing lengths (some of which range up to eight-year terms). The ability to hop in a brand new car with exceptionally affordable monthly payments is very appealing, especially here in Canada.

We hesitate to use the word "sales", as Gerry Cloutier, General Manager of a Hyundai Dealership in Ottawa says, "People don't buy price, they buy a payment." He goes on to add "Today's buyer wants monthly payments around $200, a goal made attainable by longer loan terms and low borrowing costs." Well, according to a report put out by Automotive News, us Canadians may be in for a rough ride ahead in the upcoming years... READ FULL STORY

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News Source: Automotive News

Distracted driving fines in Ontario are the toughest in Canada; Up to $1,000 and three demerit points

Posted Aug 26th 2014 12:30PM



After previously reporting on Ontario drivers facing demerit points and tougher fines for distracted driving, it's set to become reality, as the province continues to crack down on distracted driving with new penalties being put in place staring this fall. Transportation Minister, Steven Del Duca says that the new laws and new fine structure will come into play this October.

Del Duca's new distracted driving bill will hike fines from the current $60 to $500 range, to between $300 and $1,000 plus three demerit points tacked onto your licence. At this time, no demerit points can be tacked onto your fine for distracted driving in Ontario... READ MORE

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News Source: AM640 Toronto

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Camaro Z/28 and Mitsubishi Starion meet in this nostalgic vision of '87 Japan

Posted Aug 22nd 2014 5:57PM

Orange Orchid music video

The '80s is just far enough away now that it no longer seems like an era defined by Reagonomics and neon clothing. Filmmaker Matt Clark has embraced the look of the music videos of the decade in his new short film titled Orange Orchid, set in 1987 in Chiba and Yokohama, Japan. The video features some great sports coupes of the time and is set to the song I Know There's Something Going On from Abba-alum Frida (along with drumming and backup vocals from Phil Collins).

Clark really embraces the pop-culture look of the era's videos with big hair, a healthy dash of neon, inexplicable smoky rooms and big, over-wrought movements. However, the real stars for us are the pair of '80s sports coupes that also kind of personify the main characters. Nijo in her denim jacket has a modded Camaro Z/28 with huge, dished wheels rockin' that Hellaflush style. Naturally, the Chevy also features some great butterscotch paint and a car phone inside. Alex, the guy pursuing her, forgoes any obvious upgrades in favor a clean, all-white Mitsubishi Starion to go along with his tailored suit and giant cell phone.

We wish this video featured the cars a bit more prominently, but that drumbeat from Collins on this forgotten 80s gem is pretty fantastic, too. Give it a listen in the video.

News Source: Matt Clark via Vimeo

Meteor sighting over DVP in Toronto caught on dashcam

Posted Aug 22nd 2014 3:59PM



Last night, select Torontonians were lucky enough to spot moving balls of fire across the sky. One driver that goes by the YouTube name of russ0035 was fortunate enough to capture it on his dashcam as he was travelling up the Don Valley Parkway.

While not as dramatic as the meteor showers caught on camera in Russia last year, it's still pretty neat. Meteor showers are common this time of year and there have been a slew of sightings around Toronto in the past month.

The guys here in the Autoblog Canada office aren't convinced it was only a meteor shower... instead, we know the truth is out there. We want to believe.

Check out the video below and let us know what you think.

News Source: russ0035 via YouTube

2015 Subaru WRX CVT Review

Posted Aug 21st 2014 12:00PM



I drove the 2015 Subaru WRX Sport Lineartronic (CVT) for the first time at CTMP's (Mosport) brand-new Driver Development Track (DDT) earlier this year at the WRX Club Event. The event was a track event and I couldn't help but compare its track prowess to the 6-speed versions in that article, so I didn't exactly give the CVT-equipped car a glowing review. Subaru reached out to me to get me to expand upon why I didn't like it and promptly offered to put me into a CVT-equipped WRX for a week-long real-world test.

I quickly agreed that it would be a good idea for a couple of reasons. I realized that it's not always about balls-out acceleration, performance, clutch-kicks, hard shifts and rowing your own boat. I also realized that when it comes to a car that's primary purpose is to be a daily driven commuter car with performance on tap, you can't judge it by a grueling track test; it's not what its prime directive is.

We've reviewed the WRX extensively and even have a long-term tester in our ranks (click here for the introduction and click here for the most recent update); so this review is going to be focused on what driving the third-pedal-less CVT WRX around in your daily grind is like... READ ON

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Car-Sharing Comparison: Everything you need to know about AutoShare, Car2Go and Zipcar

Posted Aug 20th 2014 4:59PM

AutoShare, Zipcar, or Car2Go - which of these car-sharing services is the best one?



While some forms of car-sharing have been around since the 1990s, the increasingly popular short-term car rental solution is indeed a growing trend and a great tool for people in large, urban cities. According to a study from Navigant Research, the number of car-share participants is expected to climb to more than 12 million by the end of the decade.

If you own a car and live in Toronto (or any other major city for that matter), you're likely no stranger to having to shell out exorbitant amounts of money for parking and also know the frustration of having to loop around, circling block after block just to find a parking spot. On top of parking costs, owning a car can be very expensive - factor in obscenely high Ontario insurance costs, equally obscene gas prices, increasing maintenance costs, and car payments - so much so that a growing majority of drivers who live in major cities across Canada choose to live car-free and rely on their trusty two feet, a bicycle, an expensive taxicab, or unreliable public transit to take them where they need to go.

But what do you do when you need to make a trip to the grocery store for more food than you can carry? Or what do you do when you need to make that torturous trip to Ikea - you can't exactly carry an armoire or the new unexpected love seat that you "just had to have" back downtown, can you?

Car-less drivers, meet your new BFFs - AutoShare, Zipcar, and Car2Go (in no particular order). These are the three major car-sharing companies operating in Canada; we often get asked by our readers which of these three companies they should go with. The answer to that question really depends on several factors so we've gone ahead and gathered the lowdown on all three major car share services and explored the pros and cons of each... READ MORE

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2014 Formula Drift Canada Preview

Posted Aug 13th 2014 6:30PM



We're just a few weeks from the Formula Drift Canada invasion and the drivers list has just been posted. With the FD Canada Qualifier Round taking place just a couple of months ago, the main Challenge event taking place August 31st - September 1st at St-Eustache, Quebec, is undoubtedly one of Canada's most anticipated motorsports events of the year.

Touted as a 'Formula Drift' vs. Canada round, it's stacking up to be a DMCC drivers vs. Formula Drift drivers round (it should be noted several Canadian drivers are already driving in Formula Drift). Curiously enough, we have the Canadian usual suspects representing in Formula Drift (Pat Cyr, Marc Landreville and Dave Briggs) but no word about Mats Baribeau.

We've put together a photo gallery featuring all the drift drivers in action for you. Formula Drift has also put together a short video preview to the event.

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HIGHLIGHTS: 2014 World Rallycross Canada

Posted Aug 12th 2014 7:00PM



The FIA World Rallycross Championship has finally made its entrance into North America, and Canada had the honour of hosting Round 7 at the Trois-Rivieres Grand Prix track in Quebec. So of course we were there to capture the action in all its boosted asphalt and dirt ripping glory.

The World Rallycross (RX) Championship's roster is stacked with some of today's hottest motorsports stars, including Jacques Villeneuve, Patrick Carpentier, Tanner Foust, and Petter Solberg to name a few. Past competitors include Travis Pastrana, Bucky Lasek and stunt driving madman Ken Block - are you seeing a trend here? As an added bonus, Formula Drift's Vaughn Gittin Jr. was on hand for drift demonstrations for the half-time show. Talk about an all-star lineup... READ MORE


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