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Cheapest cars to own in Canada led by 2013 Nissan Versa

Posted Jun 3rd 2013 11:15AM



Our own Associate Editor, Mark Pereira put together a new car gallery at the end of last year, highlighting which new cars are cheapest in the Canadian market. But cheapest to purchase only tells half the story; running costs can quickly undo any savings you managed when negotiating the purchase price (not to mention a few other factors such as depreciation and reliability).

Nissan Canada took it upon themselves to compare their 2013 Sentra 1.8 SV against ten comparable cars from the competitive set to determine which car is the cheapest to own, overall. Predictably, the Sentra took top honours in the comparison, mustering the second lowest purchase price (behind the cheapest-of-the-field Volkswagen Jetta Trendline) and best fuel consumption figure - an estimated five year fuel cost of $7,482. The biggest gas-guzzler of the group is the Jetta Trendline, which is estimated to suck up $10,450 of your hard earned dollars over the next five years, thus cancelling out its low purchase price advantage.

The parameters for the comparison can be found at the bottom of the info-graphic shown below. Click here to check out our gallery showing the overall cheapest cars to own in Canada, then be sure to watch the video below showing the cheapest cars to own in 2013.

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Twinrev.com website compares supercar: specs, price, performance and reviews

Posted Jun 3rd 2013 10:30AM




With every passing day another automotive website (or ten) is created. Most wither and die without sufficient time, talent or traffic, but every once in a while another car-junkie site launches, and gives us an "Uh-Haa!" moment.

Twinrev.com has debuted on the world wide web, and supercar lovers everywhere have reason to rejoice. Twinrev quickly and cleverly compares supercars in side-by-side match-ups, so it's easy to get a handle on where you should spend your lottery winnings. Ferrari 458 vs Porsche 911 Turbo S? Lamborghini Aventador vs Pagani Zonda? It's all there for your reference and drool-covered consideration.

The site claims advertising revenue from manufacturers and it functions as an aggregator of sorts, pulling quotes, performance specs and stats from various blue-chip automotive authorities. Throwing supercar comparos together is good fun, and the website's ease of use and clean visual design are key hallmarks of the Twinrev brand.

Hit the jump to check out Twinrev's official homepage, then scroll down to watch a video showing the world's 10 fastest supercars.

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Drunk driver crashes car during sex, leaves naked girlfriend on street [w/video]

Posted Jun 3rd 2013 9:45AM



Cruising the fast lane while making babies and knock'n back cold ones, that's the modus operandi of one American man by the name of Luis Briones. This 25 year-old has invented new realms of distracted driving (and you thought talking on your cell phone while driving was distracting).

This tragic tale of drinking, driving and banged-up body work unfolded when Briones ran a red light in his Ford Explorer while having sex with his female occupant. You might be mistaken into thinking that Briones got caught up in the lustful moment with his girlfriend or wife, whom he passionately loves - but you'd be wrong on that front too.

After crashing into another car upon running the red light, both Briones and his sexual partner were ejected from the vehicle. The female passenger sustained serious head injuries and needed medical attention, but instead of staying with her and seeking medical aid, the drunken sex-bandit jumped back into his Explorer and attempted to flee the scene. A concerned motorist who witnessed the commotion sprang into action and pulled the keys from Briones' vehicle before he could escape. Still, Briones was bent on fleeing the scene and took off on foot. Police later found him "with one shoe on and his shorts inside out... hiding behind a cactus?!"

Needless to say, Briones was not practicing safe sex, and serious injury, death, or unwanted pregnancy could result from such a careless automotive affair; a weird mix of risks, but driving on public roads while doing the deed is about as dangerous as it gets. Having sex in your car is an auto-enthusiast's right of passage, but you ought to leave it in 'Park' and keep alcohol out of the equation.

Ladies: this is not the type of man to bring home to mom and dad, no matter how spontaneous and free-spirited he seems to be. His previous run-ins with the law should serve to corroborate this fact - Briones was serving a probation sentence during the time of the crash.

This delinquent driver now faces charges of Driving Under the Influence (DUI), reckless driving and evading police. His female passenger has been released from hospital and has not been charged with any offence (though the office of public opinion might charge her with poor taste in men and poor dating etiquette). Click through to watch the video report.

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Ford Mustang GT destroyed by Oklahoma EF5 Tornado fires up to do mega burn-out [w/video]

Posted Jun 2nd 2013 11:00AM



Attention all storm chasers: time to trade in your Humvee, dump that modified Brinks Truck and sell your custom Line-X Dominator. Based on the video below, there is clearly only one everyday vehicle capable of surviving the world's baddest tornadoes: the Ford Mustang GT. After being ripped apart by the devastating EF5 tornado on May 20 in Moore, Oklahoma, this pony car is still ready to do burnouts.

The 4th generation '99-'04 Mustang featured in the below video was thrashed by the recent Oklahoma twister, subsequently stripped of its exterior panels, roof and windows. What's left over is a frame of conviction, engine of integrity and rear diff of discipline. She may not be pretty, but this 'Stang will get you into and out of the eye of the storm.

Don't believe a car can survive the worst of Mother Nature's vengeance? Time to watch the video clip below, showing a beat-up Mustang that refuses to quit. We didn't say it would be comfortable... a full-face helmet is recommended until your burn-out stretches at least five kilometres from the next twister.

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Free Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG given to UAE man for being too handsome [w/video]

Posted May 28th 2013 3:00PM




Traditionally, the key to a man's heart has been through his stomach, or so the old wives' tale goes. But the key to a brand-spanking new Mercedes Benz G55 AMG could also unlock a man's heart - and this belief has been exercised by a Saudi Arabian woman who gifted a copy of AMG's finest ute-metal in hopes of capturing an Arabian male model's attention.

It turns out that this was a gift granted in pity - Omar Borkan Gala, the new owner of the G55 AMG, was gifted the SUV after being deported by Saudi Arabian religious police for being "too handsome." The Dubai native was visiting a festival in Riyadh, the Saudi Arabian capital, when he was approached by authorities and asked forced to leave because the religious police "feared women could fall for [him] on the grounds [that he is] too handsome." In a political quagmire, an alternative would be forcing him to wear a burka, which would not be in step with his male modeling career.

News of Gala's expulsion from the Gulf Kingdom spread quickly and about a month after the incident Gala heard a knock at the door. A new AMG product was waiting outside. "I got a Mercedes G55 for my birthday from a woman I didn't know. It came to my place, and I was told, 'Just sign and take it.' That's amazing!" Gala's words remind us why it's worth answering the door every time you hear the door-bell.

According to InTouch Gossip Weekly, Gala is fleshing out his career in the entertainment world, currently working as a poet, model and upcoming film star. Reports of Gala's surprise gift (and unfortunate deportation from Saudi Arabia) have gone viral and his personal facebook page has been inundated with messages of support from fans around the world. This should propel his career forward with roughly the same thrust as his new V8 sport utility serves up.

Scroll down to watch a video news piece on his travel predicament. Our review of Mercedes-Benz latest AMG-tuned G-wagon can be read here.

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Toronto supercar video documents visitor to Canada's automotive eye candy

Posted May 27th 2013 12:00PM



If you're a car enthusiast to the core, and have a sore neck, we strongly advise you avoid the city of Toronto in the summer months. When the weather heats up, so does the amount of rolling exotic car eye-candy. And your neck will get strained keeping up with the automotive exotica roving Toronto streets much like what would see in Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary.

Our Torontonian readers may offer only a casual glace at the frequent supercars roaring by, but that's probably because their ride-radar has grown tired as the strong economy has afforded an overload of luxury and exotic car owners.

A tourist who recently visited the fourth largest city in North America, Toronto, was mesmerized by the abundance of supercars spotted during his trip. Common sports cars such as the Chevrolet Camaro may seem unworthy of the average car-nut's attention, but for a foreign car enthusiast, even a V6-powered bit of American muscle excited the senses.

Our wide-eyed explorer decided to document the sports cars spotted during his trip in a video, shown below. A list of cars found in the video follows. If you're ready for exotic car overload, click through. And if you're the owner of one of these sports cars, be sure to give your steed a free run in its natural habitat on a nearby racetrack - you can only punish a sports car in grid-lock for so long!

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Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept celebrates 100 years, makes us weak in the knees

Posted May 27th 2013 11:00AM




Aston Martin is popping the bubbly and launching a new concept car to celebrate their centenial. Aston's brightest unleashed their creative juices to create a modern sports car that harkens back to Aston Martin racers of yore. The resultant retro-styled speedster that found form is nothing short of breath-taking - particularly for any fans of the British marque.

The CC100 draws upon design cues from the Le Mans winning DBR1 race car. It's powered by a 6.0-litre V12, which is capable of propelling it to 100 km/h (62 mph) in a hair over 4 seconds. Thanks to it's light-weight carbon-fibre body and dual-clutch transmission, the CC100 is at home on the racetrack. Top speed is limited to 289 km/h (180 mph). The body is almost 4.5 metres long and more than two metres wide, including the mirrors.

The below video shows the creation of the CC100 from paper to racetrack. You'll want to watch it until the end, where you'll find hear a special treat from Aston Martin's V12 engine builders. The music soundtrack's not bad either.

Scroll down to continue reading, then watch the making of this iconic Aston Martin Speedster. A high-resolution photo gallery can be found above.

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Police use electronic sign to measure if cars and motorcycles are 'too loud'

Posted May 24th 2013 5:00PM




There is no sweeter sound to a car enthusiast's ears than that of an exotic car or superbike revving to the fun side of the tachometer. The mechanical symphony exiting the exhaust pipes of finely tuned performance machines is nothing short of an aural treat for the driving enthusiasts among us. But, there are those among us who would rather we keep our collective tachometers near idle.

Spurred on by a citizen group in Long Beach, California, the local area police have dispatched a sign to monitor sound levels emitted by passing vehicles. The electronic sign functions much like the automated road-side speed-measuring signs that flash up an LED-lit warning showing your real-time road speed as you pass by. The sign features microphones that pick up the maximum decibel level reaching the sign, and then flash the decibel level on the LED screen.

The average vehicle emits around 55 to 60 decibels (when traveling around 60 km/h), and the officers monitoring the sign are looking out for those that strike the 70 to 75 decibel level. Those with aftermarket exhaust systems ought to shift up a couple of gears and lean up on the throttle when passing by...

Scroll down to read more and watch a news video on the topic.

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Chinese scooter smashes car, van, a moped and a truck, then crashes into hole

Posted May 24th 2013 4:00PM




The following video looks like it was produced by Jackass, but it turns out that the rider of the scooter therein did not intend to crash into a car, a van, another scooter and a truck all within the space of 30 seconds. He's just profoundly bad at riding.

Just when you think the two-wheeled carnage has finally ended, the rider of the beleaguered scooter yanks his front wheel from under the bumper of the truck he hit, and proceeds to ride through a construction site fence and into a giant concrete-walled hole. Two words: epic fail. This 'how-not-to-ride' video tutorial was inadvertently captured by a security camera overlooking a traffic junction in China.

Scroll down to watch the poor riding episode of freak-show proportions unfold.

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