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First new Acura NSX fetches $1.2 million as supercars bring in millions for charity

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DeLorean goes Back to the Future and back into production

JORDAN CHITTLEY

The DeLorean, a car made famous when Doc Brown made it fly and time travel in Back to the Future, is making a comeback – in limited production anyway.The company began production on the famous gullwing sports car in 1981, but only made 9,000 before going bankrupt in 1983. The movie that made the car famous came out in 1985.

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Seinfeld selling three vintage Porsches from his large personal collection

JORDAN CHITTLEY

Comedian and car lover Jerry Seinfeld is putting three of his vintage Porsches up for sale at the Amelia Island Auction in Florida in March – and they are expected to fetch a combined $14 million ($10 million U.S.).

But Porschephiles need not fear that Seinfeld is souring on the brand. Even after the sale, he will still have his choice of which awesome Porsche to drive each day. According to CheatSheet, in 2013 Seinfeld had 47 Porsches, so he won’t be stuck taking the bus. The collection is so big, he reportedly rents space at an airport hangar in California.

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Nova Scotia woman fined for driving 'snowbank with four wheels' to car wash

JORDAN CHITTLEY

A woman in Halifax was pulled over, fined $180 and told to clear the snow off her car Wednesday after police saw her driving what they describe as a ‘snowbank with four wheels.”

The 37-year-old, who has not been identified, told police she didn’t bother to clear the entire windshield because “she was going to the car wash to get the snow off,” says Halifax police Const. Dianne Woodworth. “But you have to get from where ever you are coming from to the car wash safely and if you can’t, that’s an issue.”

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Ontario motorist pulled over while driving in a car covered in a foot of snow

JORDAN CHITTLEY

Sure, everyone hates having to clear their cars of snow following a winter storm, but it’s a necessary evil.

However, apparently not so for one motorist in Brussels, Ont., on Tuesday.

Ontario Provincial Police pulled a driver over in Huron County who had barely cleared a third of the windshield.

"He (Sgt. Russell Nesbitt) was on patrol and saw the vehicle driving down one of the main streets," says OPP media correspondent Sgt. James Stanley. "The driver is an 80-year-old male, he was going out on an errand run. The excuse he gave: 'I'm kinda weak and old' so he didn't make the effort to brush off the other side of the window...It was essentially laziness."

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Ford trying to crack a major hurdle for self-driving cars: Snow

JORDAN CHITTLEY

It is impressive to watch a car drive itself. The steering wheel turns without anyone touching it, the car speeds up and slows down depending on traffic, and it can find a spot and park with just a push of a button. It’s perfect – partly because it’s sunny, dry and warm and conditions are great for a Sunday drive.

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Nissan prices Titan pickup truck for Canada

Staff

Nissan Canada’s price on the new, top-of-the-line Titan pickup truck represents a substantial discount from the cost to United States buyers when the dollar is converted.

In Canada, the 2016 Titan XD Platinum Reserve Crew Cab is listed at $73,900. The model comes with all-wheel drive and an engine block heater.

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The most searched car in Canada for 2015

JORDAN CHITTLEY

A new design on a favourite classic vaulted the Ford Mustang past Canada’s top-selling truck and car on Google’s list of most-searched models for 2015.

Despite not being one of the country’s best-selling vehicles, more Canadians searched Google for the Ford Mustang (6,500 sold this year through November) than any other vehicle. Canada’s best-selling car, the Honda Civic (61,000 sold this year through November), was the second most-searched model and Canada’s best-selling vehicle, the Ford F-Series (110,000 sold this year through November), came third.

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Canadians claim the environment matters, but don't buy cars that way

JORDAN CHITTLEY

Asked prior to the federal election, many Canadians said they care about the environment – but the issue becomes less important when searching for a new vehicle.

“People will vote that way, but they won’t buy that way,” says Deepak Anand, head of industry, auto, for Google Canada.”

Google search results for fuel economy were down 25 per cent in 2015, according to trends released by Google. Anand says search is an indicator of what people are looking to buy.

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Cigarette package-style labels on gas pumps aimed at making Canadians understand consequences

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B.C. introducing variable speed limits on some highways

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Tesla races to third among innovative companies

DARREN McGEE

Whether it be the quest to improve fuel efficiency, driverless cars, safety technology or dashboard infotainment, the car industry is all about innovation.

So it was no surprise that upstart electric auto maker Tesla finished third behind only Apple and Google in an annual ranking of innovative firms by Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

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The most stolen vehicles in Canada

JORDAN CHITTLEY

Old and large Ford trucks again dominated the list of most stolen vehicles in Canada – taking 9 of the top 10 spots in 2015, according to the annual report by the Insurance Bureau of Canada.

The 2005 Ford F-350 was the most stolen, followed by the same truck in the 2006 and 2007 models. The fourth most stolen vehicle was the 2006 Cadillac Escalade, the only non-Ford truck in the top 10. The rest of the list is all Ford F-250s and F-350s from years between 2001 and 2007.

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U.S. now says seatbelts on school buses are necessary, Canada disagrees

JORDAN CHITTLEY

When people get in a car they put on a seatbelt – but when in a school bus, they don’t because, most of the time, there aren’t any.

But that is changing, in the United States anyway. For the first time, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is recommending that every school bus have belts.

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Boston parking spot listed for $650,000

JORDAN CHITTLEY

In most major cities, $650,000 will land you a pretty nice home. In Boston’s tony Beacon Hill neighbourhood, it will get you a parking spot. And nothing else.

Yes, a 171-square-foot space was listed for four days on MLS with an asking price of $650,000 (U.S.). The listing was removed on Tuesday.

At $3,801 (U.S.) per square foot, it’s almost six times the price per square foot of a 1,500-square-foot house that sells for $1 million.

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New battery could be a game-changer for EVs

JORDAN CHITTLEY

Range anxiety: two words that strike frustration into the heart of anyone working to build a better EV.

Fossil fuels still offer far greater energy density (the amount of energy stored for a given weight) than any lithium-ion rechargeable battery in an electric vehicle – and recharging times are significantly longer than filling up a tank of gas.

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Self-driving cars more likely to be in a crash, but don't blame technology

JORDAN CHITTLEY

Self-driving cars are involved in accidents at a higher rate than conventional vehicles, but the self-driving cars aren’t at fault, according to a report by two researchers at the University of Michigan.

Brandon Schoettle and Michael Sivak analyzed records of cars being tested by Google, Audi and Delphi in California, and discovered that self-driving cars are more than four times as likely to be in a crash than those which require a human operator. For every 1.6 million kilometres, self-driving cars were in 9.1 crashes, compared to 1.9 for human-operated cars. That number may be 4.1 because, according to researchers, people don’t report all minor incidents to police.

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Tony Soprano’s Escalade could be yours

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Driving Toyota’s three-wheel electric i-Road

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