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Kia Soul EV wins 2015 Canadian Green Car Award

Staff

The Kia Soul EV won the 2015 Canadian Green Car Award as the vehicle best combining environmental benefits with mass-market appeal.

Winners in six categories were named by a group of 14 writers and editors.

Aside from the overall award, the Kia also took the battery/electric zero emission category.

The others:

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Toronto-area driver stuck in traffic gets instant dose of karma after breaking law

Staff

Many motorists get frustrated while sitting in traffic, but breaking the law definitely doesn’t speed up the trip if you are pulled over by police.

That’s what happened to one driver in a suburb just north of Toronto recently, who received a massive dose of instant karma.

As seen on a dash cam video posted online last week, the driver of a white Hyundai Elantra was waiting to make a left, but was stuck behind a Cadillac that was trying to make a left in the opposite direction. After a short time, the obviously frustrated driver crosses a solid line and drives in the oncoming traffic lane to get around the Cadillac. The driver had to be completely unaware of the clearly marked York Region Police SUV sitting about two metres away in the left lane.

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2016 Chevy Malibu hybrid borrows from the Volt

STAFF

General Motors will manufacture a new hybrid Chevrolet Malibu starting with the 2016 model year by adapting the Volt’s drive unit and regenerative braking system.

A 1.8-litre, four-cylinder engine is to work in tandem with a lithium-ion battery pack, for estimated combined fuel usage of 5.2 litres/100 km. The fuel standard would be superior to the present ratings of the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion and Hyundai Sonata hybrids, according to GM.

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Ford reveals new Ranger, will be sold in 180 markets but not Canada

Jordan Chittley

Canadians haven’t seen a new Ford Ranger since 2012 and it looks like we won’t see a new one soon, despite Ford unveiling a rugged new facelift Monday at the Bangkok Motor Show in Thailand.

The compact pickup will be sold in more than 180 markets, but Canada and the U.S. are not on that list.

In photos: New Ford Ranger

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Forget self-driving cars, will self-flying cars be the future?

Jordan Chittley

 

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Apple CarPlay to be available on all major brands, except world's largest

JORDAN CHITTLEY

Most of the buzz at the Apple press conference Monday was over a new watch, but Apple CEO Tim Cook also provided an important update for everyone who is tired of screaming at their dash because the system that connects the phone to the car’s stereo system doesn’t work well.

Cook said that “every major car brand has committed to delivering CarPlay” and added that the software will be available on 40 models by the end of the year.

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Abu Dhabi police add Roll-Royce to fleet

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Tesla faces off against Ferrari in drag race

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British police mock Ferrari driver on Twitter after seizing car

Jordan Chittley

 

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Queen Elizabeth is looking for a new chauffeur

JORDAN CHITTLEY

Do you enjoy driving massive limousines and can keep a secret? Then your perfect job has just become available.

The official website of the British monarchy posted the ad looking for a chauffeur at Buckingham Palace to handle the driving duties of Queen Elizabeth II.

“As chauffeur you will work as part of a busy and supportive team tasked with driving members of the royal family, household officials, guests and official visitors,” reads the job post. “You will ensure the vehicles are well maintained and kept to a high standard of presentation, whilst assisting with the daily administration and management of the Royal Mews Garage.”

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Why Canadians love to search for BMW on Kijiji

JORDAN CHITTLEY

Kijiji has it all: jobs, houses, vacation rentals, twerking lessons, Isa red chickens and a dresser possessed by the spirit of an ex-girlfriend. However, by far, the biggest section on the online classified website is autos.

The site started 10 years ago this month with an ad for community volunteers in Quebec. In that first year, more than 15,000 car ads were posted to it. The number of ads has grown every year and, in 2014, more than 4.7 million auto ads were posted across Canada.

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Boston cyclists dig 13-metre tunnel to keep bike path open for commuting

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Monster snowfall completely buries cars and streets in PEI

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Harley-Davidson to show off first electric bike in Toronto

Harley-Davidson’s first electric bike will be on display at the Motorcycle Show-Toronto, taking place Friday through Sunday at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place. Harley’s exhibit includes a Jumpstart Demo, a simulated ride that does not require a motorcycle license.

Other features of the show include:

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Should I warm up my car before driving? Peter Cheney answers all of your questions

Staff

Globe Drive columnist Peter Cheney took control of the Globe Drive Twitter account Friday morning to answer questions about cars, buying a car or the Toronto auto show, which opens to the public on Friday, Feb. 13.

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Quebec sales incentive boosts Volkswagen sales

STAFF

Volkswagen boosted January sales in Canada by 27 per cent year-over-year, propelled by a $750 corporate incentive to Quebec customers that is to be repeated in Ontario for a 10-day span, starting Friday.

Long-term success rests on a North American catch-up strategy based on a recognition that sport utility vehicles are here to stay. At the Canadian International Auto Show’s press day on Thursday, VW presented the five-seat Cross Coupe GTE concept that has been previously introduced as a seven-seater, and is to be produced in Tennessee. It has a 360-horsepower gasoline engine and an electric engine with a range of 30 km.

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Ford GT supercar to be built at Toronto-area facility

TOM MALONEY

The all-new 2017 Ford GT, the company’s new supercar, will be built in Markham, Ont., in partnership with Multimatic, a privately-held Toronto-based company.

Joe Henrich, president of the Americas for Ford Motor Co., and former president of Ford Canada, made the announcement Thursday at the Canadian International Auto Show. There had been speculation Ford would build the car with an outside supplier.

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Subaru Legacy named Canadian Car of the Year

DARREN McGEE

The Subaru Legacy was named Thursday as the Canadian Car of the Year while the Ford F-150 took top honours as the Utility Vehicle of the Year.

“At Subaru, we have a wonderful reputation for engineering, design and building great SUVs and performance cars,” said Ted Lalka, a vice-president at Subaru Canada, while accepting the award to kick off the media preview day at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. “But for many Canadians, it comes as a surprise that we actually have great sedans.

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Classic Ferrari found in barn sells for record $23-million

JORDAN CHITTLEY

A 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spider set a sales record for California Spiders – becoming the fifth most-expensive car ever sold at action – when it fetched about $23 million at the Artcurial auction house in Paris.

The car, one of only a few dozen ever made, once belonged to actor Alain Delon and was discovered rusting under a pile of old magazines and newspapers on a French farm.

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High-performance Ford Focus RS will be sold in Canada

DARREN McGEE

Ford’s hottest hatch is coming to Canada.

The auto maker has unveiled the Focus RS, the 315-horsepower performance version of its popular car, and announced that global production will begin later this year.

The Focus RS will be built at Ford’s plant in Saarlouis, Germany, and become the first RS model sold in the United States and Canada when it goes on sale in 2016. Pricing was not announced.

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