Wednesday, Sep. 21, 2016 9:50AM EDT
HOV lanes between Seattle and Vancouver should be turned over to self-driving vehicles, says a private venture-capital firm envisioning the not-so-distant future.
The move, says a report issued Tuesday by Seattle-based Madrona Venture Group, would theoretically increase individual productivity, enhance road safety, and boost the connection between two booming cities enmeshed in the technology sector.More »
Tuesday, Sep. 20, 2016 1:03PM EDT
The all-electric Chevrolet Bolt will cost $42,795 plus a $1,600 destination freight charge in Canada, General Motors announced Tuesday.
However, after all applicable rebates in Ontario, that price is $31,434 plus freight on the base model. The Bolt will be the most affordable long-range electric vehicle in Canada and a test of whether its powertrain technology is ready to go mainstream.More »
Tuesday, Sep. 13, 2016 1:08PM EDT
Thursday, Sep. 01, 2016 2:34PM EDT
When Canadians have their cars serviced, what they really want is free Wi-Fi while waiting and for their service advisors to use a tablet when explaining the work, finds a study by J.D. Power.
The survey of 12,340 Canadian owners with vehicles between four and 12 years old found that when having work done on a car, access to Internet is one of the least-offered amenities, but generates the highest satisfaction score.More »
Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016 3:47PM EDT
For the sixth year in a row, the Ontario government is raising the fee for renewing vehicle validation stickers.
As of Sept. 1, renewal stickers in southern Ontario will cost $120 for the year, up from $108 currently. In northern Ontario, the fee rises to $60 from $54.
While a $12 increase may not seem hefty, the renewal price has almost doubled since 2011.More »
Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016 11:14AM EDT
The Honda Civic hatchback returns this fall to the Canadian market after a decade-long absence.
Similar to the 10th-generation Civic sedan, the new hatchback will have a more aggressive look with sharper lines. The five-door will also be the basis for the high-performance Type-R.
“We’re bringing back the much-anticipated sporty, stylish and sophisticated Civic Hatchback to Canada, as we amp up the performance of our incredible Civic lineup with each new model,” said Dave Gardner, senior vice-president of operations for Honda Canada, in a statement.More »
Wednesday, Jul. 27, 2016 12:52PM EDT
A team of German graduate students has set a Guinness World Record for the most efficient electric vehicle.
The Eco Team from the Technical University in Munich and its teardrop-shaped, three-wheel car went around Audi’s test track in Bavaria earlier this month achieving an efficiency rate of 1,232 kilometres per kilowatt hour. If it were a gas car, that would be the equivalent of 0.009 litres/100 km or 26,135 miles per gallon.More »
Thursday, May. 26, 2016 9:05AM EDT
There are a lot of bad roads to drive on in Ontario. In fact, several are notorious and annually make the Canadian Automobile Association’s list of worst roads.
Well, there’s a new one topping the chart.
The worst road in Ontario is County Road 49 in Prince Edward County, according to the annual survey of drivers. It is the first time this road has ever appeared on the provincial top 10 list.More »
Wednesday, May. 25, 2016 11:15AM EDT
Tuesday, May. 24, 2016 2:49PM EDT
Almost every major car company, plus Google and Uber, are spending millions of dollars to develop self-driving cars. But there is one group who isn’t so enthused – drivers.
A new study from the University of Michigan shows almost half of people asked don’t want to give up control to a computer in any driving capacity. It found 45.8 per cent of drivers surveyed said they don’t want any self-driving capability at all. This doesn’t include technology currently available on cars that is often considered semi-autonomous, such as adaptive cruise control or lane keep assist.More »
Friday, May. 20, 2016 12:22PM EDT
While Uber is working to change regulations to compete against taxis, its real competition in the future will likely be much bigger – Google and a number of car makers.
Uber announced Thursday it has begun testing a self-driving car in Pittsburgh, where the ride-sharing company has its Advanced Technology Center.More »
Friday, May. 20, 2016 5:00AM EDT
Tesla is expanding its electric car charging network, building new superchargers in Huntsville and Parry Sound, Ont., and Montreal, Magog, and Rivière-du-Loup, Que.
All five will be built this summer, but the company did not provide more specific dates.
Tesla currently has a global network of 624 supercharger stations, but only 18 of those are in Canada, including the newest one in Grimsby, Ont. Compared with the United States, Canada’s supercharger network is small – with big gaps in the Prairies, Maritimes and the North.More »
Wednesday, May. 18, 2016 5:00AM EDT
Tuesday, May. 17, 2016 12:59PM EDT
Toyota and BMW are joining forces to build a new sports car and have picked an Austrian plant owned by Canada’s Magna International to build it, according to a report.
Austrian newspaper Kleine Zeitung reports the next generation BMW Z4, to be called the Z5, and the Toyota Supra will roll off the Magna Steyr plant in Graz starting in 2018. The companies plan to build 60,000 vehicles for each of the two models. The Z5 will roll off the line first. BMW already produces the Mini Paceman and Countryman in Graz. Autoweek reports the Countryman will likely be moved to a factory in the Netherlands and the Paceman is being discontinued.More »
Thursday, May. 05, 2016 11:30AM EDT
As the great minds of the world ponder all the game-changing implications of a world featuring autonomous cars, along comes Barrie Kirk to say what we’ve all really been wondering about.
“I am predicting that, once computers are doing the driving, there will be a lot more sex in cars,” Kirk, of the Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence, told The Canadian Press on Monday.More »
Wednesday, May. 04, 2016 11:17AM EDT
Auto insurance is a sore spot for many Canadians. Many believe they are paying too much for premiums while receiving too little in return.
However, those perceptions are changing. An annual study released Wednesday indicates customer satisfaction with auto insurance has increased for the first time in five years.More »
Monday, May. 02, 2016 12:42PM EDT
Wednesday, Apr. 20, 2016 12:46PM EDT
A smart piece of advice to heed when driving in Newfoundland: Don’t drive at night.
That’s when moose car collisions are most likely to occur, according to the province’s government website, especially on the province’s highways. But in St. John’s, residents have seen more moose on the loose recently. Const. Geoff Higdon of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary says there have been nine sightings in the province’s largest city since the weekend.More »
Tuesday, Apr. 19, 2016 3:41PM EDT
Friday, Apr. 08, 2016 10:34AM EDT