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B.C. town lowering speed limit to 30 km/h

Jordan Chittley

While B.C. has raised the speed limit on some highways to 120 km/h, one town is going the other way.

Rossland , a small mountain town (population: 3,556) tucked into the south-central part of the province near Red Mountain Resort, has lowered the speed limit to 30 km/h from 40 km/h. The speed limits in school zones are being lowered to 15 km/h, and the streets in two neighbourhoods are getting permanent 20 km/h zones.

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Sweden's capital banning cars for one day

JORDAN CHITTLEY

Toronto drivers were less than enthused, to put it mildly, when the special HOV lanes for the Pan Am Games were implemented. So it seems highly unlikely that residents of Canada’s largest city would ever buy into what Sweden’s capital is about to do.

Stockholm will block the use of motorized vehicles for one day in September as it joins more than 200 cities participating in European Mobility Week.

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Survey shows what most often triggers road rage for Canadians

DARREN McGEE

Canadians are known for being polite to a fault, apologizing even when it’s not necessary – that’s the stereotypical image, anyway.

The truth, however, looks to be much different – at least when they are driving – as 33 per cent of Canadians say they are subjected to road rage at least once per month, according to a national State Farm survey of Canadian driving habits released Tuesday.

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Netherlands firm to test 'maintenance-free' roads made from recycled plastic

JORDAN CHITTLEY

 

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The happiest buyers drive Kia’s K900: survey

DARREN McGEE

Not happy with that new car purchase? Maybe you should have bought a 2015 Kia K900.

That’s because Kia’s luxury car achieved the highest marks in a survey of owners for U.S.-based AutoPacific’s 19th annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSAs).

And while the K900 scored the top satisfaction marks, General Motors won the most categories with five. Kia was second, with four, and Nissan topped three segments. Honda, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler Automobile, Volkswagen and Ford each claimed two categories while Volvo, Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai each won one.

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Ghostbusters director teases new Ecto-1 wagon

Staff

 

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Backhoe driver leads police on long, slow chase along Trans-Canada Highway

The Canadian Press/Staff

A bail hearing is scheduled to be held today for a man who allegedly led police on a slow-speed chase on a backhoe west of Fredericton.

Thomas Therrien Chiasson, 27, of Alberta, was arrested early Tuesday and faces several charges including evading a police officer, impaired driving, refusing a breathalyzer and possession of stolen property.

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All aboard GO Transit for Day 2 of the Pan Am Games travel nightmare

DARREN McGEE

Okay, let’s try this again.

On Day 1 of the Pan Am Games lane restrictions, my 85-kilometre commute to work was longer – one hour and 52 minutes – and more frustrating than usual. There’s nothing like an empty HOV lane to your left to set you stewing as you crawl through thick traffic on the Don Valley Parkway. So today, GO Transit is my chosen method of travel, and I hope to fare better than on Monday.

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'See-through' truck aims to improve highway safety

JORDAN CHITTLEY

Road accidents are one of the top 10 causes of premature death in Canada with about 2,000 people dying each year and tens of thousands more injured. Worldwide, traffic accidents kill more than one million people, according to the World Health Organizationranking right up there with HIV/AIDS, cancer and tuberculosis as a leading cause of death in middle- and low-income countries.

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HOV horror: One long, frustrating drive on the highway to Pan Am Hell

DARREN McGEE

 

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General Motors plugs into electrification in a big way

JEREMY CATO

General Motors has mapped out a comprehensive electrification strategy that includes a reinvented 2016 Volt plug-in hybrid, a 2016 Malibu hybrid, the retail launch of the Spark EV in Canada and other markets, and the Bolt EV.

The Bolt, with a range of 321 kilometres, will be priced at $30,000, subsidies included.

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Koenigsegg hypercar smashes 0-300-0 km/h record - in practice

JORDAN CHITTLEY

When a car’s acceleration is discussed, the benchmark is the time it takes to sprint from 0-100 km/h. But that seems insignificant compared to the speeds the Koenigsegg One:1 can hit.

The hypercar pumps out 1,340 horsepower and weighs 1,340 kilograms – hence the name One:1, referring to its power-to-weight ratio. This is a ride built completely for speed.

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Monster Jam truck driver lands first-ever front flip

Staff

Tom Meents, an 11-time Monster Jam champion and the first person to attempt a back-flip, shot his truck up in the air Saturday evening and held on as it flipped forward landing on its rear tires and tail before flipping again and landing on all four wheels.

In doing so, the Max-D driver made history as the first driver to complete a front-flip, but because he didn’t land cleanly, he failed to establish a Guinness World Record.

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Hinchcliffe named grand marshal for Toronto Indy

DARREN McGEE

Injured IndyCar driver and hometown hero James Hinchcliffe will serve as grand marshal for the 2015 Honda Indy Toronto on Sunday.

“I’m looking forward to being back home in Canada and attending the Honda Indy Toronto.” said Hinchcliffe in a statement Thursday. “It will be a strange feeling for me not lining up on the grid this year, but being the grand marshal is a role I’m honoured to fulfill and I’m excited that I’ll play a role in the proceedings.”

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GM restoring sinkhole-damaged one millionth Corvette ever built

STAFF

Chevrolet is starting restoration work on the one millionth Corvette ever built, a white 1992 model that was mangled when it fell into a sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky last year.

A crew from GM Design Centre’s mechanical assembly group is taking on the project with the aim of preserving the car’s original appearance.

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Student driver’s car crushed by tank after making wrong turn

Staff

Leaning to drive can be a scary experience. Novices can be overwhelmed, what with pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists to concentrate on.

And tanks.

Yep, tanks. A teen driver with a learner’s permit in Lippe, Germany, learned a valuable lesson about road awareness on Monday when she made a left turn and reportedly didn’t see the convoy of tanks headed her way. How do you not see that?

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William Shatner to ride strange-looking trike with V-8 engine across America

Jordan Chittley

William Shatner may have captained the Starship Enterprise for decades, but at the end of the month the 84-year-old Canadian actor will captain a three-wheeler – that looks like it leapt from the set of a post-apocalyptic film – from Chicago to Los Angeles.

It is called the Rivet and is described as the ‘ultimate landjet.’ Shatner teamed up with American Wrench, an Illinois-based custom motorcycle shop, to design the vehicle that produces more than 500 horsepower. They announced plans earlier this week for the cross-country trek to raise awareness for The American Legion.

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'Suicide Squad' cool cars have fans clogging Toronto streets in middle of night

Jordan Chittley

 

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Hinchcliffe released from hospital, ten days after crash

DARREN McGEE

James Hinchcliffe is not only a fast racer, but also a fast healer. The Canadian IndyCar Series driver was released from hospital in Indianapolis Wednesday, 10 days after he crashed during practice for the Indianapolis 500.

Hinchcliffe left IU Health Methodist Hospital in a wheelchair being pushed by 2014 IndyCar champ Will Power.

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10 worst roads in Ontario revealed: Timmins trumps Toronto

DARREN McGEE

Timmins has topped Toronto, taking the top two spots in the Canadian Automobile Association’s annual list of the worst roads in Ontario.

Toronto’s Dufferin Street, first place – or should that be worst place? – for the past three years, dropped to third. Last year, seven of the 10 worst roads were in Toronto; this year, only two. Dufferin Street has made the list nine times.

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