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World's most efficient vehicle sets record: 11,000 km on equivalent to 1 litre of gas

JORDAN CHITTLEY

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.

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The 10 worst roads in Ontario

JORDAN CHITTLEY

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.

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At long last, the 2017 Acura NSX hits the pavement

DARREN McGEE

 

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Self-driving cars? Hardly anyone wants one

JORDAN CHITTLEY

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.

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Uber begins testing a self-driving car

JORDAN CHITTLEY

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.

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Tesla expanding supercharger network into Ontario's cottage country

MATT BUBBERS

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.

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Toyota gives million-mile Tundra owner a new one

JORDAN CHITTLEY

 

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Toyota, BMW to build common roadster with Canadian connection

JORDAN CHITTLEY

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.

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Sex and the self-driving car: Who’s in the driver’s seat?

DARREN McGEE

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.

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Canadians more satisfied with car insurance, but pricing still a problem

DARREN McGEE

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.

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Fiat 124 Spider to start at $33,495

DARREN McGEE

 

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How to avoid a collision with a moose as sightings up in St. John's

JORDAN CHITTLEY

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.

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For sale in Montreal: 1999 Lambo Diablo with only 1.8 kilometres

JORDAN CHITTLEY

 

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Watch a Nissan GT-R set a world record for the fastest drift: 305 km/h

JORDAN CHITTLEY

 

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Hundreds of Canadians line up to put down deposits for yet-to-be-revealed Tesla Model 3

Staff

 

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Self-driving cars could lower insurance rates, eventually: report

JORDAN CHITTLEY

Self-driving cars could mean drivers will see significant savings on insurance premiums, but that is in the distant future.

In the short term, insurance companies will see a boon because as self-driving features become more prevalent, the number of crashes will decrease,

according to a report issued by Moody’s Investors Services this week.

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Toronto drivers face higher parking fines starting today

JORDAN CHITTLEY

Drivers who park illegally in specific spots around Toronto will face higher fines starting today.

As part the city’s congestion management plan, parking fines will rise to $150 for those:

  • Blocking sidewalks
  • Double parking
  • Standing in TTC zones
  • Blocking HOV lanes

The fines for these infractions are increasing from the present range of $40 to $60.

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Renault to bring tiny, slow electric car to Canada

STAFF

French car maker Renault announced it will return to the Canadian marketplace this summer with a two-seater called the Twizy.

The all-electric car, or quadricycle as Renault calls it, has a maximum speed of 40 km/h, which makes it only usable on city streets. It is a cross between a moped and a car.

Renault announced the car was certified by Transport Canada Friday. The company will partner with AZRA Canada, which specializes in electric charging infrastructure, to sell the Twizy. Renault will launch the car April 15 in Montreal, at which point it is expected we’ll learn more about pricing an other specifications.

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Riding along as Tesla Model X hits Canadian roads for first time

JORDAN CHITTLEY

 

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Tesla to debut affordable Model 3 at end of March

JORDAN CHITTLEY

Telsa will officially debut its much-hyped Model 3 March 31 at an event in California.

Some guests at the event, which will mostly be comprised of current owners, will get a chance to drive the car.

The Model 3 is slated to be the democratic Tesla. It will start $35,000 in the U.S., making it less than half the cost of the Model S. And that $35,000 is before any government rebates. The Canadian price has yet to be announced, but it will come with an incentive in Ontario of at least $8,500.

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