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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

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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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Audi bringing A5 sportback to U.S., but not Canada

JORDAN CHITTLEY

A lot of cool cars don’t come to Canada. The Volkswagen Scirocco R, the Alfa Romeo Fiulietta and the Renault Megane Renaultsport are on that list.

So is the Audi A5 sportback. It has been sold in Europe since 2010 and will enter the U.S. market when the redesigned A5 is launched next year. However, it won’t be coming to Canada.

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Singapore taxes Tesla owner $14,550 because his Model S is a 'high polluter'

JORDAN CHITTLEY

When Joe Nguyen imported the first Tesla Model S to Singapore he was likely hoping to receive a low emissions rebate of $14,550 for the high-powered electric car. Instead he was charged a $14,550 tax for having a car considered to be a major polluter.

“I don’t get it, there are no emissions,” said Nguyen in a report, according to Channel NewsAsia. Nguyen purchased the used Model S P85 in Hong Kong and imported it in July. All used cars imported to Singapore must undergo exhaust emissions testing. Seven months after the regulatory ordeal started, he was told that a private vehicle inspection provider tested the car for Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) and found it consumes 444 watt hours per kilometre (Wh/km). That’s the equivalent CO2 emission of 222g per kilometre.

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Chrysler's new minivan to come with top-of-the-line price

JORDAN CHITTLEY

Chrysler is betting $2-billion on a completely revamped, Canadian-built minivan – a minivan that will be priced in line with the top end of the segment.

The base price will start at just less than $44,000 and the top-of-the-line will be available for just less than $53,000, Chrysler said Thursday.

  • Pacifica Touring L: $43,995
  • Pacifica Touring L-Plus: $46,995
  • Pacifica Limited: $52,995

While the price may seem high for a minivan, it is $1,200 less than the outgoing Town & Country, according to Chrysler, and it comes with more features and technology – including a stow-away vacuum, hand-free communication and Stow ’n Go seats.

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Rolls-Royce ending Phantom production as it introduces new car

STAFF

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is ending production of the Phantom, including the Coupe, Drophead and limousines, as the British company switches to aluminum architecture and introduces a new convertible, the Dawn.

The Phantom is in its seventh generation – it was initially launched in 2003 as Rolls-Royce regenerated as a company.

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The Tesla Model S for kids, $500 but no insane mode

JORDAN CHITTLEY

Tesla has a new model and it is by far the most affordable. It doesn’t have a Ludicrous Mode, nor can it go 440 kilometres on a single charge. But it certainly looks like a Tesla, and comes in ‘authentic’ Tesla colours complete with lithium-ion battery technology.

The Model S for Kids is a collaboration between Radio Flyer and Tesla Motors, and can be driven by one child aged 3 to 8 to a top speed of 10 km/h, which is slightly faster than the average Power Wheels car. The toy car comes with working headlights, a frunk (front trunk) and a sound system with a plug for a music player. There is no 17-inch touchscreen to customize the ride height or temperature.

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Star of Timber Kings sets record for driving a tree 90 km/h

JORDAN CHITTLEY

 

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Sneak peek at Sunday's Super Bowl car commercials

JORDAN CHITTLEY

 

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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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