Tuesday, Jun. 30, 2015 11:13AM EDT
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.More »
Tuesday, Jun. 30, 2015 5:00AM EDT
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 Organization – ranking right up there with HIV/AIDS, cancer and tuberculosis as a leading cause of death in middle- and low-income countries.More »
Monday, Jun. 29, 2015 12:23PM EDT
Wednesday, Jun. 24, 2015 2:30PM EDT
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.More »
Friday, Jun. 19, 2015 5:00AM EDT
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.More »
Monday, Jun. 15, 2015 12:33PM EDT
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.More »
Thursday, Jun. 11, 2015 1:31PM EDT
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.”More »
Wednesday, Jun. 10, 2015 12:49PM EDT
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.More »
Thursday, Jun. 04, 2015 11:37AM EDT
Leaning to drive can be a scary experience. Novices can be overwhelmed, what with pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists to concentrate on.
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?More »
Wednesday, Jun. 03, 2015 11:19AM EDT
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.More »
Monday, Jun. 01, 2015 11:17AM EDT
Wednesday, May. 27, 2015 12:44PM EDT
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.More »
Thursday, May. 21, 2015 10:12AM EDT
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.More »
Wednesday, May. 20, 2015 3:30PM EDT
GM is following through on a pledge to cut the price of the remodelled 2016 plug-in Volt – in the United States, though not so much in Canada.
In the U.S., the company announced on Sunday that it would trim $1,200 (U.S.) from the 2015 retail price, to $33,995 (U.S.), including freight, for the 2016 version.More »
Wednesday, May. 20, 2015 5:00AM EDT
A small percentage of the cars that passed an air-sampling probe in downtown Toronto produced the vast majority of vehicular pollution, according to a recently published study by University of Toronto scientists.
The study suggests that these small number of cars are older and badly tuned.
It notes that 100,000 vehicles were tested on College St. and a quarter of them produced 95 per cent of the black carbon (soot), 93 per cent of the carbon monoxide and 76 per cent of the volatile organic compounds such as benzene, toluence, ethylbenzene and xylenes, some of which are known carcinogens.More »
Tuesday, May. 19, 2015 2:00PM EDT
Consumer Reports bought a top-of-the-line Tesla Model S 85D for a long-term test, only to find that its driver couldn’t get into the car.
The retractable door handle operated by the key fob failed to pop out. Unable to open the driver’s door from the outside, the magazine consequently dubbed the Tesla “undriveable”.More »
Thursday, May. 14, 2015 5:00AM EDT
Once upon a time, we walked to school.
Nearly three of four children aged 5-14 are being driven to schools in Canada, according to a small survey conducted by Parachute Canada for FedEx.
As top reasons for preventing their kids from walking or cycling, parents cited:
- speeding cars and traffic (75 per cent),
- fear of abduction (38 per cent),
- maturity level of their children (36 per cent),
- social concerns such as bullying (31 per cent), and
- lack of sidewalks and bike lanes (27 per cent).
Approximately 350 parents across Canada, divided by two age groups (5-9, 10-14) of their children, and representing the country geographically, responded to the survey. The parents of both age groups expressed equal concern about speeding cars and traffic, and street design.More »
Friday, May. 08, 2015 11:48AM EDT
Forget the numerous acting awards and accolades. Forget that he was ranked No. 2 in People magazine’s annual Sexiest Man Alive list just two short years ago.
Yes, forget it all – because Idris Elba, who plays a drug lord in HBO’s The Wire, just broke an 88-year-old land speed record while piloting a Bentley.More »
Thursday, May. 07, 2015 2:31PM EDT
Motorists would be well advised to steer clear of this woman.
A video posted online recently shows a woman using what appears to be a curling iron while driving north of Nanaimo, B.C. We’re not sure how she is steering, but it clearly isn’t with her hands because she doesn’t touch the wheel for the entire clip. The video description says the woman was driving about 90 km/h.More »
Friday, May. 01, 2015 5:00AM EDT
Michael Hollis, 7, was diagnosed with leukemia in August 2014. Since then, there have been plenty of doctor’s visits and video games.
“Every week, he’s pretty much at the doctor’s getting his medicine and he’s always on racing video games,” said Michael’s dad Erik in an online video. “Anything that has cars in it, he’ll play.”More »