Our 10 most popular reviews of 2018

Here at Driving, we want you to make the right call. When you’re looking for a new car, truck, crossover or SUV, we help you every step of the way, whether it’s keeping you up to speed on the newest debuts at auto shows, bombarding you with endless specs in our Buyer’s Guide and comparison tools, and most importantly, evaluating the cars themselves so you know exactly what you’re getting into the moment you walk through the dealer’s doors. Read More

Elon Musk asks judge to toss lawsuit filed by diver over ‘pedo’ tweet

Elon Musk is asking a California judge to throw out a lawsuit filed against him by a British diver the tech exec called a pedophile on Twitter, likening it to a “schoolyard spat on social media” that no reasonable reader took seriously.

Musk’s motion to dismiss, filed in court on Wednesday, argues that “the public knew from the outset that Musk’s insults were not intended to be statements of fact.” Read More

The holidays bring out the worst in Quebec drivers

The holidays bring out the worst in Quebec drivers, if videos posted to social media are any indication, with the most recent examples being of a Boxing Day shopper baffling-ly – and ironically – mowing down an ‘ARRÊT’ sign before changing course; and dashcam footage of a speeding driver on a highway getting brake-checked by—another speeding driver. Read More

News Roundup: Tesla drivers get pissed, a rally-ready Chevy Sonic and more

Welcome to our weekly round-up of the biggest breaking stories on Driving.ca from this past week to get you caught up and ready to get on with your weekend, because it’s hard keeping pace in a digital traffic jam.

Here’s what you missed while you were away.

Pickup truck drivers “ICE” Tesla drivers by blocking charging stations—real funny, guys!

Trucks owned by a group of young men in North Carolina block a row of Tesla Superchargers u/Leicina / Reddit Read More

Top vehicles coming to 2019 Montreal Auto Show

The 2019 Montreal International Auto Show kicks off Canada’s auto show season on January 18th with approximately 500 brand new vehicles spread across the floors of the Palais des congrès de Montréal — many of which are making their Canadian debuts, and one making its first appearance in North America. Here are some of the must-see new cars coming to this year’s show — and to our roads in the year ahead. Read More

GMC trademarks ‘Envoy’ nameplate again, perhaps for future SUV

GMC could be readying itself for the return of its Envoy SUV, if recent trademark filings for the old nameplate are any indication.

The Envoy was discontinued in 2009, but the market’s recent return to larger vehicles could push GM to bring it back as a crossover, speculates Autoblog.

The last generation of Envoy was based on the Chevrolet Blazer and TrailBlazer, and it may be no coincidence that the trademark application comes just after that sibling SUV’s return was announced. Read More

The 10 most outrageous automotive news stories of the year

As 2018 draws to a close, we’re looking back at some of the wildest, weirdest, most exciting and funniest news stories of the year. 

Here’s hoping 2019 is just as weird.

‘ICE-ing’ trend sees trucks block Tesla charging stations

Trucks block a row of Tesla Superchargers u/Leicina / Reddit

People being jerks always draws a crowd, but we had no idea how much interest there would be in the trend of needlessly blocking Tesla Superchargers, dubbed ICE-ing. But there you have it, not only is this the top oddball news, it is the top news hit overall and the top story of the entire year on Driving.ca, all of it over the past few days. Read More

Porsche’s Taycan EV could start around US$90,000, get ‘Turbo’ trim

Porsche’s much-anticipated electric sedan, the Taycan, could start around US$90,000, near US$100,000 for a mid-grade AWD “Taycan 4S” and top out at US$130,000 for the performance model when it goes on sale late 2019, according to new reports.

Perhaps confusingly, that top-of-the-line trim may be dubbed the “Taycan Turbo,” TechCrunch quotes an email from Porsche sent to journalist Alex Roy. Read More

2020 Supra leaked in full by Toyota Germany

Toyota Germany may have accidentally leaked the first “official” full images of the production 2020 Supra via an email invitation to join a wait list to order the car.

Yes, apparently the European arm of the automaker has already pre-booked all of its allotted sales for the much-anticipated sports coupe, and prospective customers who want to reserve a car now have to join a queue. Read More

Crossovers and SUVs coming in 2019

Maybe I’m just showing my age, but, growing up in the ’60s and sitting in the back seat of my dad’s Jeep Wagoneer — a four-wheel-drive station wagon, by the way, the term “sport utility vehicle” had yet to be invented by marketing departments — our family transport was pretty unique, certainly in our neighbourhood. Read More

Motor Mouth: Predictions for an eventful automotive New Year

Christmas presents re-gifted and the New Year’s hangover not yet celebrated, now is the time that most of us ponder the year to come. We ruminate, we speculate, we sometimes even toast to what we hope — especially if you were an investor — will be a better year for 2019. Here, then, are my automotive predictions — hell, like all prognostications, they’re just wild guesses — for the year ahead: Read More

A ‘Final Four’ first for a Canadian at SEMA

Rod Nielsen is an artist who can’t draw. Instead, he sees the custom cars and trucks he builds in his mind then spends thousands of hours creating rolling automotive art. His latest rendering is receiving worldwide buzz.

Based on an ultra-rare rotary engine-powered 1972 Mazda R100, his car has been so radically modified that only diehard ‘rotarians’ would know what Rod started with. It’s the end product that brought home the gold. Out of approximately 380 customized vehicles entered, Rod’s radically-customized Mazda R-100 captured one of the most prestigious awards in the automotive world: it was selected as the ‘Final Four’ in the SEMA (Specialty Automotive Manufacturers Association) Battle of Builders competition. The annual Las Vegas show is attended by 150,000 industry leaders and spectators and Rod’s car was crowned the SEMA Sport Compact Class Champion. Read More

Next-gen Land Rover Defender coming to U.S. and Canada in 2020

A brand new Land Rover Defender will touch down in the U.S. and Canada in 2020. And its camouflaged, prototype descendants are already here, kicking up dust somewhere in North America.

Land Rover announced the all-new SUV as a belated holiday greeting of sorts, along with some images of a camouflaged mule having a great all-North-American vacation: Visiting a farm, tackling a frosty mud bog somewhere in the sticks and sightseeing near Staten Island in New York. Are they really spy shots if the “spy” works for the organization its spying on? Read More

The Pope’s Lamborghini can be yours for $10

A one-off Lamborghini Huracán the supercar manufacturer gifted to His Holiness Pope Francis is up for grabs for the second time in less than a year, after the sale that saw it fetch US$917,000 ($1.2 million) at auction in May 2018 fell apart.

This time, the car’s sale will be conducted more democratically, via a raffle, with tickets starting at $10 and proceeds going to benefit several international children’s aid efforts. Read More

Want a Kia Stinger GT? Consider these options, too

So, you want a Kia Stinger. I’m not sure if Kia will take this as a compliment, but I think of the Stinger as the car the Pontiac should’ve produced when Bob Lutz announced the G8 was going to be The General’s 3 series fighter. The Kia’s styling — at least compared to the Genesis G70, with which it shares a platform — is almost North American-like and it has a common sense purpose that the brand slaves who flock to BMW probably won’t appreciate. Read More

How It Works: Highway structures

When you’re on the highway, especially in a rural area, there really doesn’t seem to be much alongside — maybe some trees or a cornfield. But if you look closely, you may notice such things as solar panels, weather stations, and even bird nesting pavilions.

Depending on where you are in Canada, you may see a roof on stilts, properly known as a kiosk. These are intended as nesting sites for barn swallows, which used to be plentiful but are now listed as threatened, since so many of the barns and other rural structures in which they nested have been removed. They’re sometimes found near new subdivisions built on farmland, but near a highway, it’s usually because the road infrastructure took out their homes. Read More

The top 10 news stories and new car reveals from 2018

The refrain we heard more and more this year was that new car buyers are trading cars for trucks, and that’s evident in the biggest news stories we covered this year.

Half of the top 10 stories had something to do with either new pickups or SUVs, especially ones wearing a Blue Oval badge on their grille (that is, Ford products). Read More

Can I drive my classic car in the winter?

One of the worst aspects of the classic car ownership experience in Canada — at least for those outside of southern B.C.’s temperate micro-climate — is the need to say goodbye to your ride come November, when the dark skies and forbidding snows of winter come calling.

The late fall months in any gearhead’s life are typically filled with fervid preparations for the next six months of storage: Seats and carpets are lovingly vacuumed, paint is detailed and waxed, and covers are gently draped almost as though one were tucking in a sleeping child, just before the door to the garage slides down for the final time that season. Read More

Your Corner Wrench: Not all engine coolant is created equal

One of the most common mistakes drivers make regarding engine coolant is choosing the wrong type, or adding too much (or too little), leading to some expensive repair bills

The first problem owners face is determining whether or not their engine’s cooling system needs a top-up in the first place. Almost all vehicles on the road today use a plastic overflow or reservoir bottle that collects coolant as it expands past the system’s capacity with increased engine temperatures.  The variance in this space is why these containers are marked with a minimum and maximum level, usually spaced several inches apart. Read More

These vehicles could get Santa’s job done better than his sleigh

Santa needs an upgrade. Seriously, how long has he been using the same eight reindeer to deliver that impossibly heavy load all around the world in one night? Give the poor animals a break, man.

Besides the obvious animal cruelty, there are other reasons Santa should switch to something more modern. We’ve come a long way from having to ride horses everywhere, which was the going mode of transit back in 280 A.D. when the good St. Nicholas was just getting his ambitious startup off the ground. Like your grandfather who refuses to get a cell phone, it’s time the old fellow embraced some tech. Read More

These are our favourite rides of 2018

The Christmas wish list is in and hopefully our dear readers are stepping up with gifts in the mail, and we got the low lights of the year out of the way, so now it is time to reflect on the joys we’ve experienced in the past year.

We drive a lot of great vehicles, but there is always something that leaps to the front of the mind, a memory we can unwrap and savour long after the keys have been returned and the story filed. These were our favourite cars of the past year. Read More

5 of our favourite season’s greetings for this holiday season

Lotus

Nauseating as the #Driftmas related hashtag most definitely is, Lotus pretty much nailed it with this typically English tribute to Ken Block. For starters, the brand’s sideways weapon of choice is the Evora GT410 Sport, the second most powerful coupe on Lotus’ lineup that fires – yes, good guess – 410 hp and 310 lb.-ft. of torque from its 3.5-litre supercharged V6. Couple that with a 1,256-kg kerb weight, and you have an impressive 314-hp/ton power-to-weight ratio – on par with an Audi R8 V10 Spyder – the festive rubber of which is hooned, sideways, around most of Lotus’ Hethel facility ring roads. Read More

Everything we know about the 2020 Toyota Supra

The 2020 Toyota Supra has to be the most anticipated car of the year — actually, the last few years — and we’re finally going to see the production version debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month. Not many mysteries about the Supra are left, but we’ll recap what we already know ahead of its debut in just a couple of weeks. Read More

BMW faces criminal probe in South Korea over engine fires

BMW is facing a criminal probe in South Korea after investigators concluded the manufacturer concealed fire hazards and delayed recalls for a problem that has dented sales and its reputation in the Asian country.

South Korea’s transport ministry plans to ask prosecutors to investigate the German carmaker, the ministry said in a statement on Monday. Read More

Nissan Altima AWD, 2019 Murano to make Canadian debut in Montreal

Nissan’s 2019 Altima with Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive; and its refreshed 2019 Murano will make their Canadian auto show debuts in Montreal in mid-January.

Canadian dealerships are already taking orders on the all-new sixth-generation midsize sedan, which starts at $27,998.

The Altima not only now comes with available AWD, but also a Nissan Intelligent Mobility safety suite; and semi-autonomous ProPILOT Assist. The car has also been restyled so it’s lower and wider, with a new ‘V-Motion’-style grille. Read More

This former Le Mans-spec Ferrari F40 LM is up for auction

It’s pure weapon’s-grade mental to think the most extreme version of the F40 ever conceived – the 700-plus-horsepower ‘LM’ – never finished higher than 12th overall at the event for which it was built, the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Twelfth. Sodding 12th!

Seriously, how can that be? Originally used as a pre-production prototype, this particular model – chassis no 74045 – would later be converted to ‘LM’ spec in 1992 by Italian specialist tuners, Michelotto (not the first time we’ve come across these guys…). Read More

Motorcycle Review: 2018 Suzuki V-Strom 1000

The one thing that becomes clear after 35 years spent testing bikes — yes, my first foray into motojournalism was way back in 1983 — is that motorcycles have a ‘DNA.’ Superbikes dominated by their engines has always been a Kawasaki trait. Pin-point, razor sharp handling has been the defining characteristic of GSX-Rs since the first Gixxer hit tracks in 1985. And Hondas, well, they’ve always been the sensible motorcycles next door ever since Soichiro Honda mated a 49-cc two-stroke lawn mower engine with a bicycle and called the result “Type A.” Read More

Our biggest disappointments behind the wheel in 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, it’s time to reflect on the highs and lows of the previous 12 months, picking vehicles that stood out among the hundreds we drove, in this case, the ones that sucked. Okay, in this day and age, there are not a lot of cars that are truly terrible, but the hype machine is so pervasive that we expect every car to have the acceleration of a Demon, the handling of a Porsche, the feel of a Miata and the efficiency of a Bolt, so when something is decidedly below expectations, it can be a huge disappointment and something we have to share. Read More

Tesla’s latest rival wants to offer a real affordable EV

Tesla latest German rival is a fast-moving startup with global ambitions, no combustion-car baggage and a lofty valuation. And its hard-charging founder aims to challenge Elon Musk’s company with a bargain electric car for the masses.

Set up by an engineering professor with a track record of successfully developing and selling electric vehicles, e.GO Mobile is ramping up production of a battery-powered compact that will cost about half as much as the Tesla Model 3. Read More

SUV Review: 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

OVERVIEW

Sporty, upscale crossover from a company with a rich motorsport history Truly sporty, good looks, great front seats Limited rear-seat room, first-year-to-market reliability concerns (if you’re not saying it, you’re thinking it) VALUE FOR MONEY WHAT TO CHANGE? Upgrade the infotainment system HOW TO SPEC IT?

For gear heads, the name Alfa Romeo instantly conjures up warm memories of an iconic car company, one stretching back to 1910, with a long and rich history throughout Europe in Grand Prix and sports car racing, mostly with pre-war wins at such fabled venues as Le Mans, the Mille Miglia, Nürburgring and the Targa Florio, many of them at the hands of a certain Enzo Ferrari. Then there are its stunning production sports cars and sedans, too numerous to mention. Over the years, through flush times and rough times, this has been a manufacturer with a very strong focus. Read More

Rust in Peace: 14 vehicles that won’t live on past 2018

A lot of good cars are being killed off this year (and a few not-so-good), mostly due to — you guessed it — increased demand in SUVs and crossovers.

Most of these vehicles are passenger sedans, as countless consumers are making the switch to cheaper and more capable SUVs. Ford made big headlines earlier this year that it would be killing off all cars, save for the Mustang. And Chevrolet will also kill off many of its cars in the coming years to satisfy crossover demand. Read More

The Vulcanus is Benz panel van outside, private jet inside

Italian design house Italdesign has teamed up with car tuners Xingchi Automobiles in China to create a luxury passenger vehicle that might just make #vanlife approachable for the super-wealthy.

Nope, this ain’t no hippy bus.

Actually, it’s a Mercedes-Benz V-Class (V260L), which is known as the Metris in the U.S. and Canada and normally used as a work van. Read More

Toyota Prius allegedly self-drives coast-to-coast, unaided, in four days

No stranger to controversy, former Waymo engineer Anthony Levandowski is back in the news claiming to have gone coast-to-coast across North America in a specially-prepared, self-driving Toyota Prius.

The time-lapse video of the journey starts on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco on October 26, and finishes four days and 3,099 miles (4,987 km) later on the George Washington Bridge in New York. Read More

Video Roundup: Off-road and winter special

This week in video, pavement comes secondary as we take a look at a couple of strange plastic Citroens, a couple of SUVs and a bike!

While this week saw us review some sensible options for transportation like the Mazda CX-5 and Lincoln’s new Nautilus, we also took a dip into the weird with the Citroen Mehari, a funny French car made out of ABS plastic and powered by an air-cooled two-cylinder. Read More

Caterham’s new mantra: giving the middle finger to technology

“Technology. Bugger off.”

No, that’s…that’s pretty much the message presented in Caterham’s first-ever brand film.

Okay, well, the company isn’t arguing against the use of driver-assistance technology as a concept, per se.

And the 40-second footage is actually more a teaser for the just-released heavily updated website of the independent British carmaker after another successful year (orders for the Seven are booked solid until next June). Read More

6 trucks to get excited about in 2019

Last year was definitely the year of the truck; 2019 is shaping up to be the year of the HD truck. In 2018, GM and RAM led the way with their all new half tons, and Ford introduced a new diesel engine in the F-150. But 2019 brings on the big bears, a full suite of HD trucks from RAM and GM, as well as two new trucks from Ford and one that’s overdue for an update from Toyota. Here are the six most highly anticipated trucks coming next year. Read More

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