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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.”
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Every month, Graeme Fletcher combines manufacturers’ incentives from Unhaggle.com with resale value, dependability and overall ratings to find you the best deal for your money in new cars. This week, we look affordable hatchbacks. The hot deals are on the 2019 Chevrolet Spark 2LT, Nissan Versa Note SV and Hyundai Accent Preferred.
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?
A trend called “ICE-ing,” involving gasoline- or diesel-engined trucks blocking Tesla charging stations, may be picking up across the U.S.
The prank involves the owners of the trucks purposefully occupying the space in front of a row of public Tesla Superchargers so that owners of the electric vehicles won’t be able to top up their cars’ batteries, reports the Daily Mail.
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.
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.
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.
There are many foregone conclusions when examining the automotive sales races in Canada. This year, for instance, will most assuredly be the 21st consecutive year in which the Honda Civic earns the title of Canada’s best-selling car. The Ford F-Series is, by a huge margin, destined to end 2018 as Canada’s best-selling full-size pickup – its 53rd consecutive year.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you haven’t noticed it yet, the data’s confirmed it: younger car collectors are skewing toward classic trucks and ‘80s cars.
The move’s been driving prices in those segments up gradually over the past few years.
Pickups especially are heating up, with old stalwarts like the Ford Bronco earning or solidifying their status as automotive icons.
The humble Chevy Sonic has to be one of the top picks for nomination for “most ridiculous rally-car conversion ever.”
PMR Motorsports recently debuted its Chevrolet Sonic LS3 AWD build at the Indianapolis Performance Racing Industry Trade Show, but didn’t release much in the way of details, so there are some questions.
Will Max Girardo never learn?
For the past two years, the eponymous Girardo & Co founder has ‘forgotten’ to pick up the tree for the classic car showroom in South West London, meaning a last-minute dash not to Fulham Broadway – always so over-priced – but out into the sticks to cut one down himself.
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.
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.
Images of the rear of the 2020 Toyota Supra leaked online late December, ahead of the production car’s full debut at the Detroit auto show in mid-January.
The image, of the back end of a yellow Supra under a car cover, was posted to the SupraMkV forum, and shows the car in dealerships will pretty closely mirror the FT-1 concept (below) it was inspired by.
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.
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.
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…).
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.”
According to Statistics Canada, December and January are the most dangerous times of the year for car occupants as road fatalities peak. The weather is a factor, no doubt, but add in the extra trips more of us make over the holidays, the hectic shopping, higher impairment and general impatience as we try to do too much.
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.
Limited-edition Lamborghini fans could be in for a treat next year, as the Italian brand gets set to reveal a low-volume $3-million supercar, at the heart of which will be a hybridised V12 that will go on to power the replacement to the Aventador from 2020 onwards. Oh, and it’ll glow in the dark.
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.
A very special Ferrari race car with the fingerprints of some of the most famous pop culture stars and racing drivers of the 1950s is coming up for auction.
The car was first purchased by Porfirio Rubirosa, a Dominican playboy who famously courted Zsa Zsa Gabor.
John von Neumann, the owner of Competition Motors responsible for bringing Porsche and VW to Californians, owned and raced it next.
OVERVIEWSporty, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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).
Welcome to our weekly round-up of the week’s biggest breaking stories on Driving.ca.
Get 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.
Watch (and more importantly listen) to this ASMR Tesla review
These are the first images of Volkswagen‘s non-concept car I.D. electric hatchback, and while they’re still under camouflage, they nevertheless give us a good idea of what the production car will look like.
At a glance, the car doesn’t look far off from the concept we first laid eyes on in Paris in 2016.
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.
If boasts from the Chinese military can be believed, Beijing Auto has just unveiled the the most reliable off-roader ever.
It’s called the BIAC BJ80, and it’s pretty damn tough-lookin’.
Inspired by, and vaguely mirroring in appearance, a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen, the BJ80 is, the company claims, the most reliable vehicle in the world, reports the South China Morning Post.
The IIHS has released its first batch of winners for its prestigious Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ safety standards, and it’s a surprising list, to say the least.
The new, higher standards imposed by the institute this year have had a crushing effect on U.S. automakers, none of which made the grade for the Top Safety Pick+ category.