Monthly Archives: February 2010

Priciest and most exclusive Audi now becomes R8 Spyder with V10

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Audi’s priciest and most exclusive model for 2010 is the R8 Spyder, the convertible version of the R8 that comes with only one engine: the pounding 5.2-litre V10 borrowed from sister company Lamborghini, even if it does receive a minor detuning. The 5.2-litre V10 engine is the same one that bullies around the Lamborghini Gallardo, although the mill is much quieter and more refined behind the Audi’s two seats, with power down slightly but to a still formidable 525 hp. That’s enough kick to launch the R8 Spyder to from rest to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds, according to Audi, with a top speed of 313 km/h, if you can let you find a track that will let you do that in a convertible. Continue reading

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Mitsubishi confirms electric Canadian intent with plug-in i-MiEV and PX-MiEV

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Mitsubishi Motors Canada easily had the most news of any company at the show. But the big news was that they confirmed that the firm plans to sell the electric four-seat i-MiEV to the public. Still, it wasn’t quite the rock solid introduction one normally sees with regular cars: Mitsu Canada officials specified that the all-electric i-MiEV was “planned for sale in Canada in 2011,” leaving themselves a little wiggle room on timing or even whether or not to sell it here at all. Continue reading

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CIAS: Toyota Prius PHV

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Toyota has had a rough start to the year 2010. They have constantly been in the news for all the wrong reasons. First came news about problems with their accelerator pedals which has resulted in a massive recall involving many of their vehicles. Continue reading

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CIAS: 2011 Lincoln MKX

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Unlike Toyota, Ford is experiencing a bit of a windfall recently. Not only was Ford the only American automaker to not require any government bailout money last year, their sales have been getting better and better. In Canada, Ford saw a bigger sales increase than any other manufacturer, which is great news for people who work for Ford in any capacity. Continue reading

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Ford unveils 2012 Focus for first time in Canada

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The next generation Ford Focus will finally bring back the practical and stylish hatchback body, said Ford of Canada officials at its Canadian premiere at the Canadian International AutoShow.
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Live from CIAS: Tribute to Carroll Shelby

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One of the most undisputedly well-known racing car drivers of all time has got to be Carroll Shelby. Not only is he one of the few American’s to have competed in Formula-One (1958 – 1959), he was also the first American to win the 24-Hours of LeMans (1959) in an Aston Martin with driving partner Roy Salvadori. Continue reading

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Live from CIAS: Mazda concepts

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In the past, you could always count on Mazda to bring some wild and imaginative concept car that was likely to never see the light of day.

Things have changed this year though. While Mazda is still showing some ‘concept’ cars, these cars have their roots firmly planted in their production models. Continue reading

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