• An inside look at the Royal Wedding all-electric Jaguar E-Type

    Last year, Driving originally looked at the one-off, all-electric Jaguar E-Type that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle drove after their royal wedding on the weekend. You can have your own version, too; for a price. 
    Jaguar’s shift towards electrification isn’t limited to models launched after 2020. The production version of the all-electric I-Pace concept is scheduled to reach showrooms next year, and the British company unveiled a battery-powered E-Type Zero during the first-ever
  • Shelby introduces Series 2 roadster based on ’90s sports car

    Shelby is building a new roadster, the Series 2, based on its Series 1 sports cars from the late 1990s, though the new cars will see almost every component replaced, and the engines tuned to up to 800 horsepower.
    The new car is being launched in concert with Wingard Motorsports, which a few years ago bought up the remaining chassis and parts from the 1999 Series 1 effort, which ran into financial issues shortly after debut and never fully took off.
    Wingard has refined the brakes and drivetrain o
  • Former Ford exec named president of Canada’s Multimatic

    The former Ford executive responsible for developing the GT supercar – and let go early this year for “inappropriate behaviour” – has been made president and chief operating officer of Ontario-based Multimatic, the engineering and racing firm that builds the GT for Ford.
    Raj Nair took on the new role at the company – headquartered in Markham, near Toronto – on May 7, though his appointment was not widely made known until it was reported by Road & Track abo
  • First Look: 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan

    VANCOUVER, B.C. — Yes, the day has come when you can view the wings of the Spirit of Ecstasy from the driver’s seat of an SUV.
    On May 17th, Rolls-Royce unveiled the Cullinan for the first time in North America, in conjunction with the grand opening of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vancouver.
    The Cullinan represents many firsts for the luxury motorcar maker. Ultra-high-net-worth individuals (the single-digit percentage of society whose value is more than $35 million) are getting younger, and
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  • First Drive: 2018 Ford EcoSport

    St. John’s, NEWFOUNDLAND — With Ford of North America recently announcing its intention to sell pretty much nothing but trucks, SUVs and crossovers in the future, the 2018 EcoSport is another nail, albeit a small one, in the coffin of the traditional family car.
    This tall hatchback with the tiny footprint is hardly new, but in Newfoundland vernacular, it certainly “comes from away,” having been initially developed for the Indian and South American markets as a 2012 model.
  • The 2019 Silverado’s new base engine is a 310-hp four-cylinder turbo

    Chevrolet will for the first time install a four-cylinder engine in its Silverado full-size pickup, in the form of a 2.7-litre turbo-four in its 2019 1500.
    The new engine – also available in the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 – turns out 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque and, using new engine management tech, will be able to run on just two cylinders for improved fuel economy.
    GM is also bringing that trick “Dynamic Fuel Management” technology to its 5.3-litre and 6.2-litre V8
  • The 10 most expensive SUVs in the world

    At the highest end of the SUV spectrum sit some seriously expensive SUVs. No, we’re not talking about the ludicrous Karlmann King, based on a Ford F-550 and priced so high – $2.5 million – that you know no more than a handful will be built. Nor are we talking about the upcoming Aston Martin DBX, which will cost approximately $250,000 when, or if, it gets built in 2020. We are listing SUVs currently confirmed for mass production — those that can debit the highest sums from
  • Five things you might not know about the Canadian Grand Prix

    For over half-a-century, various tracks around this country have been home to the Canadian Grand Prix, a Formula World Championship with some real history behind it. Ahead of this year’s June race in Montreal, we thought we’d prepare you some trivia about the GP.
    1. Half-a-dozen drivers have taken either their first or last F1 career wins in Canada
    Did you know three of 2018’s most high-profile drivers took their maiden Grand Prix wins in Canada? Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton
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  • Collector Classics: 1949 Bentley MK VI Special

    You have to start somewhere to get something done. That’s what got North Vancouver British car aficionado Colin Gurnsey building the rakish vintage sports car he had sketched out.
    He had experience restoring a 1934 Aston Martin Sport Saloon and his 1936 Lagonda LG 45 convertible he showed at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance was voted the most elegant car shown at last year’s All British Field Meet in Vancouver.
    As beautiful as both those classics are, Gurnsey en
  • Car Comparison: 2018 Volkswagen GTI vs. 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport

    Welcome to Dude Said, Punk Said – a special series devoted to skewering the automotive ramblings of young punk Nick Tragianis with the infinite wisdom of old dude Brian Harper. This week, the duo see if the sporty Hyundai Elantra GT Sport can run with the Grand Poobah of the hot hatches – the Volkswagen Golf GTI.
    Brian Harper: Hot hatches, a descriptor I seldom hear today for sporty, generously powered hatchbacks (at least in relation to the more prosaic compact-sized runabouts from
  • First Drive: 2019 Audi A6

    Baião, PORTUGAL — The launch of the new A6 completes Audi’s overhaul of its high-end cars. As with the A7 and A8, the company’s latest offering arrives with sharper looks and more technology, all bundled up in a lighter and tighter package.
    Outwardly, the bold new look is accentuated by strong character lines and, of course, the latest take on Audi’s signature daytime running lights. The brighter visage sets the stage for the cabin — it, too, has been reworke
  • New Ford GT to be auctioned this week even though it shouldn’t be

    A 2017 Ford GT with just 11 kilometres on the odometer will cross the Mecum auction block in Indianapolis this weekend, despite the fact the supercar is widely known to have come with a clause in its ownership agreement preventing the buyer from selling it for 24 months after purchase.
    Ford GT buyer John Cena was famously sued by the automaker recently for violating the clause and selling his example after just a few months of ownership. But in the ensuing lawsuit, Cena sought to prove the claus
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  • Intel’s Mobileye secures order for self-driving tech for 8 million cars

    The autonomous car division of tech company Intel has secured a contract to outfit 8 million cars with self-driving capabilities, an executive told Reuters mid-May.
    Erez Dagan, senior vice-president for advanced development and strategy at Intel’s Israel-based Mobileye branch, wouldn’t disclose which European automaker placed the order, or outline the financial terms of the deal.
    The advanced driver-assisted systems to be outfitted to the cars will be based on Intel’s EyeQ5 chi
  • First Ride: 2018 Triumph Tiger 800

    MARRAKESH, Morocco – Adventure bikes are getting increasingly popular, attracting new riders wooed by the thrill of exploring unpaved roads; and experienced riders who are stepping off sport bikes onto more versatile machines. They come with engines displacing anywhere from 300 to almost 1,300 cc — the 2018 Triumph Tiger 800 falls in the middle of the category, with its 800-cc liquid-cooled triple.
    Introduced in 2010, the Tiger 800 was refreshed in 2014, and for 2018 it gets what Tri
  • Assisted driving systems often need assistance

    As has been mentioned before, you don’t have to be driving a bank-breaking top of the line technological marvel to benefit from driver assistance features. Automakers from almost every corner have been equipping mid-line models with things like lane departure warning and lane keeping assist systems as well as collision mitigation, surround and rearview cameras, and even pedestrian recognition. They’re finding eager markets for these options and are using expanded demand to help reduc
  • This $332,000 truck-SUV has the most decadent cabin of any pickup

    An Italian coachbuilder is, like many major automakers these days, blending the lines between vehicle segments with a new super-luxury “sedan” based on a Ram 1500 pickup truck.
    The Aznom Atulux looks largely identical to a stock Ram 1500 crew cab on the outside, save for an extension to the passenger compartment that takes up about half of the bed. It’s a sedan in the same sense Mercedes-Benz’s Vision Maybach Ultimate Luxury concept is.
    On the inside, however, the truck i
  • Watch Hennessey’s 1,000-hp Jeep hit 100 km/h at a supercar pace

    The days of having your SUV being beaten at a stoplight race by a Ferrari are over — at least, they are if your sport utility is the new HPE1000-spec Grand Cherokee tuned by Hennessey.
    The Texas-based tuning company just released a video of its 988-horsepower take on the Jeep family-hauler, showing off its incredible acceleration. The truck can pull off a quarter-mile run in just 10.7 seconds with a trap speed of 212 km/h.
    Ever more impressively, it’ll get up to 100 km/h from a stand
  • The five best compact cars for Quebec’s tight streets

    Unlike many provinces in Canada, Quebec truly is unique. A cultural mosaic, Quebec is the biggest producer of maple syrup, a land resplendent in natural beauty and rich historic, linguistic, ethnic and architectural heritage.
    Quebec is also home to some of the poorest roads in the country — and some of the worst traffic — often confined to small or narrow streets with little to no parking.
    For this reason and others, the Québécois tend to buy more compact cars than any
  • Car Review: 2018 Kia Cadenza

    What the heck is a Cadenza? In musical terms, it’s a brief solo flourish by an instrumentalist, leading up to the final chord of a song. In automotive terms, it’s a bit of an automotive secret that also hits all the right notes.
    Completely redone last year, the front-drive Kia Cadenza quietly cracked a home run in the admittedly shrinking near-luxury, full-size sedan segment – one that includes the Toyota Avalon, Chevy Impala, Buick LaCrosse and Nissan Maxima. In the case of th
  • Rolls-Royce will gradually switch to fully electric cars by 2040

    Rolls-Royce plans to drop gasoline engines in favour of electric drivetrains by 2040, partly because it feels battery-driven powerplants are  a good fit for the brand; and partly to meet changing international regulations.
    “Electrification actually fits extremely well with Rolls-Royce because it’s silent, it’s powerful, it’s torquey, so in that sense it’s a very good fit,” Torsten Müller-?tv?s, CEO of the BMW-owned British marque, told the Financial
  • Your Corner Wrench: Choosing the right tires for your car

    If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed shopping for some new tires, you’re not alone. With the number of different tire makers out there, compounded by the ever-growing variety of different types, it’s no wonder many people are confused when trying to decide.
    For the average driver who purchases tires once every few years or so, becoming a smart shopper is hard from experience alone. If you have any pity to spare, save some for tire company designers – they toil in relati
  • SUV Review: 2018 Toyota Sequoia SR5

    When the David Suzuki Foundation offered me a job in their PR department many moons ago, I stopped upon seeing a picture of a large SUV on an office wall, naturally interested in cars and trucks as I have been since birth. The caption under the photo of the SUV said something along the lines of, “Public enemy No. 1” because the foundation was at war against the rising popularity of the SUV.
    This wasn’t going to be a good fit.
    Despite the foundation’s best efforts and obvi
  • On the Road: Calgary’s Motorcycle Awareness Ride

    Calgary’s Motorcycle Awareness Ride is celebrating a champagne anniversary. Simply put, that means the number of years the ride has existed and this year’s ride date on the calendar are the same. In 2018, that’s 27 years with the ride happening on May 27.
    “This is one of the oldest, continuously running charity rides in Alberta,” says Motorcycle Awareness Ride chairperson Neil Mohan. “It’s had staying power and I think that’s due to tenacity &ndash
  • First Drive: 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

    While Porsche may not have as many vehicle types in its arsenal as some of its rivals, the company more than makes up for it with the number of derivatives within each line — 24 and counting for the 911! The latest addition to the third-generation Cayenne for 2019 is the E-Hybrid, a plug-in hybrid model with a decided liking for speed. That, however, does not mean it forsakes efficiency.
    Key to the level of performance and economy is the hybrid combination — the underlying boost stra
  • These are the most stolen vehicles in Quebec

    As beautiful as La Belle Province may be, it still sees its fair share of car thefts—across the country, a vehicle gets stolen roughly every seven minutes, though thankfully the per-capita theft rate in Quebec is well below the Canadian average.
    The good news is car owners have been effecting more safety measures to prevent thefts, and so motor vehicle thefts in Quebec have been dropping about 10 percent each year for the past little while.
    (In fact, nationally, the biggest drop in car the
  • Do you drive one of Quebec’s most stolen vehicles?

    As beautiful as La Belle Province may be, it still sees its fair share of car thefts—across the country, a vehicle gets stolen roughly every seven minutes, though thankfully the per-capita theft rate in Quebec is well below the Canadian average.
    The good news is car owners have been effecting more safety measures to prevent thefts, and so motor vehicle thefts in Quebec have been dropping about 10 percent each year for the past little while.
    (In fact, nationally, the biggest drop in car the
  • The Pope’s Lamborghini ended up selling for $1.2 million

    A Lamborghini Huracan gifted to the Pope by the automaker crossed the auction block for €809,375 in Monaco this weekend, or about $1.24 million with the buyer’s fee included.
    The auction was conducted by Ontario-based RM Sotheby’s, and will see the funds handed over to Pope Francis, who will be donating it to several charities.
    The Holy Father plans to split the funds so “70% [go] to the city of Nineveh, Iraq (a city heavily attacked and besieged by ISIS); 10% [goes]
  • Mercedes-AMG adds ‘S’ trim to middle of GT Roadster range

    Mercedes-AMG is adding an ‘S’ trim to its GT Roadster line, to slot in between the base GT and the high-performance GT C, the German automaker said mid-May.
    Paralleling the GT’s coupe range – available in GT, GT S, GT C and GT R trims – the Roadster’s new GT C variant will split the difference between its other two currently available versions.
    With some 515 horsepower being churned out of its twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8, the GT C offers 46 more ponies than a stan
  • Tesla taking orders for performance-spec Model 3 this week

    Tesla will start taking orders for new variants of its entry-level Model 3 beginning the end of this week, CEO Elon Musk said early May in a reply to a journalist’s question on Twitter.
    A dual-motor all-wheel-drive version of the electric car – currently available only with rear-wheel-drive and long-range batteries – is expected to begin production in July, Musk said, as is a performance-oriented model.
    The American company is hoping to add a slick-looking all-white interior op
  • When nature creates chaos, leave it to learner drivers to know what to do

    Every time Mother Nature freaks out and sends our streets and highways into chaos, I wish for a learner driver to be in every passenger seat. They’re the only ones who have read a Rules of the Road handbook in recent memory, and are still scared of making a mistake lest they flunk a test, either written or road.
    Right now, parts of the country are flooded; where I am, Wizard of Oz calibre winds brought down hydro wires and snuffed out traffic signals last week. Traffic chaos.
    Every st
  • Here’s why you need to check your tire pressure now

    Did you know that Transport Canada estimates that half the cars on the road are driving with underinflated tires? Did you know that a study in the UK found that up to 30 highway deaths a year could be avoided there if people paid more attention to the state of their vehicles’ tires? And, did you know, again, that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the U.S. says that a car with tires that are 25 per cent below recommended pressures is three times as likely to be i
  • Car Review: 2018 Hyundai Accent sedan

    I wasn’t really your average teenager back when I was growing up. By the time I turned 20, I owned one pair of sneakers, two pairs of jeans and three cars.
    I didn’t have a lot of money into any of those vehicles – for whatever reason, I tended to prioritize quantity over quality back then. They taught me to appreciate cars that weren’t necessarily flashy or fast, but fulfilled my needs and with a reasonable price tag.
    It was long enough ago that Hyundai hadn’t yet a
  • Aston Martin replacing its flagship DB11 V12 with a 630-hp AMR version

    Aston Martin is dropping its flagship DB11 V12 in favour of a more powerful race-inspired version of the car, the new DB11 AMR grand tourer.
    The DB11 AMR joins the V8-powered base DB11 coupe and convertible in the range, and will split the difference between those cars and the upcoming DBS Superleggera super-GT.
    Still rocking a 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12, the AMR benefits from an additional 30 horsepower – new total: 630 – as well as reprogrammed shift mapping for its eight-speed autom
  • 7,000-plus Smart cars in Canada recalled over fire risk

    Smart is recalling some 7,028 Fortwo coupes in Canada over an engine fire risk posed by underbody insulation touching hot exhaust parts.
    Coupes built in 2008 and 2009 fall under the recall, meant to address the fire risk posed by the insulation mat that sits above the rear-mounted engine. This mat has been found to deteriorate over time; when pieces contact hot engine and exhaust components, a fire could result.
    Besides the cars affected in Canada, a further 42,781 are being recalled in the U.S.
  • Fire at supplier shuts down F-150, Pacifica and GM van production

    A fire that damaged a Michigan auto parts supply factory is causing production problems at Ford, Fiat Chrysler, BMW and General Motors, but it’s too soon to tell yet whether dealers will run short of vehicles.
    So far Ford has been hit hardest by parts shortages. The company has had to temporarily lay off 7,600 workers as it cuts production of the F-Series pickup truck, the top-selling vehicle in Canada.
    But General Motors has been forced to stop producing full-size vans at a factory in Mis
  • SUV Review: 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

    Over the years, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited has earned an iconic status for its go-anywhere ability. This year, it’s all new, the significance of which should not be overlooked — it now has better utility, flexibility and it’s no longer a massive compromise. In the past, the off-road focus made the on-road experience rather jarring. That is no longer the case. Sure, it looks similar to the outgoing ride, but the updated styling and use of LED lighting puts a modern spin on thin
  • Hot deals on three near-luxury sedans

    On the last three Fridays of 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 at near-luxury sedans. The hot deals are on the 2018 Kia Cadenza Premium, Nissan Maxima 3.5 SL and Toyota Avalon Touring.
    2018 Kia Cadenza
    2018 Kia CadenzaManufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $41,495Kia Canada Incentive*: $3,000Unhaggle Savings:&n
  • First ride: 2018 Yamaha Star Venture TC

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The original Yamaha Venture, a cumbersome, ungainly luxury tourer equipped with a liquid-cooled V4, dates back 35 years to a time when big touring bikes were a fairly new thing. Its timeline has been interrupted a couple of times since then, but the name has been resurrected with the introduction of the 2018 Yamaha Star Venture TC. 
    Yamaha’s newest highway hauler is powered by an all-new, 1,854 cc air-cooled V-twin. It is based on the Raider engine and is big
  • Collector Classics: Ford Model A

    It was quite a sight to see the 1931 Ford flat deck truck pull into the Maple Ridge waste transfer station with a load of recyclables and garbage. This truck wasn’t going to end up in the dump; it was delivering to the dump.
    “I drive it all the time,” says owner-restorer Farrell White. “People do double takes when they see me on the road in the rain and snow. Driving them is what they are for.”
    He then tells me there are more Ford Model A vehicles at his father&rsqu
  • VW’s 286-hp Golf GTI TCR is almost production-ready

    Volkswagen took the wraps off of the concept version of its new 286-horsepower hot-hatch, the Golf GTI TCR, at a VW enthusiast festival in Wörthersee, Austria, promising it wants to make a production version happen by the end of 2018.
    The new range-topping GTI Touring Car Racing (TCR) trim would, when brought to market, put 273 lb-ft of torque down with its 2.0-litre turbo spinning at just 1,600 rpm, routed through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and a locking front differential.
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  • First Drive: 2019 Bentley Continental GT

    Kitzbühel, AUSTRIA – The Grossglockner High Alpine Road is one of God’s gifts to motoring enthusiasts. The highest paved mountain pass in Austria, the road – open only from May through September – twists and turns like a wandering snake, rising to 2,504 metres at Hochter Pass and dipping down and up (and down and up) again.
    At a leisurely pace, one can take in the breathtaking mountain vistas, the steep, verdant valleys, the flowing streams and th
  • Video: Toronto driver smashes a McLaren into an Audi R8

    An unlicensed Toronto driver got a jarring lesson in horsepower recently when he destroyed two supercars in one crash after losing control behind the wheel. 
    According to CityNews, the unnamed young driver apparently took over his friend’s McLaren 720S – which sports a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 good for 710 horsepower and a zero-to-100 km/h time of 2.9 seconds – at Polson Pier in Toronto on April 21; luckily for all but him, the friend was in the passenger seat filmin
  • The Rolls-Royce Cullinan makes all-terrain luxury a reality

    Rolls-Royce dropped the curtain on its Cullinan “high-bodied car” May 10, the storied British marque’s first-ever SUV and the most practical Rolls-Royce yet.
    Riding on Rolls-Royce’s Architecture of Luxury platform and sending 563 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels via a 6.75-litre twin-turbo V12, the Cullinan may be, the company says, the “most technologically advanced” SUV in the world.
    The marque says customer demand for a super-luxury SUV