Monthly Archives: October 2013

Ford GT40, GT70 and GT all in one place

Ford GT40, Ford GT70 and Ford GT: Fifty years of a legendary name

I won’t lie — the day we shot this was one of the best of my professional life. There’s little to prepare you for the sight of cars like the Ford GT40, GT70, and GT waiting in a lorry so you can take them for a spin around Castle Combe circuit.

All three cars live with Ford’s Heritage chaps — a group of people who not only love the cars they work on, but actively encourage you to have some fun in their steeds because “That’s what they’re there for.” My kinda guys.

There have only really been three proper Ford GT cars. The GT40 is world famous, obviously, and an utter joy to drive. Yes, it requires some serious work and it’s an utter sod to get in and out of thanks to its oddly shaped doors and seats that you don’t so much sit in but lie on, but once you’re squeezed in there you’re golden.

The GT70? Well that’s a proper slice of rocking horse poo. Fewer than 10 ever turned a wheel, so being given the chance to drive one was quite a treat. Even if it did turn out to be something of a challenge to drive …

Ford GT40, Ford GT70, and Ford GT on track (pictures)

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2014 Mazda 6 Test Drive

2014 Mazda 6 Grey Exterior

2014 Mazda 6 with SKYACTIV Technology


There are a lot of merits to new technology and one that puts a smile on my face is an end product made cheaper and better.  The 2014 Mazda 6 brings the best out of this statement, offering German quality performance without the luxury price tag.  The 2014 Mazda 6 has gained significant attention to its engaging driving personality and great fuel economy in the last few years.  But the “zoom zoom” campaign hasn’t stopped there as the new 2014 Mazda 6 promises to deliver even better fuel economy, sharper styling, practicality as well as introducing the all new i-Eloop regenerative braking technology.

Diesel is new the green

For diesel fans in the U.S., it must seem like Christmas. Audi has been heavily marketing its diesel engines, and other automakers have joined the bandwagon. The surge in diesel passenger car availability comes from customer interest in high mileage vehicles, and new technologies that clean diesel emissions. Diesels do particularly well on the highway, so if your commute involves a lot of medium- to high-speed driving over long distances, check out these cars to see if one fits your needs.

2014 Audi Q5 TDI Audi’s medium-sized crossover is just one of many new models featuring diesel engines. During our review of this car, we saw average fuel economy in the high-20s, impressive considering its size, weight, and power. Of course, Audi is also a leader in connected cabin technology, equipping the Q5 with Google Earth maps, landmark information, and real time parking availability.

Fuel economy: 24 mpg city/31 mpg highway

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Google Street View drives into the Lamborghini Museum

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There’s to be no stone unturned, apparently, by the team at Google Street View. The most recent awesome landmark to get a virtual tour courtesy of its off-road cameras is a sacred site for many car fanatics: the Lamborghini Museum at the company’s headquarter town of Sant’Agata Bolognese in the north of Italy.

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The Street View page allows users to access a 360-degree tour of 16,000 square feet of museum across two floors, including famous cars such as Miura, Countach, Diablo, and Murcielago, as well as prototypes, limited editions, one-off models, racing cars, V12 powertrains, and marine engines.

Also in the museum, you’ll be able to see the Reventon, which was limited to just 20 models, as well as two museum-exclusive cars: the Estoque and the Sesto Elemento.

(Credit: Screenshot by Michelle Starr/CNET Australia)

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Audi Q5 shows TDI efficiency, electronic excellence

San Francisco’s dense traffic, poorly timed traffic lights, and hills cause just about any car’s fuel economy to plummet like a 1930s Wall Street stockbroker. Even the vaunted diesel efficiency of the 2014 Audi Q5 TDI suffered, the trip computer showing an average as low as 15 mpg while I drove it around town.

However, that same average leaped to over 34 mpg as I cruised down the freeway, my first hint that the Q5 TDI would offer a host of seeming contradictions.

The Q5, Audi’s small crossover, hit the streets in 2009, and besides some engine and electronics updating, remains basically a first-generation vehicle. At a little over 15 feet long, it’s a good fit for an urban environment, and didn’t feel unwieldy as I maneuvered through heavy traffic. It fits five passengers with 29.1 cubic feet left over for cargo.

At the same time, this SUV-classified vehicle comes with Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system and a descent control mode. None of those systems means that it can climb out of canyons, but they will help it negotiate snowy, icy, or muddy roads. And for real utility, Audi rates its towing capacity at 4,400 pounds. The massive amount of torque from its diesel engine might be able to pull a bit more, but the monocoque architecture probably won’t handle it.

As another contradiction, the outside of the Q5 looks a bit lumpish, yet the inside offers elegance and simplicity.

While not exactly ugly, the Q5 body is designed… [Read more]


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2014 Jeep Compass Review

2014 Jeep Compass with active 4 wheel drive

2014 Jeep Compass

2014 Jeep Compass Overview

No matter where you are in the world, the Jeep brand will always be conceived as the ultimate off-road machine.  While its supremacy reigns, the fuel efficiency of any Jeep specimen has always been subpar at best.  With that being said, the entry level 2014 Jeep Compass aims to fuse the Jeep off-road genetics with fuel efficiency into a single package.   This is certainly a promising idea on paper, but we’ve seen often enough that when automakers try to combine two dissimilar automotive elements, the overall product is good in neither aspect.

Tesla puts Model S fire into perspective

A burning Tesla Model S was captured on video by a passerby.

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This week’s YouTube video of a burning Model S prompted the upstart electric carmaker to post an in-depth explanation of the accident that lead to the fire, along with statistics about fires in internal combustion engine cars.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk noted in the post that “you are five times more likely to experience a fire in a conventional gasoline car than a Tesla!”

According to Musk, a large piece of curved metal fell off a tractor-trailer rig. The Model S overran the object, causing it to lever up into the bottom of the car with a force of 25 tons.

The metal object created a 3-inch hole in protective plating underneath the car, breaching one of the 16 battery compartments in the chassis. The intrusion caused the battery pack to catch fire, although firewalls between the battery modules and in the structure of the car prevented the flames from moving into the passenger compartment.

Musk points out that internal combustion cars have much less protection in the chassis than does the Model S, so this type of acc… [Read more]


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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe XL Review

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe XL Red Exterior

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe XL

The Hyundai Santa Fe and the cross-over SUV’s alike have marked huge in the automotive market.  Let me explain why.  I’ve lived in Vancouver, B.C for all my life, and throughout the years, I’ve witnessed an era of affordable housing, cheap car insurance, and owning the table saw in your garage was the first step towards obtaining a man license.  So what has the city become today?  Well, for starters, you can live in someone’s garage for about a million bucks, soaring gas prices are a hotter topic than the daily weather, and owning a table saw? – Dude, just go to Ikea.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe XL

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe XL is a 7 passenger cross-over SUV


The Hyundai Santa Fe is a modernized cross-over SUV that fits 5 passengers an promises to deliver an economical and fun to drive vehicle.  While the standard 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe fits 5 passengers, the Hyundai Santa Fe XL upgrades the chassis size, fitting up to 7 passengers. Similar to its 5-seater younger sibling, the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe XL is a 6-7 passenger cross-over SUV powered by 3.3L GDI 6-Cylinder Engine producing 290 horsepower, a spacious and comfortable interior and a plethora of tech gadgetry and standard features.

In terms of body style and design, it’s as contemporary as it gets thanks to the invoked “Storm Edge” design concept.  The design of the Hyundai Santa Fe is emphasized with Hyundai’s trademark triple hexagonal front grill, LED headlights, a lower aggressive stance, roof spoiler and wrap around headlights.  Additional cosmetics such as chrome grills and door handles, 19 inch wheels and twin tip grill exhaust come as standard features.

Read the full review of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe XL here.

This page contains a photo gallery of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe.  Click an image to enlarge the photo.


Experiencing the future of transportation at Ceatec 2013

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While crazy, conceptual gadgets are always a highlight at Japan’s Ceatec, some of the most interesting devices at recent iterations of the show featured something unusual: wheels. While Japan’s Tokyo Motor Show has always been a haven for tech-riddled concept machines, many companies are choosing to show off their forward-thinking rides at Ceatec, which takes place a few weeks earlier and is frequented by virtually every major Japanese company in the technology space.

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In 2013 it was the auto companies taking up more space than any other. Even Sony’s massive booth paled in comparison to the sprawling driving loop Nissan used to demonstrate its Autonomous Drive Vehicle — an all-electric Leaf wizened up and able to navigate roads by itself. The company showed a similar concept last year, a Leaf that could park itself and had cameras that an owner could connect to remotely should the alarm go off. This year’s, th… [Read more]


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