Canada

  • 1992 Asüna Sunfire

    Weird examples of badge engineering and license-building always warm my heart. The Iran Khodro Paykan, for example, or perhaps the IKA-Renault Torino. The Big Three Detroit automakers got into some strange mirror-world marques when they crossed the border into Canada, where you could buy Mercury Econoline vans or Chevy IIs badged as Acadian Invaders, and--of course--it becomes impossible for a Guilty Pleasure addict to resist the allure of one of the most obscure Detroito-Canadian marques of all: Asüna! The Asüna name (don't forget the umlaut!) was slapped on a hodgepodgian trio of...

  • Urbee Hybrid
    Urbee 3D Printed Car Makes First Appearance In Canada

    It may not be fast and it may not even be pretty, but the Urbee car is important for other reasons. The potential for 166 mpg is clearly a number to raise eyebrows. Using a combination of electric motors and a small, single cylinder, 8 horsepower engine running on ethanol, high economy was never...

  • Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, home of the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix
    Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix Preview

    This weekend the Formula 1 circus heads to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal for the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix, and coming as no surprise the odds are already favoring Red Bull Racing champ Sebastian Vettel to take the checkered flag at the conclusion of Sunday’s race. The race is the only...

  • Impressive crash protection
    Canadian Engineer Develops Cheaper Collision Detection Tech

    Nobody, save for perhaps stunt drivers, likes to crash. Even if you're lucky enough to escape injury, accidents invariably mean months of insurance nightmare, dozens of phone calls to people you dislike conversing with, considerable expense and almost certainly time off the road. General consensus...

  • 2012 Hyundai Accent (Canadian spec)
    Exclusive: 2012 Hyundai Accent: First U.S. Pics, First Look

    The 2012 Hyundai Accent looks poised to elevate Hyundai to the same high water mark for small cars that it's claimed in other sedan segments this past year with its compact Elantra and mid-size Sonata. The Accent will be offered in four-door sedan and five-door hatchback variants this time, and the...

  • Flag of Switzerland
    Switzerland Serves Google Street View Its Biggest Smackdown To Date

    Here in America, we think Google Street View is great -- all unicorns and double-rainbows -- but elsewhere in the world, folks have been significantly less enthralled. Germany ordered Google to let citizens opt-out of having their homes included on the service. England and Canada found Google...

  • De Macross GT1 prototype

    We first heard about the De Macross GT1 project in August of last year, back when the car was still in the concept phase with only a quarter-scale model to show off its design. Since then, Canada’s De Macross Motors Corp (DMMC) has managed to build up a working prototype and will soon be ready to start testing the car. With the financial support of company founder, South Korean Korean businessman Jahong Hur, the De Macross GT1 project combines the styling of race cars from yesteryear with the modern technology of today. Working closely with Multimatic Engineering, a motorsports...

  • 2008 Mercury Grand Marquis GS
    Very Last Mercury, A Grand Marquis, Rolls Off The Line

    Ford may have announced the demise of Mercury back in June--although the brand was effectively dead long before then--but the very last car to wear a Mercury badge finally rolled off the production line today. The particular model was a Mercury Grand Marquis, which sailed off into the sunset at...

  • HTT Plethore LC 750
    Video: HTT Plethore LC-750 Supercar Stars In Mentos Commercial

    You’re chances of actually seeing a HTT Plethore LC-750 out on the roads are next to nil but you can see the Canadian supercar in this latest advertisement for Mentos’ Fruity Fresh 3 chewing gum, which was recently launched in Europe. The creation of HTT Technologies and the brainchild...

  • Pedestrians: Small children walking across an intersection
    Canada's New Trick: Pavement Patty Kiddie Speed Bumps

    In a disturbing, but awesomely funny display of depth perception, Canada is taking a very low-tech approach to help deter speeders near the Ecole Pauline Johnson Elementary School in West Vancouver, Canada. Officials have a new way to get people to step on the brakes--by painting an image of a...

  • De Macross GT1
    De Macross GT1 Supercar Taking Shape In Canada

    Another supercar project is brewing up north; the De Macross GT1, which is being developed by Canada’s De Macross Motors Corp (DMMC) and is set to go on sale next year. You may recall that we reported on fellow Canadian supercar project, HTT’s Plèthore LC-750 last year, and now...

  • 2011 Buick Regal
    Oshawa Plant Picked For 2011 Buick Regal Production

    North American production of the all-new 2011 Buick Regal has been confirmed for GM’s Oshawa assembly plant beginning in the first quarter of 2011. First sales of the Regal, however, will start in the second quarter of 2010. That’s because the first batch of cars will be imported from...

  • HTT Plethore LC 750

    When it comes to exotic supercars, Canada doesn’t typically rank high on the list of countries that manufactures them. There is, however, at least one interesting performance machine from up north: the Plèthore LC-750, which is scheduled to make its official debut next week at the 2009 Frankfurt auto show. The creation of HTT Technologies and the brainchild of Luc Chartrand, who first set out to build his very own supercar back in 1995, the Plèthore LC-750 is still in prototype form but is expected to go on sale in Europe sometime next year. The vehicle features a mid-engined layout...

  • GM Detroit headquarters
    GM gets 5 new board members appointed by U.S., Canadian governments

    General Motors' recent bankruptcy proceedings have seen the company transformed as it leaves behind failing assets, and according to the company these changes have also been reflected through a restructured board of directors. Five new members have been added to the board following the bankruptcy...

  • 2010 Lexus RX 450h
    Lexus wants to build RX 450h hybrid in Canada?

    The RX line of SUVs has been Lexus' best-selling luxury utility vehicle since its launch in 1998, and the new generation takes the vehicle into a larger, more powerful realm, while at the same time adding new efficiency-enhancing measures in the hybrid model. Currently, the RX SUV range is...

  • GM Cadillac dealer
    GM to close 42% of Canadian dealer network

    The symptoms of America's ailing carmakers don't recognize borders, and no nation is more keenly aware of that fact than Canada. That's doubly true after today's announcement of General Motors' planned closure of 42% of the company's Canadian dealerships. In all about 300 dealers will be shuttered...

  • 2010 Toyota Prius
    Foreign car dealer's association angry with Obama's 'buy American' message

    Toyota, Nissan and Honda all build cars in the U.S. General Motors, Chrysler and Ford all build cars in Mexico and Canada in addition to within the U.S. It's hard to know which car is built where as a consumer, and the American International Automobile Dealer's Association (AIADA) is upset over...

  • Canadian parliament
    Canada follows U.S. lead and rejects GM and Chrysler viability plans

    Canada has followed the lead of the U.S. and rejected the respective viability plans of General Motors and Chrysler, claiming the plans do not go far enough in their current form. This means the carmakers may miss out on the initial $3.2 billion in loans pledged in December, though a small portion...

  • Canadian parliament

    General Motors and Chrysler have told authorities in Canada they need as much as $8 billion in aid to stay afloat, more than double the original amount requested just three months ago, and in the latest twist Chrysler has threatened to pull out its operations if it does not receive the funds. The Auburn Hills-based carmaker warned that it may have to close its Canadian plants unless it got sufficient labor concessions, as well as government aid and resolution of a tax dispute. The biggest issue are the labor costs, which are substantially higher than that of Toyota and Honda. As for actual...

  • Canadian Parliament
    GM and Chrysler seek $8 billion in aid from Canada

    General Motors and Chrysler have told authorities in Canada that they need as much as $8 billion in aid to stay afloat, more than double the original amount requested just three months ago. The latest request is in addition to the $26 billion the two Detroit carmakers are seeking from the U.S...

  • Gran Turismo 5 Prologue screen cap
    Report: Video games helping to influence new car buyers

    Carmakers are increasingly becoming aware of the influence video games are starting to have on the buying habits of new car buyers. In fact, according to a new report, video games have become as culturally pervasive as movies. More importantly, the report also claims that being able to race with a...

  • Canadian Parliament
    Detroit carmakers approach Canada for $6.8B in loans

    A decision on the U.S. government's loan package is expected to come from Congress sometime today, but already carmakers are approaching the Canadian government, seeking more aid. The $6.8 billion sought from Canada would still fall short of the $25 billion originally asked for from Congress, even...

  • 2009 Scion tC
    Scion confirms 2010 Canadian launch

    Scion has been on sale in the United States since 2003 but only now has Toyota confirmed the youth brand for the Canadian market. Set to launch north of the border in 2010, three models will initially be available: the tC compact sports coupe, the boxy xB and the xD five-door hatchback. The cars...

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