There’s always a thin line between being caught in the cross-fires and plunging head-on to it. That was the situation two men from Ottawa found themselves in and they chose the latter.
Riding in a 2008 Porsche 997, Ryan O’Connor and Matt Speza – the brother of the Ottawa Senators’ Jason Speza – chased down a man who had just sexually assaulted a distraught woman.
The two men were driving around the streets of Ottawa when a woman jumped in front of them and asked for help after being sexually assaulted. O’Connor and Speza then told the woman to get in the car after which they chased down the suspect along a number of residential areas in the city, even going at speeds in excess of 170 kmh.
The chase finally ended when the assailant ran into a police barricade along Highway 416. Full story
For the longest time, General Motors was the undisputed champion in car sales in Canada among American manufacturers. It seemed that GM’s invincibility north of the border would never go challenged, that is until Ford turned the tables on the perennial powerhouse in June.
Ford rose to the top of the June monthly sales in Canada with 27,408 cars sold in June, supplanting General Motors on the top of the list for the first time in 50 years. Ford’s total sales are a little over 5,000 more than GM, which sold 22,334 cars. Ford’s surprising surge to the top was in large part caused by the high demand for locally-manufactured Ford vehicles including the Crown Victoria, the Grand Marquis and the Lincoln Town Car. The Crown Victoria’s high demand among Canadians stems from the fact that these cars are widely used as fleets of taxi cabs and police cruisers all over the country.
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Pontiac Canada revealed the Wave5, a new model that will go on sale in 2008. It will be offered in two trims: base and SE, each backed by a "worry free" five-year/160,000 km transferable powertrain warranty, plus Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation.
The Wave5 is powered by a new, Ecotec 1.6L DOHC four-cylinder engine. The sophisticated engine uses Dual Continuous Variable Cam Phasing - two continuously adjustable camshafts - to optimize the charge cycle for fuel economy and performance. As a result, this 16-valve DOHC engine delivers more horsepower than the previous engine, with ratings of 107 horsepower and 106 lb.-ft. of torque.
The 2009 Pontiac Wave5 also comes standard with advanced dual-stage frontal air bags and the GM Passenger Sensing System, as well as standard head/thorax seat-mounted side air bags for front passengers. The head/thorax seat-mounted side air bags deploy during side impacts and are triggered by a sophisticated sensor system in the front doors.
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When you think of a 85 years-old man you certainly do not think at street racing! But sometimes it happens! A 85-year-old man from Canada became the oldest person to be charged under provincial street-racing legislation when he was caught allegedly driving at 161 km/h (100 mph)!
North America is within weeks of the second generation smart fortwo’s arrival on our shores. This city car’s arrival begs the question: why do automakers treat two neighbouring countries so similarly by times and so different on other occasions? Mercedes’ smart division is a prime example. Canada sees a somewhat different fortwo than that which is available to the Americans.
Canada fills their smart fortwo’s with diesel and have done so for a number of years; Americans use gasoline. (...) > Full story
OK. I’m old. If you’re not close to sixty, you don’t remember the glory and glamour that was the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. And nothing symbolized it more than “Sgt. Preston of the Yukon,” a popular television show in the 1950’s.
The Mounties, then as now, have a motto: “We always get our man.”
Well, seems they did this time.
YouTube featured a video involving four people driving Ferrari
s and Lamborghinis at, shall we say, somewhat higher than posted speeds. (...) > Full story
When drifting stormed into America’s race tracks and parking lots a few short years ago, enthusiasts on both sides of our border took notice.
It was September 2003 when Japanese sanctioning body, the D1 Grand Prix, held the first stateside drifting event in Irwindale, California in front of a frenzied packed house. Formula Drift (a.k.a. Formula D) soon joined the party with a competing series of its own – this one featuring more homegrown talent than the D1 – that’s fast growing into an (...) > Full story
Since General Motors of Canada unveiled the Top Tuner Solstice at the 2006 Sport Compact Performance Show in Montreal last October, the vehicle has caused shockwaves throughout the tuner scene. Both in Canada and in the United States, the Top Tuner Solstice has been received with overwhelming enthusiasm by tuners and performance enthusiasts. The Top Tuner Solstice returned to Montreal, as a feature in the GM of Canada display at the 2007 Montreal International Auto Show.
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VW have partnered with Sirius the satellite radio people to provide radio and communications services from 2007.
Toyota win three in Canada