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Canadians spend average of $26,000 every 5 years on a new vehicle, according to BMO poll

The majority of Canadians who own a vehicle plan to purchase a new one every five years, spending an average of $26,044, according to an Auto Report survey of 1,004 Canadians conducted on behalf of the Bank of Montreal (BMO). Overall, vehicle expenses account for the third-largest household monthly expense for Canadians. According to theRead Full Story

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As well as full-size motors, the 450-car collection includes more than 300 miniature pedal cars, as well as a Sinclair C5 from the 1980s.

Smiles abound as British dentist puts his 450 classic cars up for sale

A car-obsessed dentist who has amassed Britain’s biggest private car collection is selling the whole lot for $100-million pounds (CDN$184,237,000.) James Hull, 53, who founded the James Hull Associates chain of dentists, owns more than 450 rare and classic cars, ranging from multi-million-dollar rare Jaguars to Winston Churchill’s Austin and a Bentley once owned byRead Full Story

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Are women drivers Fast & Furious?

What do women, Volvo drivers and Rochester, NY all have in common? They each represent the best drivers in their category, according to a new report from NYC-based tech start-up, Dash, which analyzed a snapshot of five-million miles driven by American car owners. Dash has a mobile product (Dash – Drive Smart) that makes any carRead Full Story

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Octagon Motors

Octagon to close parts department

Vancouver-based Octagon Motor Group will be closing its parts’ sales operations, effective September 1, 2014. The service department remains open to provide expert service for all British and import makes and models. The company has taken this difficult decision after a prolonged period of economic losses from the parts department. The losses have extended throughoutRead Full Story

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Motorcyclists who ride with their dogs

Eric Ristau and Geneva Limatta, a husband-and-wife team from Missoula, Mont., are putting together a film about motorcyclists who bring their dogs along for the ride. No, these easy-riding pups don’t sit on the seat, clasping their owner’s midsection. They ride in sidecars and wear specially designed dog goggles (called “doggles”). Fittingly the movie isRead Full Story

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Old and new Port Mann bridges.

Vancouver ranked #1 in traffic congestion

TomTom, a leading supplier of in-car location and navigation products and services, has released the sixth edition of its TomTom Traffic Index, the world’s most accurate barometer of traffic congestion in 169 cities across six continents. Vancouver has surpassed Los Angeles for the first time ever, ranking the most congested city in North America andRead Full Story

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NRC to help Canadian Transportation Industry reduce vehicle weight

As automakers and their suppliers from around the world strive to develop fuel-saving technologies, the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has announced a new program to help the Canadian transportation industry reduce the weight of cars, trucks, trailers, buses, and trains by developing innovative aluminium technology. “Canada is a global leader in producing aluminium,Read Full Story

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Nissan LEAF (Leading, Environmentally friendly, Affordable, Family car).

BC government renews electric vehicle incentives

Local electric vehicle business, Big Green Island Transportation, will continue installing home electric vehicle charging systems after the BC government announced a last-minute extension of incentives for electric vehicle purchasers. The incentives were set to expire on March 31, 2013. “We’re relieved that the BC government has decided to renew these critical clean transportation incentives,”Read Full Story

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car2go expanding its operations to the Vancouver carsharing community

car2go expanding its operations to the Vancouver carsharing community

VANCOUVER, B.C. — car2go Canada Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler North America Corporation, will expand its Vancouver operations to meet the needs of its more than 10,000 members. Beginning in mid-April, 100 car2go edition smart fortwo cars will be added to the car2go carsharing network, the car2go Home Area will expand and new car2goRead Full Story

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Kernel Knowledge: One man on a mission to show how ethanol is wrecking your engine

Kernel Knowledge: One man on a mission to show how ethanol is wrecking your engine

To leave one of Ed Syrocki’s standing-room-only ethanol education seminars is to go home amazed, enlightened, and probably a little upset. Syrocki doesn’t just claim ethanol destroys fuel lines, wrecks fuel pumps and clogs accelerators—he lets you see the damage for yourself. Find out why Syrocki is on a one-man grassroots campaign to educate historicRead Full Story

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Canadian government investing in Next Generation Auto R&D

The Government of Canada has announced five new projects to be supported by the Automotive Partnership Canada initiative (APC). As a result of these new projects, Canadian drivers will benefit from research into new technologies for the automobile industry that will develop a battery pack thermal management system for hybrid electric vehicles, more efficient systemsRead Full Story

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Much anticipated Fisker Karma Luxury Hybrid soon to be sighted

If the Fisker Karma is any indication, eco-friendly electric vehicles can be sleek, sexy, high performance, and every bit as stylish as their luxury contemporaries, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Jaguar. On September 1, 2011, Fisker Karma owners will finally get to test-drive the elusive Karma, during an exclusive driving event in Palm Beach, Florida. Karma ownersRead Full Story

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Take the Wheel and see the World

There’s something about hitting the road that makes travel come alive, especially when the drive is through some of the world’s most scenic roadways and locales. Road tripping empowers you as a traveller with the flexibility to route—and re-route—your itinerary at any time. Whether travelling with the family, with a group of friends or withRead Full Story

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End of an era, or maybe not?

What do Peter Sellers, Tina Turner, Sir Richard Branson and Liam Gallagher, former front man of the 1990s British pop band Oasis, all have in common? They have all been customers of Bristol Cars, the English manufacturer of hand-built, high-performance cars for discriminating (and wealthy) buyers for more than 60 years. Bristol 401 prototype bodiedRead Full Story

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