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In photos: Lamborghinis fill small farming village in Italy

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 05:00:57 -0400

In the early 1960s, in a sleepy farming village just north of Bologna in Italy, an entrepreneur with a successful tractor company rewarded himself with a new Ferrari. However, dissatisfied with the car, he travelled up the road to Maranello to talk with Enzo Ferrari about what could be done better. Made to wait for two hours outside the office, the tractor maker was finally called in, where the prickly Enzo told him in no uncertain terms to mind his own business. Incensed, Ferruccio Lamborghini vowed to make a better supercar and, in 1963, produced the 350 GTV that gave start to the company that still bears his name. And so the brand that was formed to spite Enzo Ferrari sold a record 2,530 Lamborghinis last year, raking in a record profit of $824-million (U.S.). But success and growth haven’t swayed the supercar company from its roots in Sant’Agata, still a farming village of around 7,000 residents. Lamborghini has stayed and expanded its operations with a modern factory and headquarters, a carbon-fibre plant, a small museum and even a restoration shop for vintage Lamborghinis. Residents are used to seeing cars off the assembly line being tested on their rural roads, just like they were in the 1960s, but it still turns their heads. Lamborghini meetings such as this one are not uncommon in the village.


Subaru's secret: Low-paid foreign workers in grueling conditions power an export boom

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:10:46 -0400

From countries including Bangladesh, Nepal, Mali and China, these foreign labourers are building many of the parts for the Forester, including its leather seats, often in grueling conditions


Average vehicle in U.S. is now 11.5 years old: report

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:56:23 -0400

A sign of the increased reliability of today’s vehicles and the lingering impact of the sharp drop in new car sales during the recession


Lock the boat or bike firmly to the car

Sat, 01 Aug 2015 05:00:42 -0400

What’s stopping some dishonest person from slipping the hitch pin out and sliding out the entire bike rack


2016 Mitsubishi Outlander is more functional than cool

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:52:00 -0400

Compact crossover gets a mid-cycle makeover


In photos: 2016 Mini Cooper JCW edition inside and out

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 05:00:16 -0400

Not many cars do fun like the Mini Cooper. But fun doesn’t just mean cute styling and snappy handling; many drivers need a dash of pure performance, and it’s for those people that Mini developed the John Cooper Works (JCW) edition. The BMW-owned company has revived this version after more than a year’s hiatus and improvements make this not only the most powerful Mini ever made, but perhaps the most fun.


Fiat Chrysler sued in Canada following recent vehicle recalls

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:27:10 -0400

Merchant Law Group is seeking about $4-billion in damages


Honda expands in Silicon Valley hoping to attract high-tech talent

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 05:00:05 -0400

Got a fabulous tech idea? Then Honda wants to hear from you


VW overtakes Toyota as world’s biggest auto maker

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:44:46 -0400

Toyota first half sales fell by 1.5 per cent


How an angry Ferruccio Lamborghini put a small farming village on the map

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 05:00:01 -0400

With hundreds of millions of dollars invested in Sant' Agata Bologniese, Italy and hundreds more jobs on the way, Lamborghini has no intention of abandoning its roots any time soon


Driving the Kananaskis Trail, where mother nature is in charge

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 05:00:45 -0400

Alberta's intoxicating wilderness takes your breath away


In photos: Peter Cheney tries to tame the wild Kananaskis Trail

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 05:00:36 -0400

Not all roads are created equal. With this in mind, let’s head to Kananaskis Country, home to some of the greatest, wildest drives in Canada. It’s only an hour west of Calgary, but in Kananaskis, you enter another world. This is a place where civilization, as you may know it, disappears. Massive granite walls rise around you like the ramparts of a gigantic dream castle, the air is scented with pine, and the reception bars on your cellphone wink out, one by one. You are officially on your own.


How Toyota went from crisis to colossus

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 05:00:05 -0400

Toyota Motor is a colossus and a marvel, a living, morphing example of corporate reinvention out of crisis


Review: 2016 Mini Cooper JCW is silly fun

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 05:00:26 -0400

Souped up Mini multiplies the fun exponentially


Ford offering $10,000 in sales sweeteners on F-150

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 05:00:19 -0400

Walk into any Ford dealership in Canada today and you should be able to drive away with big savings


Why tolling carpool lanes is the right move for Ontario

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 05:00:00 -0400

HOV lanes are often underused during rush hour leaving more single-occupant vehicles in general purpose lanes


In photos: Ontario man restoring a rare Plymouth SuperBird

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 05:00:08 -0400

Al Boughton paid $135,000 for his 1970 Plymouth Superbird seven years ago and what a kick it was, driving the high-winged, cone-nosed, eye-popping, breath-stealing muscle car ever fashioned in Detroit, with its 450-horsepower V-8 and beep-beep Road Runner horn. In fact, last September, he realized it was so good, he had to make it perfect, and perfection meant returning it exactly to original form, just as it had left the Lynch Road, Mich., assembly line in 1969.


Ontario man spending $300,000 on iconic sports car axed by Chrysler

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 05:00:40 -0400

Car’s 15th owner restores ride to original glory with an eye to summer shows


Classic British beauties gather in Bavarian-themed town

Sat, 01 Aug 2015 05:00:43 -0400

A gathering of British beauties against a Bavarian backdrop


2017 E-Class: The new ‘best car in the world’

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 05:00:33 -0400

Only two years after Mercedes-Benz positioned the sixth generation of the flagship S-Class sedan as “the best car in the world” due to advanced technology, the latest iteration of the E-Class, its little brother, promises even more high tech ...


Clarkson and 'Top Gear' hosts sign with Amazon for new car show

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:28:23 -0400

Clarkson was fired from the BBC for physically attacking a member of Top Gear's production staff in March


What happens if I'm caught with two valid licences?

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:24:51 -0400

Generally, you can only have one driver's licence and it has to be from the province where you're living.


Mercedes-Benz fast-forwards to future where companies don't worry about horsepower

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 05:00:54 -0400

‘You need a completely new philosophy to develop cars’


Review: 2016 Lamborghini Huracan is a kinder, gentler beast

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 05:00:19 -0400

New Huracan goes from tame to truculent in a flash


Tesla offering $1,000 referral bounty on Model S sales

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:42:56 -0400

Musk described the referral program as “a guerilla tactic against car dealers in certain states” that do not permit Tesla to sell its luxury electric cars directly to customers


Newly released video - from 1971 - shows self-driving car

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 05:00:46 -0400

Researchers predicted everyone will have a driverless car by the year 2000


California BMW drivers get paid $1,000 to delay charging cars

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:34:17 -0400

Electric cars could put more pressure on the grid if everyone plugs them in at the same time, but utilities could also tap batteries for backup power when the grid is under strain


In photos: 2016 Mazda CX-3 GS inside and out

Sun, 02 Aug 2015 05:00:28 -0400

The CX-3 looks sharp to our eyes, despite its distinct resemblance to a Mazda3 Sport with hitched-up suspenders. No doubt the 18-inch wheels that come bolted to GT-trimmed models fill the fenders better than the 16s on our GS tester. Inside, the links to other Mazda models are as strong as on the outside. There’s the tablet-style display atop the dash, and the good-looking gauge cluster anchored by an analog speedometer. Choose the top-end GT model and you get a central rev counter and digital speed display; if you want to know what the engine’s doing in a GX or GS model, you’re stuck with a small digital rev meter that’s tough to read at a glance. No surprise, the CX-3 is notably smaller inside than the larger CX-5.


Review: 2016 Mazda CX-3 may spell end for Mazda3 Sport

Sun, 02 Aug 2015 05:00:46 -0400

In March 2015, Mazda announced that it was delaying the launch of its 2016 subcompact Mazda2, originally planned for late summer 2015. The press release was terse, stating that Mazda was temporarily shelving the little hatchback in favour of two ...


Aluminum Ford F-150 gets mixed crash test results, costs more to fix: IIHS

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:27:36 -0400

Ford’s new aluminum-sided F-150 pickup saw mixed results in new crash tests by the insurance industry, and the damaged trucks cost more to repair than steel-bodied ones



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