The Globe and Mail - Globe Drive

Is it worth it to fight my speeding ticket in court?

Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:18:29 -0400

'It's probably worth fighting because your insurance is going to be affected even if there are no demerits'


From customs to pickups, a guide to classic shows this summer

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 05:00:15 -0400

For car buffs, firing up a stored vehicle trumps all as a rite of spring, a fully-charged battery and indomitable resolve being all that’s required


Why the Volt is the most important car for Obama and why that hurts GM

Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:51:53 -0400

Like selfies, secular stagnation and the Tea Party, General Motors's plug-in hybrid is inextricably linked with the America of the last seven years


In Photos: Learning to ride

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 05:00:49 -0400

Unlike driving, where basic training is mandatory and skills are tested as some point to get a license, there is no such thing for biking. Most people have no idea where to actually learn those skills; they live with their fears and end up shying away from saddling up, particularly in the urban environment. Freelance photographer Peter Power captured an expert course at JoyRide150 in Toronto.


Review: 2015 Chevrolet Impala bigger, quieter, no longer just for cops and cabbies

Sat, 11 Apr 2015 05:00:05 -0400

This car deserves recognition for putting Chevrolet back in the big-sedan game in a big way


Buying used: One-time auto show concepts for less than $15,000

Sat, 18 Apr 2015 05:00:37 -0400

We’ll look at a few of the more recent concept-to-reality vehicles available on the used-car market


In photos: Luxury Range Rover pickup to debut in Shanghai

Wed, 15 Apr 2015 09:59:13 -0400

Put this one in the category of toys for deep-pocketed individuals. German tuner Startech, a member of the Brabus Group, took a Range Rover Supercharged and turned it into a super luxurious quad cab. Startech, which specializes in refining Range Rovers, Land Rovers and Jaguars, will debut this car at the upcoming Shanghai Auto Show. It is powered by a 5-litre supercharged V-8 engine that pumps out 519 horsepower and can go 0-100 km/h in 5.3 seconds on 23-inch wheels. Startech also added new upholstery and carbon fibre elements. The pickup "offers plenty of space for golf clubs or other recreational equipment," said Startech, according to Road and Track. "Customers from the Arab region like to use the pickup bed also for transporting a securely fastened cage that holds their falcons for the hunt."


Buying used: Sporty little coupes for less than $12,000

Sat, 11 Apr 2015 05:00:44 -0400

Zippy cars for those looking for a fun ride that won’t break the budget


How to protect your door from dings in the parking lot

Sat, 11 Apr 2015 05:00:12 -0400

Door Shox protects your car door


Video: 2015 Auto Summit: Canadian auto bosses on the future of technology

Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:53:51 -0400

Canadian auto executives discuss where their companies are heading with Globe Drive columnist Jeremy Cato at the 2015 Auto Summit


In photos: Eight great cars for long road trips

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 05:00:05 -0400

Globe Drive columnist Peter Cheney has logged many miles around the world. He explains why he likes these eight cars for long road trips.


Seven car qualities required for long road trips

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 05:00:06 -0400

Seven automotive qualities that turn cars into highway stars


In photos: Taking a Mercedes van off road

Wed, 15 Apr 2015 05:00:33 -0400

Mercedes-Benz created a four-wheel-drive version to capture a bigger share of fleet sales - oil field operators, mining operations and any other company that wants an off-road-ready, fully enclosed alternative to pickup trucks. What it found is that there's a domestic market, too. Incredibly, with its relatively low centre of gravity, the Sprinter drives like a smaller and more agile vehicle. It's no slouch off-road either, as we discovered clawing our way up a rutted and slimy logging road near a backcountry B.C. heli-skiing operation. It doesn't rattle and shake, either. It feels like a solid build. "Off-road" is not a marketing slogan; it's for real.


Why aren’t training or tests mandatory for riding a bike?

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 05:00:56 -0400

Basic training is mandatory and skills are tested for motorists, but there is no such thing for cyclists. Why not?


In photos: Subaru Impreza inside and out

Sun, 19 Apr 2015 05:00:37 -0400

Impreza ticks the boxes for active and passive safety, respectable consumption and a flexible interior layout. It’s not a thrilling drive on pavement—dirt is more fun, and it’s a natural in the snow-belt, still very appealing elsewhere. The long snout, low cowl Impreza has a sportier attitude than many hatches not bedecked in hot-rod badges, despite the roof rails. The same height as a Focus, the Impreza to my eyes looks leaner and meaner perhaps because of the deeply squared low body corners that provide a stable “base.”


Video: 2015 Auto Summit: Auto execs on how consumers are driving the shift to crossovers

Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:51:12 -0400

Canadian auto executives discuss the increasing light truck segment with Globe Drive columnist Jeremy Cato at the 2015 Auto Summit


Driving instructor killed in Disney World ‘exotic’ car experience

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 13:25:16 -0400

Passenger killled in crash was instructor who was riding in a Lamborghini that hit a guardrail after driver lost control


Toyota moves Corolla to Mexico, highlighting high costs in Canada

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 19:43:24 -0400

Auto maker investing heavily in new Mexican operation, but Canadian plants expected to maintain employment with other vehicles


In photos: 2015 Chevrolet Impala inside and out

Sat, 11 Apr 2015 05:00:52 -0400

Before this, the Impala was an easy car to dismiss, but no longer: Consumer Reports named it the top large sedan in its list of the best cars of 2015 and we will say that this car deserves recognition for putting Chevrolet back in the big-sedan game in a big way.


New Nissan system keeps drivers from nodding off

Sat, 18 Apr 2015 05:00:37 -0400

A study shows drowsy drivers are involved in roughly 300,000 crashes each year and one in five fatalities on the road are caused by drowsy driving


Formula One driver defends spraying woman with champagne

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:25:00 -0400

Podium hostess sprayed in face with champagne


In photos: Inside Fiat-Chrysler's advanced research facility in Windsor

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:46:05 -0400

An average modern car has about 2,000 parts and the vast majority of components go unnoticed unless there is a problem with the design or engineering. Workers at this the Automotive Research and Development Center rigorously test many parts to failure and improve designs to improve the customer experience.


Elon Musk’s Tesla circus is a true ‘bonfire of the vanities’

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 16:32:00 -0400

Company CEO is more P.T. Barnum than Henry Ford


New Ford technology will turn drivers’ brains to mush

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 05:00:05 -0400

Is it too much to ask motorists to pay attention?


Canadian Hinchcliffe wins wet IndyCar race as car runs out of fuel

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 09:52:50 -0400

Battling car sickness, the 28-year-old from Oakville, Ont., coaxed his fuel starved Schmidt Peterson Motorsport racer to the finish and won the inaugural IndyCar Grand Prix of Louisiana


Video: 2015 Auto Summit: Car bosses on how design reflects the brand

Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:56:34 -0400

Canadian auto executives discuss what they believe the design says about their brand and their customers with Globe Drive columnist Jeremy Cato at the 2015 Auto Summit


Ontario drivers have overpaid billions for car insurance, study finds

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:02:35 -0400

Liberals have promised to cut auto insurance rates by 15 per cent by this summer


Video: 2015 Auto Summit: Why the biggest technology change is in the showroom, not the car

Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:58:46 -0400

Canadian auto executives discuss how technology is changing how they sell cars with Globe Drive columnist Jeremy Cato at the 2015 Auto Summit


In praise of the much-maligned station wagon

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 05:00:32 -0400

‘In my opinion, station wagons also project a more sophisticated and classic image’


Review: 2015 Subaru Impreza ticks all the safety boxes

Sun, 19 Apr 2015 05:00:48 -0400

For 2015 Subaru adds EyeSight to some Impreza models, giving these all-wheel drive compacts an enviable combination of features



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