Jul 15

Ford of Canada to Celebrate 50 Years of the Iconic Mustang at Annual Car Show

Ford Logo [344x135]Two-day event to attract hundreds of enthusiasts from across Ontario Ford of Canada is teaming up with The Golden Horseshoe Mustang Association and The Greater Toronto Area Mustang Club to host one of the largest gatherings of Ford Mustangs in Ontario.

On July 26th and 27th, hundreds of Mustangs from across the ages – including the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang – will gather at Ford of Canada’s headquarters in Oakville, Ontario to celebrate 50 years of the iconic muscle car. Hundreds of enthusiasts will proudly display their vintage and custom pony cars for the public and talk about the shared passion that fuels their love for the Mustang.

The two day event will include cruise convoys, displayed show cars, live musical performances, and an award ceremony for the show’s most impressive ride. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 01

It’s July in Toronto – It’s IndyCar Time!

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One of the highlights on the IndyCar Series circuit is the July stop in Toronto. Each year the race in Toronto turns out to be one of the most exciting on the calendar. There are always bumps, crashes and controversy, a driver can still win the race even if he starts from the back – and that’s why the fans love it. But wait, there’s more! That’s right, there’s 2inTO! 2014 marks the second year in a row that Toronto will host two, back-to-back IndyCar races that are part of a fantastic annual Canadian Summer Festival by the shores of Lake Ontario.

Having covered the Toronto Indy photographically for various media outlets since the year 2000 we were ready to experience it all from the other side of the fence. Last year (2013) we decided to cover the event from a fans perspective for our own website – TravelBloggers.ca. It was great to actually enjoy the festivities simply as real race fans – no early morning photographer’s meetings, no daily deadlines – just soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying the whole event – something we’d never experienced before.

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May 23

Being Able To Safely Talk & Text While Driving Is Delusional – Here’s The Proof

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Contrary to popular belief, humans are incapable of multi-tasking – doing more than one thing at a time and doing it competently.

As Robyn Robertson, the president of the Traffic Injury Research Foundation puts it: “Multitasking is a myth, but we often convince ourselves that we are capable of it. Humans are serial processors of information and they are only capable of consciously focusing on one task at a time.”

Recent studies prove that it’s not just holding the device in your hand that’s an issue. Here are some eye-popping statistics from the Canadian Automobile Association (March 2014)…

  • It takes 33.6 seconds to reply to a text,
  • 10.6 seconds to answer a cell phone, and
  • 26.7 seconds to adjust a GPS

That’s pretty quick – right?

Well according to Canadian Global Road Safety research, 80 per cent of all collisions occur when drivers look away for three seconds, or less. Read the rest of this entry »

May 05

The Best Car Cleaning Article – EVER!

Road-test.orgAccording to the calendar, it’s Spring!  According to the thermometer, Spring is a myth here in South Central Ontario and we’re experiencing “Sprinter” (Spring/Winter). Regardless, in your region it’s either time to Spring clean your vehicle, or it soon will be!

If you’re interested in getting the best out of your vehicle in terms of performance, economy, efficiency, longevity, value and head-turning admiration, you should give it some special care at least a couple of times each year. That said, Road-Test.org has decided to bring you some Spring Cleaning tips for your vehicle. (While a thorough cleaning inside and out could take you half a day, there’s nothing wrong with splitting these tasks up into more manageable chunks that may fit better with your schedule. Just don’t cheat yourself – or your car – do them all!)

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Clear out before you clean out. Grab a garbage bag for the trash and have a box or basket handy for all those items you will be keeping. Empty your vehicle of all the unnecessary bits and pieces that you’ve been carrying around. Throw out all the trash – check all the corners, crevices and under the seats. Check your glove box and give it a quick purge and tidy too – it’s amazing how many napkins you accumulate from the drive-thru! Put away your winter emergency kits, that bag of kitty litter you been lugging around in case of emergency, snow brushes, snow boards and especially those heavy hockey bags! Every little bit counts, and extra weight can create additional drag which means your vehicle is less efficient. Read the rest of this entry »

May 04

ROAD AMERICA UNVEILS PLANS FOR NEW THUNDER VILLAGE

 

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ELKHART LAKE, Wis., May 1, 2014 - Many of today’s modern racetracks have everything the average racing enthusiast is looking for including new concession choices, entertainment venues, new corporate suites and even active garage areas where fans can watch their favorite teams and drivers or grab an occasional autograph. What most racetracks don’t typically offer, however, are dedicated buildings where active motorsports enthusiasts can pursue their dreams of driving and storing race vehicles, motorcycles and classic automobiles.  

 

One of the world’s most renowned circuits, Road America, plans to fill that void by being one of the few authentic racetracks to offer dedicated structures specifically designed by motorsports enthusiasts, for motorsports enthusiasts, who are looking for a truly unique way to fulfill their passion. The concept is appropriately called Thunder Village, and it will be nestled under the trees on the picturesque hillside overlooking Thunder Valley, which stretches between turn 12, affectionately known as Canada Corner, and turn 13. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 24

Dodge Debuts New 2015 Challenger at 2014 New York Auto Show

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  • Offers 470 Horsepower, Track-ready All-new 6.4-litre Scat Pack Model,
  • 392 HEMI® Scat Pack Shaker,
  • All-new Interior and
  • Segment-first Standard TorqueFlite Eight-speed Automatic Transmission

April 17, 2014 – The horsepower wars are alive and thriving, and the Dodge brand shook the foundation of the Jacob Javits Center in New York with the roaring exhaust note of its new 2015 Dodge Challenger 392 HEMI® Scat Pack Shaker model during the auto show reveal of its newest evolution of an iconic North American Muscle car.

“For 2015, we’re going deep with the remake of the Dodge Challenger,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO – Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “The iconic 1971 Challenger inspired the design of this modern day muscle car, but the recreation of this classic styling extends well beneath the surface of the sheet metal. We have completely re-engineered the Challenger with an exceptional 470 horsepower 392 HEMI and TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission powertrain, an upgraded suspension, new class-exclusive technologies and a completely new interior.” Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 24

2015 Dodge Charger – The World’s Only Four-Door Muscle Car Gets All-New Exterior Styling

Road-Test.orgHighlights:

  • Standard 300 Horsepower V6 and Segment-Exclusive TorqueFlite eight-speed Automatic Transmission
  • New interior design elements, including three-spoke steering wheel, 7-inch customizable in-cluster display, premium materials and a choice of eight new trim and colour combinations
  • Charger offers more than 70 available safety and security features, including new for 2015 full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus, Adaptive Cruise Control Plus with Full Stop, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist and Park-Sense Rear Park Assist systems
  • Charger features a slew of the latest high-tech features, including, voice texting, new Dodge Performance pages, and new 3-D navigation
  • Charger’s segment-exclusive Beats Audio System is designed to immerse passengers in the ultimate audio experience

Windsor, Ontario - The Dodge brand is bringing its A-game for its 100th anniversary, significantly updating both the iconic Challenger muscle car and Charger four-door sedan.

The Dodge Charger gets a full-body makeover for 2015 along with powertrain updates that include a standard TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission on both Charger’s standard 3.6-litre Pentastar™ VVT V6 engine and new for 2015, the R/T equipped 5.7-litre HEMI® V8.

“Our Dodge designers have resculpted nearly every single body panel of the Dodge Charger for 2015, giving it a sleek, nimble appearance,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO — Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 16

Alfa Romeo Return To North America With The All-New Alfa Romeo 4C

All-new Alfa Romeo 4C Debuts at the 2014 New York Auto Show, Marks the Iconic Italian Brand’s Return to North America

Road-Test.orgAvailable in the summer of 2014 and designed for North America’s “Alfisti”, the  2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition includes unique appointments and is limited to 500 serialized coupes

April 16, 2014 , Windsor, Ontario - Marking the Italian brand’s highly anticipated return to North America, the all-new Alfa Romeo 4C makes its 2014 New York Auto Show debut – a mid-engine design inspired by the brand’s legendary racing history, state-of-the-art carbon fibre monocoque and all-aluminum turbocharged engine influenced by Formula 1, and advanced technological solutions, all to deliver supercar-level performance and driving exhilaration.

“The all-new Alfa Romeo 4C delivers supercar-level performance in its most elemental form” said Harald Wester, President and CEO of Alfa Romeo. “With its ultra-lightweight materials and technological solutions derived directly from motorsports, a mid-engine proportion for maximum agility and purposeful styling cues to enhance performance – the all-new 4C coupe marks Alfa Romeo’s return to sports cars and the brand’s return to North America.”

For the Alfa Romeo brand, the 4C represents the essential sportiness embedded in the brand’s D.N.A.: Italian style, performance and technical excellence, for maximum driving pleasure. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 16

ALL-NEW 2015 KIA SEDONA MAKES GLOBAL DEBUT

Completely Redesigned Midsize Multi-purpose Vehicle Raises the Bar in the Segment with Innovative Technology, Style and Added Safety FeaturesRoad-Test.org

NEW YORK, April 14, 2014 – Set against the backdrop of one of the world’s premier urban playgrounds, Kia Motors America (KMA) today took the wraps off the all-new 2015 Sedona midsize multi-purpose vehicle in New York City.

As the final chapter in Kia’s design-led transformation story – which began in 2009 and has seen a comprehensive makeover of Kia’s entire model line under the direction of chief design officer Peter Schreyer – the all-new Sedona’s CUV-like styling and proportions offer all of the functional convenience of the segment while defying its design limitations.

In addition to innovative European-inspired design, the 2015 Sedona also delivers the exceptional interior volume buyers expect in the segment with ample passenger and cargo room and a quiet and comfortable cabin.  Following the philosophy that has guided Kia’s recent succession of highly successful redesigns, the Sedona advances value to new levels of sophistication with a host of segment-leading new technology and upscale features, all of which will be offered in a new premium trim level – SXL – which will be available when U.S. sales are scheduled to begin in the late third quarter or early fourth quarter of this year.  Pricing will be announced closer to the Sedona’s launch date. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 15

Some Assembly Required – Displaying a 2015 Ford Mustang Convertible 1,000 Feet Above Manhattan

DEARBORN, Mich., April 15, 2014 – As the world honours 50 years of Ford Mustang, what better way to celebrate one of the most iconic car brands than putting one back on top of one of the most iconic buildings? When Ford and the Empire State Building decided to display a new 2015 Mustang convertible on the 86th floor observation deck, Ford turned to a long-time supplier for the unique expertise required to make this happen.

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In a world where tiny start-ups are regularly swallowed up by established behemoths, Ford Motor Company and Romulus, Mich.-based DST Industries have been collaborators for nearly six decades. In 1965 – the only other time in the Empire State Building’s 83-year history a car was displayed on its open-air deck – a DST crew was on hand to show off that Mustang convertible.

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