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Chevrolet Volt

Yesterday, General Motors has started taking orders for its Chevrolet Volt, a car that has a base price of CA$41,545. At first, the extended range electric vehicle is going to be available in Vancouver, Toronto, Victoria, Montreal, Quebec City, Oshawa and Ottawa-Gatineau. First delivers of the Volt will occur in Q3 2011. GM Canada said that within a year of the retail launch, the car will be available at all dealerships across Canada.

Chevrolet Volt

The Chevy Volt will be sold in only a single trim level, and customers will be able to add two optional packages: a Rear Camera and Park Assist Package, and a Premium Trim Package. It will be sold with a 3-year / 60,000 km bumper-to-bumper coverage and a 5-year / 160,000 km roadside assistance. General Motors also throws in an 8-year / 160,000 km limited warranty for the 16 kWh lithium-ion battery.

Chevrolet Volt

As a reminder, the Chevrolet Volt is powered by an electric motor that is fed by the aforementioned battery, and can be driven in electric mode for up to 80 km. After the battery is drained, the conventional 1.4-liter gasoline engine kicks in and acts as a generator, providing an extended driving range of up to 500 km with a full tank of gas.

Chevrolet Volt

Source: General Motors via Carscoop

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Diesel models aren’t exactly favored by North American customers, but seeing as how more people are impressed by the frugality of the oil burners, as well as the ever increasing range of available models, things are changing.

They will also change for Porsche, who might be bringing a diesel version of its best selling Cayenne SUV to North America.

According to a report from Canada, Porsche is considering a diesel version of the new 2011 Cayenne, presumably with Audi’s 3.0-liter TDI. Reports about this move appeared some time ago, but the German luxury manufacturer declined to comment at that time.

Now, with the new generation SUV being lighter, and the diesel engine more powerful yet retaining a frugal nature, a Porsche Cayenne diesel might make a lot of sense on the North American market.

Nothing is official just yet, but the move will happen sooner or later.


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The Chevrolet Camaro is definitely one impressive muscle car, even though it doesn’t have such a pristine reputation like the Ford Mustang, for example.

But the Camaro does have a very loyal fan base, as highlighted by a unique tuning project led by Canadian Serge Leger. He decided that his Chevy Camaro needed a bit of a performance bump, and set off tuning the hell out of the American muscle car.

After 3,800 man hours, a huge array of performance parts, a new 6.0-liter LSX V8 with a big old turbocharger and around $320,000 spent, his Chevrolet Camaro is now capable of developing more than 1,400 HP with an estimated 900 lb-ft of torque.

Yup, this road-legal model is capable of putting almost any hypercar you can throw at it to shame, at least in terms of pure power.


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As was rumored yesterday, General Motors CEO Ed Whitacre revealed that the company has officially repaid its outstanding debt to the US and Canadian governments, worth $5.8 billion.

The company has refunded, through this measure, the amount of money the two governments gave to bail it out, back in the sumer of last year.

“Our ability to pay back these loans less than a year after emerging from bankruptcy is a sign that our plan for building a new GM is working,” said Whitacre to the Wall Street Journal.

The main goal now for the company is to go public, so that the US government can get back some of the $50 billion it currently has in plain and preferred stocks, totaling 60.8%. This event is likely to take place later this year, but given the eagerness of GM to prove that it’s on the right track, we might see it sooner.

GM definitely won some major confidence points from both the average consumer and the US and Canadian governments for paying back the money ahead of schedule. Now, it needs to get its act together and become the automaker it once was.


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In what is a pretty interesting turn of events, General Motors is reported to announce that it will repay the government loans it received from USA and Canada on Wednesday, a full two months ahead of the schedule it signed with the US Treasury department.

The Detroit News is reporting that when GM’s CEO Ed Whitacre will be visiting a Kansas City GM plant, this Wednesday, he will make the official announcement. After that, he will make his first visit to Washington D.C., after becoming permanent CEO of GM.

That is when the money will be payed back by GM. For those not keeping count, the General is going to repay $5.8 billion, to both the US and Canadian governments. This still leaves the $43 billion taxpayers still have invested in GM stocks, owning 61% of the company.

Neither GM nor Treasury officials have commented on the report, but if it turns out to be true, it will certainly help in rebuilding customer confidence in GM. Do you think the US company will repay its loans in full? Share your thoughts below.


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The middle of 2009 caught General Motors in a very problematic situation, as it was bailed out by the USA and Canadian governments. It then promised to start fresh, with the main focus being to turn a profit as soon as possible.

So, you would think the company managed to at least refrain from losing too much money after it was bailed out, right? Well, not that much, as GM revealed a $4.3 billion loss for the second half of 2009. Before you ready the pitchforks though, there were some reasons behind this huge amount.

First off, $2.6 billion went to the retiree medical plan for UAW members, while another $1.6 billion were spent on “foreign currency re-measurement loss.” Still, things look pretty good for GM, as it revealed that:

“As the results for 2009 show there is still significant work to be done. However, I continue to believe we have a chance of achieving profitability in 2010,” said Chris Liddell, GM vice chairman and CFO. “We are also dedicated to delivering on our commitments to our stakeholders. For example we remain committed to repaying the outstanding balance of the U.S. Treasury and Export Development Canada loans by June 2010 at the latest.”

Are you confident in GM turning a profit and being capable of repaying the government loans? Share your thoughts below.


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Canada is getting some pretty sweet deals these days in terms of cars. After being able to order the R performance package for the Kia Forte Koup, the country will now be getting its hands on the very hot Audi TT RS and will be able to get the new BMW X1 in sDrive variants (that’s rear-wheel drive) instead of just the plain xDrive ones.

The Audi TT RS is the choice for any respectable Audi roadster fan, delivering 335 HP to anyone with the money to afford it. But while Europeans have been enjoying the hot roadster for some time now, North Americans were denied this pleasure. Now, a lucky few (around 250) will be able to purchase the TT RS, as the Ingolstadt manufacturer will ship a limited batch of models. No other details are known, like what body type (coupe or convertible) the cars will be, but plenty of US fans will definitely be bummed if some don’t appear on US land.

Secondly, it seems BMW saw fit to deliver the rear-wheel drive goodness of the X1 to Canadians, as opposed to US citizens who can just order the all-wheel drive edition of the small crossover. But as we revealed in our test drive with an xDrive variant of the BMW X1, if you really want to do leave the comfort of regular asphalt, AWD is the best choice. Still, a lot of BMW fans will be bummer that the tail-happy variant of the X1 will be exclusive to those in the North.


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Judging by the title, you’d think that Volkswagen finally decided to bring its much lauded Scirocco hatchback model to North America, but added a *slight* increase in destination charges, but also one in power.

That’s not quite right. It seems Canadian tuners HPA have a deal with VW to import a few Scirocco models every year, and modify them extensively. The result of these modifications is the FT565, or in simpler terms, a VW Scirocco capable of 550 HP and 500 lb-ft of torque.

How did HPA achieve such a thing? Well they took the stock Scirocco and added a new 3.2-liter V6 engine, complete with two Garrett H25 turbochargers, and also threw in all-wheel drive, a feature not even the most powerful stock Scirocco has.

There’s also a stage two tuning kit, which takes the torque to 600 lb-ft. This means a 0 to 62 mph time of 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 200 mph. And yes, it’s still a Volkswagen hatchback!

Sadly though, you’re going to have to pay much more than the stock price of any regular Scirocco, around $150,000, but you’ll also be getting things like a braking system with 14-inch, eight-piston calipers, as well as 19-inch aluminum BBS wheels wrapped in Dunlop SP Sport Maxx tires.

In case you’ve gotten tired of waiting for VW to bring its aggressive hatchback to North America, then Canada is the only way to go.


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General Motors has given an early Christmas present to the US and Canadian governments, as it has begun paying back the large sums of money it received from the two entities.

The US government has received $1 billion, while the Canadian one “just” $192 million. The company also highlighted the fact that it wants to pay back all of the money it owes as early as June, 2010, which is definitely optimistic, to say the least.

The US government still owns around 60% of GM, but will soon organize a stock offering, where it hopes to get rid of those stocks. Perhaps this is the first step towards the revival of the giant carmaker, but given the economy is still shaky, to say the least, nothing is certain.


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Well this is quite interesting. It seems that a bus driver around the Vancouver area of Canada was filmed while playing Sudoku. What’s rather shocking, at least for many people, is that he was solving the addictive puzzles while driving the bus around the city.

In all fairness, he was in a big traffic jam and didn’t really pose a threat to the riders of the bus, but plenty of people demanded that he be, metaphorically, tar and feathered for having the nerve to engage in something that would loosen him up during the boring traffic jam.

The Coast Bus Company, which employs the driver in question, said that this is an isolated case, even though other riders complained that he usually has better things to do almost all the time, and that an investigation is underway.

While I sympathize with the guy, as boring traffic jams are extremely tiring, it should have been better, with such paranoid riders, to stay focused and just listen to the radio. What are your thoughts on this matter? Watch the video below and then drop a comment so you can share them with the other readers.


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While I’m not a smoker, I know a lot of people which have this habit, which often cite the fact that it helps them unwind, especially while driving. But according to a law in the Canadian region of Ontario, you can’t smoke in enclosed or work spaces.

All fine and dandy, but it seems that the Police in the region are considering the truck cabins as work placed for their drivers and have begun giving out fines to those found smoking while driving. Starting with a trucker being fined with 305 Canadian dollars, it was a no-brainer that authorities would get all of the truckers in country angry.

“It’s just going too far,” said Larry Jespersen, a truck driver from Calgary. “I mean, where are they going to stop? It’s ridiculous. That’s his environment, that’s his home, he’s by himself. If he’s got a four-year-old kid in there, maybe. Maybe. I don’t smoke but other guys do. That’s their prerogative. But this has just crossed the line. There’s got to be limits.”

On the other side of the barricade, Neil MacKenzie, a program manager for a health unit’s tobacco free program revealed that such fines, given to truck or taxi drivers are justified and that they will get used to it in no time.

“If it’s a work vehicle, then they are required to have it smoke free,” said MacKenzie. “We enforce the legislation that’s provided to us. Our interpretation of that legislation isn’t quite so important as it is to make sure we have universally and fairly applied the legislation. Whether or not we think it’s fair is almost secondary. It’s the law that we’ve been charged with enforcing.”

What do you think? Are trucks or taxis the work place of these drivers? Even those privately owned? Should these people smoke if it helps them relax and be more careful on the road? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.


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When you talk about supercars, few countries come to mind: Italy, Great Britain or North America. But it seems that a new one will join the “club,” as Canadian company HTT has just revealed the Plethore LC 750, a new 750 HP (duh!) supercar, which will be formally revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The car, it seems, has been in development for at least six years, seeing multiple iterations, but it seems that this is the final one, which will go into production and be available worldwide at the beginning of next year. Bringing some high end power, courtesy of the 6.2 liter V8 engine which, as I’ve said, developers 750 HP. Combined with the aggressive design and the fact that it will have a central seating position, much like the famous McLaren F1 supercar, it will certainly give those at the Frankfurt show something to see.

Thankfully, with the help of the guys from AutoBlog, a few pics have surfaced with the car, and we have to admit that it looks very interesting. One of the standout features will most definitely be the scissor doors, which open at a higher degree than average Lamborghinis. The gorgeous rims and large width are also impressive and will make this supercar stand out from the pack.

It seems that already 10 cars have been pre-ordered by enthusiasts and plenty more will arrive when the factory will put the finishing touches and produce it. The asking price starts at 395,000 Canadian dollars, meaning it make North American pay a bit over 330k for this supercar from the North. Stay tuned for more impressions straight from the Frankfurt show floor.


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According to Inside Line, BMW is considering adding a four-cylinder engine to its engine range for the United States. To be honest, that’s not a big surprise, considering that Mercedes already announced that, starting with 2010, a four-cylinder diesel will be available. Plus that the 167 hp engine on the 320i and 120i sells very good in Europe, managing to get great fuel economy figures.

BMW project director Oliver Friedmann told Inside Line that bringing the four-cylinder engine to the US “would have a desirable effect on many fronts”. However, he added that North America is not ready for the diesel version of the 2.0 liter engine, which is one of the best engines in the BMW range.


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Buick announced this week the Canada pricing for it’s luxury crossover, the Buick Enclave, which will be available this summer. It will start from $40,895 for front-wheel drive CX models and $43,895 for all-wheel-drive CX models. The front-wheel-drive CXL begins at $48,295, while the all-wheel-drive version starts at $51,295.

The Buick Enclave will come equipped with a 275 hp 3.6L V-6 dual-overhead camshaft engine, which, together with Buick’s six-speed automatic transmission, will offer excellent fuel economy and great handling. (more…)

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