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The Mercedes-Benz Unimog, the super-duper heavy-duty off-road workhorse vehicle that the German automaker has been making for more than 60 years, may soon be sold in Canada once again after a hiatus. Regulators had taken issue with both their emissions (super torquey diesel engines don’t tend to run real clean) and the fact that some folks would take them out on city streets and even highways (these beasts have a top speed of about 25 miles per hour). Now, regulatory officials are considering allowing the Unimog to be sold in Canada...Continue reading »

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is opening a preliminary evaluation into the 2011-2012 Ford F-150 with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 because of potential failure of the power braking assist. If a recall is required, it could affect an estimated 250,000 of the trucks. This investigation is prompted by NHTSA receiving 32 complaints about the electric vacuum assist pump allegedly failing in these trucks, which then causes the power braking assist to stop working. Drivers claim having no warning beforehand. There are also two...Continue reading »

After the groundbreaking move to aluminum for the bodywork of the 2015 Ford F-150, it’s easy to understand Ford keeping the updates light for the 2016 model. However, while there are no drastic changes for the upcoming model year, customers will benefit from a few tiny tweaks. Among the biggest improvement to the truck’s usability is the move to the Blue Oval’s latest Sync 3 infotainment system to replace Sync with MyFord Touch. Now running on Blackberry’s QNX, the software claims to be faster and more intuitive....Continue reading »

Which is the most entertaining Jeep Renegade you can get? While one might make an argument for the Trailhawk model and its accompanying off-road hardware and consequential go-anywhere ability, that car comes with one glaring flaw – its 2.4-liter engine and nine-speed automatic transmission just aren’t very entertaining. Instead, I submit the turbocharged, 1.4-liter base engine and its accompanying six-speed manual, a position that was reinforced after a recent stint behind the wheel of a very basic Sport 4×4. Not only do...Continue reading »

Renault doesn’t compete in the North American market, but it is a major player in South America, which is where it revealed these two new models that make us wish they’d edge northward. Introduced this weekend at the Buenos Aires Motor Show in Argentina, both of these new additions to the French automaker’s Latin American portfolio are based on models sold as Dacias in other markets, enticing us with their back-to-basics appeal. First up is the Duster Oroch, a small double-cab pickup version of the Dacia Duster designed...Continue reading »

What’s now a tired meme was once the greatest part of Honda ownership: the abrupt switch in power and tone as the engine’s variable valve timing switched to the high-rev profile. The original VTEC gave way to i-VTEC, a continuously-variable system that works better on paper, but lacked the two-mode thrill. Fast forward to the 2015 Civic Type R, which combines modern VTEC with turbocharging for the first time on this nameplate. It’s a pair as perfect as peanut butter and jelly. Or Han and Chewie. With ratings of 306 horsepower...Continue reading »

Mini is expected to expand its refreshed lineup with the reveal of the new Clubman, at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. So to give us something to look forward to, it has released the teaser image you see here. Previewed in concept form in Geneva last year, by the Vision Gran Turismo a few months ago, and by numerous prototypes spied undergoing testing in between, the new Clubman promises to be even longer and more versatile than the previous model. That’s due in part to the emergence of the five-door version of the core Mini...Continue reading »

Sometimes boutique supercar makers create a big initial splash with some tantalizing, early digital renders, and then quickly recede back into the vast ocean of the Internet never to return. That doesn’t appear to be the case with Rezvani Motors and the Orange Country, CA, company’s bespoke Beast, though. A year after the original tease and later debut, a revised version of the low-slung carbon-fiber rocket seems ready for sale, and based on a teaser video, the at least one example of the car actually exists in the real world. The...Continue reading »

Honda will kill off the Civic Hybrid and Civic Natural Gas models at the end of the 2015 model year as part of a massive product overhaul, a top executive said Monday in Detroit. The moves come in response to consumer preferences as the Japanese automaker prepares to launch the 10th generation of the Civic later this year, said John Mendel, executive vice president, American Honda Motor Co. “These moves will allow greater focus on Civic’s sporty new driving character,” Mendel said. Honda revealed the close-to-production...Continue reading »

A serpentine pass with 11 hairpin turns, running down the side of a mountain in western Norway. I’ve seen this road before in photos, but in person, I’m both giddy and in awe. The pavement looks like haphazardly draped garland on this perfect bit of sculpted land. The Trollstigen (“Trolls’ Path” in English) is a huge tourist attraction, and I can see why. But I’m about to have way more fun than the pedestrians who made their way to the summit in buses and shuttles. I’m going to drive this road....Continue reading »