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  • Honda retools subcompact Fits to make them more crash-resistant after flunking safety test

    DETROIT - When the subcompact Fit failed a crash test, Honda went back to the drawing board.The tiny Fit, redesigned for the 2015 model year, initially flunked the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's small overlap test, earning just a "Marginal" rating. The test simulates a 40 mph crash between the …

    August 21, 2014

  • Your dream car need not be new

    During a recent mountain bike ride, I took a break at Whistler Air's seaplane base and soon found myself revisiting past experiences.The base is located at the south end of Green Lake, which is cold, glacier-fed and spectacular. A Harbour Air Otter was preparing for takeoff, so I ate a …

    August 21, 2014

  • Factory-installed sound systems can rock

    When it comes to test-driving a new car or truck, there's one component few drivers consider: the audio system. If it's considered at all, it's to pull it out and replace it with an aftermarket unit.But the modern factory-installed sound systems offered on cars and trucks are integrated into the …

    August 21, 2014

  • OTTAWA - A Japanese manufacturer of motor vehicle components has been fined almost $2.5 million after pleading guilty to three counts of bid-rigging under the Canada's Competition Act.DENSO Corp. was fined $2.45 million by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice for conspiring with other Japanese manufacturers in bidding on …

    August 20, 2014

  • China says Mercedes-Benz guilty of pricing abuses in spreading auto industry investigation

    BEIJING, China - China's government said Monday it has concluded Mercedes-Benz violated anti-monopoly law and charged excessive prices for parts, adding to a growing number of global automakers snared in an investigation of the industry.The luxury unit of Germany's Daimler AG abused its control over supplies of spare parts to …

    August 18, 2014

  • New Chevrolet Corvette feature keeps watch on valets to deter high-speed joyriding

    DETROIT - Face it. If you own a luxury or sports car, whenever you hand the keys to a valet, you imagine the car going on a high-speed joyride like the Ferrari in the 1980s cult movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."Now, General Motors has an option on the 2015 Chevrolet …

    August 18, 2014

  • Obama administration wants cars to talk to each other, saying the technology will save lives

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration said Monday it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid collisions. A research report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration …

    August 18, 2014

  • VANCOUVER - Webtech Wireless Inc. (TSX:WEW) says a $1.1-million restructuring expense related to its research and development operations contributed to a second-quarter net loss at the Vancouver-based telematics company, which assists companies with tracking their fleets. Webtech also said sales didn't reflect their potential and that the company continues to …

    August 18, 2014

  • Ontario car seller has rare Steve McQueen Ferrari on auction block in California

    MONTEREY, Calif. - An Ontario-based vintage car seller is looking to sell a 1967 Ferrari once owned by Hollywood icon and auto buff Steve McQueen for more than US$8 million at an auction today in California.RM Auctions says the red Ferrari 275 GTB/4 was delivered to the late actor on …

    August 16, 2014

  • Ontario car seller has rare Steve McQueen Ferrari on auction block in California

    MONTEREY, Calif. - An Ontario-based vintage car seller is looking to unload a 1967 Ferrari once owned by Hollywood icon and auto buff Steve McQueen at an auction in California.RM Auctions says the red Ferrari 275 GTB/4 was delivered to the late actor on the set of his 1968 crime …

    August 16, 2014

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