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Loyal Nissan Micra owner gets surprise of a lifetime in Canada

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One of Nissan’s most loyal customers in Canada, Ms. Karen Ackroyd, just had an extraordinary experience. A few days ago,

Karen Ackroyd drove to her local Nissan dealership – Alta Nissan in Woodbridge, Ontario – to participate in what she thought was an interview about her experience owning a clean and classic 1987 Nissan Micra (shown above) as the new 2015 Micra marks its return to Canada.

The nature of the “interview” then took a sudden surprise turn when Ackroyd unexpectedly received the keys to one of the very first all-new 2015 Nissan Micra hatchbacks delivered in Canada, compliments of Nissan. The memorable moment is well worth a watch, as the new 2015 Nissan Micra SV (with manual transmission, naturally) was also hand-delivered to her by Christian Meunier, President of Nissan Canada.

“When Micra first launched in Canada in the early ’80s, it was touted as having ‘major headroom and visibility,’ being “fun to drive’ and ‘the newest and most affordable Nissan.’ Almost three decades later, these traits remain absolutely true for the new Nissan Micra,” says Christian Meunier, president of Nissan Canada Inc. “It’s wonderful to see a dedicated fan of the first Micra model in Canada come full circle. The 2015 model is hugely upgraded in terms of modern amenities, safety and technology features, but the core Micra characteristics are still there.”

At the time of the new Micra’s delivery, her original 1987 Nissan Micra had an odometer reading of over 125,000 kilometres, and staff at all levels of the dealership admired the pristine condition the car was in after 27 years of driving it nearly every day.

Click here to watch the video below and see how this shocking surprise unfolds before your eyes.

Loyal Nissan Micra owner gets surprise of a lifetime in Canada

Loyal Nissan Micra owner gets surprise of a lifetime in Canada originally appeared on Autoblog Canada on Wed, 21 May 2014 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Reasons why buying a used car is a waste of money

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Used cars make up a big part of car sales in Canada (including the best used cars for under $15,000 in Canada), but is buying one really worth it? At a glance, it may seem like a used car would save you much more money than buying a new vehicle, but the reality is that it’s just not that simple. It’s true that a used vehicle costs far less upfront and depreciates at a slower rate, but it may come with a host of other issues, like higher maintenance costs, shorter lifespan and many others to carefully consider.

While the initial price and depreciation are certainly important factors to consider when car shopping, they don’t necessarily outweigh all the benefits of purchasing a new car. Click here to find out the biggest reasons why buying a new car may be a better choice than buying used.

Reasons why buying a used car is a waste of money

Reasons why buying a used car is a waste of money originally appeared on Autoblog Canada on Wed, 21 May 2014 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Formula Drift 2014: Canadian Driver Update from Atlanta

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The first two rounds of the 2014 Formula Drift Pro Championship are now history. Chris Forsberg currently leads the overall points standings, but Road Atlanta winner Vaughn Gittin Jr. is nipping at his heels as the pair jockey to see who can claim a second career championship. Round two at Road Atlanta marked the start of three rounds on the east coast, and the Canadian presence remained strong for this cross-country trek.

In Long Beach, Dave Briggs, Mats Baribeau, and Marc Landreville all qualified for the Top 32 main event. Round two from Road Atlanta proved to be a tougher fight, with weather as an added factor for the drivers to contend with. Dave Briggs looked strong in his Achilles Radial Turbo by Garrett S14 during open practice, cruising through the curves with tremendous cloud formations. The young driver has seen Road Atlanta in past years, making it familiar territory for him. Backed by the might of the championship-winning Achilles Radial team, his odds of a successful 2014 season are high… READ FULL STORY

Formula Drift 2014: Canadian Driver Update from Atlanta

Formula Drift 2014: Canadian Driver Update from Atlanta originally appeared on Autoblog Canada on Wed, 21 May 2014 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2015 Ford Mustang pricing information leaks

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While 2015 Ford Mustang pricing in Canada has not yet leaked out, last year’s CAD to USD pricing was close enough that the recently leaked MSRP in America is still a good indicator. The big news from our friends south of the border this morning was that the 2015 Ford Mustang would start at just $24,425 in the US (including its destination pricing). The big news this afternoon is, well, bigger.

Mustang6G.com has come up with what it claims is pricing info for the entire Mustang line, rather than just the V6. That means we know all about the EcoBoost and GT prices now, which, when combined with the dealer order sheets the US reported on last week, gives us our clearest look yet at how the Mustang can be outfitted. We’re still a bit short on pricing info for some standalone options, like paint premiums and such, but click here for the full breakdown and 2015 Mustang pricing so far.

2015 Ford Mustang pricing information leaks

2015 Ford Mustang pricing information leaks originally appeared on Autoblog Canada on Tue, 20 May 2014 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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More 2015 Ford Mustang pricing information leaks

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The big news this morning was that the 2015 Ford Mustang would start at $24,425, including its destination pricing. The big news this afternoon is, well, bigger.

Mustang6G.com has come up with what it claims is pricing info for the entire Mustang line, rather than just the V6. That means we know all about the EcoBoost and GT prices now, which, when combined with the dealer order sheets we reported on last week, gives us our clearest look yet at how the Mustang can be outfitted (we’re still a bit short on pricing info for some standalone options, like paint premiums and such).

The base EcoBoost starts at $25,995, while the GT rings up at $32,925.

The base V6 wears the code-name 050A, while the base EcoBoost is 100A and the base GT is 300A. All prices include the $825 destination charge.

We already know the most basic, V6-powered Mustang, the 050A, starts at $24,425. The upgraded V6, which Ford identifies as 051A, costs $25,420 and adds 18-inch wheels, LED foglamps, a six-way power drivers seat and a body color spoiler.

The base EcoBoost starts at $25,995, while the GT rings up at $32,925 (a $1,715 increase). Regardless of engine, the Premium trims, code-named 200A and 400A, respectively, are virtually identical. They add selectable drive modes, a number of interior styling bits (ambient lighting, aluminum foot pedals, etc.), a nine-speaker stereo in place of the standard six-speaker setup and an eight-inch color display with MyFord Touch. Moving from the EcoBoost 100A to 200A drives the price up to $29,995, while upgrading the GT from 300A to 400A ups the ante to $36,100 (a $790 increase over the current GT Premium).

The Premium models themselves have an extra equipment pack, code-named 201A on the EcoBoost and 401A on the GT. Regardless of engine, this package adds a 12-speaker Shaker stereo, HD radio, memory seats with two settings and blind-spot monitoring. The EcoBoost 201A costs $31,790 while the GT 401A costs $38,720.

The GT Performance Pack, which adds a whole wealth of performance-oriented options including a strut-tower brace, a larger radiator, a stiffened suspension, six-piston Brembo brakes, 19-inch wheels and a 3.73 rear end, will cost $2,495 (identical to the 2014 GT Performance Pack’s price). It’s not entirely clear if the EcoBoost Performance Pack, which offers essentially the same options, is priced the similarly (although it seems reasonable to assume).

Other standalone options include navigation ($795), Recaro leather seats ($1,595, the same as 2014), an Enhanced Security Package ($395) and floormats ($85). The destination charge, which we included in all the prices above, is $825. Last, but certainly not least, the Fiftieth Anniversary Mustang GT will start at $46,995.

So, loyal readers, what do you think? Does this pricing strategy seem reasonable? Now that you know what each trim level costs, which would you choose? Have your say in Comments.

More 2015 Ford Mustang pricing information leaks originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 20 May 2014 15:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Top 10 most common driving mistakes

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Do you consider yourself a good driver? Well, truth is most people do. If you generally follow the rules of the road and avoid forming bad driving habits such as distracted driving, chances are you’re not guilty of dangerous driving or making many mistakes on the road.

But even being the best driver doesn’t always guarantee you’ll be trouble free. Click here as we countdown and explain the top 10 most common driving mistakes many of us might make. You could be surprised by some of the driving mistakes motorists often make without even knowing it. Click on over to view them all and see if any apply to you.

Top 10 most common driving mistakes originally appeared on Autoblog Canada on Tue, 20 May 2014 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ford opens order banks for 2015 Mustang, pricing starts at $24,425*

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Ford is officially selling its all-new 2015 Mustang, following today’s release that the automaker has begun accepting orders for the fastback model. Accompanying the announcement came the long-awaited pricing for the entry level model, fitted with the 3.7-liter V6, which will start at $24,425 (*including destination and delivery).

As previously announced, there will be three available powerplants when the vehicle is launched. All are offered with a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters (horsepower and torque figures have not been finalized):

  • Naturally aspirated 3.7-liter V6, producing more than 300 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque.
  • Turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, producing more than 305 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque.
  • Naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8, producing more than 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque.

The base price of the 2014 Mustang is $23,335 (including destination and delivery), which means the 2015 model arrives with a $1,090 premium over the outgoing model – an increase justified by an all-new platform with the new independent rear suspension. Other new standard features include HID headlamps, rear view camera system, keyless entry and SYNC connectivity with a 4.2-inch color display.

According to the press release, the Mustang will roll into North American showrooms this fall.

Ford opens order banks for 2015 Mustang, pricing starts at $24,425*

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Utilizing a Modified U-Groove Design for High Performance Bearings

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As performance engine builders know, the loads acting on engine bearings are generated by the pressure of the fuel-air mixture combusting in the cylinders.

This pressure, or combustion force, drives the piston down during the engine power stroke. The piston is connected to the crankshaft by the connecting rod, which transmits the load and converts the linear motion of the piston into crankshaft rotation.

The upper connecting rod bearing is the first bearing supporting the load generated in the cylinder. Since the crankshaft is supported by the main bearings, they react to the load transmitted via the connecting rod bearings. In the simplest one-cylinder engine there are two main bearings supporting the crankshaft, and the load from the cylinder pressure is directed onto these two lower main bearing shells.

However, combustion force is not the only force generated by an internal combustion engine.

Such engines contain parts performing accelerating/decelerating motion (either linear or rotating): pistons, connecting rods, crankpins, counterweights and webs of the crankshaft.

These parts generate inertia forces that are added to the combustion forces and therefore affect the support reactions of the bearings.

In our last installment in this series on performance engine bearing technology, King Racing Bearings looked at overlay thickness as it pertains to performance applications. In this tech installment, we’ll look at effect of bearing geometry on load capacity and performance, in particular, King’s U-groove oil groove design.

Effect of the Oil Groove on Bearing Function

The inertia force generated by a rotating part of the crankshaft is directed from the rotation center to the center of mass. Therefore it is transmitted to both the upper and lower main bearing shells. The oil groove is commonly made in the upper shell where the oil hole is located.

A 180º groove is sufficient for providing the required amount of oil to the connecting rod bearing, which it reaches by flowing through passageways within the crankshaft.

The lower main shell has no groove. Therefore, its effective area is greater than that of the upper grooved bearing.

This design allows distributing the load applied to the lower shell over a greater area, reducing the specific load acting on the bearing material. Since the lower bearing shell is generally loaded heavier than the upper, the specific loads of the two are balanced.

However, at high rotation speeds in high performance engines, the absolute loads applied to the upper and lower bearings may become close to each other. In this case the specific load (force per unit area) applied to the upper bearing may exceed the specific load to the lower bearing.

Loading Issues

Excessive loading of the upper bearing may cause the following two problems:

• Fatigue of the bearing material. Internal combustion engines are characterized by cycling loading of the bearings. It is caused by alternating pressure of combustion gases in the cylinders and inertia forces developed by accelerating parts. The oscillating loads applied to a part may cause bearing failure as a result of material fatigue. This occurs if the load exceeds the fatigue strength (load capacity) – the maximum value of cycling stress that a bearing can withstand after an infinite number of cycles.

• Too low minimum oil film thickness. High loads applied to the bearings result in a reduction of minimum oil film thickness. This may cause non-uniform distribution of the bearing load (localized pressure peaks) characterized by metal-to-metal contact between the bearing and shaft (mixed or boundary lubrication regime), high coefficient of friction (power loss), increased wear, and the possibility of seizure between the bearing and shaft materials.

New Design of Oil Groove (U-Groove™)

King Racing addressed these two issues, which lead to the development of a “U-groove” design. King engineers said the level of specific load applied to the grooved bearing may be lowered by means of a reduction in groove width. Figure 1 shows a cross section of a bearing with a conventional oil groove design. The effective bearing length is L-U1. It may be increased by a simple decrease of U1, but it would reduce the cross sectional area of the groove. This is an extremely undesirable modification, particularly for high performance bearings generating high oil flow rates due to operation at high rotation speeds. The connecting rod bearing is lubricated by oil passing through the main bearing groove and then the oil passages in the crankshaft. The amount of oil entering the connecting rod bearing should be not lower than the oil flow produced by the hydrodynamic lubrication of the main bearing. A reduction of the cross sectional area decreases the passage capability of the groove, which may cause a formation of oil starvation conditions in the connecting rod bearing. A new design should result in a reduction of the groove width without decreasing the groove cross sectional area. King Fig 2 Utilizing a Modified U Groove Design for High Performance Bearings by Authcom, Nova Scotia\s Internet and Computing Solutions Provider in Kentville, Annapolis Valley The modification according to these demands is presented in Figure 2. The rectangular shape with small chamfers has allowed reduction of the groove width at the top (U) by at least 30%. On the other hand the cross sectional area “A” has not changed due to an increase of both groove width band groove depth “h.”

The modified groove for high performance bearings enables bearing operation with a thicker oil film. In spite of the fact that the difference is not as large as in peak oil film pressure, it may become crucial under conditions characteristic for high performance engines: high loads, low viscosity oils and high rotation speeds. For more information, check out the following video from King Racing.

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Auto suppliers call GM the worst car company to work with

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Among automakers with a big North American presence, General Motors is the worst to work for, according to a new survey from Tier 1 automotive suppliers, conducted by Planning Perspectives, Inc.

The Detroit-based manufacturer, which has been under fire following the ignition switch recall and its accompanying scandal, finished behind six other automakers with big North American manufacturing operations. Suppliers had issues with trust and communication, as well as intellectual property protection. GM was also the least likely to allow suppliers to raise their prices in the face of unexpected increases in material cost, all of which contributed to 55 per cent of suppliers saying their relationship with GM was “poor to very poor.”

GM’s cross-town competitors didn’t fare much better. Chrysler finished in fifth place, ahead of GM and behind Dearborn-based Ford, which was passed for third place this year by Nissan. Toyota took the top marks, while Honda captured second place.

PPI also surveyed suppliers of Volkswagen, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, each of which has considerably smaller manufacturing presence relative to the North American and Japanese brands (there are only three US factories between the three of them). Mercedes and VW were ranked behind GM, while BMW would have been just behind Toyota.

According to Reuters, this survey serves to illustrate a big issue facing American manufacturers – Japanese brands aren’t just on good terms with suppliers, but their relations are actually improving. PPI boss John Henke said the popularity of Toyota and Nissan among suppliers increased considerably, indicating that we “could be entering an era in supplier relations that doesn’t bode well for the US Big Three.”

Auto suppliers call GM the worst car company to work with

Auto suppliers call GM the worst car company to work with originally appeared on Autoblog Canada on Fri, 16 May 2014 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost

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Earlier this week, Ford invited us to Charlotte, NC, to ride in an all-new 2015 Mustang fitted with its turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder. It’s the first forced-induction, four-cylinder ponycar for the Blue Oval since the sun set on the 1996 Mustang SVO. We jumped at the opportunity, as only a handful of people have ever been in the passenger seat of this new car, and most automotive media won’t get as close as we did until this fall.

As we revealed in our Deep Dive, Ford will slot this new turbocharged four as premium powerplant between its naturally aspirated 3.7-liter V6 and the naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8. At last mention, the automaker said the direct-injected, all-aluminum engine will develop 305 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, returning the best fuel economy of the three powerplants in the process. History buffs will note that those figures are appreciably stouter than the 200 horses and 240 lb-ft that the ’86 SVO realized out of the same displacement, and the latter’s figures were hugely impressive at the time. On paper, the new EcoBoost four looks to be a good fit for most owners who want to balance performance with efficiency – we were eager to see how it felt from the passenger seat.

Riding Notes

  • Ford is continuously polishing its final product. The Mustang we rode in was a prototype, still in need of some final tweaks. Its interior was mostly complete, but many of the surfaces were lacking texture or constructed with the incorrect material – standard prototype fare.
  • A manual and a traditional automatic transmission will be offered at launch, with both containing six gears. While the standard trans is a carryover, the automatic has been upgraded with paddle shifters and is driver configurable with four different electronic modes (Normal, Sport, Track and Snow/Wet) that alter shift points, traction control and throttle response. Our test car was equipped with the automatic.
  • The steering effort may also be adjusted between three different settings (Comfort, Normal and Sport), thanks to its new electronically assisted rack.
  • Our car was optioned with a Performance Package that will be a must-have for enthusiasts. It includes firmer dampers and higher-rate springs (take a closer look and note that the 2015 model already rides a bit lower, with tighter wheel well gaps), chassis bracing, upgraded front bushings and stiffer sway bars (by about five percent). More capable four-piston brake calipers are fitted to the front axle over 13.8-inch ventilated rotors, while the rear brakes retain a single-piston sliding caliper over 13.0-inch ventilated discs. The package does nothing for the engine, but a new 3:55 rear axle ratio (replacing a 3:31) will make it feel a bit quicker. Lastly, a set of 19-inch alloys wrapped in performance-oriented Pirelli PZero rubber (255/40R19 at all four corners) improves grip.
  • Off-the-line acceleration wasn’t tire-chirpingly quick, even in the sportiest setting, but once the engine was under full boost – we noted a bit more than 15 psi on the analog dial between the center HVAC vents – it started to pull strongly, wanting to stretch its legs. (Ambient temperatures were in the mid-90s, with equally high humidity, both of which work against a turbocharged powerplant.) The short autocross course limited the driver to just second gear, with the shift from first to second arriving smoothly. Our pilot demonstrated shifting in both automatic and manual modes, which features nifty rev-matching throttle-blips, and it never felt sharp, harsh or tiringly aggressive.
  • As is nearly always the case with a four-cylinder engine, the new 2.3-liter lacks the ultimate smoothness of a six or eight. At this stage of tune, however, it’s no better or worse than the racket emanating from BMW‘s new four. There was a notable intake and exhaust note, both pleasantly tuned, but we couldn’t catch any turbo whine in our short jaunt (Ford didn’t allow us to pry open the hood and view the intake design). This Mustang’s siblings will each have much better lungs, while the four will require some acclimating.
  • One big advantage a four-cylinder holds over a six- or eight-cylinder is reduced mass. During the parking lot autocross, the new Mustang felt impressively agile and light. There was very little body roll, even during extreme maneuvering (the car in this picture is cornering aggressively). Under heaving braking, the new chassis and sporty underpinnings – independent rear suspension and all – seemed to successfully resist the urge to dive or become unsettled. There was a bit of front-end push in the tightest sections, but applying the throttle quickly moved the weight rearward, extinguishing the understeer (the front of the coupe felt lighter than the rear, which would indicate good balance). We’d be willing to bet that the four will be the most nimble in the family.
  • It’s likely that Ford sees even more potential in the idea of an EcoBoost Mustang – new spy shots and video revealed earlier today suggests that the company may be working on a model with even higher performance, though its cylinder count remains unclear.

In a nutshell, we climbed out of the passenger seat in Charlotte impressed. Three quick laps observed from the passenger side are no substitute for a thorough test drive, but we’ve sat right seat in hundreds of vehicles, with the majority of those being far less competent. Climbing behind the wheel of the 2015 Ford Mustang for ourselves can’t come soon enough.

2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 16 May 2014 11:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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