February 25, 2015

Concept Cars of CIAS 2015

Every year, one of the most anticipated aspects of the auto show is the reveal of manufacturer’s latest concepts. Serving as a glimpse into the future of their respective brands, the concepts are the most exciting part of any auto show for many enthusiasts. When the 2015 Canadian International Auto Show came around, we were pleased to see such a wide variety of concepts on display. While many have been revealed elsewhere in the world, many are still a first in-the-flesh sighting for a lot of show attendees.

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Maserati Alfieri
Based on the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale chasis, the Alfieri concept is a seductive peek into the future of Maserati’s design. The 2+2 layout of the coupe looks back, paying homage to classic Maserati coupes, but the styling looks into the future, and the future looks stunning. The GranTurismo’s 4.7L V8 supplies the Alfieri with a generous 460 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque via a six-speed automated manual transmission. While technically still a concept, Maserati has promised that we can at least expect something very similar in the coming few years.

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Subaru VIZIV 2
The VIZIV 2 is Subaru’s latest vision: a plug-in hybrid crossover with rugged looks. Up front sits a 1.6L boxer engine paired to a high-torque-compatible CVT transmission assisted by one motor in the front, and two more in the rear. Subaru also notes that their AWD system has become even more sophisticated with the addition of the independent motors, allowing the car to effectively manage traction according to conditions on the fly. The concept promises sportiness, comfort and advanced technology such as autonomous driving for future Subaru crossovers.

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Nissan BladeGlider
Nissan’s BladeGlider concept isn’t completely new, but it is different. The concept made its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2013, and has only now made its way to Toronto. The concept envisions an electric three-seater with a very narrow front end. The design is certainly something unique, and we imagine it would function as a summer car only in the Canadian market.

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Kia GT4 Stinger
Canada’s second look at the GT4 Stinger concept came with this year’s show as well. This time around, we got an idea of the direction Kia would be taking their sporty looking coupe. Notable features include a 4-cylinder engine that makes over 300 horsepower, rear-wheel drive, and a bare-bones concept that excludes a radio and other standard amenities.

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Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept
The face of Infiniti appears to be getting even sleeker, as the Q80 sedan and Q60 coupe concepts took to the Infiniti stage to the awe of many onlookers. A wide front mesh grille and some gorgeous lights adorn the front end of the Q80, and the signature round tail lights have been replaced with narrow horizontal lights. A 3.0L V6 provides the sleek sedan with 550 horsepower, and manages an impressive average of 5.5L/100km. One of our favourite features is the ability to switch between rear-wheel drive and AWD on the fly.

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Infiniti Q60
The Q60 coupe concept shared the stage with the sedan. Looking stunning, the Q60 is a look forward at Infiniti’s popular coupe platform. It’s worth noting that the Q60 name has existed for a couple of years as a thinly-veiled rebadged G37, but the concept lets us know that an entirely new take on the platform will be graced with the Q60 badge. The Q60 shares the same 3.0L V6 found in the Q80 matched to a pair of turbochargers, and promises sporty performance to match the looks.

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Cadillac Elmiraj
The Elmiraj concept might be a look into the future of a Cadillac flagship. The long body design has an incredibly demanding presence about it, and introduces some new design cues to the Cadillac lineup. The interior still seems like it could be fantasy, but it isn’t so wild that it is outside the realm of possibility. Under the hood, a 4.5L V8 makes a respectable 500 horsepower.

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Toyota i-ROAD
Branding itself as “the future of mobility”, Toyota’s latest concept took the to floor at CIAS, driving in an enclosed test area. The zero emissions electric three-wheeler is somewhat of a cross between bike and car, featuring a responsive active lean system to maintain balance and stability. The vehicle has been tested on public roads in both Japan and France, and development is expected to continue towards production. With a 50 km range per charge, we could see this being a popular method of city transport.

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Toyota FT-1
A long awaited arrival for many, the Toyota FT-1 looked incredible in a fiery red. Often hailed as “the new Supra” by enthusiasts, show-goers are eager to learn more about the next generation of Toyota performance. For now, details remain scarce.

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Mini Superleggera Vision
“British born. Italian tailored.” That is the motto behind Mini’s newest creation, the Superleggera Vision concept. Mini’s design team partnered with Touring Superleggera, one of Italy’s most prominent coach builders, to produce something completely new for the Mini brand. The design evokes memories of both British and Italian roadsters alike, and features a fully electric power plant. At this point, BMW remains tight-lipped about any technical specifications.

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2017 Ford GT
While not technically a concept, as it’s been given the green light for production, we felt it necessary to include the new Ford GT. No concept was ever teased for the new domestic supercar because the project was kept under wraps until its big reveal in Detroit. It’s worth noting that the Ford GT models will be built right here in Markham, Ontario. How cool is that?


February 11, 2014

#MorningCoffee | February 11, 2014

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , , , — AutoMotoFoto @ 9:00 AM

We love reading, writing, talking, reviewing, driving… basically doing anything we can with cars. We spend a lot of time on the net going through articles and we want to pass on that knowledge by way of #MorningCoffee. This is where we take the past 48-hours of auto related news and put it all in one place for you to read while you enjoy your morning cup of coffee. Have an awesome day!

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Move over Audi, Mercedes-Benz has crystals in their headlights!

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Check out our coverage from JRP’s annual event showcasing the latest products they’ll be carrying.

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BMW i8 gets stuck in the snow.

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What’s better than a sexy model jiggling in a boosted Datsun Z? Not much, so enjoy!

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To 10 things to see at the CIAS.

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In case you missed it, check out this week’s #ModelMonday feature!

The Volvo V8 engine you want!

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If you love BMW Art Cars, then this will make you smile.

Most car makers test their new cars in fun places like Monaco or test tracks away from prying eyes. Corvette, well they take the next Z06 to Wal-Mart.

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A great read on why the Canadian auto industry is hooked on subsidies.

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Volvo proves why wagons are better then crossovers.

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Would you want a 820hp BMW wagon?

Drunk driver crashes into a Ferrari dealership and then flees.

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Mercedes-Benz’ next Porsche 911 fighter will have a functional hatchback.

A rednecks dream – a 7,000hp top fuel dragster on dirt.

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Dealership has 22 cars stripped of its wheels.

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Today’s car porn


May 16, 2013

Car Show Etiquette

Filed under: Blog — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — AutoMotoFoto @ 11:00 AM

Ahh Car Shows, something for just about everyone.

The following days on the calendar (weather permitting of course) are sure to be filled with a litany of car meets, races and shows that range from the standard get-together of friends at a local parking lots (meets), to the more high profile and heavily sponsored events. The wide spectrum of choices means gear heads across the nation, from the newbie car enthusiast hitting up their first meet to the hard-core petrol-sexuals who’ve already had the next few months eagerly highlighted in anticipation since November, will be congregating together to show their appreciation for hot rides. Such an environment will bring with it a mix of people as well as a mix of cars. The following tips are a selection of Do’s and Do Not’s that, irrespective of which category you fall into will keep you from getting into trouble and ensure you get the most out of the experience.

DO – Check your ego at the door. Ok quick, repeat after me; ‘I am NOT Paul Walker, and I probably don’t own a lime-green Eclipse that will do the quarter mile in under 10 seconds’. Sounds funny right? You’d be surprised, than again maybe not; after all with the potent mixture of high testosterone, shiny rims and bragging rights to be proclaimed, all the combustible elements are present at most car-themed events to start some sort of conflict be it over rides or otherwise.

If you see two gents posted up together in a corner looking like these, just steer clear.

Do Not – Let your personal preferences stop you from seeing all the sick whips in one place. Be you an American classic car devotee or an Italian supercar connoisseur; if you’re heading to a car show take advantage of the fact that you have at your viewing disposal all sorts of goodies representing the various car fetishes out there. Make no mistake that there is a fetishistic element to being a car nut. Whereas one person may require the presence of the newest exotic supercar to make them feel sated, someone else may get off on that white Honda sitting on 16-inch rims (in white, of course). To each their own, but don’t let the opportunity pass you by to take in a little bit of everything. Putting aside the inherent cyclical nature of the automotive industry, you may soon see your favorite Japanese import pimping the style of American muscle cars as such borrowing of ideas is what makes the car culture so great.

DO – Take advantage of all the sponsors and vendors that will undoubtedly be set up if you’re attending a properly organized car show. Making connections at an event like this is practically required, and why not? Most will be offering discounts or great promotions, certainly an opportunity the average car enthusiast will want to take care of; as opposed to say, ordering online and paying costly shipping and handling charges or even sometimes buying off the shelf. In addition, events such as the Canadian International AutoShow or the like will no doubt have vendors and companies trying to sell their new innovations, something any self-respecting car nut will have to be at the forefront of. Why not indeed.

Who wants some giveaways? Giveaways rule!

Do Not – Spend too much time hanging out by the models. I don’t mean the newest and breathtaking Pagani Huayra set up on display for everyone to gawk at. I mean the Pagani girls, that um, have also been set up for everyone to gawk at. Fair enough, I know what you’re going to say; but riddle me this, everyone has seen the ‘amateur photographer’ who seems to be completely oblivious of the sick Ferrari FXX and is instead wearing out his trigger finger on every female within shooting radius. You don’t want to be that guy, trust me. I used to work with that guy and that weirdness doesn’t leave you as soon as the carbon fiber and painted calipers are out of sight.

Models? What models? Beautiful scantly clad women are all over the place at car shows!

DO – Educate yourself. Sounds simple enough right? Well it is, after all the whole notion of car shows and meets is built around the idea of sharing ideas and excitement. You are there in a proverbial Shangri-la of supercars and sexy tuner rides, take advantage of it! Find out what drives the other drivers, where they may seek inspiration from and use it to fuel your own passion. The good thing about being a gear head is there is no such thing as knowing everything, much like life there is a great deal to discover and in some cases even employ in your own automotive life. Put it this way, if you were to go to a wife-swapping party you could sample a little bit out of everything there is, but you may also end up going home with an venereal disease. There are absolutely no such concerns at a car show, and you most likely won’t have to try to explain to someone how trying the ‘rusted out’ look gave you crabs.

Do Not – Forget to wear comfy shoes. What? It’s good advice, you’re going to be doing a lot of walking and the last thing you want is blisters or calluses derailing your plans of seeing every single last thing on wheels.

The next generation of gear-heads are already past the teething stage. Sigh, they grow up so fast don’t they?

DO – Bring your family. I don’t understand why I don’t see more of this to be honest. Granted, car shows and meets typically are for the younger crowd but you can’t tell me taking the whole family crew to SEMA wouldn’t beat going to the Golden Griddle for brunch. As long as you’re not fighting off ‘amateur photographer’ guy from taking too many photos of your wife/sister/daughter, there’s not really much that could go wrong at these type of events. Just think you’ll also be helping the industry by helping to groom the next generation of event-goers. See? Circularity.

Words: Dan Mariathas
Photos: Giancarlo Pawelec, Mark Harris, Universal Studios, and Other.


March 11, 2013

CIAS 2013 – Part 4 by AMM | BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , — Giancarlo Pawelec @ 1:00 PM

Part 4 video coverage from the 2013 Canadian International AutoShow has the AMM crew dropping by the European brands such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi. The episode begins with a look at the newest addition to BMW’s M family – the M6 GrandCoupe – a V8 powered 6-series sedan that puts out 560 horsepower and provides an alternative for those seeking the space of the M5 with the sporty attitude of the M6. Next is a quick check on the i8 concept car said to be the future of BMW products with use of carbon fiber and styling cues. Over at the Audi booth, Garrett checks out the newest addition to the R8 line up known better as the V10+ (plus). This restyled R8 puts out 550 horsepower from its massaged V10 engine and has much softer styling lines than previous models. The final stop is at Mercedes-Benz which had a gold vinyl wrapped G wagon that caught the attention of everyone at the show. A great assortment of beautiful and powerful machines from the Germans hinting that the horsepower wars are back!

Check out Part 1 —>  CIAS 2013 – Part 1 by AMM | Honda and Mazda
Check out Part 2 -–> CIAS 2013 – Part 2 by AMM | Pfaff Tuning
Check out Part 3 —> CIAS 2013 – Part 3 by AMM | Ford & Chevy

Words: Giancarlo Pawelec
Video: AutoMoto Mods


March 8, 2013

CIAS 2013 – Part 3 by AMM | Ford & Chevy

Part 3 video coverage from the 2013 Canadian International AutoShow has the AMM crew dropping by the domestic brands, specifically Ford and Chevrolet. This episode begins with a trip to the Ford booth to check out the beautiful new Ford Fiesta ST and has Jake interviewing a show goer about his pick between the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Corvette. Next stop for the crew was Chevrolet where they check out the all-new Corvette C7, Chevy Code 130R concept said to rival the Scion FR-S, and the Camaro “Hot Wheels” edition. Packed full of interesting observations on these latest offerings and some Average Joe interviews. Check it out and be sure to see past episodes.

Check out Part 1 —>  CIAS 2013 – Part 1 by AMM | Honda and Mazda
Check out Part 2 –> CIAS 2013 – Part 2 by AMM | Pfaff Tuning

Words: Giancarlo Pawelec
Video: AutoMoto Mods


March 7, 2013

#MorningCoffee | March 7, 2013

We love reading, writing, talking, reviewing, driving… basically doing anything we can with cars. We spend a lot of time on the net going through articles and we want to pass on that knowledge by way of #MorningCoffee. This is where we take the past 48-hours of auto related news and put it all in one place for you to read while you enjoy your morning cup of coffee. Have an awesome day!

This is the Aston Martin Shooting Brake in all it’s quirky glory.

It’s true… Europe will be getting the Mustang in a 4 cylinder. Long live the Fox body mentality!

China will soon surpass the US as the biggest consumer of luxury cars.

The craziest motorsport you never knew about!

What about a hill climb Mercedes-Benz SLK?

Rhys Millen made a record run at Pikes Peak!

We all wanted to know, how did the guy who drove the Viper on stage at CIAS get the job… this is how.

This is the only time I find a first gen Porsche Boxster cool!

The confusing world of Aston Martin.

This guy got busted driving 146kph in a ‘rapist van’ with 12 students on board coming back from a Basketball tournament.

The doctor always tells you that you need more carbon in your diet!

Watch a Tesla Model S get torn apart.

Jaguar is making a version of the BMW films from a few years back!

Today’s car porn… the top ten craziest street legal vehicles!


March 4, 2013

CIAS 2013 – Part 2 by AMM | Pfaff Tuning

Part 2 video coverage from the 2013 Canadian International AutoShow has the AMM crew checking out one of Canada’s premiere tuning facilities – Pfaff Tuning. Owned and operated by the Pfaff Automotive Partners and first launched in 2013, the concept was to bring aftermarket product sales support and installation from premium brands. Unlike most other performance shops in Canada, Pfaff specializes in European high end vehicles both in way of the luxury and sportscar segment with the range including Audi, Porsche, Aston Martin, McLaren and many others.

During the Canadian International AutoShow Pfaff Tuning’s showcase in the Exotica Gallery brings out some top grade vehicles including the coveted McLaren MP4-12C. Check out the video and see what awesome mods have been done!

Also, be sure to check out Part 1 —>  CIAS 2013 – Part 1 by AMM | Honda and Mazda

Words: Giancarlo Pawelec
Video: AutoMoto Mods


February 13, 2013

#MorningCoffee | February 13, 2013

We love reading, writing, talking, reviewing, driving… basically doing anything we can with cars. We spend a lot of time on the net going through articles and we want to pass on that knowledge by way of #MorningCoffee. This is where we take the past 48-hours of auto related news and put it all in one place for you to read while you enjoy your morning cup of coffee. Have an awesome day!

Mercedes-Benz is stepping into the hot hatch game with the A45 AMG, it only has 360hp going to the front wheels… no torque steer will occur! HA!

The 2015 Mazda 3 will ditch the smiling face and go for the open grill.

The concept cars you can see at the Canadian International AutoShow!

There could be a diesel Jeep Wrangler heading to a showroom near you!

There will be a 300hp Audi S3 hatch coming soon!

There will be a new Smart car… and it looks odder then ever!

Tesla fires back against New York Times over “range problems”

Bugatti’s top salesman sells 11 Veyrons a year!

This is why you must always be careful who you give your ID to when car shopping.

The Canadian trike company you never knew existed will now always have BMW engines for their three wheels motors!

Today’s car porn is of BMW’s Art Cars!

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