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2016 Fall
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FALL 2016
features
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CHANGING GEARS
Followacyclingtripalong
thepicturesquetrailsof
Provence,France
contents
23
31
GREEN SPEED
Anewbreedofsportscarsis
redefininghighperformance
42
THE ROAD BACK HOME
Findamazingdishes,majestic
icebergsandtheepitomeofEast
CoastcharacterinNewfoundland
in every issue
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EDITOR’S LETTER
4
CONNECT
Keepuptodatewith
CAAeventsandinitiatives
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WHAT’S ONLINE
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AGENDA
Themineral-richwatersof
Borjomi,Georgia;sandboarding
onNamibia’sdunes;atourof
theoriginalTabascofactory;
andthefastestplane,trainand
livingthingsonearth
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DRIVEN
Areviewofthe2017Chrysler
Pacifica;Canada’sleastexpensive
subcompactcars;thefutureof
autonomouscars;andaCAAauto
expertanswersyourquestions
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The price is right
and the heat is on
in the battle for
Canada’s cheapest car
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from the editor
DRIVEN BY
PASSION
IF YOU’RE ANYTHING LIKE ME, you’ve
told yourself that one day you’ll own a car
like the one on our cover.
That’s, of course, putting aside the
practical and often expensive realities of
paying for it, parking it and maintaining it.
But sports and high-performance cars
are not about practicality—they embody
automotive enthusiasm. They’re about what
we want to drive, not what we have to drive.
Sports cars still place a premium on
driving, but like the rest of today’s cars,
they’re evolving. New hybrid powertrains,
improved safety features and an array
of sophisticated technologies make them
vastly different from the straightforward
two-seat roadsters that enthralled many of
us. Automotive writer Matt Bubbers takes a
look at these wonders on wheels (page 31).
Even without a sports car, Newfoundland,
with its diverse landscapes and hospitable
people, is a great place for a road trip. We
sent writer Patrick Pittman, who has family
ties in the province, to take us on a tour
starting on page 42.
Touring by bike, on the other hand,
is a great way to experience a European
destination, and that’s exactly what Suzanne
Morphet did when she and a friend
headed to the Provence region of France
(page 23). Their two-wheeled machines
were the perfect vehicles to keep pace with
the locals and experience the culture.
And, finally, in the last issue I wrote
about my experiences on the racetrack at
Allen Berg’s racing school in California.
Like Gilles Villeneuve and, later, his son,
Jacques, Allen competed as a full-time
driver in Formula 1 racing. But over the
years several Canadians have also plied
their trade in F1, a fact I should have
acknowledged. And as Canada continues
to produce young drivers, there will likely
be more in Formula 1 in the years to come.
As always, thank you for reading.
writer
As a Russian major, Kat’s to-visit
list has long included the former
Soviet republics—so she was thrilled
to go to Georgia (“Springs Eternal,”
page 7) where Russian remains a common second
language. Her favourite moment, besides Borjomi?
Tasting now-trendy amber wines in the Kakheti region.
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FALL 2016
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WHERE ARE YOU?
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BY KAT TANCOCK
T
HE WATER IS WARM
as I slip into the tub at the
spa of the Borjomi Palace
Hotel. It’s early in the morning and
I’m already relaxed, but I’m not
here for mere pampering. My
15 minutes of allocated soaking
time is for medicinal purposes:
bathing in—and drinking—the
local mineral-rich waters is said
to alleviate skin conditions, stress
and even digestive issues. It’s also
a refreshing way to start my visit
to this historic town.
Anyone who came of age in
the former USSR knows about
the Georgian town of Borjomi, a
premium vacation destination for
the Soviet elite—and the Russian
aristocracy before them—and
exporter of its eponymous mineral
water. Tucked into a deep gorge
and surrounded by verdant
BORJOMI
PHOTOGRAPHY: © KPZFOTO/ALAMY STOCK PHOTO
GEORGIA
POPULATION
13,600
LOCATION South-central Georgia;
approximately 155 kilometres west
of Tbilisi
DID YOU KNOW? The first bottling
plant opened here in 1890. The naturally
carbonated water is still bottled from
that same spring and is now sold in
30 countries.
Tourists get
their fill from
a spring in
Borjomi Park
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peaks, the town is renowned for its
clean air and easy access to nature.
The Mtkvari River flows through town
toward the capital city of Tbilisi and
eastward to the Caspian Sea. Up in
the hills, Borjomi-Kharagauli National
Park welcomes nature lovers to its
85,083 hectares of terrain, while
30 kilometres away in Bakuriani,
visitors can ski in winter and hike or
mountain bike in summer—or simply
ride the lifts up to enjoy panoramic
views of the Caucasus Mountains.
While Europeans are arriving
more and more, the town remains
especially popular with tourists from
the former Soviet Union; I encounter
Russians, Ukrainians and Kazakhs
as I stroll the pathways of Mineral
Water Park, pose for photos in front
of waterfalls, ride the cable car to the
summit and line up to fill my water
bottle with the warm, saline water of
the Ekaterina Spring.
At dinner in the ornate 1950s train
station—built to honour a visit from
Stalin and now home to a hotel and
restaurant—I sit down for a feast.
The wait staff pile plate upon plate of
tomato salad, salty cheese, walnutstuffed eggplant, various meat dishes
and bean stew called lobio, and we
preface every mouthful of local red
wine with a toast, drinking to the
ancestors, to Georgia and, most apt
of all, to hospitality.
PHOTOGRAPHY: [FEAST] © KPZFOTO/ALAMY STOCK PHOTO; [TITANIC] COURTESY OF TITANIC BELFAST; [SANDBOARDING] © IMAGEBROKER/ALAMY STOCK PHOTO
Georgia continued
agenda
MAKING WAVES
A plan to build a
working replica
of the Titanic was
announced back in
2012, but it’s unclear
if the ambitious
project will ever
be completed
ON TOUR
history
lesson
The boldly designed Titanic
Belfast sits next to the
original Harland & Wolff
shipyard where the ill-fated
vessel was built. A big draw
for Northern Ireland, the
museum displays artifacts
and blueprints, as well as
nine large-screen, specialeffects-laden exhibits—
including one that projects
the Titanic resting on the
ocean floor beneath your
feet. Visitors can also step
aboard the SS Nomadic—
docked next door—to
explore the ship that ferried
passengers out to the larger
Titanic. –Claire Cooper
OFF THE BEATEN PATH
DUNE
RIDERS
PHOTOGRAPHY: TK
Coasting down
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WHAT Sandboarding in Namibia
WHERE The massive, 55-million-
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scenic seaside town of Swakopmund
sits the dune belt, with its prime
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Once you’ve
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might as well
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WHY “You will be covered in
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Sandboarding instructor and owner,
Beth Sarro. Geared up in gloves and
helmets, we pick a board and make
the arduous climb up 90 metres of
hot, slippery sand. The reward is
a stunning view of the red dune
range sweeping down toward
the Atlantic. Then it’s elbows up,
stomach down, legs together—think
riding a toboggan headfirst—and
swoosh! You’re flying at 60 km/h
down the deep curves of an ancient
dune. —Emma Yardley
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agenda
The Economist’s “Big Mac Index” is a
lighthearted guide to global exchange rates
TRAVEL PLANNING
WINTER ESCAPES
CHIRIQUÍ
PROVENCE
PORTUGAL
COSTA DEL SOL CHIRIQUÍ
PROVINCE MANUEL ANTONIO NOVEMBER
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NOVEMBER
NOVEMBER
11˚C – 20˚C
10˚C – 18˚C
22˚C – 30˚C
20˚C – 25˚C
FEBRUARY
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FEBRUARY
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23˚C – 32˚C
19˚C – 26˚C
PRICE OF
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3.90 USD*
$4.02 USD
MAIN
DRAWS
Looking for a new sunny destination to stay for a few weeks or even months?
We got in touch with the travel experts at CAA for insight on
affordable, accessible places that may not be in your typical getaway plan.
Upscale golf
courses, incredible
and affordable
dining, beautiful
beaches
European coastal
lifestyle; positioned
perfectly to visit
villages, towns and
nearby countries
(Morocco!)
Still-untouched
areas close to
developed city living;
down-to-earth
health and wellness
retreats
Diverse landscapes
and wildlife; ample
opportunity for
both adventure travel
and relaxation
SEASONAL
TEMPERATURES
ALGARVE SPAIN
PANAMA
EXPERT
OPINION
COSTA RICA
PANAMA
An up-and-coming
snowbird destination
with a growing focus
on health and wellness.
“Chiriquí is one of
those nice little areas
where you can indulge.
They say they have
the best coffee
in the world, and fresh
seafood is delivered
every day. It’s a really
nice province to stay a
while in.
The town of Boquette
is very popular. It has
a large retirement
community with
people who come from
all over, due to the
cost of living being
so reasonable, the
climate and, of course,
it’s beautiful. About an
hour and 20 minutes
from Boquette is
Boca Chica: small
islands, white sand,
perfect for swimming
and snorkelling,
and a favourite spot
for fishing.”
TINA RICHARDSON
Business Development
Manager, Travel Services
CAA North & East Ontario
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SPEED ZONE
RAPID SUCCESSION
Airbus has recently filed patents for
the Concorde 2—predicted to hurtle
passengers from London to New York in
an hour at 4.5 times the speed of sound.
Inspired by the news, we explore other
champions of speed. BY ANDREW RAVEN
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The 29-year-old Jamaican
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TOP SPEED 43 km/h
TOP SPEED 390 km/h
HEIGHT 1.9 metres
LENGTH 36 to 49 centimetres
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WEIGHT 530 to 1,600 grams
POWERED BY
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A protein-rich diet of
eggs, pasta with corned
beef and Jamaican
dumplings
An appetite for bats,
pigeons and the
occasional lemming
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natural encounter
BY ILONA KAUREMSZKY
Nestled in the emerald green hills of northern Vietnam,
the Mai Chau Ecolodge is a dreamy respite from the
clogged streets of humid Hanoi some 130 kilometres
away. A rustic 43-room luxury retreat in the rice-terraced
slopes in Na Phon Village, the ecolodge’s back door opens
to poetic scenes best viewed on foot or on one of the
complimentary bikes provided by the hotel. Constructed
with natural materials, from the palm-frond tree roofs
to the stone walls, the simple rooms of the stilt houses
are decorated with traditional bamboo furnishings and
handmade brocade weavings. Surrounded by picturesque
rice fields and heavenly mountain peaks, this incredible
spot is clearly favoured by Mother Nature.
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This Japanese train
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record in 2015.
TOP SPEED 603 km/h
FASTEST CAR
THRUST SSC
The first car to break the
sound barrier, it set the
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on a run in the Black Rock
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TOP SPEED 1,227 km/h
WEIGHT Obviously
LENGTH 16 metres
quite heavy, but it
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Uncover the
Tabasco story
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Avery Island
WHO KNEW
that Tabasco Red
Pepper Sauce had
such a history? First
bottled in 1868, it’s
still owned by the
founding McIlhenny
family and continues
to be made on
Avery Island in
southern Louisiana.
Visitors can observe
the bottling process
and experience the
museum with its
artifacts (including
original stoneware
jars in which
inventor Edmund
McIlhenny aged his
mash), videos and
five-foot-tall bottle.
“Tabasco is a
product people
see all their lives,
but here you take
another look at
it,” says resident
historian Shane
Bernard, PhD, who
has even written a
book on the subject.
The classic sauce,
he notes, has only
three ingredients:
peppers, vinegar and
salt, the latter mined
on the island.
At the visitor
centre, there’s
a rustic wooden
restaurant ladling
out Louisiana
specialties: gumbo,
crawfish, étouffée.
Next door, the
general store sells
merchandise and
various Tabasco
sauces including
habanero (the
hottest), jalapeno
(the mildest) and a
reserve sauce, aged
up to eight years,
made with handpicked peppers
and premium
wine vinegar.
—Jacqueline Swartz
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agenda
THE GETAWAY
WILD LIFE
It’s a familiar sight in many small towns:
BOUNDLESS ADVENTURE
AUTHENTIC FLAVOUR
To explore a few of Jasper
National Park’s 11,000
square kilometres, you can
hike along the deep and
narrow walls of Maligne
Canyon. You can follow a
wildlife biologist through
the forest at the Palisades
Centre. Or you can feel what
it’s like to step backwards
off a frozen waterfall. “There
are endless opportunities
to be adventurous,” said
Ryan Titchener, a guide
with Rockaboo Mountain
Adventures after he lowered
me down the top pitch of the
Edge of the World ice climb.
Ice-climbing season runs late
October to the end of March
here, and the valley views
were almost as memorable
as making it back to the top
using only an ice axe and the
sharp crampons on my boots.
Get a taste of Jasper
from the espresso at the
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SnowDome Coffee Bar
(and laundromat) or the
sweet chili Lollipop Shrimp
at Evil Dave’s Grill. You can
tell a lot about a town by its
craft beers. Jasper Brewing
Company mixes hops, malts
and yeast with mountain
water for its brews and adds
a local touch to its everchanging pints, which range
from rotating fundraisers,
such as the Ultrasound
Cream Ale—proceeds went
to the Jasper Ladies Hospital
Auxiliary—to seasonals (I
tried the Campfire Breakfast
Smoked Porter).
STARRY NIGHTS
“Lights off,” says Parks
Canada interpreter Brian
Catto of the phone I’ve tried
to inconspicuously turn on.
We’re on Pyramid Island to
check out the town’s status
as a Dark Sky Preserve.
I see Venus, a shooting
star and a new take on the
giant Orion. Using a laser
that transforms the sky into
one giant blackboard, Catto
points out Orion’s shoulder,
his right arm raised above
him with a club, his knee
below. Then we look
through a telescope aimed
below the middle star of
Orion’s belt at what Catto
describes as a cloud of gas
and dust. “That’s the Orion
Nebula. It’s where stars are
being born right now.”
A muffin and
a latte with your
spin cycle?
Yes, please.
PHOTOGRAPHY: [DARK SKY] PARKS CANADA/RYAN BRAY; [CANYON] © DESIGN PICS
INC/ALAMY STOCK PHOTO; [BEERS] COURTESY OF JASPER BREWING; [SHEEP] JASPER
TOURISM; [BREAKFAST] COURTESY OF SNOWDOME
PEAK MOMENTS
From top: starry night
in Jasper’s Dark Sky
Preserve; feeling small
in Maligne Canyon; a
spectrum of craft-beer at
Jasper Brewing Company;
a bighorn sheep sighting;
breakfast is served at
SnowDome Coffee Bar
the wild ones gathering under a street
lamp long past bedtime. But these aren’t
small-town teenagers; they’re wild elk
hanging out on a Sunday night. It’s one
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TECH
SPOTLIGHT
2017
CHRYSLER
PACIFICA
PRICE AS TESTED $54,740
ENGINE 3.6-litre V6,
9-speed automatic
POWER 287 hp, 262 lb-ft
of torque
BY JESSE CARON, CAA-Quebec
T
HE FIRST PACIFICA—sold
between 2004 and 2008—
was a fairly forgettable and
short-lived crossover. Fiat Chrysler,
however, felt that the nameplate
still had enough appeal to use it for
their brand-new range-topping
minivan, which replaces the aging
Town & Country. Apart from an updated
engine from the Town & Country,
everything on the Pacifica is new,
including its platform, which is the first
one designed under Fiat ownership.
Another first is the plug-in hybrid
version—the only minivan on the market
to offer this—which promises a range
of 48 kilometres in full electric mode.
The Pacifica’s muscular lines are
a big departure from the squared-off
shape of the Town & Country. Taking
some design cues from the front end of
the Chrysler 200 sedan and combining
them with the squat rear end of the
Town & Country somehow works,
and the overall look is complemented
by smart chrome accents. Inside, the
Pacifica is extremely roomy. Airy,
too, thanks to the optional tri-pane
panoramic sunroof (which comes
standard on the highest trim). The
second-row seats can be stowed under
the floor, still a Chrysler exclusive. The
Pacifica also features the first minivan
application of foot-activated hands-free
opening for the rear doors and tailgate.
Up front, the horizontally arrayed
dashboard cleverly blends style with
function, especially in models equipped
with the 8.4-inch touchscreen. Secondrow passengers benefit from an optional
entertainment system with dual 10-inch
displays and integrated apps. Owners
of the top-shelf Limited are even treated
to a built-in vacuum cleaner, an idea
picked up from Honda.
All three trim levels share the same
3.6-litre V6, which provides quick and
linear acceleration. The nine-speed
automatic transmission, far from a
complete success in other products from
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), finally
seems tuned correctly. Add a carefully
balanced ride and precise (if a bit light)
steering and you end up with the most
refined minivan of the current crop.
With its spaciousness, tech features
and performance, the Pacifica has what
it takes to equal the competition, or even
surpass it. Chrysler must now convince
potential buyers to fork over $43,895
for the base model, and almost $15,000
more for a fully loaded unit. This might
prove a challenge, with stalwarts like
the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna and
FCA’s own Dodge Grand Caravan all
being offered for thousands less.
PHOTOGRAPHY: COURTESY OF FCA
Plenty of room
for bulky items, once
you fold and stow
the back seats
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BY THE NUMBERS
AV club
IT’S A LIVING
forward
thinker
Autonomous vehicles (AVs)
are still a blip on the horizon.
But some of their features
are already options in many
vehicles. Adaptive cruise
control, park assist and lanekeeping systems offer just a
taste of what’s to come.
We ask transportation
expert Susan Zielinski
what “new mobility”
means—and why it’s
the road ahead for
cities around the world
—Kristen Koch
BY MATTHEW GUY
2020
SZ People want to go to, and live in, places
that don’t have nine-day traffic jams! It’s
an economic benefit for a city—and for the
people—to have [transportation] options
that are talking to each other. Things like
buses, cycling, walking, transit, trains, taxis
and car share are all parts of the whole
picture. It saves money to make everything
connect seamlessly, so people can have
a whole bunch of choices.
CAA How does SMART help cities develop
those options?
SZ We do an inventory on one map—we
overlay everything and put a red dot where
“
PEOPLE WANT
TO GO TO, AND
LIVE IN, PLACES THAT
DON’T HAVE NINE-DAY
TRAFFIC JAMS!”
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two or more things connect. We’ve done it
in 20 different cities, like Rio, Beijing and
Delhi; it’s magical. Entrepreneurs will say:
“Hey, I can write an app to fill that gap.” Or
you realize somebody could start a shuttle
service where two systems don’t connect.
CAA Which cities are improving
transportation in smart ways?
SZ There are a ton of places that are doing
really cool stuff. Oklahoma City, with a
very conservative, tax-averse government,
[has] done a whole active transportation
program [creating more complete
networks of improved bike lanes and
connected sidewalks].
CAA Why are cities asking for SMART’s
help now?
SZ The world [is] urbanizing, and cities
and countries need to come up with
solutions to get more and more people
around in smaller spaces, in a really nice
way. It’s easier now because you’ve got
wayfinding on your mobile phone and—
in some cities—[transit] fare payment
that’s integrated. We don’t want “more” or
“bigger,” we want “smarter.”
02.4 million
Number of kilometres
Google-programmed AVs have
driven on public and
private roads in the
past seven years
Crashes caused by a
Google-programmed
AV on public roads as
of this writing
1
Nights of reclaimed
sleep by parents who
are relieved their
teenagers won’t be
driving after all
PHOTOGRAPHY: [FORWARD THINKER] MARVIN SHAOUNI; [PRICE BUSTERS] COURTESY OF RESPECTIVE MANUFACTURERS. ILLUSTRATIONS: FILO/GETTY IMAGES
CAA Can you define “new mobility”?
Number of signs
required to identify an
AV driving in Ontario
COUNTLESS
SUSAN ZIELINSKI IS A REAL GO-GETTER. Raised in Toronto, she was a
long-time transportation planner for the city, and is now managing director
of Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility Research and Transformation
(SMART) at the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute,
helping cities and companies find better ways to move people and goods
to where they need to be.
The year 10 million AVs are
predicted to be on the road
2016
COMPARISON TEST
PRICE
BUSTERS
IF YOU LIVE A
subcompact lifestyle—
you’re urban, travel
light and have no need
for trunk space—then,
congratulations! You’re
a hot commodity for
manufacturers who
want to sell you a
starter car. To get
your attention, a few
companies have been
competing to produce
the Cheapest Car in
Canada. Here’s a look
at the two key players.
2016
NISSAN MICRA
CHEVY SPARK
$9,988
$9,995
THE BACKSTORY
THE BACKSTORY
First out of the gate with a car under
$10,000, Nissan listed the 2015 Micra
at $9,998, an attention-grabbing price
aimed at drivers who might not care that
it was manual everything (transmission,
door locks, windows, side mirrors) and
didn’t include a/c. Two upper trims offered
automatic everything (and a/c).
Making its debut in January, the
2016 Spark base model sells for $9,995
and held the title of Cheapest Car in
Canada for 19 days before pricing on the
2016 Micra was announced. Like the Micra,
the base Spark has a manual transmission,
and you need to go up another trim
level to get a/c.
THE STRATEGY
THE STRATEGY
When the 2016 Micra was
announced in February of this year,
Nissan reduced the price by $10—making
it $9,988—and effectively
stealing some of the Spark’s thunder
by keeping the Micra as the
Cheapest Car in Canada.
The base Spark bests the Micra in the frills
department; easy-to-use Apple CarPlay and
Android Auto are standard, as are in-car
Wi-Fi, rear-vision camera and 10 airbags.
Chevy put more emphasis on the interior
of the car, and there’s a solid feel on
both the gearshift and steering.
THE DRIVE
THE DRIVE
The brakes were responsive and
acceleration was respectable for a
1.6-litre engine with only 109 horsepower,
but the steering felt loose and imprecise,
and the slim steering wheel itself felt
cheap. The seats were uncomfortable
after a long drive and it was
a noisy ride.
All trims come with its 1.4-litre engine
and 98 horsepower, and its performance
is impressive. The car handles well on
city streets and highways, maneuvering
easily in traffic and into tight parking
spaces. Two child seats fit (snugly) in the
back, making it possible to imagine the
Spark as a family car (provided you don’t
need much trunk space).
BY CLAIRE COOPER
VERDICT
Spend the extra $7 on the SPARK —it
offers great value and it’s the overall better buy.
MITSUBISHI MIRAGE
Shortly after the 2015 Micra arrived, Mitsubishi introduced rebates on their 2015 Mirage,
bringing the $12,495 sticker down to $9,998. Rebates have yet to be announced for the
2017 Mirage (currently priced at $12,698). Nissan is now a 34 per cent stakeholder in
Mitsubishi, so there’s less to be gained by trying to outprice the Micra.
Prices indicated are all MSRP and do not include shipping or taxes.
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The new LINCOLN CONTINENTAL sedan
has Perfect Position Seats that adjust an
astounding 30 different ways. That includes
extending and adjusting both the left and
right sides of the front seat cushions as well
as raising or lowering it independently for
the comfort of your legs.
PARTY
STARTER
AUTO EVOLUTION
LUXURY
SEATING
Just stand behind
your KIA SEDONA or Sorento for three
seconds with the key
fob in your pocket, and
the tailgate will raise
itself automatically.
Some other brands
need you to wave your
foot under the rear
bumper, but that can
be tricky with an
armful of groceries.
SPEC SHEET
Innovative features
are paving the way to more
high-tech driving
BY MARK RICHARDSON
Call it the
ultimate tailgating
vehicle. Honda’s
latest RIDGELINE pickup truck includes
six “exciters” hidden
behind the walls of
its cargo area that
act like speakers,
pumping sound from
the truck’s audio
system into the bed.
Up to 540 watts of
power turn the
truck into a giant
mobile boom box.
Step on the gas in a SUBARU equipped with
EyeSight driver assistance, and it will cut the
throttle if there’s another vehicle in the way.
This is helpful if you briefly look away at other
traffic and the car in front slows or stops
unexpectedly; the EyeSight’s stereo cameras
will see that car, even if you don’t.
HANDS-FREE
TAILGATE
SAFETY CUSHION
The inflatable seat belts in the back of
a MERCEDES S-CLASS sedan expand
instantly in a crash, creating a wider, more
absorbent “beltbag” that better restrains the
passenger. They have longer shoulder straps
than the inflatable belts used by Ford and
are pre-tensioned, for greater movement in
normal driving conditions.
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Q
I have a 2008 Acura TL
and the power steering
pump needs replacing.
Do you recommend an
aftermarket or original part?
–Dhana Ramprashad
A: All aftermarket parts are not created
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Manufacturer) parts are. This creates its
own set of advantages and disadvantages.
Aftermarket quality can be equal to or
greater than OEM as the aftermarket
companies reverse-engineer the part and
work the weaknesses out. Quality varies
greatly, and some aftermarket parts are
inferior because of the use of lower-quality
materials. Stick with aftermarket brands
you’re familiar with, or are recommended by
a mechanic you trust, even if these parts cost
a bit more. Another factor is the warranty
coverage: how does the aftermarket shop’s
labour and part warranty compare to the
dealer’s? Using aftermarket parts is not a
problem as long as you consider the above.
Q
I have a 2003 Venture
Chevy Van in mint
condition. I went through
a car wash last year and the
engine light came on right after.
At the same time, the transmission
began to hiccup and lurch when
shifting gears. Do I need a re-built
transmission or could it be iron
filings building up?
–Kathryn Arthur
A: I believe the problem is more electrical
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PROVENCE
ADVENTURES
ABOUND ON THE
CYCLING TRAILS
IN PROVENCE
WORDS BY
SUZANNE MORPHET
PHOTOGRAPHY BY
GUILLAUME MÉGEVAND
CAA MAGAZINE FALL 2016
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PROVENCE
GRIPPING MY HANDLEBARS,
I fly down the narrow country
road, leaning into each bend
as it comes, the roar of the
wind in my ears. Adrenaline
fires my imagination. I’m no
longer a middle-aged woman
from Victoria, B.C., on her first
cycling trip abroad. No, I’m
Ryder Hesjedal and I’m racing
in the Tour de France, careening
down the lower slopes of Mont
Ventoux, the mighty mountain
of Provence. The landscape
and my speedometer confirm it:
vineyards whiz by in a blur as
I clock 48 kilometres an hour.
My reverie ends with the next
incline, but that’s OK. I don’t need
to be my hometown hero—or even
in his league—to enjoy cycling
in Provence, with its dreamy
landscapes, perched villages and
farmers’ markets. (Though it
doesn’t hurt to have the appetite
of a professional cyclist in a region
that’s known for the good life.)
My friend Joan and I have opted
for a self-guided tour on half a
dozen routes to give us a taste of
different areas of Provence. Before
leaving Canada, we downloaded
maps showing distances, gradients
and sights to see along the way.
Our hybrid bikes are ordered
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(with electric assist for the more
challenging days) and our hotels are
booked. We’re good to go. Still,
we’re nervous. Joan and I both
enjoy cycling, but neither of us
has spent more than a few hours in
a bike saddle at a stretch. Are we
fit enough for five days of cycling?
Can we get by with our high school
French? And what if we get lost?
Our first day, we set out on a
42-kilometre loop from the old
Roman town of Vaison-la-Romaine,
about 50 kilometres northeast of
Avignon. The sky is gunmetal grey
and clouds are spitting when we
leave Hôtel Burrhus. But the rain
can’t diminish the landscape or our
enthusiasm—we’re in Provence!
In mid-October, the vineyards
here are as colourful as the maple
forests at home. Plane trees
conspire to create leafy tunnels to
catch the rain. Villages are small
and charming, with cobblestone
streets, church steeples and gurgling
fountains. Séguret, enclosed within
medieval walls, is particularly
picturesque. We stop to refuel
with coffee and cake, and admire
the work of local artisans, which
includes santons—the adorable
hand-painted terracotta figurines
used in nativity scenes at Christmas.
By early afternoon, after
cycling about 20 kilometres,
we’re wet and hungry and seek
shelter at Auberge Castel Mireïo,
a former winemaker’s home near
the hilltop village of Cairanne.
We must look like two drowned
rats, but the owners are warm
and welcoming, greeting us with
glasses of sparkling wine and
grapefruit juice, and letting us
hang our clothes to dry.
SLICE OF LIFE
Clockwise, from left:
Thierry Delasalles,
a winemaker and
olive-oil producer
in Bédoin; pains au
chocolat from the
market in Bédoin;
a waitress taking a
break at La Maison
d’Eglantine in
Séguret; biking along
the idyllic streets of
Esperron-de-Verdon;
the menu posted
at La Maison
d’Eglantine in
Séguret, which offers
cake du cycliste
(cyclist's cake)
UR LUCK IMPROVES, THOUGH;
the weather gets better with each day and
soon we’re cycling under blue skies on
quiet country roads, past groves of olive
trees and fields of lavender. At the Monday
market in Bédoin, we weave our bikes
through the crowded street, stopping to
buy lavender soap and inhale the scent of
the seed that’s sold loose from big burlap
bags. We continue on the 23-kilometre
Gateway to Mont Ventoux loop.
After two hilly days, the former railway
track between Coustellet and Apt is a
welcome flat stretch. It’s a school holiday
and we meet numerous families cycling
leisurely with young children, sometimes
three generations together. The Véloroute
du Calavon is also part of the EuroVelo 8:
the almost 6,000-kilometre Mediterranean
cycling route that directly links France
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with Italy and Spain. We stop
for a picnic lunch on the Pont
Julien, an old Roman bridge,
where we devour crusty baguettes,
aromatic goat cheese, sweet blue
Muscat grapes and salty black
and green olives.
Every day the scenery is
delightful, but it’s the food that
sustains us. Three dishes I won’t
soon forget are the rich and
creamy panna cotta topped with
puréed beet at the Hôtel des Pins;
an appetizer of paper-thin beef
carpaccio topped with shaved
parmesan cheese and dollops of
pesto at Hôtel le Mas des Grès;
and fresh goat cheese drizzled with
lavender honey at La Colombière
du Château.
Each night, sated and tired
(but thankfully never sore, even
after five or six hours in the saddle),
we’re in bed by 10 p.m. Countless
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châteaux and mansions dot the
countryside, often the former
estates of wealthy landowners,
now converted to boutique hotels.
Just outside Forcalquier, at the
end of our longest cycling day—
60 kilometres over seven hours—
we arrive at a stone mansion that
was once a monastery. Artistic
references to cycling adorn the
walls and fill the nooks of Hôtel
Charembeau. “We’ve always
been bike nuts, my father and I,”
Martin Berger explains, adding
that with the creation of signposted
routes “more and more cyclists
are coming.”
For Berger, cycling is “kind of a
retreat, an escape.” But for us, it’s
the opposite—a headfirst plunge
into Provence, every day filled with
new adventures: exploring the
former ochre mine that’s tunnelled
into the orange and yellow cliffs
near Gargas; meeting a 94-year-old
priest in Mormoiron who bursts
into singing “God Save the Queen”
when he learns we’re Canadian;
seeing a wild boar outside our hotel.
We have misadventures too: the
time Joan and I get separated after
losing sight of each other cycling
LOCAL RETREAT
Opposite page: A
goat-cheese farm
owned by motherdaughter duo Amalia
and Nathalie Fariello
in L’Hospitalet. This
page, clockwise, from
top: a villager plays
pétanque in Banon;
the Fariello farm in
L’Hospitalet produces
a variety of goat
cheese; taking in
the view of the
village of Lagnes
AFTER CYCLING
OVER FIVE
DAYS, WE'RE
IN LOVE WITH
PROVENCE:
THE PEOPLE,
THE FOOD, THE
LANDSCAPES
EAGER TO
TRAVEL?
Consider going solo! Join us at
one of our CAA Solo Traveller
Club events where you’ll discover
exclusive departures for those
travelling alone, but not lonely.
Get travel tips and meet potential
travel companions. Visit your
CAA Travel Store for more details
or go to caaneo.ca/solotravel.
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through a village with several twists and
turns (we reconnect an hour later with the
help of two German cyclists who pass on
a message from me to her); the seven-hour
cycling day when we exhaust the batteries
on our electric bikes.
Our own resourcefulness—and that of
the locals—amazes us. Our lack of French
is never a problem, and with e-bikes giving
us a boost, fitness level is not a barrier—
almost anyone could do this.
IF YOU GO
Provence Cycling
and Vélo Loisir
Provence both promote
recreational cycling.
Their wide network
of members—hotels,
bed and breakfasts,
restaurants, bike-rental
companies, taxis and
more—caters to cyclists.
Member hotels and
B&Bs offer cyclists a
hearty breakfast, secure
storage for their bikes
and a place to wash and
dry laundry. Member
taxis are equipped
to carry bicycles and
transfer luggage.
For information
on the Vaucluse area
of Provence, see
provence-cycling.com.
For information on the
Luberon and Verdon
areas, see veloloisir
provence.com/en.
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UR LAST DAY IS THE BEST YET —
or maybe it just feels that way because
our trip is coming to an end. Leaving
Gréoux-les-Bains, we pedal a winding
road through the Verdon Regional Nature
Park, above Lac d’Esparron. Belled sheep
graze noisily in a field under the watchful
eye of guard dogs. In the lakeside village
of Esparron de Verdon, we stop to watch
villagers play the ancestral game of pétanque.
That night we sleep deeply in a 17thcentury farmhouse where an enormous
stone olive mill rests, idle since 1957 when
a hard frost killed three million olive trees,
according to Nicolas Staempfli-Faoro,
who owns Le Moulin du Château with
his wife, Edith. Soon afterward, olive oil
went temporarily out of fashion. “The
modern, American-style way of life was
becoming fashionable in Europe at the
time and people started to prefer things like
peanut oil and light margarine as a cooking
base,” Staempfli-Faoro says over breakfast,
shrugging his shoulders.
Some things are simply inexplicable. But
our joie de vivre is not. After cycling roughly
185 kilometres
over five days,
we’re in love
SWEET TREATS
with Provence:
Clockwise, from top:
Breakfast at Le Mas
the people,
de Grès in Lagnes
the food, the
Cus; at the Monday
landscapes. The
market in Bédoin,
only pain we
where merchants sell
experience—if
lavender by the bundle;
you could call it
a local man shops
that—is an ache
for bread at the
market in Bédoin
to return.
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SPORTS CARS
Starting Line
It’s been more than
100 years since the
first sports car rolled
off the line. We track
the milestones that
led to today’s state-ofthe-art machines.
—Andrew Raven
’ 10
Alfa Romeo—then
known as A.L.F.A.—pulls
the wraps off its first
Italian beauty, the
six-seater 24HP.
’ 11
at a secluded oasis deep in the California desert,
the future of sports cars is being written one lap at a time.
After years of delays and teasers, Acura’s new NSX is here, and it’s a hybrid. It howls
out of the pit lane at The Thermal Club, accelerating along the racetrack with 1.3 times
the force of gravity, pushing air from your lungs, straining your neck. Three electric
motors work in concert with a twin-turbo V6 to put a big grin on your face. It may be a
hybrid, but it will easily keep pace with a Porsche 911 Turbo.
In the age of high gas prices, tightening fuel-consumption limits, gas-guzzler taxes
and climate change, there is a question about how much longer the traditional sports
car—not known to be environmentally friendly—can survive. To address this existential
threat, several companies, including Acura, BMW, Porsche, Ferrari and McLaren have
pitched hybrid sports cars as the future. Their sales—the number that matters most in
the car industry—show that it’s still a slow burn: Porsche sold nearly 10,000 gas-powered
911s last year in America, while BMW sold almost 2,300 hybrid i8s in North America,
according to stats compiled by Timothy Cain, chief analyst at GoodCarBadCar. (BMW
doesn’t release separate i8 sales figures for Canada.) Though they’re widely touted as the
future of the auto industry, for now, hybrids and electric vehicles are still the underdogs.
Jason Widmer is the performance development leader for the NSX; it was his
job to help define what future sports cars will feel like. At the beginning of the car’s
development, he was skeptical about making a hybrid.
“Our team is made up of a lot of traditionalists; we’re all sports-car enthusiasts,” he
said during a quick break from laps around The Thermal Club. “When you start talking
about unproven technology, people get nervous. Early in the development, we fought a
bit about whether [adding a hybrid] was the right technology at the right time. It’s a lot
of weight. When tuned incorrectly, it can screw up the car…. There were people saying,
‘Ditch it.’ ”
British automaker
Vauxhall introduces
the door-less PRINCE
HENRY. Designed with
speed in mind, it’s widely
accepted as the world’s
first true sports car.
SURROUNDED BY PALM TREES
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’ 29
Bentley unveils the
4.5-litre BLOWER,
a two-tonne behemoth
that puts out a
then-remarkable
175 horsepower.
’ 32
Bugatti, in its first
incarnation, releases its
pièce de résistance:
the TYPE 57S ATLANTIC.
With its distinctive
centre fin and sultry
lines, it sets gearheads’
hearts aflutter.
ACURA NSX
Price $189,900
Top Speed 307 km/h
Power 573 hp
Mileage 11 L/100 km (combined)
Fun Fact The successor to
Acura’s much-loved 1990s
supercar is a technological
marvel, featuring a hybrid
engine, space-age chassis
and four driving modes.
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PORSCHE
918
Price $1.1 million
Top Speed 340 km/h
Power 887 hp
Mileage 3.1 L/100 km
(combined)
Fun Fact This modern
powerhouse can dash
from 0 to 100 km/h in
2.8 seconds, all while
sipping less fuel than
a Toyota Prius.
But as development progressed, this red-blooded team of sports-car traditionalists
had a change of heart about hybrid power.
While driving the NSX, maximum torque arrives instantly, providing a sledgehammer
wallop of acceleration from the moment you press the pedal. Not even a V12 can do
that. Think of the difference between electric and combustion engines as the difference
between digital and film cameras. You can have an electric motor at each wheel, and they
can be controlled with more precision because they run on electric current rather than the
timely explosion of an air-and-fuel mixture. This makes better use of the tires’ traction,
thereby making the car faster. It’s why the NSX corners like it’s on rails—unless you want
to provoke a tire-squealing powerslide. (Yes, diehards can rest easy: hybrids can do tail-out
oversteer just like the most bellicose V8 muscle car.)
The NSX isn’t just “good for a hybrid.” It’s good, period.
THE PORSCHE 918
FELT UNSTOPPABLE,
TIME-WARPING
BETWEEN CORNERS
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’ 39
Former race-car driver
and Alfa executive
Enzo Ferrari strikes out
on his own, founding a
company that quickly
becomes synonymous
with the sports car.
Its first vehicle, the
815 SPIDER, is released
the following year.
’ 48
Ferdinand Porsche, who
designed the Volkswagen
Beetle years earlier,
opens his own shop.
The company’s first
car, the 356, would
run on a souped-up,
40-horsepower
Beetle engine.
SPORTS CARS
FAKE IT ’TIL YOU MAKE IT
Someone just handed you the keys to a million-dollar supercar. Now what?
’ 53
Driving a supercar after a lifetime of affordable hatchbacks and sensible sedans is like trying
to fly a fighter jet after having learned to fly a kite. My first time in a proper supercar—a
Chevrolet breaks
from decades of
tradition with its
fibreglass-bodied
CORVETTE. Lightweight
and rust-proof,
fibreglass was a bold
choice for the ’50s.
’ 50
The V6 engine makes
its first appearance in
a production car when
Italy’s Lancia debuts the
sporty AURELIA sedan.
1,200-horsepower Bugatti—is a blur. I remember being utterly overwhelmed. You press
the accelerator and you think you know what’s coming, but then you get kicked in
the chest, deafened by strange noise, and your eyes revert to tunnel vision. I imagine
it’s a bit like being on the losing end of an MMA fight. But with each successive
acceleration, you regain consciousness and control until you can simply enjoy the rush.
If you get the chance to drive a supercar, keep these five things in mind. —M.B.
1
2
SHIFTING
START SLOW
All modern
supercars
have automatic
gearboxes,
so no need to
worry about
stalling.
Build up
to a
full-throttle
run gradually
to get used
to the
speed.
3
4
5
NANNIES
END SLOW
TRACK TIME
Leave traction
and stability
control on.
They will save
your bacon.
You are
not Gilles
Villeneuve.
Brake only
in a straight
line, gently
at first, then
add pressure,
keeping
the wheel
straight. This
is crucial.
To truly
experience a
supercar, take it
to a circuit. Most
track days have
instructors to
help you (safely)
get the most
from your car.
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BMW i8
Price $150,000
Top Speed 250 km/h
Power 362 hp
Mileage 8.3 L/100 km
(combined)
Fun Fact
Environmentalists
can take heart in
BMW’s lightningquick plug-in hybrid.
The car’s interior
is speckled with
recycled material
and it can travel
24 km on electric
power alone.
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’ 54
Gull-wing doors go
mainstream with the
release of the envyinducing Mercedes-Benz
300 SL. This coupe is also
the first passenger car
with direct fuel injection.
’ 61
Jaguar leaves mouths
agape when it releases
the E-TYPE, a vehicle
that rival carmaker Enzo
Ferrari calls the most
beautiful in the world.
’ 63
To challenge Ferrari,
Lamborghini launches its
first car, the V12-powered
350 GTV. It’s a step up
for founder Ferruccio
Lamborghini, who made
his fortune in tractors.
’ 64
Ford, miffed at Ferrari
over an aborted merger,
creates the GT40. The
car would break the
Italian company’s hold
on the 24 Hours of Le
Mans, winning the race
four straight times
beginning in 1966.
’ 67
After years of trials,
engineers at Mazda
master the rotary engine,
a small, smooth-running
powerplant that would
feature prominently in
their sports cars,
including the RX-7.
“As an engineer, I felt this was the technology of the future,” said Widmer. “And if
we didn’t tackle this now, we’d be 10 years behind…. It was a chance to get ahead of
the competition.”
BMW was first out of the gate with a plug-in hybrid sports car. The $150,000 i8 uses
tech once reserved for million-dollar supercars, like the ultra-light carbon-fibre passenger
cell, to offset the weight of heavy lithium-ion batteries. It uses just 6.4 litres of fuel per
100 kilometres. For comparison, the V8-powered Jaguar F-Type R is similarly quick but
guzzles 13.3 litres every 100 kilometres.
To drive the i8 is to immerse yourself in a sci-fi fantasy. From the low-slung cockpit and
the surfboard-size gull-wing doors to the way it can move with eerie silence around the city,
it’s in a class of its own. The excitement doesn’t come from pure speed as it does with
traditional sports cars, but from wonder.
TECHNOLOGY
DEVELOPED FOR THE
I8 IS ALREADY
TRICKLING DOWN TO
OTHER BMW MODELS,
LIKE THE 7 SERIES
“I had a conversation with [an i8] customer who lives in Toronto, and he was bragging
to me that the car was one year old, close to 20,000 kilometres, and he’d only put six tanks
of gas in the vehicle,” said Marc Belcourt, national manager for the BMW i sub-brand in
Canada. “I would not have guessed that’d be a bragging point.”
“Traditional buyers may not be attracted to the i8,” Belcourt added. “But we’re seeing a
lot of new customers come to the i brand; 70 per cent have never owned a BMW before.”
WHAT S THE
DIFFERENCE?
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SPORTS CAR
Typically a
two-seater
with a low
profile,
designed
for speed,
performance
and quick
acceleration.
SUPERCAR
A highperformance
sports car.
Characteristics
include
being very
fast and very
expensive.
GULL-WING
DOORS
Doors that
are hinged
along the top
of the roof,
which open
up and out.
SCISSOR
DOORS
A distinctive
Lambo feature,
scissor doors
have hinges at
the front that
allow them to
pivot upward
when opening.
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SPORTS CARS
That’s good for business, and the technology developed for the i8 is already trickling
down to other BMW models, like the 7 Series with its lightweight carbon-reinforced pillars
and roof, and the plug-in hybrid X5 SUV.
But if you really want to look at where sports cars—and cars in general—are going,
you must look to supercars: machines like the Porsche 918, LaFerrari and McLaren P1.
All three are hybrids. All three are on the bleeding edge of automotive technology. And all
three will set you back more than a million bucks.
What’s it like to drive one? A couple of years ago, on a track in Spain, the Porsche 918
felt unstoppable, time-warping between corners faster than anything on four wheels. Later,
driving through the ancient city of Valencia, the car ran silent and emission-free. The
memory of driving that car feels like a fever dream on fast-forward. Forget 0 to 100 km/h;
Porsche claims their car does 0 to 200 km/h in just 7.2 seconds. With speed like that,
there’s no time to think about where the power’s coming from; there’s barely time to blink.
Five years ago, a hybrid supercar would have been an oxymoron, sacrilegious even to
suggest. Now the hybrid supercar is what’s stealing all the headlines.
As CEO of McLaren Automotive, it’s Mike Flewitt’s job to look far ahead. The
decisions he’s making today will play a key role in shaping the sports cars of the future.
And today, he’s betting long on electricity.
THE ONLY CERTAINTY
IS THAT THE
SPORTS CAR WILL
OUTLIVE GASOLINE
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wedge-shaped cars takes
hold of the automotive
world, Lamborghini
begins production of
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be produced before
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Fun Fact Ferrari produced only 499 of these sublime hybrids,
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collectors. Only a few have trickled onto the used car market,
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with one reportedly fetching $5 million USD last year.
Mileage 17 L/100 km
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“My view is that the future is EVs [electric vehicles],” Flewitt wrote via email. “Whether
that’s in 20, 50 or 100 years, I cannot say. But hybridization is a stepping stone on this
path.” In six years, half of McLaren’s lineup will be hybrids. Looking even further ahead,
the company is working on an experimental all-electric version of its P1 flagship.
“When that will come to market, I cannot say, but we have a big challenge to meet
first: namely, to create an electric vehicle that is as exciting and invigorating to drive as
today’s McLaren 675LT.”
Hybrid and electric sports cars are still young, but they’re constantly making progress.
In the next decade those with a need for speed won’t just be choosing between a
V8 or V6, but between plug-ins, hybrids, pure electrics, advanced gas engines with
super- and turbo-chargers, and maybe even hydrogen-powered machines.
The only certainty is that the sports car will outlive gasoline.
“As proud as I am of this [NSX] as an engineer,” said Jason Widmer, “I’m even more
excited for tomorrow, the future.”
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’ 90
Acura becomes the first
company to produce an
all-aluminum sports car
with the debut of the NSX.
’ 08
The dawn of a new
electric age. Tesla unveils
the battery-powered
ROADSTER, which goes
from 0 to 100 km/h in
3.7 seconds. It proves you
can have top-end
performance without
internal combustion.
’ 16
Bugatti trots out the
1,500-horsepower
CHIRON, the most powerful
production supercar
ever made. That oomph
doesn’t come cheap; the
Chiron will reportedly
cost $2.6 million USD.
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NEWFOUNDLAND
IF NEWFOUNDLAND GAVE UP in
hard times,
it would never have got going. Whatever
rough times it weathers, it’s weathered
rougher before. That’s the first thing you
learn as you try to maneuver your car
around the narrow roads on the slopes
of Signal Hill, where the houses cling at
impossible angles, overlooking the mouth
of St. John’s Harbour.
This is my homeland, a place where I spent
summers driving ATVs through backwoods
while cod dried on racks by the shore. These
days, Newfoundland is not a static postcard of
salt cod and houses on Jellybean Row. It’s alive
with the same invention and pride that have
been there from the start.
We find that spirit in Mallard Cottage, a
restaurant around the corner from Signal Hill
in Quidi Vidi. Though this classic outport
village has picture-perfect saltbox houses and
rickety fishing stages, the cottage is something
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ISLAND TOUR
Clockwise from top:
Iceberg spotting near
Twillingate; local pride
can be seen everywhere;
the ferry captain keeps
a steady hand en route
from Farewell to Fogo
Island; chef Jeremy
Charles helms Raymonds
and The Merchant
Tavern; an “Ugly Stick”
is a musical instrument
made of household items
else. Located in one of North America’s
oldest buildings, it’s been lovingly restored by
chef Todd Perrin and his wife, Kim Doyle.
Inside, we sit at the bar watching a mix
of locals and travellers taking in a lazy
Sunday brunch, pastries piled high at a centre table. The young staff
sport the beards and tattoos common at any modern food spot, but as
they flit around the room, we notice they are wearing T-shirts with the
Fishermen’s Protective Union logo—a gesture of genuine commitment
to hard-won heritage. A guitarist and an accordion player sit at a table
by the window, laughing as they play. Perrin’s food is spectacular—a
contemporary take on Newfoundland cuisine that can be as simple as cod
au gratin or as wild as a stinging-nettle spätzle with braised pork leg.
This is the real Newfoundland, but it’s not the sum of it. From here
I’m headed north to Twillingate, a small harbour town where icebergs
go to retire. The road along the way is full of opportunities to get to
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The traditional
Newfoundland diet is based
on the land’s abundance—
cod from the sea, moose from
the hunt, root vegetables
from the ground and plenty
of salt to keep it edible
through the winter. Alongside
Mallard Cottage, a new
generation of restaurants
around the province is
using its natural larder for
unforgettable contemporary
dining experiences.
BONAVISTA
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Located in Upper Amherst
Cove, on the road to
Bonavista—they couldn’t
resist the pun—the Bonavista
Social Club has become a
renowned destination, with
a playful menu based on
produce and stock raised on
the surrounding farm. The
moose burger is a regular hit.
BOREAL DINER
The new wave moves out to
the edge of the Bonavista
Peninsula with a restaurant
from the same owners as
Fixed, one of the best coffee
shops in downtown St. John’s.
Here, they’re serving up
locally sourced comfort
foods—burgers, shrimp
sandwiches and desserts
like rhubarb pound cake—in
a restored heritage building
that’s a real sign of the
exciting energy in this town.
THE MERCHANT TAVERN
This casual dining experience
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culinary undertaking from
chef Jeremy Charles and the
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know the province as it lives
and works. Not far off the
Trans-Canada, you’ll find
perfectly preserved towns like Cupids and Brigus,
some of the oldest settlements on the continent and
worth visiting for a more formal introduction into
Newfoundland history. Further on, the 90-minute
drive from the Gander turnoff to the coast is a
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or wants to take you in for a mug-up—a very
Newfoundland brand of picnic, ideally with a
kettle hung over a wood fire to prepare the tea.
When I arrive at Iceberg Quest’s wharf in
Twillingate, Captain Barry Rogers has been out
since 5 a.m. scouting on his Zodiac. If you’ve never
seen an iceberg outside of a National Geographic
spread, there’s nothing that will prepare you for the
majesty of the up-close view. As they arrive in their
final resting place off Twillingate, these chunks of
ice, thousands of years old, have journeyed from the
north for years. Some display seams of volcanic ash,
trapped in the glacier millennia ago. As we float
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another, a crack has refrozen with fresh, clear water,
the light glimmering blue through it. My companions
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After the trip, Rogers and I share
a lunch of fish soup and lobster at
the elegant Canvas Cove Bistro on
his wharf. We talk about the struggles
outports have faced since the closure of
the cod fisheries in the 1990s, and those
that have found new energy. Then I
hit the road again for a winding drive
to join the lineup for the hour-long
ferry ride to nearby Fogo Island.
Fogo has received international
attention for the Fogo Island Inn
in Joe Batt’s Arm, a spectacularly
designed five-star hotel bankrolled by
local Zita Cobb as a destination for
prime ministers, celebrities and design
connoisseurs. The Inn was conceived
as a means to reinvigorate the area
with new enterprise and transform
the conversation around tourism.
You don’t need to be a prime
minister to stay on the island though.
I’m at a small B&B in Tilting, where
breakfast is a crab omelette made
by owner Tom Earl. Formerly a
restaurateur in Toronto, Earl tells me
he bought the heritage B&B after he
came to work at the Fogo Island Inn
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The landscape here is stunning.
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and tells me this is the best weather
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No matter what change
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Dollar Rent-A-Car, Hertz and Thrifty Car Rental.
SHOPPING
Need new shoes
or glasses?
A CAA
Membership
saves you 10%
on regular-priced
merchandise
at Payless
Shoesource and
up to 30% on
eyewear and
accessories at
LensCrafters
locations, as well
as Sears Optical
stores and
Pearle Vision.
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ASSISTANCE
comes with its fair share of expenses.
To help keep costs down, here’s a look
at the ways students can save simply
by using their CAA Membership.
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INSIDER | ROAD SAFETY
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BOB-AND-WEAVER
Frequently changing lanes
is more than just a minor
annoyance for motorists—
it’s a dangerous practice
that increases the risk of
collision. In fact, the Ontario
Ministry of Transportation
advises all motorists to “avoid
unnecessary lane changes
or weaving from lane to lane”
in its Driver’s Handbook.
Spending a few seconds
behind a vehicle is always
safer than going around it.
THE
LANE-ENDING DENIER
When a lane ends, the signs
are everywhere. There’s no
excuse for the Lane-Ending
Denier, who merges unsafely
by cutting off a line of drivers
as he or she moves over to
the open lane.
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THE
KEEPS-YOU-GUESSING
DRIVER
There is a special breed of
motorists who don’t believe
that communication is a
two-way street. Failing to
signal is discourteous and
against the law—not to
mention it may earn you two
demerit points in Ontario.
THE
LEFT-LANE LINGERER
It’s been said before
and it’s worth repeating:
“slow traffic, keep right.”
If you’re driving at less than
the normal speed on a road
with two (or more) lanes,
stick to the right-hand side.
Ontario’s Driver’s Handbook
advises motorists to use
the left-hand lane only for
passing (or when turning left).
THE
SUNDAY DRIVER
We all know that excessive
speed poses a danger to
all, but did you know that
going too slow can be risky
as well? Though it may be
counterintuitive, the inability to
keep up with the normal speed
of traffic actually increases
the likelihood of causing an
accident, since other cars may
want to overtake the slowmoving vehicle. Drivers should
stay under the posted speed
limit, while keeping up with
the normal flow of traffic so
as not to be an obstruction.
WANT
MORE TIPS?
Check out CAA North &
East Ontario’s YouTube
page at youtube.com/
TheCAANEOChannel,
featuring our web series
Car Care with Karla
DRIVER DOs
Always use
your turn signals
Only use the left lane
to pass or turn left
Stay under the
posted speed limit
Keep up with the
normal speed of traffic
Pay attention to
road signage and react
accordingly
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THE
INSIDER | INSURANCE
What do the
changes impact?
Many of the changes affect
the statutory accident
benefits you receive if you’re
injured in an auto accident,
regardless of who is at
fault. Some of the benefits
have been reduced and
some options for increased
coverage have been
eliminated or changed.
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Auto
Insurance
UPDATES
Do I need to do
anything to my policy?
Your policy automatically
has the new lower standard
benefits that will take effect
on your renewal date. Speak
to your insurance agent to
ensure that you have the
right coverage.
What happens if I’m
in a minor accident?
Changes have been made to the automobile
insurance system—but what does that mean
for you?
AFFECTING ALL POLICIES issued or renewed on
June 1, 2016, or later, the Ontario Auto Reform
aims to give you more coverage options for auto
insurance. Now is the perfect time to review
your policy. Here, we run through some common
questions and concerns about the changes.
As of June 1, any minor
collisions that you cause
may not factor into your car
insurance rate if you are
the at-fault driver and pay all
the damages out of pocket.
This accident forgiveness is
limited to one minor accident
every three years where
there is zero payout and the
damage does not exceed
$2,000 per vehicle.
Is the interest rate
for monthly payment
plans reduced?
Many companies charge a
little extra to cover the cost
of administering monthly
payments. Now the maximum
interest rate that can be charged
is 1.3 % for a one-year policy.
Are deductibles
changing on
comprehensive
coverage?
Comprehensive coverage is
an optional add-on to your
policy. It protects you from
the costs to repair damage
to your vehicle from things
like fire, theft or vandalism.
The standard deductible for
comprehensive coverage is
increasing to $500 from $300.
What if I’m hurt
in a collision?
Some accident benefits that
were once considered “standard”
have changed, specifically
the total coverage amount
for medical and rehabilitation
costs and attendant care.
CAA Members SAVE 30% on auto insurance.
UP
TO
Auto insurance benefits have changed.
Get the right coverage and save
with CAA Insurance.
Don’t renew without a review.
1-877-584-7979
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