During the run of a week, we run into numerous stories that require a grain of salt to become palatable. Other stories require a metric ton of sodium chloride just to get past the headline.
We’re here to save you from automotive hypertension. This is the Salt Truck.
The Dubuc Tomahawk is as light as vapour
Do you want an all-electric all-wheel-drive supercar? Yeah?
What if I told you it was being assembled by a bunch of unknown guys in Quebec and they plan to build a taxi and SUV from the same architecture?
That’s what I thought.
A group calling themselves Dubuc Motors – saying they’re Tesla’s cousin (really?) – is marketing a new kit-built supercar that will fulfill all your dreams for eternity. It’ll have a top speed of 140 mph (225 km/h), do the 0-60 sprint in just over 3 seconds, and cost under $100,000.
There’s just one problem: they need investment (from you!) in order to make it happen.
“We are at the forefront of something huge! Millions of dollars in grants from the government are available, it’s the perfect time to invest” says co-founder and COO Mike Kakogiannakis.
This isn’t The Onion. A representative from Dubuc actually used almost the exact same line schemers use on the elderly before taking off with their cash.
Dubuc, check your email. There are lots of potential investors from Nigeria looking for this type of “investment”.
BONUS: Infomercial-style promotion video!
Ford is looking at bringing back CVTs again
I think we can all agree that CVTs are the black licorice of transmissions. Those who know better don’t like them and those lacking taste don’t care.
But, Ford might actually be onto something…
Speaking with Automotive News, Ford’s global product chief Raj Nair said they are looking at CVTs for “low torque” applications. Using our Autos.ca Crystal Ball of Speculation (patent pending), the only engine in the Ford lineup without an automatic transmission sits under the hood of the Fiesta: the 1.0L EcoBoost.
I’ve driven the Fiesta with the three-cylinder turbo and absolutely loved the car. The engine has an angry little growl to it.
2015 Ford Fiesta SE Hatchback (no CVT). Click image to enlarge
CVTs make engines rev like crazy when you put your foot down and the EcoBoost three-pot is one of the very few low-displacement engines in existence that sounds great when you rev the snot out of it.
This might be the only time ever where I am okay with a CVT being put in a small car. Call me crazy but I think this is smart (and it’ll sound darn good, too).