Welcome to our weekly round-up of the biggest breaking stories on Driving.ca from this past week to get you caught up and ready to get on with your weekend, because it’s hard keeping pace in a digital traffic jam.
Here’s what you missed while you were away.
Family sues Tesla after 18-year-old son dies in high-speed collision
A Fort Lauderdale, Florida family is suing Tesla following the death of their 18-year-old son, who perished in the passenger seat of a Model S that burst into flames after colliding with a wall at 186 km/h. According to the Miami Herald, the Model S in question had a limiter installed by Tesla, which should have tapped the sedan at 135 km/h but had been deactivated during another service.
The family argues the two boys shouldn’t have been able to reach such a high speed and the car should not have caught fire so quickly following the collision.
Eleven like-new ’90s BMW E34s discovered in Bulgaria
This week’s barn find comes to us from a warehouse in Bulgaria. Eleven early ’90s E34 5-Series that had never been driven were allegedly abandoned in the building following a failed leasing deal. The vehicles, which probably aren’t the oddest thing to be discovered in a Bulgarian warehouse, are expected to fetch US$23,000 each at auction.
These are the cars most likely to be kept for 15 years or longer
Toyota’s reliable products dominated a recently published survey that lists those cars most commonly kept by an original owner for a minimum of 15 years. The Japanese brand claimed 10 of the top 15 spots, with Honda, Subaru and Acura filling in the gaps. Performed by search site iSeeCars, the survey analyzed over 750,000 cars from the 1981 to 2003 model years that were sold in 2018. They also put together a similar list for SUVs.
Will the Atlis XT be the electric truck to win it all?
There’s something of a flex-off happening in the electric truck world. The leader has yet to be established, which gives hope to young upstarts like the Atlix, which wants to build the XT, a full-size electric pickup with a 300- to 500-mile range and an estimated arrival in 2020. The owner/engineer is building the truck he wants, and you’ve got to respect that, especially when the base price is quoted at US$45,000.
Government incentive cuts are killing Nissan Leaf sales in Ontario
Nissan sales reps in Ontario may be voting for the opposition next provincial election, as recent incentive cuts implemented by Doug Ford’s government have precipitated a drastic fall in Nissan Leaf sales in the province. In August of 2018, a total of 695 Leafs were sold to Ontarians. Fast-forward to November, when the $14,000 rebate is no longer on the table, and that number is down to 10.
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