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Ferrari F450: The Next Generation

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Unlike CTV’s Degrassi: The Next Generation, Ferrari’s follow-up to the F430 is expected to be good, if not completely sublime. Power is rumoured to come from a 4.5L (thus the name, duh) V8 with around 500 hp and a redline approaching Formula 1 levels.

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Picture of the Day: Ants On A Log

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Those aren’t just any ants and that’s not just any log. The ants are coincidentally shaped like a Mercedes CLS63 AMG, Jaguar XF-R, BMW M5, and a Cadillac CTS-V. The log? The Bixby Creek Bridge on California’s Pacific Coast Highway. [Photo credit: Anton Watts, TGA]

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How Hard Can It Be? (1956 DeSoto)

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This informative seller from the Los Angeles area has a project for you! For starters, we know that it’s a DeSoto. Since DeSoto was a division of Chysler, how hard can it be? We don’t know if it’s an Adventurer, Fireflite, Firedome, or Firesweep, not that an adventurous soul like you cares, but we do know that it looks like it’s been in a fire is ready for a new home! More gruesome enlightening details from this knowledgeable seller after the jump. 

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NADA Fights For Its Right To Party

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In a move that will come as a surprise to virtually no one, the auto industry has today collectively said that they will fight the EPA if they do, in fact, green-light California’s much stricter vehicle emissions controls. During the term of former President Bush, a coalition formed by California and 13 other states in the US who proposed that they should be allowed to mandate their own stricter emissions controls was shut down and turned away at the gate. Now, with a new President in office, environmentalists anxiously awaiting the change they were promised didn’t have long to wait. On Monday the 26th, less than one week after his inauguration, President Obama signed a memorandum that told the EPA to reconsider California and those 13 other states’ proposal. It’s taken exactly two days for NADA to talk about how they’re going to fight back.

That’s the news bit. If you’re wondering about the editorial bit of this story, follow the jump.

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CarEnvy COTY Awards 2008

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It’s December – actually the first December for CarEnvy, and that gives us a unique opportunity: we can be more detached and objective than any other site or magazine because we haven’t driven any of the contenders here. While you might think it odd that we’re giving awards to cars we haven’t driven, you probably haven’t driven them either, and following the industry is beyond an obsession for us so we do have a good idea of what’s good, what’s bad, and what we want. We here at CarEnvy don’t have the luxury of manufacturer invites to press days, but that hasn’t stopped us yet. When the day comes for us to attend such press events, we’ll give you the perspective of the youngest, most Canadian, and most honest individuals around. Until we’re in the shoes of Jeremy, James, and Richard, you’re going to have to make do with our opinions as armchair analysts. Besides, you don’t have to drive a car to want it more than anything.

CarEnvy is about just that, lusting after gorgeous sheetmetal and intoxicating engine sounds. So we’ve decided to find you the most desirable and important cars to hit the streets in 2008 – the Cars Of The Year (COTY). This is not from the perspective of which car is the best to drive or which one handles the best, because we have little first-hand experience. This is a list of winners (and contenders) from eight separate categories based on which one we want the most. Beers were consumed and hours were spent discussing which car would make us the envy of our neighbours and which would have us nursing a semi just by sitting in the drivers seat.

The criteria are simple. The winning car in each category must

  1. Be desirable
  2. Be very desirable
  3. Be more desirable than its competitors without regard for practicality or price (unless needed to break a tie)
  4. Be sold in Canada in 2008 (but not if #1 and #2 are overwhelming)
  5. Be cars. We aren’t called TruckEnvy or SUVEnvy.

Madames et Monsieurs, put your hands together for the inaugural CarEnvy COTY Awards.

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