Unlawful medicine shipped in classic Bentley, $7,000 automotive rental overcharge


Plus, Dodge introduces its second special-edition ‘Final Name’ Charger

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Welcome to our roundup of the most important breaking tales on Driving.ca from this previous week. Get caught up and able to get on with the weekend, as a result of it’s laborious maintaining tempo in a digital site visitors jam.

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Smugglers stash $140M in cocaine and meth in classic Bentley

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Police in Australia at the moment are working with the RCMP to research seized unlawful medicine value tens of millions of {dollars}, all hidden in a classic car. Border patrol brokers in Sydney seen one thing odd about x-rays taken of a classic 1960 Bentley S2 being shipped from Canada to the island nation, and once they began poking round within the automotive, found 161 kg of crystal meth in luggage, together with some hidden behind the headlights, and 30 kg of cocaine wrapped in pressed bricks. 

Sydney detectives first eliminated the medicine, after which despatched the automotive on its method to its vacation spot as in the event that they hadn’t. A picture of a person in handcuffs subsequent to the partially dismantled automotive suggests officers waited on the would-be automotive mule to catch whoever had deliberate to retrieve the medicine. Police have arrested three males and one girl in reference to the crime. RCMP has but to touch upon the ordeal, so it’s not but recognized the place the automotive was shipped from in Canada.  

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European Avis subsidiary overcharges Ontario man $7,000 for automotive rental

Cars are parked at an Avis rental car office on August 8, 2017 in San Francisco, California.
Vehicles are parked at an Avis rental automotive workplace on August 8, 2017 in San Francisco, California. Picture by Justin Sullivan /Getty

Automobile rental firm Avis/Price range has been getting a number of one-star critiques currently and one Ontario man understands why. Domenic Maggi of Bolton, Ontario, booked a Fiat Tipo station wagon for his household’s journey to Europe by a promotion supplied by Maggiore, Avis Price range Group’s European arm. However when he returned the automotive early, as had been agreed upon, he was charged 1000’s of {dollars} over the promised whole — €5,500 (CAD$7,200) extra, to be precise. However it was when Maggi tried to get a refund that issues received actually annoying. 

First, he was instructed he’d have to contact the enterprise desk in Spain, and was copied on an e mail. When no one adopted up, Maggi started his marketing campaign to attempt to get the corporate’s consideration, “spamming” e mail accounts he may discover and calling repeatedly. At one level he was instructed by a consultant on the telephone that it might be taken care of, however almost two weeks after the unintentional overcharge, the cash had nonetheless not been refunded. Maggi then reached out to Driving, having seen our current protection of a French girl who skilled an identical state of affairs whereas travelling in Canada, and instructed us his story. After a Driving knowledgeable reached out to Avis Price range Group, Maggi was instructed the refund was on the best way and can be processed in seven to 10 enterprise days. 

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Will Chevrolet carry its Brazilian unibody pickup Montana to Canada?

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2023 Chevrolet Montana Picture by GM promotional video

Chevrolet could also be an American model, but it surely does enterprise everywhere in the world, even providing some merchandise that don’t exist right here in different markets. In Brazil, for instance, these on the hunt for a small pickup truck may take into account the unibody Montana. And why not? It’s compact sufficient to maneuver by a metropolis, however nonetheless affords the utility of an open-box pickup. 

Latest teaser movies and spy photographs of the new-for-2023 Montana have a few of us Northerners questioning: why is that this specific piece of tantalizing fruit forbidden to us? Certainly, the unibody truck can be instantaneous competitors for the favored Hyundai Santa Cruz and Ford Maverick. One cause — and possibly the principle cause — is, in fact, cash. As a result of, because of the complexities of worldwide politics, pickups assembled outdoors of North America are hit laborious with the tax stick every time they attempt to immigrate to our shores. Energy — or extra precisely, a scarcity thereof — could possibly be one more reason.

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Norwegian Tesla homeowners stage starvation strike, stop after 24 hours

A group of Norwegian Tesla owners reportedly on a hunger strike
A bunch of Norwegian Tesla homeowners reportedly on a starvation strike Picture by TeslaHungerStrike.com

Norwegian Tesla homeowners have a message for Elon Musk: They aren’t proud of the standard of their vehicles and need his consideration. And, oh yeah, they’re additionally hungry. Too hungry, in truth, to successfully stage a starvation strike, which is what the group of 20 homeowners was allegedly making an attempt to do once they shared their message, together with a picture of their Tesla automobiles organized to spell the phrase “assist” when seen from above. 

Their checklist of complaints embody, however is just not restricted to: poor operation in chilly climate (and heat climate); defective doorways, wipers, and lights; fast-rusting doorways; unhealthy paint jobs; poor battery life; odd creaking noises, and extra. “Norway is by far the number one Tesla nation on this planet,” says the group’s web site, referring to the nation’s declare of getting extra Tesla homeowners per capita than every other nation. “We’re the canary within the coal mine.”

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However even canaries must eat. The strike apparently ended after simply 24 hours, with 16 of the 20 members failing to even steer clear of the eating desk for that lengthy. 

Dodge introduces second special-edition “Final Name” Charger: 2023 Tremendous Bee

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2023 Dodge Charger Tremendous Bee Picture by Dodge

Dodge is making good on its promise to ship off the Charger in type with the introduction of the ‘Tremendous Bee’ efficiency package deal, a revival of a former nameplate that dates again to the late ’60s. The buzzy new Bee is a “car at residence each on the road and the strip,” says its maker, and the second Final Name particular version to be introduced. Detroit’s muscle minter will make simply 1,000 Charger Tremendous Bee fashions, with 500 completed in B5 Blue and 500 in Plum Loopy with a wide-body equipment. Specs and efficiency particulars haven’t been launched, however Dodge guarantees “low quarter-mile ETs.” 

4 extra special-edition muscle vehicles will be a part of the Tremendous Bee and Challenger Shakedown when all is alleged and completed. Keep tuned for the following drop on Sept. 7. 

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