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10 significant new motorcycles for 2017 (and one more)

<p>Spring is here in Canada, and although the roads are cold and there&rsquo;s still plenty of snow in much of the country, it doesn&rsquo;t stop us thinking about motorcycles. All the manufacturers have new bikes for 2017 &ndash; what are some of the most significant, and why?</p>
All the motorcycle manufacturers have new bikes for 2017 – here are some of the most significant among them, and the reasons why. By Mark Richardson.
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<p>Initially created to quickly gauge water temperature from the driver's seat, hood ornaments became prestigious design cues once makers decided to dress up&nbsp;the temperature gauges, and&nbsp;many companies began hiring artists to get the one to define their brand. Case in point: the helmeted archer adorning a 1929 Pierce Arrow. (Credit: Wikipedia/Valder137)</p>

The art of the hood

Created to gauge water temperature, hood ornaments became prestigious design cues, with many companies hiring artists to get the right one.

<p>It&rsquo;s three days of scavenger hunting, clue searching, and careful driving, and it&rsquo;s lots of fun. The fourth mostly-annual Mazda Adventure Rally pitted 10 teams of Canadian automotive media against each other on 1,000 kilometres of twisting roads in Ontario&rsquo;s cottage country. &nbsp;</p>
<p>By Mark Richardson</p>
Mazda Adventure Rally pitted 10 teams of Canadian auto journalists against each other to win $10,000 for their charity of choice. And we won! By Mark Richardson
<p>Criticism of the current-generation CX-5 has focused on its elevated levels of noise, vibration and harshness, so Mazda engineers spent much time and effort tackling these issues. After spending several hours behind the wheel driving on Interstate highways and curvy secondary roads in the hilly terrain southeast of San Diego, the results are obvious &ndash; the improvements to the 2017 model are significant. It&rsquo;s dramatically quieter; even more so than such premium brands as the BMW X1, Audi Q3 and Jaguar F-Pace.</p>

FIRST DRIVE: 2017 Mazda CX-5 ups the ante for compact SUVs

While it looks little different than its predecessor, the 2017 Mazda CX-5 has changed a lot. It’s all in the details – nearly 700 of them!

<p>&ldquo;Who brought the marshmallows?&rdquo; Car fires are no laughing matter, however. According to the U.S. National Fire Protection Association, there were 174,000 vehicle fires in 2015 resulting in 445 deaths &ndash; many of which could be avoided.&nbsp;</p>
<p>By Mark Toljagic</p>
Here’s what we’ve learned about the most common causes of car fires and what you can do to prevent them.
<p>Annual study ranks brands' dependability after three years.</p>
<p>By Mark Toljagic</p>

10 car brands you can (usually) count on for dependability

J.D. Power’s annual Vehicle Dependability Study ranks 31 automotive brands according to problems reported by owners of three-year-old vehicles.

<p>Mazda&rsquo;s new &lsquo;flip-top&rsquo; MX-5 RF brings a whole new dimension to the brand&rsquo;s iconic sports car.</p>
<p>By Clare Dear</p>
The MX-5 RF is not so much a roadster with a hard top; it’s more like an enclosed two-seater sports coupe with a retractable roof.
<p>2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid</p>
‘Family Vacation’ test of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan

From Toronto to Amelia Island and back in Chrysler’s elite new hybrid minivan

<p>2017 Porsche Macan</p>
Can Porsche’s compact Macan CUV really cost $110,000?

In 2017 Macan Turbo form with an optional Performance Package, yes it can!

<p>2017 Ford F-150</p>
Do 10 speeds and two turbos add up in 2017 Ford F-150?

New powertrain combination poses interesting decision for F-150 buyers