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Welcome to our roundup of the biggest breaking stories on Driving.ca from the past week. Get caught up and ready to continue the weekend, as it’s hard to keep up in a digital traffic jam.

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Here’s what you missed while you were away.

The 2023 Nissan Z is an instant classic

2023 Nissan Z
2023 Nissan Z Photo by Brendan McAleer

There are new cars and then there are New cars. With a 400 horsepower twin-turbo V6 mated to a standard transmission; the 2023 Nissan Z is definitely the first, or maybe the second, depending on which is the instant classic. In his review of First Drive, ConductBrendan McAleer likens its Datsun-esque styling to a “modernized 240Z” and its ride to a “reborn twin-turbo 300ZX,” while providing great metaphors for samurai and lightsabers. Nice! Pricing for the 2023 Nissan Z starts at $46,498.

Vancouver street parking dispute goes viral on TikTok

A screenshot of a Vancouver street parking argument that went viral on TikTok
A screenshot of a Vancouver street parking argument that went viral on TikTok Photo by @JadeRonni /ICT Tac

We all know that person in the neighborhood who seems to think they own the public parking spot in front of their house and gets upset every time someone pulls up there. A Vancouver resident who apparently struggled with this drama in her neighborhood decided enough was enough and recently pulled out her phone when her neighbor got up and blocked her car from entering a parking spot available. The woman called the police and filmed the man and woman arguing with the officer. The result was millions of views on TikTok and a slight delay in parking for @jaderonni, plus a bunch of negative business reviews from the angry neighbor, and a boring chat for a VPD member.

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The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq starts at just under $70,000

Cadillac Lyriq 2023
Cadillac Lyriq 2023 Picture of Cadillac

Cadillac is officially take control of the 2023 Lyriq AWD and RWD SUV. The RWD Lyriq with a 340-hp hybrid engine will open at $69,898 (plus destination) and have a range of 502 miles on a full charge — if GM’s estimates are accurate. The 500-hp AWD model will cost an additional US$2,000 — we’re still awaiting official Canadian pricing — and will offer 3,500 lbs. of towing capacity, but range hasn’t been announced. Two new exterior paint colors, Opulent Blue Metallic and Crystal White Tricoat, have also been added to the options for the 2023 model year.

China Market CR-V Reveals What’s Coming

Honda CR-V 2023 for the Chinese market
Honda CR-V 2023 for the Chinese market Photo by Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) via Carscoops

The leaked images of a few new CR-V models headed for the Chinese market give a pretty likely sample of what’s on the way to North America. Shared by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the images show a two- and three-row SUV with new styling like narrower LEDs and dual tailpipes on the Turbo variant. The leak also included numbers, including metrics, and that both models will use a 1.5L turbo gasoline engine producing 190 horsepower and pushing the vehicle to a top speed of 188 km/h.

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Mercedes-Benz just privately sold the most expensive car ever

The photo shows one of two 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupés with inventor Rudolph Uhlenhaut.
The photo shows one of two 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupés with inventor Rudolph Uhlenhaut. Photo by Mercedes-Benz

Exactly two Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR “Uhlenhaut Coupes” were made in 1955, each on a W196 chassis from a Formula 1 car. And both were kept by the marque itself…until recently, according to Hagerty, when a private buyer disbursed a record sum of US$142 million for one of the special coupes. The source of the rumors also reports that the brand sold on the condition that the buyer not resell it but keep it and even show it publicly a few times a year. The previous record for the biggest private sale was held by a Ferrari 250 GTO that sold for $70 million in 2018.

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