Monthly Archives: May 2001

First Drive: 2002 Lexus SC 430

click image to enlarge Words and photos by Grant Yoxon If I could reward myself for my financial success, the Lexus SC 430 would be the perfect present. Fast, comfortable, luxurious and – to my mind at least – strikingly … Continue reading

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Auto Tech: Honda’s VTEC engine technology

by Jim Kerr Engine performance is always a compromise. Design an engine that provides strong low end torque and high speed performance suffers. An engine designed for high speed power usually offers poor low speed performance. The design of several … Continue reading

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Auto Tech: Why 42 Volt Electrical Systems?

by Jim Kerr Right now, our cars and trucks operate mainly on a 12 volt electrical system. There are a few exceptions, such as heated windshields, high intensity discharge headlamps, and a few models with luminescent exterior marker lights, which … Continue reading

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First Drive: 2003 Honda Pilot

Click image to enlarge Article by Greg Wilson Photos by Laurance Yap Mt. Tremblant, Quebec — The mid-sized SUV category, which includes the popular Ford Explorer, Chevy Trailblazer, Dodge Durango, Toyota Highlander and 4Runner, is about to receive a formidable … Continue reading

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First Drive: 2002 Infiniti Q45

Click image to enlarge by Greg Wilson After years of playing second fiddle to the Lexus LS400 and LS430, the 2002 Infiniti Q45 strikes back with a number of ‘best-in-class’ features Remember when Infiniti and Lexus came to Canada in … Continue reading

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First Drive: Ford SVT F-150 Lightning

Click image to enlarge by Greg Wilson The fastest way to bring home a load of manure from the gardening centre First, let me say that I think the idea of a high-performance pickup is a dumb idea. If you … Continue reading

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Auto Tech: Continuously Variable Transmissions

by Jim Kerr Continuously Variable Transmissions, or CVT’s, as they are called in the trade, are used in snowmobiles, some all terrain vehicles (ATV’s), and a few automobiles. A continuously variable transmission works just like it sounds. It continuously varies … Continue reading

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First Drive: 2003 MINI Cooper and Cooper S

Click image to enlarge by Greg Wilson Tofino, British Columbia — Yes, they’re cute as hell, and they come with many happy memories courtesy of the Alec Issigonis-designed Austin Mini, but is there any substance to these new retro-styled MINI’s? … Continue reading

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