Monthly Archives: June 2001

Opinion: The Tyranny of the Trunklid

2000 Mercedes-Benz S-Class2000 Nissan Altima2000 Toyota Echo2000 Ford Focus2000 Chrysler Neon2000 Ford Taurus2001 Hyundai Accent GSi2001 Hyundai Elantra2001 Mazda Protege by Greg Wilson Former design chief of Nissan’s San Diego styling centre, Jerry Hirshberg, used to complain about the ‘tyranny … Continue reading

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First Drive: 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche

2002 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 Z66Click image to enlarge by Greg Wilson Bold styling notwithstanding, the real benefit of the new Avalanche pickup is its folding midgate – an idea whose time has come. The first thing that strikes you about … Continue reading

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Used Vehicle Review: Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, 1988-1997

Oldsmobile may be a dead division within the General Motors Corporation family now, but back in the 1970s and ’80s Olds enjoyed explosive growth while other GM divisions withered under the onslaught of Japanese imports. Continue reading

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Auto Tech: Vehicle interior maintenance

by Jim Kerr Your car’s interior takes a lot of punishment. Even if you don’t have children or pets, freezing cold, the baking sun and normal wear and tear take their toll. To keep your interior looking like new, give … Continue reading

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Auto Tech: General Motors’ Powertrains

by Jim Kerr Body designs, innovative options, and new colours get a lot of attention when manufacturers introduce new vehicles. Styling and content does sell cars, but there is another element that also contributes to the success of a vehicle. … Continue reading

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Detroit auto show: VW Microbus concept returns with a front-mounted V6

Click for larger image Though it was built in Germany, the original VW Microbus was more closely associated with California and its hippie culture. Perhaps it’s appropriate that the new VW Microbus concept was designed in Volkswagen’s Simi Valley, California … Continue reading

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First Drive: 2001 Mazda MP3

Click image to enlarge by Greg Wilson Mazda’s surprise: the limited-production 2001 Mazda MP3 sport sedan. It offers a 140 horsepower 2.0 litre 4 cylinder engine, a sport suspension tuned by well-known California tuner, Racing Beat; low-profile 17 inch tires … Continue reading

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Out of stock

by Iris Winston The old car still runs well. Therefore, you decide to keep it on the road for another year or two or three. All is well until you need a replacement part and find that it is unobtainable. … Continue reading

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First Drive: 2001 Ford Mustang Bullitt

Click image to enlarge by Greg Wilson Thirty-three years ago, actor Steve McQueen drove a 1968 Mustang GT 390 through the streets of San Francisco in hot pursuit of the bad guys in a Dodge Charger in the movie “Bullitt”. … Continue reading

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First Drive: 2002 Ford Thunderbird

Canadian Spec 2002 Ford ThunderbirdClick image to enlarge by Greg Wilson Unlike its 1955 namesake, the 2002 Thunderbird is not just a boulevard cruiser – its Lincoln LS-derived powertrain and suspension make it a capable performer too Ford Thunderbirds were … Continue reading

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First Drive: 2002 Acura RSX

2002 Acura RSXClick image to enlarge by Greg Wilson Integra-replacement has more vroom – higher price Banff, Alberta – Goodbye Integra, hello RSX. Acura’s replacement for the sporty Integra hatchback/coupe has been rebadged RSX. Completely redesigned, the 2002 RSX has … Continue reading

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Color Magic by Turtle Wax

by Paul Williams The hood on my black car is starting to look like a starry night in Northern Ontario. Dozens, maybe hundreds, of tiny chips from sand and stones, all highlighted by the various waxes that I use. The … Continue reading

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