Monthly Archives: October 2001

First Drive: 2002 Saab 9-5

Saab 9-5 AeroClick image to enlarge by Kelly Taylor Atlanta, Georgia – If there’s one thing Saab has never lacked, it’s personality. From its unique exterior stylings (essentially a reverse of Lee Iacocca’s cab-forward) to the between-the-seats ignition location, Saab … Continue reading

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Canadian Car of the Year candidates – Part 1 Family Cars

Well, here we go with the first week of our examination of the candidates for the 2002 AJAC Canadian Car and Truck of the Year crowns. The Family Sedan categories, both under and over $25,000, are first up to the … Continue reading

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Preview: 2002 Canadian Car and Truck of the Year contest

Compact SUV contenders after testing at Canadian Car of the Year ‘Test Fest’, Shannonville Motor Sport Park It’s Car of the Year time again! Automotive writers from all over Canada gathered for the annual “Testfest” at Shannonville Motor Sport Park … Continue reading

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Preview: 2002 Saturn Vue

Four cylinder model incorporates “almost-conventional feeling” continuously variable transmission Greenville, South Carolina – Saturn’s latest effort – the sorta-SUV VUE – is remarkable not for what it is but for what’s in it. Driven by design objectives, the VUE incorporates … Continue reading

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Auto Tech: Ford’s “PowerSmart” hybrid transaxle

by Jim Kerr Ford Escape HEV featuring PowerSmart transmission jointly devleoped by Ford Motor Company and Aisin AW   –   Click image to enlarge The search continues for new technologies that offer better fuel economy, lower emissions, and economical … Continue reading

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Keeping young drivers safe on the road

By Grant Yoxon I Promise Program combines agreement between parents and teen and a 1-800 number to report bad (and good) driving When children learn to drive and head off in the family car, parents sit at home and worry. … Continue reading

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Auto Tech: Improving the Technicians

By Jim Kerr Competition improves the product. This is an axiom that automobile manufacturers have used time and time again to advance their participation in racing. Usually the race is against other manufacturers, but sometimes the competition is an internal … Continue reading

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Auto Facts gets the facts on used autos

By Grant Yoxon You’ve heard the saying: “Buy a used car, you buy some one else’s problem.” It’s not always true. In fact there are plenty of good used cars available. And a good used car, purchased at the right … Continue reading

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Used Vehicle Review: Volvo 850, 1993-1997

1994 Volvo 850 Sedan By Bob McHugh Volvo has built a great reputation for super-safe sedans and roomy, strong bodied family wagons with durable drivetrains. On the other hand, words like “unexciting” or “dull” used to come up when talking … Continue reading

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Auto Tech: Surviving the Crash

by Jim Kerr Nobody wants to be part of an automobile accident, but it is a fact of our environment: accidents occur. Some are small fender benders – usually nothing more than a little paint, metal, and somebody’s pride are … Continue reading

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Be cool with your cooling system

by Bob Belding Your vehicle’s cooling system is very important and needs regular maintenance to operate properly. Unfortunately, it is often overlooked. The cooling system has many different jobs to do; it keeps you warm inside your vehicle in winter … Continue reading

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Auto Tech: Auto Maker’s Choice Gasoline: From the well to the pump

by Jim Kerr Filling the tank with gasoline has become a routine (and costly) occurrence for drivers. While pumping the gas, we give little thought about how the gasoline got to the pump, or how it was manufactured. I recently … Continue reading

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Auto Tech: Low emission vehicles

by Jim Kerr Is there an LEV in your future? Probably. LEV is the acronym for Low Emission Vehicle, and if you think these vehicles are all small, low powered commuters, boy are you in for a surprise! Low emission … Continue reading

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