Monthly Archives: February 2003

Test Drive: 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander XLS

Photo: Mitsubishi, Click image to enlarge by Greg Wilson Comfortable, easy to drive compact SUV is appealing It doesn’t seem that long ago that the only compact sport-utility vehicles on the market were the venerable Jeep YJ and the way-ahead-of-its-time … Continue reading

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Dodge Ram SRT-10 concept makes Canadian debut in Edmonton

February 28, 2003 Dodge Ram SRT-10 concept makes Canadian debut in Edmonton Dodge Ram SRT-10, shown at the Detroit auto show. Click image to enlarge Edmonton, Alberta – The 500 horsepower Dodge Ram SRT-10 concept pickup made its Canadian debut … Continue reading

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DaimlerChrysler to show advanced technologies at SAE 2003 World Congress

February 28, 2003 DaimlerChrysler to show advanced technologies at SAE 2003 World Congress Warrendale, Pennsylvania – As official sponsor of the SAE 2003 World Congress, DaimlerChrysler will showcase some novel advanced technology vehicles on the exhibit floor during the four-day … Continue reading

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Import dealers association says consumers have right to choose SUVs

February 28, 2003 Import dealers association says consumers have right to choose SUVs Washington, D.C. – In response to Wednesday’s Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee report on light trucks and SUVs, the American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA), which … Continue reading

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RV manufacturers to offer OnStar

February 28, 2003 RV manufacturers to offer OnStar Detroit, Michigan – OnStar has signed a distribution agreement with RiverPark Inc. of Elkhart, Indiana to work with RV manufacturers (OEMs) in providing its safety and security services in motor homes. American … Continue reading

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VW to unveil 300 horsepower Phaeton V10 turbo diesel

February 28, 2003 VW to unveil 300 horsepower Phaeton V10 turbo diesel Click image to enlarge Wolfsburg, Germany – At the Geneva Motor Show next week, Volkswagen will introduce a Phaeton sedan with a 5 litre ten cylinder diesel engine … Continue reading

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Bank of Montreal predicts auto sales to decline by 6%

February 27, 2003 Bank of Montreal predicts auto sales to decline by 6% Toronto, Ontario – A report issued by the Bank of Montreal forecasts a 5.8% decline in the automobile production sector by the end of 2004 and a … Continue reading

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Ontario government gives auto industry $625 million

February 27, 2003 Ontario government gives auto industry $625 million Oshawa, Ontario – At a GM auto plant in Oshawa on Wednesday, Ontario Premier Ernie Eves announced his province will provide $625 million to the auto industry over the next … Continue reading

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SAE 2003 World Congress opens March 3rd in Detroit

February 27, 2003 SAE 2003 World Congress opens March 3rd in Detroit Troy, Michigan – The final touches have been put on the new programs that attendees will experience at the SAE World Congress to be held at the Cobo … Continue reading

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Swivelling headlamps now legal in Europe

February 27, 2003 Swivelling headlamps now legal in Europe Lippstadt, Germany – New regulations in Europe now permit headlamps that turn with the car. One of the first cars available with this system is the Mercedes-Benz T-model E-Class. Its ‘active … Continue reading

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SUV owners group fights criticism of SUVs

February 27, 2003 SUV owners group fights criticism of SUVs Washington, D.C. – Responding to rising attacks against sport-utility vehicles (SUVs) and their owners, Sport Utility Vehicle Owners of America (SUVOA) has announced steps that will increase its visibility and … Continue reading

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U.S. safety administrator targets SUV rollover and crash compatibility problems

February 27, 2003 U.S. safety administrator targets SUV rollover and crash compatibility problems Washington, D.C. – In a speech yesterday before the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transporation of the U.S. Senate, Jeffrey Runge, administrator of the National Highway Traffic … Continue reading

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CAA opposes proposed highway tolls

February 27, 2003 CAA opposes proposed highway tolls Ottawa, Ontario – In response to the federal government’s ‘Straight Ahead’ plan for Canada’s transportation system issued on Tuesday, the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) said it is disappointed the proposal does not … Continue reading

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