Monthly Archives: July 2003

Movie about Paris-Dakar rally to be released in 2004

July 31, 2003 Movie about Paris-Dakar rally to be released in 2004 Toronto, Ontario – Standard 8 Releasing is currently in production of an adventure documentary, “The Last Road Trip: Paris to Dakar.” The movie will focus on several teams … Continue reading

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Last Beetle leaves assembly line in Mexico

July 31, 2003 Last Beetle leaves assembly line in Mexico Click image to enlarge Puebla, Mexico – Yesterday, the last Beetle left the production line at Volkswagen de México in Puebla. The Mexican workforce gave a festive farewell for the … Continue reading

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Toyota launches Alphard minivan hybrid in Japan

July 31, 2003 Toyota launches Alphard minivan hybrid in Japan Click image to enlarge Tokyo, Japan – Toyota has introduced a new gas-electric hybrid version of the Alphard minivan. The Alphard Hybrid features the Toyota Hybrid System-CVT (continuously variable transmission) … Continue reading

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Jaguar opens new test facility at Nurburgring, Germany

July 31, 2003 Jaguar opens new test facility at Nurburgring, Germany Nurburgring, Germany – Although Formula One deserted the Nurburgring track at the end of 1976, the Nurburgring has in recent times come to be used as a proving ground … Continue reading

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Test Drive: 2003 Audi A4 3.0 quattro

Click image to enlarge by Russell Purcell Bigger, bolder, better Audi rebounded from the sudden acceleration scare of the late 1980s (that almost pulled the plug on the sales of the marques in North America) in fine form. Although the … Continue reading

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Incentives on new vehicles reach record highs

July 30, 2003 Incentives on new vehicles reach record highs Santa Monica, California – Edmunds.com reports that the average manufacturer incentive per vehicle sold in the United States was $2,624 in June 2003, up $654 or 33.2% from June 2002 … Continue reading

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Lincoln to introduce upmarket LSE

July 30, 2003 Lincoln to introduce upmarket LSE From left, Davang Shah, Lincoln LS marketing manager, Craig Lentini, LS planning manager and Brian Gowing, president of the Lincoln LS Owners Club, proudly unveil the new 2004 LSE at Varsity Lincoln … Continue reading

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Mini Canada receives award for innovative advertising

July 30, 2003 Mini Canada receives award for innovative advertising Whitby, Ontario – Mini Canada, a division of BMW Group Canada, has been named “Top Automotive Client” in Strategy magazine’s Top Clients Report 2003. The honour, bestowed annually in five … Continue reading

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B.C or Bust, Part Two: Across Canada in a Honda Civic Hybrid

Civic Hybrid at junction of Eastern Time Zone and Central Time Zone. Click image to enlarge by Paul Williams With over 2000 kilometres under its serpentine belt, the Honda Civic Hybrid was definitely warming up to a long trip. I … Continue reading

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Federal government to make anti-theft devices mandatory

July 29, 2003 Federal government to make anti-theft devices mandatory Ottawa, Ontario – Transport Minister David Collenette today announced proposed amendments to the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations that will make anti-theft immobilization devices mandatory for all new cars, vans and … Continue reading

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First Drive: 2004 Saab 9-3 Convertible

Click image to enlarge by Richard Russell Copenhagen, Denmark – There is something about a convertible that brings a smile to your face and a positive outlook to your day. Saab is hoping the new 2004 9-3 convertible will have … Continue reading

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B.C. government retracts privatization plans for toll highway

July 28, 2003 B.C. government retracts privatization plans for toll highway Burnaby, B.C. – Significant opposition from angry citizens and a province-wide petition opposing the planned privatization of the Coquihalla toll highway, a vital link between Vancouver and the B.C. … Continue reading

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Lexus certified used vehicles attracting non-Lexus owners

July 28, 2003 Lexus certified used vehicles attracting non-Lexus owners Torrance, California – Lexus U.S.A.’s Lexus Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle program, which ranked first in customer satisfaction in a recent J.D. Power and Associates Used Vehicles Sales and Certification Study, is … Continue reading

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