Monthly Archives: September 2003

Test Drive: 2003 Chrysler PT Turbo Dream Cruiser Series 2

Click image to enlarge Story and photos by Russell Purcell With the arrival of the more potent PT Turbo in 2003, Chrysler’s design department decided that it was time to unleash the Dream Cruiser Series 2. Blessed with 215 horsepower … Continue reading

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Mercedes-Benz and Giorgio Armani announce joint venture

September 30, 2003 Mercedes-Benz and Giorgio Armani announce joint venture Milan, Italy – Coinciding with the start of Milan Fashion Week, Mercedes-Benz and Giorgio Armani announced the start of a new joint cooperative venture. Their first product is a Mercedes-Benz … Continue reading

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Honda Canada plant produces 2-millionth Civic

September 30, 2003 Honda Canada plant produces 2-millionth Civic Alliston, Ontario – Honda of Canada Manufacturing produced its two-millionth Civic passenger car on Monday. The popular Civic has been the best-selling passenger car in Canada for five consecutive years. As … Continue reading

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Feature: 2003 Challenge Bibendum

The triumph of the 2003 Challenge Bibendum! More than 80 of the 108 participating vehicles rally across the Golden Gate Bridge and stage at Crissy Field. Photo: Richard Dole. Click image to enlarge By Richard Russell Sonoma, California – Colour … Continue reading

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First made-in-Canada Lexus rolls off the assembly line

Click image to enlarge Cambridge, Ontario – The first Lexus to be built outside of Japan rolled off the assembly line at Toyota’s Cambridge Ontario plant on Friday. The vehicle, a silver 2004 RX 330 emerged from behind a screen … Continue reading

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Japanese-Canadian collaboration wins top honours in Challenge Bibendum

September 29, 2003 Japanese-Canadian collaboration wins top honours in Challenge Bibendum Vancouver, B.C. – Isuzu Motors Limited and Westport Innovations Inc. announced that the ELF CNG-DI, a joint entry between Isuzu Motors and Westport, won two gold medals in the … Continue reading

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Budget Canada opens first rental kiosk at a Canadian Tire Store

September 29, 2003 Budget Canada opens first rental kiosk at a Canadian Tire Store Toronto, Ontario – Budget Canada’s first Car and Truck Rental kiosk at a Canadian Tire retail store was opened on Saturday in Pickering, Ontario. Budget has … Continue reading

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First made-in-Canada Lexus rolls off the assembly line

September 29, 2003 First made-in-Canada Lexus rolls off the assembly line by Grant Yoxon Cambridge, Ontario – The first Lexus to be built outside of Japan rolled off the assembly line at Toyota’s Cambridge Ontario plant on Friday. The vehicle, … Continue reading

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Motoring Memories: Ruxton

1930 Ruxton. Click image to enlarge Story and photo by Bill Vance Despite the fact that front-wheel drive has numerous advantages, and is now very popular, American manufacturers didn’t adopt it nearly as readily as Europeans did. American Walter Christie … Continue reading

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Test Drive: 2004 Nissan Maxima SE 4 seater

Click image to enlarge Story and photos by Greg Wilson The Nissan Maxima was, arguably, the first Japanese six cylinder luxury performance sedan sold in North America, pre-dating “near-luxury” cars like the Acura Legend by about seven years. Toyota did … Continue reading

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Organizers of 2003 Challenge Bibendum report gains on many technology fronts

September 26, 2003 Organizers of 2003 Challenge Bibendum report gains on many technology fronts Sonoma, California – The 2003 Challenge Bibendum ended on Thursday, and the organizers reported progress on a variety of technology fronts. “One thing is clear, there … Continue reading

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Honda and Toyota expand their fuel cell car program

September 26, 2003 Honda and Toyota expand their fuel cell car program San Francisco and Sonoma, California – Honda and Toyota both announced they will expand their test fleet of fuel cell cars in the U.S. American Honda announced that … Continue reading

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DaimlerChrysler to build new Grand Sports Tourer in Alabama

September 26, 2003 DaimlerChrysler to build new Grand Sports Tourer in Alabama Stuttgart, Germany – DaimlerChrysler announced that its new Grand Sports Tourer will go into production at the start of 2005 alongside the M-Class at its Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant. … Continue reading

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