Monthly Archives: March 2004

Auto Tech: Rear wheel drive is back!

by Jim Kerr Good ideas never die. Chrysler is building rear wheel drive cars in volume again. True, rear wheel drive has always been around in trucks and high performance cars, but most car models have been redesigned with front … Continue reading

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Test Drive: 2004 Kia Magentis

Photo: Jil McIntosh. Click image to enlarge By Jil McIntosh Established in the United States in 1994, Kia “Korea’s oldest car manufacturer, founded in 1944” first opened its Canadian dealerships in 1999. Their low prices, long warranty and a successful … Continue reading

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Toyota Prius wins the 2004 ADAC EcoTest

March 31, 2004 Toyota Prius wins the 2004 ADAC EcoTest In its second annual EcoTest, ADAC (the German automobile club, also the biggest in Europe), found the Toyota Prius to be the best overall performer. The Prius scored 89 points … Continue reading

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Rolls-Royce opens dealership in Moscow

March 31, 2004 Rolls-Royce opens dealership in Moscow Moscow, Russia – Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is announced the opening of a dealership situated at number 1 Red Square, Moscow. Housed within a converted museum, the premises sit next door to the … Continue reading

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Test Drive: 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.5 GLS

Photo: Hyundai. U.S. model shown. Click image to enlarge by Grant Yoxon For 2004, Hyundai has added a new, more powerful engine option to the Santa Fe that will appeal to buyers who want more “sport” in their sport utility … Continue reading

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Mazda to invest U.S.$126 million in new digital technology

March 30, 2004 Mazda to invest U.S.$126 million in new digital technology Mazda Motor Corporation announced that, beginning in April 2004, it would expand the engineering areas aided by digital technology in an effort to reduce the need to build … Continue reading

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Goodyear to use new synthetic rubber

March 30, 2004 Goodyear to use new synthetic rubber Akron, Ohio – The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is preparing to use new synthetic rubber products that could help the company reduce its natural rubber dependency by as much as … Continue reading

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Nissan Canada announces incentive program for college grads

March 30, 2004 Nissan Canada announces incentive program for college grads Mississauga, Ontario – Nissan Canada Inc. has introduced an enhanced Nissan Grad Program that offers recent university and college graduates a $350 rebate, reduced lease rates and free oil … Continue reading

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Motoring Memories: General Motors X-Cars

1981 Chevrolet Citation. Click image to enlarge Story and photo by Bill Vance The General Motors compact cars of the 1980s, called X-cars, the Chevrolet Citation, Pontiac Phoenix, Oldsmobile Omega and Buick Skylark, were the corporation’s all-new front-wheel drive models … Continue reading

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First Drive: 2005 Volvo S40 and V50

Click image to enlarge Story and photos by Paul Williams Estapona, Spain – Judging from recent introductions by several automakers, you could say that the sport wagon is making a comeback. But in Volvo’s case, it never really went away. … Continue reading

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Test Drive: 2004 Toyota Prius

Click image to enlarge Review and photos by Greg Wilson When it was first introduced in Canada in 2000, the Toyota Prius gasoline/electric hybrid car was looked upon as a curiosity rather than a vehicle people would actually buy to … Continue reading

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Castrol Canada sponsors awards at Inside Track Motorsport News

March 26, 2004 Castrol Canada sponsors awards at Inside Track Motorsport News Toronto, Ontario – Inside Track Motorsport News announced that Castrol Canada has joined its Readers Choice Awards program as presenting sponsor and supporter. The program, now in its … Continue reading

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General Motors receives National Watershed Award

March 26, 2004 General Motors receives National Watershed Award Oshawa, Ontario – General Motors was honoured by The Conservation Fund with the CF Industries National Watershed Award for its involvement in the Global Rivers Environmental Education Network (GREEN) program. The … Continue reading

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