Monthly Archives: April 2004

Test Drive: 2004 Honda Civic Si Sedan

Click image to enlarge by Greg Wilson More performance, but is it enough? Small sedans have entered the horsepower wars in a big way, and the 2004 Civic Si Sedan is a rather half-hearted attempt to keep up. Now offered … Continue reading

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Goodyear Canada expands line of automotive and heavy-duty belt tensioner lines

April 30, 2004 Goodyear Canada expands line of automotive and heavy-duty belt tensioner lines Toronto, Ontario – Goodyear Canada’s Engineered Products Division announced an expansion of its Goodyear automotive and heavy-duty belt tensioner product lines for passenger cars, light trucks, … Continue reading

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Audi sponsors K.D. Lang symphony tour

April 30, 2004 Audi sponsors K.D. Lang symphony tour Auburn Hills, Michigan – Audi of America will be the presenting sponsor for K.D. Lang’s upcoming tour across the United States and Canada. “Audi presents K.D. Lang” will showcase lang paired … Continue reading

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Honda begins manufacturing Pilot SUV in Alabama

April 30, 2004 Honda begins manufacturing Pilot SUV in Alabama Lincoln, Alabama – Honda Manufacturing of Alabama has begun production of Honda’s popular Pilot sport utility vehicle and the V6 engine that powers it on the company’s new second production … Continue reading

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Six cylinder Porsche Cayenne to get 6-speed manual transmission

April 30, 2004 Six cylinder Porsche Cayenne to get 6-speed manual transmission Atlanta, Georgia – Porsche announced that its third Cayenne model, simply named Cayenne and powered by a six-cylinder engine, receives a six-speed manual gearbox in the 2005 model … Continue reading

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Toyota Prius is the cleanest car in Switzerland

April 30, 2004 Toyota Prius is the cleanest car in Switzerland Geneva, Switzerland – In Switzerland’s ATE (Association Transports et Environnement) EcoMobiListe, an annual environmental performance index, the Toyota Prius was rated number one. The final score is given according … Continue reading

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More than half of U.S. motorists killed in 2003 not wearing their seatbelts

April 30, 2004 More than half of U.S. motorists killed in 2003 not wearing their seatbelts Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that fatalities on U.S. roads increased slightly in 2003 … Continue reading

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Increase in SUV rollover deaths prompts call for improved safety regulations

April 29, 2004 Increase in SUV rollover deaths prompts call for improved safety regulations Washington, D.C. – Preliminary estimates released today by the U.S. government reveal the highest number of motor vehicle deaths since 1990 and a 10 percent increase … Continue reading

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Toyota announces pricing for 2005 Matrix

April 29, 2004 Toyota announces pricing for 2005 Matrix Toronto, Ontario – Toyota announced small price increases for the 2005 Matrix. Pricing begins at $16,925 for the Matrix Base FWD, an increase of $180. The Base 4WD has an MSRP … Continue reading

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GM to attempt 6,200-mile endurance run in fuel cell vehicle

April 29, 2004 GM to attempt 6,200-mile endurance run in fuel cell vehicle Hammerfest, Norway – Beginning May 3rd, General Motors will attempt a new world endurance record for fuel cell vehicles, crossing 14 countries and 6,200 miles (10,000 km). … Continue reading

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Lexus plant in Japan is tops in quality, again

April 29, 2004 Lexus plant in Japan is tops in quality, again Westlake Village, California – Toyota’s Tahara, Japan, car plant, which produces the Lexus GS 300/GS 430 and the Lexus LS 430, received the Platinum award for worldwide plant … Continue reading

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Hyundai makes huge gains in J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Survey

April 29, 2004 Hyundai makes huge gains in J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Survey Westlake Village, California – For the first time, Korean-branded vehicles outpaced both European- and Domestic-branded vehicles in initial quality, according to the J.D. Power and … Continue reading

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Auto Tech: Wheel bearings

by Jim Kerr Squeak, squeak, squeak. My young son came riding up on his two-wheeler. “Dad,” he said, “can you fix my bike?” Dirt, water and a ride though the sandbox had taken their toll on the bike’s wheel bearings. … Continue reading

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