Monthly Archives: August 2004

Feature: What’s new in air bags

Air bags have been with us quite a long time now and they continue to proliferate – especially in upscale vehicles where safety is often a major sales point. I get lots of letters from readers who are puzzled by … Continue reading

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Test Drive: 2004 Ford Mustang Mach 1

Photo: Nadine DeLange. Click image to enlarge by John LeBlanc Given the many roles that the Mustang has played over the past 40 years, the car can rightly claim ownership to a “been there, done that” attitude. Introduced in April … Continue reading

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Motoring Memories: Kissel Gold Bug

1923 Kissel Gold Bug. Click image to enlarge Story and photo by Bill Vance There have been many colourful names over the car’s 100-plus years of history. Monikers like Apperson Jack-Rabbit, Stutz Bearcat, Jordan Playboy, Mercer Raceabout and Plymouth Road … Continue reading

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First Drive: 2005 Dodge Dakota

2005 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab. Click image to enlarge Story and photos by Paul Williams Nashville, Tennessee – With trucks, as with cars, size is returning to the marketplace. The 2005 Dodge Dakota is 94-millimetres (nearly four-inches) longer than last … Continue reading

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Mercedes-Benz SL-Class wins German design award

August 30, 2004 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class wins German design award Click image to enlarge Stuttgart, Germany – The Mercedes-Benz SL Class sports car has been awarded Germany’s top design award: the annual German Design-Prize from the German Design Council. The award … Continue reading

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McDonald’s signs on as sponsor of Champ Car World Series

August 30, 2004 McDonald’s signs on as sponsor of Champ Car World Series Montreal, Quebec – McDonald’s restaurants will be the “Official Fast Food Restaurant of Champ Car” through the 2006 season, announced the Champ Car World Series. The three-year … Continue reading

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Ford contest participants can win tickets to Canadian Open

August 30, 2004 Ford contest participants can win tickets to Canadian Open Oakville, Ontario – Ford is sponsoring a contest to give all Bell Canadian Open Newsletter subscribers the chance to win one of one hundred pairs of any day … Continue reading

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Mexicans rank Toyota best in ownership satisfaction – survey

August 30, 2004 Mexicans rank Toyota best in ownership satisfaction – survey Westlake Village, California – Toyota ranks highest in satisfying vehicle owners in Mexico, despite having been in this market only since 2002, according to the J.D. Power and … Continue reading

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Saturn to introduce new mid-size car in 2006

August 30, 2004 Saturn to introduce new mid-size car in 2006 Fairfax, Kansas – General Motors announced plans to produce a new Saturn mid-size car at its Fairfax, Kansas assembly plant where the current Chevrolet Malibu sedan and Malibu Maxx … Continue reading

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Test Drive: 2004 Mercedes-Benz E500 4Matic Wagon

Click image to enlarge Review and photos by John LeBlanc Pop quiz time. What do the Porsche Cayenne, Cadillac SRX, Range Rover and this Mercedes-Benz E500 4Matic all have in common? Besides clogging up school drop-off zones in some of … Continue reading

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Kelley Blue Book names 2005 vehicles to best hold their value

Irvine, CA – With 2005 model year vehicles arriving at dealers or soon to arrive, the editors of US-based Kelly Blue Book have made their predictions for the top ten 2005 vehicles most likely to hold their value over the … Continue reading

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Drivers most aggravated by other drivers: poll

August 27, 2004 Drivers most aggravated by other drivers: poll Tallahasee, FL – According to a recent poll, American drivers are becoming more aggravated every year and the source of this aggravation is not just bad roads, traffic delays and … Continue reading

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Kelley Blue Book names 2005 vehicles to best hold their value

August 27, 2004 Kelley Blue Book names 2005 vehicles to best hold their value Irvine, CA – With 2005 model year vehicles arriving at dealers or soon to arrive, the editors of US-based Kelly Blue Book have made their predictions … Continue reading

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