Monthly Archives: November 2006

Winter tire test: Part 1

In the first of a multi-part series on testing different brands of winter tires, Michael Clark takes delivery of a new Mazda MX-5 GT which will be fitted with a new set of winter tires every two weeks during the Manitoba winter. Why an MX-5 GT? “The base GT option tick actually removes the limited slip differential, as well as the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with traction control. Translation: set the Traction Clock to 1985, Marty.” Continue reading

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Honda and Toyota score highest in South Africa

November 30, 2006 Honda and Toyota score highest in South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa – Honda and Toyota rank highest in initial quality among consumers in South Africa, according to a report issued by J.D. Power and Associates. The two … Continue reading

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DuPont unveils new DP-1 low-global-warming refrigerant

November 30, 2006 DuPont unveils new DP-1 low-global-warming refrigerant Frankfurt, Germany – DuPont Refrigerants has unveiled the first demonstration of its next-generation, low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant, DP-1, as part of its presentation at the recent European Automotive Air … Continue reading

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Ford confirms 38,000 hourly workers have accepted buyout packages

November 30, 2006 Ford confirms 38,000 hourly workers have accepted buyout packages Dearborn, Michigan – Ford Motor Company has confirmed that about 38,000 of its UAW-represented hourly workers have accepted package offerings for voluntary separations. The buyouts are part of … Continue reading

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Transport Canada issues latest recalls

November 30, 2006 Transport Canada issues latest recalls Ottawa, Ontario – Transport Canada has issued its latest recalls, which may affect some Audi, Acura and Nissan vehicles. 2006-2007 Audi A8 Vehicles affected: 234 On certain vehicles, in cases where a … Continue reading

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AUTO21 and Magna announce child booster seat sale

November 30, 2006 AUTO21 and Magna announce child booster seat sale Windsor, Ontario – Researchers at AUTO21, a Canadian auto-related research development, and Magna have announced that their innovative, backless booster seat, Clek, is available at Canadian Tire stores or … Continue reading

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Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Volkswagen and Jeep launch BLUETEC diesel initiative

November 30, 2006 Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Volkswagen and Jeep launch BLUETEC diesel initiative Los Angeles, California – DaimlerChrysler, Audi and Volkswagen have announced that they intend to establish the BLUETEC brand name as the designation for clean, fuel-efficient passenger cars and … Continue reading

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Buyer's Guide: 2007 Audi A4

For 2007, the A4 undergoes a few trim changes that streamline the series. The 2.0T has two main option packages, the Premium and Convenience; there are new wheel designs; a trip computer is available with the Convenience package; heated rear … Continue reading

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Buyer's Guide: 2007 Audi A3

An all-new model in 2006, the A3 hatchback is basically unchanged for 2007. Available models are the 2.0T and 3.2, which joined the A3 line-up halfway through calendar year 2006. As its name suggests, the 2.0T uses a 2.0-litre turbocharged … Continue reading

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Buyer’s Guide: 2007 Audi A6/S6

The big news for the Audi A6 is the return of an S6 model, which uses the same V10 engine as the S8. On A6 sedan models, the available 4.2-litre V8 now has FSI direct-injection gasoline technology, which raises horsepower … Continue reading

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Buyer's Guide: 2007 Acura CSX

For 2007, the Acura CSX receives a new performance version, the CSX Type-S. As with all CSX models, it is exclusive to the Canadian market. All other CSX models receive MP3 capability and an auxiliary input jack on their audio … Continue reading

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Buyer’s Guide: 2007 Audi S4/RS4

As if the performance-oriented S4 wasn’t enough, Audi adds the all-new RS4 for 2007, offering sports car performance in the company’s tried-and-true sedan model. The RS4 is strictly a four-door sedan, while the S4 continues to be offered as a … Continue reading

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Buyer’s Guide: 2007 Audi A8/S8

For 2007, the Audi A8 and A8 W12 are joined by a third model, the new S8, which uses a 5.2-litre V10 also found in the all-new S6. On A8 and A8L models, the 4.2-litre engine now has FSI direct-injection … Continue reading

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