Monthly Archives: May 2008

First Drive: 2007 Lincoln Mkz

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Somewhere in Tennessee – It wasn’t that long ago that the definition of a luxury vehicle was simple and straightforward: leather guts, power doo-hickeys, and swoopy dashboard script were all that was required to eclipse the Joneses in middle-suburbia. Throw in whitewalls, wire wheel covers, and a Landau roof, and some neighbours may have thought you were hobnobbing with heads of state. For vehicles of North American origin, that meant Cadillacs, high-end Chryslers, and Lincolns. And it usually meant Grampa was visiting. Continue reading

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Test Drive: 2008 Smart Fortwo Cabriolet Passion

2008 Smart Fortwo Passion Cabriolet. Click image to enlarge Related articles on Autos First Drives 2008 Smart Fortwo, by Greg Wilson Test Drives 2008 Smart Fortwo by Norm Mort Manufacturer’s web site Smart Canada Review and photos by Greg Wilson … Continue reading

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Motoring Memories: GMC Motorhome, 1973-1978

1973 GMC Motorhome. Click image to enlarge Story and photo by Bill Vance In the early 1970s, General Motors decided to enter the motorhome business. At the time, it would be the only automobile manufacturer to produce a complete recreational … Continue reading

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Honda announces pricing for 2009 Pilot

2009 Honda Pilot
Honda has announced pricing for the all-new, completely redesigned 2009 Pilot, which will start at $39,820. The MSRP is unchanged from the 2008 model. The Pilot is available in two- or four-wheel drive, and uses a more powerful 250-horsepower 3.5-litre V6 engine, along with such standard features as hill start assist, 17-inch wheels, a new Advanced Compatibility Enhanced body structure for crash protection, and flip-up tailgate. Continue reading

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Toyota Canada donates $20,000 to earthquake relief

Toyota Canada Inc. has presented a cheque for $20,000 to the China Sichuan Earthquake Relief Fund, adding local support to a global contribution. Continue reading

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Part of Toronto’s elevated highway may come down

The board of directors of Waterfront Toronto will formally consider the partial removal of the Gardiner Expressway at its June 12 meeting. The expressway is a major elevated thoroughfare at the south end of the city, running parallel with Lake Ontario. Continue reading

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19,000 GM workers choose buyouts

More than 19,000 hourly workers at General Motors facilities in the U.S. have chosen to take advantage of an attrition program, the company reported yesterday. Most of the employees will leave the company no later than July 1, 2008. Continue reading

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Cadillac, Mercedes, Toyota top AutoPacific awards

The winners of AutoPacific’s annual Vehicle Satisfaction Award were named yesterday, with Cadillac taking the top brand, Mercedes-Benz S-Class the top car, and Toyota Sequoia the top truck awards. Continue reading

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CAW wins B.C. training award

An apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship trades program created by the Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) Local 2200 and the Coast Mountain Bus Company in Metro Vancouver has won an innovation award from the B.C. Industry Training Authority (ITA). Continue reading

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Honda to sell new compact minivan in Japan

2009 Honda Freed
Honda has announced it will begin sales of a new compact minivan, the Freed, in Japan tomorrow. It will also offer the van in special mobility versions, including one with lift-up seats, and a wheelchair-accessible model that will go on sale at the end of June. Continue reading

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Inside Story: 2008 Ford Taurus X Limited

2008 Ford Taurus X Limited. Click image to enlarge Manufacturer’s web site Ford Motor Company of Canada Review and photos by Michael Clark Photo Gallery:2008 Ford Taurus Does Ford finally have a better idea? That cryptic Blue Oval advertising reference … Continue reading

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Used Vehicle Review: Pontiac Aztek, 2001-2005

Browse car-related Internet forums for mentions of the Pontiac Aztek, and it won’t be long before you come across the commonly-used uncomplimentary name given to this first crossover to wear the Pontiac badge. Continue reading

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Test Drive: 2008 Subaru Impreza Hatchback 2.5i Sport

2008 Subaru Impreza Hatchback 2.5i Sport . Click image to enlarge Related articles on Autos First Drives 2008 Subaru Impreza, by Paul Williams 2008 Subaru WRX STi, by Jil McIntosh Test Drives 2008 Subaru WRX hatchback, by Chris Chase 2008 … Continue reading

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