Monthly Archives: June 2008

Test Drive: 2008 Saturn Vue Green Line Hybrid

2008 Saturn Vue Green Line. Click image to enlarge Competitors Buyer’s Guide: 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid Manufacturer’s web site General Motors of Canada Review and photos by Chris Chase Discuss this story in the forum at CarTalkCanada Find this vehicle … Continue reading

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Motoring Memories: Brooks Steamer, 1924 – 1926

1925 Brooks Steamer. Click image to enlarge Story and photo by Bill Vance By the 1920s the era of the steam-powered automobile, which was never very popular at the best of times, was drawing to a close. The White firm … Continue reading

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Test Drive: 2008 Ford Focus SES sedan w/ five-speed manual

2008 Ford Focus SES; photo by Michael Clark. Click image to enlarge Competitors Buyer’s Guide: 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt Buyer’s Guide: 2008 Honda Civic Buyer’s Guide: 2008 Hyundai Elantra Buyer’s Guide: 2008 Kia Spectra Buyer’s Guide: 2008 Mazda3 Manufacturer’s web site … Continue reading

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Canada harmonizes bumper standard

The federal government has passed a new regulation that harmonizes the Canadian car test speed requirements for bumpers on passenger cars with those already established in North American and European markets. Continue reading

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Gas taxes fund Ontario town’s bus system

Bus service in the town of Parry Sound, in northern Ontario, will receive $33,150 in provincial gas tax funds to expand its bus service for residents with disabilities. The town began offering bus service in the summer of 2007, becoming one of 110 municipalities to receive gas tax funding for public transit. Continue reading

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Public forum planned for license enhancements

Ontario has planned a public forum in July to address privacy issues for an enhanced drivers’ license (EDL) that can be used as an alternative to a passport when entering the United States by air. Continue reading

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Canadian pipeline capacity remains tight, says NEB

The National Energy Board (NEB) has stated that while there is spare capacity on some Canadian oil pipeline systems, the overall capacity “continues to be tight”, and that additional capacity is soon needed to accommodate growing supply and provide greater market flexibility. Continue reading

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Canada Day brings new booster seat laws

On Canada Day, July 1, British Columbia and Newfoundland and Labrador will become the latest provinces to enact mandatory booster seat legislation. Continue reading

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B.C. auto insurance costs drop July 1

Customers of the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia’s (ICBC) personal optional insurance will see their rates for optional coverage go down by an average of three per cent, effective July 1, 2008. Continue reading

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Chrysler launches in-vehicle Internet connectivity

Chrysler LLC’s Mopar division has announced that it will launch Uconnect Web, an in-vehicle wireless Internet connectivity for Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge consumers in the U.S. The system will be available in August as a dealer-installed Mopar accessory. Continue reading

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Oil prices driving fuel-efficient sales in U.S.

A new Global Auto Report released by Scotia Economics has found that this year’s surge in gasoline prices, to a record US$4.00 per gallon in the United States, has set off a dramatic shift in vehicle buying patterns in that country that matches the adjustment that occurred in the oil shock of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Continue reading

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World-first ethanol plant planned for Edmonton

Edmonton will be home to the world’s first industrial-scale facility to produce biofuels from municipal solid waste, following the signing of a 25-year agreement between the City, ethanol producer GreenField Ethanol, and biofuels technology company Enerkem. Continue reading

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Fuel price concerns affect vehicle appeal

In a reversal of a steady upward trend from previous years, a new study by J.D. Power and Associates has found that overall new-vehicle “owner delight” has declined slightly in 2008, primarily due to concerns about fuel prices. Continue reading

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