Monthly Archives: July 2008

Rock slide closes B.C. highway

A massive rockslide has closed a section of British Columbia’s “Sea to Sky” Highway 99 between Lions Bay and Furry Creek Bridge. The highway is the only direct route between Vancouver and Whistler, where the 2010 Winter Olympics will be held. Continue reading

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New ethanol study shows grass outperforms corn

In the largest field trial of its kind in the U.S., researchers at the University of Illinois have determined that the giant perennial grass Miscanthus x giganteus outperforms current biofuel sources, including corn and switchgrass, by a large margin.
In the largest field trial of its kind in the U.S., researchers at the University of Illinois have determined that the giant perennial grass Miscanthus x giganteus outperforms current biofuel sources, including corn and switchgrass, by a large margin. The researchers reported that using Miscanthus as a feedstock for ethanol production in the U.S. could significantly reduce the acreage dedicated to biofuels while still meeting government production goals. Continue reading

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Porsche No. 1 will be at Pebble Beach

Original black and white photograph of Porsche #1 with Prof. Ferdinand Porsche and Dr. Ferdinand \'Ferry\' Porsche. Used by permission of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. All rights reserved.
The very first Porsche, built in 1948, will be featured at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, which will run August 17 at the Pebble Beach Golf Links in California. The car went through several owners before being recovered in 1958 and returned to Porsche’s headquarters in Stuttgart, where it has remained.
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Toyota Hybrid Tour stops at Ontario centres

Toyota Canada and the Ontario Toyota Dealers Association has announced that the Toyota Hybrid Tour will be arriving at several shopping centres in Ontario this August. Continue reading

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U.S. EPA funds emerging diesel technology

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that it plans to award approximately US$3.4 million in grants to establish projects that use emerging technologies to reduce emissions from the country’s existing fleet of diesel engines. Continue reading

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NHTSA announces upgrades to five-star program

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a new plan to improve the federal government’s automobile crash tests and strengthen its five-star vehicle safety rating system, as announced by U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters. Continue reading

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Nissan donates computer equipment

Nissan Canada Inc. has donated almost $70,000 worth of computer equipment to World Computer Exchange, keeping older technology out of landfills and helping the education of youth in developing countries. Continue reading

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Inside Story: 2008 Porsche Cayman

2008 Porsche Cayman. Click image to enlarge Manufacturer’s web site Porsche Canada Review and photos by Michael Clark Photo Gallery:2008 Porsche Cayman How much Porsche does anyone really need? That’s a loaded question to ask around a throng of auto … Continue reading

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Used Vehicle Review: Buick Century, 1997-2005

The Century name has a lot of history within General Motors’ Buick division. The first car to wear the name debuted in 1936 as a full-size model and lasted two generations. The Century disappeared after 1959, and wouldn’t return to the Buick lineup until 1973, when it was resurrected as a midsize model. Continue reading

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Auto Tech: Tire shake

By Jim Kerr My truck began to shake last week. It started out as a minor tremor but quickly became more pronounced over the next couple days. Around the block it wasn’t bad. At about 45 km/h it started to … Continue reading

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Nissan offers employee buyouts at U.S. plants

Nissan North America Inc. is offering a buyout program to technicians and salaried employees at its assembly plants in Smyrna and Decherd, Tennessee. The company is reducing staff levels at the two plants, including elimination of the night shift at its truck production in Smyrna. Continue reading

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Plan for a safe long weekend: MADD Canada

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada is urging motorists to drive safe and sober this long holiday weekend, and to report any incidents of suspected impaired driving to the police by calling 911. Continue reading

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Honda plant produces 10 millionth transmission

A Honda plant in Ohio has reached a major milestone with the production of its ten millionth transmission. Honda Transmission Manufacturing of America supplies transmissions to the company’s auto engine plant in Anna, Ohio, where they are mated up and delivered to auto assembly plants in Canada, Mexico and Ohio. Continue reading

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