Monthly Archives: November 2008

All four Subaru vehicles rate “Top Safety Pick”

Subaru Canada has announced that all four Subaru vehicles have been rated as “Top Safety Picks” by the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Continue reading

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New Porsche Museum opens January 31, 2009

The new Porsche Museum, which opens next month
Final preparations are being made for the new Porsche Museum’s opening on Saturday, January 31, 2009. Located in the Stuttgart suburb of Zuffenhausen, the museum’s approximately 80 exhibits are already in place. Continue reading

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21-year old drinking age saves lives: NHTSA

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said that a report shows that minimum 21-year-old drinking age laws prevented an estimated 4,441 drunken driving deaths in the last five years alone. Continue reading

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European automakers strengthen research collaboration

European automotive manufacturers have focused and strengthened their joint R&D activities and are seeking to closely collaborate with other major stakeholders to meet the increasing demand for transportation in combination with a sustainable energy supply, according to a report. Continue reading

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Europe moves closer to new fuel quality law

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership in the U.K. has reported that Europe is moving closer to finalizing a new fuel quality law that will require fuel suppliers to cut full lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions from road fuels by six per cent between 2010 and 2020. Continue reading

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Consumers want action on carbon concessions: HSBC

Global research results released by the HSBC Climate Partnership has revealed that consumers want governments to “stop haggling on carbon concessions” and act on them. Continue reading

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Mercedes transmission plant wins efficiency award

The automatic transmission production line in Mercedes-Benz’s Hedelfingen plant in Untertürkheim, Germany has been given the Lean Production Award by Agamus Consult and the trade magazine Automobil Produktion for its productivity and efficiency. Continue reading

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Volvo launches E85 models in Thailand

Volvo Car Thailand has presented the country’s first and only locally-produced flexible fuel car, the Volvo S80 2.5FT, capable of running on E85 fuel. Continue reading

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Test Drive: 2009 Lexus IS F

The IS F is the brawny yet beautiful lovechild of a union forged on the Fuji Speedway between speed freaks and luxury coachbuilders, says contributor Andrew McCredie. The only change for 2009 is a new Smart Key card.

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Redesigned 2009 Mini Convertible coming Spring, 2009

2009 Mini Cooper convertible
Following the redesigned Mini Cooper and Cooper S hatchback and Clubman models, a redesigned Mini Convertible will go on sale in the Spring of 2009, announced BMW Canada. The body of the 2009 Mini Convertible is all-new, integrated with a reinforced floorpan, A-pillars and side-sills. Passenger cell stiffness has increased some 10% over its predecessor, and it is also lighter by 10 kg. Continue reading

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Auto Tech: Winter tires for trucks

By Jim Kerr Winter is making its first appearances across the country and more drivers than ever before are switching to winter tires – but many drivers with 4X4 trucks and SUV’s don’t think they need winter tires. After all, … Continue reading

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Motoring Memories: 1949 Mercury

Unlike the squared up, horizontal lines of the new 1949 Ford, the 1949 Mercurys and Lincolns were softer and less angular. But the Mercury actually looked more attractive than the Lincoln, says auto historian, Bill Vance. Continue reading

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Test Drive: 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt LS XFE

“XFE” stands for “extra fuel efficiency” – but Contributing Editor Chris Chase wonders if the new Cobalt XFE’s compromises in performance and convenience are worth its minimal gains in fuel economy. Continue reading

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