Monthly Archives: February 2009

Index for Feb 27, 2009

New today on Autos: Test Drive: 2010 Mazda3 Sport GTWhat’s New: 2009 Pontiac SolsticeMotoring Memories: When diesels raced at IndyDay-by-Day Review: 2009 Ford F-150 SuperCrew 4×4

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Test Drive: 2010 Mazda3 Sport GT

Equipped with a bigger 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine, new six-speed manual transmission, and a re-tuned suspension, the new Mazda3 Sport GT “is even more fun to drive than the previous model,” says Editor-in-chief, Greg Wilson. But it’s not a fuel miser. Continue reading

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Motoring Memories: When diesels raced at Indy

Diesel powered cars competed in the famous Indianapolis 500 mile race four times, and did quite well, says auto historian, Bill Vance. Clessie L. Cummins, who founded the Cummins Engine Company, supplied the engines in 1931, 1934, 1950 and 1952. Continue reading

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Mazda3 Canada’s best-selling car in January

The Mazda3 and Ford F-Series pickup topped Canadian new-car passenger and light truck sales in January, according to industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers.
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“Top Picks” named by Consumer Reports

The Toyota Highlander and Chevrolet Avalanche have taken honours as new Consumer Reports’ Top Picks for midsize SUV and pickup truck, toppling the Hyundai Santa Fe and Chevrolet Silverado in the categories. The magazine has named all of its Top Picks for 2009.
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Consumer Reports names most reliable used vehicles

Consumer Reports has released the list of its most and least reliable used cars for the last ten years in its Annual Auto Issue. The vehicles range from model years 1999 to 2008, with Toyota and Honda dominating the majority of the nine categories.
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Honda builds best vehicles: Consumer Reports

Honda has earned class leader status for building the best all-around vehicles for American drivers, according to Consumer Reports. It is the third consecutive year that Honda has been so named.
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Low capacity cuts profitability: Scotia Economics

Reduced capacity by the Detroit Three will bring production levels below that needed to restore profitability, according to a report released by Scotia Economics. Continue reading

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NHTSA plans new rearview mirror standards

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has initiated rulemaking that will amend standards for rearview mirrors. Continue reading

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Honda plans bioethanol research plant

Honda Motor Company has announced that it plans to build a new research facility for bioethanol production technology from non-edible cellulosic material, such as the stems and leaves of plants. The facility will be built in Kazusa Akademia Park in Japan.
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Mercedes will offer China’s first auto leases

Mercedes-Benz Auto Finance China (MBAFC) will become the first auto finance company to offer vehicle leasing in China. Continue reading

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“Refreshed” Volvo S80 to debut in Geneva

Volvo will present a “refreshed” 2010 S80 at the Geneva Motor Show in March, featuring styling and engineering changes, and two new chassis options.
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Canadian cars featured at RM Auction

Several rare Canada-only vehicles will cross the auction block at RM’s Classic Car Auction of Toronto in April, including a 1951 Mercury Monarch and 1957 Pontiac Laurentian.
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