Monthly Archives: June 2009

California granted waiver for greenhouse gas standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is granting California’s request for a waiver that would allow the state to enforce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for new motor vehicles, beginning with the current model year. Continue reading

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Index for June 30, 2009

New today on Autos: First Drive: 2010 Ford Taurus SHOWhat’s New: 2010 Toyota CorollaAuto Tech: 2010 Taurus technologyFeature: Which cars are built in Canada?

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First Drive: 2010 Ford Taurus SHO

For a big car, the Taurus SHO feels small behind the wheel, says Senior Editor, Paul Williams. “It’s nimble in corners…but it is a tall vehicle, and heavy, so don’t expect an exotic sports car experience,” he says.

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Feature: Which cars are built in Canada?

Although Canada doesn’t have what you could call a “Canadian car,” many models are built here. For some consumers, this is a consideration when making a purchase decision. To help out, we’ve compiled a list of vehicles “Made in Canada.” Continue reading

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Auto Tech: 2010 Taurus technology

The redesigned 2010 Ford Taurus includes some advanced technological features, says Technical Editor, Jim Kerr. For example, a programmable microchip in the ignition key allows parents to limit the car’s top speed when their teenage children are driving it.

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Car retirement program adds new bicycle incentive

Retire Your Ride, Canada’s national voluntary vehicle retirement program, has announced a new incentive of up to $490 off the purchase of a new, high-end commuter bicycle. Continue reading

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Aston Martin may offer Toyota-based “commuter car”

Aston Martin has announced it has developed the Cygnet, a new luxury commuter car concept based on the Toyota iQ, a subcompact model sold in Japan and Europe.
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General Motors drops out of Toyota joint venture

General Motors has dropped out of New United Motor Manufacturing Incorporated (NUMMI), its joint venture with Toyota. The NUMMI plant in California produced the Pontiac Vibe.
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Lightweight trucks will reduce fuel use: Volvo Group

Engineers with Volvo Group are using aircraft engine technology to construct trucks that weigh less but carry the same payload as conventional trucks, for significant reductions in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, and they expect to see heavy trucks so equipped within 10 years.
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Jaguar Land Rover opens first showroom in India

Jaguar Land Rover has opened its first facility in India, a flagship showroom at Ceejay House in Mumbai. Continue reading

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China sets standards for “new energy” vehicles

China has classified “new energy” vehicles into three categories and has set a target of at least 5 per cent of alternative-energy automobiles by 2011, according to a report by the Green Car Congress.
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Index for June 29, 2009

New today on Autos: First Drive: 2010 Toyota Camry and Highlander four-cylinder modelsWhat’s New: 2010 Chevrolet CamaroOpinion: Is Toyota sending out mixed messages?Steering You Right: Speeding ticket accuracyDay-by-Day Review: 2009 BMW Z4 sDrive35i

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First Drive: 2010 Toyota Camry and Highlander four-cylinder models

The 2010 Toyota Camry and 2010 Toyota Highlander offer new four-cylinder engines with the seemingly incompatible improvements of increased horsepower and better fuel economy, reports Contributing Editor, Chris Chase. A new six-speed automatic transmission gets some of the credit, he says.

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