Monthly Archives: September 2009

GM’s Saturn discontinued as Penske deal falls through

GM’s Saturn will be discontinued, following an announcement by the Penske Automotive Group that it will not buy the brand from General Motors. Continue reading

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Nissan offers public test drives in Toronto

Nissan Canada is offering the public a chance to test-drive its lineup of cars and trucks on a closed course at Ontario Place in Toronto from Thursday, October 1 to Sunday, October 4. Continue reading

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Vancouver’s “bait car” program marks seven years

A “bait car” program in Vancouver has significantly stalled auto crime over the past seven years, according to the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC).
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More drivers using hand-held devices: NHTSA

More drivers in the U.S. are using hand-held devices while driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which reported its findings at the Distracted Driving Summit in Washington, D.C.
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Honda to display hybrid concept at Tokyo show


Honda will reveal the latest version of its CR-Z sport hybrid concept at the Tokyo Motor Show in October. The CR-Z Concept 2009 is the most recent prototype of a production version that will go on sale in the U.K. in 2010.
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Test Drive: 2009 Buick Enclave CX FWD

The Enclave marks a turning point for Buick, says Assistant Editor Jil McIntosh, with good performance and an interior that stands up to the competition; for 2009, there’s new direct injection that makes the V6 even more powerful than before.

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Index for September 30, 2009

New today on Autos: Test Drive: 2009 Buick Enclave CX FWDWhat’s New: 2010 Mercedes-Benz S-ClassAuto Tech: Voice activationDay-by-Day Review: 2009 smart fortwo

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Auto Tech: Voice activation

Mercedes-Benz latest generation LINGUATRONIC voice-activated system, which can operate the audio system, phone, and navigation system, can understand whole-word voice commands in eleven different languages, reports Technical Editor, Jim Kerr.

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Toyota warns of potential floor mat hazard

Toyota Motor Sales USA is warning owners of various Toyota and Lexus models of the potential for an unsecured or incompatible driver’s floor mat to jam the accelerator pedal in the full open position.
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Transport Canada issues latest recalls

Transport Canada has issued its latest recalls, which may affect some Toyota, Pontiac, Volvo, Mitsubishi and Nissan vehicles.
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Get ready for fall and winter: CAA

It’s time to give your car its seasonal checkup as temperatures start to dip and roads gets slicker, according to CAA South Central Ontario, which is offering free car care seminars at various Ontario locations.
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Automakers will share repair information with shops

A new voluntary national agreement between automakers and independent repair shops will make information, tooling and training available to facilities other than authorized manufacturers’ dealerships. Continue reading

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Toyota develops self-restoring paint

Toyota has developed a self-restoring clear-coat paint that it will use on the upcoming, redesigned Lexus LS. Continue reading

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