Monthly Archives: January 2010

Toyota begins shipping new pedals in U.S.

Toyota U.S.A. has announced that its pedal supplier is starting to ship newly-designed pedals to dealers to meet the most immediate needs in the wake of a recall for possible sticking accelerator pedals.
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B.C.’s cellphone “grace period” ends

A “grace period” for British Columbia drivers caught talking on a hand-held phone or electronic device ends Monday, February 1, 2010, with drivers facing a $167 fine for talking on a cell phone, and an additional three penalty points for texting or e-mailing.
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Three models improve in IIHS safety ratings

New designs have helped the 2010 Ford Mustang convertible, Acura MDX and Toyota Tundra to improve their ratings in crash tests performed by the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
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“Female Friendly” car program comes to Canada

AskPatty.com, an online resource for women, is introducing its Certified Female Friendly program for dealerships, collision centres, quick-lube locations, service and repair centres, and tire dealers in Canada. The program provides online interactive training and marketing specifically to women.
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Cellphone bans don’t prevent crashes: IIHS

Bans on the use of hand-held cell phones while driving are not reducing the number of crashes, according to a new study by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), an affiliate of the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
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Michelin unveils electric vehicle tire prototype

Michelin has unveiled a new prototype tire designed specifically for battery-powered electric vehicles, providing automakers with benefits including increased range or the ability to reduce the battery size to optimize interior space.
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Consumer Reports suspends Toyota’s status

Consumer Reports has temporarily suspended its “recommended” status for eight Toyota models and the Pontiac Vibe until a fix for the accelerator pedal recall is available to consumers.
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Size and weight will reduce emissions: Oxford University

A new study by Oxford University in England says the best way to reduce emissions in the short term is by a “drastic downscaling of both size and weight” of conventional gasoline and diesel cars, and suggests not relying on manufacturers producing hydrogen or battery-powered vehicles in the next decade.
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UAW wins ruling against Daimler Trucks

An arbitrator has ruled that Daimler Trucks North America violated its agreement with the United Auto Workers Union (UAW) when it cut Freightliner truck production at its North Carolina facilities and shifted the work to Mexico.
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Hyundai reaches 5 per cent global share for first time

Hyundai Motor Company took a five per cent market share globally for the first time in its history in 2009, with its sales rising 11.7 per cent over 2008 through sales of more than 3.1 million vehicles.
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Test Drive: 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour AWD Navi



Contributing Editor Chris Chase is torn between his dislike of the Crosstour’s styling and the compromises it creates in rear headroom and cargo space – and his enjoyment of the “the overall feel and driving experience it offers.”

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Motoring Memories: Hudson Italia, 1954



This low, futuristic two-door Italian-inspired coupe was intended to improve Hudson’s image, but it was introduced the same year that Nash and Hudson merged into American Motors, and didn’t fit into the new company’s plans.

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Test Drive: 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour AWD – Second opinion

Honda’s latest offering, the 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour, while aimed at empty nesters and upwardly mobile young executives, may in fact have something for everyone.

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