Monthly Archives: August 2010

Day-by-Day Review: 2011 Toyota Avalon XLS




The Avalon is one great package, says James, with its comfortable, quiet ride and, as he discovered, very reasonable fuel consumption. This car makes day-in, day-out driving a pleasure, even if it doesn’t make the drive fun. Continue reading

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Buyer’s Guide: 2011 Audi A4/S4



For 2011, the Audi A4 receives a new eight-speed Tiptronic transmission to replace the previous six-speed. As well, the 2.0 Sedan trades its split-folding rear seatbacks for a fixed seatback, and adds a new wheel design.

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Test Drive: 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder

“A great engine trapped in a wobbly body” is how Assistant Editor Jil McIntosh describes the 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder. Don’t expect a sports car, she says, but it’s fine for top-down boulevard cruising at a reasonable price.

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Sidebar: RV towing with a 2011 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD


“With a gross weight of 6,300 pounds, it was a safe bet that our 30-foot trailer wasn’t going to be hauled across the country by the family wagon,” says Haney Louka of a recent RV trip he took with his family. That problem was solved by a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado HD pickup courtesy of General Motors Canada Continue reading

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Feature: RV having fun yet?



A summer vacation in a Chevy Silverado HD crew cab towing a 30-foot Tamarack Trail travel trailer proved to be a “a unique adventure” for Winnipeg contributor Haney Louka and his family, but not an inexpensive one, he says.

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Quebec’s Desjardins offers “green” vehicle discount

Desjardins General Insurance has launched a new Green Discount in Quebec, allowing drivers of fuel-efficient vehicles to reduce their automobile insurance premiums by ten per cent.
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Canadians confused over car insurance: RSA

While car insurance is important for protecting your car insurance and perhaps your well-being, many Canadians say they don’t understand their insurance policies, according to insurer RSA Canada.
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New Buick Regal earns Top Safety Pick award

The 2011 Buick Regal has been named a Top Safety Pick by the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). To earn the award, a vehicle must achieve the top “Good” rating in front, side and rear crash protection tests, rate “Good” for roof strength, and be equipped with electronic stability control.
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New alliance accelerates EVs in China

U.S.-based industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation has formed an alliance to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicles (EVs) in cities across China. The alliance’s first project is to design and deploy electric buses.
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More Americans paying for their cars: TransUnion

Fewer Americans were delinquent on their auto loans this year, according to credit information firm TransUnion. The number of auto loan borrowers 60 or more days past due fell 19.7 per cent between the first and second quarters of 2010, to 0.53 per cent.
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Test Drive: 2011 BMW 135i Cabriolet



For 2011, the compact 1-Series convertible is available with a new seven-speed Dual Clutch Transmission that Chris Chase says is “much better” than BMW’s six-speed Sequential Manual Transmission. It’s “a great match for BMW’s twin-turbocharged six-cylinder,” he enthuses.

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Steering You Right: Young and dumb

In many provinces, getting a driver’s licence requires a series of steps that involves graduated rules and restrictions. Those rules are there for a reason, says lawyer Jordan W. Charness, who advises young drivers to think twice about disobeying them. Continue reading

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Ontario auto insurance changes September 1

Automobile insurance coverage in Ontario will change on September 1, 2010, with some reduced benefits and extra-charge options.
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