Monthly Archives: January 2011

Buyer’s Guide: 2011 Volkswagen Routan

NEW FOR 2011: – New 3.6-litre V6 engine replaces 4.0-litre V6 – Execline trim line discontinued – Revised suspension – New steering wheel design – Standard front-row side airbags, driver’s knee airbag, “Eco” fuel optimizer button – Comfortline and Highline … Continue reading

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Preview: 2012 Buick Verano



Buick’s first compact luxury car, the Verano, is based on the Chevrolet Cruze, but will offer larger four-cylinder engines, a more luxurious interior, a quieter cabin, and more safety features, says Grant Yoxon. It goes on sale in late 2011.

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Steering You Right: Tips and myths

There is a perception that if you are “going with the flow,” you can’t be singled out for a speeding ticket. Not true, says Lawyer Jordan Charness, who examines this and other myths related to driving and speeding. Continue reading

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Toyota’s North American production up 18 per cent

Toyota’s North American assembly plants produced 18 per cent more vehicles overall in 2010 when compared to 2009, including a 43.5 per cent increase in its Canadian operations.
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Nissan’s polar bear will be on hand at Toronto show

“Aggie’s double,” a rendition of the polar bear from Nissan’s Innovation for All commercials, will be on hand to greet visitors at the company’s display at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto from February 18 to 21.
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Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger named Top Safety Picks

The redesigned 2011 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger have been named Top Safety Picks by the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), marking the first time both vehicles have achieved the highest ratings. Continue reading

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All-new Honda Odyssey earns top safety rating

The redesigned 2011 Honda Odyssey has earned the highest possible overall crash test rating with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It is one of the first two vehicles ever to earn five stars in each seating position for all three crash tests, each crash test category and the overall rating, the other being the 2011 Accord sedan. Continue reading

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GM withdraws direct loan application from U.S. government

Citing significant improvements in its business performance, General Motors has withdrawn its US$14.4 billion application for direct loans from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
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Latin American dealers buying North American vehicles

2010 was a strong year for Latin American auto dealers who buy vehicles from North American exporters, selling models that are not otherwise available in their markets. Continue reading

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First Drive: 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG



Arriving in early summer, the second generation CLS63 AMG swaps its normally-aspirated 6.2-litre V8 for a twin-turbocharged 5.5-litre V8 with more horsepower, a new stop/start feature, and a reported 32 per cent improvement in fuel economy, says editor, Greg Wilson.

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Motoring Memories: Volkswagen Scirocco, 1975-1988



The Volkswagen Scirocco (named after a hot wind off the Saharan desert) was a small, nimble, front-wheel drive, four-passenger, 2+2) coupe that established what came to be called the “Super Coupe” genre, says auto historian, Bill Vance.

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More Canadians are buckling up: Transport Canada

Canadians are buckling their seatbelts more than ever, according to a new survey by Transport Canada. Seatbelt usage across the country has risen by almost three per cent in three years, with approximately 95 per cent of Canadians buckling up overall. Continue reading

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Tesla launches battery recycling program in Europe

Electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors has launched a program to recycle its battery packs throughout Europe. The packs will be recycled by Umicore at its facility in Belgium, with the expended pack material used to produce an alloy that will be further refined into cobalt, nickel and other metals.
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