Monthly Archives: February 2011

First Drive: 2011 Ford Explorer

Our first winter test of the new Ford Explorer revealed that Ford’s sophisticated four-wheel-drive terrain management system will “keep you out of trouble when conditions deteriorate,” says Grant Yoxon.

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Steering You Right: Emotional outbursts behind the wheel

Sometimes, people who are ordinarily cool, calm and collected, change completely when they get behind the wheel. But obscenity-laden outbursts can sometimes backfire, warns lawyer, Jordan Charness.

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Transport Canada issues latest recalls

Transport Canada has issued its latest recalls, which may affect some General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Ford, Toyota and Lexus vehicles, and some Toyo tires and Dorel child seats.
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Alternative fuels continue to gain ground

While traditional gasoline-powered vehicles still account for the vast majority of sales, alternative fuels are gaining acceptance in Canada, according to J.D. Power and Associates. Continue reading

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B.C.’s highway message boards now live

The first of British Columbia’s new state-of-the-art highway message boards have gone live, improving safety on Highway 4 with real-time road and weather conditions.
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Volvo plans new assembly plant in China

Volvo plans to invest in a new plant in Chengdu, China and is considering a second one in Daqing. Continue reading

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More fertilizer makes less ethanol

Using too much fertilizer on corn will result in less ethanol when it’s processed, according to a study by researchers at Rice University in Texas. Continue reading

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Test Drive: 2011 Buick Regal CXL

Turbo shmurbo! says Greg Wilson. “The standard Regal four-cylinder model has all the power you’ll need, with better gas mileage, and at a more reasonable price than the Turbo model.”

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Motoring Memories: Austin A30/A35, 1952-1959

The most striking feature of the Austin A30 was its diminutive size and bulbous appearance. However, it introduced two significant mechanical advances: unit construction and an all-new engine, says Bill Vance.

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Autos.ca pays for parking at Toronto Auto Show

Visitors to the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto will enjoy free parking this Saturday thanks to Autos.ca. The free parking day is to celebrate last week’s launch of the new site.
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Toyota announces recall for carpets, floor mats

Toyota Canada will recall several Toyota and Lexus models to modify carpets near the accelerator pedals, and amend a previous recall for floor mats that may interfere with operation of the accelerator pedal.
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Vancouver garbage trucks “go green”

Vancouver’s garbage trucks are “going green,” as Waste Management and Terasen Gas launch 20 new “clean air” trucks to collect commercial recycling, food waste and garbage throughout the Lower Mainland and Metro Vancouver area.
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Daimler will hire 10,000 new employees worldwide

Daimler plans to hire more than 10,000 new employees worldwide in 2011, with 4,000 of them in Germany and the rest for facilities worldwide. The company will take on approximately 1,900 apprentices and enroll more than 800 trainees and students in its training programs.
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