Monthly Archives: June 2011

Used Vehicle Review: Volkswagen Passat, 2006-2011

Despite a superior driving experience, there are some well-documented mechanical reliability issues with the Passat, says Chris Chase.

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Test Drive: 2012 Mazda5 GT

Still a versatile little minivan, the redesigned 2012 Mazda5 gains more power and a quieter cabin, says Greg Wilson

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Motoring Memories: Dymaxion, 1933-1934

Designed by Buckminster Fuller, the Dymaxion’s nose-up attitude and cigar-like shape resembled a stubby airplane with no wings, says Bill Vance.

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Autos.ca Summer Tune-Up – Songs for the road, Canada Day edition

On the cusp of Canada Day, I thought it a good time to celebrate a few songs by some of this country’s best-loved artists and bands. The focus is on bands that are known best here at home, and whose … Continue reading

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Win $1,000 in Shell gasoline

Canadians can relive their favourite road trip memories for a chance to win one of three prizes of $1,000 in Shell fuel.
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Nissan donates to Habitat for Humanity

Nissan delivered $5,000 in building supplies this week to a Habitat for Humanity build site in Toronto in six 2012 Nissan NVs as part of the vehicle’s Canadian preview.
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Toyota recalls hybrid SUVs

Toyota has announced a recall on some of its hybrid SUV models for a transistor that could fail in certain circumstances.
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Biodiesel mandate begins July 1

As of July 1, diesel sold in Canada will contain a minimum of two per cent renewable biodiesel through a new government mandate.
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Buick eAssist starts at $35,415

The 2012 Buick LaCrosse with eAssist, expected to deliver up to a 21 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency over the current four-cylinder model, will start at $34,415 when it goes on sale later this year.
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Saab secures new funding

Swedish Automobile, the parent company of Saab, has entered into a €25 million loan agreement with Gemini Investment Fund.
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Kia hit with $40 million verdict for seatbelts

Mobile, Alabama – Kia has been hit with a US$40 million wrongful death verdict in a U.S. court, following five years of litigation and two appeals. An Alabama jury returned the verdict against Kia Motors of America, Kia Motors Corporation … Continue reading

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Test Drive: 2011 Audi R8 4.2 R Tronic

Though he loves the R8, reviewer Peter Bleakney warns that its optional R Tronic transmission ‘is somewhat of a technological dinosaur.’

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Day-by-Day Review: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze ECO

James was pleased with the Cruze’s fuel consumption, but it didn’t impress him as much as he expected it would.

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