Monthly Archives: September 2011

Test Drive: 2011 Honda Accord CrossTour EX-L 4WD Navi

Though its styling is controversial, the Accord CrossTour 4WD offers a great combination of car-like driveability, all-weather traction, and utility, says Greg Wilson.

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Motoring Memories: Sears Allstate, 1952-1953

The Sears Allstate, a thinly disguised Henry J compact car, was sold and serviced through Sears stores, reports Bill Vance.

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Chrysler 300 soars, Sonata Hybrid tanks in CR tests

The revamped-for-2011 Chrysler 300C has scored an “Excellent” overall road test score with Consumer Reports, moving up to the middle of ten tested upscale sedans from near the bottom of the pack.
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Ram adds box storage to more models

The Ram pickup truck now offers a longer RamBox cargo management system, available on trucks with a 1.9-metre (6-foot-4) bed length.
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GM announces industry-first centre airbag

General Motors has announced the industry’s first front centre airbag, intended to restrain drivers when they are alone in the vehicle, or cushion driver and front-seat passengers in crashes where the affected occupant is on the side opposite to the impact.
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Toyota begins four-cylinder production in Alabama

Toyota has begun production of four-cylinder engines at its facility in Alabama, which has also celebrated its ten-year anniversary.
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European automakers on road to recovery

Vehicle production in Europe is on a slow recovery path from the very low levels of 2009. Continue reading

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Used Vehicle Review: Kia Rondo, 2007-2011

“The Rondo appears to be proving itself a reliable little do-it-all vehicle, earning an above-average rating from Consumer Reports,” says Chris Chase.

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Test Drive: 2011 Dodge Charger R/T AWD

The Dodge Charger is vastly improved over 2010, says Jil McIntosh; now it handles almost like a sports sedan.

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Montreal, Toronto among world’s best for parking

inding a parking spot in most of the world’s major cities is difficult, with drivers giving up in their search or arguing with other drivers over spaces, according to a new survey by IBM.
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Distracted drivers are common, students find

A survey by students in three Canadian cities yesterday found that many people are distracted by their driving. The students, participating in Allstate Insurance’s Action Against Distraction initiative, counted drivers in Moncton, Montreal and Toronto.
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SUVs, pickups less of a danger to others

Modern SUVs and pickup trucks pose far less risk to people in cars and minivans than those of previous generations, primarily due to improved design of all vehicles, according to a new report by the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
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Montreal bridge paving will affect traffic

Paving on Montreal’s Champlain Bridge and Highway 15 this weekend will result in slowdowns for motorists.
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