Weekly Digest August 1 to 9 general news auto news
Weekly Digest August 1 to 9 general news auto news
Weekly Digest August 1 to 9 general news auto news
Navdy Aftermarket HUD, 1969 Ford Cortina GT, 1970s Movie Star Cars. Click image to enlarge

Mild to severe non-digestion with Andy Lin

Never barbecue hungry. But when else are you going to barbecue? Well, at least be aware of food safety guidelines. Especially with burgers and hot dogs. You want to make sure those are fully cooked. 30 seconds more on the grill can save you 30 gut-wrenching minutes down the line. Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything. Anyhoo… we’ve got a Weekly Digest to do.

Automotive News

This week kicked off with rumours that the other line at the GM Oshawa plant could also be shut down in 2016. Production would be moved to GM plants in the US or Germany. It was not all gloom for GM, as they teased the 2016 Chevrolet Volt which is set to debut at NAIAS next year.

The full list of candidates for the 2015 North American Car, Truck, Utility of the Year were announced, with a short list coming later this year and the winners to be announced in January. But if you want to get a taste of 2015 just a little bit earlier, the 2015 Ford F-150 has been priced in Canada, and is expected to hit dealer lots later this year.

If you rely on your phone for navigation, the Navdy aftermarket head-up display (HUD) offers a way to keep your eyes on the road. Which will be useful if you’re on one of the Quebec roads where they’re trialing variable speed limits.

Feature Articles

Speaking of driving aids, Justin Pritchard compiled a handy guide to the whiz-bang camera-based safety systems on offer in automobiles today.

If you yearn for a simpler time, when a rearview safety system was called a mirror, you might like Paul Williams’ final drive of a 1969 Ford Cortina GT. Or perhaps it was something you saw in a movie in the ’70s.

Reviews

This was a particularly green week, with two hybrids – the 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid and 2014 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid – and a diesel truck – the 2014 Ram 1500 Laramie EcoDiesel.

But If you’d prefer your fuel economy to be balanced with a bit of fun, we also had the 2015 Volkswagen Golf and the 2014 Mini Cooper. Or perhaps something even bigger? We got the 2015 Porsche Macan S and 2015 Volvo V60.

Or do you just want sedans? All the sedans? Like the 2015 Audi A3, 2015 Chevrolet Impala or 2014 Buick Verano? But wait, there’s more: the 2011–2014 Hyundai Sonata and 2010–2014 Ford Mustang (okay, not a sedan, but it has a trunk).

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2014 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid, 2014 Ram 1500 Laramie EcoDiesel, Affordable Everyday Fun Cars. Click image to enlarge

I’ve saved the best for last, but I’m guessing you’ve already read it: the Affordable Everyday Fun Cars Comparison. We pit Miata against WRX, Mini against GTI, Civic Coupe against FR-S and… the Juke? Where did that come from? Make sure you check out the galleries, there are over 150 photos in the set.

So, that’s it for another week. Hit us with any comments or suggestions, preferably in the form of a haiku or sonnet. We request that you keep long-form essay replies to a maximum of two footnotes.

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