Buying used: 2011 Volkswagen Touareg has power – and problems

When this redesign was first delivered, it received top marks. But there are lingering questions about reliability

Buying used: 2011 Volkswagen Touareg has power – and problemsAccording to Volkswagen, the 2011 Touareg got more than just a facelift. This, claimed the company, was a complete overhaul, from stem to stern. Bigger and more powerful than its predecessor while being some 195 kilograms lighter, it got a new turbo-diesel V6 engine as well, which joined a 280-horsepower V6 gas powerplant. A revised…

Three Canadian drivers bring added excitement to this year’s Honda Indy

James Hinchcliffe, Robbie Wickens and Zachary Claman De Melo are all vying to bring Toronto a Canadian winner

Three Canadian drivers bring added excitement to this year’s Honda IndyThe first time I attended the Honda Indy race in Toronto, my friend Scot Cameron, a former race car driver, told me to stand at the wall of the track at the straightaway and look directly across as a car goes past. “All you’ll see is a blur,” he said. “You’ll know it went past,…

Helping Alberta drivers maintain line of site

Caleb Cummings of Calgary PPF talks about the hazards awaiting Alberta drivers and how to protect your vehicle

Helping Alberta drivers maintain line of siteCaleb Cummings is general manager of Calgary PPF. Calgary’s Business: Why are vehicle windshields so prone to chips and cracks on Calgary and Alberta roads? Cummings: For safety reasons, Alberta roads are covered in gravel and salt during the long winters. Road salt only works in temperatures above -5C, so due to Alberta’s extreme temperatures,…

Born to be mild: Bikers gather in Port Dover, Ont.

Nearly 200,000 people are expected to descend upon Port Dover to celebrate the biker lifestyle and the machines they ride

Born to be mild: Bikers gather in Port Dover, Ont.On Friday the 13th, the Lake Erie town of Port Dover, Ont., (population 6,100) will welcome an estimated 200,000 motorcyclists and spectators to its annual celebration of two-wheeled freedom. The event is a tradition that started on Nov. 13, 1981, at the former Commercial Hotel, now known as Angelo’s, by Chris Simons and a few dozen…

Hyundai Accent sedan punches above its weight

The Accent has matured into a nicely-styled, well-built, economical and, most of all, well-equipped compact

Hyundai Accent sedan punches above its weightCast your mind back to the early to mid 1970s, when Japanese models like the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Datsun 510 were getting a toehold in the North American market. Despite contempt and resistance from the established carmakers in North America, the offshore imports hit a chord with buyers and ushered in a whole…

Loud pipes on motorcycles save lives

Loud motorcycles can be annoying, that’s understood. But they only disrupt your quietude for a second or two, and we’re talking about safety here.

Loud pipes on motorcycles save livesAs we approach high summer and peak motorcycle riding season, it’s time to ask the eternal question: Do loud pipes save lives? Depends who you talk to, of course. Some folks consider any two-wheeled transport not human-powered to be too loud, while others view sound restrictions as a direct assault on their personal freedom. According…

Three good used vehicles for towing your summer toys

Need four-wheel drive, some towing power, storage space and reliability? Look at the Toyota Sequoia, the Ford Explorer Sport Trac or the Mazda CX-9

Three good used vehicles for towing your summer toysSo you have a cottage or need to tow a small boat or trailer – or both. You’re thinking used and need something with available four-wheel drive and a goodly-sized V6 or V8 engine – four cylinder models aren’t going to cut it here. A little elbow/storage room inside the vehicle wouldn’t hurt, nor would…

Ford Fusion 2018 – get it while you can

Ford’s decision to axe its passenger cars is regrettable, but there may be some killer deals coming as dealers scramble to clear their lots

Ford Fusion 2018 – get it while you can  Ford recently announced that it will soon be getting out of the business of building traditional passenger cars. In a move that will no doubt spread to other carmakers (GM is rumoured to be contemplating a similar tactic), Ford will eliminate its conventional sedan and hatchback models starting in 2020. Eventually, the only non-truck/non-SUV…

Buying used: Hyundai Equus 2011 is loaded, with a few flaws

At first blush, the Equus appeared to be on equal footing with anything else in this upper crust of the market

Buying used: Hyundai Equus 2011 is loaded, with a few flawsAlthough it had been around in Asia for a few years, Hyundai’s flagship luxury sedan, the Equus, entered the North American market in late 2010. This was the car that would tell the world that the South Korean company could do more than just build mainstream sedans and economy cars and SUVs. It was a…

Ford F-150 Lariat is a gentleman’s pickup truck

Take an existing model produced in huge volumes, with established manufacturing protocols and proven technology, add a bunch of extras, throw on some fancy paint and wheels and charge the moon for it

Ford F-150 Lariat is a gentleman’s pickup truckBy any measure, Ford’s F-150 pickup line has been a legendary success. Introduced in 1948, it has been the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. for the last 30-odd years, the best-selling pickup truck since 1977 and the best-selling vehicle in Canada for the last several decades. As of this year, it has purportedly generated more…
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