My enduring love affair with a 1976 Triumph TR6

How I found myself scrabbling around on a cold garage floor trying to breathe life back into a car that should have gone to the knackers years ago

My enduring love affair with a 1976 Triumph TR6A few years back, after at least 25 years of driving various Morgans, I sold my 1955 Plus-4 Special and bought a 1976 Triumph TR6. Some might counter that I jumped from the frying pan into the fire by acquiring a Triumph, but after some 10 years of ownership, I’m still a happy camper. The…

Going green, one vehicle at a time

The fuel economy of today’s car is miles ahead of what it used to be but manufacturers aren't done yet

Going green, one vehicle at a timeArguably the biggest challenge facing automakers has to do with the environment: How to make their products more fuel efficient and cleaner running, while consuming fewer natural resources and leaving a smaller carbon footprint. Air conditioned seats, illuminated cup-holders, and cars that park themselves are fine and dandy, but people (and governments) want automobiles that…

Jetta GLI is a subdued masterpiece

In the economy market, this model has always been a cut above the rest

Jetta GLI is a subdued masterpieceCar buyers have plenty to choose from in the economy market segment. Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Hyundai, etc., all have tons of models available and, by and large, they’re pretty good. But one model has always been a cut above the rest when it comes to getting maximum bang for the buck – at least, as…

Modern car features add up to a safer ride

Today’s automobiles are full of safety features and more improvements are added every model year

Modern car features add up to a safer rideIn a dramatic video that made the rounds on the Internet a few years ago, a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is crashed into a 1959 Chev Bel Air in a front offset collision staged by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Despite the prevailing wisdom that older automobiles, with their heavier construction and greater use…

Electric vehicles will reshape the economy: report

Rapid adoption could cause an 11% spike in Canadian electricity demand, requiring utilities to make significant infrastructure investments

Electric vehicles will reshape the economy: reportA new report the presence of an estimated 13.2 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030 will change Canadian energy demands. The EY Canadian electric vehicle transition – the difference between evolution and revolution report was released on Monday. It says Canadian sales of electric vehicles grew 165 per cent year over year in…

Winter tires are essential when the snow falls

Better traction, more contact with the road and even studs – winter tires give you superior control and quicker braking

Winter tires are essential when the snow fallsI hate to say it, but winter is just around the corner. In fact, in many places in Canada it’s already snowing, with sub-zero temperatures all over the place. Better get ready for coldness and the best place to start is where the rubber meets the road. Let’s start with the obvious: Get winter tires…

Fuel-cell vehicles poised to take drivers beyond batteries

Combining the best of both internal combustion engine (ICE) and battery electric (BEV) technology

Fuel-cell vehicles poised to take drivers beyond batteriesJust when you think you’ve settled on the perfect mate for your daily commute, a new love interest shows up. Canadians have slowly started to accept that electric vehicles (EV) will replace good old fashioned gasoline-powered cars as their daily driver. But industry leaders say EVs could eventually be eclipsed by a more convenient technology:…

Vehicle sales appear to have finally reached bottom

But year-to-date sales are still down 3.8 per cent through the first nine months of this year

Vehicle sales appear to have finally reached bottomAfter a definitive downward trend through the first half of 2019, vehicle sales appear to have reached a bottom in Canada, turning modestly higher in the third quarter, according to a report released on Wednesday by TD Economics.  But the bank, in its Canadian Auto Outlook update, said year-to-date sales are still down 3.8 per…

A day when the streets come alive – with little help from cars

Curbside pickup day in my community is a combination of Mardi Gras and Canadian Pickers

A day when the streets come alive – with little help from carsOne of the biggest criticisms about the automobile is that it can isolate people. We drive around in our own cocoon and the rest of the world is reduced to a series of images floating by the window. This, say those who study these things, tends to make people feel disassociated from one another and…

Hyundai Kona Electric puts old fears to rest

This all-electric car offers range, jump, comfort and practicality – but it’s not cheap

Hyundai Kona Electric puts old fears to restThe first thing that occurred to me when I picked up the all-electric 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric were the two words: range anxiety. It’s the paranoia of driving more than a block or two for fear of running out of battery power and being stranded. Part of the reason for this is that most electric…

After a flicker of buyer’s remorse, these drivers embrace their EV

A buyer makes the leap into an all-electric vehicle world and discovers that the obstacles are relatively easy to overcome

After a flicker of buyer’s remorse, these drivers embrace their EVThe EcoRun test of the Bolt that never happened PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Each year, automotive journalists from across Canada assemble to road test the latest in ultra-efficient vehicles on the market. This year’s Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) EcoRun was held in Alberta and one of the featured vehicles was the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt EV.…

Toyota RAV4 is still worth raving about

Toyota has mastered the art of building appealing, mainstream automobiles and the 2019 RAV4 carries on that tradition

Toyota RAV4 is still worth raving aboutFirst, let’s talk about the paint job on my test RAV4. Toyota is calling it Blue Flame With Ice Edge. I call it taxi cab meets corporate fleet vehicle and it’s, well, distinctive. Taste is personal, of course, but of the infinite number of paint choices the company could have picked, why this particular eyesore?…

The best oil-change options for vintage car owners

What you need to know about zinc dialkyldithiophosphate, or ZDDP, in engine oil and why it matters – or doesn't, depending on your car

The best oil-change options for vintage car ownersOil. When it comes time for a change, most of us just wheel into the nearest lube joint or dealership and get it done by someone else. The do-it-yourselfer who breaks out the tool kit, jacks up the front end, rolls up their sleeves and changes their own oil is becoming something of an endangered…

Toyota Corolla remains rock-solid for 2020

In virtually all respects, this is an extremely well-equipped and dependable automobile – as it is year after year

Toyota Corolla remains rock-solid for 2020What makes a car good? Why do some models succeed beyond their manufacturers’ wildest expectations while others are stillborn? Price point? Absolutely – people want to get their money’s worth and a well-priced automobile with good value for the buck has already got a leg up on the competition. What about styling? Not so much.…

Are electric cars really a solution to the climate crisis?

There are serious social, economic and environmental costs to driving any kind of vehicle. We must consider the implications of every choice

Are electric cars really a solution to the climate crisis?American actress Alexandra Paul summarized the sentiment of much of the world when she said, “The cars we drive say a lot about us.” The climate crisis also says a lot about us as a society and one of greatest culprits related to that crisis is the automobile. As a result, many people are choosing…
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