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Jil McIntosh
Interests: horse racing, fountain pens, antique cars, automobiles, tattoo
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Canadians love compact cars these days, but we used to prefer land yachts. So how did we make the switch? Primarily, it was due to our neighbors to the south picking sides in a war. Find out more on the... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Well, not entirely, but Peugeot-Citroen is developing one that might. Called an air hybrid, it uses compressed air to assist the engine to save fuel. Find out more in my report over at Metro. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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I hate cold, snow, and winter (not necessarily in that order), so how did I spend last week? Driving the 2015 Ford F-150 through a snowstorm in Quebec. Find out more in my story over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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You've heard them in all the ads and the auto stories: terms like direct injection, EcoBoost, TFSI, or Hemi. But do you know what they mean? Check out my explanation of some of the more common ones over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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If you're going - and you should! - knowing what's going to be there will help you to plan your visit. Check out my gallery of what to see over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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I love trucks, but most of them have just become way too big. And that's why I really like the new GMC Canyon, which is the best midsize pickup truck on the market right now. Find out why in my... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Today was press day at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, the day that automakers hold press conferences to introduce their new models. It's where I shot this photo. Honda presented the new 2016 Pilot by having models posing... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's a big truck that doesn't drive like one, and with considerable luxury to boot. Find out more in my review over at Metro. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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There will be more than 40 vehicles making their Canadian debuts at the Toronto Auto Show, which opens to the public on Friday February 13. Slip over to the Toronto Star and check out my coverage of some of the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Last fall, along with almost 80 of my auto-writer colleagues, I drove and voted on the entrants for the AJAC Canadian Car of the Year and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards. The finalists have been named and the two... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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I'm likin' smaller trucks, and for my money, the best ones right now are GM's twins, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. Find out more in my story over at the Toronto Star. Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Yes, it's expensive, and yes, the rear seats are mainly there for show. But when you're behind the wheel, all is forgiven. Find out more in my review over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Car seats haven't really changed that radically over the years, but there's a new idea waiting in the wings. Auto supplier Johnson Controls has come up with a modular "Loft Seat" concept that could change the way cars are built... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Not many auto plants are open to the public anymore, but if you're in Dearborn, you can watch the Ford F-150 being built. Find out more in my quick One Cool Thing travel piece over at the Toronto Star. Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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An all-new model for 2015, the Acura TLX is a good driver - I had the four-cylinder version - and it's put together very well. But I'm still not sold on it: it's not sporty enough to be a performance... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The Yaris gets a styling update for 2015, although the mechanical bits don't change. They still do the job, though, and it's a fun little thing to pilot. Read more in my review over at Metro. Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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From its ancestor in 1896 to the luxo-limo versions of today, the pickup truck has a fascinating history. Come over to Autofocus and check out my highlights (and low spots) of those days gone by. Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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There's a lot to renting a car on vacation: what to get, where to get it, and that agonizing decision over whether to take the optional insurance. Check out these tips in my story over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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I'll admit to a guilty pleasure in watching Pawn Stars, and so when I was in Vegas and walking between downtown and the Strip (which is quite a way to hoof, I might add) and I caught sight of the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, I stepped inside to have a look. Find out more in my "One Cool Thing" story in the Toronto Star's Travel section. Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2015 at Jil McIntosh: Rude, Lewd & Tattooed
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After a twenty-year absence here, Alfa Romeo is back as part of Fiat Chrysler's business plan. I had a seat at an exclusive meeting at the show - find out more in my story over at the Toronto Star. Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The Toronto Star assigned me to write about the new trucks that debuted at the show, and being a truck fan, I was all over 'em. Find out more in my story! Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Ford's Dearborn Truck Plant, which builds the F-150, is a pretty big and imposing place - but that's nothing compared to what it once was. At its highest point in the 1930s, when it was known as the Rouge Complex,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Midsize sedans have traditionally been a weaker point for Chrysler, but it's finally on track with the 200. Despite a couple of flaws (and a steering wheel that needs to be de-chromed!), it's a nice ride overall. Find out in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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As far away from the craziness of Bourbon Street as you can get, Coop's is a fabulous little neighborhood spot that serves up equal helpings of great food and genuine atmosphere. Find out more in my "One Cool Thing" travel snippet over at the Toronto Star. Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Jil McIntosh: Rude, Lewd & Tattooed
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Mention sustainable transportation, and most people think of fuel-efficient cars and public transit. But there's a third major piece of the puzzle: last-mile logistics. That's the route that goods take from the warehouse to their final destination, and it makes... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca