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Jil McIntosh
Interests: horse racing, fountain pens, antique cars, automobiles, tattoo
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Infiniti might have been a bit lacklustre a while ago, but it looks like it has a newfound focus, if the new Q60 is any indication. Check out my review over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Headlights have come a long way from the first ones, which used an actual flame, and it might not be long before your lights are lasers. Find out more in my "How It Works" column in the National Post. Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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On its way out, but still one very sweet ride, the Volkswagen CC is gorgeous to boot. Find out more in my review at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Many people think it arrived in the 1980s, but some auto manufacturers were working on it before the turn of the 20th century...and the first U.S. production car with it came out in 1929. Find out more in my "Rearview... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's one of the loveliest cars out there, and gives you the swoopy profile of the Mercedes-Benz CLS or Audi A7 at a fraction of the price. But this is also its swan song...find out more in my review at... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The Pathfinder first had to overcome an identity crisis: it started as a truck-based sport-ute, went to unibody, back to a frame, and then back to unibody again. And now it's been upgraded and has turned into one very decent... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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How does the gas pump know when to turn off? How does your heater maintain its temperature? How do rain-sensing wipers know it's raining? Find the answers to these and more in my gallery over at Autofocus! Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's all because of what's in the rubber, and what's on the tread. Find out more in my "How It Works" column at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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For 2017, Toyota adds a new off-road model to the Tundra lineup, although it's as much about luxury as it is about grunt. Find out more in my review over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Yes, it's made by Hyundai, but now the Genesis is a completely separate brand, and with a whole new sales and service method as well. Find out more in my review of the G90 over at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Whenever you go onto a sales site, you're leaving a digital trail behind. And increasingly, car dealers are using that information to know more about what you want, what you're cross-shopping, and even how far along you are in your... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's all about the freezing point of water -- and at a certain point, road salt doesn't work at all. Find out more in my "How It Works" column at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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If you're thinking of anything on my list over at Autofocus, think again! Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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No diesel, and perhaps never again, but I still like the Passat for its roominess and, in my car, a very sweet V6 engine. Find out more in my review at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's not to make body shops rich, but to save your life. "Crumple zones" first appeared in 1959, although it took a while before automakers around the world started using them. Find out more in my "Rearview Mirror" column at... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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There's no denying that Lexus has turned out a sports sedan that really is sporty, but it's missing a bit in the luxury department. Find out more in my story over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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They're more than just a smooth ride: they help keep your car under control. And they do wear out, which can be dangerous if they're not replaced. Find out more in my "How It Works" column at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Automakers often have to cater to a wide audience, and in addition to offering upscale models, they'll often build down to a budget as well. Check out my gallery of affordable automobiles, old and new, over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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There are a lot of very good competitors in the compact car segment, but the one that's the most fun to drive is the Mazda3. And it comes in a hatchback, which I like even better. Find out more in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Also sold as the Scion FR-S (soon to be renamed the Toyota 86), Subaru's BRZ is a rear-drive coupe that's more fun than you should be having for the price. Find out more in my review at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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They may look like simple guard rails, but they're actually very highly engineered, and there are several different types depending on what's needed. Find out more in my "How It Works" column in the National Post. Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Normally, I don't use this space for politics. But I'm breaking with tradition here, because I'm not happy about what I'm seeing. Not the election result itself -- I'm definitely not happy about that, and yes, I voted -- but about how those on the other side are handling it. First off: Yes, he's your president. I don't like it any more than you do, but that's how democracy (or, at least, the electoral college votes) works. If Hillary had won and Trump's supporters were moaning that "she isn't my president," I doubt you'd be sympathetic. He had the higher... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2016 at Jil McIntosh: Rude, Lewd & Tattooed
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The big SEMA aftermarket show in Las Vegas is actually an automotive trade show, but when it's all about showing off your stuff and drawing people to your booth, wild cars are the ticket. Here are some that I saw,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's possibly the world's largest auto aftermarket show, now celebrating its 50th year, and it's where manufacturers show off their products, and trade buyers decide what will go into stores. But it's also a wild car show as well. Find... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Nissan's all-electric car gets a new battery for 2016, giving it longer range. A battery-powered car still isn't for everyone, but those extra kilometres might be the tipping point for some. Find out more in my review over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca