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Jil McIntosh
Interests: horse racing, fountain pens, antique cars, automobiles, tattoo
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Passengers often get motion sickness in vehicles, but drivers seldom do. That could change with self-driving cars, where the person behind the wheel will also become just a passenger when the car's taking control. Find out more in my Driving... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Hidden away behind a plain green building in Toronto's west end is one of the world's leaders in high-tech casting. Find out more in my story over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Lumber, ladders, loungers ...just about anything that can go onto a truck can also fall off one, and stuff does, with surprising frequency. It's a multi-step process for crews to clean it up, and it's also more dangerous than you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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I've always thought highly of the Nissan Murano, and this third-generation version continues that tradition. Find out more in my review over at Metro. Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The new 2016 Nissan Maxima has a considerable number of high-tech features stuffed into it, and I went out to the track to learn more about them. Read all about it in my story over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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That's because, when you're sleepy behind the wheel, your reaction time can be as poor as someone who's had too much to drink. Find out more in my Driving Force column over at Metro. Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The company has a nondescript foundry in Toronto's west end, built in 1942 for war production and purchased by the automaker in 1964. And from this plant comes parts for almost every vehicle, many of them made with a proprietary... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Toyota/Lexus is usually the leader in hybrids, but even the best can have an off day. The new NX 300h is roomy and packed with features, but overall, it drives and feels like a hybrid from ten years ago. Find... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Premium fuel isn't just there to be more expensive; it's required on some vehicles because it's less prone to pre-ignition. Find out more--and check out Shell's newest fuel--in my story over at the Toronto Star. Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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While it shares its name with the Elantra sedan, the GT hatchback is actually a different vehicle, and one that's known as the i30 in other markets. It's good-looking and it's comfortable, but there are some things that could be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's actually not that difficult to become a better driver, and most people could vastly improve by just following a few simple tips. I've got ten of them in my story at the Toronto Star. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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We've all seen stuff on the highway - shredded tires, mufflers, and stuff that's fallen off of trucks and trailers. But how does it get cleaned up? I went out to watch a crew and found that it's an extremely... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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A decent little car for what it costs: that's my take on Hyundai's little Accent. Find out more in my review over at Metro. Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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What weighs 80,000 pounds fully loaded, but gets the fuel economy of a pickup truck? It's Freightliner's SuperTruck, a concept that won't go into production but could lead the way toward more fuel-efficient transport. Find out more in my story... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's new, it's gorgeous, it's smooth, it's lovely. But how does it stack up to the rest of the CLS lineup? Find out more in my review over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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There aren't many body-on-frame SUVs left anymore, but among those left, Toyota's 4Runner is popular and very capable, if thirsty. Find out more in my review at the Toronto Star. Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Just in time for your summer reading pleasure: my Driving Force column in Metro looks at what's inside heated seats and steering wheels that make them so nice and toasty. Check it out! Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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What you put in your vehicle's fuel tank matters: if it needs premium fuel, you may not be saving anything by putting in a cheaper grade. And now, Shell has a new premium fuel, V-Power Nitro+, which it says does... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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A couple of years ago, Pelikan introduced the Hub, where fountain pen fans gathered in select cities to meet other fans and talk about pens. Now another one is coming up on September 25, and Toronto has again been selected. Where we'll all meet has yet to be decided (it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at Pens and Paper
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Everyone's talking about autonomous cars, but most people focus on the vehicles themselves. There's more to it, and these cars are going to have to know exactly where they are, and what's under their wheels. Find out more in my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The big news from Volvo has been its announcement of going to four-cylinder power. And if the engine in the XC60 that I drove is any indication, power is the word. Find out more in my review over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Texas' state capitol building has been restored to its original glory, and it's a fascinating place to tour. Find out more in my "One Cool Thing" travel piece in the Toronto Star. Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Jil McIntosh: Rude, Lewd & Tattooed
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Toyota and Lexus are known for hybrids, but even the pros make the odd misstep. The NX 300h handed back excellent fuel mileage, but there are some issues. Find out more in my review over at Metro. Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's still not the best midsize car on the market, but the Chrysler 200 has made enormous strides from what it used to be. Find out more in my review over at the Toronto Star. Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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All the safety features on your vehicle are there for one reason: to help save your butt once your tires lose contact with the road. But they don't necessarily know what the tires are doing, which is going to be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca