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Jil McIntosh
Interests: horse racing, fountain pens, antique cars, automobiles, tattoo
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What's the coolest possible thing? Looking at something in your car - the same production model that anyone can buy - and realizing that you're the one who put it there. My latest "Cool Auto Jobs" column in the Toronto... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Tucked into a nondescript building in Toronto's west end is one of Chrysler's most modern and tech-heavy casting facilities, making parts that go into almost every vehicle sold in North America. Find out more in my Driving Force column in... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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I haven't always been a fan of Volvo's top-end SUV, but this all-new model has made me a believer. It's hard to fathom how the company can take a two-ton model and make it handle like a compact, but it... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Winter testing in Florida's summer heat? Yes indeed, and it's all part of making sure that vehicles will start and run properly in all kinds of weather. Find out more - now that my fingers have finally thawed out -... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Scion has yet to really conquer the Canadian market, but this is the car that should do it. The new 2016 iM feels substantial, the cabin is top-notch, and it drives quite well. If you miss your Matrix, look at... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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I'd certainly driven it enough on launches and events, but I finally got a chance to live with Ford's all-new, aluminum-bodied pickup for a week. Find out what I thought in my review over at Metro. Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Toyota's smaller pickup is redesigned for 2016, including a tech-heavy new V6 engine, new transmissions, and an off-road package that's nothing short of incredible. Find out more - including the good and the could-be-better - in my story over at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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In my "Cool Auto Jobs" column in the Toronto Star, I have a look at Teresa Di Felice, whose job it is to keep an eye on the lawmakers and make sure that drivers have a say in what goes... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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While everyone else was at the water, enjoying 95F temperatures in Florida's Fort Walton Beach, I was suiting up in insulated clothing to take in -20F and snow falling from the ceiling. Find out why in my story over at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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All I have to say is that when I win the lottery, this baby's coming home with me. But if you want more details, read all about it in my review over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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One more look at how highways get cleaned up, and it's dangerous not just for motorists swerving around ladders or tires that get dropped out there, but for the crews that have to do the dirty work. Check it out... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Mercedes-Benz has brought out the second model on a predominantly front-wheel-drive platform, its new GLA hachback/crossover/SUV. Find out more in my review over at Metro. Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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I have a new column in the Toronto Star that looks at jobs in the auto industry and how they relate to drivers. And since tires are the only thing between the driver and the road, I thought I'd start... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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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 Jul 29, 2015 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 Jul 27, 2015 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