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Jil McIntosh
Interests: horse racing, fountain pens, antique cars, automobiles, tattoo
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Ontario native Grant Schwartz is the "new guy" on this season of Vegas Rat Rods, and I had a chance to talk to him about such stuff as building a car every two weeks, and doing it in temperatures that... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Many auto manufacturers already use smaller-scale models for wind tunnel testing, because it's faster and easier to make design changes on them. General Motors went a step further: it built a small-scale wind tunnel to match. Find out more in... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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If you're going to the Toronto Auto Show, be on the lookout for trucks, because there are quite a few of them on display. I've rounded up my top-five "must-see," so check it out before you go. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The scandal over emissions testing means you can't get a diesel right now--and who knows if you ever will again?--but Volkswagen's midsize sedan works very well overall with just gasoline in its tank. Find out more in my review over... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's pricey, but once you put it up against its competitors, Lincoln's MKX gives you a lot of features by comparison to what it costs. Find out more in my review over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Nissan's compact is tweaked for 2016, with better styling, improved suspension, and some changes to the interior. It still doesn't scream "buy me," but it's definitely competitive. Find out more in my story over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Whenever I'm in the grocery store, I spend a lot of time reading labels. I'm specifically looking for what's written on this one: Product of Canada. Canadian law states that if a food product has this label on it, then "all or virtually all major ingredients, processing, and labour used to make the food product are Canadian." That means our farmers grew it and our processing plants processed it. "Canada Fancy" is just a grade and doesn't refer to the food's origin. Of course it isn't possible to do this with everything; the canned pineapple I buy certainly isn't coming... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at Jil McIntosh: Rude, Lewd & Tattooed
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Volkswagen's diesel scandal, where it installed software to defeat emissions-testing equipment, is all the news right now and a lot of people wonder if the company will make it through. But if history is any indication, other automakers have behaved... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Sometimes fate deals you a hand: I was originally supposed to review the Chevrolet Suburban, but then some clown ran into the back of it. So I traded it in for the Suburban's little brother, the Tahoe. Find out more... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Jeanne Marriott couldn't get into shop class when she went to school, and then she had to get a business off the ground. But she finally decided to follow her dream and start as an apprentice in body shop work.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's simple enough: turn the key or push the button, and you're ready to drive. But what actually happens when you do is extremely complicated ... and there's a lot that can go wrong. Find out more in my story... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's not a huge seller, but Kia's Cadenza offers quite a number of features for the price, along with a smooth, drama-free ride. Find out more in my review over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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When I was filling up at a self-serve station today -- which is about the only kind you can find anymore -- I noticed this on the pump. There is often only one person behind the counter at the gas... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's not the best-handling minivan on the market, but it's comfortable, it's loaded with features, and it's well-priced for what you get. Find out more in my review at the Toronto Star. Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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If you're a fan of Canada's Worst Driver, you know Philippe Létourneau, who teaches high-speed driving to the worst of the worst. He didn't originally want the job, but personal tragedy convinced him that he could make a difference. Find... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Diesel's always been the word in heavy-duty trucks, but it has since migrated to half-ton trucks with Ram's EcoDiesel, and now to even smaller ones with GM's Canyon and Colorado. Find out more in my review over at Metro. Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's primarily aimed at fleets and commercial users, but Mercedes-Benz's Metris - the name it's using here for the Vito - could also work as a minivan for those who want an upscale badge on their people mover. Find out... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Nissan's compact SUV is nicely sized and spacious inside. It's well-priced too, but don't expect anything spectacular overall. Find out more in my review over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Public relations is one of those jobs that looks easy - send out some press releases and wait for results - but there's a lot to it, and it's tougher than it seems. I singled out Chuck Reimer, who handles... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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I was reading the December issue of Toronto Life magazine, which featured a list of the "50 Most Influential" people. Number 22 was David Thomson, chairman of news provider Thomson Reuters. Thomson came through in the crunch when that company lost revenues last year, dropping from about $8.2 billion (yes, with a B) to a mere $7.9 billion. From the story: But the company's various budget-controlling measures, including cutting some 3,000 jobs in late 2013, have increased operating profits by approximately $94 million... And that's when I thought of the Terminator movies. Y'see, I don't always take in movies the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2016 at Jil McIntosh: Rude, Lewd & Tattooed
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And here's a prime example: the new Fiat 124 Spider, based on a Mazda MX-5. Automakers have been working together on vehicles for decades, with various results. Come see some of them in my photo gallery over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Automakers often use the terms interchangeably, but these systems can differ considerably. If you're not sure exactly what you have, you could potentially get stuck, or worse, even damage the system if you use it incorrectly. Find out more in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Wind tunnels are an important tool for automakers as they design and engineer vehicles, but they don't always have to be full-size. General Motors has built one that's only 40 per cent for testing models that are appropriately scaled. Find... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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For 2016, the Ford Explorer gets its highest trim level yet, the Platinum. It's pricey, but if you're looking at a Lincoln, consider this one as well. Find out more in my review over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Clay car models have been around since the 1920s, and computers can't make it go away. It's still an essential part of vehicle design and engineering, and I got to see Bailey Isgro doing the job over at General Motors.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca