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Jil McIntosh
Interests: horse racing, fountain pens, antique cars, automobiles, tattoo
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Car designs can still start with a pencil, but using high-tech methods, designers and engineers can work with the vehicle both inside and out, and some are starting the initial designs right at the computer level. Find out more about... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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There was no difficulty finding this in any parking lot: the Infiniti QX80 is a big vehicle, and one of the few remaining body-on-frame SUVs on the market. Find out more in my review at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Each year, for the past four years, Infiniti and Renault Motorsports have sponsored the Infiniti Engineering Academy, which picks the top engineering students from around the globe to do a one-year stint with its engineers in Britain. Canada has been... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Fixing a car after a crash is no longer a case of just hammering out the dents and spraying some paint. New cars can come with all sorts of technologies that your repair shop needs to know: crash-durable adhesives, airbag... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Every year, my friend Jeff Crawford hosts an event that's part car show, part street party, and 100% dedicated to helping people with serious illnesses. And of course something fantastic always happens, like a crane picking up a hot rod.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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If you have to haul friends, family and freight, there's nothing better than a minivan. And Honda now has an all-new version of its Odyssey for 2018. Find out more in my story over at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Subaru had a tough time getting to North America: it was initially imported by entrepreneur Malcolm Bricklin, who found a loophole and brought in what technically wasn't a car. Find out more in my "Rearview Mirror" column at the National... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It was described as possibly the most secretive project in Ford's history: the supercar that was born in an unused room in the basement, its door opened by an old-fashioned key. Why all the secrecy? Find out in my story... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Kia's taken a crossover and put a hybrid drivetrain in it. It's the same platform and engineering as Hyundai's Ioniq, but in a more practical package. Find out more in my review over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Robots are already heavily involved in auto plants, but more are on the way: one day they may pump your gas, deliver your vehicle, or call your dealer and say what's wrong with them. Find out more in my gallery... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Ever heard of a Gray-Dort? A Brooks? A Galt? They were all Canadian automakers at a time when the country had an emerging and vibrant home-grown industry, and you can find them at the Canadian Automotive Museum. I visited recently... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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I went recently, and while I've visited before, there's always something new to see. Check out some of the cool cars in my story over at AutoTrader. Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Smooth, sleek, and lovely to drive, Volvo's new wagon is a winner -- except for some rather unusual items that will cost you extra. Find out more in my review over at AutoTrader. Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Volkswagen has an all-new 2.0-litre engine coming out that uses some pretty neat technology to increase torque while reducing fuel consumption, and it's going to first use it in the all-new 2018 Tiguan. I got a chance for a very... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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They make more power and use less fuel than a comparable gasoline engine, but do you know how they do it? Find out more in my "How It Works" column at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Following the introduction of the oversized Titan XD, Nissan now follows up with the one-ton Titan pickup. It's a gradual roll-out of configurations and engines, and I drove the Crew Cab with V8. Find out more in my review at... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Right from its introduction, I was impressed with the Lexus RX and the way it drove. Nothing was shout-out spectacular, but the whole package was just so well-done and luxurious. I'm not keen on the newest one's face, or its... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's definitely becoming a rare breed these days, and even many sports cars have gone over to the automatic side. Can it be saved? Check out my opinion piece over at AutoTrader. Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Engines work best at a specific temperature, but if they go too far above that, they can quickly turn into expensive pieces of scrap. Find out more about how your vehicle's cooling system operates in my "How It Works" column... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Knowing what's around you is important at all times when driving, and especially when you're towing a trailer. Ford has come out with some new technologies in its Super Duty pickup to help with this, including up to seven cameras,... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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I only had a short time to pack in a lot of history, but I got to see a fair bit of the province's "used to be" and several things that are the last of their kind. Find out more... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Having started as a wagon maker in 1852, Studebaker was technically America's oldest auto brand. But it would finish its life north of the border, in Hamilton, Ontario, having exhausted its efforts to stay alive by working with Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Subcompact SUVs are the new hot ticket, and Honda's version is the HR-V. Put some winter booties on the AWD version, and it'll get you through the rough stuff .... find out more in my review at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The "four-door coupe" sport-ute craze is on, and Mercedes-Benz joins it with its GLC Coupe. There's a GLC 300, but if you want more fun factor, there's also an AMG 43...and an AMG 63 is coming. Find out more in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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There's a new Super Duty in town, and it's pretty impressive, too. Find out more as I get behind the wheel of the F-350 over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca