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Jil McIntosh
Interests: horse racing, fountain pens, antique cars, automobiles, tattoo
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What's in a name? Jeep better hope not a lot, because it's tacked the Compass moniker -- formerly worn by a rather forgettable little sport-ute -- onto an all-new model that's light-years ahead. It has its faults, but if you... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Self-driving cars are coming, but there are two issues automakers have to get out of the way: engineering the technology to do it, and just as importantly, getting customers ready for it. Nissan has moved a step ahead with its... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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They're showing up on more and more vehicles, thanks to their fuel-saving technology, but they're considerably different than a regular automatic transmission. Find out more in my "How It Works" column at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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At one time the president of Buick, Walter Chrysler had a knack for fixing companies in trouble. After he'd saved a couple, he put his own name on one and started building his own models. Find out more on how... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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I love lowriders, and there were lots to see at the Torres Empire Car Show in Los Angeles last month. Check out my gallery over at Autofocus! Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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There's a lot missing in its features list, but the Lexus IS 200t wows with the driving experience. Find out more in my review at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's big and expensive, but oooh, so nice to drive ... find out more in my review at AutoTRADER. Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Lose the air in your tire, and you're not going anywhere. While tires are better than they've ever been, air loss still happens, and companies like Michelin are working on airless tires such as this new Vision concept tire. Find... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Fifty years ago, a pushy salesman got Julian Stewart to buy a Volkswagen Beetle he didn't want. Today, it's a prized member of the family. Find out more in my story at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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I didn't get a lot of seat time in it, but I had a chance to take Buick's new Regal GS around a test track. Check out my thoughts on it in my story at AutoTRADER. Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Is the biggest-and-baddest version of a car always the best? Not in the case of the IS 200t, where I think the baby of the bunch is the most fun to drive. Find out more in my review at the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It stands for maintenance, and it's one of the most important things when you're getting ready to go on your summer vacation. You also need to take precautions when hooking up a trailer, and when packing your vehicle, to ensure... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's a complex system, and as odd as it sounds, it takes heat to make cold. Find out more in my "How It Works" column at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Every time Subaru builds a new model, it sends a copy off to a museum at its proving grounds in Japan. It isn't open to the public, and I was fortunate to be invited inside to see what's there. Find... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Back in the 1960s, the United States dumped cheap chicken in Europe, which slapped a tariff on it to protect its farmers and processors. The U.S. fought back with a similar tax that hit food starch, brandy ... and trucks.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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While most models are shared between the U.S. and Canada, our markets can be considerably different. There have been more than a few cars sold in Canada that never got to the U.S. ... check out my Autofocus gallery here! Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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For some people they're a religion, for some they're not worthy of even mentioning. The reality is somewhere in the middle: they have their limitations, but then, so does any other form of transportation. I drove the new Chevrolet Bolt,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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BBuilding a car is more than just bolting it together. It depends on a lot of scheduling, making sure that cars and parts end up at exactly the right place at exactly the right time. Find out more in my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Canada turns 150 years old this weekend, and there have been some amazing automotive milestones over the years. Check out my Awesome Automotive History of Canada over at AutoTRADER! Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It doesn't look all that much different, but the new Crosstrek is tires-to-roof new and quite a performer. I had a chance to drive it on Subaru's proving grounds in Japan ... find out more in my story at AutoTrader. Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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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