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Jil McIntosh
Interests: horse racing, fountain pens, antique cars, automobiles, tattoo
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Not many auto plants are open to the public anymore, but if you're in Dearborn, you can watch the Ford F-150 being built. Find out more in my quick One Cool Thing travel piece over at the Toronto Star. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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An all-new model for 2015, the Acura TLX is a good driver - I had the four-cylinder version - and it's put together very well. But I'm still not sold on it: it's not sporty enough to be a performance... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The Yaris gets a styling update for 2015, although the mechanical bits don't change. They still do the job, though, and it's a fun little thing to pilot. Read more in my review over at Metro. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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From its ancestor in 1896 to the luxo-limo versions of today, the pickup truck has a fascinating history. Come over to Autofocus and check out my highlights (and low spots) of those days gone by. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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There's a lot to renting a car on vacation: what to get, where to get it, and that agonizing decision over whether to take the optional insurance. Check out these tips in my story over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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I'll admit to a guilty pleasure in watching Pawn Stars, and so when I was in Vegas and walking between downtown and the Strip (which is quite a way to hoof, I might add) and I caught sight of the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, I stepped inside to have a look. Find out more in my "One Cool Thing" story in the Toronto Star's Travel section. Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2015 at Jil McIntosh: Rude, Lewd & Tattooed
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After a twenty-year absence here, Alfa Romeo is back as part of Fiat Chrysler's business plan. I had a seat at an exclusive meeting at the show - find out more in my story over at the Toronto Star. Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The Toronto Star assigned me to write about the new trucks that debuted at the show, and being a truck fan, I was all over 'em. Find out more in my story! Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Ford's Dearborn Truck Plant, which builds the F-150, is a pretty big and imposing place - but that's nothing compared to what it once was. At its highest point in the 1930s, when it was known as the Rouge Complex,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Midsize sedans have traditionally been a weaker point for Chrysler, but it's finally on track with the 200. Despite a couple of flaws (and a steering wheel that needs to be de-chromed!), it's a nice ride overall. Find out in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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As far away from the craziness of Bourbon Street as you can get, Coop's is a fabulous little neighborhood spot that serves up equal helpings of great food and genuine atmosphere. Find out more in my "One Cool Thing" travel snippet over at the Toronto Star. Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Jil McIntosh: Rude, Lewd & Tattooed
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Mention sustainable transportation, and most people think of fuel-efficient cars and public transit. But there's a third major piece of the puzzle: last-mile logistics. That's the route that goods take from the warehouse to their final destination, and it makes... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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If you do, it's time to stop. I've been preaching this for years, but now my friend and colleague Lorraine Sommerfeld has written a story on it that everyone should read. Why sit up straight in a car? Because if... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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My good friend Tim Sykes, hot rod aficionado and often heralded as the man who gave us the cruise night, has a new book out, Hot Rodder's Scrapbook. Not only that, but he has a fantastic collection of posters and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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For its year-end wrap-up, the Wheels section of the Toronto Star asked its contributors to outline the good and not-so-good stuff that happened over the year. If the picture doesn't give you a hint about how 2014 was for me,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
Thank you! You're right, it does do exactly that.
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Or two, for that matter. On a business trip to Chengdu, I had some time to look around, and so naturally I found myself a couple of pen stores. This is a Parker on the left, although I'm not sure of the model (there's no English on the box). It's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2015 at Pens and Paper
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I'm not yet sold on the front-end styling, and rear visibility could be better, but just about everything else on the 2015 version of the 300 works really well - and that's mostly because the automaker didn't change too much... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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I've had a driver's license since 1976, which also means that I've seen a lot of innovations on cars over the years. Sure, we have cars that park themselves and guide us to our destinations, but it's the little things... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2015 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's a station wagon on steroids, and a pretty nice one at that. Find out more in my review over at Metro. Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Ford essentially started the purpose-built compact-van segment with the Transit Connect, and now has a new one that improves on the original. Find out more in my review over at the Toronto Star. Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's more than just electric cars or fuel cells. At the Michelin Challenge Bibendum in China, I learned more about some of the things that aren't always mentioned when people talk about sustainable transportation--things such as incorporating Big Data, traffic... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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When cars leak, the most common absorbents used to clean up the mess are clay-based. But there are more environmentally-friendly alternatives, including coconut fibre. Find out more in my Driving Force column over at Metro. Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Homely on the outside, pretty nice on the inside, and with quite the thirst for fuel: that's the 2015 Infiniti QX80, the company's largest SUV. Find out more in my review over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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My Montblanc Generation, that is. Normally I don't go out of my way for a Montblanc, but this one caught my eye when Fountain Pen Hospital had it for sale on the "back room" page. Montblanc discontinued it some years ago (it's tough to find dates on this model) and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at Pens and Paper