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Jil McIntosh
Interests: horse racing, fountain pens, antique cars, automobiles, tattoo
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Take a whole bunch of traditionally-styled hot rods and custom cars, drop them into an old Western town, and you have the Jalopy Jam Up, one of my favorite shows. Find out more - and see some of these great... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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What, exactly, does a recall mean? Why can't I get my recalled vehicle fixed right away? And isn't a TSB the same thing? Find out answers to these and more in my "How It Works" column in the National Post. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Every year, the town of Port Perry, Ontario hosts Brits on the Lake, a car show for all things from the U.K. Check out my gallery of the show over at Autofocus! Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The internal combustion engine's basic design hasn't changed in some two centuries, but there have been all sorts of improvements and variations on it since then. The latest is a variable-compression engine that Infiniti will wedge into some new models... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Two doors might not be the best for access, but they sure are for looks. And this new coupe from Mercedes has some very nice road manners to back up that styling. Find out more in my review over at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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No, not that finger. BMW has a new system, called Gesture Control, which lets you work some of the infotainment systems just by waving your hand. Find out more in my "How It Works" column at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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They're a rare breed these days, but I like wagons, and Volkswagen makes a very good one. There's no diesel right now, and no telling when (or if) there will be one again, but it's still a great drive and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The Datsun/Nissan Z has been a hit with fans ever since it arrived for 1970, and this summer, some 250 of them converged on Toronto for the international ZCon festival. I caught up with them at their show - see... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Canada once had a number of automakers building vehicles just for this country, and the Canadian Automotive Museum in Oshawa, Ontario owns a significant collection of them. The museum has had its high and low points, but under the care... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Back in 1888, Bertha Benz took a drive to visit her mother. That may not sound like much today, but it was a huge deal back then, and it might have been the only thing that made her husband Carl's... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Buicky portholes and extra bowties, plus a spoiler ... no. Just make it stop. Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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A lot of very high-tech systems, most of which are already in vehicles and just waiting for their chance to do it alone. Find out more in my story over at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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More on the Horseless Carriage Club of Canada, this time a photo gallery over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The members of the Horseless Carriage Club of America do! They met in Ontario recently and covered some 650 miles over five days. Find out more in my story at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's not the most modern hybrid out there, but if price is a major factor, the Prius C delivers the goods at a low buy-in. Find out more in my review at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's not the most powerful sport-cute on the planet, but I like the way it rides and drives ... with one exception. Get the CVT, not the stick shift. Really? Really. Here's why ... over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Mazda will be gradually rolling out a new technology, G-Vectoring Control, across most of its models, but its effect is so subtle you might never even realize it's there. (The photo is the specially-equipped prototype I was driving: your car... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Mazda has unveiled a new system, coming out first on the Mazda3 and Mazda6 and then eventually on almost all vehicles, to improve handling. Called G-Vectoring Control, it's a method of weight transfer that's complicated from an engineering standpoint, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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I like work vehicles, and I really like the Metris. It's a good size -- the only midsize van in the Canadian market right now -- and it does almost everything right. Find out more in my review over at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Three bucks in gas for a week? Yes, that's what it cost me to drive Hyundai's plug-in hybrid, plus whatever electricity I spent charging it up. Find out how I did it in my story over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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What do Fargo, Beaumont, Meteor, Russell, and Winnipeg all have in common? They were all Canadian cars, built for the Canadian market. Find out more about "our" auto history in my Rearview Mirror column at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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I love old cars with all my heart -- and my wallet! -- but just like anything else, there have been so many improvements over the years in the auto industry. I've compiled a list of some of them in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Volvo is now in the process of making itself over with new models, built on an all-new modular architecture, and a policy of four-cylinder engines only. How's that working out? Find out more about the two latest ones coming down... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's huge but there's no room inside, it's awesome off-road but awful on it, and it's ridiculously expensive. Find out more in my review over at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca