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Jil McIntosh
Interests: horse racing, fountain pens, antique cars, automobiles, tattoo
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Turbocharged engine and two fewer doors? Check and check, so let's take this car for a spin over at Autofocus! Continue reading
Posted yesterday at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's a very exciting time to be a truck fan, as the manufacturers are constantly updating their vehicles to keep an edge in this white-hot market. Find out what GM has done with its trucks in my review over at... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Ever heard the phrase, "What's the worst that can happen?" Well, when you're driving, that could include a crash, a fire, a flat tire, or your brakes failing. If you're not sure what to do in these emergencies, check out... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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In many cases, your car is "telling" you it needs repair, but you need to know how to speak its language. Come and see some common symptoms, and what you need to do when they show up, over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The Transit Connect essentially kick-started the compact work van segment, and now there's a new one that's even better than the original. Find out more in my review over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Manufacturers generally bring out a new model, and then "refresh" it after a couple of years ... but it's a far bigger job than you might think. Find out more in my Driving Force column in Metro. Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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"We're bringing 26 cars out of the museum," said Dodge on the occasion of its 100th anniversary. "Would you like to come?" "I'd love to see them," I said. "Oh, no," Dodge said. "You get to drive them." So go... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's redesigned, it has a great new turbocharged engine, and it's nice to drive. But is there $28,000-plus in a compact hatch? Find out more in my review over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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... and not every car model started out the way it ended up. Find out how ten automakers switched lanes in my photo gallery over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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They've fallen out of favor with a lot of buyers, who have moved over to crossovers or SUVs, but you still can't beat them for moving people and cargo. Read my review of the Honda Odyssey at Metro. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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That depends on a number of factors - what you're towing or hauling, what features you want, and what cab configuration works best for you. Read more in my story over at the Toronto Star. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's a car that puts you squarely in the lap of luxury, with performance to spare, but it's also unnecessarily complicated - and really, the self-driving thing is still just a gimmick. Find out more in my review over at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's the FJ Cruiser's last year, and it's going out in style, with a cool (but pricey) Trail Teams Edition. I found some mud and got it dirty - find out more over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Pen company Franklin-Christoph has branched off into paper and notebooks, using a proprietary paper that's made from sugar cane. I wrote about it in Pen World magazine - check it out! Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at Pens and Paper
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Many reasons, including cost, infrastructure, and R&D budgets that have to stretch over so many different types. Find out more in my Driving Force column in Metro. Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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A new one was recently installed in my road, and it's...umm...interesting watching some people trying to figure them out. Find out just how they work in my piece over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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But for some, they're the perfect solution. Which leads me to a rant about the people who, whenever they heard the phrase "electric car," feel obligated to remind me that you can't get in one and drive across the country... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Call it the thrill of a lifetime. Dodge turns 100 years old this year, and to commemorate it, the company invited a very small group of journalists to the Meadowbrook estate in Michigan. It then pulled out 26 cars from... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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I don't think anyone was expecting Hyundai to hit a home run when it announced it would build a luxury, rear-wheel-drive sedan, but the Genesis was it. And now there's an all-new one for 2015. Find out more in my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Hyundai's smallest SUV competes in Canada's hottest segment, and it's a viable contender there. Find out why in my review over at Metro. Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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I really need to stop saying, "I haven't inked this one in a while ... maybe I'll just fill it and use it too..." Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Pens and Paper
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And I just found out that it will be on Friday, November 7, 2014. Of course I will be writing with a fountain pen that day - just as I do every day. Find out more at Fountain Pen Day! Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Pens and Paper
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It takes a lot of people to produce a car, but it takes someone at the helm to make sure it all comes together: the design has to be good-looking, it has to move the brand forward, and most importantly,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Isn't this absolutely gorgeous? Earlier this month, Pelikan organized a global series of "hubs" where pen enthusiasts could meet. I went to the Toronto hub, where I met some fabulous folks, got to try some lovely pens, and traded inks. Several people and stores donated items for draw prizes, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2014 at Pens and Paper
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The size is right, and the price is pretty good, although the transmission wore a bit thin on me after a while. Find out more in my review over at Autofocus! Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca