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Jil McIntosh
Interests: horse racing, fountain pens, antique cars, automobiles, tattoo
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We usually say a car goes to the "scrapyard," but it's always been a valuable resource for recycling, and even more now as recyclers find new ways to separate the pricey bits and companies figure out how to use them... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The upcoming 2019 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra have a trick up their sleeves: Dynamic Fuel Management, which can deactivate various cylinders when full power isn't needed, right down to running on just one out of eight. There's a new... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Music and cars just naturally go together, and it's even more fun when it's rockabilly music and customs. Check out my Viva Las Vegas photo gallery at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Recycling is a big business in the auto industry, and automakers are always looking at ways to turn waste materials into new ones. Plastic bottles turn into seat fabric, old tires become gaskets, and olive pits ... well, find out... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2018 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's the BRZ tuned by STI. Upgraded suspension? Check. Super-sticky tires? Check. Kinda-goofy rear wing on the back? Check. Engine upgrades? Uncheck. That's right, the BRZ tS has everything except more power -- and still, I'm okay with it. Find... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Viva Las Vegas is a rockabilly event and massive car show all rolled into one. I was there for the 21st edition in April and it was a blast -- check it out at AutoTRADER.ca. Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2018 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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By the time I turned 20, I owned one pair of sneakers, two pairs of jeans and three cars. Find out what that has to do with the Hyundai Accent review at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Hybrid vehicles, fuel-cell hydrogen cars, fuel injection: all fairly new, right? Not so fast! It might have taken a while for them to catch on, but there are a few "modern" technologies that are far older than you think. See... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2018 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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When I win the lottery, I'm buyin' me one of these. Lincoln has blended old-school luxury with modern-day driving characteristics, and I really like this big, comfy car. Find out more in my review (with video) over at the National... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2018 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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They seldom do, although it may seem that way if you're inconvenienced by a road closure. But there's a good reason for it. They're likely investigating a fatal or near-fatal collision, and they've got one chance to do it right.... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2018 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Plug-in hybrids are the stepping stone between conventional hybrids and full electric vehicles: you can plug it in for a short period of fuel-free driving, but when that charge runs out, the car continues to run as long as you... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2018 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Some tractor companies made cars, some carmakers made tractors, and then there were cars you turned into tractors. Find out more in my "Rearview Mirror" column at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2018 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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After running on empty for so many years, Lincoln is making a comeback with some decent cars. The MKZ Hybrid isn't perfect, but it's smooth and luxurious, and surprisingly, the hybrid isn't that much more expensive than the conventional model.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2018 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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While you can get almost anything converted to at least some sort of accessibility, getting the right vehicle for your needs can require expert advice and, in most cases, a fair chunk of change. None of the mainstream automakers convert... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2018 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Diesel isn't just for heavy-duty anymore. It's now moving into lighter-duty trucks, and Ford equips specific models of its F-150 with an available 3.0-litre Power Stroke diesel that's strong and also fuel-efficient. I went to Denver to drive it; find... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2018 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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A lot more than in the old days, before cars had all sorts of lightweight materials and high-tech sensors and cameras. Find out more in my "How It Works" column in the National Post. Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2018 at WomanOnWheels.ca
Never have. I don't think it exists anymore.
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At a time when automakers seem to think that "better" means "more complicated," it's nice to get into something that's plain and simple. The Versa Note isn't a great car, but it definitely isn't a bad one either, and might... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2018 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Chemicals, minerals, and lots of other stuff that, depending on your viewpoint, might either solve many of our environmental issues, or hand us some new ones. Find out the differences between lead acid, NiMH, lithium-ion and other electric vehicle batteries... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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What drives like a dream, but is perhaps the most maddening vehicle on the road for its function controls? That would be Alfa Romeo's Stelvio, an all-new model in Canada for 2018. Find out what I loved and hated in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2018 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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If you only know the old Compass, put all that aside. This trucklet should have a different name, because it's nothing like the old one. It's not perfect, but it's pretty damn good. Find out more in my review over... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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When Mercedes-Benz first came to the United States, it was sold through a New York importer. When he didn't sell enough, the company looked elsewhere -- and in an odd arrangement involving an aircraft company and the government, the cars... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Trucks are popular, but they can also be hard to shop: what do you need, what can the truck do, what do you want? I have a run-down of the categories and what's available over at AutoTRADER. Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Ford's Escape is a best-seller, and overall, with good reason: it's well-sized, generally well-priced, and you get a choice of three engines. That said, the rear seat's cramped, and the interior could look a little better for what you pay... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Will premium sports car buyers sidle up to a model that needs to be plugged in? Porsche thinks so, and next year will begin production on a sports sedan that's currently code-named the Mission E. It'll be followed by a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at WomanOnWheels.ca