VW Rabbit still plenty of fun to drive

VW Rabbit still plenty of fun to driveThe Volkswagen Rabbit was the original hatchback pocket rocket when it was introduced to North American in 1974. It quickly morphed from sensible urban transport to a lively, performance-oriented corner-carver that was immediately popular with enthusiasts and racers around the world when the GTI was introduced two years later. Over the years, it has been…

My enduring love affair with a 1976 Triumph TR6

How I found myself scrabbling around on a cold garage floor trying to breathe life back into a car that should have gone to the knackers years ago

My enduring love affair with a 1976 Triumph TR6A few years back, after at least 25 years of driving various Morgans, I sold my 1955 Plus-4 Special and bought a 1976 Triumph TR6. Some might counter that I jumped from the frying pan into the fire by acquiring a Triumph, but after some 10 years of ownership, I’m still a happy camper. The…

Going green, one vehicle at a time

The fuel economy of today’s car is miles ahead of what it used to be but manufacturers aren't done yet

Going green, one vehicle at a timeArguably the biggest challenge facing automakers has to do with the environment: How to make their products more fuel efficient and cleaner running, while consuming fewer natural resources and leaving a smaller carbon footprint. Air conditioned seats, illuminated cup-holders, and cars that park themselves are fine and dandy, but people (and governments) want automobiles that…

Jetta GLI is a subdued masterpiece

In the economy market, this model has always been a cut above the rest

Jetta GLI is a subdued masterpieceCar buyers have plenty to choose from in the economy market segment. Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Hyundai, etc., all have tons of models available and, by and large, they’re pretty good. But one model has always been a cut above the rest when it comes to getting maximum bang for the buck – at least, as…

Modern car features add up to a safer ride

Today’s automobiles are full of safety features and more improvements are added every model year

Modern car features add up to a safer rideIn a dramatic video that made the rounds on the Internet a few years ago, a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is crashed into a 1959 Chev Bel Air in a front offset collision staged by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Despite the prevailing wisdom that older automobiles, with their heavier construction and greater use…

VW Arteon has all you need but not much more

This sport sedan has above-average handling and braking, and beautiful styling, but it's otherwise unremarkable

VW Arteon has all you need but not much moreBelieve it or not, one of the major hurdles faced by car manufacturers is what to name their products. After all the research and development, focus groups, engineering studies, clinics, workshops and roundtable discussions, you have to decide what to call the thing. And it’s extremely important – get it wrong and people stay away.…

Winter tires are essential when the snow falls

Better traction, more contact with the road and even studs – winter tires give you superior control and quicker braking

Winter tires are essential when the snow fallsI hate to say it, but winter is just around the corner. In fact, in many places in Canada it’s already snowing, with sub-zero temperatures all over the place. Better get ready for coldness and the best place to start is where the rubber meets the road. Let’s start with the obvious: Get winter tires…

2020 Hyundai Elantra the best Elantra yet

2020 Hyundai Elantra the best Elantra yetBuying a new car is all about expectations. If you expect to drive something that is faster than everyone else, you get yourself a Corvette, or Porsche. If you expect you will be carrying a bunch of stuff, you get a mini-van or pickup truck. If you are looking to save money on gas, you…

Motorists most consistently persecuted group in Canada

I ride a bicycle as often as I can, but that doesn’t mean I feel compelled to paint myself silver, wear funny clothes, and block traffic

Motorists most consistently persecuted group in CanadaNo one can argue that bicycles are increasingly becoming a major part of the urban landscape. I like bikes: I own two and consider the Tour de France to be one of the greatest athletic events of all time. But did you know that riding in a pack like they do in the Tour de…

Transmission problems plague Hyundai Elantra GT

Transmission problems plague Hyundai Elantra GTIf you’re a regular reader of this space, you’ll be aware of my aversion to CVTs – continuously variable transmission. With rare exceptions, every time I’ve encountered one of these, it’s been less than satisfactory. Toyota seems to have figured things out, as has Mazda, but, by and large, the belt-driven CVT is an inferior…
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