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BUICK REGAL Overall: Euro-inspired Regal hits both ends of the spectrum in 2012 with greener eAssist hybrid and sporty GS with 270 turbocharged horsepower.. Drivetrain: Base 182-horsepower 2.4-litre engine is also available with a 15-kilowatt electric motor; optional 220-horsepower 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder joined by a 270-horsepower 2012 GS. Blatantly exploiting the Regal’s European roots seems to have worked in Buick’s favour, judging by its increasing popularity. For 2012, the company is expanding the Regal’s offerings to better capture a larger group of customers. The automobile’s clean, yet expressive look is a far cry from just about any other Buick ever built. The Regal borrows the 182-horsepower 2.4-litre unit from the LaCrosse, and it poaches the same eAssist gasoline-electric hybrid system as an option. It packages a 15-kilowatt electric motor and small lithium-ion battery that helps bring fuel economy up by a claimed 25 per cent. The optional 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder that packs 220 horsepower is joined by a 270-horse version in the high-performance GS model. All three engines transmit their power to the front wheels; the first two by means of six-speed automatic transmissions, while the GS is only available with a six-speed manual (that’s also optional with the lesser turbo motor). The upscale European influence can be clearly seen inside with plenty of stitched leather and wood trim that’s offset by a tasteful amount of satin nickel brightwork on the door panels, steering wheel and center console. Regals are sold very well equipped, which means plenty of power-operated and luxury-oriented content is part of the standard package, which is in keeping with the car’s entry-luxury status. A console-mounted control knob that operates the optional premium audio, navigation and Bluetooth-enabled phone systems is available, as is the Interactive Drive Control System offered in turbo-equipped versions. This feature electronically adjusts the suspension travel and transmission shift points according to three different settings: Normal for all-around use; Tour for maximum passenger comfort; and Sport mode for maximum road holding. The system also adapts to individual driving styles by altering the suspension, steering effort and throttle response. New tweaks for 2012 include revised HID headlights with blue rings, body-colour mirrors and handles, optional 20-inch wheels on GS, and Buick’s portholes have appeared on the hood. Base price (incl. destination): $31,400 Type: Four-door sedan Base engine (hp): 2.4-litre DOHC I4 (182) Optional engine (hp): 2.4-litre DOHC I4 with integrated 15kW electric motor (182); 2.0-litre DOHC I4, turbocharged (220 Turbo, 270 GS) Layout: Front-engine, front-wheel-drive

Transmission: Six-speed automatic; six-speed manual (available with 2.0) l/100 km(city/highway): 10.7/6.3 (2.4) Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; sidecurtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control. Weight (kg): 1,600

Overall: Forget your grandmother’s old Cobalt; the Cruze sedan is modern, efficient and stylish; engine tweaks garner fuel economy improvements. Drivetrain: Base 1.8-litre I4 and optional 1.4-litre I4 turbocharged both make 138 horsepower, but the turbo has way more load-speed spunk; both manual and optional automatic transmissions are of the six-speed variety. Finally, Chevrolet has a global best-seller on its hands with the compact Cruze, and after only one year on sale in North America, Chevrolet is already improving the available technology and the car’s efficiency. The Cruze’s design closely emulates that of other Chevy sedans, especially the mid-size Malibu’s horizontally split front grille and short rear deck. Fortunately, some extra creases along each side plus more pronounced fender flares provide a welcome dose of character that distinguishes the Cruze from the rest of the stable. A check of the interior reveals a highly attractive seating area that wouldn’t look out of place in a more expensive sedan. There are plastic pieces to be sure, but they’re more than offset by plenty of soft-touch coverings for the wrap-around dashboard and silvery painted trim for the steering column, door-mounted speaker surrounds, steering wheel and shifter. Given the added size and fancier seating area, it’s surprising that the Cruze’s standard and optional powerplants are so diminutive. The base LS is equipped with a 1.8-litre four-cylinder that produces 138 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque. Move up to the LT and LTZ you’ll get and a smaller - less is more here - 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder that’s also rated at 138 horsepower but with 25 pound-feet more torque than the base engine. The 1.8 offers a choice of a six-speed manual transmission, or optional six-speed automatic, while the 1.4 turbo is only available with the automatic. New for 2012 is an Eco model that uses the turbo engine with low-rolling-resistance tires, tweaks to the aerodynamics and other fuel-saving measures to squeeze fuel-economy ratings of 7.2/4.6 (city/ highway) l/100 km with taller ratios in the six-speed manual and a still-impressive 7.8/5.5 with the automatic. All Cruze models feature a class-leading total of 10 airbags, including driver and passenger-side knee airbags plus rear side-impact airbags. In addition, the standard stability control includes a rollover-sensing program that will deploy the airbags if it detects the car is about to tip over. Notable options include a premium Pioneer-brand sound package, Bluetooth short-range wireless networking, navigation system, leather-covered seats (heated in front) and 17- or 18-inch wheels (16-inchers are standard). And we’re still waiting to see a hatchback version of the Cruze sometime soon. Base price (incl. destination): $16,450 Transmission: Six-speed manual; Type: Four-door sedan six-speed automatic (opt.) Base engine (hp): 1.8-litre DOHC I4 (138) l/100 km(city/highway): 8.5/5.5 (1.8, MT) Optional engine (hp): 1.4-litre DOHC I4, Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; frontturbocharged (138) knee airbags; rear-side airbags, side-curtain airbags, Layout: Front-engine, front-wheel-drive anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control. Weight (kg): 1,400

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Overall: Everything you’ll likely ever need in a work vehicle; lots of power, a roomy and comfortable “office” and the HD cleans up nice as well. Drivetrain: Base 6.0-litre gas V8; torquey 6.6-litre turbo-diesel V8 is smooth, quiet and ideal for knocking your house off its foundation. Where serious hauling and towing needs to be done, there’s not much short of an 18-wheeler that can top the Silverado HD. And for the 2012 model year, the 2500-series’ maximum towing capacity has been increased to 8,150 kilograms from 7,700 while fifth-wheel-fitted one-ton units jump to 10,400 kilograms from 9,000. And other than a few more optional niceties such as ventilated front seats and an upgraded radio for LTZ models, the current HD is a mirror image of the new-for 2011 version that introduced added stiffness to the big pickup’s 11 separate boxed frame assemblies. As well, the rear leaf springs were beefed up with a 2,800-kg gross rear-axle rating on the 2500 HDs, up from the previous 2,720-kilogram mark (ratings for the one-ton 3500 HD single and dual rear-wheel models were similarly increased). The base 6.0-litre gasoline V8 puts out 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque, but for serious grunt work there’s the optional (and very popular) 6.6-litre turbo-diesel V8 rated at 397 horsepower and an earth-shaking 765 pound-feet of torque. Both base and optional engines employ six-speed automatic transmissions: a GM-developed Hydramatic comes with the 6.0; and the turbo-diesel employs an Allison-built unit. Chevy has added its “smart exhaust brake system” to the turbo-diesel that, when coasting, holds compressed exhaust gasses inside the engine’s cylinders, creating resistance, which in turn slows down the truck without touching the brakes. The result is less wear and tear on the brake hardware and greater control for the driver, especially when hauling or towing heavy loads downhill. Included is a stability program that reduces the trailer’s tendency to wiggle around, while hill-start assist prevents the HD from rolling backward when on an incline. The list of standard HD equipment on the WT (Work Truck), LT and LTZ trim levels is tremendous, as is the options list. You can, quite literally, outfit the HD from bare-bones basic to over-the-edge luxury.

Overall: After delivering a highly successful mid-life update for the 2011 model year to its benchmark family machine, Dodge is staying put with the big Grand Caravan. Drivetrain: Corporate 3.6-litre V6 with six-speed automatic transmission. With new product offerings from Honda, Toyota and Nissan that bend preconceptions of what a minivan should look like, the Grand Caravan still looks like a minivan should. It now drives a little differently with a revised suspension topped with low-rolling-resistance tires to help prop up fuel economy. Along those lines, the 3.6-litre “Pentastar” V6 that produces 283 horsepower and six-speed automatic transmission doesn’t really sacrifice fuel economy. Inside, you’ll find the usual dozen or so cupholders plus a variety of small-item bins and pockets (including dual glove boxes) that showcase the vehicle’s utility. The standard thirdrow bench seat can be power folded (optional) to create a flat load floor. The Stow ‘n’ Go feature, now larger and more comfortable this model year with a one-touch-down feature, provides out-of-sight storage bins when the second-row seats are left in their upright positions. For the 2011 model year, the interior was fitted with a redesigned gauge cluster, centre console and better soft-touch. For 2012 is a new price-leading Canadian Value Package (CVP), joining the current four trim levels of SXT Stow ‘n Go, Crew, Crew Plus and the sporty R/T. The CVP brings the Grand Caravan well under a sub-$30K starting price and includes the basic features and safety systems you’d expect. At the top end, R/T and Crew models get an extra $800 worth of content, including remote start, a power liftgate and alarm.

Base price (incl. destination): $37,200 Type: Heavy-duty three-quarter ton/one-ton pickup Base engine (hp): 6.0-litre OHV V8 (360) Optional engine (hp): 6.6-litre OHV V8, turbo-diesel (397)

Layout: Front-engine, rear- /four-wheel-drive Transmission: Six-speed automatic l/100 km(city/highway): N/A Safety: Front airbags; anti-lock brakes Weight (kg): 2,400

Base price (incl. destination): $29,400 Type: Four-door minivan Base engine (hp): 3.6-litre DOHC V6 (283) Optional engine (hp): None Layout: Front-engine, front-wheel-drive Transmission: Six-speed automatic

l/100 km(city/highway): 12.2/7.9 Safety: Front airbags; side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control Weight (kg): 2,050


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*MSRP of $25,340 for a new and unregistered 2012 Passat 2.5L base model with 5-speed manual transmission, including $1,365 freight and PDI. PPSA, license, registration, any dealer and other charges, options, and other applicable taxes are extra. “Volkswagen”, the Volkswagen logo, “Passat”, “Climatronic”, and “TDI Clean Diesel” are registered trademarks of Volkswagen AG. The Bluetooth word mark and logos are registered trademarks of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. “Feder” is a registered trademark of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. “iPod” is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. © 2011 Volkswagen Canada.

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DODGE DURANGO Overall: Seven-seat Dodge Durango is what the old Jeep Commander should have been; spacious, efficient and great off the beaten path. Drivetrain: A 290-horsepower 3.6-litre V6 is the base engine, while a 360-horsepower 5.7-litre “Hemi” V8 is the obvious choice for developing maximum thrust. One of the few nearly-new vehicles in Dodge’s stable, the Durango sport utility vehicle returned to life for the 2011 model year. The big “D” has been designed off the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s unitized (frameless) platform. Also highly regarded is the 290-horsepower V6 (Chrysler’s newest powerplant effort) as well as the optional 360-horsepower 5.7-litre “Hemi” V8. The latter features a variable displacement system that attempts to reduce fuel consumption by shutting down half of the engine’s eight cylinders under light-load conditions. Although the V6 carries on with Dodge’s older five-speed automatic transmission, the V8 gets a brand-new six-speed automatic that can be manually shifted. The Hemi-equipped Durango can tow heavy loads up to 3,365-kilograms (2,820 kilograms for the V6) and can also carry up to seven passengers when using all three rows of seats, although second-row twin highback bucket seats will make an appearance later in the 2012 model year. And since the same designers who penned the GC’s interior also created the Durango’s interior, comfort and roominess are also first rate. Along with four-wheel-drive, Durango options include a system that signals you when another vehicle is about to overtake you or is traveling in your blind spot(s). Another system alerts you when another vehicle is approaching from behind as you’re backing out of a parking stall. Dodge also brags that the Durango’s generous fuel tank will allow you to travel up to 800 kilometres without filling up. Base price (incl. destination): $39,400 Type: Four-door sport utility vehicle Base engine (hp): 3.6-litre DOHC V6 (290) Optional engine (hp): 5.7-litre OHV V8 (360) Layout: Front-engine, four-wheel-drive

Transmission: Six-speed automatic l/100 km(city/highway): 13.0/8.8 Safety: Front airbags; front and rear sideimpact airbags; side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control. Weight (kg): 2,230

DODGE RAM 1500 Overall: Ram 1500 is the only light-duty pickup in the range since Dakota is done for 2012; other than a new transmission for V8 models, no big changes. Drivetrain: Carryover V6 and two optional V8 engines with up to 390 “Hemi” horsepower; V8 offerings now use six-speed automatic transmissions. With the mid-sized Dakota leaving the lineup, the Ram 1500 will have to do double-duty for the 2012 model year. Last redesigned for the 2009 model year, the Ram is this year treated to only minor revisions, including a new steering wheel and paint colours. Last year’s popular Outdoorsman package continues unchanged; content includes an all-terrain tire and wheel package, additional exterior lights, special two-tone colour combination, extra-large fuel tank and a trailer-towing package. You can order your Outdoorsman in rear- and fourwheel-drive and in regular, extended Quad and four-door Crew cab variants. Across the rest of the lineup, regularcab models are available with 6’4” or eight-foot-long pickup beds, while Quad Cabs are attached to the shorter box only. The Ram Crew gets you a 5’7” bed. The Ram’s interior can be ordered with an extra-wide floor console that can be configured to secure all sorts of bulky gear. Heated and ventilated front seats can also be selected as well as a heated steering wheel and dual-zone climate control. Remember, this is a pickup truck we’re talking about, here, and not a luxury car. Ram Crew trucks feature two in-floor storage bins with removable liners that can store up to a dozen beverage cans each. There are also lockable storage compartments built into the rear fenders that can each hold up to 120 355-ml cans. Engine choices include a base 215-horsepower 3.7-litre V6 offered as standard on rear-wheel-drive regular-cab and Quad Cabs, while all four-wheel-drive and Ram Crew trucks run with a 310-horse 4.7-litre V8. Of course, the optional 390-horsepower 5.7-litre “Hemi” engine returns as the most potent in Dodge’s light-truck arsenal. How potent, you ask? Dodge claims the Hemi will rocket the 4x2 Ram to 60 mph (96 km-h) in slightly more than six seconds. The V6 comes with a four-speed automatic transmission while V8-equipped trucks come with a new six-speed automatic. When it comes to four-wheel-drive, buyers can choose between a part-time system and an on-demand setup that automatically engages when road conditions warrant. Along with the Outdoorsman, the Ram model designations include ST, SXT, Tradesman, Express, SLT, Sport, Big Horn, Laramie and Laramie Longhorn with base content varying widely between each model. Base price (incl. destination): $27,900 Type: Two- /four-door pickup Base engine (hp): 3.7-litre SOHC V6 (210) Optional engine (hp): 4.7-litre SOHC V8 (310); 5.7-litre OHV V8 (390) Layout: Front-engine, rear- /four-wheel-drive

Transmission: Six-speed manual (3.7); four-speed automatic (3.7); six-speed automatic (V8 models) l/100 km(city/highway): 14.8/10.0 (3.7) Safety: Front airbags; side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control. Weight (kg): 2,100

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FORD F-150 Overall: Ford is soaking up the glory after delivering four new engines for the F-150 last year; EcoBoost option now brings gigantic range thanks to new 136-litre fuel tank; off-road Raptor SVT gets front locking differential and an off-road camera. Drivetrain: The F-150 borrows the 3.7-litre V6 and 5.0-litre V8 from the Mustang, along with a turbocharged 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 from the Flex; the 6.2-litre V8 from the Harley Davidson and off-road SVT Raptor can be had in upscale models. Ford swung for the fences with its full line of new engines, and it’s reaping the benefits: more than half of F-150’s sold in 2011 came equipped with six-cylinder engines, whether the base 3.7-litre or the optional 3.5-litre EcoBoost turbo. Those wanting traditional V8 power were spoiled too, with 5.0-litre or 6.2-litre options readily available. Ford is keeping up the momentum for 2012 as all EcoBoost models will have gigantic 136-litre fuel tanks standard, meaning a theoretical maximum range of more than 1,200 kilometres. Off-road enthusiasts will be happy to learn that more models will gain electronic locking rear axles, and a new four-wheel-drive system on Lariat trims and higher will now allow for a computer to send power to the front wheels if the rears are spinning. Otherwise, the sheer number of combinations is mind-boggling. Not including paint colours and interior trims, there are four box lengths and three cab sizes (regular, extended SuperCab and four-door SuperCrew), not to mention both rear- and four-wheel-drive availability. Back for another year and built off the F-150 SuperCrew body is the tough-looking (and acting) Harley-Davidson model with its unique grille, lowered ride height, 22-inch painted wheels, special leather-clad interior festooned with H-D badging and your choice of black or silver paint jobs. A 411-horsepower 6.2-litre V8 is also standard on this truck, as it is on the F-150 SVT Raptor 4x4. Inspired by Ford’s participation in off-road desert racing, the Raptor is built to go where no other pickup dares to tread. Standard gear includes special shock absorbers that stiffen as they compress to keep the truck from bottoming out or becoming too tippy while cornering. That’s a good idea, since there’s more than 28 centimetres of suspension travel in front and about 35 centimetres in back. The giant 35-inch-tall all-terrain rubber has been mounted on 17-inch wheels that are positioned farther outboard from the fenders to a point where the Raptor’s width has been increased by more than seven inches compared to a standard F-150. For the 2012 model year, the Raptor now gets a locking front differential for better rock-crawling ability, and a forward-pointing off-road camera to help position the front tires. Also new for 2012 is the FX Appearance package that offers flat-black 20-inch wheels, black badges with red lettering, black-leather seats and interior trimmed in red and a red-stitched steering wheel. Base price (incl. destination): $20,450 (2011); $54,700 (SVT Raptor) Type: Two- /four-door pickup Base engine (hp): 3.7-litre DOHC V6 (302) Optional engine (hp): 3.5-litre DOHC V6, turbocharged (365); 5.0-litre DOHC V8 (360), 6.2-litre SOHC V8 (411)

Layout: Front-engine, rear- /four-wheel-drive Transmission: Six-speed automatic l/100 km(city/highway): 14.4/10.4 (3.7) Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags with rollover protection; anti-lock brakes; stability control Weight (kg): 2,130

FORD FOCUS Overall: Ford’s new mainstream compact will be a treat for anyone who appreciates an efficiently packaged car with European flavour. Drivetrain: 160-horsepower 2.0-litre four-cylinder connected to a five-speed manual transmission or optional twin-clutch automated manual; all-electric drivetrain also to be offered. Over here is the new Focus. Over there is the old Focus. No . . . there is no resemblance. And parked alongside its Fiesta relation, the Focus looks positively aggressive with its wide-open-mouth air intake and more planted stance. But for those who just can’t get with the sleek-looking hatchback, the sedan offers a more conservative silhouette. It’s also the only style available if you order the price-leader “S” that comes with manual climate control, tilt and telescopic steering wheel and basic four-speaker audio system and 15-inch steel wheels. The SE sedan and hatchback add Ford’s Sync voiceactivated communications and entertainment system plus some minor interior/exterior upgrades, while SEL versions improve on the basics with a six-speed automated manual transmission, dual-zone climate control, ambient lighting and 16-inch alloy wheels. The top-rung Titanium’s full-load content includes touch-screen audio and climate controls, push-button start, 10-speaker Sony sound system and a sport-tuned suspension with 17inch wheels. On the options list are leather-covered seats, power sunroof, navigation system, rear-view camera and active park assist that will actually take over the parallel-parking chores for you. The standard 2.0-litre fourcylinder engine is rated at 160 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque, which is 20 more horses and 10 more pound-feet of torque than the 2011 2.0-litre Focus engine. A five-speed manual transmission is standard on all models, while optional is a six-speed dual-clutch automated manual gearbox that conserves fuel by delivering lightning-quick gear changes. All models arrive with torque vectoring, which is a system that applies light braking pressure to slow down the inside wheel when the car is turning. This helps the Focus attack the corners with more precision by reducing the tendency to plow straight ahead (referred to as understeer). In the works is an electric Focus that features a 93-kilowatt (123-horsepower) motor and lithium-ion battery pack. Base price (incl. destination): $17,500 Type: Four-door sedan Base engine (hp): 2.0-litre DOHC I4 (160) Optional engine (hp): electric motor (123) Layout: Front-engine, front-wheel-drive Transmission: Five-speed manual; six-speed automated manual (opt.); single-speed controller (electric)

l/100 km(city/highway): 7.2/4.8 (MT) Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control Weight (kg): 1,320

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Buy Back BOTTOM LINE PRICE Event Every year Vernon Nissan secures a special price on a massive Nissan Buy Back Program. This is a once a year special program that cannot be duplicated any other time of the year. We have

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• 2.5 L 4 cyl 175 HP • Vehicle dynamic control • Traction control • Power window / locks • Keyless entry • Intelligent key

• 60/40 split rear seat • Cruise control • Tilt telescopic steering • Push button ignition • Block heater

2011 Nissan Sentra 2.0 S: 0 down, all payments plus taxes and $499 security package, financed at 5.69% over 96 month term = total paid $20,974.72. 2011 Nissan Versa: 0 down, all payments plus taxes and $499 security package, financed at 5.69% over 96 month term = total paid $18.177.40. 2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 S: 0 down, all payments plus taxes and $499 security package, financed at 5.69% over 96 month term = total paid $26,569.92. 2011 Nissan Pathfinder S: 0 down, all payments plus taxes and $499 security package, financed at 5.69% over 96 month term = total paid $39,166.40.


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(NC)—You love your vehicle and want it to look and perform at its best, but Canadian winters can create challenges for keeping it in tip top shape. Here are a few tips to safeguard your vehicle from the rough weather to keep you and your ride looking ready for the road:

Inspection/Maintenance: Routine maintenance is a must for vehicle longevity, but before any long journey in the cold weather, it’s even more important to have your vehicle inspected by a professional mechanic. Brake pads, tires, belts and hoses should be inspected for wear and proper operation, and fluids should be checked and topped off.

High-Quality Gasoline: It’s important to note that a ‘high

octane’ number doesn’t necessarily ensure the gasoline is ‘high-quality’. “For vehicles whose manufacturers recommend or require the higher octane associated with a premium gasoline, ensuring you buy a highquality fuel can make a difference. For example, Shell V-Power Premium Gasoline is designed to clean and protect your engine from performance-robbing gunk that lower quality gasolines can leave behind, providing maximum protection for optimum performance,” explains Ken Mitchell, an engineer at Shell.

Tire Swap: Snow tires have deeper grooves that provide significantly more traction than all season tires, making them capable of stopping your car faster than all season tires. In addition,

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the colder weather and rolling resistance caused by snow and slush can decrease air pressure in tires. After you switch to your winter tires, ensure that the pressure is optimal, and re-check the pressure regularly, especially after a sharp drop in temperature. Each tire that is under– inflated by 2 psi (14 kPa) causes a 1%* increase in fuel consumption.

Cold Starts vs. Idling: You may believe that you’re doing the best for your vehicle by allowing it to ‘warm up’ in the cold weather with a few minutes of idling. In fact, more than just the engine needs to be warmed up and this can only happen if the vehicle is moving. For an average vehicle, it takes about five kilometers of driving* to warm up the engine as well as the wheel

bearings, steering, suspension, transmission and tires.

Emergency Kit: Although the aforementioned tips are preventative measures, vehicle breakdowns can still occur. Pack an emergency kit for your car filled with a firstaid kit, flashlight, thermal blanket, tire pressure gauge, coolant, water, jumper cables, safety flares, and emergency tire inflator. * Natural Resources Canada Office of Energy Efficiency Auto$mart Thinking program: transportation/personal/driving/autosmart-maintenance. cfm#g

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(NC)—Canadian winters are challenging, to say the least—especially if you’re a motorist. Weather conditions can be unpredictable, placing extra demands on our vehicles and driving skills. With the first snowfall just around the corner, these simple tips will help Canadian motorists prepare for the months of often hazardous conditions that lie ahead. “The first step in safe winter driving is to give yourself more time and slow down,” says Mauro Convertini, insurance expert at Aviva Canada. “Most winter collisions occur when drivers do not allow for enough time or distance to brake effectively.” Convertini offers these additional tips: • Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you in case you have to brake suddenly on a slippery surface. • Get your vehicle winter-ready with a maintenance check-up.

• Make sure you have sufficient windshield washer fluid in the reservoir and keep an extra jug in the vehicle. • Clear snow and ice from all windows, lights, mirrors, and the roof. • Install winter tires before winter begins. Winter tires are often not available later in the season. If reusing tires check them to see if it is time to replace them. • Remember to check tire air pressure frequently, as it decreases in cold weather. • Prepare a winter survival kit for your vehicle. Having essential supplies can provide some comfort and safety for you and your passengers should you become stranded.

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Overall: The best effort yet to expand GMC beyond heavy-duty trucks and sport-utilities. Drivetrain: An efficient 2.4-litre four-cylinder drives the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission, which does double duty to deliver power from the optional 3.0-litre V6. While most small wagons are aiming for organic and swoopy shapes, the only curves you’ll find on the squared-off Terrain are the four tires. The five-passenger GMC shares its platform and powertrains with the second-generation Chevrolet Equinox that arrived for the 2010 model year, though you would never guess these two are in any way related. GM has put much effort into crafting exceptional interiors of late and the control panel for the Terrain would seem right at home in one of the company’s premium-priced models. There are bucket seats up front and the split-folding rear bench has eight inches of sliding fore-and-aft travel for optimum passenger or cargo room. Additional containment spots include an oversized glove box with separate instrument panel storage, a built-in-center-console bin suitable for concealing a laptop plus two-tier storage areas built into the door panels. A 182-horsepower 2.4-litre four-cylinder is standard while a 264-horsepower 3.0-litre V6 is optional. Both operate with six-speed automatic transmissions and both can be had with front- or optional all-wheel-drive. Towing capacity for the four-cylinder is 680 kilograms, while the V6 is rated for 1,500. Base SLE models feature the usual air/tilt/power accessories along with a few unusual standard features such as a rear-vision camera and 12 months of OnStar, GM’s remote help and courtesy concierge service. All four-cylinder Terrains come with Active Noise Cancellation that uses microphones to detect noise. The system responds by emitting counteracting and continuous sound waves through the audio system. For 2012, every Terrain model gets a new audio system that uses an 18-centimetre touch screen that also incorporates the screen for the back-up camera. For buyers looking to ease into the entry-utility bracket, or for those wanting to downscale from their previous full-size perches, the feature-laden Terrain is worth a look. Base price (incl. destination): $28,900 Type: Compact sport utility vehicle Base engine (hp): 2.4-litre DOHC I4 (182) Optional engine (hp): 3.0-litre DOHC V6 (264) Layout: Front-engine, rear- /all-wheel-drive Transmission: Six-speed automatic

l/100 km(city/highway): 9.2/6.1 (I4, FWD) Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control Weight (kg): 1,730

Overall: All-new fourth-generation compact ute features more aggressive styling, added interior space and a wider array of standard and optional features. Drivetrain: Rumour has it that a more fuel-efficient 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine will make an appearance, along with an equally new six-speed automatic transmission that’s an alternative to the base five-speed manual. Four-wheel-drive remains optional. There’s plenty of secrecy surrounding Honda’s redesigned CR-V. In fact, the only photos the automaker has released so far feature the concept version that, although similar to the final shape, will likely lack the prototype’s big wheels and dark glass (generally used in prototypes to hide an unfinished interior). However, Honda has confirmed that the forthcoming model will be larger inside and out and that the interior has been reconfigured to maximize the five-passenger seating room and provide for a larger and more versatile cargo hold. Stylistically, the CR-V presents a more rugged face, but retains its faux undercarriage-protecting skid plate/front bumper combination. Beyond this sketchy detail there is speculation as to what drivetrain CR-V will use. A slightly more robust 2.4-litre four-cylinder is the probable powerplant, but there’s a whispered suggestion that a more fuel-efficient 2.5-litre four-cylinder might wind up between the fenders. Whatever the final outcome, a five-speed manual transmission will be standard, with a six-speed automatic (a gain of one cog) as an option. As well, both front- and all-wheeldrive will be offered, with the former only available with a manual gearbox. It’s likely that the same LX, EX and EX-L trim levels will be offered, but we should all know soon enough once the curtain is raised later this season. Base price (incl. destination): $27,500 (est.) Type: Four-door compact sport-utility vehicle Base engine (hp): 2.4-litre DOHC I4 (190, est.) Optional engine (hp): None Layout: Front-engine, front- /all-wheel-drive Transmission: Five-speed manual; six-speed automatic (opt.)

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HONDA RIDGELINE Overall: The Ridgeline enters its seventh model year wearing the same suit of clothes, but now features a modest front-end restyle that includes a new grille; new Ridgeline Sport trim level displays a blacked-out look. Drivetrain: The carryover 250-horsepower V6 remains connected to a five-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel-drive with locking rear differential is part of the standard package. Since the 2006 model year, the Ridgeline has carved out a small, but significant niche, offering an excellent compromise between all-out pickup truck and handydandy sport-utility vehicle. The one-piece body/cargo hold is affixed to a ladder-type frame that’s unlike most other pickups where separate passenger and pickup bed modules are bolted to a frame. This truck also features a smooth-riding fully independent rear suspension, a tailgate that can drop down or swing to the side, and a large lockable storage bin located beneath the cargo bed, or what Honda calls an in-bed trunk. The spare tire is located beneath the load floor, which begs the question: how do you get your cold ones out of the cooler and the spare tire out when you have a load of rocks, lumber or motorcycles in the back? The bed is short at just 1.5 metres (five feet) and payload is rated at a healthy 500 kilograms. The tailgate can support more weight than any other in the industry and the bed is a dent- and corrosion-resistant steel-reinforced moulded composite unit. Along with a 250-horsepower 3.5-litre V6 and five-speed automatic transmission, the base model (there are now four trim levels) comes with all-wheel-drive, traction control, side-curtain airbags and standard stability control to keep this nifty rig pointing where the driver intends. The optional towing package is built to handle up to 2,772 kilograms of trailer weight. To help cope with that kind of load, Ridgeline comes with transmission and oil coolers, heavy-duty brakes, two radiator fans and pre-wiring for most trailers. Eight tie-down cleats help keep the payload secure. For 2012, Ridgeline gets a minor nose job and slightly improved fuel economy. As well, a new top-line Ridgeline Sport shows up with special 18-inch black alloy wheels (17-inchers are standard) and a blacked-out honeycomb-style grille and headlight/brake light housings. Base price (incl. destination): $36,600 Type: Four-door pickup Base engine (hp): 3.5-litre SOHC V6 (250) Optional engine (hp): None Layout: Front-engine, all-wheel-drive Transmission: Five-speed automatic

l/100 km(city/highway): 14.1/9.8 (est.) Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; stability control; traction control Weight (kg): 2,050

Overall: Eight-passenger Pilot goes under the knife and wakes up looking a little surprised. Drivetrain: The 250-horsepower 3.5-litre V6 isn’t the most powerful in its class, but it’s smooth, smooth, smooth; cylinder deactivation shuts down two or three cylinders under light load conditions to save some gas and 2012 tweaks produce slightly better fuel economy on the highway. Few moves to car-based platforms see sport utility vehicles keep their more traditional styling. Witness the new Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee as perfect examples of this theory. For those who want a more comfortable ride but prefer more familiar styling, the Honda Pilot features the whole stubby-nose, upright-roof-pillars and wheel-openings-pushed-outward-in-true-off-roader-tradition kind of thing. Short front and rear body overhang allows Pilot pilots to traverse deeper ruts and gullies when heading into the back woods. But what about on the highway where the Pilot will spend most of its time? The race-track-tested platform is considerably stiffened for the 2012 facelift and is similar to that used by the Acura MDX (Acura is Honda’s upscale division). Modest calibration changes to the suspension afford a more supple ride. The upscale interior provides reasonable leg and knee room for second- and third-row riders, although those at the far end lose some precious head, shoulder and hip space. Still, eight-occupant seating is impressive in this class of vehicle and out-accommodates the Toyota Highlander, Hyundai Santa Fe and Mazda CX-9, plus other competitors, by one spot. When not needed, the rear seats can be folded flat without removing the headrests, while the liftgate features a convenient glass-hatch opening. The standard 3.5-litre V6 makes 250 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque, but the engine also receives the Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) system that imperceptibly switches between three, four or six cylinders, depending on whether the motor is accelerating or cruising at a steady rate. The Pilot is available in either front- and four-wheel-drive, with the latter functioning when tire slip is detected and when accelerating from a stop. The system can also be “locked” in place at speeds below 30 km-h, which is handy when stuck or operating in poor-traction conditions. Hill Start Assist prevents the Pilot from rolling backward on an incline of 10 degrees or greater when the driver’s right foot shifts from the brake pedal to the accelerator. Among the Pilot’s wealth of standard equipment are front and rear air conditioning, tilt/telescopic steering column, trailer hitch and a seven-speaker audio system. For 2012, most models gain hard-drive-based music storage, Bluetooth audio streaming and Bluetooth short-range wireless networking. Base price (incl. destination): $36,400 Type: Four-door sport utility vehicle Base engine (hp): 3.5-litre SOHC V6 (250) Optional engine (hp): None Layout: Front-engine, front- /all-wheel-drive Transmission: Five-speed automatic

l/100 km(city/highway): 12.5/8.2 (FWD, est.) Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control. Weight (kg): 1,960

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Drive at the posted speed limit— decreasing your cruising speed from 120 km/h to 100 km/h will decrease fuel consumption by approximately 20 per cent; Don’t idle—idling for more than 60 seconds uses more fuel and produces more CO2 compared to restarting your engine; Use cruise control—on dry, flat, wideopen highways, use cruise control to help improve fuel efficiency by maintaining an even and steady speed; Take the most fuel-efficient route— routes with fewer stop lights and less traf-

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Overall: After nine generations, the Civic remains a competent and popular way to have fun and save fuel. Drivetrain: What’s your pleasure? A variety of powerplants, from the eco-minded gas-electric Hybrid to the sporty 201-horsepower Si. There’s no shock-and-awe associated with the latest Civic’s design or content. Instead there’s evidence of a continual effort to improve on the car’s inherent goodness that will more likely be felt than noticed. Both coupes and sedans have evolved only modestly when compared to their previous-gen counterparts. The rooflines are a bit more sweeping (what Honda calls a “one motion profile”) and the front roof pillars are now thinner for improved visibility. The sheetmetal on the sedan and slightly shorter coupe is attached to a stiffer platform that reduces the distance between the front and rear wheels by a couple of centimetres. Despite this, inside, Honda has increased shoulder and legroom for front- and rear-seat passengers and modestly enlarged trunk space. The automaker also restyled the two-tier instrument panel into a slightly more formal layout. The centrally located tachometer is topped by a speedometer and available five-inch (12.7-centimetre) screen that can display key operating and audio selection info. No major alterations were made to the Civic’s base 140-horsepower 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine, other than to tweak it for fuel economy. However, the sporty Si coupe and sedan receive a more energetic 2.4-litre four-cylinder that generates 201 horsepower (up from 197) and 170 pound-feet of torque, which is 31 more than the 2.0-litre 2011 model. A five-speed manual transmission and optional five-speed automatic are offered in regular-strength Civics, with a six-speed manual gearbox exclusive to the Si. Returning for 2012 is the significantly changed Civic Hybrid sedan with a 1.5-litre four-cylinder combined with an electric motor that together make 110 horsepower. The system now employs a lighter and more advanced lithium-ion battery, replacing the previous nickel-metal-hydride unit. Honda claims the Hybrid will achieve 4.4 l/100 km rating in city driving and 4.2 on the highway (compared with last year’s 4.7/4.3). Meanwhile, you can bank on 7.2 l/100 km city and 5.0 highway for standard-issue Civics equipped with automatic transmissions. Base price (incl. destination): $16,500 (sedan); $19,500 (coupe); $27,500 (Si); $28,750 (Hybrid) Type: Two-door coupe, four-door sedan Base engine (hp): 1.8-litre SOHC I4 (140) Optional engine (hp): 2.4-litre DOHC (201); 1.5-litre SOHC I4 with 23-horsepower electric motor (110, combined) Layout: Front-engine, front-wheel-drive

Transmission: Six-speed manual; six-speed automatic (opt.), continuously variable (Hybrid) l/100 km(city/highway): 7.2/5.0 (1.8, AT); 4.4/4.2 (Hybrid) Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control Weight (kg): 1,300

Overall: With updated styling that flatters the larger Grand Cherokee and interior refinements shared with its Patriot sibling, the Compass is no longer the outsider at Jeep Jamborees. Drivetrain: 2.4-litre four-cylinder the sole engine; optional continuously variable transmission helps conserve gas. Derided for its frilly styling, the Compass was still popular with new Jeep customers because it was a good value and good on gas. For 2012, the company is taking the criticisms to heart and has given the entry-level vehicle styling that should be intimately familiar. The headlights and sevenslot grille are remarkably similar to what you’ll see on the new Grand Cherokee, although at seven-eighths scale. The sides still feature their wide fenders, and the rear is relatively unchanged, too. Unlike every other model in Jeep’s 65-plus-year history, the Compass still comes with standard front-wheel-drive, not rear- or four-wheeldrive. Finally, Jeep has rated the four-wheel-drive versions for off-road excursions, making the Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package from the mechanically identical Patriot available in the Compass. It includes low-range gearing for the continually variable transmission, all-terrain tires on 17-inch wheels, skid plates, tow hooks, and most importantly, 2.5 centimetres more ride height. This Jeep displays its practical nature with loads of cargo space, especially with the rear seat and front-passenger chair folded flat. A twist of the key fires up a Dodge-Caliberbased 172-horsepower 2.4 connected to a five-speed-manual transmission or optional continuously variable unit. As well, Compass can be had in front-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive. The base Sport, mid-range North and up-market Limited versions are available in full-time 4x4 with a “lock” mode that is recommended for deep snow, sand and other “low-traction” conditions. Base units carry a fair amount of standard gear, including traction and stability control to keep the vehicle on the right path, anti-lock brakes, fog lamps and air conditioning. Options, some of which are standard on the Limited, include remote keyless entry, side-impact airbags (not to be confused with the standard side-curtain airbags), speed control control, tonneau cover, all-terrain tires, soilrepellent and anti-microbial seat fabric and a premium sound system with rear speakers that drop down from the liftgate (in the raised position) for outside audio enjoyment. Base price (incl. destination): $19,500 Type: Four-door sport utility vehicle Base engine (hp): 2.4-litre I4 DOHC (172) Optional engine (hp): None Layout: Front-engine, front- /four-wheel-drive Transmission: Five-speed manual; continuously variable (opt.)



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~ What Type of Winter Driver are You? (NC)—Canada is the second largest country in the world, so it’s no surprise that 86 percent of Canadians aged 16 years or older have a driver’s license. However, not all of us drive the same way. Some of us love to drive fast; others are nervous or cautious behind the wheel. Canadian winter driving brings particular challenges that often magnify these differences. On wthe ice and snow, cautious drivers can become almost paralyzed with indecision, and confident drivers can become reckless.

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AFICIONADOS love the automotive world and understand the characteristics of different cars. These drivers are aware that most cars today have up to three different electronic-control systems that assist in maintaining traction and control. What they may not know is that features like a Traction Control System work by analyzing the traction that each tire has with the road, so the effectiveness of these systems is directly related to the quality and traction of the tire. By no means are these systems meant to make up for the difference between all season and winter tires. There is more than one type of winter driver, and there is more than one type of winter-driving tactic. All drivers should know their strengths and weaknesses so they can drive more safely in the treacherous winter months.




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Most of you are probably familiar with the clear plastic put on the front of new vehicles known as 3M Clearbra to prevent rockchips but how many people know it originated from a war? During the Gulf War the US Military was having issues with the dust from the desert environment causing damage to the nose of their helicopter fleet as well as the rotor blades. They approached 3M for a solution. 3M created a clear urethane film to cover those prone areas and take the brunt of the damage. It was a success and since then has crossed over into the automotive industry as 3M Clearbra.

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Winter is on its way, and the season is bound to leave some vehicles with a few extra dings, dents, scratches and chips.

By accessing the dent from behind the door panel using specialized tools, technicians can massage out dents.

From accidents caused by icy road conditions, to snowbank damaged bumpers, door bottoms and rock chips, winter can be a driver’s worst nightmare.

Locally one technician has been using the technique for years, but is surprised how many have never even heard of it.

ers can save time and money through PDR. Most of Auto Cosmedics business comes from local car dealers but they are eager to attract more retail customers.

vinyl, leather or fabric inside your ride. Working alongside Eric at Auto Cosmedics is Dave Martin, co-owner and vehicle interior and plastic repair specialist. “Some of the stuff Dave does just blows my mind,” said Eric Reckhard.

In fact put winter aside and 80% of vehicles on the road today already have dings, dents and minor paint damage of some kind.

Rather than replacing an entire seat, which can be very costly, Dave will replace sections of torn fabric, vinyl or leather.

Also consider that, next to our homes, vehicles are one of the largest investments made.

Whether its worn out or cracked leather, a chewed up gear shift from a 4 legged passenger, or even a damaged panel on the dash or door. Most interior damage can be repaired without replacement. “Its kind of as close to a One Stop Shop as you can get, without doing anything mechanical,” said Eric.

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Overall: Nissan’s curvy five-passenger tall wagon enters its 10th year looking as good as ever, a testament to its near-timeless design. Drivetrain: Still uses the 265-horsepower 3.5-litre V6 combined with a continuously variable transmission. The combination of near-luxury trimmings, a show-car body and roomy interior has kept the Nissan Murano at the top of shoppers’ lists. It’s a finely detailed tall wagon with a passenger-car-based platform that spawned competitors such as the Acura RDX, BMW X3, Ford Edge, Mazda CX-7 and other five-passenger minivan replacements with all-wheel-drive on the menu. The Murano employs the 260-horsepower 3.5-litre V6 connected to Nissan’s second-generation continuously variable transmission (CVT) that was designed to be smoother and quicker to respond to driver commands than the original. We’ve tried it and this transmission really works as advertised. The Murano’s standard all-wheel-drive system is quick to react in moving the power around when traction is dicey. All models come with climate and cruise control, six-speaker audio systems and assorted power accessories. Moving up the price pyramid adds fog lights, power telescopic steering wheel, leather seats, eight-way power driver’s seat, four-way power passenger seat and a split-folding 60/40 rear seat. Loaded versions feature power liftgates, heated front seats and outside mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, 20-inch wheels (18-inchers are standard), premium 11-speaker sound systems, seven-inch information display/rearview monitor and dual-panel moonroofs with second-row fixed skylights.

Overall: Introduced a year ago, the funky, all-weather-capable Juke gives Nissan an entry-level compact model with decidedly youthful leanings. Drivetrain: Nissan’s first-ever four-cylinder turbocharged engine delivers a healthy 188 horsepower; base six-speed manual gearbox only offered in front-wheel-drive versions; continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional. As if the Cube wasn’t enough of a way-out-there design, Nissan created a size-small wagon for 2011 that also fell into the love-it-or-leave-it camp. The Juke’s front end sports a pair of audaciously shaped fenders that dominate the overall look. The headlights appear countersunk into the nose between the bumper and the grille, while integrated turn-signal pods are positioned on either side of the hood. The five-passenger cabin holds more freeform sculpting, especially the centre console that has been designed to resemble a motorcycle fuel tank. The primary gauges are oversized, the front seats are well bolstered and the split-folding rear bench seat can be flattened to maximize cargo space. The compact Juke is nearly two feet shorter than the Rogue tall wagon and at least 30 centimetres shorter than the Ford Escape. However, its generous width provides sufficient shoulder room for adults. The music for this Juke box comes by way of a 188-horsepower 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder mated to a six-speed manual transmission (front-wheel-drive models only), or optional continuously variable (CVT) unit. The available all-wheel-drive splits the torque up to 50 per cent between the front and rear wheels when called upon and can also direct available rear-axle torque to the outside wheel in a turn for greater cornering stability. Base models are fairly basic, with a six-speaker audio system with redundant steering-wheel controls, Bluetooth short-range wireless connectivity and 17-inch wheels. All front-wheel-drive Jukes have a special storage area beneath the rear seat that would otherwise be consumed by the all-wheel-drive hardware. A wide assortment of extra-cost features - most of which are installed on up-level Jukes - include a power moonroof, keyless entry and start, leather-covered seats, navigation system with rear-view monitor and premium sound package. Nissan has also developed the Integrated Control option (cleverly called “I-CON”) - a display panel and related knobs - that runs the climatecontrol and adjusts the chassis settings, depending which of the two seemingly unrelated task modes you pick. For the latter, I-CON manipulates the CVT transmission, electronic steering and throttle response to “Normal” for everyday driving, “Sport” for a bit more performance, or “Eco” for best fuel efficiency.

Base price (incl. destination): $36,150 Type: Four-door wagon Base engine (hp): 3.5-litre DOHC V6 (260) Optional engine (hp): None Layout: Front-engine, all-wheel-drive Transmission: Continuously variable

l/100 km(city/highway): 11.7/8.5 Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; rear-seat side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control Weight (kg): 1,830


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l/100 km(city/highway): 8.3/6.4 (FWD, MT) Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; sidecurtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control. Weight (kg): 1,350

How much time does really save you? (NC)—Imagine you’re late for a wedding. The ceremony is 25 kilometres away and you’ve only just pulled out of your driveway. You peel around the corner, accelerate hard to get you up to 120 km/h and hope like heck you make it. Actually, even a slight reduction in travel time doesn’t compensate for the added fuel consumption and cost. For a typical 25 kilometre trip going 120 kilometres


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Overall: Nissan’s thoroughly updated minivan manages to appear more mainstream yet uniquely different at the same time. Drivetrain: A 253-horsepower 3.5-litre V6 is the only engine choice, hooked to Nissan’s continuously variable transmission. Say what you will about minivans, they’re still the most efficient means of transporting busy families (plus pets and assorted gear) to and from their destinations, whether they are across town or across the country. And one of the roomiest boxes of the bunch is the fourth-generation Nissan Quest that was introduced for the 2011 model year. The Quest does more than pile a bunch features into a box rolling on four wheels. No, it appears that Nissan’s production folks thought this one through pretty carefully. For example, the flexible cabin layout, impressive storage capacity and a one-touch unlock feature so you don’t have to fumble around for the key fob when you have armloads of groceries or kids add to this minivan’s functionality. The Quest begins with the Maxima/Altima/Murano platform and adds a 260-horsepower 3.5-litre V6 with 236 pound-feet of torque driving the front wheels. For reference, Chrysler’s new 3.6-litre V6 in the Grand Caravan makes 23 more peak horsepower and 24 pound-feet more peak torque. The Quest’s engine is hooked to a continuously variable transmission (the Dodge uses a six-speed automatic). The hot design blends several seemingly contrasting body lines with blackedout privacy glass that wraps around the vehicle in a continuous band. This certainly gives the Quest and long, low and lean look, especially with the 18-inch wheels found on the higher trim levels (16-inchers are standard). The interior’s most noticeable feature is the centre-stack-mounted shift lever that still leaves a pass-through for drivers to quickly move to the passenger side if needed. Second-row passengers are treated to high-back bucket seats with a centre console and an optional 11-inch movie screen. For occasional use, there’s a standard three-place third row that folds flat to make cargo loading and unloading a little smoother. Below is an ample storage well for extra coats and boots or emergency snacks. Base equipment for the “S” model includes the usual assortment of power features plus air conditioning and standard second-row power windows. The remaining trims - SV, SL and LE - add more equipment, of course, with the LE receiving the full load of leather, 12-speaker Bose-brand audio system, DVD entertainment with two sets of wireless headphones, blind-spot warning, bright high-intensity-discharge (HID) headlamps and dual moonroofs.

Overall: Mid-sized Frontier offers a less expensive and more fuel-efficient way to haul compared to the full-size Titan; changes limited mainly to minor trim adjustments. Drivetrain: Carryover four-cylinder and V6 engines, the latter being mandatory if you select the optional four-wheel-drive. Full-size pickup trucks suffer the same model bloat as regular cars, meaning every generation is larger, wider and heavier than the one before it. That leaves the so-called mid-sized machines such as the Frontier perfectly positioned to capitalize on the urge to start downsizing. Being about 500 kilograms lighter (base weight to base weight) than the Titan and having a smaller engine(s) translates into a 10.7/8.6 (city/highway) l/100 km rating (V6) versus 16.1/10.9 for the V8-powered Titan. Frontier can also be ordered with a base 152-horsepower 2.4-litre four-cylinder. The optional 261-horsepower 4.0-litre V6 is better suited to towing and off-roading since it’s the only way to get the optional 4x4 system. The 4.0-litre engine is closely related to the awardwinning V6 that appears in many other Nissan vehicles. The Frontier continues to be offered in both extended-length King Cab and four-door Crew Cab body styles and in several trim levels, including the four-cylinder S, and SV and V6-equipped SV, SL and off-road-inspired Pro-4X (in either King or Crew Cab body styles). The PRO-4X can be had in two- or four-wheel-drive and includes off-road tuned Bilstein-brand performance shocks, skid plates, unique 16-inch wheels and electronic locking rear differential. For bigger loads, try the Long Bed four-door Crew Cab model that tacks an extra 33 centimetres onto the Crew Cab’s standard 167-centimetre box for a total of about 195 centimetres. Among its few changes for the 2012 model year is a new optional Sport Appearance Package for King Cab and Crew CAB SV pickups.

Base price (incl. destination): $31,650 Type: Four-door minivan Base engine (hp): 3.5-litre DOHC V6 (260) Optional engine (hp): None Layout: Front-engine, front-wheel-drive Transmission: Continuously variable

l/100 km(city/highway): 11.1/8.1 Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes, traction control; stability control. Weight (kg): 1,990

Base price (incl. destination): $26,000 Type: Two- /four-door pickup Base engine (hp): 2.5-litre DOHC I4 (152) Optional engine (hp): 4.0-litre DOHC V6 (261) Layout: Front-engine, rear- /four-wheel-drive Transmission: Six-speed manual; five-speed automatic (opt.)

l/100 km(city/highway): 10.7/8.6 (2.5, MT) Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control. Weight (kg): 1,670


(N (NC)— NC)— — Wit With th th the he hi high igh g gas as pric prices, ces, many Canadians are looking for clever ways to cut the costs of owning and maintaining their cars. Stephen Menon, Associate Vice President of Credit Cards, TD Canada Trust, offers his advice on how Canadians can keep their cars from draining their wallets: • Write a budget – Gather all your auto bills and receipts from the past 12 months, and write them out separating and categorizing your fixed and discretionary expenses. Calculate your total by category, including insurance, gas, maintenance and accessories. If you’re alarmed by how much you’re spending in some categories, make a plan to cut down. • Look into a Drivers Rewards Credit Card – With a good auto rewards card, like the TD Drivers Rewards Visa Card, you can earn points on purchases and redeem them towards the purchase

or lease of a new ne ew or or used ussed car of yyour ourr choice or redeem them for things you need to own, operate and maintain your vehicle like services, parts and accessories. Such items include windshield washer fluid, winter tires, oil and lube, car stereo system, GPS, etc. • Consider refinancing – If you’re worried about how much you’re paying on your car loan, shop around to see if you can find a more competitive interest rate. There are a wide range of options that you can choose from to fit within your overall budget, including different interest rates, payment schedules and amortization periods. If you refinance, consider keeping the amortization as short as you can afford because vehicles are a depreciating asset. • Go Green – Remember, sometimes less is more. A smaller diesel or hybrid will reduce your carbon footprint, save on gas and retain comparable mileage.

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Overall: In place of styling gimmicks and ridiculous hype, you’ll get what you always get when you buy a Camry . . . and a bit more for 2012.; instantly recognizable styling, just the way its legions of fans prefer it.. Drivetrain: Mainly carryover gasoline engines; Camry Hybrid powertrain comes in for significant revision that means big fuel-economy gains. It has been a rocky road for Toyota as it recovers from both natural and man-made difficulties. But with the release of the latest Camry and its Hybrid offshoot, the automaker should regain momentum and further demonstrate its leadership touch. The seventh-generation Camry should pick up where the previous model left off and that is atop the mid-size sedan hierarchy. For 2012, the Camry’s oh-so-subtle changes include a pointier front end, chiseled front fenders and an accent crease extending across the doors and fenders. As well, the windshield area has been increased for improved visibility. In terms of overall size, it’s a wash, although Toyota claims there’s now slightly more passenger space resulting from cabin-layout adjustments. Inside, the organically shaped dashboard presents a layered appearance and lacks the previous model’s droopy look. As well, buyers can now choose from four different upholstery finishes, depending on the model, from woven fabric in base models to leather with faux suede seat covers at the luxury end of the scale. Revisions to the front and rear suspension are designed to keep the Camry more stable in a straight line, sharpen steering response and improve ride comfort. Very little has changed under the hood, although Toyota now rates the standard-issue 178-horsepower 2.5-litre four-cylinder at 8.2 l/100 km in the city and 5.6 highway, improved from 9.0/6.0 for 2011. Meanwhile the carryover 268-horsepower 3.5-litre V6 achieves 9.7/6.4 city/ highway l/100 km numbers, compared with 10.6/6.8 in the previous V6 Camry. In the Camry hybrid, however, Toyota has installed a new 156-horsepower 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine, replacing the 147-horse 2.4-litre unit. The 2.5 and its electric-motor assistant produce the same 199 pound-feet of torque as before, but the Hybrid’s net 200 horsepower has increased by 13. More importantly, fuel-economy numbers are expected to improve by at least 30-per cent in city driving. As before, both gasoline engines operate with six-speed automatic transmissions, while the Hybrid uses a continuously variable unit. All Camrys arrive well equipped, although the top-line XLE is understandably loaded to the hilt. The fun-to-drive SE comes with sporty suspension tuning, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, sport front seats and a quicker-shifting transmission that blips (rev matches) the throttle when downshifting, which promotes stability. Base price (incl. destination): $25,190; Transmission: Six-speed manual, six-speed $36,000 (Hybrid, est.) automatic (opt.); continuously variable (hybrid) Type: Four-door sedan l/100 km(city/highway): 8.2/5.6 (2.5, MT); Base engine (hp): 2.5-litre DOHC I4 (178) 3.9/5.9 (Hybrid, est.) Optional engine (hp): 3.5-litre DOHC V6 Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side(268); 2.5-litre DOHC I4 (156) with 105-kilowatt curtain airbags; driver’s-side knee airbag; anti-lock electric motor (200, combined, Hybrid) brakes; traction control; stability control. Layout: Front-engine, front-wheel-drive Weight (kg): 1,480

Overall: Seemingly the only big player left in the mid-sized pickup class, Toyota nonetheless gives the Tacoma a meaningful makeover inside and out. Drivetrain: Holdover 2.7-litre four-cylinder and truck-specific 4.0-litre V6. With rivals taking their toys and going home, the Toyota Tacoma remains just about the only real option left if you’re not interested in a full-size pickup truck, but are in need of decent utility. Despite its relative age, Toyota has unleashed a trickle of updates for 2012, including a very subtle reshaped grille and headlights, and new exterior mirrors. Under the long hood rests either a base 159-horsepower four-cylinder that could use an upgrade, or if towing/hauling is more of a concern, the Tacoma turns up the wick to the tune of 236 horsepower via the optional 4.0-litre V6. Tacomas come in either extended Access-Cab and four-door Double-Cab models and your choice of rear-or four-wheel-drive for all. The box (available in two lengths) floor and walls in all cases is made of composite plastic that obviously won’t dent or rust. Up-level models also get a hose-out heavy-duty all-weather flooring and an available bedrail utility system of bins, dividers and two hooks lets you securely stow all kinds of gear in back. For 2012, the radio also gets upgraded with a larger 3.3-inch (8.4-centimetre) screen that doubles as the backup camera. Other carry-over options include a variety of TRD (Toyota Racing Development) packages that offer plenty in the way of dress-up along with practical offroad equipment. Base price (incl. destination): $23,660 Type: Two-/four-door mid-sized pickup Base engine (hp): 2.7-litre DOHC I4 (159) Optional engine (hp): 4.0-litre DOHC V6 (236) Layout: Front-engine, rear-/four-wheel drive Transmission: Five-speed manual; fourspeed automatic (opt. on I4); six-speed manual (std. on V6); five-speed automatic (opt. on V6)

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Your Car Matches your Lifestyle, but do Your Tires? (NC)—Your backyard isn’t the only place that will turn into a rink when Canadian winter arrives. Our roads and highways are legendary for their degrees of difficulty during the colder months. When considering the right winter tire, you should take into consideration which of these categories best describes you and your family’s lifestyle.

Rural Driving: If you live in ru-

ral areas you know how tricky winter driving can be. Roads are often not salted and ploughed less frequently, while sudden heavy snow falls and flash freezes can turn your drive into a treacherous one. For rural drivers, aggressive studded snow tires are ideal for conquering the rough, frozen terrain. Keep in mind to check your local bylaws, as studded tires are illegal in some urban areas.

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While highways are salted and ploughed regularly, you still need a winter tire that can deal with adverse conditions. Don’t

be fooled by the promise of all-season tires, studies have shown that at -14 C all-season tires lose up to 60 per cent of their grip. As a commuter, winter tires are recommended.

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For those living in cities, where space comes at a premium, drivers often do not have room to store a second set of winter tires. Thanks to a new category of tires, ‘the allweather’, drivers no longer need to sacrifice safety for convenience and space. All-weather tires feature next generation technology that do what traditional ‘all-season’ tires were meant to do: provide great traction year round while maintaining manoeuvrability and speed. Thanks to recent improvements in rubber compounds allweather tires provide improved traction on snow and ice, with minimal loss in year round performance and wear. Remember, your tires are the only four points of your car that touch the road, and you should put as much thought into those four points as you do into the rest of your car.

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Overall: VW’s retro-inspired buggy has been reengineered to run better and look sportier with more space for people and cargo. Drivetrain: Two gasoline engines one diesel powerplant and three transmissions offer plenty of choice for Beetle buyers. Following a one-year absence, the new (not “New”) Beetle is back this fall with sharper styling, a roomier and up-to-date interior and more power. Oh, and the name has been shortened to just plain Beetle, if you please. Gone is the New Beetle’s oval, almost cartoonish appearance, replaced by a longer hood and flatter roofline that ends in a rounded hatchway flanked by a set of prominent taillights. The Beetle is wider by more than 7.5 centimetres and has been lengthened by 15 centimetres. Additionally, the distance between the front and rear wheels has been increased to create some much-needed rear-seat legroom plus a more generous stowage area with either the 50:50 split rear seat occupied or folded flat. The more contemporary-looking cabin features easyto-read dials and massive air vents that flank a carbon-fibre-look dashboard. On up-level models a trio of gauges (oil temp, turbo boost pressure and clock/stopwatch) seem inspired by the Porsche 911 cockpit. Gone (thankfully) is the cutesy dash-mounted flower vase. Getting the Beetle up to speed are three distinct powerplants. Base models arrive with a 170-horsepower 2.5-litre five-cylinder that pretty much carries over from the New Beetle. Optional is VW’s popular 140-horsepower 2.0-litre turbo-diesel (TDI) that offers a very real alternative to most gas-electric hybrids when overall fuel economy and initial purchase cost are factored in. The top-rung and most performance-focused Beetle gets it done with a 200-horsepower 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder that also returns slightly better fuel economy than the base five-cylinder engine. It’s also the only model to include a standard rear spoiler. A five-speed manual transmission and optional six-speed automatic are offered on five-cylinder Beetles, while a six-speed manual or an available six-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission can be had on either the TDI or gasoline-fed 2.0-litre editions. Entry-level Beetles showcase numerous power-operated accessories plus air conditioning, cloth-covered seats and an eight-speaker stereo. Opting for the automatic transmission with this engine adds leatherette upholstery, heated front seats and Bluetooth hands-free cellular communications. Among the variety of options is a panoramic sunroof, 400-watt Fender-brand audio package with ambient lighting, keyless entry with pushbutton start, extra-bright bi-xenon (high- and low-beam) headlights and a navigation system with five-inch touch screen. Base price (incl. destination): $23,400; Transmission: Five-speed manual (std. on 2.5); sixType: Two-door hatchback speed manual; six-speed automatic (opt.); six-speed Base engine (hp): 2.5-litre DOHC I5 (170) automated manual (opt. TDI, turbo) Optional engine (hp): 2.0-litre DOHC I4, l/100 km(city/highway): 9.5/7.1 (AT) turbocharged (200); 2.0-litre DOHC I4, turbo-diesel (140) Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain Layout: Front-engine, front-wheel-drive airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control. Weight (kg): 1,340

Overall: Volkswagen continues to sell two very different cars with the Jetta name; top-line GLI a worthy alternative to more expensive German performance sedans. Drivetrain: Reconstitution of the 115-horsepower four-cylinder engine helps lower the cost of Jetta ownership; familiar 2.5-litre five-cylinder, turbo-diesel four cylinder and pumped-up 200-horse turbo-fourcylinder return. When Volkswagen cut nearly two grand from the starting price of its redesigned 2011 Jetta, you knew something had to give, especially since the incoming car was seriously larger than its predecessor. Yes, the old 115-horsepower 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine was returned to the fold. VW claims about a 10-second zero-to-100-km time, which is not amazing acceleration, but it works for cost-conscious buyers more interested in the bottom line than pep. The 170-horsepower 2.5-litre five-cylinder gas engine returns as an option, as does the popular 140-horsepower 2.0-litre turbo-diesel (called the TDI) that’s rated at 6.7 l/100 km in the city and 4.6 l/100 km on the highway. The performance-minded Jetta GLI finally returns with its 200-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder and track-tuned suspension, big wheels and sticky tires. The gasoline engines are mated to five-speed manual transmissions, or optional six-speed automatics. The turbo-diesel offers a six-speed manual or optional six-speed automated manual transmission called the DSG (short for Direct Shift Gearbox) that does away with the pesky torque converter, which means improved fuel economy and much quicker shifts to aid acceleration. Equipment levels on the price-leader Trendline and Comfortline models pretty much mirror what you’ll find from the competition. You’ll get a basic audio system, 15-inch steel wheels and the usual power-operated accessories. Along with the 2.5-litre engine, the Sportline adds 16-inch steel wheels, faux leather seat covers and cruise control, while the Highline tosses in 17inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, fog lamps and a premium sound system. The TDI also arrives well equipped, but items such as a power sunroof, navigation system and sport package (suspension, seats and pedals) are optional. The GLI starts about mid-way up the price ladder, but the Autobahn package adds 18-inch wheels for a more aggressive look. Base price (incl. destination): $17,200 manual (GLI and TDI); six-speed automatic (opt. on 2.5); six-speed automated DSG Type: Four-door sedan manual (opt. on GLI and TDI) Base engine (hp): 2.0-litre DOHC I4 (115) l/100 km(city/highway): 9.1/6.0 (2.0, Optional engine (hp): 2.5-litre DOHC I5 MT); 6.7/4.6 (TDI) (170); 2.0-litre SOHC I4 turbo-diesel (140); Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; 2.0-litre DOHC I4, turbocharged (200, GLI side-curtain airbags; (opt.); anti-lock brakes; only) traction control; stability control. Layout: Front-engine, front-wheel-drive Weight (kg): 1,270 Transmission: Five-speed manual; six-speed


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1. Be a gentle giant -The harder you accelerate the more fuel you consume. In the city, where about half the fuel you consume is used to accelerate, you can save fuel by easing up on the pedal. Imagine an egg under your foot and an open cup of java on your dashboard.

2. Be steady - Drive at a steady, consistent speed. You’ll use less fuel, keep traffic flowing smoothly, minimize exhaust emissions and enjoy safer driving.


Anticipate traffic - Hard braking and rapid acceleration burns more fuel and is unsafe. Be defensive and watch for upcoming changes in traffic. Avoid coming to a complete stop unless you hit a stop sign or red light. Leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you.


Coast to decelerate - Coasting to a stop with your foot off the gas pedal is like driving for free. By predicting slowdowns, you can decrease your speed, conserve fuel and save money. Most vehicles today have fuel-injection systems that automatically shut off the flow of fuel to your engine when the gas pedal is released, so take advantage.

5. Slow down - The faster a vehicle travels above 80 km/h, the more fuel it consumes. For example, a vehicle needs 20 per cent more fuel to go 120 km/h than to go 100 km/h.

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Overall: VW drops the curtain - and the price - on its new mid-size sedan; new model is larger and better competes against domestics and Japan- and Korea-based models. Drivetrain: Plenty of engine choices of the gas and diesel variety; diesel is great choice for fuel economy and around-town punch. Following a one-year absence, Volkswagen’s mid-size four-door returns for 2012 with a base sticker price of about $25,300 on its window, which is about $9,400 less than the 2010 version. The new Passat is nine centimetres longer overall and the distance between the front and rear wheels has been stretched by about the same amount, which makes for an appreciable gain in passenger room. The new size is in line with models belonging to the rest of the mid-size segment and should provide the kind of space that North American sedan buyers have come to expect. The interior styling, inspired by Volkswagen’s new-look Touareg sport ute, is clean, uncluttered and devoid of the trendy dashboard swoops and swirls that can be found in competing vehicles. For the 2012 model year, VW has dropped the Passat’s previously standard 200-horsepower 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged powerplant and replaced it with a less-expensive non-turbo 170-horsepower 2.5-litre five-cylinder. A 280-horsepower 3.6-litre V6 is optional, as is Volkswagen’s hybridchallenging 140-horsepower 2.0-litre turbo-diesel that will give the Passat a claimed rating of 6.8 l/100 km on the highway (4.4 in the city), along with a range approaching 1,300 kilometres. The base 2.5 offers a five-speed manual transmission, or optional six-speed automatic. Meanwhile both the V6 and the turbo-diesel operates with a six-speed dual-clutch (automated manual) gearbox. The Passat’s starting-point Trendline model is equipped with automatic climate control, cruise control, outside temperature display and Bluetooth short-range wireless connectivity. Also standard is Hill Climb Assist that helps keep manual-gearbox models from rolling backward when you let out the clutch on an incline. An extensive list of options (some of which come standard on better-equipped Comfortline and Highline sedans) include a leather- and walnut-trimmed interior, 17, or 18-inch alloy wheels (17inch steelies are standard), push-button start, fog lights and a premium Fender-brand audio system.

Overall: There must be very rich plastic surgeon in Germany with all of Volkswagen’s facelifts for 2012, including the Tiguan tall wagon. Drivetrain: 200-horsepower 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder and your choice of sixspeed manual or automatic transmissions. The Tiguan is the latest Volkswagen to get its face lifted and now looks even more like its larger Touareg sibling. The horizontal grille splits bi-xenon (high and low beam) headlights and U-shaped LED (light emitting diode) on top-end models, while the rear taillights get some more subtle tweaks. In terms of size, the Tiguan (the splicing of the words tiger and iguana) hasn’t grown and still competes in the same class as the Honda CR-V. Equally sharp looking is the interior that carries over for 2012 with the high-end-style dash, cleanly tailored seats and premium carpeting. Rear passengers will appreciate the 15 centimetres of fore/aft travel as well as the reclining 60/40 split seat back. For more cargo space, the rear seat back, as well as the front passenger bucket, can be folded flat. The space is made even more generous due to the extra-low load floor. The Tiguan is powered by a 200-horse 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder connected to a six-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed automatic. Tiguan runs the spectrum with three trim levels and plenty of base equipment of the air/cruise/power variety as well as redesigned alloy wheels - including giant 19-inch R Design beauties on the loaded SEL - and six standard airbags. Along with VW’s 4Motion allwheel-drive (which is only available with the automatic transmission), the options list includes rear-seat side-impact airbags, a 300-watt premium audio package, touch-screen navigation system, rear-view park assist, bigger wheels and an oversized moonroof.

Base price (incl. destination): $25,300; Type: Four-door sedan Base engine (hp): 2.5-litre DOHC I5 (170) Optional engine (hp): 3.6-litre DOHC V6, (280); 2.0-litre DOHC I4, turbo-diesel (140) Layout: Front-engine, front- wheel-drive

Transmission: Five-speed manual (std. on 2.5); six-speed manual; six-speed automatic; six-speed automated manual (opt. TDI, turbo) l/100 km(city/highway): 10.1/6.5 (2.5, MT) Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control. Weight (kg): 1,440

Base price (incl. destination): $30,000 Type: Four-door tall wagon Base engine (hp): 2.0-litre DOHC I4, turbocharged (200) Optional engine (hp): None Layout: Front engine, front- /all-wheel-drive Transmission: Six-speed manual; six-speed automatic (opt.)

Drivers reminded to adjust headrests (NC)— W h i l e buckling seatbelts is second nature when getting into a car—how many of us think to adjust the headrest? Reports show that headrests are one of the most overlooked safety features in motor vehicles today and many don’t realize the important role they play in preventing neck, brain and spinal cord related injuries.

According to an Insurance Bureau of Canada study, only 14 per cent of drivers on the road have their headrest in the proper position. And whiplash being the most common soft tissue injury incurred during auto collisions underlines the importance for all passengers to ensure their headrest is adjusted properly.

“Headrests are designed to work alongside the seatbelt so that when an accident occurs it prevents the head from twisting backwards, which subsequently results in whiplash,” explains Mauro Convertini, an insurance and claims expert at Aviva Canada. “Drivers can sustain an injury from an incorrectly adjusted headrest even at speeds as low as 15 kilometres per hour— the same speed as the average bicycle.”

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What is a hybrid vehicle anyway (NC)—Hybrid electric vehicles combine the internal combustion engine and fuel tank of a conventional vehicle with an electric motor powered by a battery. The combination gives motorists the driving range and convenient refuelling capabilities of a conventional vehicle, with more environmental benefits. Hybrids achieve improvements in fuel efficiency by using an electric motor to supplement engine power. Many hybrids can even operate at low speeds using only the electric motor. Their batteries never need to be plugged in and are recharged by a combination of the internal combustion engine and by capturing energy that would otherwise be lost when braking. Many hybrids also shut off the internal combustion engine when the vehicle is stopped or waiting at an intersection to eliminate wasting fuel from idling. So if most of your driving is around the city, your fuel consumption and costs with a hybrid could be a fraction of what you are

now paying. Many auto ers in North offer hybrid thermore, expands, ferential brids and vehicles is

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(NC)—With Canadians spending more time on the road commuting to and from work, having easy access to great in-car entertainment is a necessity. Many drivers are tired of the commercials on traditional AM/FM radio and have turned to subscription-based satellite radio as their top choice for entertainment when they are behind the wheel. In fact, upwards of two million Canadians now subscribe to satellite radio and enjoy more than 120 channels of commercial-free music plus sports, news and entertainment programming. Here are answers to some of the most popular questions about satellite radio.

How does it all work? Programming originates from studios in Vancouver, Toronto, New York and Washington and is beamed via satellite across North America. Subscribers can access programming from satellite radios installed in their vehicles, homes or offices or mobile devices.

Where can I listen? Most new vehicles come equipped with satellite radio already integrated in the sound system. For other makes and models of vehicles, there are a variety of radios that are easy to install. Many also offer speaker dock accessories that let you listen at home. Subscribers can also

stream Sirius or XM programming online or on their smartphone.

Is it good for road trips? Satellite radio was made for road trips and with a Sirius or XM radio in your vehicle you can drive from Victoria to Charlottetown or Winnipeg to Miami without having to worry about losing reception.

What about programming? Satellite radio subscribers can access more than 120 channels of unbeatable live sports, comedy, entertainment and news in addition to a huge variety of commercial free music programming from every genre. Music programming is constantly updated so playlists never get boring.

What about sound quality? Satellite radio offers unbeatable reception and crystal clear sound.

Who’s listening?

Since the technology first launched in Canada six years ago, more than two million Canadians have subscribed to satellite radio.

What does it cost? Sirius or XM satellite radio is $15 per month, which gives you unlimited access to more than 120 channels of sports, news, entertainment and commercial-free music.

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Electric cars outsold gas vehicles 10-1…in 1890 (NC)—Electric cars, while holding great promise as the transportation of the future, are actually nothing new. Electric vehicles were available in Europe in the late 1800s and were introduced in North America around 1890. In fact electric vehicles e-powoutsold gasoline-pow0-1 ered cars 10-1 te during the late e 1890s1. Some companies, like Oldsmobile and S t u d e b a k e r, started out as successful electric vehicle companies only to make o the switch to ed gasoline-powered ears vehicles a few years later. gh the marOver time, though, ketplace shifted to vehicles with internal combustion engines due to various factors—the relatively high cost of electric vehicles and their low speed, short range and lack of infrastructure. Today, however, advances in technology and growing interest in reducing emissions from gasoline and diesel powered vehicles are contributing to a resurgence of electric vehicles. While still somewhat on the fringe, electric vehicles are becoming more widely available in Canada. Instead of using an internal combustion en-

gine that burns either gasoline or diesel, they use an electric motor that draws energy from an on board battery pack. They are classified as zero-emission vehicles, although there may be emissions associated with generating the electricity used to charge the batteries. Conven Conventional vehicles that rely on internal combustion en engines use le less than 30 p per cent of the energy from the fuel you put in the tank to move t the car down t road. Electhe tri vehicles can tric con convert about p cent of the 75 per energy from the battery into m motion of the vehicle. Still, electric vehicles have a more limited range than gasoline or diesel vehicles. For city driving and short trips, electric vehicles are definitely worth considering. Industry is working to develop new battery technologies to compete more effectively with conventional technologies. If you want an unbiased view of electric vehicles, check out the Natural Resources Canada website on alternative fuels at www.oee.nrcan.

Three letters that could save your life: ESC (NC)—As of Sept. 1, 2011 all newlybuilt cars will be equipped with a crash avoidance system called electronic stability control (ESC). ESC helps you stay in control of your vehicle in case you need to swerve or brake suddenly to avoid an obstacle. Transport Canada has been testing vehicles with ESC since 2004 and reports impressive improvements in vehicle stability and control under emergency maneuvers due to ESC. In order to improve safety on Canadian highways and byways, Transport Canada introduced the new Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 126.

The standard requires an ESC system on all passenger cars, multi-purpose passenger vehicles, and smaller trucks and buses that were manufactured on or after Sept. 1, 2011. ESC is the generic name, but vehicle manufacturers also use trade names such as ESP, Advance Trac and Stabilitrak for their systems. If you want to know more about ESC, Transport Canada has posted answers to some frequently asked questions at The site also lists which models of vehicles have ESC for years 2007 to 2011.

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Tips for purchasing a fuel-ef ficient vehicle: (NC)— When it comes to purpur chasing a new vehicle, you might want to consider buying the most fuel-efficient one that meets your needs. Follow these tips to help you make an informed decision:

Passenger cars with smaller engines tend to deliver better fuel economy than those with larger engines. Keep in mind horsepower levels have doubled over the past two decades and the power available in today’s subcompact cars exceeds that of many midsize sedans of the mid-1980s;

• Do some research before you leave home— The Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) website,, lets you compare the fuel consumption of various makes and models of vehicles for a specific year;

• Two-wheel drive vs. four-wheel drive—The added weight and drivetrain losses you get with four-wheel and ‘all-wheel’ drive systems increase fuel consumption. Although allwheel drive can offer better traction when accelerating under slippery conditions, it doesn’t assist in turning or braking; there is no substitute for safe driving habits;

• Check out the EnerGuide Label—Compare vehicles using the EnerGuide label that is found on all new cars. The label shows city and highway fuel consumption ratings and an estimated annual fuel cost for that particular vehicle. The values may not be perfect but they’re a start; • Choose a vehicle that fits your everyday needs in terms of size and power—Put some serious thought into your space and cargo needs—do you really need a minivan when a compact would do? • •

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And there you have the basic idea behind cylinder deactivation. Cylinder deactivation effectively shrinks the engine size, thus reducing fuel consumption by as much as six per cent according to some estimates.


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(N - Think of the power it takes to acceler(NC) aate uphill or haul a trailer. Your vehicle needs ppower from all of the cylinders in order to gget the job done. However, cruising along on a straight and level road is another story altogether. With only a light load it is possible to shut down some of the cylinders. This temporarily turns an 8- or 6-cylinder engine into a 4- or 3-cylinder engine.

• Think about your extras—Accessories and power features can be a big drag on an engine, increasing fuel consumption. How much do you really need a sunroof or roof rack? Are they worth the increased fuel consumption and emissions?


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(NC)—The average driver could save up to $625 a year in fuel costs*, prevent more than 1,000 kilograms of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and improve safety on our roads. Impossible, you say? Read on dear penny pincher. According to the experts at the Office of Energy Efficiency at Natural Resources Canada, the average driver could trim annual fuel consumption by up to 500 litres a year just by following these simple steps:

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