Ontario’s New Car Dealers seek Tax Breaks for Consumers

TORONTO, Dec. 21 /CNW/ - Ontario’s new car dealers are calling on the Federal & Provincial governments to offer three or six month tax rebates to drive up sales of domestic and foreign vehicles. The dealers, members of the Ontario Automobile Dealer Association (OADA), say the tax break will dramatically increase the number of customers visiting showrooms and help stimulate sales of new vehicles.

By Guest Column - Monday, December 22, 2008

Ford of Canada Responds to Government Announcement

NOTE TO EDITOR: Following the announcement by the US government, the Canadian and Ontario governments today confirmed the granting of emergency loans to GM Canada and Chrysler Canada. The following statements can be attributed to David Mondragon, president and CEO, Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited.

By Guest Column - Monday, December 22, 2008

Auto Industry Supporters Grateful for What They Got

With several inches of fresh snow on the ground and with President Bush approving a $17.4 billion auto industry bailout, it was beginning to look a lot more like Christmas in Michigan on Friday. But it was more like the kind of Christmas where you found an orange in your stocking instead of that Wii game you really, really wanted.

By Guest Column - Saturday, December 20, 2008

Porsche Cayenne Turbo S – Power Player

What would you do if you had 550 horses at your beck and call?  I don’t know what you’d do, but I drooled. I mean, such power! And to come wrapped in the 2009 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, the top line model of Porsche’s great SUV, well, for what more could anyone ask?

By Jim Bray - Friday, December 19, 2008

Chrysler, GM Reopen Merger Talks

General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC have reopened merger talks, as Chrysler owner Cerberus Capital Management LP has signaled its willingness to give away part of its ownership in the auto maker, say people familiar with the discussions.

By Guest Column - Thursday, December 18, 2008

Suzuki Vitara a Grand SUV

Suzuki’s new Grand Vitara could be the perfect SUV for many consumers looking for a vehicle in the “cute ute” class.

By Jim Bray - Monday, December 15, 2008

Ford of Canada Statement

“The Canadian and Ontario governments have demonstrated strong leadership in the decision to support the country’s auto sector. At Ford of Canada, we are well on our way to transforming our company and do not need immediate access to government loans. Instead, we have asked the government for a “stand-by” line of credit to be used only if the current economic crisis worsens.

By Guest Column - Friday, December 12, 2008

GM board hired advisers to consider bankruptcy

DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Corp hired outside advisers to weigh bankruptcy, but the board determined that a filing was not an option for the struggling automaker, a GM spokesman said on Thursday.

By Guest Column - Friday, December 12, 2008

Looking for a Minivan?

It may not be the most glamorous segment of the car biz, but minivans are still popular items with people who need the room and flexibility.

And in this niche, the Honda Odyssey is a fine entry, one of if not the best available.

I took a 2008 Odyssey for a week near the end of its life, the last writer to get it before retirement (the van, not me, alas). And as it turns out, when I was finished with it, it truly was ready for the automotive equivalent of the old folks home which, if it were actually to exist (and other than the difference in brand name), should by all rights be called “the old Volks home”. I’ll tell you about that later.

By Jim Bray - Monday, December 8, 2008

VW Jetta Diesel – TDI, not TD-ous

In a time of unstable gasoline prices, one might think a hybrid is the best way to go. But there’s a proven alternative that offers the gas mileage you want without requiring a hybrid’s premium price.

It’s the diesel, an engine that has been around forever but which has also been dumped upon nearly forever for such things as emissions and noise. But today’s diesel can be different from days gone by, if Volkswagen’s “clean diesel” technology is any indication.

By Jim Bray - Monday, December 8, 2008

Lincoln MKS – Sedan in Sync

Lincoln’s new full size sedan is packed with all kinds of nifty features and offers good performance. But is it enough to bring in new customers to the famous brand?

By Jim Bray - Sunday, November 23, 2008

Lexus Unleashes a Beast

It’s a lean, mean driving machine, yet it comes from a company whose name is more associated with luxury than sports.

By Jim Bray - Sunday, November 23, 2008