Author Archives: Lorraine

There was a time when “going for a drive” meant hitting the road, getting lost, and just enjoying the sights

Originally published: August 11, 2014 Sweet Corn, $4.50 a dozen. I flew past the sign even though I wanted corn. I reasoned I’d see another sign a little farther down the road, because I was in the heart of corn … Continue reading

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What do we say we want? Efficient, eco-friendly small cars. What do we buy? Gas-guzzling pickups. Please do make sense of that

Originally published: August 4, 2014 Oops, I bought a new car. Not me, but apparently, a bunch of people are doing just that. GM has found as people have started bringing in their vehicles for repair for one of the … Continue reading

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Avocado green? What car colours say about us

Do you care what colour your car is? The most popular car colour in the world is white, according to PPG Industries, the biggest automotive paint supplier. For 2013, a whopping 25% of vehicles they supplied paint for were white. … Continue reading

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Who wants to be my Porsche-mate? Twitter answers the call

Originally published: July 21, 2014 Sometimes I get to drive outrageously beautiful cars, and it seems a shame to not share them with others who love them. When I recently had the new 2014 Porsche 911 Targa S, I decided … Continue reading

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Despite the stigma, many used car buyers aren’t deterred from purchasing recalled vehicles

Originally published: July 14, 2014 Would you buy a used car that has had a recall? How about one that has had multiple recalls? According to the Automobile Protection Association, Canada’s watchdog, you not only would, but you do – … Continue reading

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Embattled General Motors tries to buy back the public trust. But settlement could be 13 years too late

Originally published: July 7, 2014 GM is set to pay out at least $1-million for each death attributed to their faulty switches. They’ve finally worked out a formula calculating how much each person, now dead as a result of a … Continue reading

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Is your car blowing hot air? Getting at the root of the problem can be a costly and frustrating exercise

Originally published: June 30, 2014 Cars are awesome, until they’re not. I call it the absence of malice problem: I only notice something is wrong because I take for granted how often everything is right. Turn the key and go; … Continue reading

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These five tips are the only things you need to heed before hitting the road this summer

Originally published: June 23, 2014 The kids will be out of school in a week or two, and you will be deluged with list after list of how to get ready for a road trip. Whether the trip is for … Continue reading

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Driving my father up to the family cottage for the last time was an emotional ride for both of us

Originally published: June 13, 2014 If my Dad were alive he’d be 88, and I often wonder which 18 years, like notes on a piano keyboard, he would have willingly surrendered. Actually, I already know: none. He surrendered nothing willingly, … Continue reading

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If you want to fix the congestion crisis, you have to get at the root of the problem: Too many cars on the road

Originally published: June 9, 2014 I’m driving a car with “green” plates this week, a Ford C-Max Energi. It’s one of the few cars with enough headroom for my 6’4” son, and while the battery takes up most of the … Continue reading

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