Alberta should be at the forefront of the shift to electric vehicles

We need a national mining strategy so Canada can supply the global market with the lithium needed for electric vehicle batteries

Alberta should be at the forefront of the shift to electric vehiclesPolitical pundits, politicians and talking heads in the media for the most part spend very little time watching for disruption and innovation in the marketplace. A global consensus has formed that oil as a form of transportation energy should become a stranded asset. Alberta’s vast lithium reserves mean the province can forget about yesterday and…

Buying used: 2011 Ford Explorer a people mover with frills

This Explorer was aimed more at soccer moms than off-road rock-hoppers, and was still the quintessential suburban grocery-getter

Buying used: 2011 Ford Explorer a people mover with frillsDebuting in mid-2010, the 2011 Ford Explorer signalled a new direction for Ford’s most popular SUV. From here on in, fuel economy would trump performance. Power was delivered by either a Triton V6 that displaced 3.5 litres and developed 290 horsepower, or a 2.0-litre turbocharged Eco-Boost four-cylinder engine that came later in the model year.…

Auto industry news and notes

Recycled batteries and other components, plus new models and partnerships

Auto industry news and notesIt’s time for a few odds and ends in the automobile business. Acura has a new, fourth generation 2022 MDX set to go on sale later this month. The flagship SUV will feature a new exterior redesign that the company describes as “bold and athletic,” new front suspension and revamped interior layout, among other things.…

News and notes from the automotive world

New car and motorcycle models, e-vehicle updates and a runabout that really went the distance

News and notes from the automotive worldSome year-end odds and ends from various car manufacturers. Acura is about to unveil its 2022 MDX. The company describes it as “the most premium, performance-focused and technologically sophisticated SUV in Acura history.” The latest iteration of the MDX will feature a new exterior design, redesigned suspension, more interior space, and all-new digital instrumentation and…

Buying used: 2010 Ford F-150 pickup offers plenty of options

Buyers should keep in mind that pre-owned F-150s might have been used as work vehicles or regularly taken off-road

Buying used: 2010 Ford F-150 pickup offers plenty of optionsBy 2010, Ford’s F-150 pickup had been the bestselling truck in North America for most of the past 43 years. Apparently, if you parked every F-series truck ever sold in Canada front to back, you’d have a line stretching from Halifax to Vancouver and beyond. Ten years ago, Ford still pretty much owned the full-size…

Lincoln Aviator offers plenty of style and luxury

In every respect, the 2020 Aviator is truly a luxury vehicle. Ford hasn’t missed much when it comes to pampering its occupants

Lincoln Aviator offers plenty of style and luxuryMuch like General Motors with its Cadillac division, Ford has decided to funnel a substantial portion of its resources into its flagship Lincoln line. Over the past few years, we’ve seen a kind of renaissance from this previously low-key marque. Lincoln has six models in its lineup, four of which are SUVs. Clearly, the powers…

All-electric Nissan Ariya arrives, along with a revived Ford Bronco

Two SUVs – one ultra-modern and one a throwback – will be available to consumers in the coming year

All-electric Nissan Ariya arrives, along with a revived Ford BroncoCar manufacturers would start to roll out their new models right about now under normal circumstances, getting the word out to journalists about what they’re doing in the upcoming year. Traditionally, new car introductions, press briefings, test drives and interviews with the brass would be the preferred method of spreading the word. But with COVID-19,…

Lincoln Corsair dripping with luxury features

Lincoln Corsair dripping with luxury featuresThings have definitely changed in the car industry over the past decade. Especially with domestic manufacturers.  What was known as The Big Three – General Motors, Ford and Chrysler – pretty much owned the car industry in North America right up to the early 1980s and had an iron grip on most buyers’ affections. But that…

Eight 2014 models that could fill your used-car needs

From subcompacts to minivans to performance cars, here's something for every buyer

Eight 2014 models that could fill your used-car needsAre you looking for a used car around five years old? Here are some suggestions from four manufacturers for the model year 2014. Ford Fiesta This model shows that Ford can do more than build hotrods and pickup trucks. With plenty of European input, the Fiesta was arguably the only North American subcompact on equal…

The 2019 Ford Expedition is big on features – and just plain big

Comfortable, stable, accommodating and roomy, it’s the state of the art for full-size SUVs

The 2019 Ford Expedition is big on features – and just plain bigWith the explosion in compact SUV popularity, it’s almost unusual to see an actual full-size model – the ones that got this whole ball rolling, like the Chevrolet Suburban or its direct competitor, the Ford Expedition. Introduced in 1997, the Expedition borrows heavily from the F-150 pickup truck platform, utilizing many mechanical components and similar…

Fusion Energi puts some spark in the debate about hybrids

The 2019 model can be plugged in overnight and then travel up to 40 km on battery power

Fusion Energi puts some spark in the debate about hybridsThe federal government recently announced funding in this year’s budget for incentives of up to $5,000 for Canadian buyers of zero-emissions vehicles. That’s good, but why not extend the funding to hybrid cars? Given the current technology, a hybrid car makes much more sense than a fully electric one. And if the hybrid is a…

The 2019 Lincoln Continental offers upscale driving at its best

This spectacular-looking automobile drives like a sports coupe and even plows through snow with ease

The 2019 Lincoln Continental offers upscale driving at its bestFord announced a while ago that it would cease production of all its conventional passenger sedans starting in 2020. As well as being a potential game-changer for the company, this is also a huge mistake. Yes, people are buying SUVs and sport cutes in unprecedented numbers, but things change. And right now, Ford has never…

Ford EcoSport gets the most out of a modest engine

Practicality and low fuel consumption make this SUV a good family choice

Ford EcoSport gets the most out of a modest engineIf you’re looking for a practical vehicle that has plenty of storage capacity, ample seating for four and is cheap on gas, the four-door Ford EcoSport may be the vehicle. There are four 2018 models offered: the S base, the SE, the SES and the Titanium, which I test-drove. The EcoSport also comes in front-wheel…

Buying used: 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid stands test of time

Owners tend to keep them forever, given their reliable and economic performance

Buying used: 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid stands test of timeFord Fusion Hybrids of the 2010 vintage can be in short supply. Owners tend to keep them forever. Introduced in 2010, the Fusion Hybrid was powered by a 2.5-litre four-cylinder gas engine mated to a pair of electric motors and a constantly variable transmission. The engine featured Atkinson technology, which basically lowers the compression and…

Ford Mustang EcoBoost lacks the edginess a muscle car needs

My car looked like a Mustang but drove like a Taurus, lacking that rough-around-the-edges, tactile edginess that made the car so endearing in the first place

Ford Mustang EcoBoost lacks the edginess a muscle car needsIf you follow the automobile industry at all, you probably know that Ford will be discontinuing production of all its passenger sedans and focusing on SUVs and trucks within the next few years. Fiesta, Fusion, Focus, Taurus, etc., all gone. The single exception is the Mustang, which will carry on. And just last week I…