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Canada to mandate automatic taillights to eliminate “phantom vehicles”
Canada to mandate automatic taillights to eliminate “phantom vehicles”

Canada is set to introduce legislation requiring manufacturers to ensure that car taillights illuminate automatically in the evening within three years, according to a report from the CBC. The new regulations are a response to so-called “phantom cars,” in which a driver is unaware that...Read More»

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Volkswagen, Bosch to pay an additional $2.9 billion for Dieselgate

Volkswagen's Dieselgate bill is growing by leaps and bounds. Today alone, reports indicate that total has soared by more than $2.6 billion due to the cost of fines, repairs, buybacks, and compensation to owners of the company's less-than-clean diesels. One of Volkswagen's chief suppliers, Bosch...Read More»

Kenworth big rig (photo by Raymond Clarke Images via Flickr)
Ontario mandated speed limiters for heavy trucks; crashes fell

Here in America, there's been plenty of talk about mandating speed-limiters on big-rigs. Supporters of such regulations point to Ontario, Canada, where, as NPR reports, the benefits of speed-limiters are beginning to pay off. Auto fatalities and 18-wheelers On Friday, we wrote about U.S. traffic...Read More»

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Someone Tell Trump: America Is The New Mexico (To Canada, Anyway)

Last month, Donald Trump ruffled feathers at Ford when he claimed that the automaker was cutting American jobs by shifting production to Mexico. Now, something similar is happening in Canada -- only this time, the cheap-labor boogeyman isn't Mexico, it's the U.S. The problem in the Great White...Read More»

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2013-2015 Nissan Leaf Owners Report Brake Problems, Canada Investigates [UPDATE]

In the U.S., numerous complaints about the braking system on the Nissan Leaf have been filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. According to Detroit News, NHTSA's colleagues to the north, Transport Canada, have received quite a few complaints of their own, and the agency has...Read More»

Parking ticket (via Flickr user Paul Henman)
Traveling In Canada This Summer? Don't Park With Your Windows Down

In states and towns across America, you can find plenty of dumb laws on the books. In Washington state, for example, it's illegal to harass Bigfoot. In Louisiana, stealing an alligator could result in a ten-year jail term. And until 1997, it was against the law to sell doughnut holes in Leigh...Read More»

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2011-2012 Dodge Charger Recalled For Potential Headlight Failure, 49,400 Vehicles Affected

Chrysler has issued a recall for 2011 and 2012 models of the Dodge Charger. According to Detroit News, some of those vehicles may suffer from a wiring flaw that could disable the low-beam headlights, increasing the likelihood of an accident. In a press release, Chrysler says that its investigation...Read More»

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U.S. Auto Exports Hit Record High

A few years ago, economists lamented the death of the U.S. manufacturing sector. They lay the blame on several factors, including the high cost of U.S. labor compared to elsewhere on the planet, stringent government regulations, an unskilled workforce, and a general trend toward sales and service...Read More»

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Why Can't Canadians Buy Cars In The U.S.? TV Investigation Says It's Deliberate

Crossing borders to purchase things on the cheap is a centuries-old tradition -- and a centuries-old problem. For example, Canadian pharmacies made headlines in recent years, offering Americans cheaper prescription drugs than they could ever get in the U.S. Now, however, the snowshoe is on the...Read More»

Bluetooth headset concept by Ilshat Garipov
More Proof That Hands-Free Devices Are Distracting

If you enjoy using Bluetooth headsets or making calls through your dashboard, we have some bad news: a recent study suggests that using hands-free devices can be a major distraction for drivers. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Alberta, and it's one of several that have...Read More»

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Florida Requires Canadians To Have International License (UPDATE: No, It Doesn't)

Canadians heading to Florida for a break from the Great White North can breathe a bit easier: Florida says that a new law requiring international driving permits for America's northern neighbors won't be enforced -- at least not for now. Confused? You should be. Millions of people from around the...Read More»

Mayan motor mayhem: end of the world clearance event from the Humberview Group
Mayan Motor Mayhem: Canadian Dealer Offers Free Cars If The World Ends

We're just a few weeks away from the big event -- not Christmas, not Wright Brothers Day, but the end of Planet Earth. Well, at least if Mayans are correct. Most of us seem to have forgotten about the whole world-ending-on-December-21 thing. Maybe we were distracted by a contentious presidential...Read More»

2011 Honda Fit Sport
Hondas To Be As 'American' As Detroit Cars By 2015?

A few weeks ago, we wondered whether U.S. consumers found it more important to buy a car that's "made in America" or one that's made by an American company. The post generated some interesting discussion, with several readers pointing out -- quite rightly -- that in this day and age, it's become...Read More»

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Toyota Bringing Much Of Its Production Home -- To America

The Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of March, 2011 wreaked havoc on Japan, killing thousands of citizens and bringing much of the country to a standstill. Automakers like Toyota were beginning to get back up to speed later that year, when flooding in Thailand put more crimps in the production line...Read More»

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Saskatoon Parking Meter "Cheating Glitch" Too Expensive To Fix

According to an article published in the SaskatoonStar Phoenix over the weekend, a programming error in the City of Saskatoon's parking meters allows drivers to park free under a specific circumstance that is becoming ever more widely known and exploited (and with the article's publication, likely...Read More»

2010 Kia Rondo
Funny, Fickle Consumers – Or Why The Kia Rondo Flopped Here (Maybe)

A year ago this month, our sister publication TheCarConnection reported that Korean automaker Kia confirmed the demise of its Rondo minivan. Though it won some hearts and minds with TCC’s editors, the cross between a minivan and a hatchback never really caught on with U.S. consumers during...Read More»

2010 Kia Rondo
The Kia Rondo: Canadian Rock Star, American Failure. Why?

We paused for a moment of silence in 2010, when we learned that there would be no 2011 Kia Rondo in the United States market. We praised the compact multi-purpose vehicle for its versatility and interior space efficiency, or as Kia’s marketing people referred to it, “cabinosity.”...Read More»

Safe Road Workers campaign in Ontario
Give 'Em A Brake: Road Workers Talk To Drivers On Facebook, Twitter

It's nearly summer, which means more cars on the roads and, by extension, more cars passing through construction zones. We all know that we're supposed to slow down when we see workers in the area, but unfortunately, not everyone follows the rules. Now, a group of construction workers in Ontario...Read More»

Screencap from Mitsubishi's Guinness World Record-breaking video
Video: Mitsubishi Sets 5 Guinness Records In A Single Day

Mitsubishi, like the late Rodney Dangerfield, doesn't always get much respect -- at least not in the U.S. Its models haven't really captured the imagination of the American public, its performance in customer satisfaction and other surveys is so-so, and its sales numbers pale in comparison to most...Read More»

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