Does good industrial policy make good neighbours?

The Biden administration has done Canada a solid with its buy-North-American awakening. We would help ourselves by reciprocating

Does good industrial policy make good neighbours?Canada’s auto sector got a boost this week – from U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration. Will we be good neighbours and return the favour? After a marathon voting session, the U.S. Senate finally passed a slimmed-down version of Biden’s landmark climate and economic renewal legislation. The U.S. House of Representatives is set to okay the…

The stylish, all-electric Volvo C40 Recharge

Volvo has a lot riding on the C40 as it begins the transition to offering only fully electric vehicles by 2030

The stylish, all-electric Volvo C40 RechargeVolvo’s first pure electric crossover is the Volvo C40 Recharge P8 AWD. Although it’s a new model, the C40 shares many components with the boxier XC40 Recharge all-electric model. There are two main differences. First, the C40 is electric only, while the XC40 is available with either a gas engine or an all-electric powertrain. Also,…

Ford Explorer Timberline as much limo as SUV

This is a people-carrier par excellence and is amazingly quiet on the highway

Ford Explorer Timberline as much limo as SUVWith the price of gas hovering around the two bucks a litre mark in most of the country, does it make sense to buy one of the more gas-thirsty vehicles on the market? I'm talking about full and mid-size SUVs models like – oh – the Toyota Sequoia, Chev Suburban, Jeep Wagoneer, and so on.…

Genesis GV60 an innovative all-electric crossover

The GV60 has plenty of unique features that put it well above its Hyundai and Kia relatives

Genesis GV60 an innovative all-electric crossoverThe first Genesis model with a dedicated all-electric platform is the GV60, a high-end compact crossover. Genesis is the luxury brand for Hyundai. While the GV60 shares some underpinnings with the related Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the Kia EV6, it has plenty of unique features that put it well above its Hyundai and Kia relatives.…

Engineering clubs a path to a future career

Student clubs offer a taste of what it means to work together on a multifaceted design project

Engineering clubs a path to a future careerEngineering clubs are created by students and for students. They provide a sandbox that lets future engineers make new things, sometimes starting with mistakes. COVID-19 jeopardized the clubs, but they’re coming back strong and punching above their weight. “It’s not something that you expect a group of students to take on because of the technical…

Buying used: 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring holds up well

The hatchback body configuration is just about as versatile as you can get in this market

Buying used: 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring holds up wellHyundai’s 2012 edition of the Elantra Touring was kind of an in-between vehicle. The hatchback entered the North American market for the first time in 2009 but received a complete overhaul in 2011. Hyundai was quick to point out that the Touring was not just the Elantra sedan with a different body configuration. It was…

Researcher aims to squeeze extra life out of lithium ion batteries

Improving charge capacity could offer big advantages for manufacturers and consumers

Researcher aims to squeeze extra life out of lithium ion batteriesCruising down the highway in an electric car, who wouldn’t want to squeeze a few hundred extra kilometres out of a single battery charge? University of Alberta researcher Jasper Woodard is hoping to achieve just that. He’s working to improve a particular component in the lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles (EVs) – and everyday…

Ford Maverick Hybrid has plenty going for it – if you can find one

The 2022 Maverick doesn't sport any weird idiosyncrasies. Mainstream ergonomics all the way

Ford Maverick Hybrid has plenty going for it – if you can find oneDoes the world need another pickup truck? Virtually every manufacturer on the market has a light truck on offer. Sometimes it seems like every other vehicle is a pickup of some sort. Light truck sales in Canada are as healthy as ever, despite ridiculous gas prices, a looming recession and the high cost of living.…

Mazda CX-30 for 2022 is familiar and functional

Mazda has mastered the art of building innocuous, practical family transport, and CX-30 is right on target

Mazda CX-30 for 2022 is familiar and functionalCar manufacturers sometimes market their products in a confusing way. In the old days, it was called “badge engineering,” where one model would be gussied up or slightly altered and sold as something else – even though it was virtually identical to the vehicle it was based on. The Oldsmobile Cutlass, for example, was sold…

F1 driver Sebastian Vettel’s oil sands criticism rife with hypocrisy

Car racing relies on oil and gas. Canada should be the choice supplier, rather than nations like Saudi Arabia

F1 driver Sebastian Vettel’s oil sands criticism rife with hypocrisyGerman Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel sat on a podium in Montreal last week in gear emblazoned with his sponsor logos – including Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) oil giant Saudi Aramco, owned by the tyranny state of Saudi Arabia – and told reporters that Alberta’s oil sands is “criminal.” He had arrived earlier…
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