Time for some automotive bits and pieces

Nissan has discovered technology that stifles viruses, including coronavirus

Time for some automotive bits and piecesSounding like something out of Blade Runner or Star Wars, Nissan recently announced that it has helped develop technology that “inactivates viruses using catalyst active species for aerobic oxidation.” In a nutshell, Nissan has discovered technology that stifles viruses of various types – including, apparently, coronavirus – by hitting them with catalysts the company discovered…

2013 Kia Soul was one funky ride

Consumer Reports appreciated its affordability and “decent” performance

2013 Kia Soul was one funky rideBy 2013, the Kia Soul was firmly embedded in the North American market. It joined the new breed of stubby compact “urban crossover” wagons, such as the Nissan Cube, Scion xB, Honda Element, Ford Flex and so on, and was an instant success. Sometimes it seemed like every other vehicle on the road was a…

Hydrogen powered vehicles may be making a comeback

The Toyota Mirai feels like any other upscale electric car

Hydrogen powered vehicles may be making a comebackBack in the ’80s and ’90s, when alternate fuel technology was at a fever pitch, one of the possibilities that seemed the most promising was hydrogen power. It’s clean burning, abundant, and fuel efficient, and a slew of manufacturers, including Mazda, BMW, and Toyota, spent enormous amounts of time and money pursuing the idea of…

2013 Mazda3 a pleasure to drive, despite the tweaks

A thumbs up from Consumer Reports, but mixed results for JD Power

2013 Mazda3 a pleasure to drive, despite the tweaksBenefiting from an additional seven horsepower, the 2013 Mazda3 was still in its second generation and pretty much business as usual for the Japanese company. Most of the changes from the previous year were in the form of refinements and interior upgrades, and you could get Mazda’s new thrifty SkyActiv drivetrain for the first time.…

Genesis G80 has style, comfort and plenty of functionality

If you want an upscale sedan that's easily on par with anything in market, start with the G80

Genesis G80 has style, comfort and plenty of functionalityOne thing Hyundai has usually managed to get right throughout its travails and triumphs is styling and design. Going right back to the old 1980s-era Pony and Sonata, the Korean company’s products have been easy on the eyes. Some more than others, of course, and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But I…

Buying used: 2010-14 Ridgeline as much an SUV as a pick-up

Consumer Reports loved the Ridgeline

Buying used: 2010-14 Ridgeline as much an SUV as a pick-upThe adage: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” applies in spades to the Honda Ridgeline, which from 2010 up to at least 2014 was essentially unchanged in appearance, drivetrain layout, comfort level, and function. The Ridgeline was never intended to be a working truck in the same way as, oh, a Ford F-150 or…

Mustang Mach-E puts the jolt in electric car driving

A well-thought-out, highly-driveable two-door hatchback that, if you can find the scratch, goes like a bat out of hell

Mustang Mach-E puts the jolt in electric car drivingThe British Columbia government just announced it’s increasing rebates to those who purchase electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. This is good news, as the biggest obstacle to electric car ownership is the high initial cost. At this point, all-electric cars are pretty much available to those with a few extra dollars to spend. But drivers…

Buying used: Nissan Altima Coupe well appointed, economical

Hitting the market in 2008 and discontinued in early 2013, it was and is one of the more stylish cars on the road

Buying used: Nissan Altima Coupe well appointed, economicalIt may look like the Altima sedan but the Altima Coupe, according to Nissan, is a different vehicle in almost every way. Hitting the market in 2008 and discontinued in early 2013, it was and is one of the more stylish cars on the road – nice to look at from just about every angle.…

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.…

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…
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