Paul Williams

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Mar 05 2018

2018 Kia Rio 5-door — heating up the segment

Used car dealers must be having a tough time these days. Why? New car dealers, that’s why. What with their competitive pricing, easy financing, and long, comprehensive warranties, new car deals are more attractive than ever. But the kicker, I think, is the availability of sexy new features — like heated steering wheels and advanced …

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Jan 31 2018 – ran well when parked

Websites come and go, but there’s no website cemetery that I know of. There is an Internet Hall of Fame, it turns out, but there’s no Website Hall of Fame. If one is ever established, I nominate for inclusion. was the brainchild of one Grant Yoxon of Ottawa, Canada. He registered it in …

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Jan 31 2018

2018 Chevrolet Volt – An Owner’s Perspective

After many years of test-driving cars and writing review articles for various Canadian media outlets, I’ve finally bought a new car. It’s a 2018 Chevrolet Volt, a model that’s interested me since its introduction in 2011, and even before that, actually, as a concept shown at the Detroit Auto Show in 2007. Then it was …

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Jan 23 2018

Hi-Gear Engineering MGA Five-Speed Conversion – Doing it Yourself!

There is no oil in the gearbox! That’s the first thing I read upon receiving the four boxes that comprise Hi-Gear Engineering’s five-speed conversion for the MGA. Opening one of the boxes, I found the same message writ large: “THERE IS NO OIL IN THE GEARBOX!” And after removing the Styrofoam packing protecting said gearbox …

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Jan 22 2018

MGA Adventures

In 1955, the MG car company finally introduced its all-new sports car, the MGA. It replaced the vintage MG “T” series cars that dated back to the 1920s, and in doing so, belatedly left behind the era of the car as motorized carriage. The MGA, in contrast to the charming but primitive previous-generation MG TC, …

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Jan 22 2018

Honda S2000: Future Classic!

Named for the year in which it as released, former Honda chief Hiroyuki Yoshino said the Honda S2000 represented “Honda leading the way in sports cars in the next millennium.” Well, not quite. As it turned out, the S2000 became more of a closing act than an opening salvo, as Honda’s as attention turned toward …

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Jan 17 2018

2018 Mazda CX-3: Big fun in a small package

You get a lot standard in the 2018 Mazda CX-3. Large seven-inch display, wide-angle rearview camera, push-button start, air conditioning, internet capable radio, cruise control, and get this… a six-speed manual transmission! You don’t see many of those anymore. And you get Mazda’s new “G Vectoring Control” system. More on that later. The “base” GX …

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Jan 16 2018

2018 Nissan Qashqai: Another Jumbo Shrimp from Nissan

It’s called a Qashqai. I know, another weird car name. Sorry, but nobody I met could remember it even after hearing the name a few times. Repeat after me… cash-kye! In the US they didn’t even bother. There it’s called the Nissan Rogue Sport. Ha! Okay, Nissan’s latest introduction to the Canadian marketplace, the Qashqai …

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Dec 11 2017

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan: It’s new; it’s here; it’s changed!

Just spent a pleasant week in the all-new 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan. And when I say all-new, I mean it! There’s nothing that carries over from the first-generation Tiguan beyond the name, much to the initial disappointment of my partner who drives one and was considering the new model as a replacement. No, the 2018 Tiguan …

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Jul 21 2017

1969 Ford Cortina GT: Canadian Survivor!

As a boy growing up in England in the 1960s, my world was populated with its share of quirky people and their quirky vehicles. What kid could resist cars with names like Bristol Beaufighter, Jowett Jupiter, Reliant Scimitar and Jensen Interceptor? I sure couldn’t. True, others like the Imps, Elfs (Elves?) and Sprites sounded like …

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