Gifts & Gadgets

Porsche school a gift idea

May 26, 2017 Richard 0

It may be too late for Mother’s Day, but here is a suggestion for Father’s Day — the new Porsche Sport Driving School.   Admittedly, at $2,495 it is not for everyone, but if you […]

Better Driver

Teen drivers and crashes too common

May 21, 2017 Richard 0

A few years ago, the Ottawa-based Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) conducted a study that showed teen drivers are involved in a disproportionate number of serious crashes.  Driver training may be a provincial issue, but […]


2017 Ford Flex review

May 21, 2017 Richard 0

The distinctive boxy shape is neither a wagon nor a utility vehicle. The Flex stands apart. And alone.  

Fleet sales

Honda least dependent on fleet sales

May 16, 2017 Richard 0

There was an interesting little missive in my mailbox the other day. “Honda remains the least fleet-oriented brand in 2016,” DesRosiers Automotive Consultants reported. At the other end of the sales spectrum more than 80% […]


2017 Kia Optima hybrid review

May 14, 2017 Richard 0

The Kia Optima HEV (hybrid electric vehicle) drives like a conventional car with little evidence it is anything other than ‘normal’ — except for its impressive fuel mileage in town and on the highway.   […]

everything automotive

2017 Buick Encore review

May 6, 2017 Richard 0

Buick set out years ago, to earn respect for what it called quiet tuning. Those efforts, which include everything from a stiff chassis and acoustic glass, to the use of strategically placed foam and liquid […]