Paul Williams

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Interesting items for sale

Over the years many items of interest have made my home their home. While I continue to enjoy all this odds’n’endsia, I’d like to make some of it available to other collectors. Contact me at editor@gonedriving.ca if you’d like more details on any of these items. Prices plus shipping. Paypal would be a good way …

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Consuming Electronics

Soon! Consuming Electronics Ten technology firsts that you may have owned! By Paul Williams Polaroid SX-70: The first single lens reflex instant colour camera Motorola DynaTak 8000X: The first cell phone Regency TR-1: The first transistor radio Zenith Flashmatic: The first wireless remote Magnavox Odyssey: The original home video game suite Hoffman Trans Solar: Pioneer …

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2019 Volkswagen GTI: Say no more!

When driving a 2019 Volkswagen GTI the word that most readily comes to mind is “balance.” Well, balance is a beautiful thing, right? You want people to be well-balanced; you work for a balanced portfolio; you balance wants and needs. It’s an aspiration, a goal, an ideal. And in a car it can be a …

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2019 Toyota RAV4 Limited: All-new 5th generation RAV

All-new for 2019, the Toyota RAV4 may be nothing like your mental image of this vehicle. It’s bigger, tougher-looking, ready for adventure. Nothing like the little cute-ute that debuted so long ago. But just like people, vehicles evolve, change, grow up (we hope) as the years pass. This is the fifth generation “RAV,” adapting to …

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2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: charging ahead… for the time being

Released in Canada in 2017 as a 2018 model, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) quickly became Canada’s best-selling plug-in hybrid. That shouldn’t be too surprising because there wasn’t a mainstream mid-size SUV plug-in hybrid on the market until Mitsubishi released the Outlander PHEV. And guess what? Canadians love their compact and mid-size …

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2019 Mazda3 Sport GT AWD: Got some attitude!

Spent an entertaining week in the 2019 Mazda3 Sport GT AWD. It’s the first model of the fourth-generation Mazda3, and it features a new platform along with new interior and exterior styling, and improvements to driving dynamics and convenience features. Except for the 2.5L four-cylinder engine, it’s all-new, in other words. Also news is that …

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2019 Prius AWD-e: One last charge?

It’s been almost two decades since Toyota introduced its Prius gas-electric to the North American market, where it quickly became the poster child for alternative “hybrid” vehicles. Prius hit its sales stride around 2012, after which, and in the face of competition from other manufacturers, demand softened. But Toyota is still investing in its trail-blazing …

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2019 Toyota Highlander: Out with the old!

It’s that time of the model cycle again – the end, that is – meaning next year’s 2020 Toyota Highlander will be an all new replacement of the current model. Consequently, many of the features of the 2019 Highlander are about to be replaced or enhanced as this version is retired. With that in mind, …

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2019 Mazda CX-5: Another “Signature” Achievement!

When you put your signature on something, you’re vouching for it, right? You’re literally, “putting your name on the line.” I guess that’s the idea with Mazda’s “Signature” line of vehicles, which in my view are edging ever closer to entry-level luxury, and maybe beyond. “Top tier,” says Mazda like a proud parent. That’s one …

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2019 Jeep Cherokee: a nip here, a tuck there

Ever since the Jeep Cherokee was introduced in for model-year 2014, I’ve wondered when we’d see an exterior design rethink. Why? Well, I just thought there was something odd about the front of the Cherokee. I wasn’t alone, I should add. Then again, maybe Cherokee’s sales success was actually primed by its …um… distinctive appearance! …

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