Paul Williams

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2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S — Luxury Snowmobile

It was nice to get into a Porsche again. This is a company whose vehicles offer a singular combination of prestige, history and superior quality. They’re the real deal, in my opinion. The Cayenne is Porsche’s big SUV. Controversial when introduced over a decade ago (it’s a Porsche SUV, after all), it now represents the …

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Donut Detour: Tim Horton Hamburgers

Here’s a picture I found at a local flea market. It’s an early Tim Horton establishment that apparently was located in North Bay, Ontario. For people who like cars (and hockey, I guess), it’s interesting to see an original Mini parked next to the big green Ford sedan. What’s that? A Galaxie 500? 1962? And …

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2015 Chrysler 200: All new and much improved

Louisville, Kentucky It’s nice to see Chrysler coming along. For a while, there, the company was flying dangerously close to the ground and a crash-landing seemed imminent. But what a difference a few years make, along with an Italian company (Fiat) led by a Canadian, no less! Well, Italian-Canadian… The Chrysler 200 is the first …

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Midget Redux

A recent addition to my personal fleet was a 1968 MG Midget, which astute readers will quickly deduce is not a large car. I couldn’t resist. It called out to me via Kijiji from the mists of time and suburban Brampton, Ontario, where its owner for the last 32 years was fretting about selling it …

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Cars, Cups and Shuttlecraft – Thomas Kellogg’s surprising designs

I must admit that I have a soft spot for the Studebaker Avanti. Do you know this car? It’s kind of a strange one. As the years go by, I’m not sure that the design is holding up very well, although it was controversial right from its introduction in 1962 as a 1963 model. But …

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Driver education: RIP

Recently I published a short article for Autos.ca about the Autonomous Nissan Leaf, a vehicle engineered by Nissan to demonstrate the current state and future possibility of fully autonomous cars: that is, cars that drive themselves. Now you may think that such a technology is not realistic; not practical, but I’m telling you, autonomous-drive is …

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Washington Nissan Leaf Owner Celebrates 100,000 All-Electric Miles

SEATTLE – Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, state Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson and representatives from Nissan today joined Steve Marsh of Kent, Washington, to celebrate a unique milestone – 100,000 all-electric miles driven in his Nissan LEAF. In early 2011, Marsh purchased an all-new Nissan LEAF for his 130-mile roundtrip daily commute. Since then, he has …

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NASCAR Hall of Fame

Charlotte, North Carolina Driving to or from Florida anytime soon? Hey, the question’s not so far-fetched, especially if you live in eastern Canada. Many so-called “snowbirds” make their annual migration south each winter, returning in the spring. They surely know the Interstate options by heart — I-75, I-77, I-81, I-95 — depending on their point …

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2014 Bentley Flying Spur

Recently I had the opportunity to take a 2014 Bentley Flying Spur for a test drive in Montreal. It got me thinking about Bentley cars, the company, and its very long history. Bentley is, as you may know, now owned by Volkswagen and has been since 1998. After 15 years, shock, horror, dismay and general …

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2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

Most Porsche reviews I’ve written go something like this: saw it, drove it, loved it, you should get one. This piece will largely follow the pattern, so if you want to skip straight to the Porsche website to spec out yours, it’s Porsche.ca. One thing, though: this particular test car costs $139,800, which — and …

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