Here is more research on the auto industry done with the Media Research Institute:
“Smog must never be the standard for air quality” the Star (P. Keindel, A19)
“GM: Engine lawsuit” an item in the Star (D6)
“Smog must never be the standard for air quality”
In a commentary in today’s Star (A19), Pat Keindel from the Canadian Standards Association writes smog continues to be a problem with the hottest summer on record. She notes the smog of our generation will be harder to beat because of SUVs, a “glut” of cars and industrial manufacturing plants. She concludes that developing energy-efficient standards will regulate the financial use of natural resources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and, through related certification programs, promote positive public policy.
“GM: Engine lawsuit”
A federal judge in Oklahoma will decide soon whether to grant class-action status to lawsuits that claim GM sold pickups and SUVs with faulty engines, a lawyer said yesterday. Today’s Star (D6) reports the lawsuits say GM manufactured as many as 800,000 pickups and SUVs between 1999 and 2002 with a noisy defect referred to as a “piston slap,” according to Douglas Peters, an attorney for the plaintiffs from the Detroit law firm of Charfoos & Christensen. GM has asked the U.S. District Judge to dismiss the case, saying they can still drive the vehicles.
“Linamar: Profit, sales jump”
Linamar Corp. posts a solid increase in profits for the latest quarter. In today’s Star (D4) strong results from North American operations helped the auto-parts giant earn $29.8 million, or 42 cents a share, from continuing operations in the quarter ending June 30. Sales rose to $578.8 million from $460.6 million.
“Magna thrives in tough industry”
Magna International is managing to thrive in a tough global auto industry says CFO Vincent Galifi. Today’s Star (A. Flynn, D1) reports the company’s “resiliency” is keeping it afloat. Magna had a rise in second-quarter profit to $225 million (U.S.) – from $188 million a year earlier on record sales of $5.9 billion. However, Flynn notes lower 2005 earnings are predicted.
In the notable coverage of the Auto section of the Globe and Mail:
1) Michael Vaughan reviews the Hyundai Sonata (G2);
2) Ted Laturnus first drives the 2006 Mercedes R-Class (G4);
3) an AP item reports Honda will have sensors on their air bags (G5);
4) an AFP item reports Suzuki will have a new car to be sold worldwide (G5);
5) a Crain AutoWeek item reports Honda is making a V-8 car (G5);
6) Michael Bettencourt reviews the entry-level Dodge Caliber (G6);
7) David Grainger reviews the C6 Corvette (G10);
8) Jeremy Cato reviews station wagons: 2005 Audi A4 Avant, 2006 BMW 5-series, 2005 Dodge Magnum, 2005 Mazda6, 2005 Mercedes-Benz E320-E500, 2005 Sbaru Legacy/Outback and 2005 VolvoV70/XC70 (G12-13);
9) Bob English reports on the Honda Collection Hall (G14);
10) Ted Laturnus test drives the Honda VT750 Shadow Aero (G15);
11) Bob English road tests the 2005 TJ unlimited Rubicon (G16); and
12) Jeremy Cato test drives the 2005 Porsche Boxster S (G17).
“No need to apologize: A station wagon just makes sense”
In a comparison in the Globe (G12-13) of what the Jeremy Cato calls great haulers for the family, also known as station wagons, he compares eight wagons, among them the 2005 Mazda6. In the big picture, Cato notes the Mazda6 has a good size, fairly roomy and a sharp style. The bottom line is it’s a lot of fun to drive and stylish, but he notes that some of the detailing is not rich-looking enough and the side-impacting is a concern. Photo of the 2005 Mazda6 included.