Rider gear needs TLC

You've properly stored your motorcycle for its long winter nap, Yep, bike's done. I'm good. Not so fast, Sparky. What about the rest of your equipment?

GM wins top awards

The Saturn Aura has been voted North American Car of the Year for 2007, while the Chevrolet Silverado has won the North American Truck of the Year title.

Motor City holds onto home advantage

Although the companies based here have been going through tough times in recent years, Detroit is still Motor City, whether your company is headquartered in Tokyo or Stuttgart or Seoul.

Focus on tech for real world

GM's commitment to electric-drive technology was the biggest technical news to emanate from the Detroit auto show media days, but there was plenty of other technology on display.

Volt plugs into the future

Far more than just an engineering or public-relations exercise, she says, E-Flex is a tangible commitment by GM to develop and produce an electric-drive architecture with the flexibility to accommodat

Chinese lineup unconvincing

Dennis DesRosiers, the Canadian auto industry's numbers guru, is one of the few analysts who isn't convinced that North America is about to be submerged by Chinese-built cars and trucks.

Lots of news, just no food

It was an oft-repeated question at this year's Detroit auto show and not one we're typically used to hearing during media days.

Cars keep the price down

The Detroit event seemed more low-key than in previous years: not as much fanfare, and much more emphasis on affordable cars. It seems that both the automakers and the public are scaling back, at leas

There's still life in minivan market

General Motors will have you believe that the minivan market is fading fast, and that crossovers “ such as its new Saturn Outlook and GMC Acadia “ will soon take their place.

Revised pads will cure noise

An independent garage found that indeed I needed rear pads, even though more than 75 per cent of the front pads remained.