Happy Throttle Day!

We need a new national holiday. The traditional ones are great, but we haven't added much to the line-up since Christ was a child.

Phaeton finished

Sadly, we saw this coming. Volkswagen has officially confirmed its six-figure Phaeton sedan will be yanked from the North American market sometime next summer.

The brawn of brand

Of course, with such a proliferation, it was inevitable that advertising would become such a force in our culture. There is a constant struggle to steer our decision-making on everything from the brus

Small is BIG again

Entry-level car buyers have long had a lean time of it in Canada. Historically, the relative cheapness of gasoline created little demand for inexpensive subcompacts that can run on the smell of an oil

Second Hand: Cadillac Catera

Cadillac was once again puzzling over how to reach younger buyers. Launched for 1997, the Cadillac that zigs arrived as a rear-drive, four-door sedan.

Second-Hand: Lexus GS 300

Most prolific of the Italian designers has been Giorgetto Giugiaro, whose Turin-based studio, Italdesign, has penned 160 automotive models for both production and concept research, plus other products

Second-Hand: Ford Mustang

It's all about macho as Mustang and Camaro fans hurl claims, veiled threats and pointed questions about one's masculinity in an enduring debate over which car rules supreme.

Second-Hand: 2005 Dodge Caravan

If we ever, as a nation, have a serious discussion about replacing the maple leaf on our flag, there's a case to be made for sewing on another Canadian icon: the minivan.

Audi A3

It's all sounding rather tempting, the all new Audi A3 hatchback, until they tell you it isn't available with quattro all-wheel drive.

Second-Hand: Ford Escape

Ford's Kansas City plant built the Escape and Tribute for North American consumption, while Mazda in Japan built the right-hand-drive models for Asia, Australia and England.

Second-Hand: Nissan Altima

Does the world need another automobile? asked the voice-over in the television advertising debut of the 1993 Nissan Altima.

Second-Hand: Plymouth Acclaim, Dodge Spirit

You don't so much seek out a Dodge Spirit or Plymouth Acclaim as one is foisted upon you, passed down from one generation to another when an elderly relative expires or gives up driving for the bench

BMW 325ti Sport Compact

The formal moniker is 325ti Sport Compact, the last two words being a somewhat cheeky appropriation of the current generic name for hotted-up hatchbacks.

Second-Hand: Chev Astro and GMC Safari

The Chevrolet Astro and mechanically identical GMC Safari appealed to those buyers who hankered for a smaller truck, but one tough enough to take some abuse.

2002 Honda Civic EX Sedan.

Second-hand: Honda Civic

Funny. It was a lawnmower maker - and not a diversified aerospace company - that showed the world how to build a good small car.