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Check out these highlights on the driving.ca portion of our website, timescolonist.com The LS is the flagship model for Lexus.

New engine, transmission give sedan real moxie

In a first for North American automakers, Chrysler has fitted its full-size cars with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Auto workers expect fresh deals by autumn

The Canadian Auto Workers union expects to reach agreements with Detroit's three automakers this fall without a work stoppage, CAW president Ken Lewenza said this week at the opening of bargaining in Toronto.

Fisker hires third CEO in 12 months

Fisker Automo-tive Inc., the Anaheim, California, maker of luxury hybrid vehicles, has hired its third chief executive in a year.

Taurus put Ford back in the game in the '80s

The 1970s and early '80s were difficult times for the American automobile industry as it struggled to meet tightening fuel-economy legislation brought on by two 1970s oil crises, and to comply with increasingly stringent emissions standards.

New Spark in GM's eyes

General Motors is hoping to set the mini-car segment alight with the introduction of the 2013 Chevrolet Spark. At 3,675 mm, the Spark is the smallest car to wear the Chevy bowtie. It's even shorter than the Geo Metro of a few years ago.

Toyota's plug-in Prius is out there - quietly

Even though Toyota Canada has just quietly made its Prius PHV (Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle) available, the chance to see one in a showroom, let alone on the road, are slim - unless you have already pre-ordered one of them sight-unseen.

Give me a (hand) brake

It's bigger, more powerful and more fuel-efficient - but is the new 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera better than the car it replaces? With the millions of dollars in research and development that undoubtedly went into revamping the 911, one would assume the

UVic engineering students tackle green-car challenge

AChevrolet Malibu may the furthest thing from the Batmobile, but it's about to be transformed into a car of the future by University of Victoria engineering students.

BMW still leads with new 3-Series

The BMW 3-Series has been the benchmark for compact sports sedans almost since its inception. To say the 2012 3-Series has big shoes to fill is an understatement. I drove a 335i to see if this much-acclaimed car should retain its crown.