Buying used: 2011 Ford Fiesta is far from perfect

Early reviews were strong but over time, questions about quality have cropped up

Buying used: 2011 Ford Fiesta is far from perfectIntroduced in 1976 and built in Germany, the original Ford Fiesta was one of the company’s most successful models. Over the years, Ford sold some 12 million of the sub-compacts worldwide. It was discontinued in North America in the early 1980s, despite continuing to be offered elsewhere. In Europe, the Fiesta has consistently been one…

Third-generation family business keeps focus on the customer

Dan Harper of Harper’s Tire tells us what it takes to compete against huge operations. And why getting good service when it comes to tires is important

Third-generation family business keeps focus on the customerDan Harper is co-owner of Harper’s Tire in Calgary. What’s the history behind Harper’s Tire and how it began in Calgary? Harper: My grandfather, J.M. Harper, opened the original store on 12th Avenue S.W. in 1931. During the war years, tires were rationed so repairs and custom retreading was a large part of the business.…

Putting an industry-wide bad habit to a stop

Bill Pawluk of Convertible Concepts talks about bringing change to freight industries by promoting innovative technologies

Putting an industry-wide bad habit to a stopBill Pawluk is CEO of Convertible Concepts, What is Convertible Concepts and what do you do? Pawluk: Today’s conventional auto carrier systems around the world are purpose-built to transport only vehicles. This means if a carrier transports vehicles from the point of origin to a dealership, for example, and there are no vehicles coming back…

Crossing over to Dark Side Racing, at high speed

Kelly Fedorowich talks about her family's adrenalin-fuelled motorsport company and why it thrives

Crossing over to Dark Side Racing, at high speedKelly Fedorowich is owner of Dark Side Racing. Calgary’s Business: What is Dark Side Racing? Fedorowich: Dark Side Racing is a family-owned and operated Top Fuel racing team that specializes in heart-pounding, adrenalin-fuelled motorsport marketing experiences. My business partners are my husband David and our son Nikolas, and together with our Motley Pit Crew we…

Thousands gather to see some of the finest vehicles ever made

The Concours d’Elegance returned for a sixth year and lovers of fine automobiles couldn’t have been happier

Thousands gather to see some of the finest vehicles ever madeThe Concours d’Elegance at Ontario’s Cobble Beach Inn was another success par excellence. The annual event, which so far has raised $300,000 for Toronto’s Sunnybrook Foundation and $60,000 for the Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation in the past five years, is showing no sign of slowing down. In fact, show chair Rob McLeese and his…

The 2018 Nissan Leaf will give you a jolt – if you can get a charge

The world’s best-selling EV is great as a second car or for short commuting    

The 2018 Nissan Leaf will give you a jolt – if you can get a chargeI want to be clear about this: The 2018 Nissan Leaf is a great compact car with a quiet, smooth ride, attractive design and many driver conveniences. But it’s not the car for me. I live in an apartment building and I have no access to an outside plug for recharging the batteries. That’s a…

New motor vehicle sales trend lower in July in Alberta

StatsCan said there were 19,595 sales in Alberta, which was down from 21,791 sales in July 2017

New motor vehicle sales trend lower in July in AlbertaJuly proved to be a tough month for auto dealerships in Alberta. Data released on Monday by Statistics Canada showed sales in the province and total dollar volume dipped from a year ago. In July, the federal agency said there were 19,595 sales in Alberta, which was down from 21,791 sales in July 2017. The…

Alberta auto sales forecast to exceed 2017 numbers

Expected to reach 248,000 units this year, a slight increase from the 245,000 sales in 2017

Alberta auto sales forecast to exceed 2017 numbersA Global Auto Report by Scotiabank Economics says vehicle sales in Alberta are forecast to reach 248,000 units this year, a slight increase from the 245,000 sales in 2017. The report said sales are on a rising trend after dipping to 220,000 in 2016 as the province was in the depths of recession due to…

The 2010 Toyota Yaris remains economical and functional

This econobox has stood the test of time and remains a solid choice for A-to-B transport

The 2010 Toyota Yaris remains economical and functionalMade in Japan and formerly known as the Echo, the Toyota Yaris has traditionally been about as basic as econoboxes get. The emphasis has always been on economy of operation and affordability, rather than performance or comfort. Eight years on, the 2010 Yaris is an econobox that has stood the test of time and remains…

Is the Mazda MX-5 the greatest sports car ever made?

Thirty years after its introduction, this two-seater remains as entertaining, dependable and fun as anything out there

Is the Mazda MX-5 the greatest sports car ever made?What’s the greatest sports car ever made? Depends who you talk to, I suppose. Jaguar E-Type, Shelby Cobra, Ferrari Testarossa, Porsche 911, Mercedes 300 Gullwing, Aston Martin DB5 … the list goes on and on. But let’s narrow down our criteria a little. Let’s look at things like usability, reliability, affordability, fun quotient, and parts…