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Feature   July 1, 2001   by CARS Magazine

Short Lines (July 01, 2001)

The Automotive Industries Association has announced that the Minister of Finance will introduce tool tax relief for apprentice automotive technicians when the House resumes sitting this fall. The AIA ...


The Automotive Industries Association has announced that the Minister of Finance will introduce tool tax relief for apprentice automotive technicians when the House resumes sitting this fall. The AIA statement was derived from sources within the Minister’s office, and from the Liberal Caucus.

U.S. federal regulators have announced an investigation into the braking system on almost four million GM pickup trucks to determine if the vacuum booster on 1997 to 2000 C/K series trucks may fail. The Reuters news agency, citing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reported 202 complaints of brake issues, and 17,000 warranty replacements of the suspect boosters. GM is cooperating with the investigation.

DaimlerChrysler has unveiled a “unique” night vision system that the company claims can illuminate objects up to 300 meters in front of a vehicle. Two laser headlights illuminate the road with infrared light and a digital camera detects the reflected image, which is displayed on the vehicle dashboard using a liquid crystal display. Test units are in use now, and the device is scheduled to debut in luxury vehicles, buses, trucks, emergency vehicles and taxis.

Honda will discontinue the Prelude after 23 years, according to an USA Today report quoting the firm’s U.S. sales chief. A new vehicle will replace the model in 2003. Honda is also reported to be readying hybrid Civic models for launch next year in an effort to triple hybrid vehicle sales. In May, U.S. sales of the hybrid-power Honda Insight exceeded those of the Prelude.


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