Click here to close now.

Welcome!

.NET Authors: Trevor Parsons, Andreas Grabner, Jason Bloomberg, Pat Romanski, Elizabeth White

News Feed Item

Love (or Hate) Canadian Winters? Drive One of These Cars

AutoTRADER.ca shares its best tips for winter driving and its list of the 10 best cars for winter

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 11/21/12 --

Attention: Automotive Editors

Canadians know that winter driving can be a challenging daily ordeal, with snow, ice and sleet making roadways seemingly impassable. Apart from having the right vehicle, say the experts at autoTRADER.ca, it's also about making your vehicle right.

"Winters in Canada can be especially precarious for drivers," says Ian MacDonald, Director of Marketing at autoTRADER. "Considering our folks at autoTRADER.ca know their cars, we asked them to come up with their list of best tips for winter, as well as some models they believe handle the season exceptionally well."

autoTRADER.ca's Winter Driving Tips

Winter tires: If you choose winter tires, make sure to put them on all four wheels. Buy your winter tires before winter arrives, and don't rush to remove them in early spring-cold weather is a usually a good possibility well into the spring season, as Canadians know.

Tire pressure: Properly inflated tires save you money, as they help optimize your car's fuel efficiency. More importantly, your car's traction is compromised whenever driving on ice or snow, so having correct tire pressure is critical.

Engine oil: Oil doesn't wear out but it does become contaminated and its performance additives become used up during service. This means changing your oil filter in time for winter and checking your engine's dipstick each time you stop for gas is well worth doing.

Wipers and washer fluid: Reduced daylight, snow and ice all mean that drivers get typically reduced visibility in winter. In most parts of Canada, wiper blades last one year before needing replacement, and sooner if damaged.

Battery: Deep freezes can reduce a vehicle's battery power. If your battery is older than three years, have it tested at a certified automotive repair facility.

Emergency kit: Here is a list of supplies you should always have in your car during winter: Flashlight; Flares; Blankets; Shovel; Gloves; Fuses; Booster cables; Sand bags; Traction pads; Scraper and brush; Matches and candles; Gas line antifreeze.

According to the experts at autoTRADER.ca, when it comes to winter, some cars are more up to the task than others, prompting the unveiling of autoTRADER.ca's Top 10 cars for winter:

-- Audi A3 Quattro - Offering luxury, affordability, practicality and Audi's renowned Quattro all-wheel drive system, the Audi A3 is great way into a used luxury vehicle while maintaining sure footed winter traction. Average asking price on autoTRADER.ca: $24,448.

-- BMW 3 Series xDrive - offered with xDrive (All-Wheel drive) for years now, the BMW 3-Series allows the drive of a sport sedan all year around without worrying about winter weather. Average asking price on autoTRADER.ca: $20,141.

-- Ford Fusion - The Fusion has sold well over the years and there are a lot of great used vehicles on the market. Available in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, the Fusion allows for peace of mind winter driving with the whole family on-board. Average asking price on autoTRADER.ca: $15,068.

-- Honda Civic - The Civic has been the best-selling car in Canada for years and years. Not only are there countless used examples of this reliable compact car on autoTRADER.ca, but when equipped with snow tires, these reliable, cold-weather-loving vehicles make for great winter warriors. Average asking price on autoTRADER.ca: $10,249.

-- Hyundai Santa Fe - Hyundai's mid-size crossover featured good value new and continues to do so on the used market. Available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive the Santa Fe can haul an entire family and their luggage without compromise during the winter months. Average asking price on autoTRADER.ca: $15,152.

-- Mercedes-Benz ML-Class - Want the space and sure-footedness of the Hyundai Santa Fe, but looking for more luxury? The Mercedes-Benz ML-Class will melt away your winter worries in coddled luxuriousness along with the sure-footed 4Matic all-wheel drive system. Average asking price on autoTRADER.ca: $31,180.

-- Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution - Maniacal sports car? Check. Unstoppable winter warrior? Check. Need we say more? How about Super-All-Wheel-Control. Average asking price on autoTRADER.ca: $31,993.

-- Subaru Impreza Hatchback - Any Subaru could have the list as they all come equipped with Subaru's fantastic symmetrical all-wheel drive system (minus the recently introduced BRZ). The Subaru Impreza hatch offers the best balance of value, efficiency, practicality and maneuverability. Average asking price on autoTRADER.ca: $15,040.

-- Subaru Outback - The Outback takes all of the goodness from the Impreza hatchback, include symmetrical AWD, and expands on them; literally. Need to take four adults and gear through some thick, snow-covered roads? The Outback is ready. Average asking price on autoTRADER.ca: $16,091.

-- Toyota Sienna - Modern minivans have always been good winter vehicles, but the Sienna takes things one step further with an available all-wheel drive system. What better way to take 7 people and their equipment up to the ski hill? Average asking price on autoTRADER.ca: $17,102.

About TRADER Corporation

TRADER Corporation is a trusted Canadian leader in print and online media, managing automotive consumer marketplaces and publications. The company's primary online destinations include: autoTRADER.ca(TM), autoHEBDO.net(TM), Autos.ca and BuySell.com. autoTRADER.ca offers the largest inventory of new cars and inventory of used cars in Canada, available via our website and mobile applications. Visitors buy or sell cars, trucks or other motorized vehicles quickly, easily and conveniently. Buyers can search based on vehicle model, make, colour and geographic location to find the deal that is right for them. Autos.ca is the online destination for auto enthusiasts, featuring car news and car reviews from well-known automotive journalists. Follow autoTRADER.ca on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AutoTraderCanada or on Twitter at http://twitter.com/autotrader_ca or on Google+ at https://plus.google.com/102554508908373775907/.

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

@ThingsExpo Stories
The industrial software market has treated data with the mentality of “collect everything now, worry about how to use it later.” We now find ourselves buried in data, with the pervasive connectivity of the (Industrial) Internet of Things only piling on more numbers. There’s too much data and not enough information. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Bob Gates, Global Marketing Director, GE’s Intelligent Platforms business, to discuss how realizing the power of IoT, software developers are now focused on understanding how industrial data can create intelligence for industrial operations. Imagine ...
Every innovation or invention was originally a daydream. You like to imagine a “what-if” scenario. And with all the attention being paid to the so-called Internet of Things (IoT) you don’t have to stretch the imagination too much to see how this may impact commercial and homeowners insurance. We’re beyond the point of accepting this as a leap of faith. The groundwork is laid. Now it’s just a matter of time. We can thank the inventors of smart thermostats for developing a practical business application that everyone can relate to. Gone are the salad days of smart home apps, the early chalkb...
We certainly live in interesting technological times. And no more interesting than the current competing IoT standards for connectivity. Various standards bodies, approaches, and ecosystems are vying for mindshare and positioning for a competitive edge. It is clear that when the dust settles, we will have new protocols, evolved protocols, that will change the way we interact with devices and infrastructure. We will also have evolved web protocols, like HTTP/2, that will be changing the very core of our infrastructures. At the same time, we have old approaches made new again like micro-services...
Operational Hadoop and the Lambda Architecture for Streaming Data Apache Hadoop is emerging as a distributed platform for handling large and fast incoming streams of data. Predictive maintenance, supply chain optimization, and Internet-of-Things analysis are examples where Hadoop provides the scalable storage, processing, and analytics platform to gain meaningful insights from granular data that is typically only valuable from a large-scale, aggregate view. One architecture useful for capturing and analyzing streaming data is the Lambda Architecture, representing a model of how to analyze rea...
Today’s enterprise is being driven by disruptive competitive and human capital requirements to provide enterprise application access through not only desktops, but also mobile devices. To retrofit existing programs across all these devices using traditional programming methods is very costly and time consuming – often prohibitively so. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jesse Shiah, CEO, President, and Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., discussed how you can create applications that run on all mobile devices as well as laptops and desktops using a visual drag-and-drop application – and eForms-buildi...
Docker is an excellent platform for organizations interested in running microservices. It offers portability and consistency between development and production environments, quick provisioning times, and a simple way to isolate services. In his session at DevOps Summit at 16th Cloud Expo, Shannon Williams, co-founder of Rancher Labs, will walk through these and other benefits of using Docker to run microservices, and provide an overview of RancherOS, a minimalist distribution of Linux designed expressly to run Docker. He will also discuss Rancher, an orchestration and service discovery platf...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Vitria Technology, Inc. will exhibit at SYS-CON’s @ThingsExpo, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Vitria will showcase the company’s new IoT Analytics Platform through live demonstrations at booth #330. Vitria’s IoT Analytics Platform, fully integrated and powered by an operational intelligence engine, enables customers to rapidly build and operationalize advanced analytics to deliver timely business outcomes for use cases across the industrial, enterprise, and consumer segments.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Dyn, the worldwide leader in Internet Performance, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Dyn is a cloud-based Internet Performance company. Dyn helps companies monitor, control, and optimize online infrastructure for an exceptional end-user experience. Through a world-class network and unrivaled, objective intelligence into Internet conditions, Dyn ensures traffic gets delivered faster, safer, and more reliably than ever.
Containers and microservices have become topics of intense interest throughout the cloud developer and enterprise IT communities. Accordingly, attendees at the upcoming 16th Cloud Expo at the Javits Center in New York June 9-11 will find fresh new content in a new track called PaaS | Containers & Microservices Containers are not being considered for the first time by the cloud community, but a current era of re-consideration has pushed them to the top of the cloud agenda. With the launch of Docker's initial release in March of 2013, interest was revved up several notches. Then late last...
CommVault has announced that top industry technology visionaries have joined its leadership team. The addition of leaders from companies such as Oracle, SAP, Microsoft, Cisco, PwC and EMC signals the continuation of CommVault Next, the company's business transformation for sales, go-to-market strategies, pricing and packaging and technology innovation. The company also announced that it had realigned its structure to create business units to more directly match how customers evaluate, deploy, operate, and purchase technology.
In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect at GE, and Ibrahim Gokcen, who leads GE's advanced IoT analytics, focused on the Internet of Things / Industrial Internet and how to make it operational for business end-users. Learn about the challenges posed by machine and sensor data and how to marry it with enterprise data. They also discussed the tips and tricks to provide the Industrial Internet as an end-user consumable service using Big Data Analytics and Industrial Cloud.
Performance is the intersection of power, agility, control, and choice. If you value performance, and more specifically consistent performance, you need to look beyond simple virtualized compute. Many factors need to be considered to create a truly performant environment. In his General Session at 15th Cloud Expo, Harold Hannon, Sr. Software Architect at SoftLayer, discussed how to take advantage of a multitude of compute options and platform features to make cloud the cornerstone of your online presence.
The explosion of connected devices / sensors is creating an ever-expanding set of new and valuable data. In parallel the emerging capability of Big Data technologies to store, access, analyze, and react to this data is producing changes in business models under the umbrella of the Internet of Things (IoT). In particular within the Insurance industry, IoT appears positioned to enable deep changes by altering relationships between insurers, distributors, and the insured. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Michael Sick, a Senior Manager and Big Data Architect within Ernst and Young's Financial Servi...
Even as cloud and managed services grow increasingly central to business strategy and performance, challenges remain. The biggest sticking point for companies seeking to capitalize on the cloud is data security. Keeping data safe is an issue in any computing environment, and it has been a focus since the earliest days of the cloud revolution. Understandably so: a lot can go wrong when you allow valuable information to live outside the firewall. Recent revelations about government snooping, along with a steady stream of well-publicized data breaches, only add to the uncertainty
The explosion of connected devices / sensors is creating an ever-expanding set of new and valuable data. In parallel the emerging capability of Big Data technologies to store, access, analyze, and react to this data is producing changes in business models under the umbrella of the Internet of Things (IoT). In particular within the Insurance industry, IoT appears positioned to enable deep changes by altering relationships between insurers, distributors, and the insured. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Michael Sick, a Senior Manager and Big Data Architect within Ernst and Young's Financial Servi...
The Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly in the process of breaking from its heretofore relatively obscure enterprise applications (such as plant floor control and supply chain management) and going mainstream into the consumer space. More and more creative folks are interconnecting everyday products such as household items, mobile devices, appliances and cars, and unleashing new and imaginative scenarios. We are seeing a lot of excitement around applications in home automation, personal fitness, and in-car entertainment and this excitement will bleed into other areas. On the commercial side, m...
PubNub on Monday has announced that it is partnering with IBM to bring its sophisticated real-time data streaming and messaging capabilities to Bluemix, IBM’s cloud development platform. “Today’s app and connected devices require an always-on connection, but building a secure, scalable solution from the ground up is time consuming, resource intensive, and error-prone,” said Todd Greene, CEO of PubNub. “PubNub enables web, mobile and IoT developers building apps on IBM Bluemix to quickly add scalable realtime functionality with minimal effort and cost.”
Sensor-enabled things are becoming more commonplace, precursors to a larger and more complex framework that most consider the ultimate promise of the IoT: things connecting, interacting, sharing, storing, and over time perhaps learning and predicting based on habits, behaviors, location, preferences, purchases and more. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Tom Wesselman, Director of Communications Ecosystem Architecture at Plantronics, will examine the still nascent IoT as it is coalescing, including what it is today, what it might ultimately be, the role of wearable tech, and technology gaps stil...
In the consumer IoT, everything is new, and the IT world of bits and bytes holds sway. But industrial and commercial realms encompass operational technology (OT) that has been around for 25 or 50 years. This grittier, pre-IP, more hands-on world has much to gain from Industrial IoT (IIoT) applications and principles. But adding sensors and wireless connectivity won’t work in environments that demand unwavering reliability and performance. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ron Sege, CEO of Echelon, will discuss how as enterprise IT embraces other IoT-related technology trends, enterprises with i...
When it comes to the Internet of Things, hooking up will get you only so far. If you want customers to commit, you need to go beyond simply connecting products. You need to use the devices themselves to transform how you engage with every customer and how you manage the entire product lifecycle. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Sean Lorenz, Technical Product Manager for Xively at LogMeIn, will show how “product relationship management” can help you leverage your connected devices and the data they generate about customer usage and product performance to deliver extremely compelling and reliabl...