Wednesday, November 25

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How trucks went from bare-bones workhorses to modern luxury-liners

Trucks used to be strictly for work, but now they’re our everyday drivers. It’s been a long ride from there to here, and there have been more than a few players along the way. We’ve rounded up some truck history and highlights from some of the big names for you to enjoy.The Earliest YearsGottlieb Daimler put a two-cylinder engine on a wagon to build the world’s first truck in 1896DaimlerJust as the first cars were basically horse-drawn buggies with engines bolted on, the earliest trucks were motorized wagons. It’s believed Gottlieb Daimler built the first in 1896, using a two-cylinder engine. His auto company eventually became half of Mercedes-Benz — which still makes trucks for global markets, although it recently ended production of its slow-selling Nissan-based X-Cla...
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O Canada! Here are some cars we’ve exclusively bought or built

Canadian auto workers build more than a million and a half mainstream vehicles every year, but all are American or Japanese nameplates. At one time, though, we built or bought cars that weren’t made or sold anywhere but here. In honour of Canada Day, let’s look at some of them.Bricklin1974 BricklinJil McIntoshMalcolm Bricklin was an American entrepreneur who dreamed of building a futuristic sports car. He looked for a government that would fund him in return for the jobs he would bring, and found it in New Brunswick. But the car’s gull-wing doors and acrylic body panels were problematic, and costs soared.Canadians built them, but couldn’t buy them. Bricklin distributed them to his U.S. dealers – paying less from the factory than they cost to build, and pocketing the pro...