Copy Editor, Autos Reporter
Kelly Taylor is a Winnipeg Free Press copy editor and award-winning automotive journalist. He’s been a member of the Automobile Journalists’ Association of Canada since 2001.
He was named Automotive Journalist of the Year in 2015 and 2002, a runner-up for the same award in 2014 an 2016 and has earned consecutive Gold Medallion and Best in Newspapers awards from the International Automotive Media Competition (2015 and 2016).
In 2017, he won second place in the Texas Auto Writers’ Excellence in Craft Competition for his review of the 2018 Land Rover Discovery.
He has earned numerous other awards for writing, page design and photography.
His favourite test drive was the Audi R8, which he nearly traded for a Greyhound bus, a Ford Ranger and the Blue Heron Gift Shop in Kenora.
Recent articles by Kelly Taylor
Worth the wait5 minute read Preview Friday, Nov. 25, 2022
Look up the 2022 Acura RDX on the company’s Canadian website and staring at you in big red letters are the words, “Go away!”
2023 Toyota Crown brings power, panache and parsimony to market5 minute read Preview Friday, Oct. 28, 2022
Ford’s tiny pickup so popular, you’ll be lucky to find one5 minute read Preview Friday, May. 13, 2022
Skyrocketing gas prices fuelling increased interest in electric vehicles9 minute read Preview Tuesday, Apr. 19, 2022
Look past the me-too styling and the 2022 Forester has a lot to offer4 minute read Preview Friday, Apr. 8, 2022
Honda Pilot offers light-duty off-roading, high towing capacity and on-road comfort3 minute read Preview Friday, Nov. 26, 2021
Luxury for landlubbers4 minute read Preview Friday, Oct. 29, 2021
About 10 or 15 years ago, Ford sent a Lincoln MKZ sedan to Winnipeg for testing. Despite Ford trying to downplay the obvious connection to the Ford Fusion of the day, in the trunk was a pair of front floor mats that fit the MKZ perfectly.
Stitched into the mats? The Fusion name under the Ford blue oval.
So it’s with that history in mind we take a look at the 2021 Lincoln Corsair, the latest in a long line of Ford products to bear the word long associated with 16th-century piracy. Certainly an interesting choice of names given Lincoln’s history of looting Ford parts bins for everything from Aviators to Zephyrs.
Yet, while the Corsair is loosely based on the Ford Escape, this is more than a warmed-over Ford.
Racing towards a career4 minute read Preview Friday, Oct. 29, 2021
Carter Friesen never thought his pastime would come to this, at least not so early in his career.
Friesen, 16, a budding graphic designer at Oak Park High School, left Thursday to attend a NASCAR Xfinity Series race this weekend at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia. That itself is exciting enough for any fan of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, but it’s what he’s going to see first-hand that’s really exciting — his own paint scheme on the No. 7 car driven by SS Green Light Racing driver Joe Graf Jr.
In April, he was posting on Twitter some of the NASCAR paint schemes he created in his spare time, and as luck would have it, Graf saw his work and the team commissioned him to design what would be placed on Graf’s car for two races, the first of which was last week in Kansas.
“Most teams aren’t expecting some 16-year-old kid from high school to be designing paint schemes,” the Grade 12 student said. “I’ve always been interested in NASCAR. Even when I was four or five, when we went to stores that sold NASCAR die-casts, I would always buy one.
Mercedes-Benz AMG Winter Sporting course offers thrills and chills5 minute read Preview Friday, Feb. 7, 2020
Madrid shows why it's called one of the most livable cities in the world7 minute read Preview Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019
No sacrifice necessary when it comes to Honda's new full-featured hybrid sedan5 minute read Preview Friday, Aug. 2, 2019
Kenaston Boulevard transforming into a luxury-vehicle corridor6 minute read Preview Tuesday, May. 21, 2019
Food-delivery service DoorDash enters Winnipeg market, bringing a menu with 300 local restaurants5 minute read Preview Wednesday, May. 1, 2019
Nissan launches 50th anniversary edition of iconic sports car4 minute read Preview Friday, Apr. 26, 2019
While some provinces have age restrictions on drivers, Manitoba doesn't. Advocates say it should stay that way6 minute read Preview Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2019
Process to select a jury an education in civic obligation7 minute read Preview Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019
Despite legalization, athletes urged to tread cautiously5 minute read Preview Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018
Kapyong Barracks development opens doors for seven Manitoba Treaty 1 bands15 minute read Preview Friday, Oct. 26, 2018
Electric vehicles worth it over time: study3 minute read Preview Saturday, Sep. 22, 2018
A new report suggests electric vehicles (EV) are at or near the tipping point for making an economic case for themselves, even in provinces without generous taxpayer-funded incentives.
The study by the 2 Degrees Institute, a pro-environment think tank, analyzed comparable gas and electric versions of the Kia Soul and the Volkswagen Golf, and examined the relationship between increased purchase price and reduced cost of operation.
What the report doesn’t suggest, however, is an economic argument for choosing an electric vehicle over some of the least-expensive gas vehicles on the market. The report assumed buyers would choose between vehicles with roughly the same amenities.
The report also made no attempt to monetize intangible benefits to electric-vehicle ownership, such as reduced carbon footprint, improved driving experience or not losing time to service appointments, although the reduced servicing costs of EVs was included in calculations of savings.
From pitchfork steaks to a thrilling mountain pass, a road trip to Utah is a treat6 minute read Preview Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018
Luxury carmaker drives innovative sales model home and online4 minute read Preview Wednesday, Jul. 11, 2018
As more couples think outside the hall, rural settings are becoming more popular for unique weddings4 minute read Preview Friday, Jul. 6, 2018
It won't come cheap, but Ford's latest diesel-powered truck offering is worth the price tag5 minute read Preview Friday, May. 4, 2018
Mazda unveils a radical refresh for its successful midsize sedan6 minute read Preview Friday, Apr. 27, 2018
New Nissan Leaf's increase in computing power behind horsepower boost7 minute read Preview Friday, Apr. 20, 2018
Mitsubishi ditching cars on road to SUV-exclusive status5 minute read Preview Friday, Apr. 13, 2018
New regulations combat driving in the dark, permit new headlight technology3 minute read Preview Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018
Ford plans to bring hybrid technology to mainstream models4 minute read Preview Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018
Elantra Sport boasts significant upgrades over standard model5 minute read Preview Friday, Mar. 2, 2018
Bricks-and-mortar stores embracing online sales with in-store pickup5 minute read Preview Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018
Ford's unveiling of 2019 Bullitt Mustang features the car that started it all5 minute read Preview Friday, Jan. 26, 2018
Five years after the Canadian Wheat Board: Many farmers relish the freedom, others still mourn the loss20 minute read Preview Monday, Jan. 22, 2018
New owner aims to reverse ailing fortunes of historic Royal Albert Arms Hotel7 minute read Preview Monday, Jan. 15, 2018
Updated Camry offers great fuel economy, doesn't squeeze trunk space4 minute read Preview Friday, Jan. 12, 2018
Survey suggests Winnipeg home prices will rise four per cent in 20183 minute read Preview Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017
Making things tougher for commuters helps build a better downtown, urban experts believe18 minute read Preview Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017
Jumpin’ Jack Flash, it’s gas… again4 minute read Preview Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017
Jeff Kendel has found a way to make money selling fuel again.
By not selling fuel.
Kendel is the East Kildonan service station owner whose plight in the oil industry ended when he hung up his nozzles in frustration in 2015. We wrote about his story May 13, 2016. (http://wfp.to/srr)
Today, the gas is flowing again, but it’s not Kendel bearing the risk of price fluctuations and alleged predatory practices by Big Oil. It’s Domo.
The 2018 Ford Expedition is a big SUV with the feel of sports car5 minute read Preview Friday, Nov. 17, 2017
From Munich to Manitoba4 minute read Preview Friday, Nov. 10, 2017
Glen Demetrioff said it speaks to the power of innovation that he was able to convince BMW executive Steve Ambeau to leave Munich and join his Winnipeg software firm.
Ambeau, formerly the global head of digital marketing for BMW’s MINI brand, joined Demetrioff’s DMT Development Systems Group Inc. on Nov. 1 as vice-president of marketing.
DMT produces software that helps automotive dealerships build relationships online with customers, from managing sales leads to connecting customers with the right staff to deal with purchase questions or service issues.
“I think it says a lot about how, when you’re doing something innovative and building a global presence, that you can attract someone of Steve’s calibre to come to Winnipeg,” Demetrioff said.
Hunter & Gunn barbershop marks five years of trimming locks and giving back4 minute read Preview Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017
MPI opens cutting-edge auto-repair training, research centre4 minute read Preview Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017
No strength in numbers for families of children diagnosed with rare diseases15 minute read Preview Saturday, Sep. 30, 2017
Forgo the fruity drinks and the sunburn and consider somewhere colder for your next trip8 minute read Preview Saturday, Sep. 23, 2017
Switching to an electric vehicle puts Manitobans on top of emissions savings6 minute read Preview Saturday, Sep. 16, 2017
A look inside the Gimli facility where Crown Royal is made6 minute read Preview Saturday, Jul. 8, 2017
The Mercedes-Benz E 400 Coupe strives for excellence – and succeeds6 minute read Preview Friday, Jul. 7, 2017
Highlander remains a prominent staple in Toyota's marketing arsenal4 minute read Preview Friday, Jun. 30, 2017
The Trans Canada Trail inside Winnipeg is a delight to discover12 minute read Preview Sunday, Jun. 25, 2017
Program on cross-country tour to highlight dangers of driving hungover4 minute read Preview Wednesday, May. 24, 2017
Christian college among Manitoba leaders discovering path to sustainability10 minute read Preview Saturday, May. 20, 2017
Like it or not, the Internet of Things is changing our lives8 minute read Preview Saturday, May. 13, 2017
Tax form confusion for RRSP contributors4 minute read Preview Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017
Some Canadian taxpayers are getting caught up in confusing numbers from the Canada Revenue Agency and face stiff penalties for contributing too much to their registered retirement savings plans, statistics and an accountant suggest.
Each year, in response to filing your taxes, the Canada Revenue Agency sends you a notice of assessment that details how the agency processed your tax return and how it potentially corrected any errors you may have made. On the last page of this document is the RRSP room statement, which tells you how much you can contribute for the current year.
The room statement is based on your income and a calculation called the pension adjustment — a number supplied by your employer that reflects the future value of your company pension plan. If you have a generous plan, or have been a member for a long time, that pension adjustment could leave you with a contribution limit of zero.
Ryan Rawluk, a certified public accountant and certified general accountant with Osborne Accounting Group, said he thinks taxpayers are caught in two ways: the room statement is buried on the last page, and it may not be as clear as it should be.
Finn-omenal! It seems everyone knows who Patrik Laine is in his Nordic homeland5 minute read Preview Friday, Mar. 17, 2017
Discovery most capable off-road vehicle in Land Rover's lineup6 minute read Preview Thursday, Mar. 9, 2017
From grain handling to e-commerce, innovators keep pushing Manitoba to the fore19 minute read Preview Sunday, Mar. 5, 2017
Ice-driving program fills Gimli's coffers during slow off-season6 minute read Preview Monday, Feb. 27, 2017
A whirlwind walking tour of Tokyo offers food, sights and more food9 minute read Preview Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016
Chinese-built Envision is both spacious and comfortable -- and sports a first-rate interior5 minute read Preview Friday, Nov. 18, 2016
Challenger is a modern muscle car suited to daily drivability4 minute read Preview Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016
How will we deal with stoned drivers in the era of legalization?7 minute read Preview Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016
With Canada ranked third-worst in road safety, can Sweden be a model for driver training?15 minute read Preview Monday, Aug. 8, 2016
Plenty to cheer about with Volkswagen's gasoline sipping econo-car4 minute read Preview Friday, Jul. 8, 2016
Classy cousin6 minute read Preview Friday, Jun. 24, 2016
PICTOU, N.S. — Economy of scale can be a double-edged sword: if you’re McDonalds, ordering a million pounds of ground beef gives you some clout. If you’re a carmaker, trying to get a noticeable bump in profit margin from basically the same model can be tricky.
In the case of Lincoln, that’s been made somewhat easier by Ford’s selling of Volvo, Land Rover, Jaguar and Aston Martin. Without the lower ends of those brands bumping into the high end of Lincoln, Ford has a bit more freedom to move Lincolns, which are all rebranded variants of Ford products, upscale, a thought confirmed by Carol Wilson, product manager for the Lincoln MKZ in Canada.
The MKC is a pricier Escape, the MKX a pricier Edge and the MKZ a pricier Fusion. So providing a compelling reason to cross over from the Ford store to the Lincoln showroom has become a priority for Lincoln. The MKC, for instance, has an engine you can’t get in an Escape. You get a more personalized experience shopping Lincoln than Fords. There are concierges to help you, the showroom is upscale and the loaner policy is simple: if you bring in a Lincoln for service, you drive away in a Lincoln as a loaner.
With the MKZ, some of that distinction has been less clear. And Wilson pretty much admitted such. Customers complained about the cheapish plastic on the centre console, the downmarket trim on doors and speaker grilles and, like most Ford products till recently, the ergonomics of the various controls, which had been either touch-slide style controls, touch controls or behind menus in the information display.
Changes to new Ford Escape far greater than meet the eye6 minute read Preview Friday, May. 20, 2016
Tight margins, volatile pricing makes it tough for smaller gas stations to keep the fuel flowing18 minute read Preview Friday, May. 13, 2016
Run-flat tire name being phased out in favour of low-pressure mobility moniker5 minute read Preview Friday, May. 6, 2016
Love LETTERS6 minute read Preview Thursday, Mar. 24, 2016
It is the third letter in the alphabet and the 13th most used letter in the English language. It is, arguably, also the first letter in the Mercedes-Benz alphabet.
Mercedes has cars that are less expensive than the C-Class and SUVs less expensive than the GLC — the B-Class and CLA cars and the GLA SUV come to mind — but are they true luxury? The C-Class and above? Brilliant. The GLC? Fantastic. The lesser models? Not so much.
Initially, it was hard to put my finger on why I like the GLC so much better than its smaller sibling. The power isn’t significantly more (241 horsepower, 273 lb-ft of torque vs. 208 hp and 258 lb-ft). That power shaves only three-tenths of a second off the 0-60 time (6.3 in the GLC to 6.6 in the GLA). The design inside and out, save for size, is similar.
Ford's King Ranch offers an impressive list of options5 minute read Preview Friday, Feb. 26, 2016
One of the most popular uses for pickup trucks is also the most difficult to master. Towing a trailer is easy, as long as you never have to back up. If you are towing, my advice is to not be a wuss. Learn how to back it up. Find some pylons, an empty parking lot and practise, practise, practise.
You will get the hang of it. As with learning how to drive a stick, you never know when it will come in handy. Not every campground has pull-through spots and if you get this right, you won’t care.
You should learn this even if you find yourself with a 2016 Ford F-150 equipped with the Pro Trailer backup-assist system. You just knew someone would use technology to bail out those drivers who lack the perseverance needed for these kinds of things, didn’t you?
It happened first with self-parking systems that helped only with parallel parking, but now help you back into a perpendicular spot, too. (Not to put too fine a point on it, but if you cannot master these two manoeuvres, give it up. Your driving days should be done.)
Elantra among innovative vehicles elevating Hyundai to new heights5 minute read Preview Friday, Feb. 5, 2016
Compact SUV shares more than just a name with its Jeep ancestors4 minute read Preview Friday, Jan. 8, 2016
No matter the weather, you are the one in charge of your vehicle5 minute read Preview Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015
Pricey Porsche worth every penny -- all 1.77 million of them5 minute read Preview Friday, Nov. 27, 2015
New SUV features significant upgrades, even if it looks hauntingly familiar4 minute read Preview Friday, Nov. 20, 2015
New Porsche HQ part museum, part toyland – and oh, yeah, a workplace, too5 minute read Preview Friday, Sep. 4, 2015
The futuristic world of driverless cars is coming sooner than you think17 minute read Preview Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015
keep un-tucking2 minute read Preview Saturday, Mar. 28, 2015
There was a time when "casual Friday" meant something. These days, it seems for many workplaces, dress rules have been relaxed to the point casual Friday means slippers and PJs.
Along with this relaxed attitude has come greater experimentation in issues such as whether to tuck or not to tuck. In some ways, the rules of fashion have never been easier to understand. If it looks good, if it looks appropriate to the situation, it is good. If it looks sloppy, it is sloppy.
Ask Manfred Lang, men's clothing expert at Vittorio Rossi Clothiers, and his answer betrays the fact rules are meant to be broken. "Never untuck at the office in a suit, but certainly with jeans and a sport coat and no tie," he says.
Then he catches himself: "When referring to the office suit I'm also suggesting when it's worn with a tie.
Drive better to save at the pump4 minute read Preview Saturday, Mar. 7, 2015
Better fuel economy starts with better driving.
It really is that simple.
If you take any fuel-efficient driving course, you might be surprised to find it's a lot like taking any high-speed, advanced-driving course.
High speed? Advanced driving? To save fuel? Really?
Saline solution: Salt makes this supercar run on water4 minute read Preview Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014
2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA: compact SUV or larger sport wagon?6 minute read Preview Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
Honda Accord Hybrid vs. Lexus CT200h: A tale of two hybrids6 minute read Preview Wednesday, Sep. 10, 2014
Food in your Fords5 minute read Preview Saturday, Jun. 21, 2014
When I look at tomatoes, I see marinara.
When Ellen Lee looks at tomatoes, she sees wiring brackets and storage bins.
Lee holds a doctorate in chemical engineering, is a plastics research technical specialist for Ford and, along with H.J. Heinz Co., is looking at ways of incorporating tomato skins into the plastics used to build vehicles.
It's just the latest in a series of steps carmakers are taking to reduce their environmental footprints. In addition to testing tomato-skin plastics, Ford is already using soybeans, wheat straw, corn, rice hulls, and coconuts in various ways around the car. Research is underway into using dandelions, sugarcane and sweet potatoes in plastics as well.
The car of tomorrow12 minute read Preview Saturday, Sep. 28, 2013
8888We're not quite there, but the technology does exist, and some of it is making its way into today's cars. Cars can now park themselves. Cars can follow lanes and manage traffic jams by themselves. Cars can slam on their brakes if you miss something.
Safety is a primary concern for carmakers and the buying public alike. And leading that charge is, and will continue to be, technology.
And as with most technology, what we see today points the way to what we're likely to see tomorrow. Here's a look at both what's really cool now, and what will be soon.
Details make the difference, particularly in shoes.
Unlike much of fashion, shoes must first serve an important structural function. The best-looking shoe that's uncomfortable is a waste of money that will sit in the closet.
So there's not a lot of variation in the basic structure of footwear. Sure, you can get boots, high-cut, low-cut, pointy toes and stubby toes, but the space to hold a heel and the space to hold the ball of the foot, as well as the support for the arch and instep, don't change much.
David Lewis, one of the founders and the creative director of Winnipeg's Jose and Markham Footwear, said the places to make footwear stand out are in colour, construction and details.
Quaker State relaunches all oils under common brand name3 minute read Preview Friday, Mar. 6, 2009
TORONTO -- The battle for access to your engine's oil pan is heating up with the return of one of the heavy hitters in lubrication.
Quaker State, which for four years abandoned marketing of the Quaker State brand to promote its Q line of synthetic oils, is relaunching all its oils under one name -- Quaker State -- and is rolling out an aggressive campaign to become the lubrication of choice for more drivers.
The decision to focus on Q was a halo play -- where heavy advertising on a premium product is expected to raise the profile of all products -- that really didn't work, Quaker State officials admitted.
"With marketing having to split efforts between Q and Quaker State, it created a lot of confusion with customers," said Bree Sandlin, associate global marketing director for Quaker State.
Focus on road, not on cellphone4 minute read Preview Friday, Feb. 27, 2009
FRANKFURT - Deutsche Telekom AG said Friday it narrowed its fourth-quarter loss, but revenue in Germany continued to decline as consumers turned away from its land line connections.
Nothing simple in driving ‘green’5 minute read Preview Friday, Feb. 20, 2009
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan - Kyrgyzstan's president signed a bill Friday to close a key U.S. air base used as a staging post for military operations in Afghanistan, a step that could impede American plans to send more troops to the Afghan war.
Traversing tough times6 minute read Preview Friday, Jan. 30, 2009
TOKYO - Honda Motor Co. slashed its annual profit target by over half Friday as profit tumbled 90 per cent in the latest quarter, hit by rising costs, a stronger yen and falling sales in key markets.
Out in the cold?6 minute read Preview Friday, Jan. 30, 2009
TOKYO - Honda Motor Co. slashed its annual profit target by over half Friday as profit tumbled 90 per cent in the latest quarter, hit by rising costs, a stronger yen and falling sales in key markets.