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2021 Audi Q3 Review: Easy to Like, But...

We recently test-drove the Audi Q3 and rediscovered how this SUV has everything going for it. Well almost. We dig into the Q3 lineup and product offering, and see what pitfalls to avoid with this vehicle.

2022 Will be the Last Year for the V12 Engine at BMW

BMW announced that it will no longer offer its V12 engine with its 7 Series, marking the end of the V12 in BMW vehicles. For its last kick at the can, BMW will offer 12 final editions of the 7 Series destined for the United States to a select clientele at first, then to the general public afterwards.

BMW iX and i4: Ranges Confirmed for Canada

BMW Canada has announced the official ranges its all-electric iX and i4 models will be good for. Lo and behold, the official announced numbers are better than the earlier estimated ones.

2022 Volkswagen Taos Review: Winter Wonderland

Cry as we might about the decline of compact cars, it’s crossovers like the 2022 Volkswagen Taos that buyers want. And frankly, odds are that the smallest of VW’s SUVs will make for plenty of happy owners in Canada. Here’s our full review.

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV Review: Plugging in to Success

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV is a welcome addition to the growing family of plug-in SUVs available to Canadian consumers this year. But beyond merely existing, the newest Santa Fe variant has many other qualities and make it a real serious alternative to the RAV4 Prime and other established models.

First Images of the 2023 Honda HR-V Shown

Honda has shared a couple of sketches showing the next-generation HR-V that is destined for the North American market. At first glance, it looks passably different than the model being produced for the European market.

Nokian Unveils Two New Tires for Off-Road Adventures

Nokian Tyres today launched two new tires designed for SUV owners who like to venture off the beaten path. The Outpost AT and Outpost APT offer more ruggedness and durability, among other things, and they are approved for winter use where needed.

Rivian Fell Short of Meeting Its 2021 Vehicle Production Target

Rivian failed to meet production targets for 2021, its first year in the vehicle-assembling business. The company had planned to build 1,200 models, but only 1,015 were made before the calendar flipped to 2022. Of the EVs it built, 920 were actually delivered to customers.

Rolls-Royce Racked Up Record Sales in 2021

British luxury carmaker Rolls-Royce announced it sold a record number of vehicles in 2022, this despite supply-chain and covid-related challenges. It’s clear that while most luxury automakers generally survived a difficult year quite well, some actually thrived.

GM aims for 2035 for its electric HD pickup trucks

GM plans to introduce its first electric HD (Heavy Duty) pickups starting in 2035 – once its fleet of light-duty trucks are all electric. The company made the announcement in the shade of its presentation of the Silverado EV at CES in Las Vegas.

Sales of Hybrid Vehicles Hit Record High in the U.S. in 2021

A record number of hybrids, plug-in hybrids and fuel cell vehicles were sold in the United States last year. The transition continues to advance at a slow pace, though, with these types of models currently still only accounting for about 5 percent of sales on the American market.

Our 10 Most-Read Auto123 Articles of 2021

Before we consign the weird 2021 year fully to the dustbin of history, Auto123 presents the 10 most viewed articles of the last year. As you’ll see, the topics are varied, but each resonated with readers over the past year.

Volkswagen ID.Buzz Will Make its Official Debut on March 9

Volkswagen confirms March 9 will be the day it finally reveals the production version of its ID.Buzz all-electric microbus. We can't wait to see it, especially since the spectacular lines of the 2017 concept have been gradually cleaned up over the past couple of years.

Chevrolet Sold Over 2,300 Discontinued Impala, Sonic Cars in 2021

The Impala and Sonic models were axed in 2020, but they live on as so-called zombie models on year-end sales results. Chevrolet sold more than 2,331 units of the two models in 2021. The end is really coming, though, because only 27 units were sold in the last three months of the year.

CES 2022: VinFast Introduces Three More Electric SUVs

Vietnamese automaker VinFast presented three more new EVs during the 2022 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show. The VF5, VF6 and VF7 SUVs join the VF8 and VF9 models (formerly VF e35 and VF e36) already shown in Los Angeles back in November. At least four and possibly all five of the models will be sold in Canada.

CES 2022: Chevrolet Previews the 2024 Equinox EV

As part of the festivities surrounding CES 2022 in Las Vegas, Chevrolet today showed the first full images of the Equinox EV, the all-electric version of its compact SUV. The model is expected to debut in the fall of 2023 as a 2024 vintage.

CES 2022: The BMW iX Flow and its (Almost) 50 Shades of Grey

BMW showed off a concept car at CES in Las Vegas called the iX Flow, one remarkable feature of which is its ability to change colours. While avoiding making any promises, the automaker did say that adding this technology to its vehicles is certainly possible, since it’s not as expensive as one might think.

CES 2022: Chevrolet Presents Silverado EV, Coming in 2023

Chevrolet presented the long-awaited Silverado EV pickup today as part of the CES 2022 festivities. The pickup will come in two distinct flavours – WT, for Work Truck, and RST – and the RST First Edition will debut in the fall of 2023, priced at… pennies below $120,000 CAD.

Ford Will Nearly Double Production of its F-150 Lightning

Ford will nearly double production of its F-150 Lightning for 2022 to meet the white-hot demand for the EV. The company hopes to build 150,000 units of the pickup in 2022, though even that won’t be enough to ship a unit to all of the 200,000 buyers who have already made reservations.

CES 2022: Mercedes-Benz Presents the EQXX Concept

In the next step of its move towards electrification, Mercedes-Benz unveiled its EQXX concept as part of the CES in Las Vegas this week. The study, which features a distinctive design and a claimed 1,000 km of range, offers a number of innovative technologies that will likely make their way into other models.

Buick Again Registers the Electra Name

On December 20, Buick once again registered the Electra name with the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office. Considering that Buick showed an electric prototype bearing the name last year, the move leads us to believe that this time the brand really will revive the name, this time on an all-electric vehicle.

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