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A More Sinister Front End for the 2019 Dodge Charger Hellcat

The Dodge Charger is getting some design tweaks for 2019, and this week the automaker gave us an early taste of what’s to come with a teaser image showing part of the new grille the SRT Hellcat version will sport. Looks like the beefy model is getting… beefier.

VW Golf GTI TCR Concept Unveiled

Unveiled today in Austria, the new 286-hp GTI TCR concept will be the fastest GTI on offer from Volkswagen. The company hopes to begin production of the model by the end of the year, but there are no current plans to introduce it in North America.

Cadillac ATS in 2019: the Sedan Goes, the Coupe Stays

The pending arrival of the XT4 SUV has led Cadillac to rejig its production schedule and facilities, and the first victim of the changes is the ATS sedan, which will disappear after this year. The coupe version will survive, but other changes are likely afoot for 2020.

Production Paralysis for the Ford F-150?

Following an early-May fire at a supplier’s factory, Ford is being forced to stop production of the F-150 pickup at its assembly plant in Kansas City. One source says that the plant in Dearborn, Michigan will soon be similarly affected.

2018 Ford F-150 Diesel First Drive: all about the haul

Our first drive of the 2018 Ford F-150 Diesel reveals a kinder, gentler diesel that provides fuel economy while ably doing what it needs to: haul, tow, climb, etc. The new diesel engine is also a quieter beast as fitted under the hood in the new 2018 edition. Here’s our first-drive review.

Ford Puts Ranger Through Testing Pain in New Video

A new video just released by Ford shows the harsh testing the revived 2019 Ford Ranger pickup is being put through in Michigan, Arizona and the Australian outback. The pickup relaunches in 2019 on the North American market. Check out the video here!

One in Five Motorists Say They Want an Electric Vehicle

Electric vehicles may make up just one percent of all vehicles currently sold in North America, but a lot of motorists are considering getting one next time around. One in five respondents in a new AAA study said they wanted their next vehicle to be electric.

It’s a Go for Production of the 2019 Subaru Ascent

The Subaru Ascent officially went into production yesterday at the automaker’s American plant in Indiana; the large SUV figures to be a central component of the company’s plan to finish 2018 with a 10th consecutive year of growth in the USA.

Upcoming Plug-In Hybrid from Subaru Could Get Evoltis Name

The name Evoltis has been registered by Subaru, according to a report by Car and Driver. Perhaps not coincidentally, the company is planning to introduce a new plug-in hybrid model next year. The new model will borrow technologies already vetted in the Prius Prime from Toyota, a close partner of Subaru.

Kia Reveals First Images of the Niro EV

Kia used the occasion of the Jeju electric car show to present the electric version of its new Niro VUS. The Niro EV will debut this fall in South Korea and in the subsequent weeks and months in other markets.

Review of the 2018 INFINITI Q50: The $4,700 Question

We review the Sport and Red Sport editions of the 2018 INFINITI Q50, an able sport sedan that may not quite rival the Germans but has its own exceptional qualities. But how many horses to choose? There’s the $4,700 question…

May 7: The coming week on Auto123.com!

Check us out this coming week on Auto123.com. We’ve got the latest news and unveilings, first drives and reviews of the latest models and much more. This week, reviews of the INFINITI Q50, a Subaru sedan and the F-150 Diesel, an electric Niro and top 10 pickups for towing.

8 New 2019 RAM Trucks Stolen from Warren, MI Plant

Already beset by production delays, the new 2019 RAM seems ill-fated form the start: 8 of its units were stolen directly from the secure, fenced-off parking lot at the FCA plant in Warren, Michigan, where the truck is assembled.

Volkswagen Presents First Thermal Imaging Camera

With the new Touarag that it will offer on the European market, Volkswagen is introducing for the first time a brand-new system that uses a thermal imaging camera able to identify people or animals at a distance of up to 130 metres (426 ft) away at night.

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Images Show 60s Muscle Car Influence

Dodge continues to add variants and new features to its Challenger model. One thing we know the 2019 SRT Hellcat variant will get for 2019 is a hood with dual openings that harkens back to the golden age of muscle cars. These functional air ducts will have a direct influence on the engine’s performance.

Focus Active Not Coming to Canada After All

Canada, a natural crossover market no more? Ford Canada has confirmed that the upcoming Ford Active, one of only two car models that Ford will continue to offer in the U.S., will not be sold on the Canadian market.

17 U.S. States Suing EPA, Trump Administration

17 U.S. states, including California, the largest automotive market in the country, are joining to file a lawsuit against the EPA and the Trump administration, after they announced their intention to do away with Obama-era vehicle emissions standards.

A Coupe Version of the Volkswagen Tiguan Next Year?

Volkswagen is currently working on a sportier coupe version of its Tiguan SUV for next year, according to French website Automobile. The new model may inherit a number of traits found in the CrossBlue Coupe that debuted five years ago in Shanghai.

Backup cameras in cars now mandatory in Canada

Following the official announcements made in the U.S. and Canada in 2014 and 2016, respectively, the backup camera is now a required piece of equipment in all new light vehicles (under 4,536 kg) sold in North America.

Review of the 2018 Volkswagen Passat TSI R-Line

In your family, the 2018 Volkswagen Passat TSI R-Line is the cool uncle who’s got style but knows enough not to try to dress like today’s kids, and can pull off retro without appearing to dwell in the past. Here’s our review of a smart, adult sedan that will have to fight for its life in a shrinking market segment.

Land Rover Marks 70 Years of Existence with Web broadcast

To help mark its 70th birthday, the official date of which was yesterday, April 30, Land Rover aired a web broadcast in which it revisited some of its storied past and introduced some of the passionate people that exemplify the Land Rover spirit.

Hyundai Canada Announces Pricing for 2018 Accent

Hyundai Canada has announced pricing for its 2018 Accent. Recognizing the important position the hatchback version occupies on our market, Hyundai will continue to offer this version here, at the same price as a similarly equipped Accent sedan.

Volkswagen Sticking with Sedans in North America

Ford may be aligning itself with the prevailing industry winds when it comes to producing (or not) cars in North America, but Volkswagen is tacking hard the opposite way and has reiterated its commitment to producing sedans on this side of the Atlantic.

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