Automotive News - January 2023

Forza Motorsport Next Version Previewed

The group responsible for the Forza Motorsport franchise has just shared a video offering some details on the next version. This one should make its debut this year with at least 500 cars at your disposal.

2023 Toyota Camry Hybrid Review: Persistence

The 2023 Toyota Camry Hybrid is stalwart veteran that continues to prove its relevance. Here's our review, and all you need to know about the model, including what's new, the lineup, equipment, powertrain and interior environment, as well as technical specifications.

Sales of Electrified Vehicles: California Charges Ahead in the U.S.

Fully 40 percent of sales of zero-emission vehicles in the United States in 2022 were in one state. Which one? A pat on the back if you guessed California, where 18.8 percent of sales in 2022 were of a zero-emission model. Nationwide, all-electric vehicles accounted for 5.8 percent of all new-vehicle sales.

The 2024 Volvo EX30 Will Be Presented in June

The 2024 Volvo EX30 will be presented in June, the manufacturer's CEO has confirmed, and production will begin soon after. It's not known at this time if this small electric SUV will be offered here.

GM Is Considering a Compact Electric Pickup Truck

GM is considering adding a compact electric pickup to its lineup, according to Automotive News. The concept is being studied and presented to focus groups to gather feedback from potential consumers – which indicates at least some level of seriousness.

Montreal 2023: 2024 Subaru Impreza Makes Canadian Debut

The revised 2024 Subaru Impreza is making its Canadian debut at the 2023 Montreal Auto Show. The model will be produced in hatchback format only and gets mild visual and interior modifications. There will be an RS version as well offering enhanced performance.

Project Arrow EV Concept Features 97 Percent Can-Con

A fully functional Project Arrow EV Concept has been unveiled. The Canadian-designed and -built EV, 97 percent of the components of which are made in Canada, is the fruit of federal and provincial investments, and appears three years after the initial announcement of the project.

Hyundai Kona 2024: Slight Boost in Power for the N Line

Hyundai has revealed the engines that will make the next-generation 2024 Kona go. The next edition of the small SUV will keep essentially the same engines, namely a 2.0L naturally aspirated 4-cylinder and a 1.6L turbocharged 4-cylinder, though with some increases in power.

2023 Lexus RZ: All-Electric SUV Gets $64,950 CAD Starting Price

The 2023 Lexus RZ 450e all-electric SUV gets a starting price of $64,950 in Canada, the company announced last night ahead of the model’s appearance at the Montreal Auto Show. There are three trims – Signature, Luxury and Executive – coming to Canadian dealers this spring when the model debuts commercially.

2023 Aston Martin DBS 770 Ultimate Is Introduced

Aston Martin introduces the DBS 770 Ultimate, the most powerful DBS variant ever. Only 499 of the special edition will be produced for all market, and all have already been snapped. Perhaps explaining why Aston Martin didn’t bother announcing pricing…

Wyoming Politicians Propose Bill to Ban the Sale of... EVs

Politicians in Wyoming are proposing a bill to ban the sale of electric vehicles in its territory starting in 2035. This is more of a political gesture than a serious attempt at legislation, and its goal is to highlight the different realities faced by residents and companies in the state in relation to electrification.

Toyota Wants to Build 10.6 Million Vehicles in 2023

Toyota hopes to build 10.6 million vehicles in 2023. The company admits that supply chain issues continue to affect production schedules, and it anticipates that it could fall up to 10 percent short of its production target.

Lincoln Aviator PHEV Review: It May Come Down to Price

The 2022 Lincoln Aviator PHEV is a very good SUV, in fact it’s refined and comfortable and is economical to drive thanks to the contribution of the electrified powertrain. But the price of entry may scare off some potential buyers. Here's our review.

Man Flips his Toyota Camry in a Car Wash

This here is some pretty uncommon video of a scene inside a car wash. In it we see the elderly driver of a Toyota Camry flip his car inside the car wash. The poor driver apparently hit the gas instead of the brakes just before entering the building.

Road Safety: The Increased Weight of EVs Worries Authorities

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in the U.S. is concerned about the increased weight of electric vehicles on the road. Date shows that in the event of an impact with a heavier vehicle, there is a greater risk of fatalities among occupants of smaller, lighter vehicles.

2023 Kia Sportage PHEV Review: An Option That Should Interest Many

The 2023 Kia Sportage PHEV is the new plug-in variant of an SUV that many Canadian consumers have already taken a real liking to. With the model itself having just been updated, the new PHEV version of the Sportage is likely to attract many motorists looking to reduce their fuel consumption. Here is our test drive.

2023 Honda Lineup in Canada: Models and Changes

Here are the details about the Honda model lineup in 2023 in Canada. Honda has renewed several of its vehicles in the last 18 months, and more are coming this year - notably, the Accord, Ridgeline, Pilot and Odyssey. And the company's first electric SUV the Prologue is expected this year.

Mazda Will Unveil Hybrid Rotary Engine This Week

Mazda will unveil its hybrid rotary engine on January 13 – this coming Friday - at the Brussels Auto Show. Many questions remain unanswered, namely because a rotary engine in hybrid form has never been seen before.

2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid Review: A Disappointing First Date?

The 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid offers owners lower monthly gas bills... but exacts a rather high price of entry. A base price of $48,890 before fees and prevailing taxes translates into a model consumers should carefully weigh the pros and cons of before taking the leap. Here’s our review.

CES 2023: A New Interface for Android Auto

Google used the occasion of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to present an improved version of its Android Auto application interface. Highlights include a more user-friendly layout of the information on the screen, which can be split to show more than one menu.

Infiniti Reserves QX65 Name

Nissan luxury brand Infiniti has applied to trademark the QX65 name. Naturally this is just adds to the speculation that first surfaced last March to the effect that dealers could expect a new SUV based on the QX60.

CES 2023: Ram Unveils 1500 Revolution BEV Truck Concept

Ram showed off its future electric pickup truck in concept form at CES 2023 in Las Vegas today. Unfortunately, the company did not reveal much technical information about the model's configuration, so patience continues to be in order when it comes to the brand’s first all-electric pickup.

CES 2023: Mercedes-Benz Announces Plan for Global Charging Network

Mercedes-Benz used the occasion of CES 2023 to announce an ambitious billion-dollar plan to build an EV charging network in North America and eventually around the world. The network will include over 10,000 chargers when completed, and it will be accessible to all brands of vehicles.

CES 2023: Sony and Honda Show New Afeela Concept Sedan

Sony Honda Mobility, new joint venture between the Japanese companies, announces the Afeela EV brand and shows a first new concept car at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Production of the model is expected to start in 2025 for a spring 2026 launch.

The New Crop of Electric SUVs and Pickups: Too Big, Too Heavy, Too Fast?

Is the new generation of all-electric large SUVs and pickups coming to market all that healthy for us? Are these vehicles so big, so heavy and so fast that they undo our environmental efforts and increase safety risks for pedestrians, cyclists and other road users? A new article makes a case for downsizing.

2023 Hyundai Lineup in Canada: Models and Changes

Here are the details on Hyundai's 2023 model lineup in Canada, including the Ioniq 5, new Ioniq 6 and Kona Electric EVs and the Tucson Hybrid. That's not to mention the N versions of the Elantra and Kona! You'll even find a pickup truck at Hyundai dealerships.

Volkswagen Adds 2015-2016 Beetle to Takata Airbag Recall

Volkswagen is adding the 2015 and 2016 Beetle models to the Takata airbag recall. These cars pose no risk at this time, but the chances of the Takata airbags failing increases over time, and it seems the time of the airbags in these aging cars is almost up.

Alfa Romeo Teases New Model Coming This Year

A video shared by Alfa Romeo on its Instagram account hints at the arrival of a supercar in the lineup in 2023. Everything points to the 6C, which has reportedly been in the works for some time now.

Ken Block Dies in Snowmobile Accident

Professional stunt driver Ken Block died in a snowmobile accident yesterday, January 2 on a trail in Utah. The American YouTube star was arguably the most popular stunt driver on the planet.

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