Automotive News - July 2019

2020 Audi A4 First Drive: The manicure

As we await its next generation in another two or three years, the updated 2020 Audi A4 looks a sure bet to retain its place in the top echelon of entry-level luxury sedans. Here are our first impressions.

A Career Cut Short for Mercedes-Benz’ Pickup?

The Mercedes-Benz X-Class might not be long for this world. The premium pickup has been dogged by reliability issues and sluggish sales, and its cause is being further undermined by uncertainties surrounding the partnership with the Nissan-Renault group.

Lexus looking at in-wheel electric motors for its EVs

For its future roster of electric vehicles, Lexus is looking at the technology of in-wheel electric motors. The road to get there will be long, however: the company is still working on developing the technology and won’t feature in any model in the short term.

A Ford Bronco Pickup to Take on the Jeep Gladiator?

The Bronco is set to make its return in the next year or two, but even before it does rumours are pointing to a pickup version to take on Jeep’s Gladiator. Internal sources at the company are saying plans are in place for such a variant, but it wouldn’t be ready before the mid-2020s.

2020 Kia Soul Review: The Soul Lives On

While other models from the “golden” age of boxes on wheels have departed or been transformed, the Soul lives on. We test-drive the new third-generation 2020 Kia Soul, a proudly odd duck in the automotive landscape. When square is hip…

No More Diesel Engine for the Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain

GM will stop producing diesel-engine variants of the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain SUV, blaming weak demand for those versions of the SUVs. We could also point the finger at the extra cost GM has been charging for the diesel powertrains without evident justification.

FCA Wants to Produce 80,000 Electric Fiat 500s annually

FCA has announced it plans to build 80,000 all-electric Fiat 500 cars per year. In reality, it’s five minutes to midnight for the little car from Fiat, which has posted terrible sales numbers in North America since its debut on the continent.

Return of the Manual Transmission at Cadillac

Cadillac confirms the return of the manual transmission on some of its future V Series models. We don’t yet know ones will get a stick shift, but the smart bet is that the CT4-V and maybe the CT5-V will be the chosen ones.

2020 Toyota Supra First Drive: The Return of Toyota

Auto123 raced to the track at Mont-Tremblant in Quebec because we could finally get behind the wheel of the new 2020 Toyota Supra. Our first encounter with the little sports car was a positive one, but the future of the Supra will be decided by consumers. Will they stay away like they did with the last previous iterations?

Ford is Recalling Around 400 Focus Models in Canada

Ford is issuing a recall of around 58,000 Focus cars, including some 400 in Canada. Some vehicles recalled in 2018 over a fuel-management issue did not get properly repaired last time around, which means they are vulnerable to the same problem occurring again.

Toyota Will Build SUVs and Not the Corolla at New Alabama Plant

Toyota says it will build a new SUV model and not the Corolla car at the new assembly plant it is building in partnership with Mazda in Huntsville, Alabama. The company points to industry trends to explain the decision – namely, the continuing growth in demand for small utility models and crossovers.

Agreement Between FCA and ZF Reveals Much About Future of Some Models

An new agreement between FCA and ZF hints at what the future might hold for some of the automaker’s models. The German manufacturer of transmissions will supply FCA with the new generation of its 8HP unit (an 8-speed automatic transmission) – which happens to be designed to work with hybrid powertrains.

Porsche’s New Flat-6 Engine Could Be Used in Other Models

Porsche has confirmed that the new 6-cylinder engine it first introduced in two variants of the 718 model could well migrate to other products from the German carmaker. That would include standard versions of the 718, as the 4-cylinder now used in those has not been universally acclaimed.

Changes Planned for the Jeep Wrangler in 2020

Details spotted in Jeep’s order guide for 2020 reveal that the Wrangler will get new powertrain options for 2020. Notable is the more widespread availability of 4-cylinder powertrains for the model, the JL version of which will be on its third year in 2020.

Electric Dodge Cars Coming Soon?

FCA had already let it be known it wants to speed up its move to developing electrified powertrains, and it appears that Dodge is part of the plan. It seems all but certain now that the next-generation Charger and Challenger performance cars will be electrified in some fashion. The move is not without its challenges.

2019 Dodge Charger SXT review: An Everyday Muscle Car

The 2019 Dodge Charger SXT is the milder of the six versions of the iconic muscle car available this year. It’s still got horses and power aplenty, but the smooth ride, big interior and nimble road handling make it surprisingly practical – although it does punish at the pump.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review: When looks deceive

The new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI has little if anything in common with the truly sporty GTI, nor does it have the looks to turn heads on the street. What it does do is offer a quiet, smooth ride, an ergonomically sound interior and good fuel economy.

BMW Shows Off a Pickup Version of New X7 SUV

BMW has shown a pickup version of its new X7 SUV. Don’t get your hopes up, however – the company got apprentices at its vocational training centre to design and build the variant as part of a special project.

Chevrolet Shelves Plans for Current-Generation Camaro Z/28

According to a new report, General Motors has cancelled plans for the Z/28 version of the current-generation Chevrolet Camaro. Current restructuring at the company has forced the company to axe some projects for low-volume products like the high-performance variant of the Camaro.

Automotive Legend Lee Iacocca Dead at 94

Lee Iacocca, a pioneer of the automotive industry, has died at the age of 94. The world says goodbye to the father of the Ford Mustang and the executive who saved Chrysler from bankruptcy in the early 1980s.

2020 Toyota Supra: Only 300 Units for Canada This Year

Toyota Canada has confirmed to Auto123 that only 300 units of the new 2020 Supra would be delivered for our market by the end of 2019. Canadian buyers will have to move quickly if they want to get one from this year’s crop and not have to wait for 2020.

2019 Chevrolet Spark Review: Slimmer and Safer

The 2019 Chevrolet Spark makes eminent sense in the urban environment, where it’s most at home. You'll enjoy scooting around easily in traffic and narrow streets, and you’ll manage to squeeze into tight parking spots.

A Dodge Challenger Hellcat Hybrid as of next Year?

FCA could offer, as early as next year, a hybrid-powered version of the most powerful model in its vehicle arsenal, the Challenger Hellcat. The move would fit into the company’s goal to be an industry leader in terms of electrification.

A Targa Version For the Toyota Supra?

The Supra is just taking its first steps but already Toyota is looking at producing a Targa variant. The company will first want to see how well the revived sports car does in global markets before it greenlights the open-top version, however.

The Average Age of a Vehicle in U.S. Is Up to 11.8 Years

The average age of a vehicle in use in the United States has climbed once again and now sits at a record high, according to a new study by research firm HIS Markit. Several factors explain the upward trend, but the main one has to be the ever-higher quality of vehicles being produced in the past few years.

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