Automotive News - April 2018

Mercedes-AMG E43 Get New Engine, Becomes E53 for 2019

Mercedes-AMG, the performance division of German automaker Mercedes-Benz, has changed out the engine of E43 for a more beefed-up unit. The 3.0L V6 gives way to an in-line 6 that delivers 33 more horsepower and brings with a new name for the model.

The Maverick could Return as a Ford Vehicle Name

Ford has trademarked the Timberline and Maverick names, and while it is not saying what for, the move comes just weeks after the company announced it will be introducing new SUV models. Is there smoke without fire?

530 Horses for the New 2019 BMW M850i

After an absence of 20 years, BMW’s 8 Series model will be returning this summer with the introduction of the M850i xDrive. The car will have 530 hp at its disposal, according to the Munich-based manufacturer.

Top 10 Interiors for 2018, According to WardsAuto

Each year WardsAuto publishes a list of what it deems the 10 best vehicle interiors on the market. For 2018 the ranking overflows with bold designs, and according to Wards the level of quality is higher than it’s ever been. Here are the 10 best interiors for 2018!

Review of the 2018 Ford Escape Titanium

We review the 2018 Titanium edition of the ever-popular Ford Escape, a solid small-family SUV that does everything, or almost, quite well. We had a version all dressed up with Sport Appearance package, but you might decide you don’t need the extra flash…

Mitsubishi Lancer Could Return…as an SUV

Mitsubishi plans to introduce yet another small SUV to the market, this one carrying the Lancer name. After the Evolution and the Eclipse, this is the third model name rescued from the scrap heap by the automaker. When cars become crossovers…

Ford to Stop Producing Cars Here by 2020, Except for…

Ford has stated that it wants light trucks and SUVs to account for 90% of its sales by 2020. To get there, the automaker has just announced it will eliminate all but two car models from its North American lineup by 2020. The survivors? The iconic Mustang, and the upcoming Focus Active.

New breakthrough by Bosch a lifeline for Diesel?

Engineering firm Bosch claims to have perfected a new technology that reduces diesel emissions to a tenth of what new laws will allow as of 2020. The breakthrough could provide a lifeline to the struggling diesel engine.

Review of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Mitsubishi wants to add more SUVs to lineup, and one important part of that new strategy is the subject of our latest review. We test out the new 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross compact SUV!

Beijing 2018: A Preview of the Motor Show

Chinese automakers rule at the Beijing Motor Show, but European and North American manufacturers are on hand as well as the world’s biggest single market takes a look at the new models coming down the pike.

Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup Coming, But Not Before 2020

Hyundai's head of operation in the United States confirmed this week to Motor Trend that the Santa Cruz pickup is still part of the company's plans, but that other higher-priority projects will delay its arrival on the market until 2020.

Land Rover Wants to Bring Back the Freelander

Land Rover committed a few years ago to growing its roster of vehicles, and up to now it’s been promise kept, for the most part. We now learn that the Freelander, the company’s small SUV produced between 1997 and 2014, may be rejoining the lineup.

Review of the 2018 Honda Civic Touring

Successfully overhauled in 2016, the immensely popular Honda Civic remains virtually untouched this year. Here’s our review of the 2018 Honda Civic Touring, a value-packed sedan that does just about everything well. Now if only we could get a real honest-to-goodness radio volume button…

Upcoming New Toyota Supra Won’t Come Cheap

The level of anticipation for the upcoming new Supra from Toyota is at a fever-pitch since the presentation of a concept version in Geneva. But this week’s statement by Toyota regarding pricing may serve as a cold shower to some with more limited budgets.

Mazda Still a Diesel-Engine Believer

Repercussions of the diesel-engine scandal continue to be felt, but Mazda this week confirmed its belief in a future for the technology. But will the long-awaited diesel-powered CX-5 ever see the light of day? Given ever-changing environmental norms, maybe we shouldn’t hold our breath.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta First Drive

Benefiting from a new platform, the new Volkswagen Jetta has been entirely redesigned for 2019. It doesn’t do any one thing extraordinarily well, but the 2019 Jetta represents an excellent choice for consumers looking for good value.

INFINITI Wants to Triple Sales in China by 2023

The Chinese gold rush continues for the auto manufacturers. Buick, Cadillac and Lincoln, among others, have already launched major offensives in that market, to great success. Now it’s INFINITI turn to unveil its plan for China; it includes assembling five models there.

Montreal Receives 1st of 100 new 2018 Nissan LEAFs

This week the City of Montreal took possession of its first new 2018 Nissan LEAF, as part of an order of 100 LEAFs that will join its municipal fleet in the coming weeks. By the end of 2018, the city will have 230 all-electric vehicles in its fleet.

Superb Buick Enspire SUV Concept Unveiled in China

Buick chose one its most lucrative markets for the reveal of its new all-electric Enspire SUV concept. The electric motor powering the future luxury utility model will have a range of 595 km. Should be enough to get you to the grocery store and back…

First images of Lexus ES Released

Lexus hopes to turn the tide on sagging North American sales with a bold redesign of its ES luxury sedan. Here are some early images of the next-generation Lexus ES ahead of its official debut in Beijing.

Review of the 2018 Hyundai Kona

A bright, attractive and eminently drivable new subcompact package from Hyundai, the 2018 Kona is nice-looking, highly connected and decently powerful, but it can’t rival the utilitarian qualities of the Honda HR-V. In the category, it sits on the CX-3 side of the table. There are worse place to be…

The CT Will Live On, According to Lexus

Lexus may have pulled the plug on its CT hatchback in North America last year, but it remains part of the luxury automaker’s plans. Seen as a model that attracts first-time Lexus buyers to the brand, the CT could be back in electrified form by 2020.

Rust, A Risk Raiser When Road Accidents Occur

Crash tests carried out on used vehicles suffering from corrosion for a Swedish non-profit and an insurance company sowed that cars’ performance in them diminished when rust set in, increasing the risk of occupant deaths by 20% in the event of a collision.

Toyota: vehicles that talk to each other by 2021

Toyota is hoping that, by 2025, the majority of its vehicles will be able to communicate with each other. In announcing its plan, the Japanese automaker is also hoping to compel other manufacturers to follow suit.

Meet the Automakers Making the Best Cars in 2018

What automotive brands are shining brightest in terms of quality and owner satisfaction? Which companies have work to do? Consumer Reports put together its annual list of the best automakers in the business in 2018!

Soon your Volkswagen won’t need you to park

The Volkswagen Group intends to introduce a new technology by 2020 that enables its cars to park themselves autonomously inside a multi-level parking garage. Testing is currently underway in Hamburg, Germany.

Volvo: Electrification Before Creation of New Vehicles

Other than its planned refreshes of the S60 and V40, Volvo is not intending on introducing any new models from now until 2020. The company will be focusing on its stated objective of producing an electric and/or hybrid version of each of the models on its roster.

Weak sales of Chevrolet Cruze Lead to More GM Cuts

The continuing decline of car sales as consumers turn increasingly to SUVs has resulted in a fresh round of cuts at GM’s assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio, home of the Chevrolet Cruze. GM has announced it is cutting one of two shifts, effective June 18.

2018 Nissan Maxima Review: Prematurely declared dead?

The tale of Nissan’s Maxima is very different on each side of the Canada-U.S. border. Does the 2018 edition Nissan’s top sedan have what it takes to regain its lustre in Canada and maintain it south of the border? Check out our review…

Lincoln to Build Five Models in China by 2022?

Intent on building on its strong growth in China, Lincoln plans to be assembling up to five models in that country by 2022. These include the Aviator and Nautilus SUVs, as well as a future coupe-style compact SUV.

EQ S: Luxury to go Electric, Courtesy Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz boss Dieter Zetsche confirmed to the press in recent days that the company will produce an electric-car equivalent to its S-Class sedan. The EQ S, expected by 2020, will take direct aim at Tesla’s Model S.

Porsche Camp4: Full House in Quebec This Year contributor Luc Gagné gets humbled at Porsche’s Camp4 winter driving course in Quebec. Want to give it a try? Don’t delay, as registration starts in May and usually sells out by late fall!

Jaguar J-Pace: A Larger SUV on the Way

Jaguar is working on a new, larger SUV, to be called the J-Pace. The fourth utility model to join the automaker’s lineup will take the top spot in the brand’s hierarchy and do battle with the big guns from BMW, Porsche and Audi.

Next Jetta GLI to get the GTI Engine

The next GLI version of Volkswagen’s Jetta will benefit from a more powerful engine that the one powering the current generation. An independent rear suspension should also help enhance the driving experience it will provide.

Lexus Shows Nose of its New ES Sedan

Lexus had published a first teaser image of the new generation of its ES luxury sedan. The model will get its official introduction later this month at the Beijing Motor Show. According to the company, “Expect the unexpected”.

First Image of 2020 Silverado HD Released

Chevrolet published first teaser image of its new Silverado truck, HD version. Set to launch for the 2020 model-year, the HD will likely come in a number of different versions. Chevy aims to give itself all the ammo it can in its battle against perennial rival Ford.

Ford offers First Look at New Focus

Ford has offered a peek at the upcoming new generation of its Focus model, releasing a few images of the global edition of the popular compact. The new Focus adopts a more European styling, and in fact it will launch there before it hits North America.

A 707-hp Version of the Ram by 2021?

According to internal sources at Ram, Rebel TR and TRX versions are in the works and could be ready by 2021. The two would benefit from 520 and 707 hp, respectively…

Review: 2019 Kia Sorento First Drive

Our first drive of the new 2019 Kia Sorento reveals a refreshed but largely intact new edition of a highly popular three-row people mover that provides one of the nicer driving experiences of any vehicle in its category. Read on…

Canadian Prices Announced for 2019 INFINITI QX50

INFINITI has just announced Canadian pricing for the various iterations of its upcoming 2019 INFINITI QX50 luxury SUV, as well as a unique rewards program. The entirely redesigned model made its media debut in January, and should be available this summer.

Review of the 2018 Subaru Impreza

Our review of the 2018 Subaru Impreza shines the light on a car that may not be as tech-savvy as others, or as comfortable or luxurious as others, or as powerful as others. But it has the same Subaru-specific attributes that make Subaru owners such loyal creatures. And, there’s that all-wheel drive…

More Power, Equipment for 2019 Mazda MX-5

The rumour is confirmed: The 2019 edition of the Mazda MX-5 will get boost in power for its mid-cycle upgrade. The increase in horses will be accompanied by improved torque and a more generous offering of advanced equipment.

Next-Gen Subaru WRX Will Keep its Manual Gearbox

Subaru has put a stop to the rumours by confirming that the next generation of the WRX and WRX STI will still come with a manual transmission. However, it appears that the hatchback version’s days are numbered.

Ford Recalls 350,000 2018 F-150 and Expedition Models

A large number of North American 2018 Expedition and F-150 models have been recalled by Ford due to a potential gear shift cable problem, which could lead to the transmission being on a different gear than the one selected by the driver.

Chevrolet Cruze To Get Makeover for 2019

Sales of the Chevrolet Cruze are down 33% this year in comparison with 2017. It’s therefore no surprise at all to learn that the automaker has decided to revisit the model and boost its styling and appearance.

Ford Escape Flunks Frontal Collision Test

Big fail for the Ford Escape: During recent testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the SUV flunked a frontal collision test aimed at measuring front passenger safety.

Power boost for the next Toyota 86

According to a report in The Japan Times, the next-generation Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ will see their 2L 4-cylinder engines grow to 2.4 litres for a boost in power. The next best thing to a turbo…

No More Rear-Wheel Drive at INFINITI in 2021

For the past decade INFINITI has relied on rear-wheel drive system to propel its sedans and coupes, but it appears the company is planning an about-face beginning in 2021. The move is dictated by technical reasons related to electrical powertrains that are coming to the lineup.

Review: 2018 Dodge Challenger GT AWD, All-Wheel Muscle

The last thing you’d have predicted for a muscle car like the Dodge Challenger is all-wheel drive added to the mix. But this is just what FCA has done, and if that sounds a bit crazy, driving the darn thing makes it seem almost logical. Here’s our review.

Review: A second opinion of the 2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

The attractive Golf Alltrack sits in an enviable position in the current automotive landscape. It is unique, virtually without direct competition, and serves as a viable alternative for families that are still allergic to SUVs. Here’s our second-opinion review.

Ford Working on 400-hp Focus RS for 2020

The end is near for the current Ford Focus RS, which will be pulled from the automaker’s lineup after 2018. Already, though, word is that Ford is working on a new generation of the performance model for 2020, which would have 400 hp at its disposal.

Next generation of Mercedes-AMG C63 to be a hybrid

The head of Mercedes-AMG has confirmed that the next generation of its C63 performance sedan, set for launch in the early 2020s, will incorporate an intelligent hybrid system. The news comes just after the 2019 edition is unveiled at the New York auto show.

Tesla Model 3 Production Hits 2,000 Units Per Week

Though it confirmed this week it is falling short of its production target for the Model 3 for Q1 2018, Tesla did manage to hit a goal of producing 2,000 units in a single week. Elon Musk expressed confidence the company can take that figure to 2,500…

Unusual Recall Issued for the 2018 Toyota Camry

Some 1,700 2018 Camry models are subject to a recall just announced by Toyota, due to an unusual problem: oversized pistons installed in error at the factory could cause problems with acceleration, or even lead potentially to engine failure.

New York 2018 : Updates Announced for the 2019 Mazda CX-3

The Mazda CX-3 small crossover gets a mid-generation update for 2019, as announced at the 2018 New York International Auto Show. Beneath the CX-3’s slightly revamped styling, the engine gets a tad more powerful and the model incorporates G-Vectoring Control technology.

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