Automotive News - August 2018

A host of changes for the 2019 Lexus RC

Already blessed with spectacular contours, Lexus’ RC is getting some further design tweak for 2019 to keep its look modern and fresh mid-generation. This means it is inheriting a few visual elements from its larger sibling the LC, revised last year. All will be revealed at the upcoming Paris auto show.

2019 Hyundai Veloster N Introduced for North America

At the celebrated Nürburgring track in Germany, Hyundai this week made the official introduction of its 2019 Hyundai Veloster N for the North American market. It will be the first N performance variant to be made available in our market. Here are details!

Nissan Issues Recall Over Faulty Ignition Switch

A possibly faulty ignition switch spring has led Nissan to issue a recall of more than 160,000 vehicles in North America, including 13,000 here in Canada. The recall affects a variety of models from 2017 and 2018.

BMW Shows it 8 Series Convertible… in Camouflage

The BMW 8 Series is undergoing its last series of tests before going into production, and the automaker has released images of the convertible model… camouflaged. The hot-weather testing is being carried out in Las Vegas and Death Valley.

After the Toyota Corolla Hatchback, the Toyota Corolla Cross?

Toyota has just registered the Corolla Cross name with the European Intellectual Property Organization, which points to the addition of a new member to the family. The name also suggests it could be a more outdoorsy variant than the Corolla currently has in its lineup.

16,000 km, 8 countries in 60 days aboard a Nissan LEAF

Polish adventurer Marek Kaminski drove a Nissan LEAF 16,000 km through 8 countries to demonstrate the feasibility of trekking long distances in an EV. Much of the trip took him away from big urban centres and their recharging stations.

The 5 Safest New 2019 Vehicles According to the IIHS (so far)

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is the reference in the industry in the U.S. (and by extension in Canada) for testing the safety of vehicles currently on the market. We take a look at the five 2019 model-year vehicles that have earned the organization’s highest Top Safety Pick+ rating as of now.

All-wheel drive, hybrid version for next-gen Ford Mustang?

Scheduled for 2021, the next generation of the Ford Mustang could adopt one of the five platforms currently in use by the automaker. The modular platform that underpins the current Explorer could allow Ford to offer all-wheel drive on its muscle car – an option already available on its rival the Dodge Challenger.

Meet the Moab, the new Jeep Wrangler’s 1st special edition

The next-generation new Jeep Wrangler gets ready to welcome its first special edition. Meet the Moab, as luxurious as the Sahara version but with the rugged and off-road-hungry character of the Rubicon. The special edition pay tribute to the city that hosts the Easter Jeep Safari each year.

New 2019 Kia Forte Details, Images Released

Kia has sprung images and detailed information (for the U.S.) for its 2019 Kia Forte model, now in its third generation and sporting a more Stinger-like design. Consumers will also get a distinct Launch Edition, available when the new Forte hits the market this fall.

More details on Alfa Romeo’s two upcoming SUVs

Further details on two upcoming SUVs being developed by Alfa Romeo are coming into focus. The first will be a small crossover, while the second will represent the Italian automaker’s first foray into the full-size luxury SUV segment. This will give the company three utility models to take into battle.

2019 Subaru Forester: Photo Gallery

After the release of Canadian details and pricing for the fifth-generation new 2019 Subaru Forester, we give you a photo gallery of the redesigned crossover that has become a reference in the industry for families and outdoors enthusiasts!

2018 Honda Civic Type R Review: Redder than Ever

The Honda Civic Type R finally made it to Canadian soil last year after what seemed like an interminable wait. The only car with all-wheel drive in its segment, the Type R is nonetheless an absolute bullet of a car to drive around day to day. Now you get it in a fiery new Rallye Red finish!

VW: Yes for Atlas Cross Sport, Maybe for the Tanoak

Volkswagen has confirmed that it will definitely be bringing its Atlas Cross Sport to production here, and is likely to do so as well with the Tanoak pickup truck. Both were previewed as concepts at the most recent NY auto show and shown at Pebble Beach this weekend.

A 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C named Pebble Beach 2018 Best of Show

It’s a wrap for the 2018 edition of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and Best of Show honours went to a faithfully refurbished 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C. It was the first public appearance for the model since its restoration by a Vancouver, BC-based firm. The car was returned to the original condition it was in when first presented at the 1938 Berlin auto show.

Ford unveils 2019 GT Heritage Edition at Pebble Beach

Ford was at Pebble Beach this weekend to unveil a 2019 Heritage Edition of the Ford GT. The model pay tribute to Ford’s GT40 model, winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans for three years running in the late 1960s. The 2019 special edition is based on the 1968 race winner.

2019 GMC Sierra Denali First Drive

The GMC Sierra is thoroughly new for 2019, but it disappoints, especially in its shortcomings in terms of the luxury it offers in comparison with competitors - especially Ford and RAM. For the rest, the new Sierra is a very competent truck across the board. Your best bets for the model reside in the lower-end trims, not at the top.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe first drive: A dose of refinement

The Santa Fe is all new for 2019, as it marks the beginning of the mid-size crossover’s fourth generation. The styling is a big departure from the 2018 model, there’s a new 8-speed transmission plus it’s longer, wider and has a longer wheelbase than the outgoing model. We got to take it for a first drive.

Audi PB 18 e-tron Concept Revealed at Pebble Beach

Audi unveiled a concept car for the first time at Pebble Beach this weekend. The highly aerodynamic Audi PB 18 e-tron electric prototype was developed in the company’s new design studio in Malibu, and it features a driver’s cockpit that slides laterally for a side- or centre-driving position.

2018 Audi RS 5 Review: Just As Fast, A Bit Less Furious

The 2018 Audi RS 5 puts the German brand's muscle coupe back in the spotlight after a short absence from the Canadian market. It benefits from a series of significant changes that have altered both the character and the capabilities of this slickly-styled two-door.

INFINITI’S Prototype 10 Revealed: Futureworld is here

INFINITI is officially unveiling its Prototype 10 during Monterey Car Week as part of activities surrounding the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The new concept is an ideological offspring of the remarkable retro-style Prototype 9 revealed last year at the same event.

Next Mustang Shelby GT500 could run on 720 horses

Secretly obtained documents indicate that the upcoming new version of the Mustang Shelby GT500 will get 720 hp at its disposal. There’s no confirmation of this from Ford, which plans on announcing details of the super muscle car in 2019 only.

Lexus shows two contrasting concepts at Pebble Beach

Toyota’s luxury division Lexus is displaying two completely different one-off creations at Pebble Beach during Monterey Car Week. At the same time, the automaker showing some of its hand regarding its vision for models of the future with the debut of the UX 250h Concept in particular.

Back to School: 9 Used Vehicles to Fit Every Student Type

These days, many students opt to get around by public transport instead of by car, in the city but also in the suburbs. But there’s a lot to be said for the freedom that having a car affords. And there’s a way to do it without breaking your student budget. Here are 9 different perfect fits for 9 different student types!

A BMW 9 Series on the horizon?

German automaker BMW is not dismissing the possibility that it may develop a new vehicle to take up position atop its model lineup, above the new 8 Series. A potential 9 Series would most likely be electrified and venture onto the turf occupied by the Mercedes-Maybach.

Ford Issues Recall for 50,000 Hybrid, electric vehicles

A faulty charging cable has led Ford to issue a voluntary recall of around 50,000 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. The manufacturer-supplied 120-volt cable has been found to potentially cause overheating when used with a conventional outlet, resulting in a risk of fire.

Revised 2019 Hyundai Elantra: Details Released (for U.S.)

The sixth-generation new 2019 Hyundai Elantra will be available to consumers later this year, but Hyundai has just detailed info on the trims and the updates and improvements will be getting. We expect most if not all will apply to the versions we get in Canada.

Hyundai Possibly Working on a 2nd Big SUV

Hyundai will be introducing a full-size SUV to consumers next year, but recent speculation has the Korean automaker possibly working on second big utility model. The new model would compete directly with the likes of the Nissan Armada and Toyota Land Cruiser, though it's not expected ot be ready until 2022.

Big price jump for the 2019 Audi A6 as U.S. Details Released

Audi has announced details and pricing for its new 2019 A6 in the U.S.. The model, now in its 8th generation, is seeing its price tag increase by about $9,000 for the base model. Much of this is due to what’s now under the hood: a new 335-hp V6 turbo is replacing the old 4-cylinder.

2018 Jaguar F-Type SVR Coupe Review: Gobsmacked

The 2018 Jaguar F-Type might just be the best-looking sports car on the market today, period. Even more so now that Jaguar has given it a few tweaks to refine the styling, touching specifically on the bumpers, headlights and rear lights.

Aston Martin to build 25 reproductions of Bond’s Goldfinger DB5

British automaker Aston Martin says it will build 25 reproductions of the DB5 model seen in Goldfinger, the third film in the James Bond series. Each will feature the special options devised for the model back in 1964, right down to the flip-up licence plate, and cost buyers $3.5 million USD.

415-km Range for Upcoming Hyundai Kona Electric

The range of the Hyundai Kona Electric has just been announced. At 415 km on a full charge, it surpasses the Chevrolet Bolt. The small SUV, expected to go to market in the next few week, will thus give consumers sufficient autonomy to eliminate dead-battery anxiety.

Audi Announces U.S. Details, Pricing for 2019 RS 5 Sportback

The 2019 RS 5 Sportback that Audi is introducing to the North American market will deliver some exceptional driving sensations… to those ready to fork over the dough required. U.S. starting price, it was announced today, will be $74,900, which we estimate will translate into around $90,000 CAD north of the border.

Audi ditching manual transmissions in the U.S.

Fans of German cars AND manual gearboxes will no longer be turning to Audi as of 2019. The manufacturer has announced it will no longer produce any cars with manual transmissions for the U.S. market, starting next year, due to tiny demand.

2019 Mazda CX-3 Review: An "old" favourite under pressure

One of the earliest examples of the subcompact crossover species (it’s all of three years old!), the Mazda CX-3 remains a particular favourite of Canadian motorists. Its qualities are undeniable, even if its tiny dimensions can pose a challenge for fitting in cargo and people.

A 600-hp Alfa Romeo GTV Spider by 2022?

The Alfa Romeo Giulia model lineup is set to get spicier with the coming arrival of an ET coupe AND a Spider convertible version. The first is expected in 2021, while the second should alight a year after that. In the case of the latter model, the expectation is for breathtaking capabilities, to the tune of 600 hp.

At last, real images of the new BMW Z4

Official images of the new BMW Z4 have just leaked out ahead of the actual launch of the model next week at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The images are of the Z4 M40i version.

The Prototype 10: futuristic, high-performance… and electric!

INFINITI is back at Pebble Beach, for the second straight year. The automaker will unveil a stunning new high-performance concept car during the 2018 edition of the Concours d'Elegance. The Prototype 10 is a daring electric-powered car that hints at the company's future design vision.

Next-Generation BMW 3 Series Reveals Itself

Currently putting the finishing touches on the next generation of its 3 Series, BMW is seeking to reclaim its position as the uncontested leader in the entry-level luxury sedan category. The next edition of the model will be lighter, nimbler and more powerful, and it should be ready sometime in 2019.

2018 Nissan Pathfinder Review

The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder SUV is an excellent product that can easily fulfill the function of any minivan, except that the driving experience is more positive. Its V6 is also one of the best that Nissan has ever produced.

12 Corolla hatchbacks through the years

The new 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, freshly reviewed on our website, is all new this year and Toyota is looking to make a big splash with it. But in fact this is only the latest in a long line of hatched Corollas to have been produced over the years. Here’s a quick look at 12 former Corolla hatchbacks we’ve seen come and go!

Ford Springs the 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet

The new Cobra Jet is here. Ford has just revealed the special edition of its2018 Mustang, inspired by the original model that debuted back in 1968. Only 68 units of the Cobra Jet will be produced, and each comes with a sticker price $130,000 USD. We can expect outlandish performance from the car and its 5.2L V8.

Nissan adjusts product offer for 2019 Sentra

The Nissan Sentra is an outdated model when stacked against others in its segment, and a major overhaul is scheduled for next year. Meantime, Nissan is making some adjustments to its 2019 Sentra sedan, adding more safety features and more up-to-date technologies.

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST Review

The 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe gets no radical changes for the new model-year except for the addition of a more performance-oriented version, the Tahoe RST (Rally Sport Truck). Not to be confused with the RST Edition, which takes some of the style elements of the sportier RST but retains the SUV model's standard powertrain.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado First Drive

Chevrolet has given us a next-generation Silverado truck that equals its rivals for comfort, but without losing sight of its main purpose, to be a work tool. That tool has been made more sophisticated, more comfortable and more fuel-efficient, but it’s as capable as ever when it comes to getting heavy jobs done. Here's our initial review.

Self-driving shuttle bus coming to Montreal-area city this September

Quebec gets its first self-driving pilot project: starting in September, a self-driving bus will be put into circulation in the streets of Candiac, a city on the South Shore of Montreal. It’s part of a 12-month pilot project designed to establish the viability of using vehicles equipped with autonomous driving technologies.

2019 Ford Ranger Details Announced

One of Ford’s most significant moments for 2019 will be the return of the Ford Ranger. After an 8-year absence from the North American market, the midsize pickup will be entering a segment that has grown 18% just since the beginning of this year. We’ve got details (and US pricing) for you.

2019 Dodge Challenger First Drive: Hellcat Redeye and more!

Here's our first drive review of the incredible SRT Hellcat Redeye version of the 2019 Dodge Challenger. Its 6.2L HEMI supercharged V8 delivers (hold on to your hat) 797 hp and 707 lb-ft of torque, and takes it from a stop to 60 mph (96 km/h) in only 3.4 seconds.

Toyota sticks big price increase on 2019 4Runner TRD PRO

Toyota has confirmed a notable price increase for the TRD PRO version of its 4Runner for the 2019 model-year. The automaker points at a new higher-performance suspension and improvements to the protective plates, alloy wheels and tires to justify the jump.

Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban: even more luxurious in 2019

The Tahoe and Suburban SUVs will get two new variants for 2019; each will come with the 6.2L V8 that GM says fans of the segment are clamoring for. The Premier Plus trims also come with more luxurious interiors than the models have seen before.

Special-edition 2019 Subaru WRX Raiu to be offered in Canada

Subaru Canada has announced a special edition of its WRX model will be offered in Canada next year. The limited-edition 2019 Subaru WRX Raiu will get a production run of just 100 units. The model will up the performance level in comparison with the regular WRX and feature unique visual elements to set it apart.

INFINITI will unveil electric performance concept at Pebble Beach

INFINITI will be presenting an electric concept car at this month’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, just like it did last year at the same event. That concept was a retro-looking one-off, but this year’s reveal is a design study that will preview the company’s vision for its future electric performance models.

Ford Mustang: 10 millionth unit produced, Ford celebrates

Rare are those cars whose production spans six decades and whose sales surpass the 10 million mark. But this is what the Mustang has accomplished, and Ford celebrated the 10 millionth unit this week. And lest you think it’s running out of gas, know that over the last 3 years, the Mustang has been the best-selling sports car in the world.

Buick owners will be able to pay for their gas in their car

GM’s Marketplace system will soon allow Buick vehicle owners in the United States to pay for their gas on their multimedia screen. The company has not specified which vehicle will get the service first, but it’s likely that it will be available in a number of GM vehicles within a few years – and probably in Canada as well.

2019 Subaru Impreza: Pricing and details announced

The 2019 Subaru Impreza will be available as of this coming August, and we now know all the details and pricing for the model courtesy of Subaru Canada. Consumers will get an improved edition, for the same price as before…

Review of the 2018 Ford EcoSport: The Mouse That Doesn't Roar

The 2018 Ford EcoSport is not actually a new model – it’s just new to us. It’s been around in other markets since 2012. But Ford looked at the strong growth in the micro-SUV segment in North America and decided it couldn’t not add it here as well. We review a tiny SUV that will have to prove its worth...

First sketches appear of the new BMW X7

Sketches submitted to the Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property have surfaced that by all indications are of the upcoming new X7 large SUV from BMW. The automaker had unveiled a concept version last year in Frankfurt.

FCA tries to block Mahindra from selling Roxor in North America

Imitation is not always the sincerest form of flattery: The FCA Group is trying to block Indian automaker Mahindra from bringing to the North American market its Roxor model, the design of which mirrors the Jeep Wrangler. Mahindra produced Jeep replicas under licence back when the brand belonged to Willys.

2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt First Drive: Modern Nostalgia

In 1968, the actor Steve McQueen and director Peter Yates revolutionized both the cinematic world and the driving experience via what would become the most legendary car chase scene ever shot. The film was Bullitt, and the setting was San Francisco. 50 years on we drive the special 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt through the city!

New BMW X2 will get an M Performance variant (probably)

The BMW X2 has only been among us for a short time, but already we learn that the wizards at the automaker’s M division are working on a M-badged performance variant, expected to be ready for 2020. It will run on a 4-cylinder producing over 300 hp.

400-hp Audi RS Q3 Coming to Canada

Canadian consumers will be able to get their hands on the RS version of Audi’s new Q3, according to a report by Car and Driver. The 2.5L 5-cylinder engine powering the model is expected to generate over 400 hp.

Expiring Ontario EV Rebate Program: Warning to Buyers

If you’ve ordered a hybrid, electric or hydrogen vehicle in Ontario and are still waiting for delivery, be careful! If it is not registered, plated and delivered to you by September 10, you’ll lose the rebate offered under the provincial government’s expiring EHVIP incentive program.

2018 Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 Review

The Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 doesn’t target the average consumer. But for some, this high-riding compact car’s super-firm driving dynamics make it the car to get. And in that case it really doesn’t matter if you prefer to look at it as a sporty SUV or a compact sports car in disguise!

FCA recalls 1.1 million RAM trucks over a faulty tailgate latch

A problem to do with faulty latches in power tailgates has led the FCA Group to issue a large-scale recall of 1.1 million North American RAM trucks from the 2015-to-2017 model years. The defect could lead to a truck’s tailgate latch opening while the truck is in motion.

The Polestar 1 will make its North American debut at Pebble Beach

Volvo’s new electric mobility/performance division, Polestar, has announced that its first full-fledged model, the Polestar 1, will make its North American debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance later this month. The U.S. market has been among the most enthusiastic in anticipation of the coming model.

Nissan’s IMx electric SUV: Still Two years away

We’ll have to wait two more years before seeing the production version of the Nissan IMx concept, presented by the automaker at the Tokyo and Geneva auto shows. The small SUV will join the LEAF in the company’s lineup of all-electric vehicles.

BMW confirms 8 Series Convertible, Gran Coupe for 2019

BMW is going to be very active in the coming year, on several levels. The manufacturer has confirmed two performance models for 2019 in the 8 Series Convertible and 8 Series Gran Coupe, and its plans also include the front-wheel-drive 1 Series, the new iNEXT concept, M models and a new factory in Europe.

Nissan Will Include Rear-Seat Presence Alert System in Its Vehicles

Like a growing number of manufacturers, GM and Hyundai among them, Nissan will be including a rear-seat presence alert system that will help prevent children being left behind accidentally in hot cars. The company intends to fit all of its vehicles with the Rear Door Alert System by 2022.

Buick Canada Confirms Regal Avenir for 2019

Buick Canada has confirmed that it will introduce a premium Avenir edition of the Regal Sportback five-door sedan for the 2019 model-year. It’s the third model for the brand to be offered in an Avenir version in Canada, after the Enclave SUV and the LaCrosse large sedan.

Review of the 2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD PRO: the Rebel Stands it Ground

To find the last major revision of the Toyota 4Runner you have to go back all the way to 2010 – an eternity in the industry. But because it’s not just different but pretty much unique, and because it displays exceptional off-road prowess, it continues attract buyers. Still, Toyota would be wise to update it, and soon.

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