Automotive News - September 2018

GM sees an all-wheel-drive future

This week the devotees at the GM Authority website learned through sources that General Motors has filed a trademark request for the Sport Control AWD name. The document stipulates that the name will also be used in combination with the following words: steering, traction control, suspension and braking systems for vehicles.

Audi promises 12 electric vehicles by 2025

Audi has already said it hopes to sell 800,000 electric vehicles by 2025. Now the German automaker promises that it will introduce 12 electrified models ion that time frame. The first of those, the e-tron, has already been presented, and a sportier version is on the way.

2019 Nissan Altima First Drive: the All-Wheel Sedan

The challenge, commercially speaking, is great for the 2019 Nissan Altima midsize sedan, now entering its 6th generation and needing to hold its own against the likes of the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord in a slow-selling segment. Here's our first-drive review.

First Drive of the 2019 BMW X5

For 2019, the BMW X5 arrives as an all-new SUV, featuring new engines, a new chassis and AWD architecture, new styling and tons o’ tech. Here’s our review.

2019 Audi Q3: a great leap forward

The 2019 Audi Q3 has just made its media debut, and the consensus is that it is a substantially improved product. It will go to market in Canada and elsewhere in spring 2019.

Ferrari’s first SUV to be called Purosangue

The first SUV ever to be produced by Ferrari is scheduled for a 2022 launch, and it now has a name: Purosangue, meaning purebreed. Whether the new models manages to retain the full magic of the Ferrari brand remains to be seen – ie, a premium interior and exquisite sound insulation. It will also likely get a hybrid powertrain.

Toyota will (finally) add Android Auto compatibility

It took a long time for Toyota to sign an agreement with Apple and get CarPlay integration into its vehicles, but it’s done. And now it appears that the automaker is set to announce an agreement with Google that will pave the way for integrating Android Auto compatibility as well.

First drive of the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT4 Coupe

We headed to Texas to meet the 2019 AMG GT4 coupe, a German missile of a coupe sedan that inspires confidence at high speed even while being practical enough for daily use. Here’s our first drive review.

A more powerful turbo for the Mazda CX-5?

Secretly obtained information is indicating that the Mazda CX-5 SUV will benefit from a more robust engine, more specifically the 2.5L 4-cylinder engine already powering the brand’s Mazda6 and CX-9 models. It also appears that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility will be included in the base models.

10 Best UX Winners for 2018, according to WardsAuto

WardsAuto has come out with its third annual 10 Best UX list, recognizing the new 2018 and 2019 models offering the best user experiences to their occupants. These are the vehicles that make using all that new tech not just palatable, but pleasant – even experience-enhancing!

Jeep Wrangler Diesel: Unofficially confirmed

Dealership order books provided by manufacturers can be a juicy source of information regarding new models and variants, and it is through this channel that it has been unofficially confirmed a diesel version of the Jeep Wrangler will be offered to consumers in 2019 – more specifically, a 3.0L V6 with an 8-speed automatic.

The Ford F-Vision concept, a semi inspired by the Marvel movies

Ford has just unveiled its own vision of the heavy-duty truck of the future. The F-Vision semi concept features a particular design, its cabin in the form of a visor clearly inspired by Marvel’s super-hero movies. For now it’s little more than a design study, but the potential for revolutionizing the transport industry is hard to miss.

Porsche abandons the diesel engine

After hesitating for a long time over the question, Porsche has finally made a decision regarding its diesel engines – and it’s goodbye to the technology. The decision certainly has its origins in the Volkswagen diesel scandal, but at the same time, Porsche’s clientele is showing an increasing preference for hybrid solutions.

Review of the 2018 BMW X3 M40i: In sight of perfection?

It’s important not to compare the 2018 BMW X3 M40i to just any other SUV on the market. This vehicle sits squarely in the luxury compact SUV segment. The regular X3 is already pretty hard to beat, even as it faces down competition from the likes of the Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLC and others.

Toyota wants to revive the Celica and MR2

Having brought back the Supra to its catalogue, Toyota wants to revive two other iconic models: the Celica and the MR2. For that to happen, though, the Supra will have to perform well on the market. And ideally, like with the Supra, a development partner will need to come forward to enable cost-sharing.

60% of Ferraris to be hybrid by 2022

In another sign that the times they are a’ changing, Ferrari has joined the list of automakers planning to get greener. The Italian automaker says 60% of its models will have hybrid powertrains by 2022. The reasons are two-fold: first, the company will have to meet emissions standards, and second, demand among its clientele for environmentally responsible models continues to grow.

12 Chevrolet pickups that have marked history

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado arrives on the market as the latest chapter in the long and rich history of the Chevrolet pickup truck. The new edition is, unsurprisingly, the most advanced yet and offers functionalities that would have been inconceivable on a truck of this type even 20 years ago. Here are 12 Chevy pickups that have marked history.

NHTSA Crash Tests: Tesla Model 3 Passes Exam

The Tesla Model 3 has successfully passed the crash tests administered by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), the American equivalent of Transport Canada. Still ahead are the more rigorous tests carried out by the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety).

2019 Chevrolet Silverado Review: At Play in the Great White North

Résumé : The Chevrolet Silverado arrive totally renewed for 2019, and it’s clear no effort was spared by the manufacturer to make it the best Chevy truck ever produced. In the next year two new engines will join the two existing ones in the catalogue. Here’s our review of the 2019 Silverado, at play in the Great White North.

Chrysler 300 to get the axe in 2020

It appears that the official date of death for the Chrysler 300 has been identified; the model will be getting the axe in 2020. At the same time the automaker is planning to bring its Portal electric concept to production, giving the brand two minivans on its roster… though no cars.

Audi will present an e-tron GT concept in Los Angeles

Audi will show a GT version in concept form of its new electric e-tron electric model at the next Los Angeles auto show, coming up in November. Audi intends to produce 12 electrified vehicles over the next seven years, including several SUV models.

Cadillac’s V-Series, shrinking in order to grow

Cadillac confirms it will expand its V-Series performance banner, starting in 2019 with the car formerly known as the CT6 V-Sport, now the CT6-V sedan. At the same time it is closing the books on the ATS-V and CTS-V cars after 2019.

A New 3-Row Cadillac SUV to Debut in Detroit

At last week’s big launch for the new XT4 crossover, Cadillac made known its plan to introduce a new product every six months between now and 2020. The next to see the light of day will likely be a three-row SUV that the automaker plans to present at the next Detroit auto show.

The 2019 BMW Z4: At Canadian dealers in March 2019

Here now are full details for the new little Z4 roadster from BMW. The 2019 BMW Z4 sDrive30i is set to debut at Canadian dealerships in March 2019, while the 2020 BMW Z4 M40i Roadster will follow later in 2019. Check out our photo gallery as well.

2019 Nissan Pathfinder to get more tech, convenience

The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder will offer a more expanded range of technologies and convenience features for the new year, according to information released by Nissan in the U.S. We expect the Canadian editions to follow suit.

No manual transmission for the new BMW Z4

If you were still in doubt that the manual gearbox is an endangered species in the automotive industry, that should be erased when news comes that a sporty roadster like the BMW Z4 won’t offer one to buyers. The market is simply too small to justify including it, says the automaker.

Top 10 Pickup Trucks in Canada in 2018

Manufacturers have certainly been paying very close attention to the pickup segment in recent years, and why can be summed up in one word: profitable. Here’s our scientific/unscientific ranking of the Top 10 Pickup Trucks in Canada in 2018. Can anyone touch the Big Three?

A track-focused Toyota Supra in the works

Toyota is working on a track-minded version of its reborn Toyota Supra, which is set to debut in 2019. The project’s chief engineer confirmed the interest, sending anticipation levels for the new Supra even higher.

Audi E-Tron Makes World Debut

Audi made the official presentation this week of the all-electric Audi e-tron SUV, the first fully electric production model from the German automaker. has the details and photos!

FCA confirms return of mid-size Dakota pickup

The FCA Group has confirmed that a mid-size pickup truck will be added to the RAM product range in the coming years. Rumours are pointing to a 2022 launch for what could mark the return of the Dakota nameplate, on a vehicle sharing the upcoming Jeep Scrambler’s platform.

Goodbye diesel, hello electric for Cadillac

Cadillac is applying the brakes to the development process for a diesel engine, and will focus on electric mobility in the coming years. The brand-new XT4 crossover was supposed to get a diesel engine, but that fell by the wayside. Diesel technology won’t be abandoned completely, but its future at Cadillac will depend on demand.

2018 Volkswagen Passat GT: Our photo gallery

We recently learned that the GT version of the VW Passat will get the axe in 2019, along with a couple of other trims of the sedan model. In the case of the GT, it had only been introduced this year! Another victim of the SUV gold rush...

World Car of the Year: 2019 Contenders Announced

The long list of contenders for World Car of the Year has been announced, as well as nominees for World Luxury Car of the Year, World Performance Car of the Year, World Green Car of the Year and World Urban Car of the Year.

Lexus ES: cameras to replace the side-view mirrors

Lexus will become the world’s 1st manufacturer to equip a model with cameras (digital side-view mirrors) in place of exterior side-view mirrors, when the ES model goes to market in Japan. Screens placed on the A pillars will display an image recorded by the cameras on each side of the vehicle.

Subaru springs U.S. details and pricing for 2019 BRZ coupe

Subaru has announced details and U.S. pricing for its 2019 BRZ coupe. Consumers will also get treated to a new top-of-the-range Series.Gray limited edition. Only 250 units of this variant will be produced, and we don’t yet know if any will be destined for the Canadian market.

Volkswagen bids farewell to its Beetle with 2019 Final Edition

Saying farewell: Volkswagen announces a special Final Edition of the 2019 Beetle. The model will be available in coupe and convertible formats. It’s a historic moment that marks the end of a significant chapter in VW history, but who’s to say the model won’t be reborn in electrified form in a few years?

2019 Chevrolet Blazer: Details on the trims of the reborn SUV

We now know details on the different trim levels that will be available of the revived new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer. The details concern the U.S. edition of the model, and it’s possible there might be some minor variations in the Canadian model when it appears.

GM Recalls 1.2M Pickups, SUVs over steering problem

General Motors has issued a new recall of more than 1.2 million full-size pickups and SUVs, including almost 96,000 in Canada, because of a potential power steering problem that could increase the risk of an accident.

Porsche launching short-term rental service

Porsche is launching a program that will make it possible to rent its models short-term. The program will initially take the form of a pilot project in Atlanta, Georgia. Consumers will be able to rent a car or SUV for anywhere from four hours to a week, at a cost ranging from a few hundred to thousands of dollars.

2018 Honda CR-V Review: The dull destiny of a segment superstar

The Honda CR-V has for years been a top seller in its segment. More efficient than ever, it delivers a reassuring ownership experience on every level. But you’re looking for an engaging driving experience, look elsewhere. Entertaining you is not in the CR-V’s mandate.

2019 Lexus UX officially presented for Canada

The Lexus UX is about to make its debut in Canada, and Lexus has provided details on the two versions (regular and hybrid) it will come in. The first will be equipped solely with front-wheel drive, while the second gets an all-wheel drive system.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE Gets Revealed in Full

Mercedes-Benz has released comprehensive details and a ton of full-monty images of its redesigned new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE. The SUV will make its official in-the-flesh debut at the Paris Motor Show taking place in October, and should go to market in spring 2019.

2018 Nissan Kicks, Sentra Earn Top Safety Nods from IIHS

Nissan’s new 2018 Kicks small crossover and 2018 Sentra have both earned the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick rating, one rung below the best possible result. Both models managed Good ratings in crash tests, but have work to do in terms of their headlight performance.

Here’s what the next Mercedes-Benz GLE will look like

This October at the Paris auto show, Mercedes-Benz will lift the veil on the next generation of its GLE SUV, one of the star players on the brand’s roster. Its last major revision dates back to 2011. Here’s a first official image.

2018 Kia Niro: Our Flash Review and Photo Gallery

Having debuted in 2017, the Kia Niro has quickly established itself as a money-saving hybrid alternative in the small crossover segment. We take a look at the 2018 Niro, a reasonable, mostly unchanged choice that doesn’t excite but has some compelling qualities nonetheless.

BMW shows its future X3 M and X4 M SUVs

BMW products are offered in several variations, and the most highly prized are the ones produced by the company’s M performance division. The M3 and M5 have reached legendary status, and others are on their way there. We’ll soon be including the X3 M and X4 M variants to that list.

2018 Buick Encore: Our Flash Review and Photo Gallery

We tested out the 2018 Buick Encore to see if it can provide the kind of premium experience the automaker’s larger models deliver. The small crossover is no longer one of the fresher entrants in its class, but it remains a valid choice in the subcompact SUV class it competes in.

2018 Toyota Prius c Review: Poised and quiet

La Prius is now one of the older models on the Toyota roster, but it’s still an interesting option – on condition of choosing your trim and options wisely. The city car offers outstanding fuel economy, but its hefty price tag necessitates doing some math to see when those savings at the pump start to get advantageous.

Top 10 Compact SUVs in Canada in 2018

We present’s top 10 compact SUVs in Canada in 2018. This fiercely contested segment features a host of solid veterans, exciting rookies and innovative models. We picked 10 (11 actually, because why not) that we think are the best choices.

BMW introduces the 2019 X2 M35i

BMW delivers on its promise to produce a more powerful iteration of its X2 crossover with the (online) introduction today of the 2019 BMW X2 M35i. Here are details and a photo gallery.

Voice Recognition: BMW Promises a Revolution in 2019

When the new Z4 hits the market next year, BMW will be debuting a new voice recognition system that it calls revolutionary. The Intelligent Personal Assistant (IPA) will enable more direct communication between human and machine. Think of Apple’s Siri for cars.

VW to produce 3,000 Rabbit editions of its Golf GTI in 2019

Volkswagen will produce a Rabbit edition of its GTI in 2019, but production will be limited to 3,000 units in all. The special edition won’t be any different mechanically, but it will be set apart by exclusive interior and exterior styling and design accents.

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 welcomes the Bison

Chevy’s mid-size truck lineup is welcoming a new member with the introduction of the Colorado ZR2 Bison edition. This high-performance variant was created in collaboration with American Expedition Vehicles (AEV).

2019 Acura ILX details announced

Acura has released details of the changes being made to the ILX for 2019, ahead of the model’s market launch in October. The entry-level luxury sedan is getting some relatively major revisions for the new model-year, including a heavily revamped front end and new tech.

2019 Honda HR-V: Prices and details for Canada

We now have details and pricing for the Canadian edition of the new 2019 Honda HR-V. The first deliveries of the revised new HR-V are expected to take place early in 2019. Here are pricing and other details.

The Audi R8 has an electric future… or none at all

If it’s to have a future, the Audi R8 will be reconfigured into an electrically powered hypercar. As of now the model is slated to disappear in 2022. If audi decides instead to produce a third generation, it could take strong inspiration from the PB 18 e-tron concept recently presented at Pebble Beach.

A mid-engined hybrid car from Jaguar by 2022?

Jaguar is said to be working on a mid-engined hybrid car designed to compete against models like the McLaren 570S and Mercedes-AMG GT. The so-called J-Type could be unveiled in 2022 as a 2023 model.

2019 Subaru Ascent: Photo Gallery

The brand-new 2019 Subaru Ascent represents the automaker’s return to the big SUV game. Here’s a large photo gallery of the model that is setting out to win over the hearts and minds of families and outdoors enthusiasts in Canada!

Lada Presents a First New Niva since… 1976

The Lada Niva was first introduced back in 1976, and it has hardly changed since. At the recent Moscow auto show, the Russian automaker behind the model presented a concept called the Vision 4X4, a vehicle that likely foreshadows new things to come from the Niva.

Review of the 2018 Toyota Yaris: Cutting Edge… for 2008

The Toyota Yaris is not a bad car, and it benefits from a sterling record for reliability. At the same time, it is aging rapidly, and in every respect it now lags behind its competitors. All the while Toyota continues to sell it at a hefty price, which some consumers might find a bit insulting.

A Hyundai Elantra GT N-Line to be available here in 2019

Currently in the process of launching its N performance division, Hyundai at present offers only the Veloster N in Canada. But, following the lead of BMW and other German automakers, it will put out the Elantra GT N-Line decked with N-style visual elements, starting with the 2019 model-year.

GM Masterplan : Sell lots of Sedans

Sporty and affordable, the future Chevrolet Malibu RS reflects General Motors’ strategy of taking advantage of the departure of several models in the car segments to grab a bigger hold of the market in the coming years.

NHTSA Looking into 120 Fires in Hyundai and Kia Models

The NHTSA is looking at 120 cases of fires in 2011-2014 Hyundai and Kia models. The Hyundai Santa Fe and Sonata models and the Kia Optima are the subject of the inquiry into recent fire-related problems. The governmental agency wants to establish of the fires are related to a problem that previously led to a recall issued by the automakers.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta Review: Playing defence

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta arrives in a troubled market segment riding on an all-new platform and aiming to win over buyers with a package that adds up to solid value without counting on any particular standout features.

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