Automotive News - November 2018

Los Angeles 2018: Meet the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek PHEV

Subaru Canada had already confirmed its arrival in our market, and now the new 2019 Subaru Crosstrek plug-in hybrid is making its official public debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Here are the details and a photo gallery.

Los Angeles 2018: The Kia Niro EV makes debut

The all-electric version of Kia’s Niro got its official premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show, completing the product offering for the crossover. We expect the range to be in the neighborhood of 400 km.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Review: Coming through

The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is a historic model, when you think about, and that’s because you may never see a utility vehicle equipped with such a heavy arsenal ever again. We take a ride in a muscle car on stilts, the world’s fastest SUV.

Los Angeles 2018: 2019 Nissan Maxima gets update

Nissan brought its updated new 2019 Nissan Maxima sedan to the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show this week for an official show and tell. The 8th-generation Maxima, which dates to 2015, gets visual updates, revised tech and more safety features.

Los Angeles 2018: The 2020 Lincoln Aviator lands

At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Lincoln yesterday unveiled the production version of the 2020 Aviator SUV. The nameplate was last affixed to a vehicle a dozen years ago, but it comes alive again in an SUV that bears a distinct resemblance to the larger Navigator SUV.

Los Angeles 2018: Jeep Gladiator Gets Big Reveal

Jeep returns to the pickup segment with a bang. It’s touting the Gladiator, unveiled today in Los Angeles, as the most capable midsize truck ever built. That’s a big claim, but given the success of the Wrangler over the years and right up until now, it would be foolhardy to bet against it…

Los Angeles 2018: 2019 Honda Passport gets stamped

Honda’s newest utility model is making its world debut today at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2019 Honda Passport can fit five and slots in to the Japanese automaker’s SUV lineup between the smaller CR-V and the larger Pilot.

Los Angeles 2018: Volkswagen I.D. BUZZ CARGO makes N.A. debut

One vehicle we can safely say will be turning heads this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show is the cargo version of VW’s electric I.D. BUZZ van. At the moment still just a prototype, the I.D. BUZZ CARGO will be ready to go to market at the turn of the next decade.

Los Angeles 2018: Next-Gen 2020 Porsche 911 Makes World Premiere

Porsche chose the Los Angeles International Auto Show as the stage for the world debut of the 2020 Porsche 911 (992). Why not Frankfurt or Geneva? For one thing, North America makes up one-third of all 911 sales. We give you a classic car modernized, but still a classic.

Elon Musk confirms Tesla flirted with financial disaster

Elon Musk has confirmed that Tesla flirted with financial disaster when it was dealing with a series of problems affecting production of the Model 3. The company’s founder admitted that at one point Tesla’s very survival was at risk and that it got within a few weeks of running out of operating funds.

Genesis G70, Jeep Wrangler and RAM 1500 Crowned Vehicles of Year

American magazine Motor Trend used the occasion of the Los Angeles Auto Show to crown its Car, SUV and Truck of the Year winners. Upstart Genesis wins yet another award for its G70, the Jeep Wrangler continues to rule, and the RAM 1500 takes it over some tough competition.

Los Angeles 2018: The All-Electric Rivian R1T Revealed

Small American manufacturer Rivian has revealed details and images of its R1T electric pickup truck, which it hopes to have ready for market in the coming two years. The vehicle will be on display this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The end for GM’s Oshawa plant?

Credible reports are indicating that GM plans to put an end to production at its plant in Oshawa, Ontario as of December 2019. The factory currently produces Cadillac’s XTS and Chevrolet’s Impala, as well as two of GM’s full-size pickup, the Chevrolet Silverado and the GMC Sierra.

Launch of the extended-range LEAF postponed

Nissan has postponed the launch of the extended range edition of its 2019 LEAF. The decision is direct consequence of the arrest of the company’s now-former boss, Carlos Ghosn. The automaker has provided no new date for the introduction of this much-anticipated version of the LEAF electric car.

2018 Nissan GT-R: A Parallel Universe

The Nissan GT-R is an exceptional car and it tends to get its drivers smiling. But in a segment that levies a heavy price on cars that get behind technologically or esthetically, the car is overdue for an overhaul and a new generation. The 2018 is simply not as refined as its rivals this year.

Los Angeles 2018: Preview of the Big Show and its Big Reveals

Here’s our official preview of the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, set to get underway on Wednesday. The big ticket items at this year’s edition come from all corners of the world except for, with a few exceptions, the U.S.! One of those exceptions is the Jeep Gladiator, mind you…

Honda Recalls 11,252 Odysseys for sliding door issue

Honda Canada has issued a recall affecting 11,252 Odyssey minivans due to potentially faulty sliding doors. The locking mechanism on the doors could remain jammed, so that the doors could open without warning while the vehicle is in motion.

Land Rover unveils next-gen 2020 Range Rover Evoque

The new 2nd-generation Range Rover Evoque was unveiled at a special event put on by Land Rover in London, England. Design-wise the British brand has moved cautiously to preserve the visual DNA of its popular model, nearly 750,000 units of which have sold since its debut in 2012.

RAM to offer a 1500 North edition… south of the border

FCA’s RAM division will offer a 1500 North Edition, which will be specially equipped with heated seats and steering wheel, remote starter, snow tires, block heater, etc. to handle winter. But this North will only be found… south of the border.

Los Angeles 2018: Slow striptease for the 2020 Kia Soul ahead of the show

The new next-gen 2020 Kia Soul gradually shows itself in teaser images ahead of its official debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show next week. What we’ve seen so far shows strong continuity in terms of styling, but the addition of a new version called the X-Line tells us we can expect a four-wheel-drive version.

Los Angeles 2018: 2020 Porsche 911 Will be at the Show

Porsche has confirmed that the new 8th-generation 911 will be unveiled next week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. While the model represents more of an evolution than a revolution, it also marks the eventual arrival of a hybrid variant during the production cycle.

British Columbia’s Government mandates zero-emissions vehicles by 2040

The British Columbia government has mandated that, by 2040, all new cars and light-duty trucks sold in the province will have to be zero-emission. To get there, the province is counting on the continued efforts of auto manufacturers who are gradually introducing electric products into their vehicle lineups.

Ford’s Baby Bronco Could Get the Puma Name

Ford has filed for a trademark on the Puma name with the World Intellectual Property Office. The name might be destined for use on the so-called “Baby Bronco” SUV. The company dropped its ownership of the Maverick name that had long been rumoured for it.

First images leaked of the next-gen 2020 Buick LaCrosse

Leaked images originating from a source in China that reveal the next generation of the Buick LaCrosse premium sedan have spread across the Internet. We don’t actually learn anything earth-shattering about the new 2020 LaCrosse, except that it appears sportier in demeanour.

Canadian pricing for the 2019 Toyota RAV4

Toyota has confirmed pricing for its new fifth-generation 2019 Toyota RAV4, which will be at dealerships starting in December. The hybrid trims, however will only be available to Canadian consumers as of March 2019.

Subaru Canada announces its first plug-in hybrid is on the way

Subaru Canada has confirmed it will introduce a plug-in hybrid version of its Crosstrek SUV by the end of 2019 – the first PHEV for the company in our market. Some may recall that a hybrid version of the model was sold a few years ago, but many may not – it didn’t sell many units. The new PHEV should benefit from an all-electric range of 27 km.

2019 Toyota RAV4 first drive

In the crowded compact SUV segment, the Toyota RAV4 has made its mark and then some. Here’s the result of our first encounter with the new 2019 RAV4 in the beautiful region in and around Monterey, California.

Meet the 2020 Toyota Camry TRD

Toyota has pulled the veil of the TRD (Toyota Racing Development) version of its Camry. The beefed-up edition of the venerable sedan will debut for the 2020 model-year. Enhanced performances and aerodynamics, esthetic embellishments and a track-ready mentality: The 2020 Camry TRD is no ordinary family car.

Mazda and Toyota begin construction of a factory in Alabama

Mazda and Toyota have begun construction of a joint assembly plant in Huntsville, Alabama. The automakers foresee an annual production of 300,000 vehicles, beginning in 2021. Estimated ot cost some $1.6 billion USD, the project will create 4,000 jobs in the region.

2018 Hyundai IONIQ Electric Plus Review

Hyundai is not one to do things halfway, and the Korean automaker makes that crystal clear once more with the 2018 Hyundai IONIQ Electric Plus, the third variant of its new compact model. Here’s our review of the latest version to appear.

2020 Toyota Corolla will come in a hybrid version

Toyota has confirmed that its new 12th-gen 2020 Toyota Corolla will be available as a hybrid, and will be sold in Canada. The Corolla sedan and hybrid will be officially presented at the Los Angeles Auto Show, at which point we’ll get full details on the specifications of the hybrid.

Los Angeles 2018: Honda to present Passport SUV

Honda’s new Passport SUV will get its official reveal at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show at the end of the month. The reborn model will slot into the carmaker’s lineup between the CR-V and the Pilot and be tasked with competing against the likes of the Ford Edge.

Jeep Gladiator images surface ahead of LA Auto Show debut

Less than two weeks before the official launch of the Jeep Gladiator pickup at the Los Angeles Auto Show, official images were “accidentally” released online on the FCA Group’s media site. The hawkeyes at the Jeep Gladiator Forum website picked up the images before the FCSA post was deleted.

Mitsubishi planning new Mirage… and Lancer

We may be seeing a new Mirage and a new Lancer from Mitsubishi in the coming years. The company says it plans on staying active in the compact car segment, and intends to fill out its product line in order to better retain customers. But will these new models make it to the North American market?

The Best Vehicles for 2019, According to Motor Trend

We take a look at Motor Trend’s list of finalists for its Car, SUV and Truck of the Year; the big winners will be revealed at the LA auto show. A surprise finalist in the car category, and a surprise omission from the truck category: check it out!

2019 Toyota Yaris Sedan Details and Pricing Announced

The sedan version of the Toyota Yaris is getting some tweaks for 2019, the idea for which is to refresh the model enough to attract some needed new buyers. The sedan, you’ll recall, is based on the Mazda2 and is totally distinct from the popular hatchback version of the Yaris.

2019 Chevrolet Bolt Review: Shock to the system!

We test drive the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt, a city-friendly firefly that easily bests the LEAF for range (though the Kona electric will surpass it soon enough). Fairly denuded inside, the little Bolt delivers dynamic in-city driving capabilities and a range that, while it doesn’t quite cure range anxiety, sends it into remission.

GM ready to dominate electric car market… by 10 years from now

General Motors says it’s on track to occupy the lead position in the industry in terms of electric vehicles, and do it within the next decades. To get there will be a challenge, as Tesla, Mercedes-Benz and others are forging ahead in the domain; VW has just this week said it intends to occupy the same position.

Volkswagen ready to build 50 million electric cars

The Volkswagen Group has bought enough batteries to be able to produce 50 million electric vehicles in the next few years; it’s also working on a new subcompact electric SUV with a price tag starting at just $25,000 CAD.

First image of the 2020 Toyota Corolla revealed

Later this week Toyota will be presenting its 2020 Corolla at the Guangzhou auto show in China, before unveiling it for North America at the Los Angeles Auto Show at the end of the month. The Corolla is no less than the best-selling car in history, having sold 45 million units in its lifetime.

12 Cars Offering the Best Resale Value, According to J.D. Power looks at the cars offering the best resale value in 12 different categories, according to a new study by research firm J.D. Power. Reliability, performance, comfort and versatility are the main factors that help drive up the value of used cars. Did we mention reliability?

Los Angeles 2018: Toyota to present a Prius with four-wheel drive

Toyota will be bringing a four-wheel-drive Prius to the Los Angeles Auto Show. Though new to the U.S., this version has been available in other markets for a few years, notably in Japan. For the moment Canada is not slated to get the 4WD Prius, but we’ll wait for some more announcements before crying foul.

The next Audi TT will have four doors

With its sales on a downward slide in the past few years, the Audi TT was definitely a candidate to get the axe by the German automaker. But the company is loath to let the model go, and it has decided instead to transform the next edition of the model from its current coupe format to a four-door.

The 2019 Mazda CX-5 gets a Signature trim, new turbo engine

Mazda has announced that the 2019 CX-5 SUV will come in a new top-end Signature trim. This version of Mazda’s top-selling model will feature a new SKYACTIV-2.5T turbo engine. The company still has not announced Canadian pricing for the different versions of the SUV, however…

2019 Kia Stinger details announced

Kia has announced that its Stinger, which debuted last year, will get more standard features in 2019, but at a higher price point. Here are details for the model, which will be offered with a 4-cylinder engine as well as a V6 in Canada for 2019.

Slightly used G7-mobiles for sale to the highest bidders

The Canadian government is auctioning off vehicles used during the G7 summit held this summer in Charlevoix, Quebec. The 600 or so vehicles are only very slightly used and going for prices in the range of what you would pay for similar used models that are 2 or 3 years old.

2018 Subaru BRZ tS : Boy Racer Out Of The Box

A hot compact coupe practically begging to be tuned, the tS version of the Subaru BRZ delivers a highly engaging driving experience to fans of on-track driving. This comes from modifications made to the suspension and the chassis, as well as aerodynamic improvements.

2019 Mazda3: Mazda confirms world debut at Los Angeles Auto Show

Mazda has released a teaser image and confirmed that its star player the 2019 Mazda3 will actually get it big reveal at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show. The revised model is a big deal for the Japanese manufacturer, as it will feature the latest iteration of the company’s SKYACTIV technology.

Fiat presents “Made in Brazil” Fastback Concept

This week the Fiat Group presented a new aggressively styled SUV concept at the Sao Paolo auto show, clearly inspired by BMW’s X4 and X6. For the moment it’s just a design study, but sources close to the project say that the automaker wants to carry it through to a production model by early next decade.

A four-door Mustang? Ford considering it

During a recent dealer event, Ford reportedly informed its gathered dealers that a four-door Mustang was under consideration. While the company has confirmed nothing, it hasn’t made much effort to squash the story either. Could there be a Mustang made to rival the likes of the Audi A7 in the near-future?

World Premiere for Volkswagen’s Tarok Pickup in Brazil

Volkswagen has officially debuted its Tarok pickup at the Sao Paolo auto show. Brazil will be the first market for the truck, which represents a new vehicle type for VW. Depending on how well the Ridgeline-like truck does, it could well spread to other markets.

2019 Nissan LEAF Review

Nissan turns over much the same LEAF in 2019 as in 2018 – which is not a bad thing. But still we wait for the extended-range version, which is expected to get a range of around 330 km. Here’s our review of the 2019 Nissan LEAF.

Subaru Working on 380-hp WRX STI Limited Edition

Subaru is working on a 380-hp limited edition of its WRX STI performance model. The car would get a limited production run of just 50 units and be restricted to the Japanese market, but if demand warrants it, production may be expanded to make it available in other markets.

BMW M3: Manual gearbox still a possibility

While it’s already certain that the upcoming new BMW 3 Series will not be offered with a manual transmission, the German automaker may yet offer a manual gearbox with its M3 performance version. Much may depend on the drive system the car comes with.

Online Searches: Toyota most-googled brand in the world

A new study produced by a UK-based insurance company reveals that the most googled automotive brand around the world is Toyota. The next two are BMW and Mercedes-Benz. And can you guess the one country where Chrysler is the most googled car brand?

Los Angeles 2018: Jeep Scrambler Pickup to Make Debut

The highly anticipated pickup version of Jeep’s Wrangler is set to finally show its face: The Jeep Scrambler Pickup will make its debut later this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show, becoming the 1st new Jeep pickup in nearly 30 years.

The new 2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible: Details and Photo Gallery

BMW has unveiled its new BMW 8 Series Convertible, the first soft top for the 8 Series from the German automaker. It joins the new BMW 8 Series Coupe in the carmaker’s lineup for 2019. Here are full details and a photo gallery of the car BMW says delivers an “impeccable four-season driving experience”.

2018 Audi S5 Cabriolet Review : Funky but chic

Yes we know, the Audi S5 Cabriolet’s natural habitat is somewhere like sunny California and not Canada where we’re compelled to keep the top up from November to March. But the beauty of this exquisitely designed, Quattro-equipped German car is that it can be driven in all conditions.

2019 Honda Civic Hatchback, Type R: The Interiors Get Some TLC

Honda has released details (for the U.S.) for the hatchback version as well as the sporty Civic Type R edition for the 2019 model-year, and the majority of the changes involve interior upgrades. We’ll have to wait for Honda Canada’s announcement to know Canadian pricing.

A solar-power roof to recharge your EV’s batteries

Kia and Hyundai promise to bring the nascent technology of solar-power car roofs to mass-market vehicles, starting in 2019. And they aren’t stopping there; in the not-too-distant future your car’s hood and trunk lid could be recharging your battery system as you drive.

2020 Toyota Supra will make public debut at Detroit Show

Toyota has released the first of possible several teaser images and confirmed that the 2020 Toyota Supra will make its public debut at the Detroit auto show next January - five years after the FT-1 concept was first revealed at the same event.

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