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Automotive News - December 2018

Subaru Bringing WRX STI S209 edition to North America

Subaru has confirmed it will bring the WRX STI S209 limited edition to North America, the first time a special S edition is offered outside of Japan. The big reveal for the new model is set for January 14 at the Detroit auto show. Here’s a first teaser image.

Audi Working on Smaller Electric Crossover for 2021?

Audi is reportedly looking at producing a smaller all-electric crossover by 2021 as part of its drive to market 12 electric models by 2025. According to British magazine Autocar, the German automaker is aiming to create a crossover smaller than the recently introduced e-tron.

GM Files Request to Reserve Envoy Name

GM has filed a request to reserve the Envoy name, which was used to designate a GMC SUV in the 2000s. With the pending arrival of the Blazer from Chevrolet, this seems to indicate that a slightly more upscale copy of that SUV could see the light of day from GMC.

25 Taxis That Will Make You Want to Leave the Car at Home

Yesterday, today and tomorrow: here are 25 taxi models that marked history in their own way, and did their bit to convince the average car owner to leave their ride at home. Auto123.com shows you the best, the most innovative and the weirdest cabs ever made.

An Electric Dune Buggy in Works from Volkswagen?

Volkswagen hints – via Christmas card - that its working on an electric dune buggy, which could debut in concept form at next year’s Geneva auto show. The card shows Santa at the wheel of an open top dune buggy.

Top 20 Vehicles Coming in 2019-2020: Part 2

Our Auto123.com Top 20 list of the most exciting new cars and SUVs coming in 2019-2020 includes next-gen revamps, revived nameplates, all-new creations, hybrids, EVs and more! Here’s part two of our flyover of what’s to come in the automotive domain.

Top 20 Vehicles Coming in 2019-2020: Part 1

Our Auto123.com Top 20 list of the most exciting new cars and SUVs coming in 2019-2020 includes next-gen revamps, revived nameplates, all-new creations, hybrids, EVs and more! Here’s part one of our flyover of what’s to come in the automotive domain.

Ford Recalling 874,000 F-Series Pickups Over Fire Risk

Ford is issuing a recall of 874,000 F Series pickups in Canada and the U.S. due to a risk of fire in models equipped with a block heater. It is recommended that owners avoid plugging in their systems until repairs are carried out at a Ford dealership. The recall takes effect on January 7.

A new inline-6 coming to FCA vehicles?

Reports are that the FCA Group is working on a new inline-6 engine that would replace the current Pentastar V6 in use across the manufacturer’s product range. The unit would be turbocharged and be more adaptable for use in a variety of FCA products.

2018 BMW M5 Review Redux: We Meet Again

For a woman like me who’s interested in the new generation of automobiles, the 2018 M5 is built to please. Between this surprisingly versatile sedan and me, there was an instant spark. Gentle as a lamb and utterly ferocious on the track, the 2018 BMW M5 is not an obvious choice for the day-to-day, but does it work in that role?

NAPA Auto Parts Explains Brake Products for your Vehicle

NAPA Auto Parts, North America’s largest provider of brake products for your car, SUV or truck, explains the different brake products at work in your vehicle. In this day and age of DIY maintenance and YouTube tutorials, it’s good to know where you can order parts online and pick them up in a convenient way.

Next-gen F-150 With Us Before the Bronco?

According to the Off-Road.com website, The official debut of the Ford Bronco will be preceded by the launches of the next-gen Explorer and F-150 models. Together with the Ranger, also debuting in 2019, that will make four all-new or refreshed models in the company’s lineup of SUVs and trucks.

Using Fingerprint Technology to Access, Start Your Hyundai

Hyundai has unveiled new fingerprint technology, showcasing it in a special version of the 2019 Santa Fe. The system makes it possible to access and start a vehicle using fingerprint recognition. For the moment the technology will be offered only on the Chinese market.

Volkswagen I.D.: Two Versions of VW's Future Electric Hatchback

Reports are that Volkswagen will offer two variants of its long-promised I.D. compact hatchback EV. The two versions will come with different battery packs and thus deliver a different range; the base model and its 300-km range could be priced under $30,000 CAD when it finally hits the market.

The 30 Safest Vehicles for 2019, According to the IIHS

The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) has released its initial ranking of the 30 safest vehicles in 2019. The number of vehicles earning the best Top Safety Pick+ is up sharply over 2018. Subaru leads the way, followed by Hyundai and Kia.

Lincoln Continental Gets Suicide Doors for 80th Birthday

Lincoln confirms a special edition of its 2019 Lincoln Continental equipped with suicide doors, officially to mark the model’s 80th birthday but also to test out possible consumer interest in a design feature that had its heyday in the 1960s.

2019 BMW 3 Series First Drive

The 3 Series may not have the look-at-me styling of some of its rivals, but the tech and engineering is there, and that will impress some potential buyers. Fans of sporty driving can only cheer the return of a legend.

2019 Ford Ranger First Drive: Tackling the Tacoma for less

Ford has turned quite a trick by bringing back the Ranger as a truck suitable for off-road/hauling use, but also an alternative to the crossover. It’s also a very welcome alternative choice to the ubiquitous Toyota Tacoma. Competition is healthy, they say…

No Diesel Engine for the Santa Fe

Hyundai is pulling the plug on its planned diesel-engine Santa Fe for the North American market. The company says that studies show consumer demand is not strong enough for such a version.

Third, Smaller Pickup in Works at Ford

Rumours of a third Ford pickup aren’t new, but they have intensified over the past few ways. Ford developing a small new truck is now more a question of when than if. Might we see a revived Ford Courier pickup by 2021?

Lincoln Hints at Bringing Back Suicide Doors

Lincoln has published a teaser image that suggests it’s bringing back suicide doors on one of its future models. The Continental that Lincoln produced during the 1960s had that design feature until it was dropped for the 1970 model-year.

10 Best Engines of 2019 According to Wards

What are the best engines on the market for 2019? The team at WardsAuto published its new list and included cutting-edge 4-cylinders, EV powertrains, two V8s… and a hydrogen fuel-cell system.

Toyota issues recalls for Tacoma and Lexus LX570

Toyota has recalled the Tacoma pickup as well as the Lexus LX570 due to two separate issues. The first relates to a manufacturing defect in the brake master cylinder, while the second has to do with front seatbelt sensors.

The Moab in 3 Jeep Trailhawk Editions!

This week we took on the Moab desert and plateaus in Trailhawk Editions of the Jeep Compass, Cherokee and Grand Cherokee. The snow made it to the party just in time! Check out our story and video of this unique event.

2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature First Drive

For 2019 the Mazda CX-5 is being made available in a new top-end edition, which gets the long-awaited bigger engine the model has desperately needed for the past few years. Here’s our first-drive review of the 2019 Mazda CX- Signature.

First image of 2020 Toyota Supra without camouflage

A first image of the 2020 Toyota Supra without camouflage has surfaced a month ahead of its official launch at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It reveals a design with a clear connection to the FT-1 concept revealed in 2014.

Audi to present new in-car movie theatre at CES

Audi believes that the advent of self-driving cars will force manufacturers to revise their infotainment systems. The German automaker is going to show its new in-car movie theatre feature at next month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Gift ideas for Christmas 2018

Just in time for Christmas, Auto123.com presents a little list of automotive-related items that are definitely practical and sure to be highly appreciated at gift-opening time. Great practical choices for the car-lover or frequent traveler in your life!

2019 Nissan Rogue: Details, Canadian Pricing

The 2019 Nissan Rogue will cost Canadian consumers slightly more, but the company’s the Safety Shield 360 suite of active safety systems is expended across the product range. Here are Canadian pricing and details.

2020 Shelby GT500 to Get 3D-Printed Brake Components

Ford has confirmed that two 3D-printed brake components will be used in the upcoming 2020 Shelby GT500, set to debut in Detroit in January. Innovations are coming fast and furious in the automotive industry, but did you know that Ford has had 3D printers since 1988?

2019 Subaru WRX STI Review: Pleasure in its rawest form!

The 2019 Subaru WRX STI is not quiet, nor is it even easy to drive tamely, but it delivers sensations by the ton. We review Subaru’s AWD pocket rocket, built to make the driving experience an engaging, interactive affair between car and driver.

Nissan’s LEAF E-Plus will make debut at CES in January

The E-Plus version of the Nissan LEAF missed its planned unveiling at the LA Auto Show, but it will now debut at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in early January. With a range flirting the 350 km mark, it will be better positioned to succeed versus the mounting competition in the mass-market electric-car segment.

Honda Has Developed a Completely New EV Battery

A team of scientists at Honda Research, working in collaboration with the California Institute of Technology and NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, have completed development of a new type of battery destined for use powering electric vehicles. It will deliver more capacity and be safer for people and for the environment.

FCA to re-open Detroit-area plant for Grand Cherokee

There are reports the FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) Group will re-open an engine-manufacturing plant shuttered since 2012. The Mack Avenue Engine II plant will be used to build the three-row Jeep Grand Cherokee, set to hit the market in 2021.

2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e details, U.S. pricing announced

The four-wheel-drive Toyota Prius AWD-e, unveiled at the LA Auto Show, will go on sale in Canada in the spring of 2019. This week we learned details and pricing for the U.S. market, which gives us an idea of the trims and pricing we can expect here.

Toyota considering an all-wheel-drive Corolla

We could be getting an all-wheel-drive version of the new Toyota Corolla in the near-future. The model’s design would allow it to integrate the hybrid AWD system in place in the new Prius AWD-e, and Toyota is considering the possibility.

Ford Files Patent for SUV Conveyor Belt System

Ford has patented a conveyor belt system for use in its big SUVs that would make it easier to load and unload objects without crawling into the cargo space. Will consumers be willing to shell out extra for the option?

Rivian’s Next Project: A Rally-Style Performance Car

After presenting two electric concepts at the LA Auto Show, Rivian says it’s also working on a third vehicle, a rally-style performance car. It would go to market after the two models already presented by the company. Those two, the R1T pickup and R1S SUV, should debut in 2020 and 2021.

Future Alfa Romeo SUV Will Be Based on Jeep Renegade

Alfa Romeo confirmed via a statement that its next SUV will be based on the Jeep Renegade. The model, part of the five-year plan announced by the company last year, will be a compact crossover with rivals like the BMW X2 and Volvo XC40 in its sights when it hits the market, likely in 2022.

Volkswagens could be built in Ford plants in the U.S.

Volkswagen has been discussing a potential partnership with officials at Ford for many months, and this week VW boss Herbert Diess confirmed that would likely include assembling VW vehicles in Ford factories in the U.S. The German automaker is playing nice with the Trump administration in the face of threatened tariffs on imports.

2019 Kia Forte Sedan Review

In a segment dominated by the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Mazda3 and Hyundai Elantra, Kia needed to make a strong case for the Kia Forte with its new-generation 2019 edition. Here's our review.

Chevrolet unveils next-gen 2020 Silverado HD

Chevrolet has lifted the veil on its next-generation 2020 Silverado HD. The truck is scheduled to debut during the 2019 year. The striking new design ensures that if nothing else, the new Silverado will get talked about.

Hyundai’s Santa Cruz-inspired pickup will get made

Hyundai’s head of design Luc Donckerwolke confirms that the automaker will go ahead with production of a pickup in the coming years. Based on the Santa Cruz concept, it will compete against the likes of the Honda Ridgeline… and try to attract a new clientele to the Korean brand.

Ford Teases First Image of 2020 Shelby GT500

Ford releases a first image of the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500, set to debut publicly at the Detroit auto show next January. Details are few and far between, but do expect it will run on a 5.2L V8 delivering more than 700 hp.

Tesla Model 3 production hits 1,000 per day

Tesla announces that it has attained a production level of 1,000 units per day of its Model 3. The company’s head Elon Musk declared that the challenge going forward was to maintain that pace.

Porsche to offer a 911 hybrid by 2022

The Porsche 911, the latest generation of which just debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show, will get a hybrid variant within the next four years. The newer editions of the model have been designed with this possibility in mind; rumour has it there will be two versions.

2019 Audi A6 Review

Audi has completely transformed its 2019 A6, a midsize sedan tasked with competing against the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes-Benz E Class, among others. Here’s our review of a luxury sedan plying its trade in a segment filled with intimidating rivals.

Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Confirm Commitment to Alliance

As we await to learn the precise details of the accusations against Carlos Ghosn, former head of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, the three companies concerned have issued a joint statement declaring that they remain firmly committed to their partnership.

Los Angeles 2018: 10 Best Picks from the Car Show

The doors of the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show have now been opened to the public, but for two days journalists have worn out shoes visiting all of the different stands to discover the new models and concepts presented at the event. Here are our intrepid Benoit Charette’s 10 best picks from the show.

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