Automotive News - February 2019

2019 RAM HD First Drive: Big, Bold and Well-Mannered

Here's what the 2019 RAM HD does better then others: It offers the most user-friendly technology on the market, the greatest towing capacity, the highest torque numbers, the most luxurious interior (in its high-end versions) and a Powerwagon model capable of true off-road prowess.

Volvo Reveals Polestar 2 Ahead of Geneva Premiere

Volvo has revealed the Polestar 2 a week ahead of its official public debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The second car produced by Volvo’s stand-alone electric-car division will be available to consumers starting next year and offer them a range of around 500 km.

2019 Subaru Legacy 3.6R Review: End of an Epoch

The 2019 Subaru Legacy 3.6R constitutes the swansong for the current generation of the all-wheel-drive sedan before it makes way for the next generation in 2020. We review a car that’s more satisfying to drive than it is to look at – and for many Subaru lovers, that’s just the point.

Nissan bringing IMq electric concept to Geneva

Nissan will give us another peek at its vision of the “intelligent mobility” future with the IMq electric concept at the Geneva Motor Show on March 5. Other than a first image released this week, however, no details are forthcoming from the automaker yet – stay tuned for the official reveal.

Porsche Might be Prepping an All-Electric Macan

According to a report out of Germany, Porsche is working on an all-electric version of its Macan SUV. This represents a central element of the company’s strategy to make half of its vehicle lineup electric in some form or other by 2025.

2018 Mazda6 Signature Review: Mysteriously neglected

We spend a thoroughly enjoyable week behind the wheel of the 2018 Mazda6 Signature, sensational to drive and a gorgeous to look at. The Signature edition ups the ante in terms of refinement, extra tech and other good stuff.

2019 BMW M2 Competition First Drive: Honour is Saved

On a day in which we got to try a number of new 2019 BMW models, driving the M2 Competition was a highlight. In short, this car incarnates the very spirit of what earned BMW its reputation. In a way it also rescues the honour of a brand that today serves up too many sanitized products.

Kia to Show a Performance EV Concept at Geneva Show

Kia will present a performance-focused EV concept at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in early March. We don’t know what exactly the company’s plans are for this prototype, but given it already has two EVs on its roster, it’s reasonable to assume this concept will lead to a third.

A Mild Evolution for the 2020 Volvo XC90

Volvo’s 2020 XC90, officially introduced (online) today, gets a few exterior tweaks and a more substantial update inside for the new model-year. Among the updates, Android Auto is now integrated. There’s also a new version, though Canadians won’t see it here.

Comparison: 2019 Ford Ranger vs 2019 Toyota Tacoma

Go with the dynamic rookie or the grizzled veteran? The Toyota Tacoma is a proven workhorse with an army of loyal consumers supporting it, while the Ford Ranger has generated a ton of interest on its return to the market in 2019. We size up an intriguing middleweight bout.

The Next Lexus IS Could get a BMW Engine

There are reports that the next Lexus IS could get one of the engines BMW uses for its 3 Series car. This would be fairly stunning since the IS is a direct rival of the German sedan. On the other hand, the association between Toyota and BMW makes this a credible possibility.

Hyundai Altering Design of its Future Santa Cruz Pickup

The design team at Hyundai is changing tack in its development of the future Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup, set to enter production in 2021. The reason is simple: to align with the new design philosophy at the company that calls for unique designs for each Hyundai model.

Geneva 2019: Mercedes-Benz to Present 2020 SLC Final Edition

One of the six world premieres planned by Mercedes-Benz for the Geneva Motor Show is a Final Edition of its SLC roadster. Though the company has not made a decision as to the future of the model, it seems clear it will at least put it in mothballs for a while.

2019 BMW Z4 sDrive 30i First Drive: No Guarantees

A day-long program put on by BMW gave us the opportunity to test drive the new 2019 BMW Z4. Exceptional as the roadster is, its success is not guaranteed what with the inevitable comparisons it will be subjected to with the Toyota Supra and others in the segment.

2019 Toyota RAV4: 4 Reasons to Love the SUV

Not that the super-popular Toyota RAV4 really needs it, but we give you four good reasons to love the revised new 2019 edition of the Japanese automaker’s best-selling model, and the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. outside the Big Three’s pickups.

Honda Recalls 13,289 Ridgelines in Canada

Honda is recalling just over 13,000 Ridgeline models in Canada due to a fire risk that’s… car-wash related. A fire can result when the plastic protecting the fuel pump deteriorates due to the soaps used in car washes.

2019 Honda Pilot Review: Pilot v Snow

One of the features Honda vaunts in its new 2019 Honda Pilot is the vehicle’ super-able all-wheel-drive system. We tested it out during the winter’s heaviest snowstorm to date. The lesson we learned? Don’t be fooled by the mild exterior - the Pilot has some exceptional qualities.

The Toyota Prius c is Going Away

Toyota confirms that it will be putting an end to its Prius c model in the very near-future. The arrival of a hybrid version of the Corolla served to sound the death knell of the small city car that has been around since 2013.

GMC Presents a Revised Acadia for 2020

GMC is giving its Acadia model a mild makeover for 2020 to freshen it up versus the competition. The most notable change is the addition of a new 4-cylinder turbo engine and of a new variant called the AT4.

A New Tiny SUV is in the Works From Hyundai

Hyundai confirmed that it will be presenting a new, sub-Kona SUV at the next New York auto show in April. Despite its unfashionably (for this continent) small size, it will be sold in North America, probably as of late 2019.

Amazon to Invest $700 Million in Rivian

Online sales giant Amazon is investing $700 million in electric-vehicle manufacturers Rivian. The independent automaker wants to have its first pickups on the market by late 2020, and aims to include six models in its product offering by 2025.

A Third Engine for the Mustang in 2020?

Ford is studying the possibility of adding a third engine to the product offering of its Mustang model, starting in 2020. The newcomer would be a more-powerful variant of the 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine that already runs the base models of the mustang.

Mercedes-Benz EQC: All Sold Out For 2019… and 2020

The entire production run planned by Mercedes-Benz of its new EQC electric model in the next two years has already sold. This is according to the company’s CEO Dieter Zetsche, who explained that the company would not be able to fully meet demand this year or next.

FCA: Already 10 Million Pentastar Engines Built

The FCA Group recently marked the manufacture of its 10 millionth Pentastar engine, the most common engine found in new vehicles in Canada. The engine first debuted in several of the automaker’s vehicles in 2011 in the form of a 3.6L V6.

Toronto 2019: 2020 Cadillac XT6 Makes Canadian Debut

Cadillac presented its new 2020 XT6 SUV in a Canadian premiere at the 2019 Toronto Auto Show today. The three-row crossover will take position within the Cadillac lineup between the XT5 compact SUV and the big Escalade. It should be at dealerships this summer.

GM and Amazon Looking to Invest in EV Maker Rivian?

After making its big entrance at the Los Angeles Auto Show with two electric models, manufacturer Rivian is drawing the interest of GM and Amazon. The two giants are considering acquiring stakes in the company to provide an infusion of cash.

Android Auto Finally Available in Some 2020 Toyota Models

Long after most other manufacturers introduced the feature, Toyota is finally including Android Auto integration in some 2020 models. The company is adding compatibility with the popular app to the 4Runner, Tacoma, Tundra and Sequoia, with others to follow.

New 2020 Mitsubishi RVR/ASX To Be Unveiled in Geneva

Mitsubishi announces that it will introduce the next generation of its RVR SUV (known as the ASX in other markets) at the upcoming Geneva Auto Show in early March. Early photos show a product that’s esthetically closely aligned with other new models from the brand.

FCA Wants to Produce a New Midsize Pickup

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has confirmed that it is working to produce a new midsize pickup truck to under the RAM banner. This immediately set off rumoured regarding the possible return of the Dakota model. Whatever name it gets, the new pickup should be ready sometime around 2022.

GM Admits the Chevrolet Bolt is Not Profitable

In a discussion with industry analysts, General Motors’ boss Mary Barra acknowledged that the company’s electric vehicles are not currently profitable. The hope for GM is that that next generation of EVs will operate in the black.

Driver Fatigue: We Are All Responsible

Along with alcohol and speeding, driver fatigue is a leading cause of road accidents in Canada. To shed more light on the phenomenon of sleepiness at the wheel, we spoke with Professor Charles Morin, Canada Research Chair in Sleeping Disorders.

Chicago 2019: Our Top 10 Vehicles of the Auto Show

The number of presentations was definitely on the upswing at this year’s edition of the Chicago Auto Show, even if only two of them involved wholly new generations of models. Here are our Top 10 most notable models of the show.

Chicago 2019: An Improved Toyota Tacoma for 2020

Today at the Chicago Auto Show Toyota presented the revamped - and improved - 2020 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. Aside from the mainly visual and technological modifications, Toyota’s objective is to paint its truck with a fresh brush so it can look its best versus some tough new competition.

Ford unveils Super Duty version of its 2020 F-Series

Ford has announced details on the revisions it’s bringing to its F-Series Super Duty range of trucks for 2020. The biggest changes have to do with what runs the model, as it gets a new 7.3L V8 engine making its debut; the diesel engine meanwhile gets a substantial upgrade.

Chicago 2019: The Auto Show – Favourable Winds Blowing?

The 2019 Chicago Auto Show gets underway this week, and the feeling is it’s starting to reclaim some of its past glory. We already know that the Detroit show is moving to the month of June as of 2020 and will no longer cast its shadow over the Chicago event, once a major stop on the car show calendar.

First Drive of the 2019 Volvo V60 CC and T8 hybrid

We headed for the Arctic Circle for a first drive on a frozen sea of the new 2019 Volvo V60 Cross Country edition and the T8 hybrid version. Snowy Sweden in a high ground-clearance Volvo wagon specially adapted for driving in the toughest winter conditions? We’re there!

No New 9 Series Coming From BMW

A recent rumour that BMW was considering adding a 9 Series to its lineup has been shot down by an executive at the company. On the other hand a new model lining above the X7 is a possibility.

RAM to present its own multi-function tailgate in Chicago

RAM will be presenting a new multi-function tailgate at the upcoming Chicago Auto Show, a response to the product developed by GMC. That so much effort is being put into such a specific element shows how high the stakes in this lucrative segment are.

GM Is Set to Lay Off 4,250 Employees

Starting today, February 4, GM is set to begin a series of layoffs that will see some 4,250 employees lose their jobs at the company. The job cuts are part of GM’s restructuring program announced last November.

A Hyundai Tucson With 341 hp by 2021?

Hyundai is working on a higher-power N version of the Tucson SUV, ready by 2021, according to a report by Auto Express magazine. The Tucson N would benefit from a 341-hp powertrain.

2020 Subaru Legacy Will Debut in Chicago Next Week

Subaru will present its next-gen 2020 Legacy sedan at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show next week. The model is not getting a drastic makeover, but it will be built on the carmaker’s new platform, the same architecture that underpins the new Ascent SUV.

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