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2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque First Drive

The Range Rover Evoque might be one of the youngest vehicles in the Land Rover family, it also happens to be the best-selling one. We went to Greece to discover the second generation of this capable, ever-more refined SUV.

2019 Toyota RAV4 Trail Review: As New As It Looks

We test-drove the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Trail, the “mildly” off-road version of the automaker’s crazily popular compact SUV, fully redesigned for its new generation. The Japanese automaker has shown nerve in fully revising one of its most popular models.

BMW Could Replace i3 With Smaller, Cheaper i2

According to Klaus Fröhlich, head of design at BMW, the automaker is considering dumping the i3 and replacing it with a smaller, cheaper model. The future i2 would get a price point that would allow it to compete with the Tesla Model 3.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI First Drive: Second Chance

Auto123 went to Tennessee to discover in the flesh the 2019 GLI version of Volkswagen’s Jetta. While the model clearly offers more in terms of power and performance, might its (too) discreet shell fail to resonate with buyers?

Audi Working on Small All-Electric Sedan

Audi has confirmed that it is currently developing a new small electric sedan similar in format to the A4 model. The new product should be ready by 2023 or thereabouts. In the meantime of course other electrified models will be joining the automaker’s ranks, mostly on the SUV side of the ledger.

Renault Looking to Merge With Nissan, Then Acquire FCA?

Renault is hoping to effect a merger with Nissan and then acquire the FCA Group, according to a new report by the Financial Times. For the moment no one is confirming anything, but there is much animated discussion taking place in the boardrooms concerned.

Review of the 2019 Toyota Corolla: Lying in Wait for the Next Gen

While we await the next generation model of history’s best-selling car, the 2019 Toyota Corolla remains a car of many qualities even if many of those place it only in the middle of its category. This year it has a prettier face and more tech, but it’s still the same simple and reliable car.

The Future Jaguar J-Pace: New Details

New details are filtering out regarding the new Jaguar J-Pace, a new electric SUV the British automaker is working on. We now know that the model will come with several powertrain options, including an electrified one. The vehicle’s all-wheel-drive system will be managed partly be electric motors.

2019 Lexus UX 200 Review: Much More Than a Corolla Hatchback?

The new 2019 Lexus UX is a small sport utility that offers little in terms of actual utility beyond grocery runs, but is a fine and refined way to get around town. The similarities with the Corolla Hatchback are enough to be slightly disconcerting, but Lexus has not skimped on luxury.

Ford Shows New Two-Door Ford Bronco to Dealerships

Ford showed a new two-door version of its upcoming Bronco to brand dealerships at a private event, according to a report by Automotive News. Reaction among dealers at the unveiling of the pre-production model was said to be very positive. The Bronco is set to launch early next year.

Kia Canada Announces Pricing for its 2020 Telluride SUV

Kia Canada has announced pricing for its new 2020 Telluride SUV. Starting price forht bease model is set at just under $45,000, and the cost ranges up to to almost $54,000. The largest SUV ever produced by the Korean automaker should be at dealerships in the coming days.

Volkswagen Says It’s Done With Making Beetles

Wanting to put an end to rumours regarding a possible electric Beetle, Volkswagen says that it doesn’t intend to make another Beetle beyond the current Final Edition. The confirmation comes straight from Volkswagen boss Herbert Diess.

Montecarlo FB21: A Revolutionary Made-in-Quebec RV

The recent Montreal RV Show was the setting for manufacturer Gala RV to unveil a new product worthy of the revolutionary tag – which is all the more exciting since the RV’s creator is a Quebec company. Most notably, the Montecarlo FB21 is the first vehicle of its kind to be made without the use of any wood.

New Volvo Tech Will Detect When Drivers Are Intoxicated

Volvo is working on new technology that will use cameras and sensors to detect when drivers are inebriated. Certain telltale behaviours and signals will be identified, and the system can stop the vehicle in a safe spot if it deems it necessary.

Ford Moving Fast to Get its Mustang-Inspired Electric SUV Ready

Tesla’s reveal of its Model Y is forcing rivals to step up the pace and one of them is Ford, which doubling down in its efforts to have its Mustang-inspired electric SUV ready by next year. The company, which has invested $11 billion in electric-vehicle development, aims to have 16 electrified models by 2022.

Toyota and Suzuki Announce Major Partnership

Toyota and Suzuki announce a major partnership that will see each side bring their strengths to benefit the other. Toyota will help Suzuki penetrate the European market, and the smaller Japanese automaker will return the favour in India and Africa.

2019 Ford Ranger Review: Not Your Dad’s Ranger!

We put to the test in the last stubborn days of winter the all-new 2019 Ford Ranger, a modern and comfortable truck that’s light-years removed from the Ranger of old. Just be ready for sticker shock, as the price can shoot up pretty quickly when you add in the options you want.

Could We See a Marriage Between PSA and FCA?

For the umpteenth time in the past few weeks, rumours are floating around to the effect that that the PSA Group is actively looking for an automotive partner. The most persistent of those has Peugeot’s group tying its destiny to the FCA Group. Both companies could benefit equally form such a deal.

BMW Will Reveal New 2 Series Gran Coupe at 2019 LA Show

BMW has confirmed it will debut the 2020 2 Series Gran Coupe at the next Los Angeles Auto Show in November. The model will be built on a front-wheel-drive platform and be tasked with competing against the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz A-Class, among others.

Nissan LEAF Named AJAC’s Green Car of the Year

The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) has named the Nissan LEAF its Green Car of the Year for 2019, during an event that served to kick off the 2019 Vancouver International Auto Show. It beat out a pair of Hondas, the Insight and the Clarity.

2020 Cadillac XT6 Pricing Announced for Canada

Cadillac Canada has announced pricing for the new 2020 Cadillac XT6 three-row SUV, set to hit dealerships this summer. The Premium Luxury version gets a starting price of $60,995 CAD, while the Sport trim will start at $63,795 CAD.

BMW Won’t Renew it 3 Series Gran Turismo

BMW has confirmed it will stop production of the 3 Series Gran Turismo. The company points to a difficult sales year in 2018 and equally gloomy prospects for the rest of this year, forcing an increased focus on cost-cutting measures.

Nissan Considering Taking Z and GT-R Electric

Nissan is currently weighing the future prospects of its Z and GT-R sports models and one option under consideration is to take them electric. The company wants to keep the iconic models alive but is constrained by increasingly stringent environmental standards that will force it to adapt them or lose them.

James Bond Going Electric in Next Film

Secret Agent 007 James Bond will drive an electric car in the next film of the popular series. The Aston Martin Rapide E will be a strictly limited edition with a production run of just 155 units. The film is secheduled to hit theatres in April 2020.

2019 Hybrid and Electric Car Guide: The Plug-In Hybrids

Here is the 3rd edition of our annual Auto123.com Hybrid and Electric Car Guide! We start with a look at the 2019 plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models available in Canada. Check out our sections of the Guide on hybrid and all-electric vehicles as well.

2019 Hybrid and Electric Car Guide: The Hybrids

Here is the 3rd edition of our annual Auto123.com Hybrid and Electric Car Guide! We start with a look at the 2019 hybrid models available in Canada. Check out our sections of the Guide on PHEVs and all-electric vehicles as well.

Comparison: 2019 Hyundai Kona vs 2019 Mazda CX-3

How to choose between the 2019 Hyundai Kona and the 2019 Mazda CX-3, between the (almost) rookie and the (almost) veteran? Auto123.com compares two mini-SUVs that have made themselves real popular with consumers in Canada.

Self-Driving Cars: Americans Still Don’t Trust Them

Americans still mostly distrust self-driving cars, according to the latest annual AAA study of current attitudes towards autonomous vehicles. 71% of respondents said they’re afraid to climb in to a fully autonomous vehicle, and only one in five people would let their loved ones ride in one.

2020 Hyundai Sonata to Ride on New Platform

Hyundai has shared details about the upcoming 2020 Sonata’s inner workings. Most notably, the next-generation sedan will ride on a new third-generation platform designed to bring improvements in three areas: safety, performance and fuel efficiency.

The Lion8 : Canada’s First All-Electric Truck Is Unveiled

We were on hand for a unique event on Canadian soil, as brand ambassador Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and the Lion Electric Co. unveil the first made-in-Quebec all-electric truck, the Lion8. The heavy-duty truck is a project of the company based in St. Jérôme, Quebec.

2019 RV Show: Another Smash Success

Once again in 2019, the RV Show in Montreal proved to be a smash success with big crowds from beginning to end. If you missed the show in Montreal last week, you get another chance to check it out next week in Quebec City!.

Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi CEOs Forming New Board to Run Alliance

The chief executives of Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi met in Yokohama, Japan this week to discuss the way forward for the alliance between the three automotive companies. A new 4-person board is being formed that will consist of the four top executives from the three Alliance members.

Honda Set to Recall 1M Vehicles for 2nd time over Takata Airbags

Honda is set to issue a new recall of 1 million of its older vehicles in North America related to defective Takata airbags. Some 84,000 of those are in Canada. The new recall only affects vehicles that had a Takata airbag inflator installed during a previous recall or a collision repair.

2019 Acura ILX Review: Falling Stylishly Between Two Stools

The updated 2019 Acura ILX constitutes a valid compromise between the German brand’s more expensive offerings and the more everyday Mazda3s and Honda Civics of the world. This sporty small sedan is generously equipped and everyday-practical. It’s also prettier than ever.

Jeep Working on Another New SUV, Smaller than Wagoneer

Jeep is working on another new three-row SUV that will fit into the lineup between the Grand Cherokee and the new Wagoneer. As yet unnamed, the new model will share a platform and many components with the former, except that it will have three rows of seats.

Porsche Taycan to go into Production in September

Porsche confirms it will start production of the Taycan electric car in September. We’re likely to see a premiere presentation of the production version of the Mission e concept at the Frankfurt auto show. Deliveries of the in-demand performance EV should start before the end of the year.

Geneva 2019: A New Buick LaCrosse We Won’t See Here

Buick gave its next-gen 2020 Buick LaCrosse its world premiere in Geneva this week, but actually the model will only be sold in China, a huge market for the U.S. automaker. GM’s restructuring has meant the LaCrosse won’t see the light of day in North America.

2019 World Car of the Year: and the Finalists are...

As per tradition at the Geneva Motor Show, the finalists for the World Car Awards have been unveiled for 2019. What is remarkable is that electrified vehicles are increasingly showing up in categories outside those traditionally reserved for them.

All-Wheel Drive For the Ford Transit in 2020

The Ford Transit is getting a few tweaks for 2020 and one bigger change that will interest potential buyers in Canada. The van will become the second vehicle in its class to offer all-wheel drive, after the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.

FCA Likely Planning All-Wheel-Drive Chrysler Pacifica

Chrysler looks like it is set to add all-wheel drive as an option on its Pacifica minivan, probably sooner rather than later. This is still just rumour and the company has confirmed nothing, but sources are saying this could happen as soon as next year.

Top 10 Reveals at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show

It’s done. The automakers have all had their turn presenting their new products at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Here are 10 that most caught our attention. The thread that connects many of them? Electrification.

Hyundai Previews 2020 Sonata, Sleeker and More Upscale

Hyundai releases a few details and images of its all-new 2020 Hyundai Sonata, the 8th generation of the Korean automaker’s midsize sedan. Sleeker and more upscale than before, the model will get its in-the-flesh premiere at the New York auto show next month.

An Electric Jaguar with 800 hp and 1,000 lb-ft of Torque?

Rumours are a dime a dozen in the automotive business, but some are worth more than that, if only for the possibilities they evoke. Notable example, the one about the next XJ from Jaguar being built on a new platform designed for hybrid and electric powertrains… and getting 800 hp and 1000 lb-ft of torque to play with.

2019 Nissan LEAF PLUS Canadian Pricing Announced

Nissan has announced Canadian pricing for the 2019 Nissan LEAF PLUS, the new extended-range addition to the new LEAF vehicle lineup. The model will come in three trims and the base S PLUS version will start at $43,998.

Geneva 2019: Jeep Presents Renegade and Compass PHEVs

Fiat-Chrysler introduced the new plug-in hybrid versions of its Jeep Renegade and Compass models at the 89th Geneva Motor Show. The two models are built on the same platform and the combustion engine-electric motor combo of the powertrain will provide full-on AWD.

Volvo to Limit Vehicles’ Top Speeds to 180 km/h by 2020

Volvo has announced it will cut the top speed limit in all of its vehicles to 180 km/h starting in 2020, as part of the company’s Vision 2020 plan designed to eliminate road fatalities and reduce the number of serious injuries incurred by people traveling in Volvo vehicles.

Geneva 2019: Subaru’s VIZIV Adrenaline Concept Makes Debut

Subaru has rolled out its latest concept in the VUZIV series, the Crosstrek-ish VIZIV Adrenaline SUV Concept, at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The model introduces a new style language for the automaker, which otherwise kept details of the mechanics close to its vest.

Geneva 2019: Mazda Debuts New CX-30 Compact Crossover

Mazda put on the world premiere of yet another smallish SUV at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show today. The Mazda CX-30 compact crossover will slot in to the company’s lineup between the CX-3 subcompact crossover and the CX-5 compact SUV.

Tesla Will Reveal Model Y SUV Next Week

The wait is over. Months after Elon Musk promised the new Model Y would debut in March 2019, the SUV will be unveiled in… March 2019. It will be 10% bigger than the Model 3, otherwise we still know very little.

Without BMW Backing, Rolls-Royce Would No Longer Exist

The CEO of Rolls-Royce declared that without the backing provided by BMW, the company would no longer exist. The current reality is that the British luxury automaker designs and makes all the elements that Rolls-Royce buyers can see, feel and touch, while BMW takes care of all that’s out of sight in the vehicle.

Jaguar Confirms Commitment to Coupes

Jaguar has confirmed its continued commitment to the coupe segment, saying that its plan going forward is to always have at least one two-door model in its lineup. The belief at the company is that the format is part of its DNA and it can’t imagine a future for the brand without it.

Road Test of the 1968 Pontiac Firebird: Pocket Rocket!

While it’s true the Pontiac Firebird is a cousin of the Chevy Camaro, the two are worlds apart. The Firebird ran on a different powertrain and its chassis got several adjustments. Let’s say it was a better-educated cousin to the Camaro.

Tesla Finally Makes Available the $35,000 Model 3

The $35,000 (USD) Tesla Model 3 promised when the car first debuted can now be ordered by consumers. This most affordable version of the Model 3 comes with a more-spartan interior and lesser range, but it does fulfill the promise made by Tesla boss Elon Musk when the model first debuted.

Kia Recalling Around 534,000 Vehicles Over Fire Risk

Kia has issued two recalls this week of some 534,000 vehicles due to two separate issues that could lead to fires. The recall impacts 2012-to-2016 Kia Soul models as well as Sportage and Hyundai Tucson models from the 2011 to 2013 model years.

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