Automotive News - June 2019

Mazda Recalls Two Models, Impacting Nearly 50,000 Vehicles

Mazda has announced two recalls this week, at least one of which impacts vehicles in Canada. The one involves 420 units of the CX-9 SUV. The other recall is for the Mazda3 and impacts some 38,000 models, but for the moment we don’t know if Canadian models are affected.

Chrysler Bringing Back Voyager Name for 2020

Chrysler is bringing back the Voyager name for the 2020 model-year – though not for a new model. The automaker will rename the two base versions of its Pacifica minivan, and create a unique variant destined exclusively for vehicle fleets.

2020 Hyundai Palisade First Drive: Going Big to Seduce Big

Auto123 headed for Oregon to test drive the brand-new 2020 Hyundai Palisade. The Korean automaker fills a clear hole in its lineup with this new big three-row people mover, but its success is fare from guaranteed, what with other well-implanted models already casting large shadows in the big-guy segment.

2019 Hyundai Tucson Review: Ready for Prime Time?

The 2019 Hyundai Tucson is a simple, mature take on a popular product and it does everything very well. It’s easy to drive, looks great and won’t break the bank. There’s a ton of competition out there in the compact crossover segment, but the Tucson makes a compelling case for itself.

Genesis to Boost Lineup to Six Models by 2021

Genesis has confirmed that its plan to increase the number of models in its lineup to six in the near-future is still on track. That will include the addition of two SUVs as well as a completely different type of vehicle. Might it be the Mint?

The Chevrolet Camaro Might Not Survive Past 2023

The future of the Chevrolet Camaro beyond 2023 is unclear, according to a new report. Sales have been disappointing since the model’s 2016 overhaul, leading the GM to question whether it should continue on with the muscle car beyond 2023 – this according to sources familiar with the dossier.

Porsche recalling 100,000 Vehicles Over Rollaway Risk

Porsche has announced a recall of 100,000 Panamera and Cayenne models due to a problem that could lead to vehicle rollaways. In some situations the vehicles can stay in gear even when placed in Park, leading to the chance of it rolling away without warning.

A $100,000 Pickup From Chevrolet?

Mindful of the opportunities provided by the lucrative luxury pickup segment, Chevrolet confirms it is open to the idea of producing a truck that would sell for over $100,000. The company says it is listening to what its clientele is asking for, in this case the ability to trade up in the lineup and get more truck.

Refreshed 2020 Cadillac XT5 Revealed in China

Cadillac has revealed its refreshed 2020 XT5 SUV in China. Essentially the changes serve to bring the model into line visually with other models currently in the lineup. We can expect the same changes and trims for North America.

2020 Ford Explorer First Drive: More Models, More Room

A pioneering model in the mid-size utility vehicle segment, the Ford Explorer has maintained its popularity even has it’s started to show signs of aging. For 2020, Ford has pulled out all the stops and delivered a thoroughly transformed SUV.

2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Revealed At Last

BMW has finally unveiled the new 8 Series Gran Coupe version. Although this version is largely without surprises, it will be a fearsome opponent for its rivals. Visually, this particular 8 Series is a stunner.

Ford’s 2020 GT500 To Get 760 HP

Ford has confirmed the performance numbers for its upcoming new 2020 Shelby GT500. The company’s most-powerful production car will benefit from 760 hp and maximum torque of 625 lb-ft.

Five Fun Facts About May Car Sales Totals

The month of May 2019 held a few surprises when it came to automotive sales. Here are five fun facts that retained our attention, including how fast the new Ford Ranger and Jeep Gladiator each came out of the gate.

Hyundai Canada Announces Pricing, Details for 2020 Palisade

Hyundai Canada has unveiled pricing and details for the new 2020 Palisade SUV that will debut officially in the coming weeks. The Korean automaker’s three-row utility model will come in six different configurations, two of them more-luxurious formats offering seven seats instead of eight.

2019 Subaru Forester Review: Best to Date

The 2019 Subaru Forester is a safe, spacious and comfortable vehicle perfect for soccer moms and dads and weekend adventurers. It also benefits from a vastly upgraded interior and more positive on-road handling, arguably two of the model’s bigger weak points in the past.

Cadillac Wants to See Out Combustion Engines in Style

The way Cadillac see it, combustion engines deserve a memorable going away party before they disappear into the sunset. The company is planning ever-more-powerful V variants that will sit at the top of its model lineups – possibly including its SUVs.

An Aston Martin DB5 From Thunderball to Be Auctioned Off

Next August, RM Sotheby’s will be auctioning off an Aston Martin DB5 originally produced for the James Bond film Thunderball in Pebble Beach. The vehicle was only ever used for promotional purposes, but it is identical in every way to the car seen on the big screen.

Next Ford F-150 Raptor to get GT500’s engine?

The rumours pointing at Ford using the engine of the upcoming 2020 Shelby GT500 for the Raptor version of the F-150 truck are getting increasingly persistent. With Ram’s Rebel TRX looming on the horizon, it wouldn’t be surprise move from Ford.

Infiniti Engineering Academy: A World-Class Springboard

A world-class springboard for talented engineering students, the Infiniti Engineering Academy each year chooses seven top students to intern in F1 and with French automaker Renault. The Canadian edition’s competition winner for 2019 is Matthew Kemp.

Top 10: Luxury Vehicles We Buy Based on Emotion takes a look at 10 luxury-vehicle categories and chooses the ones we most buy using a single criterion, that of emotion. Why? Because more often that we might want to admit, the purchase of a new car is an emotional choice – never more so than with prestige vehicles.

GM Announces Second Big Investment to Boost Pickup Production

GM has announced a new round of investments to help boost production of pickups. The company’s plant in Flint, Michigan will be upgraded so it can assemble more Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra HD trucks, both of which are renewed this year and should generate even more consumer interest.

Ford Recalling 1.2M Explorers and Over 100,000 F-150s

Ford today issued recalls of over 1 million Explorer SUVs, including 28,000 in Canada, as well as more than 100,000 F-150 trucks. While the issues are different in each recall, the potential risk is the same: the possibility of a crash.

2019 Honda HR-V Review: Different, But Not That Different

For the qualities of reliability, comfort and cargo capacity, the 2019 Honda HR-V maintains its appeal. It speaks to consumers who want a vehicle that’s easy and practical to use day in day out. Even aging as it is, the slightly refreshed 2019 HR-V is still a solid choice.

France to Ban Sale of Gasoline-Engine Vehicles by 2040

The government of France is preparing legislation that will place a total ban on the sale of gasoline-engine vehicles starting in 2040. The idea first presented by then-Minister of the Environment Nicolas Huot is on the way to becoming reality.

The Newest BMWs Can Back Up Without Your Help

BMW’s latest generation of new models are equipped with a system that allows them to carry out backing-up manoeuvres without human help. The system records the last 50 metres driven by the car, and can reproduce them in precise reverse order.

FCA-Renault Merger: Hope for an Agreement Persists

It appears that a merger between FCA and Renault remains a possibility. Executives from the companies have been meeting to try to find grounds for an agreement, and according to an inside source, Nissan is interested in the idea, provided it obtains more independence within a new partnership.

Rivian’s Electric Trucks Will Be Able to Charge Each Other

When Rivian’s all electric pickup trucks make their debut next year, they will be able to charge each other. The tag-team concept is for one truck to be able to boost another in a pinch, but if the idea takes hold you can expect all sorts of variations on this theme to crop up.

38,890 Ram 1500 Trucks Recalled in Canada

FCA has issued a recall of over 300,000 Ram pickups, including 38,890 in Canada, over a potential issue with the passenger-side airbag. A potential defect related to the passenger-side airbag could prevent it from deploying in the event of a collision.

Volvo to Offer Lifetime Free Towing

The American division of Volvo has announced it will offer lifetime free towing to Volvo owners. The one big condition is that owners can’t choose where to have their Volvo towed; it will go to the nearest participating brand dealership.

Toyota Speeds Up Electrification Plans

Toyota announced it is pushing the accelerator on its EV development plan, and a core element of its quickened strategy is the development of solid state batteries. The automaker wants to present its first of that type of battery next year.

2019 Jeep Cherokee Overland Review: More Than Just a Facelift

To compete in its segment, the new 2019 Cherokee needs to cover a lot of bases; it’s no longer enough to just provide good off-road chops and live off Jeep’s good name. We review the 2019 Jeep Cherokee Overland, which gets more than a simple facelift to ensure it stays ahead of the game.

Jaguar Recalls All-Electric I-Pace SUV Over Braking Delay

Jaguar has just issued a recall of its I-Pace electric SUV due to a possible malfunction of the car’s regenerative braking system. An electrical problem can cause there to be a delay between the time the brakes are applied and the car begins to slow down.

A New 416-hp 4-Cylinder Engine Unveiled By Mercedes-AMG

Mercedes-AMG has just unveiled a new 4-cylinder engine with an output of 416 hp, the most powerful 4-cylinder it has produced to date. The unit will power the performance variants of the A Class, GLA Class and GLB Class models from the German manufacturer.

GM President Confirms Electric Pickup Is En Route

General Motors has confirmed via its president Mark Reuss that it has an all-electric pickup truck in development. While we’ve heard other GM executives express their wish for such a product, this is the first time confirmation comes from the top of the company hierarchy.

BMW Confirms 617 hp for its 2020 M8

BMW has revealed details for the M variant of its new 8 Series, and it’s clear it will require self-discipline to drive the 617-hp car without getting into trouble…

FCA Withdraws Merger Offer Made to Renault

Late yesterday evening, Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles officially withdrew the merger offer it had made to the Renault Group. FCA pointed the finger at the position of the French government, but speculation is that Nissan’s refusal to guarantee it would maintain its alliance with Renault led to FCA pulling its offer off the table.

Cadillac Presents New and Improved Super Cruise System

American auto giant General Motors this week presented the new and improved version of its Super Cruise system autonomous driving system, which we’ll be seeing in the upcoming CT4 and CT5 sedans. We headed to Michigan to do some hands-off driving using the new system.

Top Car Designer Ian Callum Leaving Jaguar

Ian Callum, one of the most influential automotive designers in the business, is leaving Jaguar. In 20 years at the head of the firm’s design department, the man responsible for the F-Type and so many others has left his mark on the history of car design.

A Hyundai Kona Hybrid Confirmed for Europe

Hyundai announces a hybrid version of the Kona SUV for the European market. No word yet on a North American version, but given the popularity of the model in our continent, we wouldn’t be surprised to see it show up here in the next year.

2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI Review: Ode to the Car

We test-drive the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI and get reacquainted with what is one of the last of its kind still among us. Fortunately, the next, eighth generation of the model, scheduled for early next decade, is expected to retain the essential qualities that make this model so exceptional.

An Electric Mini Tows a Boeing 777

In a new video released by Mini to kick off the marketing campaign for its all-electric Cooper, the Mini Cooper S E is seen towing a Boeing 777. The new EV is expected to be unveiled later this year and it should hit dealerships early in 2020.

GM Might Be Looking at a Reply to the Jeep Wrangler

General Motors appears to be putting serious thought to producing a true rival to the Jeep Wrangler. According to media outlet GM Authority, the company has gone to the trouble of acquiring two of the latest-generation Wranglers to learn as much as they can in preparation of a riposte.

2019 Acura MDX A-Spec Review: Strut Your Stuff

The 2019 Acura MDX A-Spec is the beautified trim of the carmaker’s popular mid-size luxury crossover, a version in which the styling finally does justice to the model’s impressive performance chops.

2020 Kia Soul First Drive: A Partially Saved Soul gets behind the wheel on Canadian soil of the new 2020 Kia Soul, a car that manages to hold on to its soul for the new edition, but only partially. While the basic ingredients that made the vehicle a success are still present, the touches that made it distinctive have been waylaid.

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