Automotive News - July 2019

The New Z4 Could be the Last That BMW Makes

BMW has just barely debuted its new edition of the Z4 that rumours are already floating to the effect that the model could be on its way out. That would not be a total surprise, however, as sales have been slow and the company is actively looking to reduce costs. A low-volume model like this could be vulnerable.

Porsche Taycan Sales Likely to Outpace Those of 911 in Year One

At the current pace of pre-orders, Porsche will likely sell more of its all-electric Taycan than of the 911 in the coming year. Already scheduled production has been boosted to 40,000 units and if all find buyers, it will outsell the 911, which gets an annual production of around 35,000 units.

2020 Audi Q7 First Drive: From pachyderm to athlete!

Out with the stodgy, in with the sleek(er). The new 2020 Audi Q7 is more attractive than before and it performs more positively as well, thanks to some judicious borrowing from the automaker’s more “coupe-like” Q8. Here’s our first-drive review.

Here Are the 13 Models Most Used by their Owners

Which vehicles rack up the most kilometres at the hands of their owners once they leave the dealership? The website crunched the date and came up with a ranking (applying specifically to the U.S. market).

Netflix and YouTube, Streaming Soon on Your Tesla Screen

Soon it will be possible to catch up on your favourite Netflix shows and check out YouTube videos live-streamed on the in-car screen of your Tesla. The feature, to be made available shortly, will at the outset only be usable when the car is immobile.

13 Amazing Oldsmobile Concepts

The last Oldsmobile car was produced go, but we shouldn’t forget what a long, rich and compelling history the American brand had. We look at some of the most amazing concept cars that bore the Oldsmobile name over the years.

First Drive of the 2020 Cadillac XT6: Medium-Large

Cadillac finds room for another SUV in its lineup, and as usual our expectations are high when there’s a new Cadillac in town. But does this one deliver on those expectations? Here are the results of our first encounter with the 2020 Cadillac XT6.

2019 Toyota Camry Review: More Than Just Trusty

While the performances de la 2019 Toyota Camry 2019, particularly the less-sporty variants, pales in comparison with some rivals, it still impressively comfortable, spacious and safe. What’s more, the visual makeover given it means that the Camry can now be chosen for its looks and not just its reliability and value.

Nissan Cutting 12,500 Jobs Globally After Disastrous Q2 Results

Catastrophic Q2 2019 results that saw its profits drop almost to nothing and sales drop by 6%, Nissan has announced 12,500 job cuts worldwide. They will take effect by 2022, by which time its production capacity – and the size of its product line – will have been reduced by 10%.

Manual Transmission: Hyundai Cuts Option from Two Models

Hyundai says it is cutting manual transmissions from the product offering for some variants of two of its models: the Elantra sedan and the Veloster. The Elantra hatchback will continue to get it, as will a smaller number of Veloster versions.

First Drive of the 2020 Porsche 718 Boxster T: A-Touring We Will Go

We hopped the Atlantic to Germany for a first drive of the 2020 Porsche 718 Boxster T, a touring version of the 4-cylinder turbo Boxster. Bereft of an infotainment system and even proper inside door handles, the Boxster T is designed to bring out the driving purist out in you. If it doesn’t, possibly nothing will…

BMW Shows More of its Upcoming 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

BMW has released more details and new images of the camouflaged 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe variant ahead of its official debut in Los Angeles in November. The four-door coupe-style sedan gets new technologies from the 1 Series and the i3s to make it more dynamic and agile on the road.

Top 10: What we saw at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart

The Porsche museum in Stuttgart contains a bevy of exhibits and galleries alike to tap into the car enthusiast in us. You’ll need more than one day to check out all of the race cars, originals, classics, and legendary models on display at this remarkable place. Here are the ones that stood out for us.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Review: In a Class of its Own

Jeep will likely sell all of the Gladiators it sends out to dealerships. Fun, different and innovative, this vehicle has unique, eye-catching styling fans are going crazy over. But the Gladiator is a true Jeep with all that implies. If you’re not nuts about Jeeps, this one is not likely to win you over to the cause.

Mazda Canada Prices Diesel Version of the 2019 CX-5

Mazda Canada announces the diesel version of its popular 2019 CX-5 SUV. The configuration will only be offered in range-topping Signature variant of the model, which helps explain the asking price of over $45,000 announced today.

Nissan Recalling 91,319 Titan Pickup Trucks

Nissan is recalling just over 91,000 Titan trucks. A problem with the alternator’s wiring harness can cause the component to malfunction. There’s no confirmation yet if any vehicles in Canada are affected.

Could We See a Cadillac Version of the New Mid-Engine Chevy Corvette?

Later today the long-anticipated new Chevrolet Corvette gets its big reveal, but even before the veil is lifted on the mid-engine model rumours persist that Cadillac will spawn a close cousin of it. These are backed by a number of elements including the fact Cadillac’s new Blackwing V8 engine is manufactured at the same plant at the Corvette.

Ford Working on New Crossover to Take On the Subaru Outback?

According to a new report, Ford is developing a new midsize crossover in the mould of Subaru’s Outback. The model would serve in Europe as the replacement to three existing models, but it would also be sold in North America – and it could carry the Fusion name.

2019 Hyundai Elantra GT N-Line Review: A Stunning Transformation

From a basic car that was a little non-descript, the Elantra gets transformed by the N-Line treatment. This spiced-up version is not only much easier on the eyes, it surprises by its excellent driveability. And it comes from a mass-market manufacturer known more for delivering value than sparkling driving machines over the years.

A New EV Platform From Honda Before 2025

Honda is working on a new vehicle architecture designed for electric vehicles, and this time around the EVs that are built on it will be destined for the North American market. The company says the platform will be ready to go before 2025.

Formula E Season Wraps up in the Big Apple

Nissan is completing its first season in Formula E this year, and for the last races on the 2019 calendar it invited Auto123 to go experience the event up close in NYC. The Japanese manufacturer’s timing was impeccable as it gained its first victory of the season in the all-electric racing series.

2020 Audi A4 First Drive: The manicure

As we await its next generation in another two or three years, the updated 2020 Audi A4 looks a sure bet to retain its place in the top echelon of entry-level luxury sedans. Here are our first impressions.

A Career Cut Short for Mercedes-Benz’ Pickup?

The Mercedes-Benz X-Class might not be long for this world. The premium pickup has been dogged by reliability issues and sluggish sales, and its cause is being further undermined by uncertainties surrounding the partnership with the Nissan-Renault group.

Lexus looking at in-wheel electric motors for its EVs

For its future roster of electric vehicles, Lexus is looking at the technology of in-wheel electric motors. The road to get there will be long, however: the company is still working on developing the technology and won’t feature in any model in the short term.

A Ford Bronco Pickup to Take on the Jeep Gladiator?

The Bronco is set to make its return in the next year or two, but even before it does rumours are pointing to a pickup version to take on Jeep’s Gladiator. Internal sources at the company are saying plans are in place for such a variant, but it wouldn’t be ready before the mid-2020s.

2020 Kia Soul Review: The Soul Lives On

While other models from the “golden” age of boxes on wheels have departed or been transformed, the Soul lives on. We test-drive the new third-generation 2020 Kia Soul, a proudly odd duck in the automotive landscape. When square is hip…

No More Diesel Engine for the Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain

GM will stop producing diesel-engine variants of the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain SUV, blaming weak demand for those versions of the SUVs. We could also point the finger at the extra cost GM has been charging for the diesel powertrains without evident justification.

FCA Wants to Produce 80,000 Electric Fiat 500s annually

FCA has announced it plans to build 80,000 all-electric Fiat 500 cars per year. In reality, it’s five minutes to midnight for the little car from Fiat, which has posted terrible sales numbers in North America since its debut on the continent.

Return of the Manual Transmission at Cadillac

Cadillac confirms the return of the manual transmission on some of its future V Series models. We don’t yet know ones will get a stick shift, but the smart bet is that the CT4-V and maybe the CT5-V will be the chosen ones.

2020 Toyota Supra First Drive: The Return of Toyota

Auto123 raced to the track at Mont-Tremblant in Quebec because we could finally get behind the wheel of the new 2020 Toyota Supra. Our first encounter with the little sports car was a positive one, but the future of the Supra will be decided by consumers. Will they stay away like they did with the last previous iterations?

Ford is Recalling Around 400 Focus Models in Canada

Ford is issuing a recall of around 58,000 Focus cars, including some 400 in Canada. Some vehicles recalled in 2018 over a fuel-management issue did not get properly repaired last time around, which means they are vulnerable to the same problem occurring again.

Toyota Will Build SUVs and Not the Corolla at New Alabama Plant

Toyota says it will build a new SUV model and not the Corolla car at the new assembly plant it is building in partnership with Mazda in Huntsville, Alabama. The company points to industry trends to explain the decision – namely, the continuing growth in demand for small utility models and crossovers.

Agreement Between FCA and ZF Reveals Much About Future of Some Models

An new agreement between FCA and ZF hints at what the future might hold for some of the automaker’s models. The German manufacturer of transmissions will supply FCA with the new generation of its 8HP unit (an 8-speed automatic transmission) – which happens to be designed to work with hybrid powertrains.

Porsche’s New Flat-6 Engine Could Be Used in Other Models

Porsche has confirmed that the new 6-cylinder engine it first introduced in two variants of the 718 model could well migrate to other products from the German carmaker. That would include standard versions of the 718, as the 4-cylinder now used in those has not been universally acclaimed.

Changes Planned for the Jeep Wrangler in 2020

Details spotted in Jeep’s order guide for 2020 reveal that the Wrangler will get new powertrain options for 2020. Notable is the more widespread availability of 4-cylinder powertrains for the model, the JL version of which will be on its third year in 2020.

Electric Dodge Cars Coming Soon?

FCA had already let it be known it wants to speed up its move to developing electrified powertrains, and it appears that Dodge is part of the plan. It seems all but certain now that the next-generation Charger and Challenger performance cars will be electrified in some fashion. The move is not without its challenges.

2019 Dodge Charger SXT review: An Everyday Muscle Car

The 2019 Dodge Charger SXT is the milder of the six versions of the iconic muscle car available this year. It’s still got horses and power aplenty, but the smooth ride, big interior and nimble road handling make it surprisingly practical – although it does punish at the pump.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review: When looks deceive

The new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI has little if anything in common with the truly sporty GTI, nor does it have the looks to turn heads on the street. What it does do is offer a quiet, smooth ride, an ergonomically sound interior and good fuel economy.

BMW Shows Off a Pickup Version of New X7 SUV

BMW has shown a pickup version of its new X7 SUV. Don’t get your hopes up, however – the company got apprentices at its vocational training centre to design and build the variant as part of a special project.

Chevrolet Shelves Plans for Current-Generation Camaro Z/28

According to a new report, General Motors has cancelled plans for the Z/28 version of the current-generation Chevrolet Camaro. Current restructuring at the company has forced the company to axe some projects for low-volume products like the high-performance variant of the Camaro.

Automotive Legend Lee Iacocca Dead at 94

Lee Iacocca, a pioneer of the automotive industry, has died at the age of 94. The world says goodbye to the father of the Ford Mustang and the executive who saved Chrysler from bankruptcy in the early 1980s.

2020 Toyota Supra: Only 300 Units for Canada This Year

Toyota Canada has confirmed to Auto123 that only 300 units of the new 2020 Supra would be delivered for our market by the end of 2019. Canadian buyers will have to move quickly if they want to get one from this year’s crop and not have to wait for 2020.

2019 Chevrolet Spark Review: Slimmer and Safer

The 2019 Chevrolet Spark makes eminent sense in the urban environment, where it’s most at home. You'll enjoy scooting around easily in traffic and narrow streets, and you’ll manage to squeeze into tight parking spots.

A Dodge Challenger Hellcat Hybrid as of next Year?

FCA could offer, as early as next year, a hybrid-powered version of the most powerful model in its vehicle arsenal, the Challenger Hellcat. The move would fit into the company’s goal to be an industry leader in terms of electrification.

A Targa Version For the Toyota Supra?

The Supra is just taking its first steps but already Toyota is looking at producing a Targa variant. The company will first want to see how well the revived sports car does in global markets before it greenlights the open-top version, however.

The Average Age of a Vehicle in U.S. Is Up to 11.8 Years

The average age of a vehicle in use in the United States has climbed once again and now sits at a record high, according to a new study by research firm HIS Markit. Several factors explain the upward trend, but the main one has to be the ever-higher quality of vehicles being produced in the past few years.

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