Automotive News - August 2019

2020 Genesis G90 First Drive: Presidential Purview

The new 2020 Genesis G90 has a ton of things going for it: the engine, the chassis, the interior – all wonderful. But what maybe sets the big sedan apart more than anything is the price. Well-equipped it severely undercuts German luxury rivals on price. We got to take it for a first drive.

A Revised 2020 Subaru Impreza Presented in Japan

Subaru has unveiled a revised new 2020 Subaru Impreza for the Japanese market. The changes are subtle but necessary and well-chosen. We’ll have to see which of these mid-cycle updates apply to the model we get in North America.

Smaller But More Powerful Engine for 2020 Porsche Macan Turbo

The Porsche Macan Turbo is back in business after a one-year sabbatical, this time with a small but more-powerful engine for 2020. It also respects a central Porsche mission: it’s even faster on the 0-100 km/h than before.e, on trouve un modèle encore plus rapide au 0-100 km/h.

Top 10 Electric SUVs Coming in the Near-Future

The SUV invasion of the automotive market is well and truly underway, and has been for some time. We’re now about to witness an onslaught of electric SUVs that will be getting unleashed in the next year or two. We drew up a list of the Top 10 electric SUVs that are most anticipated and intriguing.

Boost in Range for 2020 Hyundai IONIQ

The 2020 Hyundai IONIQ is getting an upgrade in battery power due to a 36% increase in capacity, and in Europe range has been announced as 310 km; we’re still waiting for the numbers for North America.

2019 Nissan Kicks Review: Added Value

The 2019 Nissan Kicks is pretty close to the ideal vehicle for those working within a budget but who don’t want to make any serious compromises touching on safety advanced tech, cargo space and fuel economy. Plus it’s kind of cute.

Production of the Polestar 1 Underway in China

Production of the Polestar 1, the first car to come out under Volvo’s new premium banner, has just gotten underway in China. In, only 500 units are scheduled to be made due to the complexities related to the carbon-fibre body of the car.

A New Interior for the Chevrolet Bolt as of 2021?

Chevrolet is working on a new interior for its Bolt EV, which should be ready for the 2021 model-year. We’re only guessing but we think it might be pretty similar to the interior of the Bolt-based SUV being introduced next year.

3D Head-Up Display in Works from Jaguar-Land Rover

The Jaguar-Land Rover Group is working on a new technology that would allow for a 3D head-up display. The approach will allow for much faster reaction times from drivers to hazards that present themselves on the road.

Future Uncertain for the Fiat 124 Spider

Fiat is acknowledging that the future existence of its 124 Spider model is uncertain, this despite its current profitability for the brand. In the view of Fiat boss Olivier François, the 124 Spider is not truly a dyed-it-the-wool Fiat.

Porsche Takes Us Inside its New Taycan EV

Porsche has revealed some of what its new Taycan electric car looks like inside, ahead of the model’s full reveal next month. Clearly, the touchscreen is the king of the castle in the EV’s interior.

Volkswagen To Show Off New Logo in Frankfurt

Volkswagen has announced it will unveil a new brand logo next September 10 at the Frankfurt auto show. The move is the next step in the automaker’s strategy to change its image, undertaken in the wake of the diesel-engine scandal that blew up in 2015.

Subaru Canada Announces Pricing for 2020 Forester

Subaru Canada has announced the pricing structure for its 2020 Forester SUV. Auto123 has the details. The small increases in pricing are accompanied by additions to the safety and drive assist systems included standard.

More Range for the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt

The Chevrolet Bolt will have a longer range in 2020. Details included in an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) document reveal that the EV will get a range of 416 km, or 33 km more than the outgoing model.

10 Car Designers Who Marked Automotive History

Auto123 shines the spotlight on 10 car designers who made and marked automotive history. There’s no ranking here, because each one of these styling and design geniuses left an indelible impression on car design in their own way.

2020 GMC Acadia AT4 First Drive: The Big Seduction, Off-Road Edition

The only brand within the General Motors family to produce only SUVs, GMC was obliged to gives its midsize GMC Acadia a gentle-to-moderate makeover, and that it has done. As for the AT4 badge, it aligns the model properly with the current vogue for off-road-friendly vehicles. Here’s our first-drive review.

Electric Ford and Lincoln SUVs in Works for 2023

Ford and Lincoln are working on new electric SUVs and they should be ready by 2023. These projects are part and parcel of the automaker’s plan to introduce 16 electrified models by the end of the next decade.

2020 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel First Drive : The Best of the Diesels

The new 2020 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel is clearly the best product of its type made to date, but it does suffer from a few fundamental flaws, the biggest of which has to do with the pricing. Here’s our first-drive review of the 2020 1500 EcoDiesel, encountered in the beautiful state of Minnesota.

2019 BMW X7 Review: Luxury Mastodon

There’s much to appreciate in the 2019 BMW X7, starting with the adult-friendly third row, and continuing with the dynamic drive it offers and the useful and distinct drive modes. This is a luxury vehicle that has no trouble standing out thanks to the many details it coddles occupants with.

A Ford SUV Based on the Rivian R1S?

Contrary to what rumours had been pointing to, an electric F-150 pickup might not be first fully electrified product Ford comes out with. Rather, it appears Ford is working first on an all-electric SUV based on the Rivian R1S utility model.

Next Dodge Challenger and Charger to Retain Retro Looks

According to Mike Trostle, head of design at Dodge, the next generations of the Charger and Challenger cars will hold on to their retro styling. The company has little desire to mess with a winning formula, although it does have to start dealing with likelihood of an electrified future, even for these performance models.

FCA Canada Details Pricing for the 2020 Ram EcoDiesel

FCA Canada has announced pricing for the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel version for the 2020 model-year. Essentially it will cost between $4,000 and $6,000 extra to get the diesel engine, all things being equal in terms of trim levels and equipment.

Toyota Corolla Gets Nightshade Treatment for 2020

Toyota gives its Corolla model the Nightshade treatment for 2020. Offered on both the sedan and the hatchback, the package basically consists of unique design elements that serve to enhance the visual appeal of the car. Oh, and they’re all in black.

A GMC Subcompact SUV? Maybe, Maybe Not…

GM has still not given the green light to the GMC Granite. The new tiny utility model would be roughly similar in size to the future Buick Encore GX and Chevrolet Trailblazer, and the fear is that a GMC product would cannibalize sales of those brand-new models just as they hit the market.

2019 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE review : Life Without a V8?

The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro is a very well-balanced sports car, especially given the little weight that presses down on the front axle. The Camaro 1LT with the 1LE package constitutes one of the better choices in the category, as long as you can live with the horrible rear visibility and back-punishing suspension.

GM Details 2020 GMC Truck & SUV Roster

General Motors has detailed changes, upgrades and additions to its range of 2020 GMC SUVs and trucks. Off-roading fans will be happy to see GM is expanding the choice of AT4 models; this year it is adding the Acadia AT4 and Sierra AT4 HD to the roster.

2020 BMW 330e First Drive: The Electric Fairy

We headed to Germany for a first drive of the 2020 BMW 330e, a 3 Series that manages to seamlessly integrate plug-in-hybrid qualities while retaining its sporty soul in the process. This is a much more inspired kick at the PHEV can for BMW.

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan Review: Yankee Doodle Dandy…

Sales of the Volkswagen Tiguan are up in Canada, even as much of the joy of driving the SUV has been sucked out of it since it got revised in 2018. Here’s our review of the Americanized 2019 Tiguan, bigger and beiger than ever before.

Behind the Scenes at the 2019 Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières

The 50th edition of the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières was indeed special as local favourites the Dumoulin brothers shone in the NASCAR Series. Auto123 went behind the scenes to soak in the atmosphere at the most convivial racing event in Canada, bar none.

Five 30th Anniversary Editions From Infiniti

Infiniti is celebrating its 30th anniversary be offering consumers special anniversary editions of five of its models. These are distinguished by unique styling elements and a variety of standard safety and drive-assist features.

2019 Lincoln Continental Review: The Enigma

Consumers not yet sold on SUVs but who want panache and discreet elegance from their ride, not to mention a truly distinctive, luxurious interior, can do much worse than head for the 2019 Lincoln Continental, a car out of tune with the times but that soldiers on regardless.

Temporary Stoppage at GM’s Ingersoll, Ontario Plant

General Motors announces a temporary layoff of employees at its plant in Ingersoll, Ontario that will stop production of the Chevrolet Equinox for one week starting on September 30. The move is aimed at bringing production levels into line with weaker demand.

VW Executive: Tipping Point for EV Pricing is Approaching

According to a Volkswagen executive, the moment when pricing for electric vehicles attains parity with combustion-engine vehicles is fast approaching. The company says its $50 billion investment in EV technologies will go a long way to reducing the costs of individual components and thus production.

Two New Colours to Make the 2020 Acura NSX More Desirable

For 2020, Acura is bringing back two colour choices that beautified the history of the NSX model. The company hopes in doing so that consumer interest in the model will get a boost and sales will recover from the very low levels of recent years.

Ram Issues Recall of… One Single Truck

FCA announces a recall of a Ram truck due to a production error that affects the instrument cluster. Total number of vehicles impacted? One. The story of a lottery with one single unlucky winner.

2019 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Review: Wacky

Frankly, no one needs to have a vehicle like the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S to get around in. You can only ever use 30% of the potential of the engine, and at 120 km/h, you feel like the vehicle is barely moving. But catch a freeway ramp that allows for quick acceleration and you have a sudden infusion of euphoria, and all you want is more.

2019 Mazda3 Sedan Review: A Proven Recipe

There’s still work to do in terms of overall quality, but most crucially the revised 4th-gen 2019 Mazda3 sedan retains its soul, even as it continues to grow in size. Here’s our review.

A Very Different Tiguan by 2022?

According to a new report, Volkswagen is looking at switching the Tiguan SUV to a different format. Due in 2022, the next generation could adopt a much more aggressive, coupe-style design.

More Details About Ford’s New 7.3L V8 Engine

Ford has revealed details about the output we can expect from its new 7.3L V8 engine. With 430 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque to play with, the engine will be unmatched in its category, according to the manufacturer.

1954 Oldsmobile F-88 Concept: Encounter of the Third Kind

The 1954 Oldsmobile F88 was one of the most spectacular concepts in automotive history, yet it’s nearly forgotten today. We saw this unique “coulda-been” model up close at a museum in Colorado a few years, and we still like to talk about it.

Subaru Forester Hits Sales Milestone in the U.S.

Subaru has hit a big sales milestone in the United States with its Forester model. The Japanese automaker made the announcement this week that it has sold its two millionth unit of the utility model in that market.

Big jump in sales of EVs in Canada since start of incentives program

On May of this year the federal government’s EV incentives program took effect, and the result has been a significant jump in the sales of electric vehicles in Canada. Overall, the first six months of the year saw a 30% boost in sales of zero-emissions vehicles in comparison with last year.

What Models Might Nissan Kill As it Reorganizes?

Speculation is rife following Nissan’s announcement last week that it was cutting 12,500 jobs and reducing its global model portfolio by 10%. We take a look at what fate might await some of the brand’s products.

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