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Automotive News - September 2019

Sales of Jeep Gladiator Halted Over Driveshaft Problem

Jeep has issued a stop-sale order on its new pickup, meaning that no new Gladiators will leave dealerships in the possession of new owners until a potential issue with its driveshaft has been rectified. A recall of 3,427 Gladiators already sold is also being issued.

The Toyota RAV4 Fails Moose Test in Sweden

The Toyota RAV4 failed an important obstacle avoidance test carried out by a Swedish magazine. The vehicle’s performance in the so-called moose test was bad enough that the magazine is recommending consumers not buy the SUV until Toyota makes the needed corrections.

Comparison: 2019 Toyota Avalon vs 2019 Volkwagen Arteon

How to choose between the 2019 Toyota Avalon and the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon? We send a seasoned veteran into the ring against an upstart rookie, a trusted name in a battle of wits with a more energetic new rival. Which big sedan is for you?

2019 Lexus RC 350 Review: The Fast and the Curious

The 2020 Lexus RC 350 is a luxury car, through and through. You can tell from the interior materials, the good tech and the smooth V6 power. But if you’re expecting the fully sporting experience the car’s looks would have you believe is on offer, you may want to look elsewhere.

Frankfurt 2019: Hyundai and its Pony-Inspired Electric Concept

Hyundai has lifted the veil in Frankfurt on the 45 EV, an electric concept car inspired by the first prototype version of the Pony in 1974. The reference is significant, as this new EV marks the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the brand, that of electrification.

GM Recalling 3.5 Million Vehicles Over Brake Issue

General Motors has just announced a recall of around 3.5 million vehicles due to a problem with their braking systems. In a nutshell, the issue lies with the brake assist system, which can lose effectiveness at slower speeds.

Canada-Only 2020 BMW M8 Version Revealed in Vancouver

BMW has unveiled a Canada-Only version of its M8, called the Competition Coupé Individual Manufaktur Edition. Only 20 of this very limited edition will be made available, and it will set committed buyers back some $200,000 to get one.

Frankfurt 2019: Porsche introduces 911 Carrera 4 variants

During its turn in the spotlight at the 2019 Frankfurt auto show, Porsche used the occasion to introduce the Carrera 4 variants of its 911 model, now more refined than ever. Both the coupe and convertible versions should be at dealerships by spring of 2020.

Frankfurt 2019: Land Rover Finally Unveils 2020 Defender

Land Rover used the occasion of the 2019 Frankfurt auto show to present, finally, its new 2020 Defender. The styling of the reborn SUV respects the tradition of the nameplate, and a look at the spec sheet hints at impressive off-road capabilities.

Frankfurt 2019: 2020 Volkswagen ID.3 Makes In-Person Debut

Volkswagen unveiled its first mass-production all-electric vehicle, the Europe-only 2020 ID.3, on the eve of the 2019 Frankfurt auto show. The Golf-like small car will have a range that varies between 205 miles (330 km) and 342 miles (550 km), according to the European WLTP test cycle.

Tesla Wants to Debut its Pickup in November

According to Elon Musk, Tesla intends to debut its new all-electric pickup truck this coming November – though neither the company or its founder is saying when precisely the presentation will take place. The reveal comes about a year after Rivian presented its electric pickup.

A V6 Engine for the Next Ford Ranger?

Ford is already hard at work on the next generation of the Ford Ranger, and new rumours are indicating the automaker is testing out two V6 engines – one of them for the North American market. That engine is already familiar to Ford truck owners: the 2.7L EcoBoost V6 in use in the F-150.

Honda and Subaru Set Sales Records in U.S. in August

Honda and Subaru enjoyed record sales in the month of August in the United States. In particular, the former’s CR-V and the latter’s Crosstrek has their best sales month ever on record. This is at a time when the industry as a whole is on the defensive.

2020 Subaru Legacy First Drive: From the Shadows Into the Light?

Auto123 got a first taste of the next-generation 2020 Subaru Legacy, a sedan that’s equipped to please, but not to outpace its rivals. While the new model is superior to its predecessor, we can’t help but ask if it has what it takes for Subaru to push this car to the top of its segment.

Karim Habib is Kia’s New Head of Design

Karim Habib is named head of design at Kia Motors after a stint at Infiniti. Born in Lebanon and Montrealer by adoption, the designer is one of the surest talents in the automotive business, and his appointment at Kia will make some rivals nervous.

The 718 Cayman, the Next Porsche to Get Electrified?

According to Porsche, the 718 could be the next model in its lineup to get an electric variant. The company is also talking about sharing platforms with other brands – which happens to link up with Toyota’s comments about the possibility of the MR2 returning to its lineup.

42% of Americans Think an Electric Car Needs Gas to Run

A new study carried out by Ford reveals that 42% of Americans believe an electric vehicle needs gasoline to function. Results like this serve to remind us all of how much work needs to be done by the auto manufacturers and other stakeholders in electric mobility.

2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Review: The Prius of SUVs

Auto123 reviews the hybrid version of the 2019 Toyota RAV4, the clear beneficiary of a new and improved hybrid system. The salient question is whether this version has properly evolved along with the new generation of the enormously popular SUV.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible to Debut in October

The convertible version of the new mid-engined 2020 Chevrolet Corvette will be presented this coming October – great news for fans of the model who won’t have to wait a year or two before seeing the open-air variant of the C8 appear on the market.

Fiat 500 Being Discontinued in North America

Fiat has made the predictable move of announcing the end of the Fiat 500 in the North American market. Given the company’s big struggles on this continent, the question immediately becomes, which model will be next?

Bosch Working on a 3D Digital Instrument Cluster

Equipment-maker Bosch is working on development of a 3D digital instrument cluster. This high-tech innovation would allow for displaying crucial driving data in a much more visible way, with icons appearing closer to the driver’s eyes.

Mercedes-Benz Pulling out of Toronto, Montreal Auto Shows

In a move that surprised no one, Mercedes-Benz announced it won’t be at the 2020 editions of the Toronto and Montreal auto shows. Already last year, the famed German brand was absent from the Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton and Quebec City shows.

2020 Porsche Taycan First Drive: A Star is Born

With the Taycan, Porsche shows the way, as it has so often in the past. This time the automaker makes the eloquent demonstration that it’s possible to preserve one’s sport-car genes in a modern, 100%-electric vehicle. The acceleration is astounding; so is the price of entry…

Ford’s Electric F-150 Will Debut in 2021

Ford’s first all-electric vehicle will be an SUV inspired by the Mustang. We now have confirmation of what the second will be. After that first model, called the Mach E and coming in 2020, the follow-up will be the all-electric F-150 pickup in 2021.

Mazda Goes Electric: We Test Drive its New EV Powertrain

We had the chance to test out Mazda’s first electric powertrain during a short drive in EV-friendly Norway. At the wheel the experience is a positive, and the driving dynamics were definitely a high point from the unit. But Mazda will have to increase the range and the punch it delivers at over 100 km/h.

Next Subaru WRX and STI Expected in Late 2020

Subaru is working on the next editions of the WRX and STI models and should have them ready in the latter part of 2020. The two sporty models will likely get newer engines that provide greater output then before.

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