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Having Just Launched it, Mercedes-Benz Recalls the New EQC

Mercedes-Benz has had to issue a recall on its just-launched EQC electric SUV – though the problem has nothing to do with the electric motor/battery system. A faulty differential bolt could break and cause the vehicle to lose torque on the front wheels.

Mild Refresh, a Few Improvements for 2020 Mazda CX-9

Mazda has announced details of the changes it’s bringing to its mildly refreshed 2020 Mazda CX-9. The SUV gets some subtle mechanical updates, and the product offering has been boosted overall to better position the model to attract luxury- and refinement-seeking buyers.

Ford Issues New Recall of 320,000 Transit Vans

Ford is issuing a second recall of around 320,000 Transit vans due to a problem with the drive shaft. The coupling could crack and cause the drive shaft to break free. Nearly 23,000 vans in Canada are affected by the recall.

FCA and Peugeot Discussing Possible Merger

The FCA and PSA (Peugeot) groups are discussing a possible merger, according to a Wall Street Journal report. It’s too early to speculate, but current rumours allude to a marriage of equals.

Gas Engines Part of the Plan for the Volkswagen Golf, Generation… 9

Volkswagen just presented the new 8th generation of its Golf, but the company is already looking ahead to the next edition, confirming that it will run on gas-fed powertrains. While VW’s electric ID division continues to plow ahead, clearly the assumption is that the two systems will coexist for years to come.

Kia Teases First Look at Next-Gen 2021 Optima

Kia has teased some first images of its next-generation 2021 Optima, or what will in South Korea be the next K5. Immediately striking is the stylistic evolution of the model compared to the current edition.

FCA Recalls 108,000 Ram Diesel Trucks over Fire Risk

FCA is issuing a recall of diesel-powered Ram trucks from the 2014-2019 model-years. The problem behind the recall involves a possible leak of cooling fluids in the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) coolers – which could, in rare cases, lead to a fire.

2019 Infiniti QX60 Review: the simplest of luxuries

The 2019 Infiniti QX60 is not one of its segment’s most powerful SUVs, but it does have the merit of being a straightforwardly refined and luxurious vehicle. It delivers exactly what you expect of it without demanding a hugely exorbitant pound of flesh from buyers. Here’s our review.

2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4MATIC+ Review: Extreme Premium

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4MATIC+ is a four-door-coupe grand tourer that’s long, muscular and high-class. This thing will cost you, but for that you get a whole heck of a lot of power and panache. At this level, that’s what it’s all about.

It’s All Over for the Nissan Micra in Canada

Nissan Canada is pulling the plug on its tiny Micra model. The last units will come off the assembly line in December of this year, but the automaker confirms it will be able to meet demand through to the end of 2020.

The New 8th-Generation 2020 Volkswagen Golf Debuts

After much waiting and teasing, Volkswagen today launched the new eighth-generation 2020 Volkswagen Golf. Esthetically the model hews closely to its predecessor, but it features a number of significant advances on the technological front.

Nissan Working on Next-Gen GT-R and Z

Nissan has confirmed that it is currently working on development of new generations of the GT-R and Z sports models. While it was stingy with the details, the automaker acknowledged it’s still hesitating on whether to take the models electric or not, especially the Z.

A First Image of the Uncovered Baby Bronco Surfaces

An image of what could be Ford’s upcoming Baby Bronco SUV uncovered has just surfaced. The photo, published first on Motor1.com, confirms what had been hinted at in various spy shots of the model in testing that have been making the rounds online.

Tokyo 2019: Mazda MX-30 Makes World Debut

The 2020 Mazda MX-30 electric crossover made its long-anticipated global debut today at the 2019 Tokyo auto show. The first all-electric mass-production vehicle from Mazda is a vitally important model for the brand, and it will be watched closely when it launches commercially early next year.

Tokyo 2019: Mitsubishi MI-Tech Concept Shows its Insides

The Mitsubishi MI-Tech concept made its official world debut today at the 2019 edition of the Tokyo auto show. The prototype has neither roof nor doors, and you won’t be seeing a production version in the future, but it does serve to showcase the direction that the brand wants to take in the coming years.

Tokyo 2019: A Fourth Generation for the Honda Fit

La Honda Fit 2020 de nouvelle génération a été dévoilé aujourd’hui au Salon de l’auto de Tokyo, mais les chances sont très minces qu’on voit la nouvelle édition du petit modèle débarquer sur le marché nord-américain, du moins initialement.

Nissan Reveals Details For its New 2020 Titan XD

First Nissan announced the changes being made to the regular 20202 Titan, and now it follows up the revised new 2020 Titan XD. On the one hand the offer has been expended in terms of equipment, while on the other the number of configurations has been slashed.

An Electric Hummer Still a Possibility

General Motors is still considering the possibility of developing an electric Hummer, according to a new report by Reuters. But it wouldn’t happen before the automaker brings to market its electric pickup as well as an electric SUV from Cadillac.

BMW Confirms the i3 Will Live On

Despite recent rumours to the contrary, BMW has confirmed that its i3 all-electric model is here stay, at least for another generation. The new head of the German manufacturer, Oliver Zipse, confirmed the news in an interview with a German magazine.

Autobahn Portions With No Speed Limit to Stay in Germany

Last week Germany’s Bundestag, or parliamentary assembly, rejected proposed legislation that called for the imposition of speed limits on all portions of the country’s Autobahn network. This is a polarizing question that regularly resurfaces in Germany, but for the moment, fans of high-speed driving can rest easy.

Mazda Shows a Bit More of its First Electric Vehicle

Mazda has teased a little more of its first electric vehicle that will be presented at the upcoming Tokyo auto show, via a short video just released by the Japanese automaker. Lo and behold, we learn that the first Mazda EV will be… a utility model.

2020 Kia Soul EV Review: Do the Funky Toaster

At what it does, the 2020 Kia Soul EV is very good: namely, saving you at the pump, making you feel good about doing your part for the environment and getting you from A to B in a stylish, distinctive vehicle. If you’re in the pro camp when it comes to its looks, this is great option in the electric crossover segment.

BMW Unveils the 2020 2 Series Gran Coupe

BMW has unveiled the Gran Coupe version of its 2 Series model, which will be a direct rival to the Mercedes-Benz CLA. Production of the Gran Coupe 228i xDrive and M235i xDrive is set to get underway in November.

Two More Volkswagen SUVs Coming to North America

Fresh off its debut presentation of the Atlas Cross Sport, Volkswagen says it plans to introduce at least two more new SUV models on the North American market – part of the company’s aggressive plan to increase its presence on our continent.

2019 Toyota Mirai Review: One of Several Possible Futures

The 2019 Toyota Mirai doesn’t expend much effort distinguishing itself visually on the road, but it’s utterly unique under the hood thanks to its hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain. We tried out the first hydrogen-powered vehicle sold commercially in Canada.

Toyota Confirms RAV4 Plug-In Hybrid to Debut at LA Show

Toyota has announced it will present the premiere of the Toyota RAV4 Plug-In Hybrid version at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show in November. No details are known yet, but we expect a powertrain roughly similar to the regular hybrid version of the popular SUV.

2020 Lincoln Aviator First Drive: Fashionably Late

The new 2020 Lincoln Aviator is such a good, complete package that it’s well-positioned to compete with luxury SUVs already out there, though whether it’s good enough to justify the high price tag attached remains to be decided, by buyers. Here’s our Auto123 review.

Volkswagen Teases New 2020 Golf Ahead of Launch

VW had released early teaser images of the eighth-generation 2020 Volkswagen Golf to whet the appetites of the model’s fans ahead of the official reveal. The company is promising a more dynamic exterior design, but the biggest changes occur inside.

10 Best UX Winners for 2019, according to WardsAuto

WardsAuto has come out with its fourth annual 10 Best UX list, recognizing the new 2019 and 2020 models offering the best user experiences to their occupants. This year’s focus was in good part on the quality of the multimedia systems making up the central nervous system of vehicles.

2020 Hyundai Sonata First Drive: A Sophisticated 8th Generation

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata is refined and elegant, with a sophisticated powertrain and all the expected technological must-haves for a sedan in this category. For its maker, at play with this model in a segment that’s being largely abandoned by the Americans, now’s the chance to do big things with it.

A New Design for Volkswagen’s R Logo

Volkswagen this week unveiled the revised logo that will distinguish the R and R-Line versions of its models from now on. And unlike the new brand logo unveiled a few weeks, back, the new R badge is quite noticeably different.

2019 Kia Niro EV Review: The Mr. Rogers of electric vehicles…

Its range is on par with the lead peloton of the category and it’s eligible for the governmental EV rebate so mission accomplished there, but beyond its electric bonafides the 2019 Kia Niro EV is versatile, spacious and well-equipped, plus it delivers very good road handling.

Lincoln Continental With Suicide Doors Back for 2020

Lincoln’s experiment with suicide doors for its Continental sedan proved a success in 2019, so much so that the automaker is bringing the version back for 2020 – and this time’s it’s upping the production run from 80 to 150 units.

NHTSA Launches Probe of Tesla Over a Software Update

American governmental organization the NHTSA is opening an investigation of EV automaker Tesla, with the goal of determining if the company should have issued a recall of a certain issue instead of just sending out a software update as it did.

The Dodge Challenger Outsold Ford’s Mustang in Q3 2019

During the third quarter of 2019, the Dodge Challenger surprisingly beats out its two main rivals in its segment, outselling the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro. The achievement is even more remarkable for the fact the model has barely changed for years.

Tesla delivered a record 97,000 vehicles in Q3 2019

Tesla has beaten its previous mark for most vehicle deliveries in a quarter, as it produced 97,000 units in all in Q3 2019. But the EV company will have to do even better in Q4 (100,000 units) if it wants to hit the annual target it set for itself.

Construction Zones: Slow Down Already!

Reduced speed limits posted in construction zones are in place to ensure the safety of workers on site. Yet far too many motorists continue to blatantly ignore the posted limits and refuse to slow down for the sake of those repairing and building our roads.

Radically different styling for the next Hyundai Tucson?

Hyundai promises that the radically different styling of the next-generation Tucson will surprise and delight fans of the SUV. As per the company’s current design philosophy of giving each of its models a distinct look, the next Tucson won’t look too much like any other Hyundai.

The Best Winter Tires for Cars in Canada for 2019-2020

In some parts of Canada the snow is already with us – and in the other parts, it’s on the way! Auto123.com presents our buying guide to winter tires for cars for the 2019-2020 season. Learn which winter tires are recommended on snow and ice!

Volvo Previews Styling of the All-Electric XC40

Volvo has just released new images that show off some of the unique style elements that will distinguish the all-electric version of its XC40 small SUV. The styling is more streamlined, and owners will get use of a small trunk at the front end…

BMW Issues Recall of… the Toyota Supra

BMW has announced a recall that will likely affect only seven vehicles in all, but what’s notable is that it involves a car the German brand doesn’t make: the Toyota Supra. The recall is over a potential issue with the driver’s seat belt mount.

Three Millionth Cummins Engine for the Ram Brand

Ram is about to receive its three-millionth engine from Cummins. The close partnership between the companies dates back 30 years and appears more solid than ever – just like the engines one provides for the other’s trucks.

The Polestar 2 Makes Canadian Debut in Toronto

Volvo’s electric-vehicle division Polestar has chosen Toronto for the Canadian debut of its brand-new Polestar 2 model. The five-door liftback is expected to be available commercially as of summer 2020.

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