Automotive News - November 2019

FCA to Recall 10,627 Fiat 500 Cars in Canada

The FCA Group is issuing a recall of around 73,000 Fiat 500 cars around the world, including over 10,000 in Canada, due to potentially defective shift cable bushings. The cable could separate from the transmission.

A Lincoln Electric SUV on a Rivian Platform by 2022?

According to a source who spoke with Reuters, a Rivian platform is to be used to underpin a future electric-powered Lincoln SUV. Ford’s luxury division would seem to have several more EV projects in the works beyond that one as well.

FCA Recalling Close to 700,000 SUVs Around the World

The FCA Group is recalling nearly 700,000 SUV models around the world – 35,000 of them in Canada - due to an electrical issue related to the fuel pump. Silicon deposits on the pump’s contact points could prevent the vehicle from starting or cause it to stall.

2020 Hyundai Venue First Drive: A new target audience

The all-new 2020 Hyundai Venue aims to please what is now the largest segment of vehicle buyers in Canada: millennials. Which means it’s tech-heavy and reasonably priced. Here are the results of our first drive of the subcompact crossover.

2020 Awards: Meet the Vehicle of the Year Finalists!

Here are the finalists for the best vehicles of the year in the 2020 edition of our annual Awards. We see a familiar pattern this year as the Japanese automakers dominate the car categories, the Germans the luxury segments and the U.S. Big Three the truck category.

Los Angeles 2019: The Bollinger B1 and B2, only in LA

Two all-electric monsters from Bollinger that look like they came straight from a Mecano set are turning heads at the Los Angeles Auto show this week. The Bollinger B1 and B2 make their statements boldly, which of course polarizes the reactions of those encountering them.

Los Angeles 2019: BMW and its Cavalcade of New Products

BMW brought a full arsenal of new products to the Los Angeles Auto Show, including a 2 Series, a big Gran Coupe, the X5 and X6 M and two Minis – including an all-electric one. Auto123 was on hand for all the presentations by an automaker that most emphatically did not skip this year’s event.

Los Angeles 2019: An All-New Nissan Sentra for 2020

The new eighth-generation 2020 Nissan Sentra was unveiled today at the Los Angeles Auto Show. For the occasion we owe a small tip of the hat to the Japanese automaker has it re-confirms its commitment to continue producing cars.

Los Angeles 2019: Introducing the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime PHEV

Toyota has lit up the LA Auto Show’s media day with its presentation of the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime, the plug-in hybrid version of the popular SUV. Toyota is delivering more power and better range with this plug-in version, which promises to sell like hotcakes in Canada.

Los Angeles 2019: Volkswagen Rolls Out ID. Space Vizzion Concept

Volkswagen presented the ID. Space Vizzion Concept, the ninth all-electric prototype to see the light of day, on the eve of the LA Auto Show. The automaker says it combines “the aerodynamic design of a Gran Turismo with the spaciousness and versatility of an SUV”, but there’s no getting around its wagon-ness.

2019 Nissan Altima Review: Better Than Ever, But Is It Enough?

Well-equipped out of the box, the 2019 Nissan Altima has many qualities and its versatility as a daily driver makes it very competitive. The styling is there, the price point is right and Canadians will feel at ease driving this winter in a car with power going to all wheels.

Are cheaper Chinese-Made Winter Tires a Smart Choice?

Do low-priced winter tires from Chinese manufacturers represent a smart choice for Canadian motorists this cold season? Auto123 tries to answer the question of whether it’s a good idea or not to entrust your safety to these lesser-known quantities on the market.

2019 Audi Q8 review: A(nother) trendy SUV

The 2019 Audi Q8, a sportier version of the big Q7, becomes the newest flagship SUV for the German brand. And while it looks ready to tackle a high-speed run on the Autobahn, its mission in real Canadian life is mostly to offer a quiet and comfortable ride in a sophisticated environment.

Nissan Recalling 394,000 Vehicles

Nissan is issuing a recall of around 394,000 vehicles that may have an issue with their ABS brake system, which could lead to a fire. The models impacted are the Maxima, Pathfinder and Murano.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Breaks Cover

Auto123 as on hand to partake of the world premiere of the long-awaited 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E in Los Angeles. The all-electric crossover is based on the automaker’s Mustang muscle car. The range of the EV will vary between 338 and 438 km, depending on the version and configuration chosen.

Photos, Details of the Ford Mach-E Leak Ahead of Reveal

Photos and some details of Ford’s new Mustang-inspired Mach-E electric SUV have leaked online ahead of the model’s reveal next Sunday. Some of the most interesting revelations have to do with the diversity of the product offering that awaits consumers.

2020 BMW X3 M Review: The Bavarian Chameleon

The 2020 BMW X3 M has more points in common with an M3 sedan than the X3 SUV it’s based on. It’s also some sort of Bavarian chameleon, an M-powered rocket with a touch of business class.

Tesla Will Build a Fourth Gigafactory, This Time in Germany

Tesla has announced plans to build a fourth Gigafactory and confirmed its location: Berlin, Germany. The factory will produce vehicles for the European market, of course, and it will start with assembly of the company’s Model Y and eventually, Model 3.

The Chevrolet Menlo EV Makes its Debut in China

Chevrolet has finally introduced its first electric vehicle destined for the Chinese market. Unfortunately, the Chevrolet Menlo SUV will not be sold in our corner of the globe – though the automaker is currently working on another electric-powered vehicle for North America.

BMW Said to Be Working on an X8 SUV… Including a Hybrid

German automaker BMW is currently working on an X8 SUV, according to the BMWBlog website. While the company has not confirmed even the existence of the model-to-be, the publication is even speculating that a hybrid version, the X8 M45e, is in the cards.

GM Wants Chevrolet Suburban to be Official Vehicle of Texas

A new petition launched on by General Motors is asking people to vote for the Chevy Suburban to be named the official vehicle of Texas. The odd quest happens to conveniently draw attention to a model whose next generation is due next month.

A Lexus ES Hybrid with AWD in the Works

According to a report by Japanese website Lexus Enthusiast, an all-wheel-drive hybrid version of the Lexus ES sedan is in development at the luxury automaker. The company has declined to confirm the report, but the move seems like a no-brainer.

PSA-FCA Merger: All Brands on Deck

It’s all brands on deck for the new PSA-FCA group. According to PSA boss Carlos Tavares, no brands will be jettisoned as a result of the merger between the French conglomerate and Fiat Chrysler. For him, each one has its strengths and serves a specific market.

VW’s ID. Space Vizzion Concept Will Debut in Los Angeles

Volkswagen will present a new ID-badged electric concept at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show. The ID. Space Vizzion wagon (VW calls it an evolved crossover) will make its way into production at some point in 2021, and it will be sold in our market.

An Aluminum Body for the Ford Bronco?

The latest solid-can’t-miss rumour regarding the new Ford Bronco has the SUV getting an aluminum body. We’ll know for certain in short order as the official debut of the model is ast approaching.

2019 Volkswagen Golf Review: Once More, With Feeling

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf is a model at the intersection of mature and aging, which means it delivers a fine-tuned driving and ownership experience even as we look forward to a more-modern, more-efficient eighth-generation. We take a last crack at the Golf mk7, the seventh edition of this legendary small car.

Infiniti Teases First Image of its Future QX55

Infiniti has teased a first image of the QX55 it intends to introduce next year. The model gets a sleek coupe-style design, not unrelated to that of its ancestor the FX, but also in line with the current trends among models in the category it will compete in.

The Nissan Armada/Patrol Will Be Renewed

Nissan design boss Alfonso Albaisa confirmed that on the design team’s to-do list is a renewed Armada. The SUV known in other markets as the Patrol has remained largely unchanged since 2010.

Infiniti Blows Out 30 Candles

Infiniti celebrates 30 years in North America and previews its future projects and technologies at special event in the New Mexico desert. We get introduced to electric vehicles that run on gas engines, a versatile platform for its future models and a new SUV, the QX55.

Things You Should Know Before Buying a Hybrid

A good hybrid is the perfect mix of economic and environmental benefits, combined with a great driving experience. All you have to do is find the one that’s right for you. Here’s what to keep in mind before you buy.

2021 Ford Bronco: Logo and Launch Date Revealed

Ford has been following the tried and tested method of letting little drips of details drop as the debut of its new Ford Bronco approaches. Now the company has revealed the model’s badging (surprise, it’s a Bronco) as well as when it will take the SUV to market (spring 2020).

General Motors Recalling 638,000 Pickups and SUVs

General Motors has announced a large-scale recall of some 638,000 Chevrolet and GMC pickup trucks and SUVs. On certain models one of the rear wheels could brake without warning, potentially leading to a loss of control and an accident.

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