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Automotive News - December 2019

2019 Mazda CX-5 SkyActiv-D Review: The Return of Diesel?

The Mazda CX-5 SkyActiv-D (2.2D) 2019 is the diesel-powered version of the SUV long promised by the Japanese manufacturer. Diesel enthusiasts will be thrilled as the choice available to consumers in this field has almost disappeared in Canada. But they'll have to be willing to pay the higher price of the Signature version to get it.

Chrysler Pacifica Could Get AWD for 2021

The Chrysler Pacifica will get a major update for the 2021 model-year, and one of the changes could be a big one for the model and for consumers: a four-wheel-drive system that is powered by electricity.

2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature Review: More Muscle and Dressed in a Tux

The 2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature has undeniable qualities and it’s not outrageous to speak of it in the same breath as the base-model compact SUVs on offer from BMW, Audi and other luxury brands. If you’re OK with not having one of those names affixed to the rear hatch of your utility model, the Signature edition is a very interesting option.

Next Kia Sorento to get electrified versions

Kia has confirmed that the next-generation Sorento SUV will be available in hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions. However, as is often the case, we don’t yet know which versions will be earmarked for the North American market.

An Electric Mercedes-AMG GT Coming in 2020?

Judging from a new promo clip, in 2020 we might well see the debut of an electrified version of the Mercedes-AMG GT performance car. An all-electric version is also said to be in the works.

Rivian’s R1T to Get Tank Turn Feature

Rivian confirmed this week that the new all-electric R1T pickup truck currently in testing will get a tank turn feature, which will allow drivers to turn the truck fully around while remaining in place – in off-road situations. Don’t try this at your nearest intersection…

When Is It a Good Time To Refinance Your Car Loan?

If keeping more money in your pocket is on your agenda for the new year, you may want to consider refinancing your current car loan for one that comes with a lower interest rate. Let's take a look at auto loan refinancing to see if it's the right fit for you.

Volkswagen Arteon 2019 Review: Mission Possible?

The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon, a quality sedan that hit the market this year as buyers continue to drift away from the format. Is this Volkswagen product going to be a victim of terrible timing, or a bucker of trends? We review the latest new VW four-door.

Comparison: 2019 Genesis G80 vs 2019 Lexus ES

How to choose between the 2019 Genesis G80 and the 2019 Lexus ES? Auto123 compares two non-German contenders taking on the giants of the luxury sedan segment by focusing mostly on space, ride comfort and competitive pricing.

Meet Another Future All-Electric Pickup, the Endurance

Startup Lordstown Motors has produced images and details of the Endurance, an all-electric pickup truck it is developing. Parent company Workhorse Group firm recently entered into an agreement to lease the inactive GM plant in Lordstown, Ohio.

2019 Jeep Renegade Review: Missed Opportunities

Auto123 reviews the 2019 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, the latest iteration of an unloved child of the auto industry, especially in its segment. Highly anticipated ahead of its 2015 debut, the model never won over consumers and its future is cloudy at best.

2019 Nissan Qashqai Review: Reason Over Passion

The 2019 Nissan Qashqai is a crossover SUV sitting halfway between the subcompact and compact categories, which offers little that is spectacular but a lot of versatility - a very winning quality for consumers. So while it offers minimal actual driving pleasure, the Qashqai’s jack-of-all-trades practicality has made it a favourite of Canadian consumers.

A Towing Capacity of 3,307 lb For the Polestar 2

Polestar has announced the towing capacity of its Polestar 2 all-electric sedan: 1,500 kg (3,307 lb), or about that of many SUV models. No word on what towing that weight will do to the vehicle’s battery range…

2020 Mustang Shelby GT350, GT350R get Heritage Edition

Ford has announced the addition a Heritage Edition package for the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT350R 2020. As its name suggests, the package is designed to pay tribute to the model’s past, particularly by evoking the 1965 GTG350.

Subaru Recalling 75,965 Imprezas in Canada

Subaru Canada recalling just under 76,000 Impreza models in Canada for two specific problems. Each of those could lead potentially to the car losing power. 671,225 units are also being recalled in the U.S.

1927 Chevrolet Found in Shipwreck at Bottom of Lake Huron

Shipwreck hunters exploring a recently discovered ship sitting at the bottom of Lake Huron found an unusual item inside: a 1927 Chevrolet. The Chevy coupe has been inside the Manasoo for over 90 years, since the ferry sank in the cold waters of the lake in 1928.

2019 Honda Accord Review: When is Being a Standard-Setter Not Enough?

The 2019 Honda Accord Touring is the very definition of a sure value, but it goes further by offering a positive driving experience for a mid-size sedan at a good price, in addition to a quality interior environment. But is this enough at the dawn of 2020, when SUVs continue to run roughshod on the market?

BMW: Buyers of Our Vehicles Love Those Big New Grilles

Critics have been largely piling on about BMW’s big new grilles featured on several of its latest new models. But company executive Peter Henrich says its clientele loves them, and suggests that the critics are often those who are allergic to change.

FCA-PSA Merger Is Made Official After Binding Deal Signed

There is finally a binding agreement in place between the parties to the PSA-FCA merger. Many details remain to be ironed out over the next few months, but the automotive landscape has now been significantly been altered by the arrival of a very big new player.

AJAC Announces Vehicle of the Year Finalists for 2020

The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) has announced the finalists for its vehicles of the year awards for 2020. The category winners will be revealed at the Montreal auto show in January, with the big winners announced in Toronto in February.

Meet the 375-hp 2020 Porsche Macan GTS

Porsche has announced details for the 2020 Porsche Macan GTS version. While the styling has the same distinct signature as the regular edition of the SUV, there’s more power on offer from this version.

2020 Toyota Highlander First Drive: Modern Times

The fourth-generation 2020 Toyota Highlander is a thoroughly modernized version of the popular mid-size crossover. While it doesn’t realistically expect the revamped model to hit the sales heights of the RAV4, it has high hopes nonetheless. In Canada, eyes are peeled particularly on the hybrid model…

A New FX4 Package for the 2020 Ford Expedition

Ford has announced it is producing a FX4 package for the 2020 Ford Expedition, designed to make the SUV more off-road-capable. Equipment includes specially configured shocks, a limited-slip rear differential and extreme-off-roading tires.

IIHS to Toughen Criteria for Top Safety Picks Tests in 2020

The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) plans to introduce tougher standards when evaluating vehicles to determine if they merit the Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ designation. Headlight performance in particular will be a point of focus.

A New Logo Coming for Kia?

Kia might follow Volkswagen’s lead and adopt a new logo for its brand. The graphic design under consideration has already been seen on the company’s Imagine concept unveiled last spring at the Geneva auto show.

Jeep Aims to Be World’s Greenest SUV Brand

Jeep intends to become the greenest SUV brand in the world in the next few years. If it comes to pass, this would be a major shift for the company, which plans to introduce four all-electric models by 2022.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette: The Technical Side of the Stingray

Despite quibbles from some corners, the mechanical configuration of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette, its traditional but effective engine, its impressive comportment on the road and the surprisingly livable and comfortable interior make of it a car for the ages. We take a look under the shell to examine what makes the car go.

2020 Mazda CX-30 First Drive: The Perfect Half-Size?

The all-new 2020 Mazda CX-30 is set to occupy the middle ground in Mazda’s SUV lineup between the mouse-like CX-3 and the CX-5 SUV. We left the snow behind for sunny southern California for a first test drive of what should be a new rival to the Nissan Qashqai and Subaru Crosstrek.

BMW to Equip its Vehicles With Android Auto as of 2020

BMW has announced that its vehicles would finally be compatible with the Android Auto app starting next year. It will appear as of next summer in the company’s new 2020 models equipped with version 7.0 of the company’s multimedia system.

Volkswagen Shows Refreshed 2021 Atlas SUV

It hasn’t been around for very long, but Volkswagen is already giving its Atlas a refresh for the 2021 model-year. The SUV will get updates to its styling and equipment to line up more closely with the Cross Sport version that’s set to debut in March 2020.

Cadillac CT6 and CT6-V: Production to End Next Month

Though the Cadillac CT6 and CT6-V got a reprieve earlier this year, it appears that production of the models will definitively come to an end in January 2020, according to a new report. There’s irony in the fact that the best model Cadillac ever produced will have had such a short life span.

The next Nissan Qashqai Could Include Hybrid Technologies

Details regarding the next generation of the Qashqai are starting to circulate online, and the most notable has Nissan looking at two different hybrid-system solution. One of those has to do with the ePower technology that regularly comes up in discussions for the North American market.

GM Might Offer More Single-Cab Pickups

GM is currently looking at the possibility of introducing more single-cab and short-bed versions of its pickup trucks for the North American market. But an unintended consequence of the U.S. government’s Corporate Average Fuel Economy regulations might still make that difficult.

2019 Audi Review: Surprising All Down the Line

The elegant, understated 2019 Audi A7 is just as practical as an SUV 90% of the time, and it’s far more enjoyable to drive. Another chapter is thus added to my futile quest to understand the widespread appeal of utility models for so many.

NHTSA Looking into FCA’s Handling of Ram 2500/3500 Recall

The National Highway Safety Administration in the United States is looking into FCA’s handling of a January recall addressing a steering issue in the Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks. The agency wants to determine if more variants of those models should have been included, and whether the fix was correct.

Driving 101: We Get Behind the Wheel of a 1912 Ford Model T!

A stunning 15 million units of the Ford Model T were sold between 1908 and 1927, making it the first real mass-market vehicle in history. It was affordable, and it could be mass-produced thanks to the assembly line system developed by Henry Ford. Auto123 takes a spin in a 1912 Ford Model T!

The History of Route 66, the Mother Road of America

Route 66 is the best argument in favour of the notion that a meaningful trip is not about the destination, but the road we travel to get there. As we drive the route this week along with Nissan, we take a look at the history of the fabled road that connects east and west in the US of A.

Say Goodbye: Buick Regal Latest Sedan to Get the Axe

Buick has confirmed that it is eliminating the Regal sedan as of 2021, meaning that as of then the American carmaker becomes a purely crossover-SUV brand. The bigger Lacrosse was given the axe earlier this year. It’s not a good time to be a four-door car in North America.

2020 Hyundai Sonata First Drive: Beauty Defined Differently

The eighth-generation 2020 Hyundai Sonata sedan is a thoroughly modern affair, and like the company that builds it has certainly come a long way in not that many years. We test-drove it virtually in the backyard of the plant that builds the model for the North American market.

Comparison: 2019 Audi Q5 vs 2019 BMW X3

How to choose between the 2019 Audi Q5 and the 2019 BMW X3? Auto123.com places in the ring two dominant players in the luxury compact SUV segment. Let’s see what happens.

Daimler Cutting 10,000 Jobs Latest in a Growing Trend

Daimler has announced a round of job cuts affecting 10,000 positions around the world. The company explained the move by saying it was necessitated by the need to reduce costs; the automaker will free up funds to invest in electrification and the development of new technologies.

Nissan Introduces an Improved Qashqai for 2020

Nissan Canada has announced details of the changes being brought to its Qashqai SUV for the 2020 model-year. The model gets slight price increases across the trim range, but the notable change is the increased level of safety equipment included from the base model up.

Already 100,000 Volkswagen e-Golfs Sold

Last week Volkswagen marked delivery of the 100,000th VW e-Golf all-electric model globally. Launched in 2014, the model has had a successful career particularly on the European market, where 200 km of range is considered sufficient for many drivers.

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