Automotive News - January 2020

Tesla’s Model Y Arriving Sooner than Planned?

Reports are surfacing that the new Model Y from Tesla will make its market debut in the spring, months ahead of the planned autumn launch. It’s now possible to place pre-orders for the Performance and Long Range versions on the company’s website.

Lincoln MKZ Going Away After 2020

Lincoln has confirmed what was already widely suspected: It will cease production of the MKZ sedan this summer. The car will be available for the 2020 model-year, but no more beyond that, and at least for now there’s no replacement in sight.

GMC's Electric Hummer Shows a Little Skin

The electric Hummer has been confirmed by GM and an ad showing us a little more of it will be aired during the next Super Bowl. What's attracting attention at the moment is the announced 11,500 lb-ft of torque, a staggering figure.

GM Issues Second Recall Related to Same Braking Issue

General Motors is being forced to issue a second recall related to the same braking issue on thousands of pickup trucks. The repairs carried out as part of the first recall apparently led to a new problem that now needs fixing.

The Frankfurt Auto Show is Moving Elsewhere

Germany’s auto show, known as the IAA (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung) will no longer be held in Frankfurt, it has just been announced. The cities of Berlin, Munich and Hamburg are vying to take over as hosts for the biennial event.

Subaru Outback 2020 Review: Changes More Felt Than Seen

Test driving the 2020 Subaru Outback 2020 for a week proved a very positive experience. It's a fun-to-drive, fuel-efficient vehicle that's even more spacious than before, plus it offers a level of comfort worthy of a luxury car. Here’s our review.

Feet on the dashboard? Think Twice!

An image shared by police vividly demonstrates the dangers of front-seat passengers keeping their feet on the dashboard of a moving vehicle. The x-ray shows the injuries suffered by a woman sitting in this position who was involved in an accident.

2020 Mini Cooper SE First Drive: All-Electric Comes to Mini

The 2020 Mini Cooper SE is a car that was destined to be. This model is after all a trendy car with a youngish buyer base and more and more, that base is looking to EVs. This was always the next frontier for the Mini, and it’s crossed that threshold in good form. Here’s our first-drive review.

2020 Mitsubishi RVR Review: For the Freethinker in You

The 2020 Mitsubishi RVR subcompact SUV, which gets a welcome facelift while we await a full overhaul. More rugged than most in its class, the RVR kind-of, sort-of follows the traditional recipe employed by Subaru, which is to keep it simple inside and capable outside.

Genesis Considering Adding a Bigger SUV, To Be Called the GV90

Genesis is considering developing a new, larger SUV to add to its lineup, to be called the GV90, according to a report by Motor Trend. The big question for the automaker is whether they’re prepared to dive into the same segment as the likes of the BMW X7 and Mercedes-Benz GLS.

Kia to Help the Homeless at Super Bowl LIV

Kia will turn the spotlight on the plight of the homeless during the upcoming Super Bowl. For each yard gained by the two teams during the game, the Korean automaker will donate $1,000 to three charities that provide aid to people in need.

GM Touts Breakthrough in Trailer Towing and Braking

General Motors has announced it has made a big breakthrough that will significantly improve braking performance for trucks pulling trailers. The company’s eBoost Trailer Brake system can reduce braking distance from 100 km/h by 40 feet with a 9,000-lb weight in tow.

The Automotive Museums of Italy: The Ferrari Museums

Auto123 went to Italy to visit three of the finest museums dedicated to the glories of Italian car designs and performance. Today, in the second of three installments, we look at the two museums dedicated to the famed Ferrari brand.

Subaru to Produce Only Electric Vehicles By 2035

Subaru has provided details of its electrification plan. The Japanese automaker wants 40% of its sales to consist of electric or hybrid vehicles by 2030, and it will produce only electric vehicles by the mid-2030s.

Infiniti QX55 Production Delayed by 5 months

Infiniti has announced that production of the new QX55 SUV will be delayed by five months. The factory tasked with building the coupe-like utility model is in need of some adjustments before production can get underway.

Volvo Focuses on Safety at Super Bowl LIV

Volvo could gift lucky winners the equivalent of a million dollars worth of cars during the Super Bowl LIV. The giveaway will happen if either the Chiefs of the 49ers score a safety touchdown.

2020 Ford Super Duty First Drive: Surpassing Oneself

Auto123 traveled to Arizona to test drive Ford's next generation of Super Duty pickup trucks. On the menu for the 2020 Ford Super Duty is a new engine, a new transmission, as well as lots of exercises for those who like to work hard.

AJAC Announces 2020 Best Vehicle Category Winners in Montreal

Last week the Automobile Journalists’ Association of Canada (AJAC) announced its Best Vehicles category winners for 2020 at the Montreal Auto Show. The overall winners in the Car and SUV/Truck general categories will be announced at the Toronto auto show next month.

GMC Terrain to Get the AT4 Treatment for 2021

GMC has announced it will produce an AT4 edition of the Terrain SUV for the 2021 model-year. This means that all of the brand’s models can now be had with that off-road-focused configuration – although with the Terrain, the changes will be largely esthetic.

Toyota Is Recalling 55,000 Vehicles in Canada

Toyota Canada is recalling close to 55,000 Toyota and Lexus vehicles here over a fuel-pump issue. The pump could stop working abruptly and potentially have grave consequences for the vehicle’s driver and passengers.

A New Name for the Next-Generation Toyota 86

The next-generation Toyota 86 will likely be getting a new name. In addition to giving it more power from under the hood, the automaker is going to rename the sports car the GR86 – in part to solidify the link with the Toyota’s Gazoo Racing division in the minds of consumers.

Canadian Pricing, Details for 2020 Kicks

Nissan Canada has announced pricing and details for the 2020 Kicks. Prices are up by between $600 and $1,000, but among the new standard equipment are additional safety features.

What should you do if you see someone driving dangerously?

Driving comes with a fair amount of unpredictability. Anyone can cross paths with a dangerous driver. Has this happened to you and you didn’t know what to do? As always, we’re there to help you better understand this behaviour and know how to respond.

Oscars: Ford v Ferrari Nominated for Best Picture

Ford v Ferrari has been nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. It’s also in the running for three other awards, including two in sound categories. We’ll find out if it takes the checkered flag on February 9th.

2021 Kia Seltos Makes Canadian Debut, Pricing Announced

Just ahead of the Montreal Auto Show where it will be proudly on display at the Kia stand, the automaker has given the 2021 Kia Seltos its official Canadian premiere in Montreal. The all-new SUV (bigger than the Soul, smaller than the Sportage) gets a starting price in Canada of just under $23,000.

Revisiting the 1960 Pontiac Laurentian: All-Canadian, Ey?

60 years ago, Pontiac was about to introduce its 1960 model lineup to the public. Among them was the Laurentian variant, a car that may not have marked automotive history, but it did the author’s personal story. This model was, in fact, his first classic car, acquired one day in June 1999.

Comparison: 2020 Hyundai Palisade vs 2020 Kia Telluride

How to choose between the 2020 Hyundai Palisade and the 2020 Kia Telluride ? Auto123 compares two very close cousins and tries to find daylight between them. Both Hyundai and Kia have shook up the segment and the competition by offering a lot of SUV for the price.

New Replacement Parts For Your Old Toyota Supra

Toyota has announced which new replacement parts it will produce for old Toyota Supra models. For now the list of components is a short one, but it’s an important step for the carmaker and great news for collectors of older cars.

Mazda MX-5 to Get Electronic Regenerative Braking

Mazda has announced it is adding a regenerative braking system to its MX-5 – though not as part of a hybrid powertrain. For the moment it will be included in European versions of the model only; time will tell if we get it here in North America as well.

Fuel Consumption Figures for Kia Seltos Announced

Official U.S. fuel consumption figures have been divulged for the upcoming 2021 Kia Seltos. We won’t call them miraculous, but we won’t say they’re terrible either. The SUV debuts later this year as a 2021 model.

CES 2020: Compostable Organic Batteries for Future Electric Vehicles

Auto123 got an exhilarating crash course in EV battery technology and future systems when we spoke with Andreas Hintennach, Daimler Senior Manager in charge of EV battery systems at CES 2020 in Las Vegas. From lithium-ion to magnesium to solid-state to… organic, compostable batteries…

Return of the Toyota Venza?

Reports indicate that Toyota is planning to bring back the Venza to the market two years after pulling it from the lineup. The new version would be a five-seat crossover and work with a hybrid powertrain, according to an anonymous source.

New Recall Over Takata Airbags Affects 10 Million Vehicles

A new recall in connection with defective Takata airbags has been issued affecting 10 million vehicles. This time the recall will involve replacing defective units that had been installed in temporary replacement of the original airbags found to be defective.

2020 Nissan Murano Review: The non-SUV SUV

The 2020 Nissan Murano is tailor-made for those who prioritize qualities you don’t normally associate with mid-size SUVs. Here’s our review of the model after driving it extensively on our recent trip on Route 66.

Surviving Winter in your Car: Here's What You Need to Do

If you find yourself stuck in your vehicle for a few hours this winter, do you have what you need to handle this situation as comfortably as possible? Here are a few tips to add to your emergency-situation list, if it’s not already complete.

FCA Ontario Plant to be Idled One Week this Month

The FCA Group’s plant in Windsor, Ontario will stop production for one week starting January 20. The factory produces the Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans, both of which have seen sales drop in 2019.

CES 2020: Sony Presents… a Concept Car

Sony caused a surprise at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas by rolling out a… concept car. Although, in effect the prototype serves mainly if not exclusively to highlight the ways cutting-edge technologies can be used in vehicles of the future.

Patent Shows Ford Preparing 4-Wheel Steering for F-Series

A patent document indicates that Ford is working on a four-wheel steering for its F-Series trucks. The technology itself is not new, but it has never really been applied successfully in pickup trucks, and no vehicles of that type currently include it.

Top 10 Pickups to Watch Out For in 2020

Auto123 takes a look at the pickup truck domain to see what’s coming in 2020. Our crystal ball shows highly anticipated revisions of popular models, and maybe, just maybe, a Rivian all-electric truck. Here’s our Top 10 of the most notable pickups coming down the pike in 2020.

A Record Production Year for Tesla in 2019

Tesla set a new company record for vehicle production in 2019. While the company narrowly missed its target of building 400,000 units this past year, the final quarter total of 112,000 units delivered – another record - is an encouraging sign for the coming year.

2020 Kia Sportage Review: Welcome Updates for the SUV

In more ways than one, the 2020 Kia Sportage is a mature model. It’s aging, but he design is bolder and more confident than previous, and the numerous technological upgrades give Kia’s compact SUV many advantages over rivals in the segment. Here’s our review.

Tucson, Santa Fe and Sorento to Get Electrified Versions in 2020

Hyundai and Kia intend to introduce three new electric-powered versions of existing SUVs by the end of 2020. The Hyundai Santa Fe’s current generation will thus get an electrified version, while the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Tucson’s next generations coming this year will come in electrified variants.

2019 a Record Year for Mitsubishi Canada

Mitsubishi Canada has announced it racked up a record number of sales for the 2019 year just ended… by a whisker. The company sold a total of 25,353 units, or 298 more than in 2018.

A Ford Ranger Raptor with V8 engine? Yes, But Not Here

Ford’s Australian division is working to make it possible to fit a 5.0L V8 engine into the Raptor version of the Ranger pickup. Fans here can only wish such a version would make it to our market, as Ford doesn’t even offer a Raptor version at all in North America… at least for now.

2019 Lexus UX250h Review: A good thing in a small package

The 2019 Lexus UX250h is a nifty little hybrid-powered SUV that delivers on what it promises, with some very rare exceptions. Count on solid fuel economy, a premium interior and positive driving dynamics – but there’s no getting around the fact this crossover is…small.

2019 BMW i3 REx 2019 Review : Victim of the Badge

We got behind the wheel of the 2019 BMW i3 Extended Range to take the measure of the evolution of the model since its beginnings. While the improvement is undeniable, the value it offers to consumers is some ways from ideal. Here’s our review of BMW’s little EV.

Genesis Unveils First Images of New GV80 SUV

Genesis has provided the first images of its upcoming SUV model – the first ever from the young luxury brand. The 2020 GV80 will debut shortly in South Korea, and in North America over the course of the year.

Turns Out Mazda MX-5 Buyers Like Their Gearbox Manual

The manual gearbox is no longer a popular choice for consumers, the numbers say – but don’t go tell that to buyers of the Mazda MX-5. Between July 2018 and April 2019, 76% of sales of the model’s soft-top version were of the three-pedal model.

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