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Joint Lincoln-Rivian Electric SUV Project Iced

Lincoln has announced that the electric vehicle project it was working on with partner Rivian has been abandoned. The cause, in case you hadn’t guessed, is the total disruption caused by the coronavirus.

Hyundai Gives a Taste of its 2021 Elantra N Line Sedan

Hyundai gives a preview of the upcoming N Line version of its refreshed 2021 Elantra. The spiffed-up edition of the sedan should show up at dealerships before the end of this year, along with the regular version of the model that's being redesigned for next year.

2020 Toyota 4Runner Review: Old School

The 2020 Toyota 4Runner is a resolutely old-school truck that happens to be indestructible and is like a fish in water when venturing onto rougher terrain. Here’s our review of the 1990-er-2020 edition of this cult classic.

2020 Mercedes-Benz E 450 Review: Making a Case

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz E 450, a sedate-looking but very able premium car that makes a great case for itself as a mid-size sedan in an age of luxury utility models. For those who resist the siren call of the SUV…

The Lexus GS Gone After 2020

Faced with persistently disappointing sales results, Lexus is throwing in the towel and will discontinue production of its GS sedan. To mark the end of the model’s journey, a special limited edition will be offered this year, called the Black Line.

Porche Working on a Simpler, Lower-Priced Taycan

Porsche is working on a lower-priced version of its all-electric Taycan, according to a Car and Driver report. The “simpler” Taycan would give drivers less brute power and shorter range, as well as rear-wheel drive instead of all-wheel.

2020 BMW M550i Review: An M5-Lite That Isn’t, Really

The 2020 BMW M550i sedan, a worthy – and much more affordable – alternative to the quite mad M5. Not that this “saner” super sedan doesn’t contain within its own bit of madness, it’s just better suited to daily driving. Here’s our review.

Top 10 All-Electric Vehicles in Canada in 2020

The coronavirus didn't stop Earth Day from happening. Auto123.com presents our annual list of the best electric vehicles available in Canada in 2020, including only those models eligible for the $5,000 EV rebate offered by the federal government.

Only One Engine for the next Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon?

When the next-generation Chevrolet Colorado / GMC Canyon duo come along, there will be some big changes under the hood. This is according to a new report by Muscle Cars and Trucks magazine, which claims that the three current engines will be sacrificed in favor of a single new one.

Comparison: 2020 Cadillac XT6 vs 2020 Lincoln Aviator

How to choose between the 2020 Cadillac XT6 and the 2020 Lincoln Aviator? These two big American luxury products have undeniable qualities… and one has undeniable weaknesses. We compare the two large SUVs as they try to pry away customers from the German big guns.

An Update for the Volkswagen Tiguan in 2022

Volkswagen is preparing an update of its most popular model across the planet, the Tiguan. The European version of the SUV should be presented before the end of the summer, but we’ll have to wait until 2021 to see a refreshed Tiguan arrive at North American dealerships.

A 257-hp Toyota GR Corolla ? Bring It On!

Performance enthusiasts were disappointed when Toyota confirmed its GR Yaris wouldn't make the jump to North America. They’ll be happier at hearing reports that a GR variant of the Corolla is in the works. According to Car and Driver, it could be ready by 2022.

An X8 SUV On the Way from BMW?

BMW recently registered the X8 M name with German trademark authorities. This move, on the surface quite routine, does add weight to persistent speculation that a coupe-style adjunct to the X7 SUV is in the works.

Ford’s New Bronco Will Premiere Before Summer Hits

So far, the coronavirus pandemic has not dissuaded Ford from planning a premiere of its new Bronco SUV before the onset of summer. That plan is contingent, however, on Ford being able to start reopening its assembly plants as currently scheduled.

A 1948 Tucker Convertible Is Available on eBay

A Tucker 48 convertible is currently for sale on the popular eBay auction site. Controversy has followed this car for years, namely because no Tucker convertibles were factory-produced at the time. Here’s the story of a one-of-a-kind classic car.

First Ford plant could restart on May 4

According to a union representative, Ford is looking to reopen a first assembly plant on May 4. The lucky winner could be the company’s facility in Kentucky where pickup trucks are manufactured.

AWD and 275 HP for the Hyundai Kona N

Rumours about the mechanics of the N version of the Hyundai Kona are looking pretty confirmed. The sportier variant of the small SUV will run on a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine delivering 275 hp, but more importantly it will have a four-wheel-drive configuration.

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Review: Last Lap

The 2020 edition of the Chevrolet Tahoe SUV represents the final hurrah for the current generation before the new and improved pachyderm arrives for 2021. Here’s our review of a model you might be able to finagle a great deal on in the coming few months.

The Lexus RX as Magic Carpet: A Travelogue

Current stay-at-home orders say nothing about leaving your imagination in confinement. Discover the quirks and charms of Costa Rica as our intrepid journalist recounts his recent two-week road trip through the country in a 2020 Lexus RX 450h.

More power for the 2021 Kia Stinger

The Kia Stinger 2021 will benefit from more power, according to Car Sales website. Adjustments made to the twin-turbo V6 engine configuration will translate into a boost in horsepower.

Large-Scale Production of Ventilators Underway at General Motors

General Motors has begun large-scale production of ventilators destined for health-care facilities in the fight against COVID-19. The American auto giant will deliver the first units later this month, and expects to have the requested 30,000 units made by the end of August.

A Turbocharged V6 for the Next Acura TLX

The next generation of the Acura TLX will benefit from a new V6 turbo engine, according to Car and Driver magazine. The new unit will serve a high-performance variant within the lineup.

2020 Cadillac XT6 Review: Big Filler

The new 2020 Cadillac XT6 2020 is a model whose arrival was written in the stars. The world needs more luxury SUVs, consumers say! The big XT6 also happens to fill an obvious gap in the luxury manufacturer's lineup.

A Range of Just 15 Km for the 2021 Ford F-150 Plug-In Hybrid?

Ford’s upcoming F-150 plug-in hybrid has a range of only 15 km, according to a report by Car and Driver. If so, that would prove to be a big disappointment to potential buyers who have been waiting for a more fuel-economical version of the world’s most popular pickup.

The Toyota RAV4 Reaches 10 Million Sales MArk

This past February, the Toyota RAV4 reached an important milestone in its history with the sale of the ten millionth unit. At the rate things are going, it should join the Ford Model T and its sales of some 15 million in 5 or 6 years.

Carmakers Plan Gradual Reopening of Auto Plants

Slowly but surely, automotive factories are preparing to reopen around the world. To do so, important safety measures will have to be taken to ensure everyone's health. Here's what's going on behind the scenes right now in the industry.

Upgrades for the 2021 Lexus LC 500

The superb 2021 Lexus LC 500 benefits from improvements for the year to come. In addition to colour changes and cosmetic touch-ups, adjustments to the suspension and transmissions promise to improve the driving experience.

Nissan Requests $4.6 Billion Credit Line

Nissan has requested a line of credit of $4.6 billion USD as it struggles to deal with the economic devastation caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The automaker, already in the grips of weakened finances before the onset of the pandemic, is in deeper trouble than some others.

FCA Recalling 365,000 Vehicles over Backup Camera Issue

FCA is issuing a recall of a recall of around 365,000 vehicles due to a problem with the models’ backup camera. On models with an 8.4-inch or 12-inch screen, the image of the rear camera view can remain frozen even once the gear shifter is placed out of reverse.

This Old Ford Wagon Sold Recently for $45,000 USD

A 1978 Ford Country Squire in impeccable condition recently sold for a pretty penny on the Bring a Trailer website. The 42-year-old wagon’s selling price of $45,000 was due in part to the low mileage showing on its odometer.

Canadian Grand Prix Officially Postponed

The Canadian Grand Prix has been officially postponed by its organizers, and no new potential date has been set. Ultimately, Formula One officials will determine whether an event will be held this year at all due to the coronavirus crisis.

Nissan still planning to launch its new Rogue in the fall

Despite the havoc being wreaked by the coronavirus, Nissan still intends to introduce the next generation of its popular Rogue SUV this coming autumn. The model is crucial to the brand, which more than ever needs fresh new products to rekindle its sales.

FCA Producing Ventilator Parts for Use in Italy

In Italy, the FCA group is now producing parts for ventilators for use in the fight against the coronavirus. In fact, the company is supporting a local manufacturer that has been asked to triple its normal production of the crucial ventilators.

Mazda Celebrates 100 Years with Limited Editions

Mazda is celebrating its 100th anniversary with the introduction of special editions of its eight models. The models are designed for the Japanese market, but it's not impossible that some of them will reach us.

2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid revealed in new images

After showing us the regular model two weeks ago, Hyundai unveiled images of the hybrid version. Aesthetically, it's identical to the gasoline-powered variant, except for a few logos and a slightly different instrumentation.

Is Toyota Working on a Corolla GR?

A trademark application made in Australia by Toyota suggests the possible arrival of a Corolla GR. Toyota has publicly promised a sporty version of each of its products, which adds weight to news of this application.

2020 Ford Explorer ST Review: Now That's Better!

The 2020 Ford Explorer ST is one of the most fun-to-drive contestants in the class of three-row SUVs, with plenty of power under the right foot, slightly more muscular braking and a firmer suspension than usual. Here’s our review.

The Next Nissan Rogue Possibly Revealed

Sketches of a Nissan product that have surfaced in Brazil may give us an idea of what the next Rogue will look like. The next generation is expected this year, but the coronavirus pandemic makes it's impossible to predict what Nissan will end up doing with its launch schedule.

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