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Importance of SEO and strong DA site links: Automobile Sales

SEO (search engine optimization) is a pillar of any car dealership’s marketing strategy. Moreover, studies conducted comparing the impact of inbound marketing versus outbound marketing show the latter as more effective, in all aspects (cost, efficiency and of course ROI).

Nissan Announces Four-Year Turnaround Plan

Nissan announced yesterday a major four-year recovery plan. While cuts are planned in several areas, the effects of these cuts are not expected to be felt too much in North America, at least on the supply side.

2020 Volvo S60 T8 Review: Why Settle?

The 2020 Volvo S60 T8 is the best performer in the model range, and as a PHEV it will save you money at the pump and make you feel better about yourself. But there’s a catch, and it involves the sticker price. Here’s our review.

Acura Lifts Veil Fully on New 2021 Acura TLX

Acura finally lifts the veil on the new generation TLX. The 2021 model is scheduled to hit dealerships in the spring of next year. Acura has put time and energy into this new generation, now it must wait to see what the public's reaction will be, in this era of SUVs.

Genesis Canada Announces Pricing for 2021 Genesis GV80

The Genesis GV80, the first SUV from Hyundai’s stand-alone luxury brand, will be priced starting at $64,500 in Canada. The company made the announcement today and detailed the four versions available to consumers north of the border. Pre-order books are open now.

Nissan Gives Video Preview of the Next Z

Nissan has previewed via a video the next-generation Z model. Our first look at the new Z reveals that respect for the past played a big part in the creation of the next chapter in the life of an iconic sport model.

More Details on the 2021 Acura TLX

Acura is unveiling its new TLX in drips, because well why not. The latest bit of news involves the next-gen sedan’s front suspension yesterday. The virtual presentation of the new TLX will take place tomorrow, Thursday, just before noon.

Afraid of Taking Public Transit? Kia Has an Idea

Given that people in many countries are hesitating to come back to public transit to get around in the era of the coronavirus, Kia is mulling a potential – and electric – solution. The Korean automaker is considering an electric microcar that could be as economical to use as the bus or subway.

2021 Geneva Motor Show Not a Sure Thing, Say Show Organizers

The 2020 Geneva Motor Show was the first major automotive event to be cancelled due to the coronavirus. Now next year's edition is in doubt. This time, it’s not Covid-19 casting doubt over the event, but rather a conflict between the organizers and the Canton of Geneva, as they negotiate a financial aid agreement.

2020 New York Auto Show Officially Cancelled

As expected, the organizers of the New York Auto Show, which had been postponed from April to August, are throwing in the towel for 2020. While the situation is improving in New York City, the convention centre where the event is being held is still outfitted as a temporary hospital.

Hertz Files for Bankruptcy Protection

Car rental giant Hertz is on the verge of bankruptcy due to the coronavirus crisis. In fact, due to its inability to make payments to its creditors, the company filed for bankruptcy protection last Friday.

An electric future for the Kia Stinger?

Kia has already announced it intention to introduce 11 new electric models between now and 2025. Might the Stinger be one of them? An interview by Top Gear with Kia's head of design, Karim Habib, suggests that’s a possibility for the brand’s performance sedan.

2020 Lexus RX 450h Review: The Thrifty Uncle

The 2020 Lexus RX 450h luxury utility vehicle is the perfect choice if you're looking for a reliable, comfortable, safe vehicle with enough room for five people and their luggage and you can afford a 60k vehicle.

20,000 Jobs at Risk at Nissan

The current situation at Nissan is such that 20,000 jobs would be threatened. The coronavirus has a lot to do with it, but the situation was already critical before the pandemic. The pandemic has only made things worse.

Dealerships Could Run Out of Pickup Trucks this Summer

The temporary halt in vehicle production in North America has led to some U.S. dealers running the risk of running short of inventories, specifically of pickup trucks. This is especially the case in regions where dealers have remained open during the crisis.

Hyundai Canada Offers Dealer Invoice Pricing to Frontline Workers

In a move to recognize the efforts of first responders and healthcare workers during the pandemic, Hyundai Canada is making frontline workers an exclusive offer. Eligible paramedics, firefighters, corrections officers, hospital staff and long-term care employees can acquire a Hyundai vehicle at dealer invoice pricing.

A V8 Engine for the Regular Version of the Lexus IS in 2021?

Rumour has it that a V8 engine will be offered with the regular version of the Lexus IS in 2021. The offer could be short-lived, however, as still other speculation is out there to the effect that Toyota/Lexus want to eliminate V8s from their lineups - at least, for vehicles under $90,000.

Traffic Congestion After Confinement: Better or Worse?

While traffic has gotten blessedly thin during the confinement period, what happens now as we inch our way back to some sort of normal? Indeed, with fear of using public transit while the virus still palpable, many people are likely to turn to their car to get around.

GM Pushes Back Model Refreshes for a Year

The ongoing coronavirus crisis has led GM to postpone the refresh of several of its models by a year. For some, like the Cadillac XT4, work that was supposed to be completed in 2022 is postponed and the refreshed edition won’t appear until 2023.

Toyota Unveils Reborn New 2021 Venza

Toyota has unveiled the 2021 Toyota Venza in an online presentation. The SUV thus returns to the Japanese brand’s lineup, and like with the Sienna minivan unveiled at the same time, all trims will be function with a hybrid system.

2020 Subaru Forester Review: a Short-List SUV

The 2020 Subaru Forester, mildly updated but basically still the same old trusty favourite as always, really should make it onto the shortlist of anyone in Canada shopping for a compact SUV - especially those immunized to the allure of a RAV4 or CR-V.

10,000 Pre-Orders Already for the Genesis GV80

Production of the model hasn’t even started, but Genesis has already raked in close to 10,000 pre-orders for its upcoming GV80. At this rate, the SUV will in very short order become the luxury brand’s best-selling model. Genesis has up to now produced only sedans.

Top 11 Sure Buys on the Automotive Market in 2020

Here's a Top 10 that's actually an 11 for those who are considering a new-vehicle purchase as the current confinement measures start to loosen. Auto123.com looks at all the main mass-market vehicle categories and comes up with the Top 11 sure buys for 2020.

Kia Working on Taycan-like 800-Volt Capacity for its EVs

Kia hopes in future to offer electric vehicles with as much recharging capacity as the Porsche Taycan. In fact, the company is working on developing a platform dedicated to electrified powertrains, which will facilitate the integration of more advanced technologies.

2020 BMW X7 M50i Review: Huge in Every Way

The 2020 BMW X7 M50i is a very big SUV with a very big price tag - but then what is a fair price other than that which consumers are willing to pay? The other question the model begs: Is a real performance SUV of this size even possible?

New Mercedes-Benz S-Class Revealed Unofficially

Images of what appears to be the next generation of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class have appeared on Instagram. The new version is expected to be released in 2021, with the last renewal dating to the 2014 model year.

Debut of the 4-Cylinder Toyota Supra Postponed

The debut of the 4-cylinder engine version of the Toyota Supra has been delayed, because of the coronavirus of course. The model was scheduled to be introduced in August, but Toyota has been forced to postpone the release until late autumn.

2020 Chevrolet Bolt Review : Small Revolution

The 2020 Chevrolet Bolt offers what every EV enthusiast is looking for: long range at a realistic price. But now we need to talk about the finish and comfort. Here’s our review of this small all-electric car.

Kia Canada to Cover First Six payments On Purchase of New Vehicle

Predictably, we’re starting to see the first of likely numerous seductive offers from automakers. To give you an idea, Kia's aggressive offer includes covering the first six payments for those buying a new vehicle. If you don’t need a new car, best to tune out the aggressive offers; but if you do…

An XC100 Electric SUV in Works at Volvo?

The next generation of the Volvo XC90 SUV may be accompanied by an all-new coupe-style SUV from the Swedish brand, the XC100 Recharge. This new EV would follow in the footsteps of the first all-electric model in the Recharge Series, a variant of the XC40.

Can you "Read" Your Vehicle’s Tires?

You may be more or less interested to know what all those numbers and letters that embellish your vehicle's tires mean. However, many of these numbers and letters are relevant to you as a motorist and consumer. Let's take a look at the jumble of data on the sidewalls of your tires.

New Tesla Roadster Debut to Be Delayed

In a recent interview, Elon Musk confirmed that the new Tesla Roadster promised back in 2017 will not go into production in 2020 as planned. The Tesla founder acknowledged that his company has more pressing projects to deal with, including the Model Y and the Cybertruck.

2020 BMW M4 Cabriolet Review: Greatness Awaits

The 2020 BMW M4 Cabriolet, an exceptional little drop-top that delivers a sublime driving experience. In contrast to the brand-new 3 Series, it’s built on the previous-generation platform and the tech is slightly older-school, but that matters little when you’re on your favourite stretch of winding road.

That time They Built a Cardboard Car to Access a Drive-Thru…

To access the drive-thru of a fast-food chain, a Belgian family got creative with the cardboard. To meet social distancing requirements - something automatically provided by the width of a car – and be able to queue in the drive-thru lane, why not a… cardboard car?

2020 Volvo XC90 T8 Review: Chilling in a Swedish Luxury Icon

In the 2020 Volvo XC90 T8 – and in all of the brand’s utility models frankly – the Swedish automaker delivers its own distinct vision of luxury. In its concept, the power that’s there is used in service of comfort, not performance, and the goal is a wellbeing-focused interior. Here’s our review.

General Motors to Reopen Plants on May 18

General Motors announced yesterday that it will restart its Canadian and U.S. plants on May 18. The reopening will be carried out in accordance with strict health and safety protocols, the company says.

Next Mitsubishi Outlander Could Get Nissan Engine

The next Mitsubishi Outlander will of course be offered once again in its popular plug-in hybrid format, but it might come with a Nissan engine. Going the other way would be Mitsubishi’s hybrid technology that could find a home in the Nissan Qashqai.

Nissan’s Turnaround Plan Includes a Focus on Three Markets

The turnaround plan that Nissan intends to unveil on May 28 will apparently see the struggling automaker focus on three markets particularly. The Japanese brand will continue to fight the good fight in North America, Japan and China, leaving Europe, for example, to Alliance partner Renault.

FCA Posts $1.8 billion USD Loss in 2020 Q1

The FCA Group has announced it lost $1.8 billion USD during the first quarter of 2020. The devastating figure is of course due directly to the effects of the current coronavirus epidemic that has ravaged the automotive industry worldwide.

FCA Files Trademark for Dakota Name

The FCA Group has filed a trademark request for the Dakota name. This doesn’t guarantee we’ll be seeing a Dakota truck appear anytime soon, but it does refuel the rumours that have been smoldering for months if not years.

2020 Mazda CX-30 Review: Between Two Chairs

The 2020 Mazda CX-30 is an all-new model come to fill the not-so-gaping void in the Japanese brand’s SUV lineup between the CX-3 and CX-5, because you can never have too many utility models sitting in your showroom, n’est ce pas?

5-Year-Old Driver Stopped at the Wheel of an SUV

A 5-year-old child was stopped at the wheel of his mother's SUV while driving on a Highway in Utah. The child was on his way to California to buy the Lamborghini that his mother refused to get for him; he had $3 in his pocket.

Number of Vehicles Sold in India in April: 0

Carmakers sold no vehicles in India in the month of April . Zero. While it's true that the situation has been more than difficult for the industry in North America, it's hard to imagine such a scenario here.

15 Million Hybrid Models Sold for Toyota

Toyota has attained quite an astonishing milestone, having just surpassed 15 million hybrid models sold. The Japanese manufacturer, a pioneer in the field, got the ball rolling in 1997 with the first generation Prius.

Meet the World’s Fastest Tractor

JCB Machines has tweaked one of its tractors and made it the fastest of its kind in the world, as recognized by Guinness. The pumped-up Fastrac attainted a top speed of 217 km/h.

What Canada’s Car Companies Are Doing During the Pandemic

In Canada as elsewhere, automakers are facing unprecedented challenges in the face of the current pandemic. Auto123 surveyed Canadian automotive divisions to find out how they are shaping their strategies in regard to current and future products and what they are doing for their customers right now.

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