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Kia Optima Becomes the K5 for 2021

Kia has introduced the next-generation 2021 Optima sedan and redubbed it the K5 from now on. The 2021 Kia K5 sedan has been completely redesigned and benefits from a new platform, among other things.

Top 10 Vehicle Interiors in 2020 According to Wards

The Top 10 vehicle interiors in 2020 according to Wards have been announced, though there was no in-person presentation as in other years. This year’s list includes electrics, luxury models, fully new models – in short, a bit of everything, including a model that fit up to 8, and one that can barely fit two!

Mazda Canada Announces 100th Anniversary Editions Coming Here

Mazda Canada confirms it will be bringing the 100th Anniversary Editions announced by the company in April to our market. The all-white models feature burgundy interiors and several distinctive elements in homage to the company’s first passenger car, the little R360 Coupe.

The Story of a Man and his Camaro, Together Since 1969

This is the story of a man and his beloved Chevrolet Camaro, together since 1969. The video reveals the car has been by its’ owner’s side every step of the way for over 50 years, to the point where it required a full restauration. Check it out.

Volkswagen Registers e-Samba Name in Europe

Volkswagen has applied to trademark the e-Samba name with authorities in Europe. It’s not known what the company’s plans are for the name, but odds are good it will be used in some fashion in connection with VW’s electric microbus/van, due to launch in 2022.

10 Vehicle Front Ends That Have Stirred Controversy

There's been a lot of talk recently about the front grille of the new BMW 4 Series. But it’s not the first to get some of us all upset. Throughout the history of the automobile, other models have led with muzzles capable of causing a ruckus. Here are 10 of them.

Kia Unveils Images of the Next-Gen 2022 Sedona

Kia has presented the first images of its next-generation Sedona minivan. The 2022 Sedona is scheduled to make its debut in South Korea in the coming weeks (under the name Carnival). The redesigned minivan will probably launch in North America early next year.

2020 Nissan Titan Review: A Welcome Update

For those who like to stand apart from the crowds of F-150s, Silverados and Rams, the 2020 Nissan Titan is a natural choice - especially in its PRO-4X version, which begs to be directed off the asphalt. Here's our Auto123.com review.

2020 Genesis G70 Review: Is More for Less Enough?

What you get with the 2020 Genesis G70 3.3T Prestige is a solidly premium, well-equipped sport sedan that goes like the wind, floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee when you push it to its full potential. And looks and sounds good doing it. Here’s our Auto123 review.

Images of New Volkswagen ID.4 Leaked

Official, un-camouflaged images of the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 have leaked out and are bouncing around the Web. The second electric model being produced by VW under its ID banner, after the ID.3, is expected on the North American market early in 2021.

Ford Teases First Image of Upcoming 2021 F-150

In anticipation of its official unveiling, Ford has released a first teaser image of the 2021 F-150 pickup truck. The next-generation model will be officially unveiled online next week Wednesday, on June 25

Revisions for the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado Revealed

Chevrolet's Colorado truck is getting a few adjustments for 2021, and the company has dutifully released the first images. On tap are changes to the front grille and tailgate, as well as a clear attempt to differentiate the different variants from one another.

The 2020 Mazda CX-3: Is It Fated To Die?

Auto 123 reviews the 2020 Mazda CX-3 and wonders aloud about the future of a model born of compromise, which is justified in feeling threatened by the arrival of the larger CX-30. For Mazda, the road to keeping the model is both straight-forwarded and complex.

Mazda’s Next-Gen BT-50 Pickup: Pretty, But Not For Us

Mazda presented online the new generation of its BT-50 pickup truck, which you may not be familiar with because it’s sold only overseas. The fruit of a partnership with Isuzu, the model can be bought only in Asian markets and in Australia. Pity…

FCA Recalling 13,659 Jeep Cherokees in Canada

FCA is recalling 13,569 Jeep Cherokees in Canada due to an issue with their transmission. The defect can lead to two problems; the vehicle could lose traction when in motion, or it could start moving even when it’s stationary and set in Park.

New 2020 Toyota Supra Wrecked During Test Drive at Dealer

While test driving a new 2020 Toyota Supra, a potential buyer on Long Island, New York totaled the car. Fortunately airbags deployed and helped protect the driver and the dealer’s sales rep from serious injury. The latter had to be rescued from the wreck by responders using the jaws of life, however.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Review: For All Tastes

The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 comes in so many flavours you’ll have to put the time in to figure which is best for you. Across the range, know that the truck is more comfortable than before, though still not quite in the league of the Ram 1500. Here’s our review.

GMC’s Electric Hummer Will Likely Debut Exclusively Online

GMC’s new electric Hummer was originally scheduled to be presented on May 20th, but that plan was waylaid by the coronavirus. It’s now expected the model will be revealed exclusively online, like a host of other new products from General Motors and others.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1: Power Boosts and Style Upgrades

Ford’s new 2021 Mustang Mach 1 is, not surprisingly, new and improved. But the details revealed yesterday about the model point to the 2021 Mach 1 being a larger upgrade over the GT than the previous 2003-04 Mach 1 was. We were on hand (virtually) for the presentation, and here’s what we took away from it.

Nissan Virtually Presents its Next-Gen 2021 Rogue

Nissan has rolled out its next-generation 2021 Nissan Rogue in an online presentation. The Japanese brand's popular compact SUV is moderately changed but still recognizable. About its performance, we’ll be able to say more once the opportunity to get behind the wheel presents itself.

2020 Toyota Highlander Review: Net Progress

In the three-row crossover segment, the 2020 Toyota Highlander is a definite short-lister - firstly because it benefits from a much longer and proven track record than most, and secondly because the model's renewal for its fourth generation is largely successful. Not to mention there’s a very attractive option in the hybrid version...

Five Million Vehicles Built at BMW's Spartanburg Plant

BMW has now built five million vehicles in the U.S., specifically at its plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The factory, which opened in 1994, has become a key part of the company's distribution network, and the 5 millionth vehicle came off the production line there this month.

Ford Says F-150 and Transit Will Go Electric Within Two Years

Ford has confirmed it will deliver an electric F-150 and an electric Transit van within the next two years. The company had up to now given no timeline regarding the debut of the F-150, but with competitors having detailed their plans, Ford decided to place its chips on the table.

Ford Escape 2020 Review: Better Prepared for Battle

Auto123 takes a closer look at the 2020 Ford Escape, a completely redesigned SUV the automaker first presented last fall. While the new generation is clearly and obviously superior, the most difficult part lies ahead for the model, and that is for it to regain credibility in terms of reliability.

Lexus Postpones Unveiling of 2021 Lexus IS to Date Unknown

The next-generation Lexus IS was scheduled to debut this week, but Lexus has applied the brakes to its presentation. The company says it decided that because of current global events, from the pandemic to the recent protests, it was better to postpone the debut.

Land Rover Defender: Patience, patience…

The new Land Rover Defender is awaited with bated breath by fans of the brand, but the novel coronavirus doesn’t care. The company is working hard to catch up after production at its plants was halted for eight weeks at the height of the pandemic.

Rivian Trademarks Two More Names: R1V and R2X

Rivian has applied to trademark two new model names. Human nature being what it is, the guessing game to figure out what T1V and R2X might refer to starts now. The V could be for a van, while the X might mean there’s a new, smaller SUV on the way from the automaker.

Chevrolet Malibu Living on (Even Shorter) Borrowed Time

Rumours are floating that the Chevrolet Malibu is living on borrowed time. It was already scheduled to be retired in 2025, but GM is now apparently set on shelving the model in 2022. The coronavirus hasn’t done this struggling model any good…

Future Toyota Tundra Might Go Electric

The next generation of the Toyota Tundra could eventually be produced with an electrified powertrain. The Japanese automaker has confirmed nothing in this regard, but it’s clear top brass there is open to the idea.

Acura Working on Type S Variant for the next MDX

After the presentation of the Acura TLX – and its Type S variant – last week, it appears the Japanese automaker is planning more such trims for new models in the near-future. Namely, we should expect a Type S version of the next-generation MDX SUV, due to be unveiled next year.

Bentley Hits 20,000 Sales of its Bentayga

This week, Bentley announced that it has now sold more than 20,000 units of its Bentayga SUV. The arrival of the luxury utility model has done much to spur growth at the company in the past five years.

2020 Chevrolet Blazer RS Review: The Bad Boy of the Bunch

Lo and behold, the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer RS constitutes a pleasant surprise, even if it’s heavy and offers lousy rear. The midsize utility model shows potential that I can’t say I previously saw in GM SUVs. Just be ready to pay for the niftiest version, the RS. Here’s our review.

2020 Nissan Qashqai Review: Not To Be Overlooked

The 2020 Nissan Qashqai SUV is an in-betweenie tailor-made for those wanting something a little less than the Rogue, but a little more than the Kicks. Its insides are less daring than its outsides, but it still offers solid value that will appeal to smaller families.

A Turbo Engine for the 2021 Mazda3?

Mazda is planning to fit its 2021 Mazda3 with a turbo engine, according to an anonymous source who spoke with the Jalopnik website. The turbo engine would be associated only with an automatic transmission, but also with all-wheel drive.

No Summer Break for GM Factories This Year

As the North American economy slowly emerges from hibernation, depleted inventories and strong demand means that General Motors will forego its usual two-week summer production stoppage this year.

Hyundai Shows Its Tweaked 2021 Santa Fe

Two years after introducing the fourth-generation model, Hyundai is bringing out a reworked Santa Fe for 2021. The most significant changes have to do with the styling of the front fascia outside, and the centre console inside.

Volkswagen Teases Revised 2021 Arteon Ahead of June 24 Reveal

The revised 2021 Volkswagen Arteon will make its world debut later this month, and VW is promising substantial revisions. In the process, it will welcome a new variant to the family: a wagon version. That “shooting brake” Arteon will be reserved for the European market, however.

2021 BMW 4 Series Coupé Makes World Debut

BMW put on the world premiere of its new 2021 BMW 4 Series Coupé today in an online presentation. The new two-door leads with a massive vertical kidney grille and is longer, wider and more powerful than its 3 Series sibling but also its own predecessor.

2020 Ram 1500 Rebel EcoDiesel Review: The Ideal Vehicle... For Some!

The sheer dimensions of the Ram 1500 and its pricing, worthy of a top-level sports car, will cause some consumers to shy away, and with reason. On the other hand, the 2020 Ram 1500 Rebel EcoDiesel is comfortable, luxurious and capable of towing a small house on its own. Here’s our review.

First Look at the 2020 Lexus IS

Lexus has teased a first image of its 2021 IS sedan, which is getting a wholesale revision for its next generation. We’ll know a lot more next week when the model gets its full reveal. Stay tuned on June 9 for the presentation.

2021 Ford F-150 to Debut on June 25

After a few delays caused by the novel coronavirus, the next-generation 2021 Ford F-150 will finally get its official premiere on June 25. Sign of the times, the presentation will take place entirely online for the model set to go into production this fall.

Buick Unveils Second-Generation 2021 Envision SUV

Buick has unveiled the second generation of its Envision SUV. The 2021 version puts on a much more attractive face than the one it’s replacing, which never grabbed hold of consumers’ imaginations… or pocketbooks.

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