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Hyundai Canada: Accent Will Not Return in 2021

Hyundai Canada has announced that the Hyundai Accent will not be available in Canada after this year. The subcompact car (lately available here only as a hatchback) saw its sales fall dramatically in the last two years, and much of its place taken by the new Kona and even newer Venue small crossover models.

More than 150,000 Orders for the 2021 Ford Bronco

Ford confirmed during its Q2 earnings call that it has collected more than 150,000 reservations for the new 2021 Ford Bronco. The reservations require only a refundable $100 deposit so they may not all translate into firm orders, but the total is still impressive.

Cadillac Lyriq Teased Some More Ahead of Premiere Next Week

The Cadillac Lyriq gets teased some more as the luxury automaker prepares to reveal it in full next week, on August 6 to be exact. Today’s big revelation involves… where owners will find the charge port when it’s time to plug in the vehicle to recharge it.

Kia Soul EV Might Remain a Canadian-Only Affair in North America

In North America, the second-generation Kia Soul EV is currently a Canadian-only affair, and that might remain so indefinitely according to a new report that claims Kia has decided not to bring the model to the U.S. market at all – this after several delays in introducing it there.

New Ford Maverick Truck Might Get 162-hp Engine, Manual Gearbox

The future Ford Maverick truck could get a 162-hp engine and a manual gearbox option, and start life strictly as a 4-door pickup. According to the Maverick Chat online forum, an inside source reveals many of the compact pickup’s mechanical components will come from the Transit Connect.

2020 Ford Escape Hybrid Review: Back in the Lead Peloton, But...

The Ford Escape was once the number-one best-selling compact SUV in Canada. But the model has been eclipsed by the likes of the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. Now, the folks at Ford are doing everything they can to claw their way back to the top of the segment with the overhauled 2020 version. Here’s our review of the hybrid version.

2020 Chevrolet Blazer: 10 Things Worth Knowing

Quick question: Is it a good or bad sign when a vehicle model gets itself thrown out of a baseball stadium, is that a good sign or bad? We look at the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer and examine a model with a long history – and a tumultuous new beginning.

2020 Buick Encore GX Review: An (Obviously) Improved Formula

The new 2020 Buick Encore GX gives the automaker a trio of modern SUVs to compete on the market, along with the Enclave redesigned a few years back and the Envision, which gets its overhaul shortly. The Encore GX may also be the harbinger of death for the even-smaller Encore.

Tesla’s Cybertruck Will Be Built in Texas

Tesla has chosen a location near Austin, Texas for the construction of its new 4- to 5-million sq-ft plant that will build the Cybertruck. The land chosen covers some 2,100 acres of land east of Austin’s main airport. The electric-powered Cybertruck is supposed to start reaching customers before the end of 2021…

Quebecer Racks Up One Million Km in 2008 Hyundai Elantra

A Quebec man’s 2008 Hyundai Elantra is about to hit the 1 million kilometers driven mark. Since Jocelyn Roy bought the car used in 2011, he has added an average of 107,000 km to the odometer annually. He’s just traded it in for a new Kona at the same dealer - in a straight-up trade.

A V8-powered Jeep Wrangler Currently in Testing

While Ford’s new Bronco grabs much of the spotlight, Jeep sent out a couple of teasers as a riposte, and is busy behind closed doors testing a V8-powered version of the Wrangler. We're still in the realm of speculation, but it's clear that Jeep can't sit on its hands in the face of its great rival's offensive.

Lamborghini Builds its 10,000th Urus SUV

Lamborghini’s bet seems to have paid off: the automaker has just announced it has now built 10,000 units of its new Urus SUV. While some second-guessed the Italian company’s decision a few years back to enter the SUV arena, in retrospect the move was not just necessary but smart.

2021 Mazda CX-30: Details and pricing for Canada

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 gets few changes since it’s only on Year Two of its existence. But there are a few updates to the product offering, with some options now standard from the base model on. Here are details and pricing for Canada.

Next Nissan Z Won’t be Electric on debut

Nissan has confirmed that, at least initially, the next Z will not get any form of electrified powertrain. The automaker points out that it isn't closing the door on this possibility, but if it happens it won’t be right away.

Honda Accord Losing its Manual Gearbox

Honda has announced it will no longer produce a manual gearbox-equipped Accord sedan as of 2021. With the Fit model disappearing form the lineup, that leaves only the Civic that can still be had with a stick shift.

Kids on vacation? How About New Ford Bronco Colouring Pages?

For the kids, or even as a stress-reliever as you eagerly await the delivery of your pre-ordered new Bronco, how’s about some downloadable colouring pages available on Ford’s webpage dedicated to activities for families? With kids on summer holiday, some pastime ideas for the lot of you...

2020 Ford Edge ST Review: Second Time’s the Charm

The performance-minded 2020 Ford Edge ST remains unavoidably heavy, but it’s a spruced-up and fine-tuned heavy, allowing it to to deliver enhanced driving dynamics. There’s no denying that the SUV that delivers impressive, even nimble performance for such a big fella.

Merged FCA-PSA Company To Be Called... Stellantis

The name of the new company that will be born from the marriage of the FCA and PSA groups has been announced. The Stellantis name will become official when the merger is completed in the first quarter of next year.

2021 Polestar 1 Review: A New Star

An enigmatic new star on the automotive firmament, the Polestar 1 finally arrives in Canada - in very small numbers, it should be said. We had the opportunity to drive this performance car equipped with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Futuristic Interior of the Next-Gen 2022 Kia Sedona Teased

The future 2022 Kia Sedona will make its debut this year in South Korea (under the name Carnival) and we've just been given a preview of its interior. With its huge digital screen that will serve as the instrument cluster and multimedia system, it shows Kia entering a whole era in terms of design.

The Reimagined 2021 Ford Bronco Finally Introduced

Ford finally went ahead with the introductions of its of its much-anticipated and reimagined new 2021 Ford Bronco and 2021 Ford Bronco Sport SUVs. To say the least, the company seems to have spared no effort to make it a success.

Rare 23-Window 1962 VW Microbus Sells for $122,000

Road trip! A 1962 Volkswagen Microbus with the 23-window configuration sold for a total reaching six figures in a recent online sale. Bidding climbed to $122,000 USD, which is a lot but not that surprising for this particular version of the iconic microbus.

Jeep Fires Back at Ford Bronco Before it Even Debuts

Jeep this weekend published a photo of a Wrangler or Gladiator hood, on which you can make out the numbers 392. These of course refer to the brand’s 392-cc Hemi V8 engine. Did we mention this comes on the eve of Ford premiering its new Ford Bronco? All’s fair in love and war…

The Aston Martin DBX goes into production

Aston Martin has just launched production of the first SUV in its history, the DBX. The struggling British automaker hopes that the highly anticipated new model will allow it to replenish its coffers.

Hyundai Shows Images of its 2021 Elantra N Line

Hyundai has published some images of the newest member joining the Elantra family, the N Line. This variant will benefit from improvements to its mechanics and chassis to deliver more of a punch on the road.

The 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross: Headed Our Way?

Toyota presented its all-new 2021 Corolla Cross in Thailand today, and in so doing it may be giving a glimpse of the model destined to replace the C-HR in our market. This baby RAV4 is based on the same platform as that small oddity, but is more versatile in terms of configuration.

Get Yer Red-Hot… Bronco Merchandise

Even before the model is trotted out before the eyes of the world, the new 2021 Ford Bronco is featured on a wide range of merchandise available online. Fans will find the usual items but also some odd ones, including one that cracked us up but good.

Updates for 2020 Alfa Romeo Models Announced

Alfa Romeo has announced the updates it’s bringing to its models for… 2020. The biggest of these late-arriving changes concerns the multimedia system which promises to be much more engaging than the one it’s replacing.

Ford Ranger Raptor Set to Come to North America… Finally

Rumours are growing that a Raptor version of the North American Ford Ranger is in the works with the next-generation model. With models like the Chevy Colorado ZR2 (and ZR2 Bison) and Toyota Tacoma TRD out there, Ford couldn’t continue to ignore this sub-niche.

2020 Nissan LEAF Plus Review: The Vet Hangs In There

The 2020 Nissan LEAF Plus, despite the arrival of several models in a segment it largely dominated for a few years, remains an interesting choice. It has numerous qualities and spending time behind the wheel is no chore, especially because it's fun to drive.

Car Driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Up for Auction

A NASCAR car driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be offered for auction by RM Sotheby's Group. No reserve price has been set for the auction of the modified Chevy Impala, which could mean a good deal awaits the eventual buyer.

What Do We Do With the Confederate Flag on the General Lee Car?

With the Confederate flag being removed from the public sphere in the United States, our thoughts to the Dukes Hazzard, and more specifically the General Lee car. Should the use of the flag on its roof be banned and the car’s owners be denied participation in public events?

2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S First Drive: A civilized thoroughbred

We test out the 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S, hot off the presses and a veritable thoroughbred, albeit one that’s been given good table manners. First up to bat will be the coupe and convertible versions of the Turbo S, which should debut in the spring of 2021. Here's our review.

Power on the Program at Dodge in 2021

Dodge announces a power orgy for its 2021 models. A Hellcat version is added to the Durango family, but even more unbridled variants join the Charger and Challenger models.

Lincoln Killing Continental Sedan After 2020

Lincoln announced it is cancelling production of the Continental sedan after 2020. The usual related suspects are to blame: Weak sales and the hegemony of SUVs. So while the suicide doors Continental introduced with a limited edition drew attention, it didn’t help sales overall.

2020 Acura TLX Review: Last of the First

The 2020 Acura TLX takes a last lap before the second generation of the model replaces it next year. For those not enamoured of the new design previewed with Acura’s Type S concept, your chance to get Generation 1 of this premium sedan with the diamond pentagon grille ends soon!

No Geneva Motor Show in 2021

Organizers of the Geneva Motor Show have announced it’s scrapping plans to hold the event in 2021. The ongoing pandemic itself is of course the main culprit, but financial problems caused by the cancellation of the 2020 event this past March played a big role in the organizers’ decision.

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