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CN Announces Purchase of 50 Made-in-Canada Electric Trucks

CN (Canadian National) has announced the purchase of 50 electric trucks from Lion Electric. The Quebec-based company’s truck, which has a promised range of 400 km on a single full charge, will handle local deliveries in a several larger Canadian cities.

You Can Order a Volkswagen ID.4 as of September 23

The Volkswagen ID.4 will be officially presented on September 23rd, and starting from that moment buyers will be able to place an order for theirs. For the privilege of reserving a copy of the future all-electric SUV, they’ll have to fork over $100.

New Engine and More Power for the 2021 Kia Stinger

Kia is bringing under-the-hood changes for its 2021 Stinger, namely with the introduction of a new 2.5L 4-cylinder engine. It’s unsure if it will be offered here, given that Kia Canada already no longer offers the 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that's still in the U.S. lineup.

Bollinger Announces Development of Electric Delivery Van

The Bollinger company, which previously announced the B1 and B2 models, says it’s also working on an all-electric delivery van. The Deliver-E is planned for a 2022 launch, but we take that with a grain of salt given that the company has yet to launch its first two models.

Here’s What the Next Batmobile Looks Like

The new trailer for the next movie in the Batman series, starring Robert Pattinson, has given us a preview of the next Batmobile. At first glance, Batman is now driving a more realistic-looking car than previously, and has some retro elements in its design.

2020 Volkswagen Passat Review: Pass the Salt

The 2020 Volkswagen Passat has a graceful simplicity that makes up only in part for a distinct lack of flavour. While we wait for VW to do something or get off the pot regarding its neglected four-door, we make do with a pretty good, though only pretty good, sedan.

Ford Offering More Mustang Mach-E First Editions

After announcing last December that the Mustang Mach-E First Editions had all sold in a rush, Ford now says more will be made available. Those interested will, however, have to go through social media platforms to reserve one.

2021 Mazda CX-5 Pricing, Details announced

Mazda announces trim details and pricing for the 2021 Mazda CX-5, the base model of which gets a starting price of $28,500 for the next year. Buyers will enjoy more tech and more versions to choose from.

Volkswagen’s Golf Leaving Canada After 2021

Volkswagen Canada confirmed this week it will no longer offer the regular version of the Golf after 2021. That will leave only the R and GTI variants, and it means Canadians will not get to taste the new base-model eighth-generation Golf recently introduced in Europe.

A Multifunction Tailgate Coming to the Ford F-150?

The new 2021 Ford F-150 2021 benefits from a tailgate designed to facilitate work-related operations, but its opening remains traditional. Now rumours are circulating that the company is working to change that, motivated of course by changes at the competition.

2021 Mazda CX-30 Could Get Turbo Engine

Speculation is afoot that Mazda will introduce a turbo engine for the 2021 edition of its Mazda CX-30. The company’s turbo engine, already on duty in several of its other models, is a 2.5L 4-xylinder offering 227 or 250 hp, depending on the grade of gasoline put into the tank.

The Mustang GT500's V8 for the Next Ford F-150 Raptor?

Persistent rumours are pointing to the next-gen Ford F-150 Raptor getting the Mustang GT500’s V8 engine. We shouldn’t be surprised about this, because doing so would allow Ford to go tit-for-tat with Ram and its newly introduced 702-hp V8 Hellcat Rebel TRX.

2022 Kia Sedona Details Revealed in South Korea

The Kia Sedona 2022 has been officially introduced in Korea and will make its debut shortly. Known as the Carnival there, it's being introduced as a 2021 model and will first be distributed in the local market before reaching our continent.

An Eight-Year Cycle for the Next Ford Mustang

The next-generation Mustang will enjoy an eight-year life cycle, according to Automotive News. Since it's expected in 2022 as the 2023 model, it will replace a model that also had an eight-year career.

A Tremor Version of the Ford Ranger Coming Soon?

New rumours point to a Tremor version being added to the Ford Ranger lineup offered on the North American market. The company hasn't confirmed anything at this time, but as the cliché goes, there’s rarely smoke without fire.

The 2021 Ram TRX Makes its Entrance

Ram has finally presented the long-promised TRX version of its full-size pickup truck. The array of components designed for off-road driving combined with a 702-hp Hellcat engine under the hood makes for an intimidating proposition. Here are the juicy details.

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Review: Simply Electrifying

Look on it as a blistering performance luxury sedan or a surprisingly refined four-seat sports car. Either way, the Taycan Turbo S transports the idea – and the reality – of the electric car into new, previously unexplored spheres. Here's our review.

2021 Mazda CX-9: Canadian Pricing Announced

Mazda Canada has announced pricing and changes for the 2021 Mazda CX-9 SUV. The model lineup gets two special editions - the Kuro Edition and a 100th Anniversary edition - and some tech and design updates.

Nissan Titan Out of Canada After 2021

Nissan Canada will stop offering the Titan pickup truck on the Canadian market after the 2021 model year. To explain its decision, Nissan points to the model's low sales in Canada.

Jeep Teases Future Grand Wagoneer With Two New Images

Jeep has published two new teaser images to further whip up interest in its upcoming Grand Wagoneer. The return of the iconic nameplate is much anticipated, especially since fans will be getting a two-for-one deal with a Wagoneer model also in the works.

The Clutch: Still Useful?

If you own a vehicle, then you know that maintenance is one of the basic elements to watch and respect. Now, some elements are quite easy to check, such as brakes, tires, fluid levels, etc. But not all are that easy to monitor. There is one component that requires special attention: the clutch.

Hyundai Introduces the Elantra N Line

After putting the Elantra GT in retirement, Hyundai is launching an N Line trim for the Elantra sedan. The car will be powered by a 1.6-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine with 201 horsepower.

Lucid Air: 832 kilometers of electric range

A new startup in the electric car business is readying to hit the market with a car capable of driving 800 km on a single charge. The Lucid Air should be commercially available early in 2021.

306 horsepower for the 2022 Audi S3

Audi has just unveiled its S3 version of the A3, the sportier model expected to arrive to our shores before the end of 2021. With a 0-100 km/h time of 4.8 seconds, we're pretty sure that the driver of the car will have a big smile on his face.

2020 BMW 228i xDrive Review: In Pursuit of Audi and Mercedes

The most cherished quality associated with BMW, driving pleasure, is still plenty in evidence in the 2020 BMW 228i xDrive, but here it’s got a special flavour. While the coupe/cabriolet duo banks on the old formula, this 2 Series Gran Coupe falls more into the territory of the MINI division.

Is BMW working on a 1,000 hp M5?

Rumours suggest that BMW is currently working on a 1,000-hp fully electric BMW M5. The new model is due in 2024, following the release of the next 5 Series.

Cadillac Officially Unveils the Lyriq

After much teasing, Cadillac has finally unveiled its first all-electric vehicle. Although the Lyriq SUV won't be ready for market for another two years, we now have a very good idea of where the luxury brand is headed with its electric-powered utility model.

The Last Ford Fusion Has Come Off the Assembly Line in Mexico

Without any fanfare, Ford officially ended production of its Fusion model this past July 31. Born in 2006, the sedan saw its sales plummet in recent years and became one of the victims of Ford’s decision to abandon cars in North America, except for the Mustang.

2020 Porsche 911 Review: Change Within Continuity

With the 2020 Porsche 911, its German creator proves once again that change can happen within continuity. Here’s our review of a car that is, from where we sit, basically incapable of disappointing. Unless the absence of a decent-sized trunk is the kind of thing that riles you up.

2020 BMW X6 Review: Bold and Brash

The 2020 BMW X6 M50i is an imposing, sporty beast, but also a practical family transport. Owners will further confirm that the SUV leaves few people indifferent. It's a vehicle that's fully confident in its capabilities, after all...

Flying Cars Approved For Use in New Hampshire

The U.S. state of New Hampshire has approved flying cars for use on its public roads. Its new law does not allow for flying the vehicles in the state, much less permit takeoffs and landings on roads; but it does permit driving them between airports and ground destinations, for example.

Honda Reserves CR-Z Name Again

Honda has registered the CR-Z name again with American patent authorities. While it's anyone’s guess if the company is really planning the return of the sport coupe, the news is enough to make us hope.

Ram Will Make Electric Pickups… if There’s Demand

Ram has announced it it’s ready and willing to make electric-powered pickup trucks, but it wants the market to prove there’s strong demand for them. For now, then, the automaker is happy to let Tesla, Rivian, GM and Ford try their luck first.

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