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Automotive News - October 2020

Did Mask-Wearing Save the Auto Industry?

Since North American auto plants have resumed operations, there have been no major outbreaks of Covid-19. Should we thank the mask? According to the experts, it’s clear that mask-wearing, along with social distancing, may have saved the industry.

Audi: Quattro at the Crossroads

As Audi’s fabled quattro AWD system celebrates its 40th birthday this year, questions inevitably arise regarding its role in a present and a future that are increasingly electric. Auto123 takes a look at a technical innovation as it reaches a new crossroads.

Kia Unveils 5-Year Electrification Plan

Kia's top boss, Hosung Song, has unveiled the company's electrification plan for the next five years. The plan includes a $25 billion investment that will result in the introduction of a host of new products and transform the brand’s image.

Ram 1500 TRX Fuel Consumption Ratings Are Beyond Scary

Ram has made public the fuel consumption figures for the 1500 TRX truck and they’re as hair-raising as you might have guessed. Nobody expected miracles from the over-the-top pickup, but this is gas guzzling straight out of the 1960s or 70s.

Toyota Recalling Some 2020 Highlander SUVs

Toyota says it is recalling some 2020 Highlander SUVs after identifying a problem with airbags. The front-row side airbags could fail to deploy due to the seats having incorrect trim covers in some cases.

FCA Once Again Trademarks Cuda Name

The FCA Group has trademarked the name Cuda, this for the third time in ten years. The exercise might be meaningless right now, but then again it could also mean the arrival of a new model in the next few years.

The Torsus Praetorian: A Bus for the Apocalypse

The Torsus Praetorian is the bus you want to be on when the road becomes impassable… or even when you’re off the road completely. But this over-the-top bus has very precise functions and serves a targeted clientele. Check it out.

Volvo Canada Announces Pricing for 2021 XC40 Recharge

Volvo Canada has announced pricing for its first all-electric SUV. The 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge comes with a base price of $64,950, offers a range of 335 km (U.S. estimate) and features standard all-wheel drive. Obviously, a lot of tech as well…

2022 GMC Hummer Debuts: Full Images

GMC unveiled the highly touted new 2022 GMC Hummer all-electric pickup tonight during Game One of the World Series. Here are the first images of the truck.

Firefighters in Training Trash a 2020 Shelby GT500

In what was surely a highlight of their training, firefighters in Michigan set upon a 2020 Shelby GT500, which was actually a test model donated to the Dearborn Fire Department, and already destined to be scrapped. Still, many a Mustang fan will shed a tear or two on seeing this…

Porsche Has Already Sold 10,000 of its Taycan

Porsche popped its britches a little bit today in announcing it has already sold 10,000 of its new Taycan electric model since the start of the year. Even better, sales have grown in each quarter, so much so that the company is cranking out units at a pace of 25,000 per annum.

BMW Recalling 26,900 2020-21 Plug-In Hybrids

BMW says it is recalling 26,900 plug-in hybrid vehicles due to a potential short circuit. Because it does not yet have a solution for the issue, the automaker is asking owners of affected models not to charge their vehicles or use the Sport mode, Manual mode or paddle shifters of their PHEV.

Hertz to Spend $1 Billion on New Vehicles

Hertz will resume purchasing vehicles to replenish its fleet of rental vehicles using financing secured from its creditors. Hard hit by the coronavirus crisis, the company filed for bankruptcy protection and sold off some 200,000 models last spring.

No Manual Gearbox for the Honda Civic in 2021

There will be no manual gearbox available with the 2021 Honda Civic sedan, the company has confirmed. The move is not surprising, if only because the current model is arriving at the end of its life-cycle and the product offering is shrinking ahead of the overhaul to come.

Top 10 Midsize SUVs in Canada in 2020-2021 (Based on Sales)

What are the top 10 midsize SUVs in Canada in 2020-2021 in terms of sales performance? Using pre-pandemic 2019 sales figures, Auto123 has a countdown for you, which also provides figures for the U.S. so you can see how the two markets mirror each other… and where they diverge.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Gets New Styling and Hybrid Variants

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe benefits from many changes, starting with new styling for the front end. Most notable is the addition to the product offering of hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions. The model is expected to arrive at dealerships by the end of this year; the hybrid variant will follow later.

2021 Polestar 2 Review: Tackling the Tesla 3

The Polestar 2 is a new entry in the all-electric sweepstakes and it’s programmed with the daunting mission of tackling head on the Tesla 3. Does it have what it takes? Here’s our review.

Ford Escape PHEV Delay Due to Cases of Fires in Europe

We learned last week that Ford was pushing back production of the Escape PHEV until 2021. We nonw know that was necessitated by cases of fires surfacing in Europe in the similar Ford Kuga model, which have led to a recall of that plug-in model.

NHTSA Looking Into Chevrolet Bolt EV Fires

NHTSA has announced it’s looking into three cases of Chevrolet Bolt EV fires. In each case, the fire reportedly started in the battery compartment. The agency will determine if a recall is warranted.

Volkswagen Presents All-New 2022 Taos SUV

The all-new 2022 Volkswagen Taos SUV was given a virtual premiere presentation today, and so we get a fuller image of the compact SUV that will slot under the Tiguan in the German automaker’s lineup.

What’s Missing From Vehicles Today? Colour

Consumers continue to prefer discreet tones for their vehicles. Our automotive landscape is 77% dominated by neutral tones between black and white. The top "colour" chosen by buyers is red, though still only 10% of consumers world-wide dare choose it.

The Best Winter Tires for SUVs, Pickups in Canada for 2020-2021

Snow, ice, cold, slush. Here's another challenge that we're facing in a frankly extraordinary 2020. Except this one is fully predictable, as winter shows its face on the horizon. Auto123.com presents its winter tire shopping guide for SUVs and light trucksfor 2020-2021.

The Best Winter Tires for Cars in Canada for 2020-2021

In this year of the pandemic, another challenge is approaching: the season of snow, ice, cold and slush. Auto123.com presents our buying guide to winter tires for cars for the 2019-2020 season. Learn which winter tires are recommended on snow and ice!

Honda Refreshes Ridgeline for 2021

Honda is mildly refreshing its Ridgeline pickup truck for 2021, which marks the fifth year of the current generation. The changes are mostly cosmetic and aim to refresh the look of the model as it ages.

Top 10 Compact SUVs in Canada in 2020-2021 (Based on Sales)

What are the top 10 sub-compact SUVs in Canada in 2020-2021 in terms of sales performance? Using pre-pandemic 2019 sales figures, Auto123 has a countdown for you, which also provides figures for the U.S. so you can see how the two markets mirror each other… and where they diverge.

Subaru Previews the Next BRZ

Subaru gave a preview of the next generation of its BRZ model. The first image shows little but a wheel, but what it does tell us is that the production model will be presented in full in the coming weeks.

2021 Calgary, Quebec City Auto Shows Cancelled

Organizers of the Calgary and Quebec City auto shows have announced the 2021 editions of both events are officially cancelled. The decision comes three weeks after the 2021 Montreal Auto Show suffered the same fate. Fingers crossed for 2022…

A 26th Death Attributed to a Defective Takata Airbag

Honda has confirmed that a fatality in an accident in Arizona on August 20 was caused by a defective Takata airbag. This is the 26th fatality worldwide and the 17th in the United States connected to the airbags made by the now-defunct company.

2020 Aston Martin DB11 Review: Exhilarating and Frustrating

The yellow of the 2020 Aston Martin DB11 we test drove may be a little “much”, but that doesn't make it lose any of its unique style. In any case, anyone willing to plonk down $250,000 on a car can sure as heck pick whatever colour they want. Here’s our review of a model of class and elegance.

2021 GMC Yukon First Drive: Anachronism on Wheels

Auto123 gets to drive the 2021 GMC Yukon for a 24-hour period in an honest-to-goodness in-person test drive. Here’s our review of an anachronism on wheels that still holds strong appeal for those who need this type of vehicle.

Production of the Ford Escape PHEV Won’t Start Before 2021

Start of production of the plug-in hybrid version of the new-generation 2020 Ford Escape is now scheduled for January 2021, right about the time when it also starts making the 2021 Escape, regular edition. Ford will go on calling it the 2020 Escape PHEV, however…

Top 10 Subcompact SUVs in Canada in 2020-2021 (Based on Sales)

What are the top 10 sub-compact SUVs in Canada in 2020-2021 in terms of sales performance? Using pre-pandemic 2019 sales figures, Auto123 has a countdown for you, which also provides figures for the U.S. so you can see how the two markets mirror each other… and where they diverge.

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