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Women Still Not Fully at Home in Automotive Industry, Study Finds

Things change, but oh so slowly: A new study conducted by Deloitte Canada reveals almost half of women in the automotive industry would choose another field if starting over, mainly because of persistent doubts about advancement opportunities and concerns regarding diversity, equity and inclusion.

Don’t Feel Ready to Take on Winter Driving? You’re Not Alone

A survey carried out by Belairdirect reveals that Canadian drivers don’t feel that ready to take on the challenges of winter driving. It also appears that too many Canadian motorists are delinquent in supplying their vehicle with winter-specific emergency gear and supplies.

2020 Toyota 86 Review: The Cult Car Cometh

The 2020 Toyota 86 is a fun little former Scion whose faults don’t quite manage to negate its charms. We give the current model a last good test before the next generation comes along, likely in 2021.

Volkswagen ID.4 Range Confirmed at 402 km

The range of the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 has been confirmed at 402 km, or exactly what was anticipated. The all-electric crossover should make its commercial debut after the turn of the calendar year.

Big Revisions for the 2021 Nissan Sentra

Nissan is making important changes to its Sentra model for the year 2021. Among these, the addition of heated seats and the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto applications to the basic version.

Recalls Coming Due to Faulty Denso Fuel Pump

Your vehicle might soon be recalled in connection to a defective fuel pump made by the Denso company. These are found in certain Toyota vehicles, but also in Honda, Subaru, Ford and Mitsubishi models.

2020 Cadillac CT4-V Review: Is it Too Late?

The 2020 Cadillac CT4-V makes it clear from the get-go: the luxury automaker has taken a big step forward with this new sedan. The question is whether it will be enough, or even whether it’s just too late for the brand.

The Ford Mustang Mach-E Gets its Official Range

Ford has announced official range figures for each variant of the new Mustang Mach-E all-electric model. These are higher than anticipated, with the RWD, prolonged-range variant getting a maximum range of 483 km.

Volkswagen Will Stop Offering the Passat In 2-3 Years

Volkswagen will end production of its Passat sedan in North America within two to three years. The Passat sedan, which set out ambitiously to conquer the U.S. market when it launched back in 2012, will come to an end after a 10-year career.

2021 Genesis G80 First Drive: Tortoise and the Hare…

Those willing to give the 2021 Genesis G80 a serious look will realize that it's not just a competent rival to German or Japanese luxury models, but that it offers far superior value given that everything’s included in it coming out of the gate. No running up the score on options.

James Bond Ice Chase Car Goes Up for Auction

The 1969 Mercury Cougar XR7 used in the Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service is heading for the auction block. The car is one of the more iconic to have appeared in the series of James Bond movies – though not at the level of the Aston Martin DB5, of course.

A First Look at the GMC Hummer SUV

At a GM marketing presentation last week, the company seems to have given a peek preview of the GMC Hummer SUV version. Unsurprisingly, the Hummer utility model is set to inherit the same styling language as the pickup.

Don’t Let Moose Lick Your Car This Winter. No, Really

Canadian authorities are asking motorists not to let moose lick their vehicles, after a video went viral. Seems the big fellas are attracted by road salt caked on to vehicles, which is apparently an irresistible treat for them. Auto123 has the details, eh.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Car of the Year for 2021, Says MotorTrend

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been deemed Car of the Year for 2021 by the folks at MotorTrend, beating out five finalists including stablemate the CLA. Basically, the panel found that the model, which got a mid-cycle revamp for 2021, does everything really, really well – in all its configurations.

2021 Mazda3 Turbo First Drive: A Rare Breed

The 2021 Mazda3 Turbo offers a refined ride but bares its teeth nicely when it’s time to accelerate. Here’s our review of a non-luxury sedan that looks to take on Audi and Acura equivalents rather than those from Volkswagen or Hyundai. And no, this is not a Mazdaspeed 2.0, according to Mazda.

Here's Why the New Subaru BRZ Doesn't Have a Turbo Engine

Subaru decided to provide an explanation to those questioning why the new BRZ won’t have a turbo engine. The short answer, as was the case with the first-generation BRZ, has to do with balance. The company was focused maintaining close-to-perfect weight balance, particularly with the lowest possible center of gravity.

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer Review: Approved!

The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer, the GM brand's new subcompact+ SUV, delivers surprisingly healthy performance despite its small engine. While it has its limits and a few flaws, it's really well-suited to city life. Here’s our review of the Activ variant.

Mini Urbanaut: A Box Containing the Interior of the Future?

The Mini Urbanaut is a concept that envision what future self-driving vehicles might be like on the inside. In an ideal future world, the boxy vehicle would compete head on with Volkswagen’s reborn all-electric microbus for the Burning-Man demographic. Here’s hoping.

Subaru unveils new 2022 BRZ

Subaru has finally presented the much-anticipated 2022 Subaru BRZ. As promised, the second-generation BRZ will offer more power, though it does not receive the mechanics many had anticipated it would. Here are all the details and images.

Honda Shows the 2022 Civic, in Prototype Version

Last night Honda showed the world what its 2022 Civic will look like. The prototype version reveals a harmonious design and a sleeker interior, but those who were hoping for details regarding the powertrains and technologies the next-gen Civic will integrate will have to wait for the spring to find out.

Infiniti Introduces the New 2022 QX55

Infiniti has finally unveiled the new SUV it's been working on behind the scenes for the past few months. The 2022 Infiniti QX55 is inspired by the legendary FX, and while it’s moved forward from that model it hasn’t reinvented the wheel either.

2021 Lexus LC 500 First Drive: Sporty in its Own Way

Auto 123 recently test-drove the Lexus LC 500 2021, a spectacularly styled coupe that offers a unique comfort-oriented live-in experience. Indeed, while it benefits form plenty of power and manifests interesting road capabilities, the LC is best appreciated when driven smoothly.

Toyota Has a Patent for a Mobile Recharging-Refueling Station

Toyota has recently filed a patent application for a mobile tanker that can refuel a vehicle’s tank or recharge its battery pack. This stand-alone service station is still a long way from being a reality, but obviously Toyota has given the concept a lot of thought.

Jeep Confirms Arrival of a V8-Powered Wrangler for 2021

Jeep has finally confirmed what we already knew, that its Wrangler will be able to accommodate a V8 engine for the 2021 model-year. The unit in question is the brand's celebrated 392 engine, a 6.4L monster that delivers 470 hp and as many lb-ft of torque.

Coronavirus a Big Concern, Says GM Boss

The big boss of General Motors, Mark Reuss, confessed to be very worried about the current jump in Covid-19 cases. While he praised the efforts made to date to keep production going, he also sent out a timely reminder that no one should be letting their guard down in the production chain.

2021 Hyundai Elantra First Drive: Reaching for the Top

With its bold, high-end styling, wide selection of trims and several upcoming models, the 2021 Hyundai Elantra is primed to make a move in the category. Here’s our first-drive review of the overhauled and much-improved 7th generation of the model.

2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe Turbo S: 10 Things Worth Knowing

Admittedly, the 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe, a sloping roofline version of the Cayenne SUV, is more successful than other luxury utility models that have tried to change their hairdo to make themselves more attractive. Performance is there as well. Here are 10 things to know about this model.

2020 Infiniti QX50 Long-Term Review, Part 3: Machine Rule

As part of our long-term review of the 2020 Infiniti QX50, Auto123 delves into the darker corners of the model’s toolbox of technological features, which help keep drivers on the straight and narrow and avoid unwanted contact with people, places and things.

Hyundai Unveils Electrification Goals by 2022

Hyundai on Wednesday shared its plan to electrify its North American lineup by 2022. The announcement confirms the arrival of some new variants, and reveals the company’s plan to have 10 electrified models on itsroster by the end of 2022.

Ford Planning Another EV Using the Mach-E’s Platform

Ford is planning another electric vehicle, which will be based on the platform of the Mach-E SUV. There’s no word yet on what kind of vehicle it will be, but the news is further proof of the company's commitment to electrification.

2020 Dodge Grand Caravan Review: Paying Respects

The 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan leaves the scene this year head held high after an extraordinary run of nearly four decades. It’s aging and it’s not exactly trendy, but the Grand Caravan is still unbeatably versatile, not least because of those wonderful Stow n Go seats. Here’s our last review of an iconic people-mover.

2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line Gets $37,999 Price Tag in Canada

Hyundai Canada announces pricing for 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line, and it couldn’t be simpler: the single trim offered for the very first Sonata N Line will be available to consumers in the Great White North for $37,999. The model goes on sale this December.

Production of the Ford Bronco Will Begin on March 22, 2021

Production of the Ford Bronco will begin on March 22nd, we now know. Consumers can already configure the model on Ford’s website, and over the next few weeks, brand dealers will be able to officially reserve production quantities with the manufacturer.

2021 Ram 2500 Power Wagon Gets 75th Anniversary Edition

Ram has announced a 75th anniversary edition of its 2021 2500 Power Wagon pickup truck. Among the several distinct visual features, the front grille stands out as it pays beautiful tribute to the post-WWII first version of the Power Wagon model.

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup Will Debut in 2021

Years after the concept first appeared, Hyundai's Santa Cruz pickup will make its debut next year as model 2022. The new truck model will compete directly with the Honda Ridgeline, which currently occupies an enviable spot on the market – that is, in a segment all by itself.

Lego Ecto-1: How’s About a Caddy Hearse for Christmas?

Before we get to the Ghostbusters: Afterlife movie set to release next year, there’s the matter of this Christmas to navigate through. Lego is giving folks the chance to get the Cadillac lover in their life the Ecto-1. Meet the most detailed Lego hearse ever produced.

Hyundai Unveils Next-Gen 2022 Tucson

Hyundai has unveiled its redesigned next-generation 2022 Tucson SUV. The model benefits from all the expected updates, of course, but more importantly it gets bigger, which will allow it to compete on equal terms with the top names in the compact SUV category.

FCA-PSA Merger: Stellantis Logo Unveiled

The Stellantis company being created from the merger of Fiat-Chrysler and the PSA Group has unveiled its official logo. The final legal steps creating the new multinational automotive giant are expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2021.

2021 Genesis GV80 First Drive: Child Prodigy

With the 2021 Genesis GV80, the manufacturer's big challenge will be to convince luxury SUV buyers to forsake an established status brand for something more rational. Here’s the result of our test drive of the first utility model to join the Korean luxury brand’s lineup.

Top 13: The Best 4x4s on the Market for 2020... and into 2021

One of the strongest trends in the automotive industry in 2020 (and 2021 because the new year is already looming) is the popularity of models with a robust appearance. The fashion is for "off-road" rides and 4x4s, and it shows no sign of falling out of style.

GM Will Build Pickup Trucks in Canada

As part of a new deal with the Unifor union and to meet strong demand for its pickups, GM will move part of their production to Canada. Some variants of the full-size Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra will be assembled at the automaker’s plant in Oshawa, Ontario.

An Accidental Look at our Next Nissan Frontier?

A video announcing the European Nissan Navara's upgrades for the coming year shows a glimpse of what is almost surely our market’s next-gen 2021 Frontier truck. That model is set to be presented by Nissan here in the next few months.

Audi Is Working on a School Zone and Bus Recognition System

Audi is working on a recognition system that will detect school zones and buses. This system would allow vehicles to receive information from school zones and buses in order to alert drivers and encourage them to exercise extreme caution within these areas.

Volkswagen Unveils the Next-Generation 2022 Golf R

Volkswagen has presented its next-generation 2022 Golf R. As expected, the model will offer more power and the good news is that it retains its manual gearbox. Recall that there will be no regular Golf with this new generation in our market.

2021 Subaru Impreza: Still Under $20,000 CAD

Subaru Canada has announced pricing for the 2021 Impreza. Consumers will be pleased to know that the base model is still available at a sub-$20,000 CAD starting price, and remains the cheapest AWD model on the market.

BMW to Unveil iNext SUV on November 11

BMW will unveil its iNext electric SUV on November 11th. We won't have the production version in front of us yet, but we should get close to it, as it is scheduled to debut next year.

Ford Wants to Make Affordable Electric Vehicles

Ford wants to offer electric vehicles that are affordable and accessible to the masses. As it did over a century ago with the Model T, the automaker wants to reach a maximum number of consumers by keeping prices down.

A Bigger Engine for the Ford Mustang and F-150?

A statement by Jerry Dias, president of the Canadian Auto Workers Union, suggests a new engine is in the works at Ford. The unit in question would be close to 7 litres and could be used in certain versions of the Mustang and F-150 models.

2021 Ram TRX First Drive: While It's Still Possible...

Auto123 tested the new, craziest version of Ram's pickup truck. The TRX is powered by a 702-hp V8 and is equipped with everything you need for uncompromising off-road driving. The flipside is, it will cost you at the pump. A lot.

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