Automotive News - December 2020

Route 66: Sinclair Gay Parita, a Gas Station Out of Time

Old gas stations are reborn along Route 66, but none offer an experience as unique as the Sinclair Gay Parita. The location literally takes us back in time. This is our third stop as Auto123 revisits some of the memorable places along this mythical route.

The 12 Most Affordable New Cars in Canada in 2020-21

Fortunately, for bargain hunters in Canada in 2021, there are still new cars out there for sale at low prices. You have to be willing to make a few compromises, but then you'll be able to drive a good-quality car for a very reasonable price!

Hyundai Reminds Us a Kona N Is On the Way

Hyundai has released some new holiday-themed teaser images to remind everyone a Kona N performance variant is on the way. Expect the model sometime in 2021 as a 2022 model, though when exactly it will debut in North America is still unclear.

2021 Subaru Ascent Review: Every Bit a Subaru

The 2021 Subaru Ascent is a bit of a black sheep within its niche. Not only is its powertrain unique, but its design, while not very original, makes it one of the safest. Here’s our review of a three-row SUV that’s every bit a Subaru.

Car registrations: How France and Canada Differ

While in Canada motorists have to pay for their car registration once a year, the French pay once for their car registration, which is valid for life. But there are other differences between the two countries.

The Toyota Land Cruiser withdrawn from the U.S. market after 2021

The 2021 model-year will be the last year for the Toyota Land Cruiser on the U.S. market. Though it was no longer available in Canada, it remained an iconic model for fans of that vehicle format. Now, the obvious next question is, what will happen to the Lexus LX in Canada?

Ford Tests Future Electric F-150 in the Snow

Ford has released a video showing a prototype F-150 electric vehicle frolicking in the snow. The goal behind it is part of a strategy to show how this version will be as capable as any other version of the model.

GM to Showcase Electrified Models at the Upcoming CES

GM is set to present one or more electrified models and new technologies at the next CES. The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas will take place in Las Vegas from January 11th to 14th, though of course it will be an all-virtual affair this year.

2020 Porsche Cayenne S Coupe Review: Yep. They went there

The 2020 Porsche Cayenne S Coupe gets the coupe-ification of the performance SUV right, or much more so than its rivals anyways. Rather than being an affront to a car like the 911, it takes some of the best qualities of that model and adapts those to a more-or-less practical utility model. Here’s our review.

At the Tender Age of 80, He Buys his 80th Porsche

A fervent fan of the Porsche brand recently bought, at the age of 80, the 80th Porsche of his life. What’s more, Ottocar J clearly has no intention of slowing down. His latest acquisition? A blue Boxster Spyder.

Mitsubishi Announces Canadian Pricing for 2021 Mirage

Mitsubishi, which previously announced the interior and exterior tweaks it is bringing to its 2021 Mirage, has now confirmed Canadian Pricing for the model coming to dealers in January. The pint-sized hatchback gets an MSRP of $13,858 for the base ES version with manual transmission.

Volvo To Introduce a Second All-Electric Model in Spring 2021

Volvo set a very specific target date for the presentation of its second all-electric vehicle. On March 2, 2021, the new EV will join the XC40 Recharge in the automaker’s lineup, and it will sit in a segment with the potential to pull in more-substantial profits to keep the company’s bottom line healthy.

Apple to Produce a Car by 2024?

Apple is apparently planning to produce its long-talked-about self-driving electric car by 2024. This is not the first time we’ve heard about such a project of the kind from Apple, but this time the technology giant seems more serious.

2021 Cadillac Escalade Review: Finally Up to Expectations

The fifth-generation 2021 Cadillac Escalade is now an ideal vehicle to enjoy long highway rides, As spacious as it is expensive, it is in its new incarnation a strong competitor to the Lincoln Navigator, which was the leading U.S. model in this segment. Here's our review.

Ford Recalls Ford Explorer, Lincoln Aviator and E-Series

Ford is conducting two recalls prior to Christmas, impacting the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator models and the Ford E-Series van. None of the issues are considered major, but seeing the next-gen Explorer’s name show up yet again in connection with a recall has to be discouraging for the automaker.

Toyota to Present an EV Concept With a Solid-State Battery in 2021

Toyota says it will present a concept vehicle equipped with a solid-state battery in 2021. This technology could completely reset possibilities in the electric-car sector. Realistically, we could soon be looking at 1000-km ranges and 10-minute recharging times as a matter of course.

2020 Porsche Macan Turbo Review: A Sports Car in Heels

The 2020 Porsche Macan Turbo offers a driving experience worthy of the badge at the tip of its hood. For those who want a sports car, but absolutely need a utility-vehicle interior, the Macan Turbo should be on your short-list. Here’s our review.

2020 Ram 1500 Limited Review: Big Luxury on Big Wheels

The 2020 Ram 1500 Limited is the most comfortable and definitely one of the most fun-to-drive trucks of its kind on the market. This version in particular, sitting at the top of the trim range and truly a luxury vehicle, is probably the best to be found in its rarified sub-genre. Here’s our review.

Production of the Ram 1500 TRX Underway

Production of the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX began officially this week in Michigan. FCA announced that the first unit to come off the assembly line will be auctioned off a little later in, with proceeds from the sale will go to charity.

EV Startup Canoo Presents Electric Delivery Van

Automotive startup Canoo company has introduced an electric van that it plans to bring to market within two years. In total, the firm plans to develop three commercial vehicles within the next few years.

2020 Kia Niro EV Review: Closer and Closer

The 2020 Kia Niro EV is an ideal city SUV-that’s-really-a-car and an able highway cruiser that won’t cure range anxiety but does call out compellingly to EV-phobes. Here’s our review.

Honda Recalling 1.4 Million Vehicles in Several Campaigns

Honda announced it is recalling a total of 1.4 million vehicles as part of several campaigns to address a number of issues. At least one of the recalls - impacting 2018-2020 Accord and 2019-2020 Insight models - involves 33,000 vehicles in Canada.

2021 Mazda CX-30 Named IIHS Best-Possible Top Safety Pick+

The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) has bestowed on the 2021 Mazda CX-30 its best-possible Top Safety Pick+ designation – making it unanimous across the Mazda lineup for 2021. Of course, buyers will need get the optional front crash prevention system to enjoy the safest possible CX-30.

Nissan’s Micra Cup becomes the Nissan Sentra Cup

The Nissan Micra Cup becomes the Nissan Sentra Cup for the year 2021. This car was the logical choice for the series going forward, especially since its performance-oriented side should help bring the series to another level.

Nissan to recall 2002-2006 Sentra Models Over Takata

Nissan will have to recall some 2002-2006 Nissan Sentra models after misidentifying them as having no Takata airbags in them. It had been believed they were equipped with another manufacturer’s airbags. The new recall adds to the astounding total of vehicles recalled worldwide over Takata airbags.

The Volkswagen ID. Buggy Won’t Happen After All

Volkswagen has confirmed that the ID. Buggy project won’t happen after all, after implying earlier this year it might actually green light it. In fact, the partner with whom the German automaker wanted to collaborate has gone bankrupt.

Is the Chevrolet Trax’s Future In Doubt?

Will the Chevrolet Trax and Trailblazer be able to coexist for a long time? The arrival of the latter model could mean the disappearance of the former. Already, a report on the GM Authority website refers to speculation that production of the the Trax is being cut by 30 percent.

Subaru to Introduce All-Electric SUV in Europe

Subaru has announced that it will develop an all-electric SUV for the European market. This comes after Toyota made a similar commitment, and is no surprise given that the project is a collaboration between the two automakers.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E First Drive: Creative Appropriation

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E is an original-looking all-electric vehicle that beyond being physically attractive is eminently drivable and delivers enough range to make it a practical everyday vehicle – and it comes with a competitive price point. Here is our first test drive of this long-awaited model.

End of the Road for the Alfa Romeo 4C in North America

The Alfa Romeo 4C is leaving the North American market, its Italian maker has confirmed. The last available version, the convertible, will not be back in 2021. To mark the occasion, 33 special editions of 33 Stradale Tributo will be offered.

2021 Lexus IS Review: Going the (Half) Distance

The 2021 Lexus IS benefits from good overall quality, lots of standard equipment and a solid warranty, which help it win points versus its competitors, especially those coming out of Germany. It gives some of those points back, though, for stinginess in delivering interior space.

Mild Refreshments for the 2021 Mazda MX-5

Mazda announces a few mild changes being made to its 2021 Mazda MX-5, as well the pricing structure for Canada. One new item in the product offering is a new colour option that should suit the model well. The GS base model starts at $33,200.

Hyundai Canada Offers From-Home Test Drives

Hyundai Canada has announced it will offer at-home road tests in response to the realities imposed by the pandemic. The goal is to provide greater flexibility to customers as they continue to try to limit contacts and control the spread of the coronavirus.

First Looks at the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander

Images captured by an anonymous photographer show the production version of the upcoming Mitsubishi Outlander. The automaker followed with their own teaser image. The design sticks closely to what we saw in 2019 from the Engelberg Tourer concept.

Acura Presents a Revamped 2022 MDX

Acura has presented the production version of its 2022 MDX. The SUV is significantly revised and benefits from improvements from top to bottom. Expect it at dealerships in February 2021.

Toyota to Unveil First All-Electric Vehicle Next Year

Toyota confirms it will unveil its first all-electric model next year, an SUV that will initially be offered overseas only. Still, the step is a major one for a manufacturer that dominates the hybrid car market but lags behind in the all-electric domain.

2020 Toyota Camry Review: Unshakable

We went out and tried every version of the Camry sedan we could get our hands on this year. Here then is our review of the 2020 Toyota Camry, a dynamic sedan that still offers a high level of comfort and security for those who value those qualities, and want it in a four-door.

Substantial Update for the 2021 Nissan Kicks

The Nissan Kicks gets a host of updates for 2021, including greater connectivity. The first generation of the small SUV model, currently halfway through its life cycle, also sees its styling adjusted to keep it fashionable. Here are the details.

Chicago Auto Show Postponed

Organizers of the Chicago Auto Show have announced that their event has been postponed. The auto show, which was scheduled to take place in February, will likely be held sometime in the spring – fingers crossed.

Ford Delays Bronco Debut, Citing Supply Problems

Problems in delivering components experienced by suppliers due to the coronavirus have compelled Ford to delay the arrival of its Bronco. Instead of seeing the SUV make its commercial debut in the spring, we’ll have to wait until summer of 2021.

Engine Fires: Kia Recalls 295,000 Vehicles

Kia announced it is recalling 295,000 vehicles due to a risk of an engine fire. This decision comes after the company was taken to task by the NHTSA for not acting quickly enough in response to the documented problems.

1960 Ford Falcon Review: We Drive the Ancestor of the Mustang

A car unjustly neglected in most overviews of the history of the automobile, the 1960 Ford Falcon had the misfortune of plying its trade in the Ford lineup just before a certain model by the name Mustang came along and turned everything upside down. We tried the Falcon out recently.

400,000th Mercedes-Benz G-Class Comes Off Production Line

Mercedes-Benz recently built the 400,000th unit of its iconic G-Class and figured it was worth marking the occasion. With crystals balls predicting an electric future for the model, we can expect the story of this very distinctive SUV within the luxury carmaker’s lineup to continue.

It's the Toyota RAV4 Prime’s Turn to Fail Swedish Mag’s Moose Test

The Prime version of the Toyota RAV4 has made like its regular sibling did last year and flunked a Swedish auto magazine’s so-called moose test in Sweden. The SUV was unable to stay within the cones at the speed set by the testers, along with the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Volvo XC40 Recharge.

Volvo to Produce Only Electric Vehicles by 2030 - Just 9 Years From Now

Volvo has reiterated its commitment to electrification, saying it expects to be producing only all-electric models by 2030. Before then, it wants 50 percent of its sales to consist of all-electric models by 2025. The automaker has been moving swiftly towards EVs and might be on track to meet those targets.

2021 Honda Accord: Styling and Interior Upgrades

Honda is giving its 2021 Accord sedan a few notable updates, including improvements to the mechanics and a design tweak. As well, Canadian consumers get to feel special thanks to a Canada-only new entry-level trim, the SE. Here are the details.

Revised 2021 Nissan Kicks Previewed Ahead of Reveal

Nissan is making some revisions and improvements to its Kicks SUV for the 2021 model-year. A first teaser image plays it coy regarding what changes are on the way, but we’ll know all next Tuesday when it gets its big reveal.

SUVs, Trucks with Key Fobs Top Choices for Thieves in Canada

A new report by the Insurance Bureau of Canada looked car theft data across the country and confirms that the advent of key fobs has made life easier for car thieves. The report details which models are most prized by increasingly tech-savvy theft rings.

Ram Pushes HD Truck’s Towing Capacity to 37,100 lb

Ram has just stuck its imposing nose back into the lead in the "HD pickup towing capacity" arms race. The new standard sits at an otherworldly 37,100 lb, when the truck features a gooseneck hitch. Now we wait for the next bit of one-upmanship; will it be by Ford? General Motors?

A Return of the Honda S2000 in 2024?

A freshly spawned rumour has Honda seriously considering bringing back the S2000 model in 2024. The arrival of the model would coincide with the company's 75th anniversary.

GM Won’t Build Trucks for the Nikola Group After All

GM won’t be building trucks for the Nikola group after all. Allegations of fraud leveled against the fledgling company may have helped derail a deal made between the two entities. GM announced a new-scaled back agreement that will see some collaboration between them.

Lamborghini Recalling Urus SUV Over Fire Risk

Lamborghini is having to recall its Urus SUV over a possible fire risk. Auto123 has the details. Essentially, high temperatures in the engine compartment could cause a component to break, potentially causing fuel to leak and thus creating the risk of a fire.

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