Automotive News - January 2021

Sony's Electric Car in On-Road Testing in Europe

As part of CES, Sony has released a video showing its Vision-S concept being tested on European roads. We still don't know what the company's plans are exactly, but images like this are sure to provide grist for the rumour mill.

Production of 2022 Acura Officially Underway

Production of the 2022 Acura MDX is officially underway at Honda’s assembly plant in East Liberty, Ohio. The first completed units should begin arriving at dealerships in February, which is unusually early… for a next-model-year vehicle.

The Kia Sedona Could Become the Kia Carnival in 2022

The Kia Sedona could become the Kia Carnival in 2022 in the U.S., according to NHTSA documents that have come to light – thus adopting the name it already uses in its home market of South Korea. We’re working to find out if the Canadian market will also get the Carnival nameplate.

Hyundai Previews All-Electric Ioniq 5 SUV

Hyundai has shared details and a few images of the first vehicle to come from its new all-electric vehicle brand. The Ioniq 5 SUV will be presented in full in February at an online event.

Cadillac Previews Celestiq All-Electric Sedan at CES

Cadillac previewed its upcoming Celestiq electric sedan at the CES in Las Vegas. Little is known about the model at this time, but we can guess that it will inherit many of the components and features being prepared for the Lyriq SUV, set to debut in 2022.

Detroit Auto Show Cancelled for 2021

The Detroit Auto Show has been cancelled for 2021. In fact, some events will take place and be twinned with another automotive gathering scheduled in Michigan, but the full show will only return for 2022.

Hyundai confirms Kona N Is On the Way

Hyundai has confirmed the arrival of an N variant of its Kona SUV. Few details have been given at this time, but Hyundai promises more information in the coming weeks.

The New GM Logo: Radically Different

GM has just significantly changed its logo to reflect the shift it's about to make towards electric mobility. The design we knew was essentially unchanged since 1964.

My Top 10 Most Notable Car Reviews of 2020

2020 was easy for exactly no one, but at Auto123 we nonetheless test-drove a number of models that made an impression on us. Here are 10 models that caught the attention of our collaborator Daniel Rufiange.

Generation E: General Motors' New Vision

GM today unveiled its strategy for the next five years, a plan based on an aggressive move towards electric mobility. The new GM logo presented at the same time reflects the company's new focus.

Comparison: 2021 Kia Seltos vs 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer

How to choose between the 2021 Kia Seltos and 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer? We size up these in-between sizes and pick a favourite. Canadians love fuel-efficient small SUVs with all-wheel-drive, so both of these should make a lot of shortlists this year.

The Mustang Outpaces Challenger and Camaro in 2020

In 2020, the Ford Mustang was once again – for the sixth straight year in fact - the top-selling muscle car in the U.S. The Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro finished up the track behind it, in second and third.

Jeep Unveils Seven-Seat 2021 Grand Cherokee L

There's something new in the Jeep Grand Cherokee lineup as the new generation debuts in 2021, with a new seven-seat L version, just unveiled. The regular version, as well as a hybrid variant, is expected later this year.

Honda and Acura Electric SUVs Built by GM?

According to new reports, a Honda electric SUV to be built by GM is in the works. The agreement between the two manufacturers, which dates to last April, also calls for an Acura SUV to be assembled by General Motors.

Kia Rolls Out New Logo, New Slogan

Kia starts off its 2021 with the presentation of its new logo and accompanying new slogan. The new branding comes as the Korean automaker undertakes a major shift towards electric mobility, fueled by $25 billion USD in investments.

Is Chrysler’s Existence in Peril?

With the merger of the PSA and FCA groups now official, the future of some brands suddenly appears less certain. And many eyes are turning first to Chrysler, a nearly-century-old brand that currently has all of two models on its roster.

Toyota Trademarks Grand Highlander Name

Toyota recently filed to trademark the Grand Highlander name. Protecting a name doesn’t guarantee a new vehicle bearing the name will result, of course, but it does open the door to some innocent speculating. Might Toyota be thinking to developing a stretched version of its Highlander SUV?

Fisker Teases Electric Pickup In Development

Fisker has just teased a first image of the electric pickup truck it is working on. Henrik Fisker took pains to explain the model is still embryonic and could end up looking quite different, but this teaser reveals what looks more like a Honda Ridgeline than a Toyota Tacoma.

Honda Invents a “Mask” For Your Vehicle

Honda has developed a technology that acts as a mask for your vehicle. In fact, it is a protective layer placed on the cabin air filter, and its purpose is to protect occupants from any virus that could be spread through the air. How timely.

Route 66: The Vehicle that Inspired the Film Cars

Route 66 just barely nicks the state of Kansas, but that’s where you’ll find Galena and the muse for the Car movie. That’s right, there sits the tow truck that inspired one of the film’s characters This is our fourth and final stop as Auto123 revisits many of the memorable places along this mythical route.

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