Automotive News - March 2021

The Genesis X Concept Is a Coupe We Want to See Happen

Genesis presented a spectacular design study yesterday. There’s no word yet on whether the X Concept all-electric coupe prototype will see the light of day, but if its lines are an indication of where Genesis is headed design-wise, we say go go go.

Kia Presents 577-hp EV6 GT Variant

After introducing its all-electric EV6 two weeks ago, Kia unveils a performance-oriented variant, the EV6 GT. And when we say performance, we don't use the term lightly; the model will offer up to 577 horsepower and feature an all-wheel-drive system.

2021 Genesis G80: 10 Things Worth Knowing

Auto123 decides what 10 things you really want to know about the 2021 Genesis G80, which marks the debut of the midsize luxury sedan’s new generation. The brand has been revising its entire lineup to keep its models fresh stylistically and technologically, and the G80 is the latest beneficiary.

Introducing the 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness

Subaru today introduced the new, more robust variant of its Outback model. The 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness is clearly aimed at Subaru enthusiasts who are looking to push the adventure a little further. We should see the model appear in dealerships this spring.

2021 Ford Bronco Sport Review: A Compromise Solution

The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport, which granted doesn't have the capabilities of the future Bronco, acquits itself well nonetheless and will be more than enough for a good percentage of those who want to do some mild-to-medium off-road. Here is our review of the Badlands edition.

Volkswagen ID.Buzz Confirmed for 2023

It's a go for the reimagined VW microbus: the Volkswagen ID.Buzz will be offered here in North America, the German automaker has confirmed. We'll have to be patient, though, because it won’t arrive before the calendar turns to 2023.

A First Close-Up Look at the 2022 Genesis GV70 SUV, G70 Sedan

Auto123 went to see the 2022 Genesis GV70 SUV and 2022 G70 sedan to inspect them front and back and push a bunch of buttons. Genesis continues to work on the expansion of its fledgling lineup, and the GV70 in particular should introduce the brand to a whole new audience.

Ford to End Sedan Production in Europe

Ford has announced that production of its Mondeo sedan will cease in March 2022 in Europe. The move may seem insignificant, but it means that as of April 2022, Ford will no longer be making sedans for the European market.

2021 Awards: Meet the Vehicle of the Year Finalists!

Once again, Auto123 sets out to determine the best vehicles of the year within given categories. With new models sprouting up all across the industry, not to mention whole new segments, as well the arrival of a growing number of electric models, some of the categories are in flux. Here are the finalists for 2021.

For When, the Next Toyota 86?

Toyota is delaying the rollout of its next 86, this while Subaru has already unveiled the next edition of its near-twin, the BRZ. When will we see the model's debut? Toyota actually wants its model to offer a different driving experience, which would partly explain the delay as they continue to tweak the design and specs.

Ram recalls 20,000 HD diesel pickup trucks

Ram is recalling just over 20,000 HD diesel pickup trucks – 685 of them in Canada - due to a fire hazard. Ram is asking owners to park their vehicles outside until the problem is resolved.

Jeep Is Back With its Easter Safari in Moab

After a year off – thank you pandemic – Jeep lets its freak flag fly once more. Welcome to the Easter Safari in Moab, which Auto123 got to sneak a peak at, virtually of course. We take a look at the lineup of customized Jeeps and restomod versions trotted out for the occasion.

GM Launching a $9,000 Pickup in China

Pickup trucks are expensive here to begin with, and can cost astronomical amounts in the higher trim echelons. But in China, it's a different matter. GM is launching a new pickup model there costing… $9,000 USD. Meet the Wuling Zhengtu.

Hyundai Presents the Spaceship-Inspired Staria Minivan

Hyundai this week unveiled an almost-otherworldly product. The Staria van looks the way other vans can only wish they looked like, and its original design should make it attractive to families as well as businesses. Those in North America are out of luck, unfortunately.

Couple in Pickup Saved by their Trailer's Safety Chain

A couple of vacationers can pat themselves on the back this morning for having properly attached the safety chain connecting their pickup truck to their trailer. Doing so literally saved their lives during a road accident that resulted in their vehicle, with them inside, hanging suspended in air above a ravine.

Acura Canada Officially Launches 2021 TLX Type S

Acura Canada has officially fired the starting gun for the TLX Type S variant of its TLX. The model will arrive in dealerships in June with a starting price of around $60,000, and owner-wannabes can place their orders starting now.

BMW i4 Production Version Makes First Appearance

BMW has shown for the first time the production version of its i4 electric sedan. The model is to be unveiled in full in the coming weeks, and it will offered initially in Europe before crossing the Atlantic to our market.

Kia Introduces a Tweaked Stinger for 2022

Kia Canada presented us this morning with a mildly redesigned Stinger for the 2022 model-year. The changes are mostly cosmetic, but improvements to the all-wheel drive system promise a more engaged driving experience. And say hello to the new GT-Elite variant.

A 3-Cylinder Turbo for the Nissan Rogue?

Nissan is likely to offer a 1.5L turbocharged 3-cylinder engine with its Rogue in the United States, all as part of a pilot project. The addition of this engine would allow the automaker to deliver better fuel economy ratings with its popular compact SUV.

Meet the EV6: Kia Unveils its New Electric Model

Kia today unveiled its new all-electric creation, the EV6. Closer to a car than an SUV, this vehicle will likely inherit the organs of the Ioniq 5 with which it also shares its architecture, the company’s E-GMP platform.

A Sneak Preview of the 2022 Honda Civic Online

Images of the next Honda Civic 2022 have just appeared on the Net. We saw the concept a while ago, but not the production version yet. The big news is, the final product looks a lot like the prototype. The 11th-generation Civic should launch in the next few months.

GM Shows a Vehicle Interior Conceived for Video Gaming

The design department at General Motors, perhaps with some time to kill, had fun dreaming up a vehicle interior conceived for and around video games, and then shared an image of it. The idea is of course that it will be relevant once autonomous drive vehicles are accepted and in use. Might be a while…

Volvo Serves Up Refreshments for the 2022 XC60

Volvo has shared details of the refreshes being brought to the XC60 for 2022, which in this case include updates to the design and technologies the compact SUV sports. For example, the new XC60 now features an Android-based infotainment system that runs applications such as Google Maps for navigation and Google Play for music. Welcome, Google…

A Super-Rare 1963 Chrysler Turbine Is For Sale

An extremely rare and extremely coveted 1963 Chrysler Turbine is for sale. Only two of the nine known to be in existence are currently in the hands of private collectors. If you've always dreamed of investing in a vintage car, this is the perfect opportunity.

Lexus Winter Drive Test: Fun in the Snow and on the Ice

In keeping with tradition, Auto123 put several Lexus models to the test at the Canadian Tire Circuit in Bowmanville, Ontario. The main goal of the day was to discover the difference between a mechanical and an electric all-wheel drive system.

Hyundai Previews Upcoming Kona N

Hyundai has given an early preview of its Kona N with some images that preview quite a lot actually. Aesthetically, from the looks of the performance variant our thumbs are edging upwards. The Kona N could be officially presented before the end of this year.

Hummer EV SUV to be unveiled April 3

GMC has confirmed it will unveil the SUV version of its Hummer EV on April 3rd. The unveiling will take place at 5:00 p.m. during an NCAA Final Four basketball tournament game.

Kia Previews Future EV6 Electric SUV

Kia yesterday unveiled some early teaser images of its future EV6 electric SUV as a preview ahead of the model’s big reveal next week. The EV6 will be assembled on the Hyundai/Kia group’s E-GMP all-electric platform.

An American City Bans the Construction of New Gas Stations

A city in California has just banned the construction of new gas bars. With the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles legislated to be banned in California starting in 2035, expect to see fewer gas stations and an explosion of charging stations in the coming years.

FedEx Fleet Going All-Electric by 2040

Distribution giant FedEx says its massive fleet of delivery vehicles will be entirely electric by 2040. The first step towards achieving that end takes place this year as the company is acquiring 500 electric-powered commercial vans from GM's new BrightDrop division.

Land Rover Confirms Defender 130

That this was on the way was a pretty open secret, but Land Rover has now confirmed it’s working on a larger Defender SUV. The Defender 130 is expected to be ready within the next 18 months.

Porsche Taycan Gets Cross Turismo Version

Porsche today rolled out the 2022 Taycan Cross Turismo edition of its popular new performance EV in a virtual presentation. Essentially this is the production version of the Mission E Cross Turismo concept we first saw in 2018, and it arrives delivering greater off-road capabilities and increased interior space.

The Possibility of a Revived Dakota Is Not Dead After All

The Dakota saga continues. After we heard last week that the rumoured return of the Ram midsize pickup was not to be, now it seems it might yet be. Ram, you’ll recall, is the only one of the three automakers offering a full-size pickup truck not to have an entry in the midsize segment.

Jeep Still Mulling Dropping Cherokee Name

Stellantis' big boss, Carlos Tavares, said this week that removing the Cherokee name from the Jeep dictionary remains a possibility. The request to do so came from the Cherokee nation itself.

Bentley Recalls... One Vehicle

Bentley says it is issuing a recall of... one vehicle. The model in question is a 2020 Flying Spur that may have been assembled with a poorly welded fuel tank. Might it be yours?

2021 Lincoln Corsair Review: More Than Just a Ford Escape

The 2021 Lincoln Corsair is a worthy contender in the luxury compact SUV category. While the successor to the now-defunct MKC shares many elements with the more-proletarian Ford Escape, the level of luxury and comfort offered is still impressive. Here’s our review.

Jeep Might Be Considering a New Sub-Renegade Mini-SUV

The merger of the FCA and PSA groups has given Jeep new possibilities, namely that it could quickly propose a new SUV. The new model would be tiny, so tiny in fact that it would be positioned under the Renegade in the lineup. It could be a Europe-only proposition, however.

Is GM Concocting a Foot-Massage System?

General Motors has filed a patent application demonstrating a new automotive technology: foot massage. Will this technology become a real actual thing? We'll find out over the next few years, but one’s thing sure, you can’t blame automakers for lack of effort to draw in customers.

2021 Nissan Rogue: 10 Things Worth Knowing

Auto123 decides what 10 things you really want to know about the 2021 Nissan Rogue. This marks the debut of the new generation of this flagship model for the Japanese manufacturer, which admittedly needs some good news. Indeed, the new Rogue is, on the whole, good news.

A Volkswagen ID.3 Convertible on the Drawing Board

Two Volkswagen executives unveil a sketch showing a convertible version of the ID.3. Clearly, the idea is being bounced around within the walls of VW HQ, but right now the project remains at the study stage. This smells an awful lot like a trial balloon designed to measure interest in the notion.

VW Aims for Near-Full Autonomy With its ID. Buzz by 2025

Volkswagen says it wants to give it upcoming ID. Buzz van Level 4 autonomous-drive capability as early as 2025. In the parlance, this level means that a model can run without a driver, but on predefined routes. The ID.4 is expected launch commercially in 2023.

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