Automotive News - May 2021

Montreal, Quebec City EV Auto Shows Returning this Fall

If all goes according to plan, there will be two car shows in Quebec in September and October. The Montreal and Quebec City electric vehicle shows are planning to go ahead with in-person activities - in September in Montreal and in October in Quebec City.

2021 Lexus RC 350 Review: Sporty and Speedy, to a Point

The 2021 Lexus RC 350 looks speedier and sportier than it actually drives, but on the other hand offers comfort and ride smoothness. There are signs of aging that will have to be dealt with, but this is still a very likeable coupe. Here’s our review.

There Will Be a Geneva Motor Show in 2022

The organizers of the Geneva Motor Show have confirmed, via their website, that the event will go ahead in 2022. Recall that the Geneva Motor Show was the first of the car show dominoes to fall at the start of the pandemic, in March 2020.

2021 Hybrid and Electric Car Guide: The Plug-In Hybrids

Here is the 5th edition of our annual Hybrid and Electric Car Guide! Here we take a look at the 2020 plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models available in Canada. Check out our section of the Guide on all-electric vehicles as well, coming next week.

Rivian R1T Debut Delayed by One Month

The debut of Rivian's R1T electric pickup truck has been delayed by a month. The model will now make its debut in July, one month before the second Rivian coming down the pike, the R1S SUV. And it still figures to be the first all-electric pickup to hit the market.

2022 Infiniti QX55 Review: The Sportier Sibling

The 2022 Infiniti QX55 is the sleeker, sportier new sibling to the carmaker’s existing QX50 SUV. In a nutshell, what you lose here in space you get back in looks and performance; it’s up to you to decide if the trade-off is worth it for you. Here’s our review.

Infiniti Teases First Interior Image of the 2022 QX60

Infiniti has teased a first image of the interior of the upcoming revised 2022 QX60, which will get its global presentation on June 23. At that point we should know all about the three-row crossover’s outside, inside, specs and more.

The 2022 Nissan Z Could Debut in November

New and credible hints point to the next-gen 2022 Nissan Z making its debut in the fall of this year. Nissan hasn't confirmed anything and remains been tight-lipped about it, but knowledgeable sources say that Z-Day could hit this coming November.

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat: 1,000 More Units To Be Produced

1,000 more units of the 2021 Durango SRT Hellcat will be built by Dodge, according to the Muscle Cars & Trucks website. The company wants those who couldn't reserve a model in time to have access to this rather unique vehicle – which also happens to be lucrative for it.

Volkswagen Registers Amarok Name for North America

Volkswagen has registered the Amarok name for North America. Though Volkswagen is confirming nothing, the move reignites rumours that the next generation of the model currently sold in global markets will be introduced in North America.

Hyundai Presents the Ioniq 5 for North America

The all-new, all-electric Hyundai Ioniq 5 will hit the North American market in the fall of 2021; yesterday Hyundai gave the EV, which depending on battery pack chosen will deliver a range of up to 480 km, its official presentation for our continent.

Genesis Canada Announces Pricing for 2022 GV70

Genesis Canada has announced pricing for its brand-new SUV, the second of the genre to join its lineup. With a starting price of $49,000 all in or just about, the 2022 GV70 has a lot going for it as it enters a highly competitive segment.

At 16, He's the Proud Owner of a 1965 Ford Mustang

Owner of a 1965 Ford Mustang at 16, Jack Mintz proves that the classic car still has a future. He was recently featured on Jay Leno's Garage along with the car he bought at age 14 and worked to restore in time for when he could get his driver’s licence.

Toyota Corolla Cross Coming to North America

The Toyota Corolla Cross will be sold in Canada and its debut is expected towards the end of this year as a 2022 model. The Corolla Cross will be positioned below the RAV4 in the manufacturer's SUV lineup.

Lexus Will Debut its First Plug-In Hybrid Model This Year

Lexus has confirmed that it will present its first plug-in hybrid model before the year is out. It will be followed in 2022 by the company's first all-electric vehicle. In the longer term, we’re to expect 10 electrified models, either new or updated, by 2025.

Joe Biden and the Ford F-150 Lightning

During a visit to the complex where the Ford F-150 Lightning will be assembled, Joe Biden used executive privilege, so to speak, to test drive the model. Most of all, this was a good opportunity to promote his government's electrification plan.

Here’s a First Look at the Next Toyota Tundra

Toyota has shared a first teaser image delivering a sneak peek at its 2022 Tundra. The pickup, which is completely redesigned for next year, is expected to make its first appearance before the end of this year.

2022 Kia EV6 to Get Several Variants, Including a 576-hp GT

Kia has shared more details about its EV6 electric car. Notably, there will be several variants in the product offering, including rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions, and a massive 409-hp swing in power between the base model and the GT variant (167 to 576 hp).

GM Renders its Own Future Electric Pickup

A sketch shared by General Motors' design department shows an early conception of what the future electric Chevy Silverado pickup truck might look like. If the final product looks anything like this, there might be quite a few old-school pickup drivers being won over to electricity.

Ford to Slow Production of its F-150

The global shortage of microchips is forcing Ford to slow down production of its F-150 for at least a week. That an automaker has to slow down the production of its most popular model tells you all you need to know about the severity of the shortage afflicting the entire industry.

Manual Gearbox Returning for 2022 Civic Hatchback, Si and Type R

Honda has confirmed that the manual transmission will still be offered with the other variants of its new Civic than the sedan, namely the hatchback model, as well as the Si and Type R sports cars. Honda killing the manual gearbox for the sedan had enthusiasts fearing the worst.

Genesis G70 First Drive: Not Earth-Shattering, But Then Again, Just a Little

The Genesis G70 was a pretty attractive proposition before, and the revisions brought to it for 2022 make it just a little greater still. Its looks have been updated to reflect the brand’s current visual signature, for one, so the front end is bolder and the name on the back is larger. Genesis wants to announce itself, both coming and going.

Aston Martin Ditching the Manual Transmission

Aston Martin is the latest automaker to announce it will no longer sell vehicles with a manual transmission. While this isn't a surprise, it is a disappointment, especially since the company had vowed two years ago to be the last company to ditch the stick shift.

For Sale: $12 Million House With 50-Car Garage

Every now and then, a car enthusiast's dream appears on the internet, like this listing for a house with a garage that’s… big. The property in Montana can be yours and fit up to 50 vehicles in its cavernous basement garage.

Greyhound Ceases Operations in Canada

Greyhound has announced that it is permanently closing its doors in Canada. The decline in demand caused by the coronavirus crisis has finally taken its toll on the company.

Infiniti Suspending QX50 Production Due to Chip Shortage

Infiniti has been forced to temporarily halt production of its QX50 SUV due to the ongoing shortage of semiconductors. With new products coming to its lineup, the timing couldn't be worse for Infiniti, which has just gone through a tough few years.

Return of the V12 Engine at Maybach With the 2022 S680

Maybach is celebrating its 100th anniversary in style by reintroducing a V12 engine under its Mercedes-Maybach banner. This kind of engine is still pretty inaccessible and very expensive, but for any enthusiast, to hear of a new model featuring a brute like this is cause for celebration.

2021 GMC Yukon AT4 Review: Hit The Dirt

La version AT4 du GMC Yukon 2021 est la spécialiste tout-terrain de la gamme et les changements apportés au design par GMC pour la nouvelle année-modèle lui conviennent parfaitement. Voici notre essai.

Stellantis Gives its Brands a 10-Year Reprieve

Stellantis says its brands will enjoy a 10-year reprieve before final decisions are made about their futures. However, each will have to step up over the next decade and prove that they have a place in the group.

Mitsubishi Will Revive the Ralliart Name

Mitsubishi has announced that the Ralliart name will be revived within its lineup. How exactly it will be used isn’t yet clear at this point, however. We’ll have to wait and see what the Japanese automaker has in mind.

2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness Gets Off-Road Yokohama Tires

The Wilderness variant of the 2022 Subaru Outback will benefit from special tires for its off-road adventures. The Japanese automaker has announced that the new addition to the Outback lineup will be exclusively equipped with Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 tires.

2021 Toyota Corolla Apex Review: Sharp Dressed Car

The 2021 Toyota Corolla Apex is the sharpest variant in the model’s current lineup. But while we think its looks are great, we can't say that its performance level, though very solid, quite keeps up. Here is our review.

Mini Will Produce a Next-Gen Convertible… in 2025

British automaker Mini has confirmed there will be a next-generation Mini Convertible, though production might not start until in 2025. The automaker will have to consider if or how to potentially fit in a heavier electric powertrain on a model that’s already heavier than normal due to the roof opening/closing mechanism.

Check out the 200 accessories for the Ford Bronco

We've been expecting there would be some 200 accessories made available with the upcoming Ford Bronco. Well now you can now check those out on Ford of Canada’s website. The choice available is truly breathtaking… though we looked in vain for a kitchen sink. That might be the only thing missing…

2021 Dodge Durango R/T Review: Not an SRT, But...

The 2021 Dodge Durango R/T is an increasingly rare creature in the industry: an old-school SUV. And for many folks, that's just fine! Here's our review of a model that isn't an SRT, but takes itself for one at times.

We Might Soon See a Porsche Boxster Electric Concept

Porsche is reportedly getting ready to introduce to the world an electric concept version of the Boxster. The company’s electrification strategy as electric variants of the Macan and now the Boxster get set to join the Taycan in the Porsche lineup.

Profession: Truck Driver... at 88!

Truck drivers might be in short supply these days, but fortunately there are still folks like Dave Sheets, a very active trucker still going strong at 88 years of age.

The New AWD Toyota Hybrid Models: A Worthwhile Combo?

Early this spring, at Toyota's invitation, Auto123 tested out the automaker's various all-wheel drive systems, including those working within a hybrid configuration. The conclusion is simple: for the driver, the efficiency is there.

Quebec EV Maker Lion Electric Setting Up Shop in Illinois

Quebec company Lion Electric has announced it is building an assembly plant in Illinois as it gets ready for a big expansion into the United States. The firm will build electric buses and heavy-duty trucks at the factory it is going to build in Joliet, a suburb of Chicago.

A Patent Application Points to a Toyota/Lexus Twin-Turbo V8 Engine

A patent application gone viral indicates a twin-turbo engine is in the works at Toyota, though what size it’ll be or what vehicles will welcome it are anyone’s guess. Naturally, that leaves room for rumours to sprout in all directions, one of which has to do with the arrival of a Lexus LC F variant at Lexus.

GM Pickup Truck Production in Oshawa to Start Early

GM Canada has announced that production of full-size pickup trucks will begin earlier than planned at its Oshawa plant. The popularity of this model type in North America is having a positive impact on the GM Oshawa plant – and its workers.

2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e PHEV Review: Value Proposition

Frankly, the 2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e PHEV offers what the xDrive40i does and then adds more, starting with much better fuel economy without sacrificing performance. Yes, it’s heavier because of its powertrain, but that shouldn’t count for much in the eyes of consumers. Here’s our review.

Michelin Plans to Make Tires from Recycled Plastic Bottles

Michelin wants to make tires using recycled plastic bottles. The complex process could rescue three billion plastic bottles per year from garbage dumps. The French manufacturer wants its tires to consist of 40-percent sustainable materials by 2030, and 100 percent by 2050.

Chicago Auto Show Now Scheduled for July

The Chicago Auto Show, normally held in February but postponed due to the ongoing pandemic, will be going ahead after all. It has now been rescheduled for the month of July. If that happens, it means that of all the U.S. auto shows, the Chicago even will have been the least affected; it took place as scheduled in early 2020, just before the pandemic hit.

Genesis Canada Announces Pricing for the 2022 G70

Genesis Canada has announced the price range of its G70 sedan for the 2022 model-year. The model gets some major revisions for the new year, but once again it comes very well-equipped and is as competitively priced as ever.

Auto Microchip Shortage to Ease By Late June

Microchip makers believe the delays in manufacture of electronic chips for new vehicle construction could dwindle within two months. However, the time for those components to make their way along the supply lime means it could be the end of the year before everything is back to normal.

2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe Review: A New Way to Go Off-Road

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe introduces a new twist to the art and science of off-roading. While historically the association between hybridity and off-roading isn’t exactly a natural one, here we are in 2021 - you shouldn't be surprised by anything. Here's our review.

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