Automotive News - June 2021

A First Look at the Next Subaru WRX

Subaru has shared an image showing the next-generation WRX, or at least a blurry top half of it. The model is due to be unveiled "soon", as is the other sporty version, the STI.

Volvo Shows New Concept Recharge, Previewing Future EV Design Signature

Volvo today outlined its plans for developing faster-charging and longer-range EV powertrains, with the big showcase being the Concept Recharge. This EV prototype introduces both a new all-electric vehicle platform and the future visual signature for the brand’s all-electric models, freed from the constraints imposed by a combustion engine.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 Makes a First Visit to Canada

We poked, prodded and clambered all over and inside the upcoming new 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV at the invitation of Hyundai Canada on the occasion of a non-state visit by two pre-production models. We were happy to discover that this version has retained many of the Hyundai 45 concept’s beguiling visual elements.

A Reworked Jeep Compass Will Appear at Chicago Auto Show

Jeep will present an updated version of its Compass model at the upcoming Chicago Auto Show, set to get underway late next week. The unveiling of the model is part of a long list of new and revised models to come from the Stellantis group of brands this year.

The Los Angeles Auto Show’s November Dates Are Confirmed

Organizers of the Los Angeles Auto Show have confirmed dates for the 2021 edition of the event, set for this coming November. Unofficially we already know that a normal event is planned and that hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend.

ID.Buzz Prototype Spy Shots Appear Online

Images of the Volkswagen ID.Buzz in prototype form have appeared online, and they give us a clearer picture of the future production model. A few differences from the original concept are noticeable, but the spirit of seems to be preserved - at least for now.

Neil Peart’s Sports Car Collection Heading for the Auction Bloc

A collection of classic sports cars owned and driven by the late Rush drummer Neil Peart is going to auction during Monterey Car Week in August. The seven-car collection includes a 1964 Shelby Cobra, 1963, Chevy Corvette, 1970 Lamborghini Miura… and even a Bond-era Aston Martin DB5.

The Next-Gen Mazda MX-5 Will Be Electrified

Mazda has announced that the next generation of its MX-5 will benefit from some form of electrification. Some form of light hybridity is the most likely, however, since it would allow the model to retain its legendary lightweight nimbleness.

A Mighty Renault Twingo Takes Out a Poor Old Ferrari 488 Pista

A collision between a mighty Renault Twingo and a puny Ferrari 488 Pista is something that, well, you probably want to see. It’s not every day you see a head-to-head battle between cars this diametrically opposed… and one costing just a wee bit more than the other.

Production of the Hyundai Santa Cruz Begins

The Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup truck, long announced and just as long awaited, finally enters production at the company's American factory. When it hits the market, it will find in its path the Honda Ridgeline and Ford's new compact offering, the Maverick.

2022 Infiniti QX60 Introduced: Shoulders, Meet Pressure

Infiniti unveils the 2022 QX60, the second-generation luxury SUV designed for budding families. The new edition shows a certain amount of continuity, but there are some interesting evolutionary elements, particularly on the mechanical front.

The Next-Generation Volvo XC60 Will Be All-Electric

There is credible information that points to Volvo developing the next generation of its XC60 SUV as an all-electric vehicle. The automaker’s partnership with Swedish battery maker Northvolt is helping this and other electric plans come to fruition, hopefully in the promised timeline.

Another Image of the 2022 Toyota Tundra

Toyota has unveiled another image of the 2022 Toyota Tundra, this time of the interior… or at least, part of the interior. The new image, showing a portion of the front dash and new screen, is the third official one produced by Toyota, and the first since it showed us the exterior of the model last weekend.

First Glimpse of the next Lexus LX

The Lexus LX is getting a new look for 2022 and a first image giving us an idea of what to expect has been released. This time, the model won’t be accompanied on the American market by its cousin the Toyota Land Cruiser, which the automaker has already confirmed will no longer be offered there.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Review: The Newest Pioneer from VW

The all-new 2021 Volkswagen ID.4, VW's first all-electric model to appear on the North American continent, has undeniable qualities, but also suffers from a few shortcomings that the German manufacturer will have to correct. Here is our review.

Yokohama Geolandar CV G058 Tire Review

The Yokohama Geolandar CV G058 tire is designed firstly to deliver improved grip in wet weather, secondly to quieten the ride, and thirdly to give those who ride all-seasons in winter a better and safer ride. Here’s our review.

2021 Mazda CX-3 Review: Going, going…

It was recently confirmed that the Mazda CX-3 is getting the axe in the U.S., but will soldier on in Canada against all odds, thanks to decent-to-robust sales in the Great White North. Here’s our review of the 2021 CX-3.

The Honda Clarity Won’t Be Back in 2022

Honda is ending production of its Clarity model after this year. The ungainly car had a number of good qualities, not least of which a range of some 80 km, but its oddball styling undermined it from the start.

Hyundai Wants Flying Taxis in the Air by 2025

Hyundai had previously declared its desire to launch a flying taxi service in 2028, but now it appears that could happen sooner. A company executive alluded to the tightened timeline in a recent interview given to Reuters.

Lincoln's Electrification Plan Revs Up

Electrification plans are accelerating at Lincoln, which has pledged to make its lineup all-electric by 2030. To kick things off, a new all-electric SUV is expected next year.

Production of the Ford Bronco is Finally Underway

Production of the Ford Bronco is finally underway at the automaker’s plant in Michigan. Initially, the company will work to fulfill orders placed after the model was first announced. Which means that if you order a Bronco now, you’ll likely be getting a 2022 model.

Style Tweaks for the 2022 Subaru Forester

Subaru is making exterior design changes to its Forester for 2022. The model just previewed by the automaker is for the Japanese market, but it gives us a good idea of what to expect here.

2021 Toyota 4Runner Trail Review: When Reliability Rules

The 2021 Toyota 4Runner Trail is a very odd duck indeed in the current automotive landscape. It’s a thoroughly un-modern 4x4 frozen in time, but the 4Runner remains, thanks to its unique qualities and loyal following. Here’s our review of the Trail variant of the model.

Lexus Introduces the Second-Generation 2022 NX

Lexus has unveiled the second generation of its NX SUV. There are several notable changes and additions, not least of them the introduction of a plug-in hybrid version to the lineup, as well as an overhauled multimedia system.

Over 100,000 Reservations Already for the Ford F-150 Lightning

Ford has confirmed that over 100,000 reservations have been made for the F-150 Lightning. While it's true that requires but a $100 (refundable) commitment, it still shows real interest in the model among consumers you wouldn’t necessarily think are the biggest EV bandwagon jumpers.

The Next Nissan Z Will Be Presented on August 17

Nissan has pegged August 17 for the date it will reveal everything about the next-generation Z. While there’s much we already know, there are still a number of details we’re itching to know – not least of which, the specs for the powertrain that will drive the car.

Sold for $1.3 Million: A Single Parking Space in Hong Kong

A parking space has just sold for a mind-boggling US $1.3 million USD in Hong Kong. Not a parking lot, no, but a single solitary parking space. Nor surprisingly it’s a new standard-setting price for a single parking spot, but ridiculous prices for these valuable spaces is not uncommon there.

Pickups Have Gotten Bigger... and Deadlier

Pickup trucks have become more dangerous – and deadlier - as they’ve increased in size in recent years, according to a new report by Consumer Reports. Over the past decade, pedestrian deaths resulting from collisions with pickup trucks have increased by 46 percent.

Kia Presents Next-Gen 2023 Sportage

Kia has unveiled the next-generation 2023 Sportage compact-sized SUV, revealing a radical styling change both inside and out. The model will debut next year in other markets as a 2022 model, but won't arrive here until 2022 carrying the 2023 tag.

The Hornet Name Said to Be Buzzing Around at Dodge HQ

The Hornet name has been heard buzzing around at Dodge HQ, apparently. Speculation has picked up that that a new model under than name is being planned. This time, the model would be derived from the new Alfa Romeo Tonale that we've been waiting on for a while.

For Fiat, the Future is Electric

Fiat's top boss, Olivier François, said the Stellantis-owned Italian automaker will go all-electric by 2030. For the brand, whose lineup is not the strongest in the group, electrification could be a lifeline.

Nissan Ariya's Debut Postponed

Nissan has announced that its first electric SUV, the Ariya, will see its debut delayed. The automaker points the finger at both Covid-19 and the global microchip shortage for the delay, which is expected to set back the launch of the model by a few months.

Lexus Will introduce 2nd-Generation NX on June 11

Lexus will introduce the second generation of its NX SUV on June 11. Expect some changes, of course, but also some continuity, as the NX has been a solid sales performer since its debut in 2015. Here’s a first image as an appetizer ahead of the big reveal.

New York Auto Show Gets Green Light for This Summer

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has confirmed that the New York Auto Show will be held this summer. Recall that last year the event was first postponed from April to August before being cancelled, and that this year it was similarly postponed from the spring due to the pandemic.

The Ford Maverick Will Debut on June 8

Ford confirms the return of the Maverick name to its lineup. The compact pickup truck that will carry it is to be presented on June 8. We get early teaser images to whet our appetites.

Hyundai Canada Now Taking Pre-Orders on Ioniq 5

Hyundai Canada announced it has opened the books on taking pre-orders for the upcoming Ioniq 5 electric vehicle. The model will be available with one of two battery packs offering different ranges, starting this fall.

The BMW i4 Electric Sedan Makes its Official Debut

BMW introduced two production-ready electric vehicles today, and one of them is the i4 sedan. The latter, which is built in the same general format as the 4-Series Gran Coupe, promises interesting levels of performance - particularly since BMW is planning an M performance variant.

BMW Introduces the iX, Its First All-Electric SUV

BMW unveils its first all-electric SUV, the iX xDrive50. Innovative in so many ways, it will be the first to give us a glimpse of the future of the electric vehicle – at, least, the way BMW envisions it. Here are images and all the details on the EV we should see in Canada early in 2022.

Porsche Said to Be Considering an Electric Rival to Tesla’s Model 3

Porsche is said to considering green-lighting a new electric-powered sedan, smaller than the Taycan, that would compete directly with the Tesla Model 3 and BMW’s upcoming i4 EV. There’s even a name possibly attached to the possible future model: the Porsche Cajun. That's the name, by the way, that had originally been intended for what became the Macan.

Toyota Adds a TRD Sport Version to its 4Runner for 2022

Toyota is adding another variant to the 4Runner lineup for 2022, the TRD Sport. Despite its age, the model is still very popular with enthusiasts, but Toyota will have to get going on a new generation, and do it sooner rather than later.

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