Automotive News - August 2021

Watch a Rivian R1T Make Like a Boat

The latest video showing the Rivian R1T in action takes us to the water. The EV maker was testing the truck’s immersion and waterproofing capabilities, and from the looks of it it passed with flying colours.

Nissan NISMO Trucks and SUVs Coming Soon?

Nissan is considering adding NISMO versions of certain SUVs to the U.S. market, according to Automotive News. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but considering the popularity of this type of model, the automaker must be seeing an opportunity.

Nissan Slashes LEAF Pricing for 2022

Nissan is announcing significant discounts on the price of its LEAF model for 2022. Across the lineup, the price has been reduced by $6800. The model now starts at $37,498.

Here's the Retro RV of Your Dreams... and It's for Sale

If you've ever dreamed of buying an old-school RV, there's a unique old Ford-driven vehicle you’ll want to check out over at Worldwide Auctioneers. Just make sure to set a healthy budget for gas. Meet the Camelot Cruiser, all 20 tons of it.

Toyota Has Sold its 50 Millionth Corolla

Toyota has reached an important milestone with its Corolla: the Japanese automaker has just sold the 50 millionth unit of the model worldwide. The Corolla has been available around the world since 1966.

Z Shoes to Go With Your Future Nissan Z

Nissan is partnering with the Negroni brand to offer driving shoes in the colours of the new Z model. These will of course match the colour options that the Japanese automaker is offering with the next-gen Z, coming early next year.

Top 10 Plug-in Hybrid SUVs in Canada in 2021: The Choice Is Growing

Here is our overview of the 10 most popular plug-in hybrid SUVs available in Canada now (or coming soon) - plus one extra all-terrainer thrown in for good measure! From mass-market models to luxury brands, the choice is growing by the month, even with the delays caused by the global chip shortage.

An All-Electric Ram ProMaster by 2023

Ram announced it will offer an all-electric version of its ProMaster starting in 2023. The move is aimed at meeting ever-increasing demand among businesses for electric-powered commercial vehicles.

Ford to Double Production of its F-150 Lightning

Ford will double production of the electric version of its F-150 pickup truck, following strong initial demand. According to a Reuters report, the initial production forecast has been revised upward to 80,000 units by 2024, about double the original total.

2021 Ford Ranger Tremor Review: As We Await the Raptor

The 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor is a truck that delivers what’s needed no matter what the road conditions. For those awaiting for the Raptor, the Tremor version of the Ranger midsize pickup offers a great alternative in the here and now.

Already 100,000 Reservations for the Ford Maverick

Already 100,000 reservations have been received by Ford for its upcoming Maverick pickup. Unsurprisingly, the majority of the orders are coming from major U.S. cities, which suggests there will be significant interest in the hybrid variant.

A Few Tweaks for the 2022 Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen is making some changes to its Jetta for the 2022 model-year. The biggest change is under the hood, as the regular versions of the model get a new powertrain, familiar to those who have driven the new Taos SUV.

2021 Lexus RC F Track Edition Review

Auto123 gets behind the wheel of the 2021 Lexus RC F Track Edition, an exceptional car but one that may not be quite exceptional enough to make its mark in its segment.

A wedding saved by an F-150 hybrid

The Ford F-150 PowerBoost saved the day by providing power for an entire wedding due to a power outage. This kind of story will become more common over the next few years, as the capabilities of electric vehicles will go beyond the mere function of transporting people.

Dodge Plans Gas and Electricity to Coexist

When electrification becomes a reality at Dodge in 2024, it will not be the end of the gasoline engine. However, its days are numbered, as the planned coexistence will not last several years.

The 2023 Nissan Z Makes Its Debut

After months of waiting, we have finally had the official unveiling of the next generation of the Nissan Z. The model that respects the past and the tradition of the original version is in every way promising.

Teens Discover a Forgotten Museum of Vintage Cars in Brazil

A group of adventurous teenagers discovered a forgotten collection of vintage cars in Brazil. Being teens they filmed the escapade, thus alerting the local authorities were alerted. Things progressed from there, including the informing of the current owners!

Ram recalls 266,000 trucks

Stellantis is recalling some 260,000 pickup trucks in North America due to an issue with some airbags. The trouble is caused by a supplier.

Meet the very last NSX, coming for 2022 as a Type S

Acura has introduced the 2022 NSX Type S at Monterey Car Week in California, The automaker confirmed previously that this high-performance variant is its way of giving the supercar a fitting send-off. The NSX will not be back for 2023.

The New Lamborghini Countach: Here it is!

Lamborghini just unveiled the new Countach at the Quail, one of the most prestigious events held as part of the Pebble Beach rally.The model is intended as a modern interpretation of the conceptual study unveiled in 1971.

Lightning Strikes Car on Manitoba Highway

A pickup truck was struck by lightning while driving on a highway in Manitoba. It's the second such incident reported in recent weeks. Fortunately, the couple on board were not injured.

Rear coil springs for the 2022 Toyota Tundra

The rumour has been confirmed: the 2022 Toyota Tundra will be equipped with coil springs on the rear axle. This new approach penalizes the capacities a bit, but on the other hand, it offers a smoother ride compared to more traditional leaf springs.

BMW recalls the… Toyota Supra!

BMW is recalling some 50,000 vehicles, including the Toyota Supra. In total, around 13,000 sports cars from the Japanese giant will have to visit a dealership in order to receive an update to the engine management software regarding brake assist.

Is Nissan working on an electric small pickup truck?

Nissan is reportedly considering an electric compact pickup truck on the market. No decision has been made, but the move could have significant beneficial effects, since every electric pickup truck announced so far is not compact in size.

Lamborghini is bringing back the Countach

Lamborghini confirms the return of the legendary Countach. A 20-second video referring to the model’s past and announcing the upcoming arrival of a new version has been shared by the company.

Man Gets to Buy 1990 Pontiac 6000 14 years after Leaving Owner a Note

Here’s an amazing story of a man getting a call offering a chance to buy a 1990 Pontiac 6000, 14 years after he left a note for the owner. The owner kept the note all these years, before passing away this past March; his son and grandson called the number on the note, and the rest is history. Or at least, a great story.

Volkswagen ID.5 GTX Shows More of Itself Ahead of Reveal

Volkswagen has shared a new set of images showing a camouflaged version of the ID.5 GTX electric SUV that it will unveil at the Munich Motor Show. That event is scheduled to take place next month, assuming the pandemic situation still permits it.

Hyundai Santa Fe Urban Trim Coming for 2022

Hyundai is adding a variant to its Santa Fe lineup for 2022. The Santa Fe Urban, as it will be called in Canada, adds several aesthetic elements that give the model a more rugged look, because well that’s just the thing to do in the industry these days.

2021 New York Auto Show Cancelled as Delta Variant Surges

The 2021 edition of the New York Auto Show has been cancelled due to the new surge in Covid-19 cases caused by the Delta variant. The jump in cases and the resulting new restrictive measures being put in place forced organizers to make the difficult decision to give up on this year’s event.

Subaru Working on a Second Wilderness Model

Subaru unveils two images that announce the imminent arrival of a second Wilderness version within the range. The general consensus is that the Forester is the chosen model for the variant, and our analysis of the images makes us agree.

2021 Volvo S60 T5 Review: The Last of Us

The 2021 Volvo S60 T5 might just be the last of the non-electrified Mohicans in the Swedish carmaker’s new-vehicle lineup, what with the self-imposed 2025 deadline for ridding gas-engine-only models from its lineup coming fast. Here’s our review of an ever-rarer breed on the automotive landscape.

End of the Line for the Toyota Avalon

We can add the Toyota Avalon to the list of casualties in the face of the SUV onslaught; Toyota has confirmed its withdrawal from the market after the 2022 model-year. The Camry will be able to take over within the lineup.

Volkswagen Previews All-Electric ID.5 Coupe-Style SUV

Volkswagen is about to launch another member of the ID family of electric vehicles. Set to debut in Munich next month, the ID.5 is essentially a coupe variant of the ID.4. VW has released some teaser images to whet consumers' appetites.

A Toyota Grand Highlander in 2023?

Toyota is reportedly preparing the arrival of a Grand Highlander for the year 2023. According to Automotive News, the model is indeed being given serious consideration, and it would of course be positioned above the Highlander, but below the Sequoia.

Roof Troubles for the New Ford Bronco?

The Ford Bronco is just taking its first baby steps on the market, but already, some owners are reporting problems with the roof. And both soft and hard top roofs are as issue. New vehicles often display the odd glitch here or there; let's hope, for the owners’ sake and for Ford’s, that the Bronco’s issues end here

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