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An October Surprise from Mini? The Company Hints Something Is Coming

Mini hints it’s working on something exciting, something it will tell us about in October. It could a special edition, it could be something electric, it could be both. Then gain, the October surprise could be something completely different, and it could even end up being something not that exciting! Stay tuned.

An Hour at the Wheel of the 2022 Toyota GR 86

The 2022 Toyota GR 86 is more mature than its predecessor, though the proportions are the same and the silhouette generally respects the lines of the first generation. Here is our (quick) test drive.

Genesis GV60 All-Electric SUV Makes Official Debut

The Genesis GV60, the Korean brand’s very first all-electric model, has been given its global debut presentation. Details and specifications may differ for the model we expect to arrive here for the 2023 model-year, but we get the general picture regarding the model, its looks and its capabilities.

2021 Nissan Versa: Quick Review & Essential Guide

Here’s what you need to know about the 2021 Nissan Versa and its specifications and capabilities. That includes details about what’s new, the model range, the vehicle’s features, powertrain(s) and interior – and of course how it drives. Here’s our quick review.

Jeep Presents 2022 Grand Cherokee 4xe

Jeep has made the official introductions for the next-generation 2022 Grand Cherokee, with the new 4xe version the clear highlight of the changes presented. That variant becomes the second in the Jeep lineup to offer an electric range, after the Wrangler.

The 2023 Acura Integra Takes Shape, As a 5-Door Hatchback

The first teaser image of the upcoming 2023 Acura Integra reveals that the car will be a 5-door hatchback model; we also see a very stylized silhouette. For the moment, however, mum’s the word regarding what type of powertrain it will use, or any of the specs.

AMG Gives its Two-Cents Worth on Longevity of V8s

According to Mercedes-Benz's AMG performance division, the V8 engine will stick around for another 10 years before it goes the way of the dodo. It remains to be seen in which models, in what form and where in the world.

The Best Winter Tires for Larger SUVs & Pickup Trucks in Canada for 2021-2022

Snow, ice, cold, slush - here comes another challenge looming on the horizon, in what has been another extraordinary year. But this challenge is a perfectly predictable one, all you have to do is look at the calendar! To help you prepare for the cold season, Auto123.com offers you its winter tire buying guide for large SUVs and light-duty trucks for 2021-2022.

A Colourful New Limited Edition for the 2022 Ram 1500 TRX

Ram is adding a rather colourful version to its TRX lineup for 2022. The limited-edition Ignition adds a little more to the mix in terms of equipment, but more importantly in terms of appearance – not least of which its bright orange exterior finish.

Michigan State Police Using Ford Mustang Mach-E in Test

Michigan State Police have implemented a pilot project to evaluate the possibility of using Ford Mustang Mach-Es as police vehicles. An adapted version of the all-electric model is already in use in the United Kingdom; it's only a matter of time before we see it employed by law enforcement here.

Those Wanting a Gas-Powered Porsche Macan Have Until 2024

Porsche plans to retire the gasoline-powered Macan in 2024, about a year after the SUV’s all-electric version hits the market. This is a plan and not a final decision, and is of course subject to change, but sure sources are saying this is indeed the German automaker’s intent.

Volkswagen To Revive the Scout Name?

Ford’s done it, and Jeep’s done it. Now Volkswagen is said to be considering reviving a name from the past. The Scout nomenclature belongs to one of its divisions, with its history stretching back to 1960, within the International group.

An All-Electric Porsche 718 Boxster By 2025?

We could see Porsche produce an all-electric 718 Boxster by 2025, if Car and Driver is to be believed. The company's shift to electric mobility would thus be applied to the car that was a major contributor to the company's revival a little over 20 years ago.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Review: What’s in a Name?

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E all-electric SUV has been the source of many an argument already regarding the wisdom of using the Mustang name on it. But what’s in a name anyways? How the vehicle performs on the road and treats its occupants is the more germane question. Here’s our full review.

Ford Confirms Bronco Raptor is On the Way

Ford has confirmed what most people were anticipating, namely the arrival of a Raptor version of the new Bronco. The model promises to be extreme, as even the Bronco’s base versions are already pretty tough.

The 2022 Acura RDX Freshens Up

Acura is giving its RDX SUV some mid-cycle updates for the 2022 model-year. The current generation of Acura's best-selling model is reaching middle age and earns itself from improvements to help keep it fresh and attractive.

Honda Wants to Sell 70,000 Prologues in 2024

Honda wants to sell 70,000 units of its upcoming 2024 Prologue electric SUV annually - starting from its first year on the market in 2024. This goal is for the U.S. market, where the company hopes to reach 500,000 electric vehicle sales by 2030.

Ford to Dust Off More Old Nameplates?

Ford says it is pretty open to resurrecting other names from its long and storied past for future models. This is if you believe the company's European design manager when he spoke with the Autocar website.

Cadillac Taking Orders for Lyriq EV As of Now

General Motors has announced it is opening the order book for the Cadillac Lyriq all-electric SUV, set to debut in autumn 2022. That’s a long way off and most of the future EV’s direct rivals have themselves mostly not debuted yet either, so we’ll see how committed early buyers are ready to be at this stage.

First Look at the 2022 Toyota Tundra

Our first meeting with the redesigned 2022 Tundra confirmed to us that Toyota has improved its truck on several levels for the new year. Now all that’s left is the ultimate test: how it handles itself on the road, and off it.

Chevrolet Bolt: the production stopped until mid-October

General Motors has announced that production halt of the Chevrolet Bolt will continue until mid-October. The company is still working to find a solution to the problems with batteries from supplier LG Chem, which have been responsible for 10 fires so far.

Someone paid $ 56,000 for this 1987 Chevrolet Camaro

A 1987 Camaro just broke the bank on BringaTrailer; it sold for $ 56,000 US. The price seems exagerated, but the price for original and good condition models from the ‘80s is starting to climb. Who knows if the new owner didn't get a good deal after all? We’ll know the answer in 15 or 20 years.

Rivian R1T: Production Officially Underway

Rivian officially began production of its R1T, with company CEO RJ Scaringe driving the first pickup truck off the assembly line yesterday. In the process, the fledgling company beat out Tesla, GM and everyone else in being the first to offer consumers an all-electric pickup truck.

Jeep Gladiator Debuts in France... at 70,900 Euros

The Jeep Gladiator is making its debut in France and it comes at a daunting price point that seems almost designed to shoo away buyers. French buyers wanting the pickup will have to shell out at least 70,900 Euros for the privilege, or roughly $106,000 CAD!

Kia Niro EV Long-Term Review, Part 4

Auto123 puts the Kia Niro EV to the long-term test. Today, part 4, in which we go over the ABCs of charging an EV via the various means currently available to us, and what each gets us.

Meet This Very Un-Typical Rolls-Royce Concept

Rolls-Royce is showing rather a-typical concept, certainly not one you would expect form the luxury brand. The BMW-owned company has promised to reduce its carbon footprint at all levels, and this prototype serves to give a first taste of what that might look like.

Gran Turismo 7 Teaser Video Will Set Mouths Watering

The release date for Gran Turismo 7 has been announced for March 4, 2022, with a video released showing the first sequences from the game. Let's just hope that this time, its arrival will not be affected by any delays, as was the case with the previous generation.

Chevrolet Introduces an Updated Silverado for 2022

Chevrolet has introduced the updated version of its Silverado pickup for the year 2022. Beside the richer interior, most notable is the addition of the Super Cruise partial autonomous-drive system; it will debut initially in the High Country version.

Subaru Introduces Revised 2022 WRX

Subaru has unveiled the new generation of its WRX sports sedan. What stands out most is the continuity, both in terms of design and promised performance. However, the car does benefit from a new powertrain and a new platform.

2021 Mazda MX-5 Long-Term Review, Part 5 of 5

Auto123 puts the 2021 Mazda MX-5 to the test in a long-term review. Today, the fifth and last chapter of our review of a car that continues to reveal itself, even after a prolonged test drive. Which is the point of the exercise, of course. Today we dawdle on a few of those revelations before we bid this Miata adieu.

Ford Teases Revised 2023 Ranger in New Video

Ford has released a video showing the next generation of its Ranger model in action. The pickup will be introduced by the end of the year elsewhere in the world and in North America in 2022 as a 2023 model.

Ford Resolving Bronco Roof Issues

Ford is in the process of fixing the roof problems that have marked the debut of its new Bronco. The company will be shipping replacement components to dealers so they can complete models that were waiting for this part.

2021 Honda Accord Hybrid Review: Hitting the Mark

The 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid dares you to call it boring. Go ahead, just try. It’s got distinctive, almost futuristic looks and it sets out to prove that a mid-size sedan running on a hybrid powertrain need not be dull and practical. Here’s our review

New Rules Seek to Eliminate Phantom Vehicles at Night in Canada

New vehicle lighting standards come into effect this month in Canada. Specifically, all new vehicles will be required to have an automatic function for lights, or have their dashboard turned off if the lights are not on. The goal is to get rid of phantom vehicles on nighttime roads once and for all.

Global Shortage of Microchips Could Last Into 2023

Several automakers are warning that the global microchip crisis could continue to affect automotive production into 2023. They estimate that currently, global production of the chips is running 10 percent short of what the car industry needs.

Munich 2021: BMW Presents the i Vision Circular Concept, a Recyclable Car

At the Munich Motor Show, BMW presented a concept car that has the particularity of being entirely recyclable. The i Vision Circular won’t ever see the light of day as a real live vehicle, but the innovations developed for it will allow the brand to, among other improvements, increase the percentage of recoverable materials that it uses in the design of its vehicles.

Munich 2021: Mercedes-Benz Shows Electric G-Class Concept

Chief among the several presentations made by Mercedes-Benz at the Munich Auto Show on now was a new all-electric concept version of its G-Class model. The automaker is promising the new EQG will display the same off-road capabilities as its originator. The exact timing of its arrival isn’t known.

2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line Review: The Handsome Middle Child

The 2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line is the sportier-looking variant of the sedan, and it also offers slightly sharper performance capabilities. Here's our review of an Elantra that ably fills the spot in the model lineup between the regular and N performance versions.

Genesis Rides GV70 to New Sales Heights in Canada

As it hoped, the new GV70 compact SUV has given Genesis momentum as it seeks to implant itself on the luxury vehicle landscape in Canada. The company predicted that the GV70 would quickly account for a large percentage of the brand’s sales, and so it has come to be.

Nissan Reimagines One of its Classic Models as an EV

Nissan has shared an imagined electric-powered redesign of one of its classics, the 1965 Silvia. The nod to the past is very appealing here, and we can only hope that this design will one day become a real live actual car.

2021 Nissan Kicks Review: It's Friday... Let's Gooo!

The 2021 Nissan Kicks, a very serviceable weekend adventurer… within limits. The small crossover’s good looks also make it an appealing choice for those who want some style but aren’t ready for the freakier C-HR, for instance. Those who want AWD, however, will have to move on to another choice. Here’s our review.

Subaru Officially Presents 2022 Forester Wilderness Edition

A day after early leaked images spoiled the little bit of suspense left surrounding the next Wilderness edition, Subaru presented the Forester’s newest variant this week. The off-road focused variant comes with a sticker price of $33,495 CAD and debuts at dealers this coming November.

Subaru Recalling Some 2021 Impreza Cars Over Suspension Issue

Subaru is recalling some 2021 Impreza cars for a potential problem related to a front suspension arm. On the 802 vehicles affected by the recall, the arm may have been improperly welded and could come off. The company recommends that the vehicles not be driven until they are repaired.

Polestar 2 Gets More-Affordable Entry-Level Version for 2022

The all-electric Polestar 2 will come at a reduced price in 2022, notably with the addition of a sub-$50,000 2WD entry-level version. The more-powerful, two-motor, AWD variant is back as well, and it gets a lower price of entry as well to entice luxury EV buyers.

Most GM plants in North America Shutting Down Next Monday

Most of GM's North American plants will be closed as of next Monday, the automaker announced today, in response to the ongoing shortage of microchips. In many cases, the break will be two weeks; consumers might not feel the effects for a few months still.

Chevrolet Halts Production of the 2022 Bolt EV

Chevrolet is putting production of its new 2022 Bolt on hold while it fixes a few problems. The most significant issue has to do with the LG-supplied batteries, as the problem with these batteries causing fires has still not been corrected.

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