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The Next Honda Civic Si, More Powerful than Advertised?

The new 2022 Honda Civic Si is said – by its maker no less - to be less powerful than its predecessor, but a dyno test seems to show otherwise. The folks behind the Hondata YouTube channel have come up with results that show the new Civic Si delivering a few more horses than the old.

Mazda Canada Announces Pricing for 2022 CX-5 SUV

Mazda Canada has shared pricing info for the 2022 CX-5. The popular SUV is slightly redesigned for the new year and offers more standard equipment, including i-Activ AWD in all models. The model will start to appear at dealerships this winter carrying a base MSRP of $30,200 CAD.

GM Asks C8 Owners What They Think of an Electric Corvette

General Motors has been sending questionnaires to owners of the new Corvette to sound them out about the possibility of a future all-electric version of the model, according to the Mid Engine Corvette online forum. There’s a variety of opinions in the responses, but some of them are open to the idea.

Might Porsche Be Considering a Big, Three-Row SUV?

There’s serious speculation afoot that Porsche is considering producing a large SUV that would be bigger than the Cayenne. Big enough, in fact, that it would have three rows and could compete with other models of its kind across the industry.

Ontario’s Liberals Pledge Return of EV Incentive If Elected

If they are elected on June 2 of next year, Ontario’s Liberals have pledged they will bring back the electric-vehicle incentive chopped down by the current Ford administration. In essence, an Ontario Liberal government would bring its policy into line with Quebec's.

2021 Toyota Corolla L Manual: Quick Review & Essentials Guide

Here's what you need to know about the 2021 Toyota Corolla L manual, 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.

Meet the Next-Gen 2023 Kia Niro

Kia yesterday unveiled the second generation of its Niro SUV in Seoul. The model, which will arrive sometime next year as a 2023 vintage, will still be available in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric configurations.

Here's the Next Ford Ranger, in Global Form

The next generation of the Ford Ranger has just been unveiled, but in its global-market iteration. We'll have to wait for the details on the North American version, but this reveal does show what the pickup will look like in our market.

Production of the Hellcat Engine Will End in 2023

Dodge has confirmed that it will stop producing the Hellcat engine at some point in 2023. The company is preparing for its electric future, and by 2024, the power propelling its vehicles will be electric in nature.

The 10 Best 2022 Vehicles According to Car and Driver

Car and Driver magazine's list of the top 10 vehicles for 2022 is made on the theme of heroes, and it contains some of the usual suspects as well as some potential surprises. Auto123 takes a look and adds its own grain of salt.

Nissan Altima Driver Survives Horrific Crash

A woman survived a horrific-looking accident in Washington state this week. Her car, a Nissan Altima, was struck by a semi-truck and literally folded over on impact. And somehow, the driver of the Altima suffered only minor injuries.

A Mazda CX-60 Is Spotted On-Road in Japan

A Mazda SUV bearing the CX-60 name has been spotted on road in Japan and duly captured in spy images. More than anything, these are interesting because they offer a glimpse of what's to come with the brand's new RWD-based SUVs.

Ford Wants to Produce Its Own Microchips

Like other players in the automotive sector, Ford is affected by the global microchip shortage, and it is considering a long-term solution. The American manufacturer has reached an agreement with chip maker GlobalFoundries to take chip production "in-house" as a way to sidestepping such shortages in the future.

Los Angeles 2021: Hyundai Introduces the Seven Concept

Hyundai presented the Seven concept today at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It remains a design study in the truest sense of the term, but it likely opens a window on aspects of the future Ioniq 7 electric SUV, which will certainly borrow some styling cues from it.

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan First Drive: It Won’t Be Easy

A mid-cycle redesign gives the 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan better arguments to convince buyers in the compact SUV category, but is it enough? Here's our first test of a vehicle condemned to fight it out in a crowded field of high-quality models.

Is Lexus Preparing the Return of the LFA?

Lexus would like to bring back its LFA supercar in 2025. This time, the model would be partially electrified, this according to Best Cars magazine. It's just a rumour at this point, but there are many fans hoping it turns out to be more.

Kia Niro EV Long-Term Review, Part 6

Auto123 puts the Kia Niro EV to the long-term test. Today, part 6, as our questions are answered! We learn, among other things, that the on-board computer decides many things without consulting us ...

Acura Shows off Styling of its 2023 Integra, in Prototype Form

Acura showed off the exterior design of its reborn Integra model tonight ahead of a fuller unveiling at the Los Angeles Auto Show next week. We’ll know more at that point about the future sporty sedan’s performance specifications, and about its interior, which was not shown this time around.

Rivian Stock Flew Out of the Blocks on Day One

Rivian is off to a roaring start in the stock market. Its first day on the market saw it reach a market capitalization of $11.9 billion. That's unheard of for a U.S. firm since Facebook's stock market debut in 2012.

Vehicle Production Finally Resumes at GM's Oshawa plant

Production of pickup trucks has finally resumed at GM's Oshawa, Ontario plant. Production was shut down there in December 2019, but efforts by the workers’ union at the plant to keep it open continued on. This resulted in a facility upgrade, leading to a resumption of production.

There Will Be a Montreal Auto Show Next January (Fingers Crossed)

The 2022 edition of the Montreal Auto Show is a go, as organizers confirm January 21-30 dates for the event. Organizers are taking pains to temper expectations, however, saying the show won’t be a full-scale event given the decision by some automakers to forsake auto shows, at least for the moment.

Kia Again Teases EV9 Ahead of LA Reveal Next Week

Kia has shared more images of the EV9 design study ahead of the model’s big presentation next week in Los Angeles. The latest images reveal a Telluride-like vehicle with a long flat roof and a vertical front end – not necessarily conducive to maximizing range. We’ll see what Kia says about that on November 17.

New Images of the Upcoming Ford Bronco Raptor Surface Online

New images of a partially camouflaged version of the future Ford Bronco Raptor are now online, courtesy the Bronco Nation website. The new variant features a few distinct design elements, such as a wider grille and more prominent fender flares, conceived at least in part to allow for placing an even beastlier engine in the Bronco.

Mazda Will Introduce its New CX-50 on November 15

Mazda will introduce its new CX-50 SUV on November 15. The model will be positioned above the CX-5 in the lineup, and it’s the first of several new models to come from the Japanese automaker in the next few years.

Toyota, a Global Climate Change Foot Dragger?

A new report by a UK-based independent think tank points the finger at Toyota as being one of the global companies least helpful in the climate change fight. One of the charges laid against the automotive giant is its reluctance to move aggressively away from combustion engines and hybrid powertrains in 2020 and 2021.

Three More Weeks Before Production of The Chevy Bolt Resumes

Production of the Chevrolet Bolt will be shut down for an additional three weeks. GM is focusing first on replacing battery modules in existing models before restarting the assembly of new Bolts for good. If all goes well, production should resume on December 6.

2022 Toyota Corolla Cross First Drive: A Modern Version of the Matrix

The 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross is a well-conceived vehicle designed for those looking for a reliable, practical long-term ride able to transport small families for years without worry. As far as driving pleasure is concerned, however, best to temper your expectations. Here’s our first drive review.

The First Electric Alfa Romeo Is Set for 2024

Alfa Romeo will offer its first all-electric vehicle in 2024, according to a new report by Autocar magazine. The identity or even form of the model has not been revealed. However, it wouldn’t be surprising if it turns out to be an SUV, and one based on similar models that are coming from Jeep and Fiat.

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe RST Review: Dura-Maxed

The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe RST sits in a bit of a sweet spot in the model lineup with its sharp looks and diesel-enabled fuel economy. Just mind you don’t go nuts with the options. Here’s our review.

Mini Teases the Next-Gen Cooper in Camo Garb

Mini has shared photos of the next-generation Cooper, dressed in camouflage. The model is instantly recognizable, of course, and it’s possible to spot some new design elements, but most of the details – including the interior - remains under wraps for now. The model is due in 2023.

Volkswagen Unveils New ID.5 Coupe-Style SUV

Volkswagen has presented the ID.5, a coupe-style adjunct to its previously introduced ID.4 all-electric SUV. It is not planned for North America, however – at least, not for now. Whether VW changes its mind might depend on how well the ID.4 does here.

Hyundai Teases Seven Concept Ahead of Los Angeles Auto Show Presentation

Hyundai has teased some early images of the Seven concept, which it plans to unveil in full at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. Not surprisingly, the smart betting money is on this prototype, which appears to be a three-row SUV, is an unfinished version of the previously announced future Ioniq 7.

Porsche Experience Centre Coming to Toronto Area

Porsche Canada has announced it will open a Porsche Experience Centre in the Toronto area. The facility will be the company's tenth worldwide, and only its third in North America after Los Angeles and Atlanta.

2022 Honda Civic Si Gets $33,150 Price Point in Canada

Honda Canada has announced pricing for the next-generation 2022 Civic Si, coming to dealerships later this year. With only one version in the offering, things couldn’t be simpler: Buyers get a $33,150 MSRP to ponder, along with $1,700 in transport and preparation fees.

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio: Quick Review & Essential Guide

Here’s what you need to know about the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio 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.

Production of Chevrolet Equinox Has Resumed in Ontario

Production of the Chevrolet Equinox has resumed in Ontario, after months of shutdowns and slowed operations caused by the microchip shortage. The CAMI plant will continue making the SUV until the spring of 2022, after which the plant will be refitted to accommodate production of another model in the fall of 2022.

Toyota Gives New Details About its bZ4X Electric SUV

Toyota has shared further details about its first all-electric SUV, the bZ4X, and shown a version that is really getting close to the finished product. The model is expected to launch commercially in the second half of 2022.

Over-the-Air Updates Will Increase Range of Volvo EVs

Volvo will make the first online or ‘over the air’ (OTA) updates for some of its vehicles this week. Owners of electrified Volvos will be glad to know that one of the improvements they will bring relates to the range of all-electric Recharge models.

The Volkswagen ID.5 Will Make Its Official Debut This Week

This week Volkswagen will present the ID.5 and its GTX performance variant to the world. The new EV is in essence a coupe-style variant of the ID.4 all-electric SUV, so many of the new VW’s performance specs will follow that model’s figures closely.

Another Recall for the Ford Bronco Sport

Ford is issuing another recall for its Bronco Sport, the fifth in less than a year. This time, the problem affects the sunroof on some models; the parts in question could come off while driving.

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