Automotive News - December 2021

Tesla Issues Two Recalls Affecting Close to 500,000 Vehicles

Tesla is recalling over 475,000 vehicles as part of two separate recalls, the largest of which involves potential failure of the rearview camera. That recall affects 356,309 2017-2020 Model 3s, while the second recall, which addresses a faulty hood latch, concerns 119,009 Model S vehicles.

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Review: Truck or Car?

It’s no lie to describe the 2022 Santa Cruz as an authentic pickup truck, but it’s equally honest to label it a car/crossover mutant with a cargo box. It just depends on your mood. Here's our review.

NHTSA Takes Next Step in Investigating Hyundai-Kia Engine Fires

The NHTSA has opened what it calls an “engineering analysis” to look deeper into issues that have caused a number of engine fires in Hyundai and Kia vehicles in recent years. From this, the agency could decide a large-scale recall is warranted, which could affect some 3 million vehicles.

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Review: All Shiny and New!

Thanks to the partnership with Nissan/Renault, the Outlander has been given a new lease on life with its new generation. Here's our review of an SUV that remains popular in Canada, even though competition is plentiful in the segment.

Here Are the 11 Most Notable All-New Models We Reviewed in 2021

Auto123 picks the 11 most notable all-new vehicles we reviewed for the first time in an eventful 2021 for the automotive world. Between electrification and self-driving technologies, between the pandemic and supply-chain challenges, the times, as Dylan said, they are a’ changin’…

Kia Seltos Could Go Hybrid for 2023

A report out of South Korea this week indicates that Kia is developing a hybrid variant of its Seltos sub-compact SUV, and that it could be ready for 2023.

Subaru Will Be Busy at the Upcoming Tokyo Motor Show

Subaru has several cards up its sleeve that will spill out on the table at the next Tokyo Motor Show. In preparation for the event that will take place in less than a month, the company has shared an image of a concept that will be unveiled there. Expect some other models dressed up in new STI accessories as well.

The 10 Most Affordable New Cars in Canada in 2022

Fortunately, for bargain hunters in Canada in 2022, there are still new cars available at really affordable prices. You have to be willing to make some compromises, but then you'll be able to drive a good quality car for a really reasonable price!

At Least 122 C8 Corvettes Wrecked by Recent U.S. Tornadoes

GM says at least 122 Chevrolet Corvettes are being scrapped because they were so heavily damaged by the recent tornadoes that damaged its plant in Kentucky. The total may climb, as inspections of completed C8s that had been parked outside the facility continue.

Nikola Delivers its first electric Semi Trucks

It once promised the world an electric pickup truck before scandal dramatically scuppered its plans. But now EV start-up Nikola has delivered its first battery-powered semi-trailers. The model it has put together delivers more than 500 km of range and a payload capacity of 82,000 lb, according to its own promises.

Audi Canada Confirms TT RS and RS 3 Won’t Be Back in 2022

Audi Canada confirms that two its high-performance models, the TT RS and RS 3, are not part of the division’s lineup for 2022. Dealers have been advised to steer buyers who had made deposits on the two models to other options in the brand’s lineup in Canada.

2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Review: Ultra

No one could make a plausible argument against this statement: The 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye is one of the most insane, off-the-wall cars it is possible to legally drive when not on a track. At some point government is sure to step in with new regulations, but for now the arms race rages on. Here’s our review.

2022 Subaru Forester First Drive: Let’s Get Wild(erness)

The Subaru Forester 2022 is substantially revised for this new edition, and while we can confirm that the SUV retains all its usual charms, there is a new one added to the list: the new Wilderness version. Here is our first test of the 2022 Foreste and its wilder variant.

Arrival Presents Its Car EV Designed in Collaboration with Uber

The Arrival Car made its official online debut today, the result of a collaboration between a fledgling UK-based EV maker and ridesharing giant Uber. For now, the all-electric people mover is designed with the European market in mind, but the Arrival company is setting up shop in North America, so…

GMC Shares First Teaser Image of All-Electric Sierra Truck

GMC has shared a first teaser image showing the front end of its upcoming electric Sierra pickup. The model is expected to be available in 2022 as a 2023 model, and with the Hummer EV it will give the brand not one but two electric trucks to offer consumers – a total no one else can match.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX: a Coming Star Attraction at CES 2022

The Mercedes-Benz EQXX concept we saw in snippets two weeks ago will make its official debut at CES 2022 in Las Vegas in early January. According to its maker, the Vision EQXX concept is the most efficient vehicle ever produced by the company. Here’s a new image of the electric model.

Vinfast Will Debut Three More New EVs at CES 2022

Vietnamese automaker VinFast will present three more new all-electric models at the next Consumer Electronics Show in January to go with the two it premiered in Los Angeles last month. The new models remain incognito, but we can expect a small SUV called the VF e34, and two even smaller models.

So About That Electric Pickup Previewed By Toyota …

An electric pickup concept was one of several eye-catching concepts shown during Toyota's presentation this week. The model, which looks close to production, could hit the budding electric pickup segment sooner rather than later. But is it a third, all-new Toyota pickup or simply an electric version of the next-gen Tacoma?

Lexus Again Teases the RZ, its First (North American) All-Electric Vehicle

The presentation of Toyota/Lexus’ electrification plan included new images that tell us more about the future Lexus RZ electric crossover. The EV is of course essentially the luxury counterpart to Toyota first all-electric SUV, the BZ4X (and to Subaru’s Solterra, while we’re at it), and shares many of the Toyota EV’s components.

Toyota Will Invest $70 Billion in Plan to Electrify its Lineup

A long-time BEV skeptic, Toyota’s attitude towards the technology is “evoliving”, shall we say. Today the automotive giant unveiled its plan to invest $70 billion to electrify its lineup, and Lexus will lead the way. The luxury brand will, if all goes well, be an all-electric brand worldwide by 2035.

Genesis Presents the Next-Generation 2023 G90 Sedan

Genesis has presented in greater detail the 2023 edition of its G90 sedan, which has been completely redesigned for the occasion. Buyers can expect, among other things, luxury in spades and new features that promise to get heads turning.

Another 1975 Bricklin SV-1 Went Up For Sale Online Last Week

For at least the third time in recent months, a Bricklin SV-1 was offered up for sale online last week. The model was much derided in its time for its failings on the quality, performance and comfort front, but it has a become more lovable over the years, it seems.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee First Drive: Taking the Short Way Home

Le Jeep Grand Cherokee souffle sa trentième bougie cette année, le légendaire 4x4 lancé en 1992 (en tant que modèle 1993) qui s’accompagne déjà d’une variante L depuis quelques mois pour plaire aux troupes plus nombreuses. Voici notre premier essai du vrai Grand Cherokee, cleui sans le L.

Canada Wants to Impose EV Sales Quotas on Auto Dealers Starting in 2023

The Canadian federal government says it will act to impose quotas on dealerships across Canada for electric-vehicle sales starting at the end of 2022 or early in 2023. The quotas are designed to help Canada catch up to other countries and reach its targets for eliminating greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Toyota Will Produce a Fifth-Generation Prius

Toyota confirms it is sticking with its pioneering hybrid model for at least one more go-around. The automaker says we can expect a fifth-generation Prius to launch as early as next year. There is speculation it might feature a hydrogen-burning combustion engine, something Toyota has been working on for a while.

Audi Confirms All-Electric R8 Replacement

Audi confirmed this week what it has long hinted at, that it will produce an all-electric sports car as a replacement for the departing R8 supercar. It may keep the R8 name or it may not, but what counts is that the German automaker will continue on with a halo car in the high-performance field.

Vehicle Sales Were Down Almost 14 Percent in Canada in November

Automotive sales figures crunched by Desrosiers Automotive Consultants show a continuing downward trend in vehicle sales in Canada in November. The lack in inventory might be more to blame than lack of demand, however, which means better sales performances should come as shortages are resolved.

Nissan Will Bring New Ariya EV to Montreal Auto Show

Nissan will bring the Ariya electric crossover to the Montreal Auto Show in January for its official Canadian premiere. The model was supposed to debut on the market this fall or early this winter but has been delayed and now is set to launch sometime in 2022.

Hyundai Announces Adventurous XRT Trim for 2022 Tucson

Like it did with its Santa Fe, Hyundai has introduced a new XRT trim coming to the Tucson lineup of 2022, which is distinguished by a more rugged appearance though not really upgraded off-road capacities. And as with the Santa Fe, our Canadian version will likely get the Urban name.

Acura Says It Will Skip Hybrids Entirely, Go Straight to All-Electrics

Honda’s move towards electrification will be spearheaded by Acura, which has confirmed it will skip making hybrid and plug-in hybrid models altogether and go straight to producing all-electric vehicles. This will put it on track to garner a higher percentage of EV sales by 2030 than Honda itself.

Nissan Showcases Ariya Single Seater Concept

Nissan showcased the powertrain of its new Ariya electric SUV in a racing concept. Auto123 marvels at the Ariya Single Seater Concept, inspired by the automaker’s participation in the Formula E racing series for all-electric cars.

2022 Mazda3 Pricing, Details Announced for Canada

Mazda Canada has announced pricing and trim details for the Mazda3 for 2022. Actual changes are minor and mostly involve more standard equipment further down the trim ladder, and starting MSRP for the regular base model is set at $21,200 CAD.

Lexus Shows First Images of Upcoming RZ Electric SUV

Lexus has just released some images showing part of the styling adorning its first electric SUV – and given it a name for the first time. We're still a long way from the production version of the RZ, but it shouldn't be too long before we see a first prototype in full. Expect the EV to debut in 2022.

2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Elevation Review: MultiPro to the Rescue

The 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 is, to use technical jargon, a very cool truck. It has a great engine and capability, and it’s also s one of the best-looking trucks on the market thanks to a good mix of the modern and traditional. Here’s our review of the Elevation trim.

BMW Shows Off Electric 7 Series Sedan in Testing

BMW has shown images of its upcoming i7 electric sedan being tested in camouflaged form in northern Sweden. The next generation of the 7 Series car will be introduced next year and in addition to gasoline and hybrid powertrains, there will of course be this all-electric variant in the offering.

Volvo’s C40 Recharge Priced at $72,600 in Canada

Volvo Canada has shared pricing for the C40 Recharge coming in 2022, and things couldn’t be simpler: $72,600 gets you in the door for the one available version. Volvo says it is taking reservations on the all-electric coupe-style SUV starting today, with deliveries in Canada expected next spring.

Infiniti Announces 2030 Electrification Plan and Shows Off a Concept

Infiniti just shared a video that tells us a little bit more about its electrification plans. The company wants to offer several electric models by 2030, but these could coexist with models running on combustion engines – or via other means. Along the way, it teased some new concepts.

Could a Pickup Truck Be in Kia’s Plans?

Karim Habib, head of design at Kia, mentioned in an interview that he would like to work on a pickup truck. That's all it took for speculation about Kia's plans to get going again.

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