Automotive News - March 2022

Toyota’s GR Corolla Makes its Debut: A Home Run for the Automaker?

Toyota tonight unveiled the world’s newest pocket rocket. The 2023 GR Corolla is, of course, the highly anticipated ultra-sporty variant of a car we know well, as conceived by Toyota’s Gazoo Racing division. Its first variant is expected later this year with a 300-hp, 1.6L turbocharged 3-cylinder engine under tis hood.

2022 Volkswagen Golf R Review: Catch my Drift?

We put the 2022 Volkswagen Golf R to the test in less-than-ideal winter conditions. Is the little performance Golf up to the task? Here's our review of a more or less irresistible model, and more precisely of its Drift mode!

Kia EV9: Production Confirmed for 2023

Kia confirms it will go ahead with a production version of the EV9. The big all-electric SUV will debut in the UK in 2023, before crossing the Atlantic for the following year, presumably.

VinFast Plans to Assemble EVs in North Carolina

VinFast has announced plans to build an assembly plant in North Carolina. The Vietnamese automaker is investing $2 billion USD to build the factory, which will produce the company’s upcoming EVs destined for the North American market.

Mercedes-Benz Shares First Images of Revised 2023 GLC

Mercedes-Benz has shared the first images of the next generation of its GLC. The model is meant to be an evolution and won’t look radically different, but under the hood, things won't be the same, especially with the AMG variants.

2022 Awards: And the Winners Are…!

Auto123 presents its annual awards for 2022 model-year across 22 categories, including one brand-new one. In some cases, the battles were very close, which shows how the industry is increasingly churning out quality products. Even we had to shake our heads at some of the models that fell short…

Volkswagen Recalls the New Golf GTI and Golf R

Volkswagen is having more than 4,000 of its Golf GTIs and R's recalled due to a problem with the engine cover. The cover could potentially come loose and if it were to come in contact with hot parts in the engine bloc, it can melt and cause a fire.

Toyota Will introduce the GR Corolla on March 31

Toyota will introduce the newest addition to its GR range of performance variants this Thursday, March 31st. No one is much doubting that the hatchback model teased with two first official images today is the highly-anticipated GR Corolla. Stay tuned.

2023 Mazda CX-50 First Drive: Adventurers, Welcome to Mazda

The all-new 2023 Mazda CX-50 officially invites weekend warriors to the Japanese brand. The level of interest is certainly high, the quality of the product too, so this SUV could well end up replacing the CX-5 in the Mazda lineup. Here's our first drive review.

Chevrolet Offers a New Silverado to Young Man Caught in Texas Tornado

Chevrolet will offer a 2022 Silverado to the young man who was manhandled in his Chevy truck by a Texas tornado a few days ago. A video shot by a passing storm chaser and showing the red pickup being blown around by the wind before landing on its wheels and driving off had, not surprisingly, gone viral.

Chicago Businessman Donates $1 Million in Gas

A Chicago businessman is, for a second time, giving away $50 worth of gas to anyone in the area who wants it. After an earlier $200,000 total giveaway, this time he will keep the pumps flowing until he has given away $1 million worth of gas.

Stellantis Unveils New Hurricane 6-Cylinder Engine

Stellantis has just introduced a new inline 6-cylinder engine. The Hurricane engine, as it’s dubbed, will replace many of the automaker’s V8 engines. Its advantages include equal power with better fuel economy, and the capacity to accommodate partial electrification.

Chevy Silverado Is Knocked Over by Tornado, Continues on its Way

A video made by a storm chaser shows the incredible scene of a Chevrolet Silverado pickup being manhandled by a Texas tornado – as in, knocked over, dragged to and fro and spun around - and then calmly driving off once deposited back on its feet. Both driver and truck were scratched and shook up, but largely intact.

Lego Launches New Back to the Future Delorean Set

Lego will offer, from April 1st, a new Back to the Future set, this time allowing to reproduce the three DeLoreans. Only one at a time can be assembled, however, but all accessories are present to recreate the one of your choice.

The Next Electric Mini Promises to Be a Big Step Up

Mini continues to work on development of the next generation of its Cooper model – and that includes an updated, improved electric variant. The next electric Mini will get its own architecture and one of the benefits of that will be greatly increased range.

2022 Awards: here are the finalists!

Once again, Auto123 takes a look at the industry to determine the best vehicles of the year. While the industry is in the midst of a major transformation, this year there are many new models that challenge the must-haves in several segments.

Maserati’s New 2023 Grecale SUV Takes the Spotlight

Maserati has lifted the veil on its newest – and second-ever - SUV. The 2023 Grecale will start out with different gasoline-fed powertrains before an electric variant shows up next year. Its mission? To make life difficult for the Porsche Macan.

A Maximum Range of 515 km for the Ford F-150 Lightning

Ford boss Jim Farley has confirmed range figures for the upcoming all-electric F-150 Lightning. The announced numbers, which top out at 515 km, are interesting, but what will be even more interesting is how range holds up with a load attached to the back of the truck.

How To Save Money On Car Insurance: 10 Tips

Owning a car isn’t cheap, but there are ways to save on the car insurance you need. The following tips, compiled by, will help you save money and keep your car insurance premiums in check.

Maserati Will Be Fully Electric by 2030

Maserati announced this week that it will go all-electric by 2030. The brand's first EV will be the new GranTurismo Folgore, and starting in 2025, an electric version of every model in the catalog will be offered.

A First Minor Recall for the GMC Hummer EV

Pretty much brand-new to the market, the Hummer EV has just had its recall baptism, although the recall is minor and affects few vehicles. Basically, the rear lights can suffer from some anomalies in how they display, which is a potential safety risk.

Five Million Fewer Vehicles Produced Worldwide in 2022 and 2023?

Global auto production could be cut by as much as five million in 2022 and 2023, according to analysis carried out by S&P Global Mobility. On top of the challenges posed for the past two years by the pandemic, we can pile on continuing shortages of chips and other components and now the war in Ukraine.

2022 Ram 1500 Limited 10th Anniversary Review: LuxTruck

The 2022 Ram 1500 Limited 10th Anniversary Edition is a truck that oozes luxury and class but will cost you plenty. It may not officially occupy the alpha spot in the 1500 lineup – that spot is taken by the insane TRX - but this edition is pretty darn premium nonetheless. Here’s our review.

VinFast Announces Canadian Prices for VF 8, VF 9 EVs

VinFast has announced Canadian pricing for the first two all-electric models it is introducing in North America. While government incentives won’t be available for either the VF 8 or VF 9, other incentives are being put forth by the Vietnamese automaker as it gets set to enter our market.

Audi A6 Avant e-tron Concept: For the Love of Wagons

The Audi A6 Avant e-tron concept is here to seduce wagon lovers and just maybe those who never have fallen for the format – until now. This stretched-roof variant of the electric A6 - for now only destined for Europe, alas - has a breathtaking design.

Canadians Bought More EVs in 2021, But Not at Europe’s Pace

Canadians bought more EVs then ever in 2021, but since 2019 we have fallen far behind the pace of many European countries. All-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles sales now account for 5 percent of total sales, but that figure stands at 18 percent in the UK and 26 percent in Germans.

Ford Continues to Wrestle with Supply-Chain Problems

Ford dealers got some frustrating news from the automaker this weekend, as ongoing supply-chain issues continue to affect deliveries and inventories. Automotive News reports that Ford is dealing with delays in deliveries from 37 different suppliers of components. Some models like the Explorer, meanwhile, are being delivered with certain features missing.

Volvo Tweaks Powertrain of its PHEVs to Increase All-Electric Range

Volvo has announced adjustments to its PHEV powertrain, resulting in improved all-electric range for the Recharge models. In some models the changes result in a doubling of range in all-electric mode, meaning many commuters will be able to travel to and from work without sipping any gas at all.

The Subaru WRX STI as We Know It Is At an End

Subaru has announced there will not be a new gas-powered WRX STI to go with the new WRX edition. Lest fans despair, the Japanese automaker is hinting that there could be a next model – it’s just that it would be electric-powered.

Jeep adds an X version to its 2022 Cherokee lineup

Jeep is adding an X version to its Cherokee for 2022. The latter looks a lot like a Trailhawk version, but without all the offroad bits. Aside from its distinct decorative elements, it also gets a one-inch lift and off-road tires.

Volkswagen ID.Buzz : here it is at last

Volkswagen has finally unveiled a long awaited vehicle, the modern and electrified version of its famous Microbus. The model presented is the regular wheelbase version intended for Europe. Our version, with a long wheelbase, is expected at the end of 2023 for a debut in 2024.

2022 Kia EV6 Review: Looking Good, Feeling Good

The 2022 Kia EV6 all-electric crossover is the latest new entry into what will be the main battleground for EVs in the next two years, that of compact SUVs. The sharp-looking, sharp-performing EV6 thus joins the VW ID.4, Ford Mustang Mach-E and fellow Hyundai Group product the Hyundai Ioniq 5 in a battle to win over buyers in this popular segment. Here’s our review.

Kia Plans 14 New Electric Vehicles by 2027

Kia has presented an updated version of its electrification roadmap for the next decade. We learn from it that the Korean automaker is set to introduce 14 new all-electric models within the next five years, so by 2027.

2022 Toyota Corolla Cross Review: Good, But Just Short of Great

Among other goals, the 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross small crossover seeks to shepherd former car owners now shopping for a small SUV back into the brand’s fold. On most counts it offers enough to do so, but is it bright enough to cast shadow on other rivals in the segment?

Ford Splits Itself In Two, Creating New Electric-Focused Company

Ford announces it is splitting itself in two, with the idea being to create a new, separate division dedicated to electric mobility. The new company will be called Ford Model e, with the “traditional” automaker, the one that will focus on ICE models, to be known simply as Ford Blue.

2023 Kia Sportage: A Promising Meet-and-Greet

Kia Canada gave us a chance to get a closer look at the new Sportage SUV (in straight hybrid format) a few months before its official unveiling. This first meet-and greet left a good impression, but we won’t draw any conclusions until after we've tested the model, which will be in the coming months.

Hyundai Motor Plans 17 New Electric Vehicles by 2030

Hyundai Motor announced to an investor meeting this week that it plans to introduce 17 new electric vehicles by 2030 under its Hyundai and Genesis brands. Those brands will integrate 11 and six BEVs into their lineups in that time frame, respectively.

2022 Honda Civic Hatchback Review: Is the Reign Over?

Getting behind the wheel of the 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback, we knew the experience would be enjoyable. However, there’s less joy to be had for consumers who can no longer regard the Civic as a truly affordable choice. Here is our review.

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