Automotive News - April 2022

Ford recalls 252,936 Explorers

Ford has been forced to recall just over 250,000 Explorers due to a problem with an axle bolt. A problem with the bolt can cause it to disconnect from the axle, which can cause the vehicle to roll while stationary.

Will we get an ID.Buzz truck?

Is Volkswagen thinking about offering a pickup truck-like variant of its new ID.Buzz? If the Instagram account of design manager Klaus Zyciora is anything to go by, the idea is gaining traction. Such a model existed in the 1960s, let's remember.

2022 Lincoln Corsair PHEV Review: Who's Buying?

Auto123 got behind the wheel of the plug-in hybrid version of the 2022 Lincoln Corsair. Does it live up to its promise, and does it have enough to offer to distinguish it from the many other plug-in SUVS out there? Here’s our review.

2022 Honda Civic Si Review: Still Worth It?

On paper, the new Si looks diminished, seeing as how it costs more and offers less power. But those are numbers and numbers don’t always tell the whole story. The reality on the road is more nuanced. Here's our review of the 2022 Honda Civic Si.

As Lightning Production Starts, Ford Looks Ahead to Second Electric Pickup

On the day production of the F-150 Lightning electric pickup got officially underway, Ford boss Jim Farley big boss hinted at more electric pickup trucks to come from the auto giant. That’s not shocking news, but now it looks like a second electric truck may join the lineup sooner than we’ve been anticipated.

Nissan Introduces New Generation of Collision Avoidance Systems

Nissan has just revealed what it’s been working on in terms of car safety and collision avoidance. Basically, thanks to the new generation of lidar (light detection and ranging) remote sensing systems, vehicles will be even more effective at avoiding accidents – and take one step closer to safe autonomous driving.

Spring Turns to Summer for Launch of New Nissan Z

The next-generation Nissan Z was supposed to arrive this spring, but it has been nudged back and will launch instead in the summer of 2022. As we’ve seen over and over in recent months across the industry, the culprit, Nissan says, is ongoing supply-chain issues.

Ram’s All-Electric Pickup Teased, Will Be Presented This Fall

Ram has teased a new image and short video of its electric pickup and confirmed it will introduce the model for the first time next fall. It's unclear if the original plan to bring it to market in 2024 has changed, but in any event, it seems we'll at least meet the model before the end of this year.

2023 Kia Sportage First Drive: Singin' in the Rain

The redesigned and modernized new fifth-generation 2023 Kia Sportage, now bigger and better than before, is a value-packed compact SUV that offers excellent rear-row and cargo space. We test-drove the 2023 Sportage X-Line, though we found ourselves looking ahead to the more-powerful hybrid variant we hope to drive very soon.

Car insurance plays a fundamental role in the lives of drivers

In a previously reported plan to join forces more closely with partners Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and Hyundai Motor Co. the Chrysler group outlined plans for its new small engine facility yesterday - DaimlerChrysler holds a 10% stake in Hyundai a controlling 37% of Mitsubishi.

An F version for the Lexus LC?

Lexus has released a teaser image that appears to herald the arrival of an F variant within the LC lineup. The question is whether it will be an F model or an F Sport variant.

The 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E Is Now Only Available in Canada

The 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E can no longer be ordered in the United States. However, the model is still available on the automaker’s Canadian website. That likely won’t last though, so soon enough, interested buyers will be ordering a 2023 edition of the EV. And it may cost more.

Lexus Enters EV Waters with RZ Crossover

Lexus has introduced the RZ all-electric crossover, also known as the luxury answer to the recently introduced Toyota bZ4X. Here are the details we know, along with a selection of more-revealing images that build on the several teasers we’d received up to now.

Audi Shows New Minivan Concept

Audi surprises everyone and brings forth a concept that looks mightily like a... minivan. It would be surprising to see it come to our market, but in China or elsewhere? You never know…

A Trio of Recalls from Audi and Volkswagen

Volkswagen and Audi announce three recalls to address various problems, including one that is particularly concerning for some owners. A problem with certain R8s could lead to a risk of fire in those models.

Mercedes-Benz’ All-Electric 2023 EQS SUV Debuts

Mercedes-Benz has officially presented the 2023 EQS SUV all-electric model, coming to market in Canada in the last quarter of 2022. It’s the third model to be built on the brand’s new EV-focused platform after the EQS sedan and EQE executive sedan.

Honda Plans More Hybrid Variants, Including of the Civic

Honda says it will focus on offering more hybrid variants of its core models in the next few years to help in its transition to electric models. The plan includes the already announced CR-V Hybrid coming this year and a hybrid version of the overhauled 2023 Accord, as well as a Civic Hybrid early in 2023.

Genesis’ New X Speedium Coupe Concept, Here to Get Folks Dreaming

Darned if Genesis doesn’t have a knack for making dreamy concepts that have people begging them to actually make something out of them. The Korean luxury automaker has just presented another gorgeous concept, the X Speedium Coupe, an evolution of the earlier X Concept (also gorgeous).

New York 2022: Bigger, Bolder 2023 Kia Niro Makes Debut

Kia has debuted the bigger, bolder 2023 Niro small SUV at the New York Auto Show. Once again it will come in three flavours: gas-powered, plug-in hybrid and all-electric. In the latter case, range is given as 407 km in the best of all possible worlds.

BMW X7 Gets Refreshed Styling, Power Boost for 2023

BMW’s flagship three-row SUV has gotten a good working over for 2023. The next X7 features refreshed styling both outside and in as well as a more-powerful engine for the base model. It should be at dealers in North American this summer.

2023 Nissan LEAF Gets Revised Exterior, Adjusted Trim Lineup

Nissan has announced exterior and interior tweaks to its LEAF EV model for 2023, as well as a simplified trim lineup. Given that the automaker has already confirmed the model will disappear by 2025 to make way for a more-modern EV, minor changes are all we should expect from here on in.

Lincoln Teases New Electric Concept Set for April 20 Reveal

The new electric vehicle concept Lincoln teased today may be more of a design study than a future production model, but it will at the least reveal where the automaker is headed in terms of the design and visual signature of its future all-electric SUVs and crossovers. The full reveal is set for April 20.

2022 Subaru Legacy Review: Old Faithful

The 2022 Subaru Legacy, which has more going for it than just its excellent AWD system. But even the most faithful companion can bore on occasion. There snazzier-looking, more-modern rivals out there, fighting for a shrinking piece of pie I the midsize car segment. Here’s our review of the Limited GT trim.

Nissan Canada Shares New Z’s Fuel Consumption Figures

Not that this will factor into too many buyers’ decision-making, but if you choose your new Nissan Z with manual gearbox, you will spend more on gas than if you tick off the auto transmission option. Nissan Canada has just released official fuel consumption figures for our Zs, coming this spring.

Kia Previews Updated 2023 Telluride Ahead of NY Auto Show Debut

Kia will present the slightly modernized 2023 edition of its Telluride at the New York Auto Show, and to whet appetites we have two first teaser images to look at. The tweaks for the midsize SUV include styling nips and tucks, an updated interior - and possibly a new variant.

Rivian has Built 2,553 EVs Since the Beginning of 2022

Rivian says it has built 2,553 electric vehicles since the beginning of 2022. While this is an increase over the pace it maintained in 2021, it is a long way of reaching its stated goal of 25,000 units produced for the current year. Time for sleeves to be rolled up…

Hyundai Teases Tweaked Palisade Coming to NY Auto Show

Hyundai has shared a couple of teaser images of the revised Palisade ahead of its public debut at the New York Auto Show next week (April 13, 9:45 am EDT, to be exact). The images focus on the front end, the design of which has been mildly modified and includes a new look for the LED lights.

Ford F-150 Lightning picked as Pace Car for NASCAR race

The Ford F-150 Lightning will serve as pace car in a NASCAR race. This will give many a first early look at the electric pickup, which launches later this year, and it’s a great piece of added publicity for Ford for a model that has a lot riding on it.

2022 Lexus NX 450h+ Review: In With the New

The 2022 Lexus NX 450h+ gets an impressive collection of letters, numbers and symbols attached, but they’re not there just to impress - they actually make this luxury SUV even more attractive. Here’s our review.

Production of Chevrolet Bolt EV, EUV Resumes

Production of the Chevrolet Bolt EV and its EUV offshoot restarted on Monday at General Motors' Orion plant. The resumption of production marks the end – hopefully – of a saga that has dragged on and hurt the model's reputation.

Honda and GM Will Co-Develop Several New Affordable EVs

GM and Honda have announced a strengthened partnership that will lead to the introduction of several affordable electric models under both companies’ banners. The two automakers want to make electric vehicles more accessible to buyers on a budget.

Geneva Motor Show Is Confirmed… for 2023

Organizers of the Geneva Motor Show have confirmed the return of their event for 2023. The event has the distinction of being the first car show to be postponed or cancelled due to the coronavirus. It hasn’t been held since 2019.

Honda Partially Unveils 2023 HR-V

Honda has unveiled – partially, anyways - the revised 2023 HR-V that will be coming to our market. Unfortunately, aside from a few exterior images, we're still waiting for technical information and a good look – any look – at the interior.

Canadian Production of Cadillac Lyriq Starts in August

In its latest ‘state of the union’ address to gathered Canadian media, Cadillac said it has collected some 2,000 reservations in Canada for its upcoming Lyriq all-electric SUV, with production for our market set to start in August. The Escalade V, meanwhile, will be unveiled officially on May 11.

BMW i3 Debuts in China... and Might Preview Our Next 3 Series

BMW has introduced the i3 electric sedan in China, and in the process has given us a likely preview of the styling of the next 3 Series that will be sold here. A word of caution, though: this new i3 was conceived and designed for the Chinese market. There may yet be huge differences with our next 3.

Formula 1 Is Coming to Las Vegas

Formula 1 has announced that it will race in Las Vegas in 2023. The race will take place in the heart of the city and will be run in the evening.

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