News Roundup: Say goodbye, Honda Fit, and maybe hello, new Ford pickup
COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever RELATED TAGSFlexNew VehiclescompactFlex It’s clear by the smoke billowing from the tires where the power ends up, but where does it all come from? Driving’s David Booth asked these questions and more to RTR founder and “professional fun-haver” Vaughn Gittin Jr. Click here to read the full story and view the photo gallery of the 1,400-horsepower tire-murderer in action. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Welcome to our weekly roundup of the biggest breaking stories on Driving.ca from this past week. Above you’ll find our video roundup highlighting the top news stories selected by our news editors, and below are our most popular stories overall.Here’s what you missed while you were away.Honda deletes Fit, Civic coupe and stickshift AccordHonda has announced it will be discontinuing a few of its products at the end of 2020, due to lack of sales. The Honda Fit, the Civic coupe and manual-transmission Accord will all be eliminated, according to Automotive News. Trending Videos See More Videos We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Honda puts at least a part of the blame for the Fit’s demise on the introduction of the popular Civic hatchback. As for the Civic coupe and Accord, those will not likely be that missed, as just 6 per cent of U.S. buyers were opting for the coupe option and just 2 per cent the stickshift Accord. Extreme EV subsidies lead to free Renaults in GermanyEurope really wants people to start buying EVs. So much so, in fact, that in some place a new EV will cost residents about the same as a mobile phone plan. And in Germany, believe it or not, incentives and subsidies are so robust that a national dealership chain with over 50 locations is advertising Renault Zoes leases that are entirely covered. In other words, FREE CARS! Designed in part to help stimulate the COVID-hit automotive industry in Europe, the subsidies are resulting in sales spikes for EVs across the continent — one German online auto seller reports its sales have been increased tenfold. Quebec delivery driver honoured for million-km 2008 Hyundai ElantraA Quebec man who purchased a lightly used Hyundai Elantra from a local dealership back in 2011 and continued to drive itover 900,000 km in the next ten years is being recognized by the brand as the exemplary owner he is. Regular maintenance kept the car running smoothly over the 107,000 kms it averaged each year, and now the same dealer that sold him the Elantra, Granby Hyundai, is accepting it for trade-in value toward a brand-new 2020 Hyundai Kona. Roy says he fully expected the Elantra to require some major maintenance at some point, “but it’s never needed it.” It’s like that old saying, “if it ain’t broke, keep driving it until the people who sold it to you are so impressed they want it back.” Leaked tailgate pic prompt rumours of upcoming Ford Maverick small pickupImages of a tailgate with the word ‘Maverick’ stamped on it have caused more online speculation of an upcoming small pickup from Ford. People have spotted a bunch of heavily camo’d vehicles made to look like vans around Ford facilities for the last couple years, some suggesting they may be a new small pickup. Rumours suggest the truck, which would likely slot below the Ranger in the lineup, could ride on the unibody platform a la Ranchero and offer a new entry-level way into a Ford pickup. The 1,400-hp Mustang Mach-e burnout machine is straight-up mean to tiresLooking at the latest RTR hot-rod, a Mustang Mach-e built collaboratively with Ford, and contemplating its 1,400 horsepower over seven electric engines, is something of a mind-bending exercise. Because just where do all those engines go?