When automakers first start testing a future model, they typically hide the new mechanicals within the makeshift body of an existing model, resulting in something known as a test mule. For its LaFerrari, Ferrari used a modified 458 Italia body shell, and now you can buy the actual test mule.

It looks like Volkswagen is out with a test mule for a mid-size electric SUV. The test mule is using a modified Tiguan body shell, but the resulting vehicle is expected to be a new member of the ID family, most likely badged an ID.8. The nameplate was confirmed by Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess last summer.

Honda has a redesigned HR-V coming to showrooms this summer, and we just received our first look at the new subcompact crossover. It will arrive as a 2023 model and be followed in short order by redesigned versions of the CR-V and Pilot.

You'll find these stories and more in today's car news, right here at Motor Authority.

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