Mazda already offers a compact crossover in the form of the CX-5, but now the automaker has a more rugged alternative with the CX-50 that's just arrived for 2023. After testing one, we found it to be not only more capable than the CX-5 when off-roading, but a better on-road performer, too.

A day out from the reveal of its Type 132 electric SUV, Lotus has confirmed the vehicle's name as Eletre. The Eletre, which will be built in China, is one of four new models Lotus will launch by the end of 2026, all of them with electric power.

Aston Martin is working on a supercar to sit below its planned Valhalla hypercar, though it won't be called a Vanquish. It also won't come with a V-6-based hybrid powertrain as originally planned, but a new V-8-based setup that in more powerful form will feature in the Valhalla.

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

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