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Torqtube Sunday Weekly (201913)

March 31, 2019


All-new BMW 3 Series launched in Malaysia

The seventh-gen BMW 3 Series. Here are the most important points: the 330i M Sport is the single variant made available by BMW Malaysia at this point of time, and priced at RM328,800. I know right; “so no plug-in hybrid?” Certainly that will eventually come owing to the direction so clearly defined by the Munich headquarters, but 258bhp and 400Nm...

The Nissan Skyline GT-R's RB26 Inline-Six Is Going Back Into Production

The RB26, the turbocharged straight-six engine that famously powered the previous three generations of Skyline GT-R, is going back into production, according to Nissan's Japanese Nismo division. It will join a growing list of available new parts being sold through the Nismo Heritage program, designed to offer factory-quality parts for the company's significant past performance models. Nissan kicked off the...

2020 Honda Fit spy shots

The Honda Fit, known as a Jazz in some markets, is about to be redesigned. Prototypes have been spotted and reveal a rounder, more streamlined shape for the new subcompact hatch. The prototypes also provide a glimpse at the new interior design which looks to feature a large infotainment screen in the center of the dash. Honda is thought to...

VW Group Taps Siemens For Efficient Networking Of Its Plants

Volkswagen and Siemens are joining forces to ensure that the machinery and equipment of different manufacturers at the automotive group’s 122 plants are networked efficiently within the cloud. Additionally, Siemens will team up with VW suppliers to make apps from the MindSphere Internet of Things system available in the Volkswagen Industrial Cloud. The two companies also intend to develop new...

Ford To Boost Pickup Production In China To Meet Huge Domestic Demand

Ford is planning on boosting pickup production in China to meet increasing demand, along with adding a brand new unknown pickup to their lineup. We already know that pickup trucks are a hot market in the United States, and North American carmakers love them for their high margins. Turns out that demand for pickups is also rising in China, and...

Bugatti Veyron designer moves from BMW to Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has appointed ex-BMW and Skoda designer Jozef Kabaň as its new head of design, following the departure of Giles Taylor to Chinese firm Hongqi last year. Slovakian Kabaň has a long history in vehicle design, having become one of the Volkswagen Group’s youngest designers aged 20. In 1997, he was awarded a Master of Arts degree from London’s Royal...

Uber buys its biggest rival in the Middle East

By buying its largest rival in the Middle East, Uber on Tuesday became the dominant ride-share service in some of the world's busiest and fastest-growing cities. Uber said that it will buy former rival Careem in a move that willcost the U.S. ridesharing company $3.1 billion. For Uber, it's a step toward global growth and it saw the Careem brand...

The 2020 Ford Escape Is Where Ford Hopes Those Sedan Buyers Will Migrate

The fourth generation of Ford’s popular compact crossover. Yes, Ford has overhauled the Escape just twice in 18 years. The blocky 2001 Escape made plenty of friends almost instantly, and a 2008 redesign on the same platform kept the momentum going until the truly all-new 2013 model arrived with a set of turbocharged engines and more expressive styling. The Escape...

Ferrari Just Detailed the F8 Tributo’s Aerodynamics and It’s Sheer Genius

You can say what you want about the Ferrari F8 Tributo: that it’s not genuinely a brand-new car, that it doesn’t offer mild hybridization options given the grandfathered platform or that it looks too much like the 488 Pista. However, you can’t say that Ferrari didn’t go the extra mile when it comes to aerodynamics. In short, the F8 Tributo...

Abu Dhabi to host Formula 1 cars auction

One of the biggest auctions of Formula 1 cars will take place at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix following a new commercial tie-up between the sport and RM Sotherby's. A sale of up to 50 cars, including F1 machinery and memorabilia, in addition to road-going sportscars and classics will be auctioned on 30th November. It will be RM Sotherby's first...

Speed Limiters, 'Black Boxes' and Breathalyzer Hookups Could Be Standard in Europe Soon

People in charge of automotive safety in the European Union have tentatively agreed on a litany of new car technology, including black box-style data recorders, that will be required standard equipment by 2022. Buckle up, it’s a pretty long list. Before anybody gets too excited about anything here, the proposed agreement we’re talking about is “provisional” and the BBC reports...

Porsche Taycan Shows Up in Parking Lot, Makes The Electric Noise

Well, the piece of spy footage we've brought along for today is different. This has been captured in Copenhagen, Denmark, and includes scenes that see the Taycan moving through a closed parking lot. As such, we get to listen to the electric whine of the Zuffenahsuen machine. Keep in mind that the German automotive producer is set to introduce its...

Global warming emissions hit record level in 2018

The International Energy Agency reported on Tuesday that global warming emissions reached a record level in 2018, despite efforts in the U.S., Europe, and China to reduce emissions with more sales of electric cars and cleaner power. Greenhouse gas emissions increased faster in 2018 than during any of the past six years. Worldwide, emissions of global-warming carbon-dioxide gas rose 1.7...

Aston Martin's tribute to Zagato - the DBZ Centenary Collection

Aston Martin previously announced back in 2018 that they will be releasing the ‘DBZ Centenary Collection’ – two cars which you can only buy as a pair – to celebrate Zagato’s 100th year anniversary. The pair of cars include a DB4 GT Zagato Continuation and a re-bodied DBS Superleggera called the DBS GT Zagato. We already know how the DB4...

McLaren builds lifesize Senna supercar out of Lego

McLaren’s Senna supercar has been recreated in Lego – and the result is genuinely jaw-dropping. The 1:1 scale model consists of 467,854 bricks and took a team of 42 Lego specialists nearly 5,000 hours to assemble. Compare that to the 300 hours McLaren needs to hand-build the real thing. At 1,700kg, the Lego Senna is also 500kg heavier than the...

The Mercedes-AMG A35 Sedan Is a Sexy Little Beastie

While we won’t pretend the hatchback version of the new Mercedes-AMG A35 wouldn’t be our first choice, the freshly unveiled sedan model we will get later this year is pretty awesome in its own right. Both look fantastic and they share the same mechanicals, including an uprated version of the A220’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine now making a stout 302...

Volkswagen Polo-sized electric car to front ID. range

A Volkswagen Polo-sized electric car is in the pipeline, with the German carmaker planning to use it as an entry-level model for the forthcoming ID. range. The car would sit on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB electric-car platform, despite previous suggestions that MEB would be unable to support vehicles less than 4.4 metres long. “It’s sub-Golf size,” said Volkswagen Group chairman...


Renault Samsung, the French brand's Korean-market subsidiary, has revealed the XM3 Inspire concept for the 2019 Seoul motor show this week. Essentially a rebadged version of the Renault Arkana revealed in prototype form in Moscow last year, the XM3 Inspire is a small crossover coupe that will go on sale in South Korea in the first half of 2020. According...

Geely confirms 50:50 stake in Smart

Geely has taken a 50 per cent stake in the Smart city car brand from parent company Daimler, it has been confirmed. The pair will build a new generation of all-electric Smart models by 2022, with production taking place at Geely’s purpose-built factory in China. Plans for the Geely-Daimler joint venture will be finalised by the end of 2019. But...

Tesla Vehicles & Other Stock EVs Compete In Eco Grand Prix

The world of auto racing is getting electrified. The international Formula E series, now in its fifth season, brings world-class electric racing to cities around the world. Later this year, Tesla vehicles will begin competing in the FIA-sanctioned Electric Production Car Series. Electric vehicles have also distinguished themselves at the annual Pikes Peak Hill Climb, on the autocross circuit, and...

Kia drops two SUV concepts at the Seoul Motor Show

Kia introduced two SUV/crossover concepts at the 2019 Seoul Motor Show yesterday. The Kia Masterpiece is a large-size rugged SUV that looks like it’s on the Telluride platform; a smaller ute called Signature looks like a cross between a small Range Rover and a Toyota Rav4. Both preview the company’s future design language. The Masterpiece is more butch with a...

One-off Ferrari P80/C revealed - based on the 488 GT3

Another month, another Ferrari one-off commission. The brief this time was to create a ‘modern Sports Prototype’ inspired by models such as the iconic 330 P3/P4 and Dino 206 S of the 1960s. Ferrari says that the development process for the track-only model was the longest for any one-off in the brand’s history, with the project beginning in 2015 and...

Here Are the 2020 Hyundai Sonata's Coolest New Features

The first thing you'll notice is its shapely styling—see our prototype drive for a more in-depth look at its design—but the Sonata will also be remarkable to mid-size-sedan buyers for its many advanced tech features. We've detailed the most impressive ones below.

Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro enters production; stripes included

Mercedes introduced the updated 2020 AMG GT lineup back in late November 2018 at the Los Angeles Auto Show, but it’s only now the two-door performance car is hitting the assembly line. The very first vehicle of the bunch is none other than the range-topping version and at the same time the new addition to the family. We’re talking about...

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- Full Modelista Body Kit - JBL Premium Sound System - 12.1 Home Theater Rear Entertainment System - Surround View 4 Camera - Sunroof Moonroof - Digital Rear View Mirror - 3 LED with Daytime Running Light, LED Cornering Lamp and Sequential Turn Lamp - Adaptive High Beam System (AHS) - Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) - Rear Cross Traffic Alert...

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