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Torqtube Sunday Weekly (201916)

April 20, 2019

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Ferrari F8 Tributo lands in Malaysia

The world first saw it at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year in March, and now the Ferrari F8 Tributo has been launched in Malaysia. You can make quite a few of us jealous by putting your order in – it’s priced at RM1,068,000 (without duties and any customisation) – but deliveries may take a while. Read: early 2020....

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The DBS 59 Celebrates Aston Martin's 1959 Le Mans Win

Aston Martin revealed today a limited-edition version of its stunning DBS Superleggera, dubbed the DBS 59. Aimed at celebrating the decisive 1-2 victory scored by the Aston DBR1 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1959, it sports a lovely green paint job and a whole bunch of bespoke trim courtesy of the company's "Q" division. Among the features...

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2020 MERCEDES-BENZ GLS LUXURY LINER ARRIVES AT NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Mercedes-Benz introduced its new-for-2020 GLS SUV at the New York show earlier this week. The big Benz is lighter, slightly larger and more luxurious than before, and it goes on sale before the end of the year. The redesigned GLS moves to Benz’s Modular High Architecture for crossovers and SUVs and gets new engines that will find their way to...

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Qiantu K50 electric sports car starts US production in 2020

A new Chinese EV brand by the name of Qiantu is using a sleek, carbon fiber-bodied sports car to spearhead its launch in the United States, which kicked off on Wednesday with the debut of the K50 at the 2019 New York International Auto Show. The Qiantu K50 was first shown in China in 2016 and has since then been...

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2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Looks Right At Home At The Green Hell

The Cayman GT4 was a storming success for Porsche, and work is well underway on its second generation that is based on the latest 718 Cayman. Filmed here testing at the Nurburgring, it is pretty obvious that Porsche isn’t messing about with its latest track-tuned sports car. Not only does the 718 Cayman GT4 look even more impressive than the...

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Kia Stinger GTS Adds Drift Mode Which Was The Only Thing This Sedan Was Missing

If you ever wanted a Kia Stinger drift car, the Stinger GTS is probably your best bet. We love the Kia Stinger. It’s the 4-door performance sedan we’d pick over a Toyota Camry any day of the week, and now Kia has made the Stinger just that much sweeter. Unveiled at the New York Auto Show is the Stinger GTS,...

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New Daimler boss could end Renault-Nissan partnership

Daimler’s new CEO could end the car maker’s relationship with the Renault-Nissan alliance, according to a new report - while a massive cost saving strategy is on the cards. German business publication Manager Magazin claims that Ola Kallenius, set to begin his tenure as CEO in May following the departure of Dieter Zetsche, could let the wide-reaching, multi-market partnership lapse...

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2020 Hyundai Venue crossover revealed: Stage is set and the crowd is only getting bigger

Small crossovers like the 2020 Hyundai Venue are cheap cars for a new generation. The tiny Hyundai hatchback that made its debut Wednesday at the 2019 New York International Auto Show has a smaller footprint than the Accent sedan and slots below the compact Kona in the automaker's menu of crossovers. Offered in SE and SEL trims, the Venue goes...

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This Is the Next-Gen Nissan Sentra, and It’s Much Better-Looking

It seems like the Nissan Sentra is about to come out of the doldrums. The China-market Nissan Sylphy that you're looking at is a close indication of what our next-gen Sentra sedan will look like, and it's a huge improvement in terms of styling if you ask us. Visually lower, wider, and longer than the current Sentra sedan, this new...

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The Mercedes GLB Has Been Confirmed for a 2019 Launch, Mercedes EQB to Follow in 2021

The compact crossover segmentshows no signs of slowing down, and Mercedes is adding to the momentum with the promise of two new models, one of which is powered by gasoline, the other of which is all-electric. Dubbed the GLB and EQB respectively, the fresh nameplates are set to arrive very, very soon, as confirmed by Board of Management member Britta...

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All-new BMW 4 Series Convertible caught with the top down

Demand for convertibles is not what it used to be 10-15 years ago, but BMW is confident a new droptop 4 Series still represents a viable business case. Much like the all-new Z4 roadster has reverted to a fabric roof, the larger convertible will also ditch the metal top in flavour of a lighter and less complex roof setup. The...

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This Is the Four-Cylinder 2020 Ford Mustang You Want

It is my very strong opinion that if you are to buy a new Ford Mustang, you should try your very best to get the V8 Mustang GT. The current 5.0-liter has a fantastic sound and power delivery, and in this age of downsizing, forced induction and electrification, who knows how much time old-school V8s have left? But that hardly...

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Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series To Develop "At Least 630 BHP"

That’s the output Autocar.co.uk reports, and we’re once again questioning the imperial system over metric horsepower. In the case of the E 63 S 4Matic+ sedan, the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 develops 612 PS or 604 horsepower. The 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 in the S65 levels up to 630 PS or 621 horsepower. Because Mercedes-AMG decided to consign the twelve-cylinder engine to...

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Electric Honda HR-V and plug-in hybrid Kia Forte debut in Shanghai

The Shanghai auto show was full of new plug-in vehicles to meet that country's coming demand for electric cars. Two new plug-in models from mainstream automakers included the all-electric Honda X-NV SUV and the Kia K3 plug-in hybrid. While both of these models have U.S. counterparts—the Honda HR-V and Kia Forte—it's not likely we'll see either model in the U.S....

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Toyota installs a battery EV system into the C-HR crossover

Toyota is one of the few automakers which does not have a mass market battery electric vehicle on sale today. Soon, that will all change. The Japanese automaker has recently revealed two new battery electric vehicles at the 2019 Auto Shanghai and is set to go on sale by 2020. Called the C-HR EV and the IZOA, both models are...

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Alfa Romeo launches ‘Airbnb for cars’ on new Giulietta

Alfa Romeo is to become Britain’s first vehicle manufacturer to offer new car buyers a platform to share their car with others and make money. The industry-first peer-to-peer car sharing solution is called U-Go. It is being run by Leasys, a subsidiary of parent company FCA’s in-house bank. Owners will be able to offset the monthly lease or PCP cost...

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Lexus LM 350 minivan is hideously luxurious

Late last year, Porsche finally took the wraps off the redesigned 2020 911. As we found when we drove it a few months later, the new 911 Carrera S is “thrillingly fast, telepathically responsive, and wonderfully communicative. It’s all 911, all the time, yet more approachable and trustworthy at the limit than ever before.” Even if we’re not entirely sold...

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Jaguar I-Pace crowned World Car of the Year 2019

The Jaguar I-Pace has won the prestigious 2019 World Car of the Year award, after emerging top of a vote conducted by an 86-strong team of journalists from across the globe. The I-Pace prevailed ahead of two other finalists, with another electric car - the Audi e-tron - finishing as one of two runners-up. The judges commended the I-Pace for...

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RENAULT CITY K-ZE REVEALED FOR CHINA

Renault has unveiled its first fully electric vehicle for the Chinese market at the Shanghai motor show, as it chases 550,000 annual sales in China by 2022. The City K-ZE is the result of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance's joint venture with Dongfeng. It looks very similar to the Kwid offered in developing markets, but the face has been tweaked for the...

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New Kia Habaniro Concept hints at next-generation Niro

Let’s be honest, the Kia Habaniro Concept’s name gives the game away – this chunky new SUV is a thinly disguised nod towards to the next Kia Niro, which we’ll see in UK showrooms in 2021. Kia refers to the Habaniro, launched at the New York Motor Show, as an ECEV: an Everything Car Electric Vehicle – a commuter, crossover,...

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Proterra Launches $200 Million Credit Facility For Battery Lease Program

The idea of the battery lease program (separate to the rest of the vehicle) is already known (in the case of cars it was mostly pursued by Renault), and it’s set up to lower upfront costs of the buses to the level of comparable diesel buses, which allows transit agencies to purchase EVs easier. For Proterra, on the other hand,...

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2019 Porsche 911 Speedster to hit the road later this year

Following the debut of the road-going model last year, the Stuttgart marque has shown the production 911 Speedster once more at the New York Auto Show. The model celebrates the end of the current 991-generation production and the brand’s 70th birthday in one sleek, dramatic swoop. Looking just like the concept, it shares nearly all of that car’s modifications over...

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Mercedes-AMG confirms details on next-generation SL-Class

Rumors have swirled about the next-generation SL-Class, and now Mercedes-AMG head Tobias Moers has confirmed development is underway with direct oversight from AMG. The information comes from a Thursday AutoCar report. It marks the first time AMG has overseen the SL-Class, and it means the next-generation model will have an inherently sportier and performance-oriented character. The plan to take the...

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The Lexus LM 350 minivan is hideously luxurious

As the humble masses ditch the passenger car for more spacious alternatives, the C-Suite is also experiencing an upgrade. Mark recent submissions to the ultra-luxury executive-transporting segment like the Vulcanus, which is built on a Mercedes V-Class, but looks more like a private jet than a passenger van on the inside. That’s the growing market we’re talking about. Wanting in...

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