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Torqtube Sunday Weekly (201917)

April 28, 2019


2019 Proton Iriz and Persona officially launched

The location and scale of the event is usually reserved for new car unveilings, but the not-so-secret facelifted Proton Iriz and Persona has finally been officially launched at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Both has been previewed and test driven by the media, and the public has even seen it in its full glory during the recent Malaysia Autoshow, and...

Tesla Squeezes 370 Miles of Range Out of its Big-Battery Model S

Range is by far the biggest concern in the world of EVs—both for current owners and for customers considering a switch to a battery-powered vehicle. Tesla just topped its own achievement, announcing today that it found a way to squeeze 10 percent more driving range out of the big-battery Model S and Model X, and making the Model S the...


I was once told by a Chevy Corvette representative that its buyers wanted the biggest engine, along with the best interior, along with an automatic transmission ... along with the convertible roof. That’s why we have the Corvette Z06 convertible with a paddle-shifted eight-speed. I think the buyers of grand tourers are the same. Hence, we now have the Aston...

Mitsubishi Pajero Final Edition revealed for Japan, but rugged SUV lives on

Mitsubishi no longer sells the rugged Montero in the United States but the vehicle lives on overseas, where it is known as the Pajero (or Shogun if you're in the United Kingdom). The Pajero is currently in its fourth generation and has been given a mild update that includes a Final Edition model. No, the Pajero isn't about to be...

Toyota Yaris Spied On The ‘Ring – Is It A Next-Gen Performance Version?

A mysterious Toyota Yaris prototype has been spotted testing on the Nürburgring wearing a camouflage wrap similar to previous Supra prototypes.x This Yaris appears to be a high-performance variant as it features a big intercooler up front, dual exhausts and large, five-lug alloy wheels. While the prototype has bodywork from the current model, with temporary lights and a modified rear...

More Cars Are Going Electric As Rumor Puts Porsche Cayman, Boxster With A Battery

Porsche is planning on making electric versions of the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman. Everyone is going electric it seems. Porsche, specifically, will dive into the electric market with their upcoming Taycan luxury grand tourer, while parent company Audi is getting set to unleash their first e-Tron upon the world. While these new cars are certain to make a big...

New Peugeot 208: reservations open for petrol, diesel and EV models

Peugeot has begun taking reservations for its next-generation 208 supermini, which will be offered with a choice of petrol, diesel and electric power. The 208, which made its public debut at the Geneva motor show following last month's global reveal, isn't set to go on sale in the UK until 2020, with order books opening later this summer - but...

2020 Toyota Sienna Nightshade is a minivan in a tuxedo

The 2020 Toyota Sienna SE Nightshade is all dressed up for a night out on the town... with the kids. The special-edition minivan will reportedly start production this month, according CarsDirect reported Tuesday, and it adds typical splashes of black as we've seen from other Toyota Nightshade editions. Toyota has previously offered 4Runner, Camry, and Highlander Nightshade editions.

The Aston Martin Vantage AMR Is Coming Soon with a Manual Transmission

We've been told that the Aston Martin Vantage would be getting a manual transmission since before the new generation even debuted in late 2017, and it looks like it's finally happening. Aston posted a teaser image online that shows three pedals, with the clutch colored in lime green. The teaser also shows the AMR logo, which is Aston's recently created...

All-New Land Rover Defender Debuts This September, Goes On Sale In 2020

After years of working on it, Land Rover is going to reveal an all-new Defender this year. The old Defender was phased out in 2016 mainly due to the fact that it did not meet safety standards for both occupants and pedestrians - they couldn’t even equip the old one with airbags, so a ground-up redesign was decided.

BMW's Next M340i Wagon Looks and Sounds Incredible

The upcoming 2020 BMW M340i Touring just may be the ultimate version of the new BMW 3 Series, at least for anyone who can’t afford the rumored manual M3. It’s fast. It’s a wagon. That’s it, that’s all you need. Sadly it’s not coming stateside, but one can dream. First, let’s watch and listen to what appears to be the...

Cadillac To Add 200 Dealerships In China By 2025

The crown jewel of General Motors sold more than 205,000 vehicles in China last year, becoming the fourth best-selling automotive luxury brand in the Asian country. The grand total for 2018 in the United States is 154,702 vehicles, most of them XT5 crossovers. Given the automaker’s success, Cadillac plans to level up in China by expanding the dealership network. Almost...

Ford invests $500M in Rivian to tackle Tesla, future electric vehicles

Electric vehicle company Rivian announced on Wednesday that Ford has invested $500 million in it, in return for Rivian's help developing a new electric Ford model. Rivian recently took $700 million in investment from Amazon and others. Rivian reportedly held talks with General Motors earlier in the year. Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe told Bloomberg at last week's New York auto...

Toyota is building a "Nurburgring" in their own backyard

In a previous report, we’ve touched on Toyota’s bid to replicate the infamous Nürburgring Nordschliefe on their own home ground. Seeing as they literally have a whole city dedicated to building their vehicles, Toyota was able to secure 650 hectares worth of land to use for a test track that will supposedly mimic the grueling corners and surface of the...

The Ferox Azaris is an off-roader designed for life on Mars

“There’s nothing else like Azaris in the world,” proclaims the Ferox website. You could argue that it’s ‘out of this world’, not least because it packs a rocker-style suspension similar to the one used on the Mars Rover. Keeping its six wheels firmly on the ground, the first fully operating Ferox Azaris will make its debut at Top Marques Monaco...

Dodge and Mopar Now Taking Preorders for 1,000-HP Hellephant Crate Engine

Last year, Dodge showed up at SEMA with something truly crazy: a 426-cubic-inch crate engine that made 1,000 hp and 950 lb-ft of torque. It didn’t need race gas, either. That bored and stroked aluminum version of Dodge’s Hemi V-8 got those numbers on 93-octane gas. It was also named the Hellephant in honor of the old Elephant 426. And...

Kia and Hyundai electric cars to get app-based performance control

Kia and Hyundai are set to introduce an advanced smartphone app that will allow drivers to change their electric car’s top speed, acceleration, throttle response and regenerative braking at the touch of a button. The system is designed with rental and car sharing schemes in mind, and allows users to save their preferred settings and then upload them to whichever...


A new report out of the UK indicates Porsche is working on a two-door version of its front-engined Panamera to rival the likes of the BMW 8 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Britain's Autocar claims scuttlebutt out of Europe suggests the company is developing a coupe and convertible based on the Panamera's MSB modular architecture that will offer enhanced practicality and...

New 2020 Lotus sports car to be brand’s first electrified model

The new unnamed Lotus sports car is set for launch in 2020, and our exclusive images preview how it could look Lotus will launch an all-new sports car in 2020, its first new model for 12 years. It will also be the firm’s first vehicle to feature an electrified powertrain ahead of the all-electric Type 130 hypercar, which was confirmed...

Karma SC1 Vision Concept: Photos & Videos

The Karma SC1 Vision unveiled in Shanghai is a pretty extraordinary concept and a rather surprising one from Karma Automotive. First of all, it's all-electric, while Karma so far offered only the plug-in hybrid Karma Revero (redesigned Fisker Karma). Secondly, it's a two-seat roadster with sporty aspirations, although Karma didn't reveal any specs. Here we gathered some photos from the...

Next-generation Mercedes C-class spied - to spawn next M3-rivalling AMG C63

It only seems like yesterday that the updated Mercedes C-class arrived, but Mercedes has been spotted testing the next-generation model again, and it's due to arrive some time in 2020 with hot AMG models arriving a year or so later. The new C-class won’t differ markedly from the current car in concept, rather it will incorporate all the latest Mercedes...

2021 Mini John Cooper Works GP spy shots and video

Mini has confirmed plans to launch a new John Cooper Works GP in 2020 and now we have fresh spy shots and video of prototypes. The JCW GP is a track-focused version of the Mini Hardtop, and the brand confirmed in January that the car will pack over 300 horsepower. A concept was rolled out at the 2017 Frankfurt International...

GM adds 400 workers to build new mid-engine Corvette

General Motors will add a second shift to its Bowling Green, Kentucky assembly plant to build the next-generation mid-engine Corvette. The new shift will add more than 400 hourly jobs at the plant, bringing the total workforce to more than 1,300 employees. The new Corvette will be officially revealed on July 18, 2019. GM said it has invested more than...

Audi E-Tron GTR Electric Supercar Might Finally Replace The Aging R8

Audi is reportedly planning on replacing the aging R8 with an all-electric supercar that can sprint from zero to sixty in just over 2 seconds. The R8 has been Audi’s premiere vehicle since 2005. Powered by a naturally aspirated V10 engine and sharing its chassis (and much of its powertrain) with the Lamborghini Gallardo and then Huracan, the R8 has...

KLRegistry's Pick Of The Week - 14 Peugeot 3008 1.6 THP Full Spec 1 Owner Warranty RM55,800

* Year Made 2014 * Genuine Documentation * One Very Careful Owner Car * Peugeot Warranty Still Valid * Very Clean Interior LIKE NEW * Excellent Condition * Ready Stock * Metallic Silver * Original 17" Peugeot Rims * Panoramic Glass Roof ** * Driver Head-Up Display (HUD) * Front Center Monitor * Local GPS Mapping * Electric Seats *...

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