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May 11, 2019


Geely Auto new flagship CMA-based coupe SUV launched

And here it is; what was once codenamed FY11 has just been officially launched by Geely moments ago with the name Xing Yue. The sports coupe SUV in the mould of BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE Coupe is the first vehicle from the manufacturer that sits on the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) currently used by the Volvo X40. In fact,...

Ferrari Will Eventually Stop Building Engines for Maserati

Every Maserati since 2002 has a Ferrari-built engine under its hood. It stems from Fiat handing over control of Maserati to Ferrari in the 1990s. But since then, Maserati has come back into Fiat Chrysler (FCA) control, and Ferrari was spun off in a 2015 IPO. Still, Ferrari has continued to build engines for Maserati, which include a 3.0-liter twin-turbo...

Land Rover’s partnership with Virgin Galactic celebrated as Range Rover Autobiography tows new spaceship VSS Unity at global reveal and naming event with Sir Richard Branson at the Mojave Air and Space Port, California, USA

The Range Rover Astronaut Edition, which will be based on the Autobiography trim level, will also feature a "DNA of Flight" graphic on the carbon-fiber surface of the center console drawer, and this design will also make it on the headrests, showing the contours of Virgin Galactic's spacecraft. The aluminum door handles, meanwhile, will be engraved with the special constellation...

2020 Honda E Spy Shots

Honda is about to treat EV fans with a high-tech, design-led electric car based on the Urban EV concept unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt auto show. To be called the Honda e, a prototype has just been spotted testing and looks to be a virtual carbon copy of the uber-cute concept. Key design traits like the retro body and circular...

Mazda Is Working On New Straight-Six Skyactiv-X Engines

Mazda is developing a new family of straight-six Skyactiv-X engines for its future premium models, in both petrol and diesel variants. The Japanese car maker announced the new six-cylinder powertrains during an investor conference. The new engines will be used in Mazda’s upcoming large architecture that will spawn models with both rear- and all-wheel drive. Mazda’s move to develop its...

Next-Generation Hybrid Honda Jazz Will Launch In 2020

The next-generation Honda Jazz, which will debut next year, will feature a dual-motor hybrid system that is currently included in the brand’s CR-V hybrid. The new Jazz hybrid will be unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show, which will be held from Thursday, October 24 to Monday, November 4. The Jazz, the best-selling Honda model in the UK, will be the...

Electrified Aston Martin DB6: driving a future-proof classic

A near-silent, ion-fuelled DB6 might seem like the answer to an unasked question, but Paul Spires, president of Aston Martin Works and the man who signed the car off, is adamant it’s the right call. “We need to make sure that we’ve got the next 100 years covered,” he says, “to make sure these vehicles don’t become museum pieces.”

Honda to dial back option, trim, and color combinations on its cars

Future Honda vehicles will come in fewer color and trim level combinations as the automaker seeks to reduce the complexity of building cars for all markets globally. Automotive News (subscription required) reported Wednesday that the the automaker will seek to streamline versions of the cars its sells. Honda was among the first carmakers to pioneer trim levels such as LX...

The Mercedes-Maybach GLS Will Be the Most Expensive Car Built in America

Dietmar Exler, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, has confirmed to Automotive News what we've been expecting for a while: an ultra-luxurious Mercedes-Maybach version of the 10Best-winning GLS is happening, and it will be built in Vance, Alabama, alongside the standard GLS. The new GLS will reach dealers by the end of the year, and the Maybach version should make its debut...

In response to Canada’s federal EV incentive price cap, Tesla offers a new Model 3 with a range of 150 km

In response to Canada’s federal electric cars incentive price cap below $45,000 or $55,000 with options, Tesla lowered the cost of the Model 3 to $44,999 in the country. However, it also software-locked the vehicle to only 150 km (93 miles) of range. Is Tesla trying to take advantage by selling the new base Model 3 with half the range...

The Chevrolet Trailblazer Is Back as a Compact Crossover

With General Motors already flushing the Chevrolet Blazer name down the drain with a disappointing crossover, we should have seen the same sorry fate coming for the Chevy Trailblazer name, too, which will reportedly return as a compact crossover around the size of a Chevy Trax. When will it end? Chevy has done an impressive job of taking some serious...

This Is the Alfa-X, the World’s Fastest Bullet Train

Belonging to Japanese rail operator JR East, the train will enter testing stages at the beginning of this weekend, but before that happens, the company presented the train at one of its locations in the Miyagi Prefecture. According to Japanese publication Nikkei, the train is expected to reach speeds of up to 360 kph (224 mph), 40 kph more (25...

VW ID3 Racks Up 10,000 Deposits In First Day

Three years after Tesla started taking $1,000 reservations for its Model 3, Volkswagen is racking up similar orders for its upcoming ID 3 hatchback in Europe. Perhaps not to the degree, sure. Tesla amassed 180,000 orders for its "affordable" long-range electric car in one day in the US, while VW took 10,000 first-day deposits on the day it opened reservations...

Ford facing $4B lawsuit for allegedly lying about faulty PowerShift gearbox

Ford’s PowerShift transmission has been in hot water for quite some time now. The automaker was previously hit with class-action lawsuits in Thailand and Australia last year with regards to the faulty PowerShift transmission units. However, the automaker’s PowerShift woes aren’t over just yet. New reports say that Ford could soon be penalized $4 billion for allegedly lying to customers...

Porsche hit with €535 million fine over dieselgate emissions scandal

In recent year,s Porsche has witnessed considerable financial success. In 2018 the company recorded net profits of €4.3 billion (£3.62 billion / $4.73 billion), and was able to award each employee a bonus of almost €10,000. However, that profitability means a heftier fine for Porsche, with the Stuttgart Public Prosecutor linking the fine to the financial performance of the company....

Electric Horse: A Hybrid Ford Bronco Is on the Way

There will be a hybrid version of the new Ford Bronco, the rugged SUV that the automaker is reviving next year. The inclusion of a hybrid was confirmed today by CEO Jim Hackett during Ford’s annual shareholder meeting. This isn’t a big surprise, as Ford’s main focus going forward is on trucks, SUVs, and commercial vehicles, and the automaker is...

Piech Mark Zero electric sports car concept revealed

The Piech Mark Zero concept electric sports car has make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show As revealed in sketches last month, the concept features a “long-bonnet, short tail” shape often associated with GT cars, and its design appears to borrow elements from the Aston Martin DB9 and Alfa Romeo 8C. The front of the Mark Zero features a...


Ferrari's CEO has confirmed the Prancing Horse will reveal its first series production hybrid later this month, during the company's first-quarter financial call. First reported by Motor1, Louis Camilleri said: "It will be a top-of-the-line hybrid with supercar performance and a true beauty". The hybrid supercar is set to slot above the current 812 Superfast, serving as the brand's new...

The wait for Kia's updated Soul EV will be longer than expected

If, like us, you were all excited to get behind the wheel of the new Kia Soul EV that debuted in fall in Los Angeles, then we have some sour news for you. It likely won't be available in the US until 2020, according to a report Wednesday by Wards Auto. The news of the Soul EV's delay is a...

Alfa Romeo Tonale: latest news and release date

There's a new arrival in the compact premium SUV market in the form of the Alfa Romeo Tonale. The Italian car manufacturer unwrapped a concept version of the new model at the Geneva Motor Show, which will slot into its range below the Stelvio. We’re expecting to see a production version in the next 12 months, before the Tonale reaches...

Kia Imagine EV Will Reach Production Looking Like Concept

The Imagine by Kia concept from the Geneva Motor Show will form the styling basis of the brand's upcoming range-topping electric vehicle. "We are creating it as we speak. This is the start of a process, but you will see soon the result,” Kia design boss Luc Donkerwolke told Auto Express. Unfortunately, Donkerwolke didn't say exactly when the production-spec model's...

Seat Is Going Electric: Presents All Plug-Ins In Barcelona

Seat presents at the 100th edition of the Automobile Barcelona its entire lineup of electric concepts, from which the first will hit the market next year - just in time for the brand's 70th anniversary. The main model is the all-electric Seat el-Born compact hatchback concept, which will enter the market in 2020, as the Spanish brand is the second...

One-off Bentley Continental GT Convertible Bavaria Edition revealed

Mulliner has been creating luxury on wheels since before the automobile came into existence, first producing luxurious horse-drawn carriages in the 1500s. Almost a century since it first got its hands on a Bentley, it has worked its magic on the new Continental GT Convertible, creating a very limited-edition model inspired by the Bavarian region. Designed by Bentley’s director of...

Audi may offer a vegan interior option in its new e-tron

Audi is serving one up for the vegans: a fully electric SUV with a side of recycled interior materials. De-licious! According to Motor1, the German automaker is toying with the idea of a vegan-friendly interior package for its e-tron SUV, a vehicle so conscientious it doesn’t even use capital letters. “We’ve had some customer requests for that,” said Audi e-tron...

KLRegistry's Pick f The Week - 2012 BMW 1M Coupe 6 Speed Manual RM318,000.00

2012 BMW 1M Coupe For Sale. only done 78K, 6 speed manual, upgraded with 6 pot original Brembo, antirollbars.. very reliable car and properly serviced by qualified workshop

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