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May 19, 2019


2019 Toyota Avanza (facelift) launched

UMW Toyota Motor Sdn. Bhd. (UMWT) has started selling the 2019 Toyota Avanza facelift beginning today in all authorised showrooms nationwide. Three variants are available, and here are the prices: - Avanza 1.5E – RM80,888 - Avanza 1.5S – RM83,888 - Avanza 1.5+ - RM87,888 As you can see, the 1.5G and 1.5X variants as available in the previous Avanza...

Ford Teases Us With a Super-Cool Focus ST Wagon

Like the Focus ST hatch, the wagon gets two engine choices: a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 273 hp, and a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel making 187 hp. The gas engine can be paired with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic, while the diesel only gets the manual.

2020 VW Golf will introduce 48-volt mild-hybrid system

When the eighth-generation 2020 Volkswagen Golf goes on sale, the German brand plans to electrify the staple model in its lineup. On Thursday, VW announced the next Golf will introduce 48-volt mild-hybrid technology. It will be the first time for 48-volt technology in the Golf, though not the first electrified Golf. That honor goes to the electric eGolf, which arrived...

New VW Tarek Crossover Coming To Slot Beneath The Tiguan

Volkswagen has been hinting a new entry-level crossover for America, which will in all likelihood be a revised version of the Tharu. The compact crossover will be sold in North and South America and is tentatively known as the Tarek. Models built for North America will be made in Mexico, while South American variants will be built in Argentina. Volkswagen...

Volkswagen says EV batteries to last "the life of the car"

In an announcement last month, Volkswagen joined Nissan and Tesla as the only automakers to explicitly warranty not just the batteries in its cars but specifically how much life it expects them to retain. Frank Blome, the head of VW's Center of Excellence in Battery Cells, said in an outward facing internal marketing interview that the company expects the battery...

TRD Unveils First Production Tuning Parts For The 2020 Toyota GR Supra

A production lineup of all-new carbon fiber aero parts for the 2020 Toyota GR Supra has been unveiled by TRD in Japan. Said parts are designed to improve the car's aerodynamics but, of course, they were also manufactured to improve its aesthetic quality. The lightweight material tacks onto the front spoiler, side skirts, side door garnish, rear side spoiler and...

BMW M5 turns 35 with ‘Edition 35 Years’ special

The Edition 35 Years is based on the monstrous 625hp M5 Competition and adds Frozen Dark Grey metallic paint, as well as various BMW Individual fittings. The new 20-inch Y-spoke M light alloy wheels are presented in Graphite Grey, too. The brake callipers are black to complement the wheels and paint, although if you get the optional ceramic brakes, they...

Volvo to Start Using Electrically Driven Superchargers

Volvo will ditch its current uplevel supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the near future, the Volvo Car Group's R&D chief, Henrik Green, told Car and Driver at the Vienna Motor Symposium on Thursday. Future iterations of the engine will instead feature an electric charger in addition to the turbocharger.

Flying Spur Teaser: Taking Leather to All-New Dimensions

We still have no idea of when the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur is going to make its debut but, now that Bentley has teaser the side profile, retractable emblem, and now the interior, we’re pretty sure it’s coming sooner than later. The most recent teaser, which you can see below, showcases a very small part of the interior. Well, to...

These Throwback Liveries for the New Porsche 935 Are Stunning

We thought we had already gaped too much at the new Porsche 935 limited edition car, a modern version of the flat-nosed 911-based race car from the 1970s, painted in its classic Martini livery back when it was revealed. But now there are six more liveries to gape at. With the new 935 being a modern reincarnation of the 1970s...

Entry-Level BMW Z4 sDrive20i Now Available With Manual Transmission

Starting this summer, the entry-level model will come standard with a six-speed manual instead of the ZF 8HP. In BMW talk, Z4 sDrive20i translates to 2.0-liter turbo, 197 PS (194 horsepower), and 6.8 liters per 100 kilometers. At the other end of the spectrum, the Z4 M40i utilizes the B58 inline-six with 382 horsepower in the United States and 340...

Italian sportscar maker De Tomaso to make comeback at Goodwood

Never heard of the brand? Well, De Tomaso is most famously known for building the iconic Pantera supercar back in the day. It was a mid-engined supercar powered by a Ford V8 and was in production for some 20 years. Due to the Pantera’s popularity, it has even been re-imagined as a modern-day supercar by Ares Design.

The Genesis Essentia Might End Up Being a 1,900-HP Electric Hypercar

About a year ago, Genesis revealed the stunning Essentia, a car we subsequently named our Concept of the Year. Then, in September, we learned that Genesis plans to actually build a limited run of production versions. That alone was exciting news, but Hyundai’s latest announcement opens the door to the possibility of the production Essentia becoming one of the most...

Electric MG ZS EV makes UK debut

The MG ZS EV – an electric version of the ZS compact SUV – has made its UK debut at the London Motor Show, ahead of sales beginning on 1 September. The Chinese-owned brand has confirmed that the ZS EV will feature a 44.5kWh, water-cooled battery, with a 0-80% rapid charge said to take just 43 minutes. Meanwhile, a full...


It's not the latest AMG, nor is it the most affordable model, it's Mercedes-Benz's first production series electric vehicle that has generated the highest demand of any car to date. Mercedes-Benz is embarking on a new automotive era with its EQ vehicles, investing $16 billion in producing 10 new fully electric vehicles by 2022. The first of these, the all-new...

New BMW 1 Series: first deliveries due by the end of 2019

The new BMW 1 Series hatch will arrive before the end of 2019, the company has confirmed. The announcement was made across the German brand’s social media network, following a recent suite of teaser images which detailed the production model’s styling, interior and digital gauge cluster. BMW’s third-generation Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf rival has received a substantial rethink over...

Bentley Bentayga Bengala Is Luxury SUV In A Tank Form

Only 15 of these monster SUVs will be made. Bentley has dropped images of a new breed of the Bentayga today – and it isn't what we'd expect from the luxury carmaker. Partnering with Bengala Automotive Design SL, a Spanish design house that specializes in exclusive design programs of high-end cars limited to only 15 units worldwide, the Bentley Bentayga...

2020 Skoda Citigo-e iV Teased Ahead Of May 23 Reveal

It’s safe to say a new Citigo is long overdue if you take into consideration Skoda’s entry-level car has been around for approximately eight years. The Czech marque part of the Volkswagen empire is about to take the wraps off a heavily modified version of its pint-sized car, even though the styling suggests it’s more of the same. A design...

Usain Bolt-backed firm reveals two-seat electric Bolt Nano

A firm named Bolt, aptly backed by runner extraordinaire Usain Bolt, has revealed a two-seat electric car, called the Bolt Nano, designed for short, inner-city journeys. Bolt initially launched a range of micro-scooters intended for trips of up to two miles, but it has now introduced the car to its range. The Nano addresses journeys of between two and 15...

Hennessey Venom F5: ‘300mph’ hypercar to go topless

It’s been a long time coming, but the Texan tuner has finally announced progress on its next hypercar, the Venom F5. Alongside news that production of its first car is under way, the brand has teased renders for a potential roadster variant, because who doesn’t want to do 300mph without a roof? Two years after the model made its world...

‘Entry-level’ electrified Koenigsegg to debut in 2020

Koenigsegg is planning to release a “budget” volume model that will attract new customers to the brand, the company announced mid-May. The Swedish supercar-maker has already been working on the model for two years, but now thanks to an investment from NEVS (New Electric Vehicle Sweden) the development pace is being ramped up. NEVS is a Chinese-owned firm that currently...

Honda to Showcase Company’s Full Off-Pavement Adventure Portfolio at 2019 Overland Expo West

We seldom see Honda SUVs hitting the trails alongside Jeeps and Land Rovers, but the automaker wants to change perceptions. To that end, Honda has brought specially outfitted Passport and Ridgeline examples to the 2019 Overland Expo West in Flagstaff, Arizona, to showcase their off-road potential. The two vehicles were outfitted by Jsport Performance Accessories, which fitted the Passport with...

270K Ford Fusion sedans recalled over rollaway risk

Ford on Wednesday said that it will recall about 270,000 2013 through 2016 Ford Fusion sedans to fix transmissions that could slip out of gear and allow the vehicles to roll after they've been put in park. A shifter cable bushing can degrade over time and may eventually detach from the transmission. Should the bushing separate, the transmission could slip...

Latest version of Nissan ProPilot offers hands-free highway travel

Nissan on Thursday announced an upgraded version of its ProPilot self-driving system that will enable hands-free travel on the highway. ProPilot allows a vehicle to travel in a single lane and handles all of the accelerating, braking and steering. However, it requires both hands to be on the steering wheel to work. This isn't the case for the upgraded version,...

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